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Getting an Interview
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- Accepted OfferNeutral ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at BlackBerry.
Met with two people that asked technical questions about general technical knowledge. They asked standard management questions about how you would handle difficult situation. Tell us about your strengths and weaknesses.
- Tell us about SQL blocking Answer Question
- Accepted OfferPositive ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at BlackBerry (New York, NY) in April 2015.
I received a call from Blackberry and set up a phone interview for the next day. I was interviewed by a group of 5 people. It went well, no generic questions.
- What is your favorite News/Media source? Answer Question
- No OfferNeutral ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied through college or university. I interviewed at BlackBerry.
phone interview about 25 minutes. First the employer described the company and position. Then he asked me about one of my mobile projects on the resume. Then some follow up about the project. At last, he asked me if I have used some tools like git.
- What is your favorite project? Answer Question
- No OfferPositive ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied through college or university. The process took 4 weeks. I interviewed at BlackBerry (Cary, NC) in February 2015.
I applied via the job portal of my university. I was promptly contacted by the Manager who was looking to hire for his team. He scheduled a phone interview with a senior developer on his team. It was a typical one hour phone screening interview. The senior developer started off by giving me a brief description of the nature of the work then moved over to the languages I could code in and finally onto a brief description of a project that I felt was most relevant to that discussion. This lead to an onsite interview with a developer, a team lead, a manager, a director and a VP. This lasted for about four hours. The folks over at BB are very nice and treat you with respect and through professionalism. During the onsite interviews the manager gave a brief introduction of the team, the position and expectations from the new hire. This was followed by a technical interview by one of the developers on the team. He quizzed me on basic questions like sorting an input file and designing an efficient solution for implementing a contacts search for a phone; the kind that starts prompting you names based on the characters/numbers you have enter into the search field. I met with the team lead after this interview. He discussed relevant projects and work experience (internship and CoOp in my case. I had developed desktop applications in VB .Net for a Factory Automation team in the semiconductor industry.) and project work (focusing on experience following SW Dev/Engineering practices and models, conflict resolution, requirements gathering and documentation for long term support). This round was followed by a meeting with the VP. I feel he tried to gauge my expectations from the job, ambitions in my professional life and the general direction in which I wanted my career to grow. The last round was to analyze my critical thinking involving a puzzle/brain teaser. I am sure the problem he posed had no solution. This one made me nervous. BB takes about 2 weeks to ponder over your interview.
- Describe how a smartphone would boot up? When do you think all the drivers would be loaded? Answer Question
- Given an input file of characters produce an output file that is sorted (English alphabet considered for the sake of simplicity. The o/p would look like: all the a's then all the A's then the b's then B's ....) State the data structures that'd be used, the reason for using them and the time complexity of the solution. Answer Question
- Design a contacts search for a phone. The solution should prompt you with all the contacts that'd match the characters keyed into the search box. Eg: For a contacts list having Adam, Alex and Arby's, keying in A should suggest Adam, Alex, Arby's while keying in Ad should suggest only Adam. State and explain the choice of data structures and explain the time complexity of the solution. Answer Question
- How does process scheduling work? How does the OS know that it's time to run the scheduler? What is a deadlock? When does a deadlock occur? What is priority inversion? What is a possible way of solving the problem of priority inversion? Answer Question
- How did you gather the requirements for the applications that you developed during your internship? How did you ascertain if what you understood matched what the customer asked for? (did you and the customer sign off on a req doc?) How did you make sure that what you were developing was stable and matched user expectations? (did you prototype and unit test? how?) Answer Question
- No OfferPositive ExperienceEasy Interview
I applied through college or university. I interviewed at BlackBerry in January 2015.
Briefly spoke about some personal questions and they asked me some legalese type things about my employment eligibility. No coding interviews on this one as it seemed to be more of a first screen, however I have been contacted again for a phone interview. No coding questions got asked but I imagine that will come later.
- What is your greatest weakness? Answer Question
- Declined OfferPositive ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2 days. I interviewed at BlackBerry (Bellevue, WA) in January 2015.
Great company. Great people. Great products! Interviewed with SVP of Carrier Sales who was very professional, informative and gracious. Great introduction to BB culture,dynamics and overall expectations. Highly recommend BB if you're interested in joining a great company.
- How would you 'Hit the ground running?' Answer Question
- Accepted Offer
Find the job through school co-op website. apply for it. wait the response for like 3 months. interview though phone. the interview took me about 30 minutes. no warm-up questions. the interview started with a "tell me about yourself" questions. The interviewee sounded so bored with my answers. He asked many repeated questions about my past work experience.
- what is the most stressful thing in your past work experience? Answer Question
- No OfferNeutral ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied through college or university. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at BlackBerry.
Initial communications began at the university careers fair, followed up with a phone call from Blackberry in Bellevue, WA. Interview was scheduled in the following week, for a summer internship position that would begin a few months after the screening process. There were also the usual series of background checks, but those were carried out after the interview process ended.
- Immediately write code with a sharpie without any points for reference, timed under 5 minutes. There was a simple scenario given, but it did not matter that much in reality. Answer Question
- Accepted Offer
6 Interviews. Questions about my prior projects. Technical questions included questions on locks, deadlocks, threads, string manipulations
- Behavioural questions ( why you?) Answer Question
- Accepted OfferPositive ExperienceDifficult Interview
I applied online. The process took 4 weeks. I interviewed at BlackBerry (Sunrise, FL).
Talked with recruiter at campus who said BlackBerry wasn't accepting resumes but told me to apply online. After I applied I emailed her later and she responded that the interview process would begin soon. Got contacted for a phone interview with the manager. Interview began with explaining points on my resume while the manager looked for a point to segue into the technical interview. Questions were very technical, asking about different aspects of Mechanics of Materials (beam bending) and a general physics question about buoyancy. Manager was more interested in how I came about finding the answer rather than whether I was right or not. I was contacted a couple weeks later over phone offering me the position.
- When you fix a beam to a wall and add a shear force at the end of the beam, where does the beam fail first? Answer Question
- Which type of beam would be stronger against a shear force at its end: a hollow circular tube or a solid cylindrical bar both with the same cross-sectional area? Answer Question
- If you have a boat in water and you want to sink the boat, how would you go about doing it? How does the boat stay above water normally? Answer Question
No negotiation. Pay was very good compared with other companies.
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