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BlackBerry Interview Questions & Reviews in Waterloo, ON

Updated Jul 11, 2014
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Systems Engineer Interview

Systems Engineer
Waterloo, ON (Canada)

I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at BlackBerry in January 2013.

Interview Details – Phone interview was on simple systems topics such as Fourier transforms, sampling. Time frequency domain relationships.

In person interview was much more difficult and more details oriented than high level.

Questions on multirate and statistical signal processing. Questions in C, C++, and Matlab. In general questions required a blackboard and calculation.

Real-time implementations of systems

Interview Question – Questions on multirate signal processing, upsampling, downsampling, including equations.   View Answer


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Director Interview

Director
Waterloo, ON (Canada)

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 3 months - interviewed at BlackBerry in February 2009.

Interview Details – There were 4 interviews sessions. One was face-to-face with 3 people. Three others were phone interviews, including two with senior management. In general, the hiring process was slow and took me about 3 months to receive an offer. There was two interviews with in-house recruiter, one with the HR manager for the division, two with the hiring manager and his boss, and two with the senior VPs of the organization.

Interview Question – How would yoy deliver a bad news to your VP?   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – standard offer with no negotiaition.


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Software Developer Interview

Software Developer
Waterloo, ON (Canada)

I applied online and the process took 5 weeks - interviewed at BlackBerry in November 2012.

Interview Details – 3 steps process. 1) email then Phone Interview with HR, review resume, your expected salary range 2) email then Phone interview. In this case with a manager of three groups. Technical questions, describe best achievement, what are your weakness. In the end the interview was for 3 different jobs. After a long time got email I was not considered for step 3.

Interview Question – Describe what design patterns you have used in solving a tough problem.   View Answer


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Software Developer Interview

Software Developer
Waterloo, ON (Canada)

I applied through college or university and the process took a day - interviewed at BlackBerry in October 2012.

Interview Details – Applied through school's co-op system and received acknowledgement within two weeks. The interview consisted of the manager and a fellow software developer. The software developer is there mostly to observe your behaviors, occasionally asking you some questions about your resume. Some basic technical questions were asked, but it was mostly behavioral questions such as "what is a good manager to you?"

Interview Question – "What defines a good manager to you?" "What is the biggest flop you made?" "If you and I were to get into a conflict, what would you do?" "Tell me about something you do outside of school and work, that you think would differentiate yourself from others."   Answer Question


Accepted Offer

Neutral Experience

Easy Interview

Software Tester Interview

Software Tester
Waterloo, ON (Canada)

I applied through college or university and interviewed at BlackBerry.

Interview Details – Applied through the school's co-op program. Had an hour long phone interview that was largely informal, with purely non-technical questions. Fairly easy and straightforward in my opinion

Interview Question – Give an example of a difficult problem that you had to solve   Answer Question


1 person found this helpful

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IT Support Interview

IT Support
Waterloo, ON (Canada)

I applied online - interviewed at BlackBerry in November 2009.

Interview Details – 3 Level Interview. 1. HR on the phone 2. HR in person 3. Technical
Followed by extensive background screening. so do not lie on resume if you are applying to RIM.

Interview Question – Very standard interview and it depends on who is hiring you.   Answer Question


Accepted Offer

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Easy Interview

Software Engineer Interview

Software Engineer
Waterloo, ON (Canada)

I applied through college or university and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at BlackBerry in June 2012.

Interview Details – - Applied through Jobmine
- On campus interview at University of Waterloo
- Fairly easy interview: knowledge based questions, zero lines of actual code written, behavioral questions.
- Offer extended through Jobmine.

Interview Question – Explain how the JVM works in detail.   Answer Question


1 person found this helpful

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Touch Panel Developer, Co-op Interview

Touch Panel Developer, Co-op
Waterloo, ON (Canada)

I applied through college or university and the process took 5 days - interviewed at BlackBerry in December 2012.

Interview Details – After the preliminary screening, the time taken to set up an interview may take anywhere from a few days to a few months (assuming they are interested in interviewing you). The interview, for Waterloo based students, will be at whichever location you will be working at, a great chance to take a look at the office culture, and the team that you would be working with as the successful candidate. The interview for this position involved a lot of first-year circuits, with some second-year diode theory.

Interview Question – Describe the I-V characteristics of a diode. The only second-year question asked during the interview (outside of programming questions).   Answer Question


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Software Developer Interview

Software Developer
Waterloo, ON (Canada)

I applied online and the process took 2 days - interviewed at BlackBerry.

Interview Details – Too many gotcha questions.
Asking people to solve detailed work related problems that they are not familiar with.
Asks questions along the lines of Microsoft and Google.
Many detailed questions on programming languages - if it is not in your active repertoire - god help you.

Interview Question – Write code to simulate recursion with iteration.
Undergraduate numerical analysis problems that I did 25 years ago.
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Senior Marketing Manager Interview

Senior Marketing Manager
Waterloo, ON (Canada)

I applied through a recruiter and the process took 5 months - interviewed at BlackBerry in December 2008.

Interview Details – Process took about 5 months and involved about 7 interviews. Extremely slow process.

Met with about 12 people - VP's from every department - individually and in groups.

Often had to wait a long time between interviews.

Not very good at communicating with you during the process and in between interviews. You have to be patient if you want to survive the process.

Interview Question – If money were no object, what would you do?   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – Straight forward. Offer, counter offer, accepted.

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