Getting an Interview
Getting an Interview
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Helpful (2)Accepted Offer
Filled out online application, completed competency test online, had a phone interview and an on site interview is next. The test was pretty easy as long as you are familiar with computers, good grammar and basic math skills. The phone interview lasted about 30 minutes.
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- No Offer
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Helpful (2)Accepted OfferPositive Experience
I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2 days. I interviewed at Blackboard.
Interview process is fairly straight forward. The trick is to come prepared and let your past accomplishments speak. 1. Open source, eat it, love it, become it. Open up a github account, comment, fix, and contribute code. Get your name out there! 2. Dressing in a suit, as with most Bay Area companies on your interview day is often discouraged. Go in looking sharp, i.e. respectable jeans, clean shoes, maybe an Atari t-shirt with a sports jacket. 3. If you lack professional experience in the engineering role you're after, spin up some AWS nodes and start experimenting. Install Ruby, out together a few web apps... use jenkins to push the code from your github account to your personal AWS server. Most companies will will consider you over more qualified/educated candidates when you're able to express passion. 4. Come prepared with a laptop and your own wi-fi hotspot. Techies who interview you do not want to interview you, it takes time out of their day when they could be doing more important things. You need to 'WOW' the engineer. Do this by talking about your skills without sounding 'cocky'. If the person interviewing you shows interest in, say, what ever solution you have experience with, offer to show him/her - impress them by taking out your laptop and showing off your code. Take it one step farther, show them your code in action by being prepared with your own wi-fi hotspot. There's nothing worst than being 95% ready to go and being held back by the lack of a public wi-fi access point, or worst yet, looking like an idiot when you enter the password wrong due to whatever reason. Be prepared, be 'Johnny on the spot'! I would even go as far as to drive up to the company the night before just to test that my wi-fi hotspot gets adequate coverage. 5. Chemistry - Most Bay Area companies value culture. Let's face it, if you've been working with Merril Lynch for the past decade as an investment banker whose interviewing for a software development job based off of personal interest, chances are you're going to feel some culture friction. As with chemistry, be yourself... if being yourself is wearing a suit every day, engineering in SF is probably not for you. Tell a few jokes with the interviewers. 6. Be straight forward! Engineers hate BS/red tape. We want the quickest, straightest route to project completion as possible. When the time comes, explain how, for instance, XXX Operating system managed to 'grind your gears' due to an inherent flaw, how you managed to over said issue, and how you celebrated said accomplishment with a satisfying locally brewed IPA. Again, be yourself, one would be hard pressed NOT to find a software company within the Bay Area that lacks a keg-o-rator. 7. Interview them. Ask them questions about where they used to work, how long they've been with the organization, what tech blogs they read... offer some stories if you're associated with said blog. Earn their trust, if it's 20 minutes past the interviewer's allocated time slot, you two are having a good conversation, take a deep breath and ask them how they like working there and what their biggest day-to-day gripe(s) are. Often, said interviewer will be down right honest, you may choose not to work for said company. However, on the other hand, you just made a friend/connection. 8. Meetups - go to as many meet ups re: the technology that peeks your interest, interact, contribute, and absorb. Bottom line, the perfect position for any said techie is out there, more specifically, right here in the Bay Area. Show your feathers, get hired, work your butt off, have some fun, go home, be happy!
- What's the most interesting/most complex project you undertook in your spare time? 1 Answer
I did not negotiate, the offer they gave me seemed fair
Helpful (1)Accepted OfferPositive Experience
I was contacted by a recruiter to interview for this position, after an interview with the recruiter, I was scheduled for a phone interview with the hiring manager. Following that, I met in person with the hiring manager, and a team of people that I would be working with if I accepted the position. During the interview process, I needed to prepare a non-technical presentation for clients. My presentation skills were critiqued, and ultimately I was offered the job.
- How would my past experience prepare me for selling a "plug and play"application? Answer Question
- Accepted Offer
2 round interview with first via telephone and second on site. Lots of algorithm questions on the phone interview and performance concern is emphasized at most of the questions, with frustrated me a bit. But even though I failed many of the questions, I still got a chance for the second round interview. On site interview with 3 more people (one by one), all questioning technical question from all aspects, including hand writing programming questions. The performance concern is again emphasized.
- How to located the last third line in a file size 1T within a memory capacity of only 1M? Answer Question
- No OfferNegative Experience
Internal interview.... recruiter said I would not be qualified for the job because I had the "wrong Job title...." despite the fact that I had ALL of the skills and required experience.
- Accepted Offer
The process has been smooth and fast paced. Applied and within 1 day was asked to take tech assessment. Next day was 1st phone interview and within the hour was asked to meet for 2nd interview. Very professional company
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Helpful (1)No OfferNegative ExperienceEasy Interview
I applied online. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at Blackboard (Austin, TX) in March 2015.
I applied for a different position with the company but was offered an opportunity to apply for the QA Analyst position. I looked it up and it appeared to be an interesting job doing Quality Assurance and required a degree (which I have). At the beginning of the interview HR stated the position payed 12-14 an hour, with no benefits! I'm already employed at a Salaried job, making more. They knew this from the app and she brought it up herself. Why waste both of our time? Why on earth would be interested in that or leave my higher paying job? I have years of experience, tech certifications and a BA degree and you request to interview for $12 an hour? It was a ridiculous interview with apparently a ridiculous company.
- My past experience. Answer Question
- No OfferNeutral ExperienceEasy Interview
I applied through other source. I interviewed at Blackboard (Sherman Oaks, CA) in May 2011.
I was part of a company merger. There was no interview processs
- Blackboard asks for self-evaluations as part of their annual review, but I have never received feedback from my evaluation. Answer Question
- Accepted OfferPositive ExperienceEasy Interview
I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2+ weeks. I interviewed at Blackboard (Indianapolis, IN).
Had my resume passed along by a friend of a relative. Initially contacted by the software engineer leading the project to set up a phone interview that lasted 30 minutes. Contacted within 2 weeks after interview and accepted immediately.
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