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Blackboard Interview Questions & Reviews

Updated May 15, 2014
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Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Systems Engineer Interview

Systems Engineer

I applied through a recruiter and the process took 2 days - interviewed at Blackboard.

Interview Details – 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!

Interview Question – What's the most interesting/most complex project you undertook in your spare time?   View Answer

Negotiation Details – I did not negotiate, the offer they gave me seemed fair


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Accepted Offer

Neutral Experience

Technical Support Interview

Technical Support

Interviewed at Blackboard

Interview Details – 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.

Interview Question – Explain how you would assist someone going through the registration process.   Answer Question


No Offer

Neutral Experience

Junior Java Developer Interview

Junior Java Developer

Interviewed at Blackboard

Interview Details – Contacted by recruiter for phone screen - asked about background experiences

2:1 technical phone interview with senior engineers - asked mainly about experiences, specific Java questions, behavioral questions about how I dealt with certain situations

On-site interview: 4 back-to-back 30 minute interviews with the team members. Asked mostly behavioral questions, described their group's work/objectives. Technical questions on Oracle/SQL, Java, Javascript included reading through some of their printed-out code and explaining line by line what the program does.

Interview Question – Oracle-specific syntax and keywords   Answer Question


1 person found this helpful

Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Regional Sales Manager Interview

Regional Sales Manager

Interviewed at Blackboard

Interview Details – 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.

Interview Question – How would my past experience prepare me for selling a "plug and play"application?   Answer Question


No Offer

Neutral Experience

Very Easy Interview

Level II Support Interview

Level II Support
Sherman Oaks, CA

I applied through other source - interviewed at Blackboard in May 2011.

Interview Details – I was part of a company merger. There was no interview processs

Interview Question – Blackboard asks for self-evaluations as part of their annual review, but I have never received feedback from my evaluation.   Answer Question


Accepted Offer

Neutral Experience

Very Easy Interview

Technical Support Interview

Technical Support

I applied in-person and the process took 3 days - interviewed at Blackboard.

Interview Details – Turn in application... Get call... Go in for interview.. Take a test... Get hired....
EASY.

Interview Question – All were easy unless you are incompetent.   Answer Question


1 person found this helpful

Declined Offer

Neutral Experience

Easy Interview

Outside Sales Representative Interview

Outside Sales Representative
Los Angeles, CA

I applied online and the process took a day - interviewed at Blackboard in January 2010.

Interview Details – Everything was fine until I listed a former employer (competitor) and everything stopped.

Interview Question – Very easy upfront questions... Whats a difficulty you have over come in the last year...   View Answer

Reason for Declining – I could not due to non compete.


No Offer

Positive Experience

Easy Interview

Contracts Manager Interview

Contracts Manager
Washington, DC

I applied through a recruiter and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Blackboard in April 2014.

Interview Details – Setting up the interview took a little long with people being on leave and out of town, but from my experience the staff is very friendly and are genuinely looking for someone in the right fit for this position. Everyone I spoke to was very personable and their questions not only let me understand more about the position but they listened to me and answered my questions too. I never felt nervous because it was so relaxed and easy to talk to everyone.

Interview Question – How do you deal with competing priorities?   View Answer


1 person found this helpful

No Offer

Negative Experience

Easy Interview

Operations Analyst Interview

Operations Analyst

I applied online and the process took 1 week - interviewed at Blackboard.

Interview Details – I was contacted by a recruiter who said that the hiring manager wanted him to set up a phone interview with myself and a few members of the staff. The process was fairly quick as I had the interviews just a few short days later which consisted of individual interviews with two staff members with a similar title to the job posting, one VP, and the direct manager for the position. Everyone was very professional and knowledgeable. I was left with a great impression of the company.

I thought the interview went well but never heard back from the recruiter. I contacted him several times through email and voice mail but he did not return any of them. Yes, I wanted the job, but I wish he would have sent me a quick 'no thank you', especially considering that I spend an entire day of my life interviewing with several members of the company. I eventually saw the position re-posted online.

Interview Question – They were all very standard.   Answer Question


Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Average Interview

Product Manager Interview

Product Manager
Los Angeles, CA

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 2 days - interviewed at Blackboard in March 2012.

Interview Details – Good experience. Only few Qs about your past experiences. They are more focus about your personaility (if you are kind, if you can get a long with poeple and if you can Go and figure out things when assigned a project)

Interview Question – N/A   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – No negociation. Take the offer as it or leave it.

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