BloomReach Interview Questions & Reviews
Getting an Interview
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- Software Engineer (2)
- Data Scientist (2)
- Storyteller (1)
- Summer Undergraduate Intern (1)
- Software Engineer Intern (1)
- Senior Software Engineer (1)
- Backend Engineer (1)
- Sales (1)
- Software Developer (1)
- Software Engineering Intern (1)
- Engineering Intern (1)
- Member of Technical Staff (1)
- Member of Technical Staff Software Engineer (1)
Sales Interview (Negative Experience; Average Interview)
I applied online and the process took 2 months - interviewed at BloomReach in April 2014.
Interview Details – Had a 5 hour on site interview which went well. They then never notified of next steps or status even when I emailed HR looking for more details. Only found out I was not selected from logging into Jobvite to looking at status. People there did seem to like it there, but would have appreciated more professionalism in the hiring process
Interview Question – Sell me this... Answer Question
Member of Technical Staff Software Engineer Interview (Neutral Experience; Difficult Interview)
I applied online and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at BloomReach in July 2014.
Interview Details – I took two rounds of phone interviews before onsite. One was good the other was so so. Basic coding questions and algorithm/data structure questions. Some are related to big data operation.
There are three rounds of onsite interviews. First interviewer asked four algorithm questions. I need to code two of them. None of them were very difficult, the interviewer was nice and willing to give hints. The second one was a design question about a chat application and several follow up questions on scalability. The third one again was a coding question, the interviewer came in and raised the question and started to work on his laptop. I came up with an idea and he brought up a counter case. I couldn't find a good solution after a while and asked for more hints. Finally I was able to finish the code but felt really bad. We remained silence for most of the time, the interviewer seemed busy with his own work. I would give a negative experience but the other interviews were quite nice. I'm not sure if the third guy was the bar raiser.
Interview Question – Painting a list of houses using three different colors with minimum cost. Answer Question
Software Engineering Intern Interview (Negative Experience; Easy Interview)
I applied online - interviewed at BloomReach in January 2014.
Interview Details – They have 3 interview rounds for internship position.
== Round 1 ==
Find longest palindrome in a string.Implement BFS/DFS.
== Round 2 ==
Search for a number in Rotated Sorted Array. Implement Exponential operator.
== Round 3 ==
Generate all the permutations of a String. What if there are duplicates in String.
The funny thing is that I know 4-5 other people to whom they asked exactly the same questions. They have one of the best engineers in the industry but I was surprised that they will asking same questions to everyone.
I think that these interviews are just for formality. Even if your interviews go very well, but you do not have rock-star background like their other engineers (ex-Googlers or from other big shot companies), there is no chance they are going to hire you.
Interview Question – all questions were easy Answer Question
Senior Software Engineer Interview (Negative Experience; Average Interview)
I applied through a recruiter and the process took 5 days - interviewed at BloomReach.
Interview Details – Attended a phone screening, the question was related to set operation on large datasets. The interviewer seems to be expecting a particular answer and is not interested in other answer we give.. also they seem to expecting flawless coding. Getting an answer is not enough.
Interview Question – Set operation on large dataset. Answer Question
Storyteller Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied online and the process took 5 days - interviewed at BloomReach in November 2013.
Interview Details – I applied for the Storyteller position online and was contacted within a few days. The HR representative for the initial phone screen was nice and personable, and most of the questions asked were in regard to my background and experience.
The second interview was with the hiring manager and was a Skype video call (I am currently located overseas so this may differ depending on the applicant's location). The manager was also personable and his attitude helped me feel relaxed. I even felt a little bad since he was conducting the interview from his home after work hours! One unique thing about this interview that might have taken me by surprise had I not prepared a little was he started out asking what questions I had for him. After filling me in on the answers, the manager asked more questions about my experience and background in writing.
Both interviewers were great and I was sad to hear I didn't get the job! BloomReach looks fun and the people look real and very talented.
Interview Question – All the questions were typical interview questions, though the second interview started out with the manager asking me for my questions as opposed to saving that for last. View Answer
Software Engineer Interview (Negative Experience; Average Interview)
I applied through a recruiter and the process took 1+ week - interviewed at BloomReach in October 2013.
Interview Details – 2 Phone screens and 1 onsite.
Interview Question – General questions. Nothing out of the world. View Answer
Backend Engineer Interview (Neutral Experience; Difficult Interview)
I applied online - interviewed at BloomReach in August 2013.
Interview Details – Applied online and got a call from the HR . He was nice to brief me about the company. The company is doing interesting work and I liked what they are doing and they scheduled a telephone round .
Interview Question – I was asked a technical question .
Given an infinite input of strings, how do you randomly sample 1,000 strings at any given point? View Answer
Very Difficult Interview
Member of Technical Staff Interview (Positive Experience; Very Difficult Interview)
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 1 week - interviewed at BloomReach in November 2011.
Interview Details – I ran into one of BloomReach's first engineers at a technical event and was very impressed with both his breadth of knowledge and the types of problems he mentioned he was working on. When he brought up that I should come and interview at BloomReach I took some time to research BloomReach. I liked what I saw.
I got back in touch with him at this point and grabbed coffee to discuss further. After coffee I decided it would be worth my time to take a day and interview with the team.
The interview process has evolved somewhat from when I joined less than two years ago, but the basics are still the same: 4-6 technical interviews covering all the bases. I was wiped out at the end of the process, but in a good way.
My final interview was with the CEO after which I received an offer and was able to negotiate salary.
Interview Question – Using standard unix command line tools, work through basic set operations. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – You will have to negotiate.
Software Developer Interview (Neutral Experience; Easy Interview)
I applied online and the process took 2 days - interviewed at BloomReach in March 2013.
Interview Details – submit resume to the website, then schedule an phone interview for 45mins. Mainly talked about the research background. Than a programming question. We share a online doc as whiteboard. Actually they mainly want to know who you are and merely talk about themselves. So I'm not sure what they need.
Interview Question – Talk the details about my research. Answer Question
Data Scientist Interview (Neutral Experience; Average Interview)
I applied online and the process took 1 week - interviewed at BloomReach.
Interview Details – The interviewer took around 15 minutes explaining his work, and gave me about 5 mins to talk about mine. He then asked me a simple data structures question, followed by a coding question. The coding question didn't have an obvious solution, but with some hints I was able to figure it out. It was a decent experience overall, but I didn't move on the next round!
Interview Question – This wasn't a difficult question, yet - How would you identify the top 'k' queries from a file? View Answer