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Software Engineer
Waltham, MA

I applied through a recruiter and the process took 2+ weeks - interviewed at Care.com in December 2012.

Interview Details – Phone interview as for 45 minutes by director and then another phone interview of 30 minutes by manager. Then i was called for face to face interview. I was told to write algorithm of tic-tak-toe on board while all folks watching me. I tried but i forget all moves of tick-tak-toe. The interview folks looked very unsupported to get into any discussions about architecture, spring, struts java etc. I had a clue that I have just wasted my few hours and moreover the salary and benefits which they are offering is far less than the market rate. WASTE of my time.

Reason for Declining – bad team environment, bad vibes , LESS Salary than market

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I applied through a recruiter and the process took a day - interviewed at Care.com in September 2012.

Interview Details – I first talked to the Program Manager on the phone. I didn't get a chance to see him on the interview. The program Manager looked cool personal and communicative.

The other developers where ok, I don't really have an impression on them. I am sure they are good programmers, but personally I had to drag the architecture layout out of them.

I got the impression they were stuffy and egocentric,. I don't see what they offer for them to feel that way. There is a lot of options out there, but from these guys I got the impression they were so caught up on to their own thing.

They asked me questions about hibernate. Many to many relationships.
They asked me to write code to find if a word is Palindrome.
Then they asked me questions about data structures. Lists vs Arrays.
They asked me to program how would I get the all possible moves on a tick tac toe game.

I answered the first once but I got lost on the tic tac toe game. Half through the interview I had lost interest on the job.

The technologies they use are rails mvc spring hibernate db.I don't see how tic tac toe is any help in seeing how you think, because if you haven't tried programming it you will be lost. ... but anyways. After 6 years of programming, I am not sure how can one even remember that stuff.

They asked me about my past experience but I have worked in .net so I might as well not have told them anything. They don't seam interested.

If you don't have experience they are an opportunity for you to learn the web technologies. If you have experience there are better options out there.

Interview Question – They asked me to program how would I get the all possible moves on a tick tac toe game.   View Answer

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Software Engineer
Waltham, MA

I applied through a recruiter and the process took 3 days - interviewed at Care.com in January 2011.

Interview Details – Interviewing at care.com was quite off-putting. It was clear from the phone screen and the initial
interview they had no interest in my work experience and they offered no information about the position.
HR provided general information about the company during the on-site interview. For the engineering
managers its all about what esoteric Java language features you know, none of which, they admit their
teams ever use.

For my phone screen there was no information provided about the position or the company.
They asked about my current position but it was clear they had no interest in the information.
They could not get to their technical questions fast enough. Once they finished asking their
questions there was no opportunity for me to ask questions. The phone call ended abruptly.

At the in-person interview, again no information about the engineering position. No interest in
my work experience. No information from 3 of the 4 (technical) interviewers about their role in
the organization. We jumped right to the technical questions and once the interviewer finished
his questions, he was out the door.

I was able to rangle the last couple of interviewers to ask about the position, the architecture,
their tools, how the teams interact. Unfortunately none of them were able to articulate a
comprehensive view of the work and architecture or engineering organization.

So study the esoteric Java language features. Be prepared to write code for typical things like
the mouse-find-the-cheese, tree searches, managing N stacks in a single array. And ask your
questions before the interviewer starts their technical questions.

Interview Question – Write a class to manage N stacks. The stacks reside in a single array.
The init method parameters are int arr_size, int num_stks). arr_size is the
lenght of the single array. num_stks is the number of stacks to create from the array. Write the push and pop methods.
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