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I applied through college or university. The process took 6+ weeks – interviewed at Cobalt (Seattle, WA) in November 2013.
I met some Cobalt employees at a College Career Fair, then I believe I had a brief (30mins or 1hr) interview with them on campus and was invited on-site for technical interviews. At the career fair, one would typically drop off their resume and hope to hear back, however they liked mine so much I scheduled my on campus interview right there. Between the initial interview and the technical interviews the recruiter was constantly in touch with me. I had two technical interviews on-site, each an hour long and each with two software engineers.
The interview process was typical, so if you're preparing for other technical interviews then you probably won't need to go out of your way to prepare for Cobalt's interviews. The hiring process however, was a bit frustrating. The pre-employment drug screening and background check seemed excessive compared to other software companies in the same geographic market, however now that I've started work, I'm very happy to be here.
- Typical software engineering interview questions. If you paid attention in school and prepare for the interviews by practicing coding questions online, you will be fine. Answer Question
The application asked what my desired salary was, so I listed it and when I was offered the job, the base salary was exactly what I'd asked for. I was happy with the amount so did not attempt to negotiate.
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I applied through a recruiter. The process took 4+ weeks – interviewed at Cobalt (Seattle, WA) in January 2013.
Was contacted by a recruiter. Two phone interviews prior to on-site. Phone interviews were about background, motivation, coding skills (coding exercise) and design. No algorithm questions. On-site was mainly on design, coding, background. Pretty positive overall. However the offer was not appealing but overall comp @Cobalt is low. Take it or leave it type of deal.
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Difficult to negotiate. Felt like take it or leave it type of deal. Advice would be to be persistent in negotiating.
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The process took 1+ week – interviewed at Cobalt (Seattle, WA) in October 2010.
It consisted of
30 min Phone screen
1 hr assessment test after the phone screen
3 hrs of on-site interviews with 7 people in total
They took 3days to get back on the phone screen and 2 days after the onsite interview.
The onsite interview conssisted of coding on whiteboard, java/ sql questions and also UI. Also, behavioral questions. They have part of the dev team in india and want someone who will be able to work with the offshore team.
Some of coding questions
Reverse a string
Reverse a words in the string
- Write an API method to reverse a string Answer Question
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I applied through a recruiter. The process took 4 days – interviewed at Cobalt (Seattle, WA) in September 2010.
Initial phone screen was about :30. I was invited for an on-site interview later that week. I then had 2 separate 2 hour sessions. Each session was with a set of 2 UI developers, who asked a load of questions about HTML/CSS/JS and had me work some problems out on the whiteboard. Had lunch with senior managers which focused on experience, direction, etc.
Simple ... the initial offer was actually more than I'd expected, so it was an easy accept on my end.
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I applied online. The process took a day – interviewed at Cobalt (Seattle, WA) in March 2010.
Its HR called me first for very basic info, then inviting me for a person2person interview. each of 2 team leaders spent less than 30 minutes asking narrow focused and trivial questions, and gave out the impression that they were hiring a lot and with a broad spectrum of various jobs. In short, almost sounds too good to be true. Then never heard back from them again.
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The process took a day – interviewed at Cobalt (Hilliard, OH) in December 2008.
easy interview process, no hard technical questions
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offer was slightly negotiable
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