Etsy Interview Questions

Updated Aug 22, 2014
Updated Aug 22, 2014
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Product Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Brooklyn, NY
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Brooklyn, NY
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2 daysinterviewed at Etsy in August 2014.

    Interview Details

    Initial phone call with SVP of Product
    6 onsite interviews with: marketing director, data analyst, engineer, engineering manager, SPM, Director of Product,
    1 final presentation with everyone you interview with

    Hands-down the best interview experience I've ever had. Here is why:

    1. My flight to NY was canceled and I ended-up rescheduling to a very early morning flight. The recruiter told all interviewers to be wary of my horrible traveling experience and indeed, everyone I met was super considerate of how I felt in terms of fatigue. The interview schedule was also shifted to give me more time in the morning to unwind from my flight.

    2. First/last question from every interviewer was "do you need any breaks, water or snacks?"

    3. My lunch interview was with two people and they paced it so well I was able to finish eating while talking to both of them

    4. The recruiter was super transparent with the hiring process at the end of the day, and gave me a thorough tour of the office before I left

    Etsy really believes in delivering the best interview experience.

    Interview Questions
    • Coming up with the right presentation was the hardest part, the rest were easy. I did enough research and brainstorming for the presentation that I was able to answer most of the product questions during the interview.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    1. phone call to congratulate me and discuss range of compensation
    2. phone call to give verbal offer
    3. email with official official letter
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Risk Agent Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 5 weeksinterviewed at Etsy in July 2014.

    Interview Details

    Applied on Etsy's website and got an email the same day to set up a phone interview.

    The hiring manager scheduled and then rescheduled the phone interview twice, which I found unprofessional.

    When the phone interview did finally occur it lasted 20 minutes and was more of a conversation about what the job entailed. Very comfortable and light. It reinstated my faith in Etsy as a professional company.

    After the phone interview the hiring manager (who is also the manager of the Risk Operations Team) sent over 'homework' which were situations one would encounter on the job. I filled out this writing sample and emailed it back.

    Two days later the hiring manager emailed me to set up an interview at the Etsy Brooklyn office.

    I traveled to the Brooklyn office and interviewed with the hiring manager and three other individuals from the Risk Operations team.

    Everyone was very nice and the interview was very comfortable.

    The hiring manager stressed multiple times that the position start date was six weeks from the date of the interview; this is a very important detail because this would require me to move to Hudson, NY where the position is based, I told him that was no problem and I understood that when I applied. I asked him if it were reasonable for him to give me a month to give my current employer two weeks notice, leaving me with two weeks to move to Hudson. The hiring manager said that "things would move very quickly" and that I would have a final answer by the end of the week (I interviewed on a Monday).

    After the interview I emailed to thank him for meeting with me, to which he replied, "the team really enjoyed talking with you!".

    I thought this is great! I was beyond qualified for the job, the interview went great and the interviewers "really enjoyed talking to me".

    But then the end of the week came and went and I still hadn't heard back.
    I thought, OK, maybe the end of the work week got a little crazy and the hiring manager didn't have time to email me back.

    When I didn't hear back by Wednesday (9 days after my interview) I thought I would email and see if everything was OK.

    I was told that everything was fine but that the start date has been moved and "are you still interested?"
    I wrote back saying that I was still very interested and the date being moved worked in my favor.
    The hiring manger, who has been great with emailing me back within a few hours, just never responded.

    Then a month after my in-person interview I got a generic email from Etsy HR saying that, "We had a few other candidates farther along in our process and the role has now been filled."

    I thought WHAT?!
    How can this be? The hiring manager has been keeping me updated and asking if I'm still interested after the start date changed and then I get a generic email pretty much saying 'thanks but no thanks'?

    It's very frustrating that I was strung along to believe that I was in the running for a job for over a month and then I wasn't given the courtesy of a personalized email directly from the hiring manager.
    I should have gone with my gut feeling when the phone interview was shuffled numerous times--very unprofessional company.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Product Marketing Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 6+ monthsinterviewed at Etsy.

    Interview Details

    The recruiting team was incredibly disorganized and uncommunicative. The process took months, weeks and weeks of which went by with no contact at all. They eventually told me they decided not to hire for this position at all (oops!)—it's a forgivable issue, but they should have done me the courtesy of explaining the situation much sooner. I had long ago taken another job because I was tired of waiting around for an answer when they FINALLY told me.

    Interview Questions
    • Would you rather work on seller features or buyer features?   View Answer
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview
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    Product Quality Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at Etsy.

    Interview Details

    The interview process came in the form of a series of phone interview leading up to a full day of on site conversations over the course of a few weeks. After the initial call, there was also some homework to do, which came in the form of some questions and a work sample.

    Interview Questions
    • Was asked to give a detailed description of something wrong with the site and/or web app. This was hard to do because they push code and edits very often, so it's pretty tight.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    PR Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Etsy.

    Interview Details

    Unfortunately it seems as though they begin their interview process with phone interviews, which can be really difficult.

    Interview Questions
    • Again, all verbal, no eye to eye contact, so they're only looking at how you answer, not how you communicate in person.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 4 weeksinterviewed at Etsy.

    Interview Details

    Interviewed at Etsy, great experience overall. Incredibly intelligent and enthusiastic employees.

    No Offer
  8.  

    Software Engineering Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Application Details

    I applied online – interviewed at Etsy.

    Interview Details

    Applied online to college-specific posting. Interviewed with software engineer via Skype, who asked primarily about previous project experience, a few basic web dev questions. Then, was invited to NYC office for a fully day of interviews with several other candidates. Interview day was a really pleasant experience and included a tour of their beautiful office, free food, and informal conversations about technical challenges. 30-minute interviews with three software engineers asking basic coding questions, background/experience questions, and delving deep into the candidate's technical prowess. Overall, a fantastic experience!

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  9.  

    Software Engineering Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    I was really excited to apply for Etsy, but since I applied online, it took awhile to hear anything back from them. The website is helpful in offering a good channel of communication between applicants and the HR people. Yet I still wished they were more responsive in terms of the hiring process.

    Interview Questions
    • I didn't feel any question was unreasonably difficult.   Answer Question
    No Offer
  10.  

    Summer Internship Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Etsy.

    Interview Details

    I applied online and wait about 2 weeks to get a phone interview. The phone interview is really short, mainly focused on introduction of Etsy and your project experience.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Average Interview
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    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Brooklyn, NY
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Brooklyn, NY
    Application Details

    I applied through other source. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Etsy.

    Interview Details

    Some employees of Etsy found profile work online and were very interested. They arranged to fly in for the interview to their Brooklyn, NYC headquarters. They paid for the flight and hotel and offered additional compensation for taxis in the city. Everyone I met was very interested in my interview and offered a warm welcome. The interview was multi-part and I spoke with various engineers and HR reps both in the team I was being considered for and other teams throughout the company. Questions were taken from real-world problems not puzzles or comp sci tricks. They provided food and coffee throughout the day. Overall it was the best interview experience I've had so far, with people genuinely interested in my previous work and how I could help their team.

    Interview Questions
    • Open ended questions about the company or how I would change their current products were difficult to ask with little info on how they are already built or work.   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

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