Evernote Interview Questions in Redwood City, CA

Updated Oct 31, 2014
Updated Oct 31, 2014
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    Technical Program Manager Interview

    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 1+ weekinterviewed at Evernote (Redwood City, CA).

    Interview

    *Had a phone interview with the team lead. Usual questions about projects and deadline management etc. He seemed to be a nice and straightforward person.

    Next got invited for onsite.

    *First interviewer same as the phone interviewer. Had a detailed discussion and meeting with him. It was a good interview. I really enjoyed interviewing.
    *Second interviewer, a dev. He asked generic questions, I felt like he was clueless since wanted to ask technical questions. He literally said he has no questions. Not sure why they invite such people.
    *A woman - director level. Literally stormed into the room and had no small talk. Slammed her macbook on the desk and asked me, "Why Evernote"? "Why TPM"? Probably the worst interviewer and person I have met in my life. She was staring at me the whole time. I knew she did not want to give me the job and since she is the director she will have a huge say in hiring process. Asked usual questions, and left without saying thank you or anything.

    *2 more interviewers came and just talked. I felt like they had made up their mind based on the the feedback from the lady.

    Except for the first person all other interviewers were useless and had no constructive talk. Anyway, I came back read Evernote's work culture review on Glassdoor and lost interest in working at Evernote. The interview with the woman director reinforced my belief that it is terrible place to work with nepotism and tyranny.

    Interview Questions

    • Design data warehouse. It was really easy. Most questions were behavioral.   1 Answer
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    Prefer Not to Say Interview

    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3+ weeksinterviewed at Evernote (Redwood City, CA).

    Interview

    Wow, upon listening to the job description, it became evident that this company has no idea how to structure their organization! The person to whom I was to report had no business being at his level, and in fact, the job title was really just made up - he had no idea what he was supposed to be doing in his position! That job simply doesn't exist in real organizations. Clearly, they just create job titles on a whim to cater to certain individuals.

    I had my reservations, reading through the Glassdoor reviews, and it seems that they are on-point. Unless you are in desperate need of a job, I would steer clear of this place.

    Interview Questions

    • Most unexpected question? "I've never done this job before, so I need you to help me figure out how to do it, OK?"   Answer Question
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    Software Engineer/Android Interview

    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online – interviewed at Evernote (Redwood City, CA) in July 2014.

    Interview

    After I applied online, I was contacted by one of the recruiters via email. The first stage of the hiring process was the Evernote coding challenge. Basically, the recruiter sent me a problem specification, and I had to submit Java codes. After that went well, I had a Skype interview with a software engineer. The interview lasted about 45 minutes, and I was instructed to write Java codes on collabedit.com. The difficulty level of the questions was not on a par with those of the on-site interview questions.

    My on-site interview began at 12:30pm. The recruiter greeted me and gave me a tour of the building. Then I was led to a conference room where I had my first interview with a product manager. She proceeded to ask me behavioral questions such as "Why do you want to work at Evernote?", "Tell me about a project you worked on recently." That went on for about an hour, and then I had a streak of 4 technical interviews back-to-back (I think each interview lasted about an hour.) By the time the 4th interviewer came into the conference room, my brain was exhausted and entered "nope, I'm done" mode. Given that I did horribly during the 3rd interview, I would have not received an offer even if my brain remained energized during the whole interview process. However, I feel like I could have done better on the 4th interview question if it were the first problem I had to solve that day. At other on-site interviews, either I was asked if I needed a break at the beginning of each interview session, or they placed behavioral-question interview session between technical-question interview sessions so that the problem-solving part of my brain could cool down for a bit while answering behavioral questions. One of the interviewers walked me down to a fridge to get me a bottle of sparkling water, but other than that, I was offered no time for break. Maybe it's one of the traits they look for in prospective employees: being able to brainstorm for a long period of time without taking a break. Certainly I wasn't the right candidate for it.

    Some of the common interview questions:
    - Given two binary tree nodes, find the nearest common ancestor.
    - Design a class that represents a deck of cards. (Don't worry about jokers.)
    - Hanoi tower

    Overall, it was a positive interview experience even though I did not receive an offer. Everyone I met in the building was very nice and friendly, and the office environment looked modern and stylish with lots of free stuffs (I also heard they have great perks.) There were many young people, so it definitely looked like a great place to work for new university grads. Best of wishes to those who seek career opportunities here.

    Interview Questions

    • Write codes that print abbreviate XML tags to stdout. For example, given the input "<div>hello<span></span></div>", your code should print out "<div>hello<span/></div>". You need to write codes for only of these three given functions: tagStart(), tagText(), tagEnd(). For the previous example, the following function calls will be made in order:

      tagStart("div");
      tagText("hello");
      tagStart("span");
      tagEnd("span");
      tagEnd("div");
       
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    Product Design Intern Interview

    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online – interviewed at Evernote (Redwood City, CA).

    Interview

    The Evernote interview process was one of the best I've ever experienced. Interviewers were all respectful, inquisitive, and passionate about the platform.

    Interview Questions

    • In-depth explanation of a specific portfolio project (along with iterative questioning and analysis)   Answer Question
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    Customer Service Representative Interview

    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took a weekinterviewed at Evernote (Redwood City, CA) in February 2014.

    Interview

    Had a series of phone screens with different hiring managers (about 2). Was never asked any difficult questions. Just about my résumé, my interest in the position and my knowledge of the product suite.

    I then had to submit a writing sample--directions on how to make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich ( :/ ).

    After getting through to the onsite interview it was basically a round robin interview scheme with the CS team in redwood city. Some were super informal and basically just conversations and some were a bit more inquisitive and intense. Questions like tell me about a time you had to explain a difficult subject/concept in clear and simplified terms? If a user was to contact you complaining about not being able to login to their account, what would your first line of response be?

    Overall i never felt like i was thrown for a curveball. The interview process was super easy and i believe i only wasnt offered the position because i was way too expressive of my thoughts of it being a entry-point position and my interest in gravitating towards business development after successfully fulfilling the role.

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    Operations Interview

    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Evernote (Redwood City, CA) in November 2013.

    Interview

    I applied online. The recruiter called me the following day and was very friendly and professional. I had 2 onsite interviews and the whole process took less than 2 weeks. Very efficient process. The managers/recruiter were very transparent in the whole process.

    Interview Questions

    • I was asked to write an email to a customer in Japan. It tested my writing, interpersonal and cultural sensitivity skills. I was impressed because it was a simulation of a real situation with a Japanese customer.   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    I was asked my current salary. The offer was very reasonable and fair so did not have to negotiate too much.

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    Software Engineer Interview

    Declined Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview
    Declined Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at Evernote (Redwood City, CA) in November 2013.

    Interview

    The company and the people i met seem to be good. The process was smooth. Had a couple of phone screenings, then an onsite interview. The questions were challenging and like the environment.

    Interview Questions

    • How will you remove duplicate tags from an xml document   Answer Question

    Reasons for Declining

    The company seems to be very stingy with RSU's. I was offered 4 figure RSU's for 4 years. Who will join a pre ipo company for that number of RSU's.

  9.  

    Senior Operations Engineer Interview

    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at Evernote (Redwood City, CA) in October 2013.

    Interview

    I was contacted quickly after submitting my resume and cover letter, and had ample opportunity to ask questions from the start. Everyone was very polite and responsive. I had a Skype interview with a remote Ops guy first, followed by an all-day interview at the RWC campus the following week. I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to eat lunch with the CTO, which was great. While all the back-to-back interviews were intense, I felt I was provided with plenty of opportunity to express myself and demonstrate my abilities.

    Interview Questions

    • Role-playing scenarios to demonstrate how I would solve a problem under difficult circumstances (e.g., a system unable to fork.)   1 Answer

    Negotiation

    I felt the offer was great and did not feel a need to negotiate.

  10.  

    Staffing Interview

    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through other source – interviewed at Evernote (Redwood City, CA) in October 2013.

    Interview

    From start to finish, I had a wonderful interview experience with Evernote. After going through the initial pre-screen and phone interview process, I was invited to a recruiting mixer Evernote was hosting at their HQ. It was a great way to get to know some of the team and their culture before coming in for an onsite. By the time I was invited onsite for a full round of interviews, I felt even more excited to learn more about the role and the company. The entire team was very warm and welcoming and even included a full tour of the office. The seating style is open (no cubicles) and collaborative — even Phil Libin sits at a desk amongst all of his team members. Overall I was very impressed by the friendliness of the team and how helpful they were to answer any and all questions I had throughout the interview process.

    Interview Questions

    • I didn't experience any "trick questions," nor did I feel put on the spot in a way that would have made me uncomfortable.   Answer Question
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    Director Interview

    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 1+ weekinterviewed at Evernote (Redwood City, CA).

    Interview

    The hiring process was very smooth and efficient. Resume to offer was about 10 days and there were no hitches.

    Interview Questions

    • I was asked some very technical questions that were directly related to the positions duties. They wanted to make sure I was capable of doing what I claimed.   Answer Question

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