I applied through a recruiter and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Groupon in September 2013.
Interview Details – Behavioral questions and tech questions. Had some good conversations about the technical stuff like system design and algorithms.
Interview Question – Behavioral questions. Answer Question
Reason for Declining –
They don't have a in-house recruiter team as a big company with over 10K employees and it is kind of a waste of time to negotiate everything relating to the compensation with recruiters.
You will be talking with recruiters (2+) for all time after the interview. This just gave me an impression that the company's hr or management may not have very strong responsibility for or care about their employees since they even don't want to talk to you directly in the very first stage about bring you on board. This is definitely the top reason I will decline the offer since I want to be cared if I will work there but I can't feel the hospitality. Negotiation is tough and they started to be very unhappy when I declined the offer.
The working environment is pretty noisy and space is very small. People are seated together and there is no cube. (unless you enjoy working like this) Everyone can look at you over your shoulders and there is no privacy.
Compared with other big tech company, the compensation is poor. They have no 401k match, no annual salary increase, no annual bonus, no free food, no on-site gym, etc.
I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Groupon in August 2013.
Interview Details – Applied online. Contacted by Manager. Received a coding question and a questionaire. Coding question was average. Received a call for scheduling phone interview. Phone interview was 3 one line question-answer( Given a program find its output.etc.) and then came the coding question, simple string manipulation question..nothing very difficult. I did well on the coding question. The interviewer seemed to be disinterested,very unfriendly and unhelpful; did not ask any questions while coding, showed his disinterest by not talking or just simply throwing an answer (for the sake of it) whenever I asked any question. Got a rejection email within 15 mins after the call..
Interview Question – A question about Macros. Password security mechanism Answer Question
Interviewed at Groupon
Interview Details –
A call from the HR followed by technical interview followed by an onsite.
1st interviewer: Fibonnacci series, Given X, find all the sets of four numbers adding up to X.
2nd interview: Remove white spaces in a string and lots of generic technical question
3rd interview : lunch interview- general discussion on design patterns
4th interview: Puzzle on 25 horses
5th interview: Design a system to return location based merchandise.
Interview Question – Nothing was difficult per se. View Answers (2)
I applied through a recruiter and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Groupon in August 2013.
Interview Details – I was contacted via linkedin by a recrutier who wanted to discuss opportunities. I talked to the recruiter and they told me about current and upcoming projects that are hiring and invited to attend a hiring event. The event had me meeting with 4 people. Some usual tech interview questions- experience & coding questions. The recruiter followed up soon after with an offer.
Negotiation Details – I did negotiate up a bit, but I felt the offer was fair.
I applied through a recruiter and the process took a day - interviewed at Groupon.
Interview Details –
Phone interview: After several phone conversations with a recruiter, I spoke with a lead of an engineering team, and talked in detail about my background and qualifications. This lead to an on-site interview.
On-site interview: It was a rigorous 4-part interview with 4 different senior engineers. It was similar to what you might expect from a rigorous engineering company -- some basic CS theory questions, solve it on the whiteboard type of thing, plus discussions about my previous work experience and my work in grad school. Because I have a specific background in a research area of computer science, there were many questions about solving the types of problems in this area that may arise either at Groupon or in general.
Culture: I was impressed with all the people I met there, though most had not been there for very long.
Interview Question – There was a difficult CS theory question about data structures and algorithms. Answer Question
Very Difficult Interview
I applied online and the process took 2 months - interviewed at Groupon in August 2013.
Interview Details –
I submitted an application online via the company website along with an internal endorsement from a Groupon employee. There's no good way to really handle that via the automated system.
Almost all contact is via email. Initial contact came via a recruiting coordinator to schedule a phone interview with the technical recruiter for the role. Interactions with the technical recruiter were excellent, as was the recruiting coordinator. Everything was prompt, professional, informative, enthusiastic, positive, etc. Some people clearly enjoy their jobs at Groupon.
Groupon has ambitious goals, and recruiting for product management roles was characterized as 'very urgent'. Still, it took time (days and weeks) to get through the various gates from coordinator to recruiter to hiring manager to space in people's calendars.
The phone interview with the hiring manager is where things went off the rails. The hiring manager seemed quite raw for the role (and to be managing such), having only been in product management for a short time and only at Groupon. I found it very difficult to communicate in sharing views about product management, how it works today at Groupon, philosophically how it should work at Groupon in the ideal, specifics of what function the open position is to fill, specifics of what software development teams and resources exist to deliver on projects, goals and points of evaluation in the short and medium terms for the open role, etc.
Predictably, the hiring manager chose to go forward with other candidates. To their credit, Groupon communicated this by (a short) phone call from their great technical recruiter.
I applied online and interviewed at Groupon.
Interview Details – Apply online, phone screen, in-person interview
Interview Question – Situational questions -- make sure to study up on the Groupon Promise! Answer Question
Very Easy Interview
I applied through college or university and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Groupon in August 2013.
Interview Details –
First round: OCR, one-person behavioral interview. Very standard questions "Tell me about yourself/Tell me about a time when.../etc."
Second round: Office visit, tour, lunch, two interviews with random managers. Largely conversational, all behavioral questions.
Focus: Fit and personality probably #1. If you have technical skills listed on your resume, be prepared to answer questions about those skills.
Dress: Business casual - casual
Overall: very laid-back. HR is very helpful and willing to help.
Interview Question – No difficult questions. All standard. Easiest to mess up: Why Groupon? Answer Question
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Groupon in July 2013.
Interview Details – Two interviews-phone and in-person. Phone interview was easy-basic questions about yourself and examples of customer service background. In person was a little harder-met with two customer service team leads. Was mostly just giving explaining my background and answering questions regarding particular customer service scenarios. Nothing too tricky.
Interview Question – Name a time you had to deal with a difficult customer and how did you handle it? Answer Question
I applied online and the process took 1 week - interviewed at Groupon in July 2013.
Interview Details –
one phone screen with recruiter, simple technical question.
onsite: 4 round, normal level questions
Interview Question – design search suggestion View Answer
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