I applied through a recruiter and interviewed at HTC.
Interview Details – Had one phone screening with the recruiter, one with one of the lead MEs on the San Francisco team, then went in for two separate in person interviews. The first in person interview was in front of a panel of different ME and product design engineers on the team. Pretty easy, and no difficult questions. The second interview was with 2 partners who were higher up. Neither interview was difficult, but I was told that they had decided to offer the position to someone more junior.
Interview Question – The interview was very friendly and there weren't any gotcha qusetions. Answer Question
Interviewed at HTC
Interview Details – The interview process had a lot of waiting and changes to the JD. Hiring decision took a long time to be made and a longer time to be signed. Recommend lots of patience.
I applied online and the process took 2+ weeks - interviewed at HTC in July 2012.
Interview Details – First a screening call over the phone, followed by an invitation into the office for a mix of panel and individual interviews. The questions were very focused on what I would do in particular scenarios. Overall pretty challenging. The entire interview on site took about 4 hours
Following this, I was asked to prepare a last minute presentation for some VPs. I was given the task the night before and asked to present at 9AM the following day. Talk about stressful. I spent the better part of that night working on that.
I was told that I did an outstanding job presenting and asked to come back in to meet with another VP the following week in person. That went fine.
A week afterwards, I heard back from recruiting. They said the job was mine and we discussed compensation. I countered and they went back to discuss this with their team. I didn't hear back anything until I proactively contacted them to find out about the next steps. They then called me back three days later saying that the role was no longer available.
Interview Question – If a rather issue (can't remember the exact wording) happened and you had to respond without the ability to refer to anyone else, what would you do? Answer Question
I applied online and the process took 3 days - interviewed at HTC in December 2011.
Interview Details – The interview process for me started with a telephone screen conducted by the Dashwire recruiter. This person basically just called to ask about how I heard about the position, what I knew about the company, what my salary expectations were and what my current availability was.
After my telephone screen with the recruiter I was scheduled for a technical phone screen with the current Lead DBA/System Administrator. In addition to going over my previous experience and telling me about the company, this person also asked several technical question related to taking backups, replication, and ways to increase and/or optimize performance of databases.
The last step for me was a series of group/panel interviews. During these interviews I met with different members of the dashwire team. The interviews were a bit mixed as to the type of questions. For example, some of the developers asked technical questions related to their specific work. Like, how to optimize a query. Others asked more managerial questions, like "what is your greatest strenght, weaknesses."
Overall I felt I had a very positive experience. Everyone that I met at Dashwire was extremely polite and full of energy. The company was recently bought out by HTC but, from my understanding, is being kept as a separate entity. Thus, the start-up mentality of the company still exists. However, the egos are not as bad as they can be with some start-ups. The environment seems to be very collaborative with a very flat management structure and open workspace. Thus, if you hate it when a developer walks over and asks you a questions... stay away from here.
I didn't get the position, as they were looking for more of a System Administrator/DBA Hybrid. However, I am not bitter. Dashwire seems to be a great company and an awesome place to work. I encourage anyone interested to apply.
Interview Question – If a parent record was accidentally deleted without removing the child records, what query could you use to determine what records were "orphaned". View Answer
I applied through college or university and the process took a day - interviewed at HTC in November 2011.
Interview Details – On-Campus interview with two technical questions. We ran out of time and I didn't even get to explain what I was looking for career wise or get to ask the interviewer any questions. The interviewer seemed to be annoyed that he was stuck with recruiting and wasn't very helpful when I asked a question about the problem he gave me.
Very Difficult Interview
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at HTC in April 2011.
Interview Details – Internal referral for the position. Process began with an initial phone interview with the team's recruiter, discussing background, interests, etc. After that had a one on one with the hiring manager and again met with the recruiter. Spent roughly 90 minutes with the hiring manager discussing the role, background, and how I might approach different problems. After the interview the hiring manager gave me a "take-home case" assignment to work on, send back, and discuss during the next round of interviews. It was a very abstract assignment but intended to see how one would go about distilling a wide range of data into concise actionable points. Was given 48 hours to do the assignment.
Next round of interviews consisted of an hour with another member of the team, going over the case presentation that I had sent back earlier. After that spent an hour on the phone with one other member of the team, this time discussing motivation for the role (as someone switching industries), etc. The last interview was on a Friday, offer was made the following Monday.
Interview Question – How would you distill disparate qualitative information into an actionable set of easily understood points? Answer Question
I applied online and the process took a day - interviewed at HTC in June 2010.
Interview Details – Contacted by HR to set up a telephone interview. Interview itself was with a manager on a product team for a new phone. The interview consisted of mostly character questions and explanation of the technology.
Very Difficult Interview
I applied through a staffing agency and the process took 6 weeks - interviewed at HTC in August 2010.
Interview Details – HTC is a hard-driving, fast-growing company. The talent management team is trying to staff 30-40 positions and they are way overworked. They will get to know you as a candidate, but expect to feel a bit herded through the process.
Phone interview with agency.
In-person interview with agency.
Phone interview with HTC Talent Management.
In-person interview with hiring manager.
Skills test for main skillset required for the position.
Skills test for the secondary skillset required for the position.
Further in-person interviews with product management team, hiring manager, and team of peers.
Very thorough background check (they called an educational institution from which I graduated 25 years ago!)
This interview process was harder than the complete Microsoft FTE cycle (I have been hired through that cycle once blue badge and three times as a contractor, and have been a hiring manager twice). Both the depth and the scope were bigger than the typical Microsoft interview course.
Interview Question – How would you handle interaction with an engineer about a particular feature when you don't like the design or believe that the design will fail? Answer Question
Negotiation Details – I asked for 20% more than the quoted maximum salary. I also asked for additional paid time off. Both of these requests were in the interest of preserving previous salary and PTO as negotiated. I did get both of these items as requested. In addition, I was offered some special travel provisions; these were a nice bonus.
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 2 days - interviewed at HTC in March 2009.
Interview Details – It was a series of technical drill down with many devs in the company.
Interview Question – Find the common ancestor of two nodes in a tree. The tree is not a binary tree strictly in that the left node is less than the right node. Also this solution should work for trees with three or four children. Provide both a recursive and iterative solution. View Answers (3)
Interviewed at HTC
Interview Details – Tests: English, Logics, C, Java (totally almost 3 hours)
Interview: 2 managers (3 hours)
At first, you would take tests, and than you would go to interview if you passed the tests. During interview, managers asked some professional questions based on what courses you had took. The managers are nice, they even suggest me to read some books to expand my knowledge if I would like to take this job.
Interview Question – How to prevent deadlock in multithread program Answer Question
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