Hotels.com Interview Questions & Reviews in London, England
Getting an Interview
Software Engineer Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied through a recruiter and the process took 4 weeks - interviewed at Hotels.com.
Interview Details – Initial email, then a phone call, then an invite into the office. Met a couple of managers who seemed great, then had a number of subsequent interviews ranging from hard-core technical to the more "soft" side, to what seemed like chats. Met a great bunch of people during the process and I felt very relaxed along the way.
Absolutely love the environment. Technically, a lot needs to be improved, and it's happening. It's the perfect time to see a successful organisation transition into an even more successful one.
If you're genuinely talented, decent, friendly and helpful, this place will do you just fine - your colleagues will support you too.
Interview Question – "Ask me three questions about anything. It doesn't matter what they are."
This was particularly challenging as it was said out of context, and it completely put me on the spot as this was within the first 3 minutes of the interview. Top marks to the interviewer for making it a two way process right from the beginning. View Answer
Negotiation Details – Competitive. Just be straight with what you're earning and what your expectations are. If there's no fit, move along.
Software QA Interview (Neutral Experience; Average Interview)
The process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Hotels.com in March 2011.
Interview Details – Applied for the position directly through their website. Received initial response 2 weeks later. Interview scheduling was very quick. Phone interview with hiring manager took place the same week, for 30 minutes. It sounded like they had already made up their mind to bring me in for a face-to-face interview. By the end of the call, the hiring manager confirmed that they would be scheduling something in-person.
In-person interview took place the following week. Met with 5 people one-on-one, including the hiring manager again. Everything went well; very typical questions were asked. Some situational, some about past experience etc. Nothing too technical. Finally the hiring manager told me that my answers were very good, but not my demeanor (sitting posture, body language etc.). Left me on that note, not knowing which way things were going to go.
Finally I received an email from their HR 10 days later, saying that I had not been successful. This may just be this particular hiring manager's style, but there definitely was undue emphasis on the non-verbal aspects of the interview.
Interview Question – I want you to pretend that you are making me a cup of tea. Narrate each step along the way. View Answer