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No Offer – Interviewed in Los Angeles, CA Feb 2013 – Reviewed Mar 22, 2013
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Contacted by a recruiter and then scheduled a phone interview. I received an email prior to the phone call with code similar to a Python syntax. There were two questions with code snippets and the interviewer asked me to explain what the both code snippets do. There was a recursive function on the first question and it was testing if two strings are anagrams. The implementation was intentionally complex to confuse the candidate, I believe. The recursive function was being called within a loop. Then the interviewer asked me to write a better version of the code. I did that in Java, very straight forward. There are so many different ways to implement this, just go ahead and google the anagram finder implementation.
Second code snippet was longer. There were a simple entity like class definitions first and then a function that reads values, creates these objects and checks if they were in the dictionary (as Python datastructure) and if they don't exist create them with a parent child relationship. The function name was given as no_name() and I was thinking to find the function name as in the first example, but that wasn't the case, because the piece of code wasn't doing anything logical. I think the code was taken from some actual code implementation that they had.
Interview Question – There were two questions and they were not difficult. The candidate was expected to find out what the code does. The code snippets are written intentionally complex, so reading and tracing the code can be confusing. I suggest that you test the code with some sample input to determine what it does in both cases. Answer Question
No Offer – Interviewed in Los Angeles, CA Feb 2013 – Reviewed Feb 11, 2013
Interview Details – After forwarding my resume, the university recruiter contacted me saying that the first step is the 8 hour coding challenge. They sent a link to a problem, and set the timer to 8 hours. The solution had to be emailed within 8 hours. It was a very good experience even though I didn't get selected.
Interview Question – The coding challenge is simple but time consuming. You might figure out the right algorithm, but you'll end up sending a brute force solution because of less time. Answer Question
No Offer – Interviewed in Los Angeles, CA – Reviewed Dec 14, 2012
Interview Details – Round 1: in-person interviews, met with about 6 different people, received a copy of "What Defines Hulu" but then was told during the interview with the HR manager that it wasn't true anymore. Mediocre energy from the interviewers; interviewers seemed tired of the process (I think they looked at a lot of candidates). Round 2: a two hour skills test on Saturday. Never heard from them again after my submission, even after follow-up with the HR manager. I thought the skills test was relatively easy and straight forward (the type of work I do everyday and get positive feedback for), but maybe it wasn't what they were looking for. I never even received a rejection letter; they just went radio silent.
Accepted Offer – Interviewed in Los Angeles, CA – Reviewed Aug 13, 2012
Interview Details – 1 initial phone interview w/ my recruiter, 2-3 onsites to meet the entire team, offer within a week.
Interview Question – Why are you leaving a great/well established company to come to our little start up? Something must be wrong... :-/ View Answer
No Offer – Interviewed in Los Angeles, CA – Reviewed Jul 31, 2012
Interview Details – A recruiter screen and 2 technical phone interviews. Pleasant conversations with the recruiter and the engineers were definitely helpful. Questions covered a good amount of breadth, as mentioned by the recruiter. Overall positive experience.
Interview Question – open ended design question Answer Question
No Offer – Interviewed in Los Angeles, CA Mar 2012 – Reviewed Jun 14, 2012
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pretty horrible interview experience. hulu is incredibly slow and really bad at getting back to people. i waited 2-3 weeks after my first 2 interviews to hear back and they never called or emailed me. so i contacted HR and they set up more interviews for like 1-2 weeks later. and again i had to wait and contact HR again. and they set up more interviews again for like a week later. and wait again. contact HR again. and then they wanted to fly me into their office last minute. and they said theyd have a decision for me by a certain date. HR called and said the team loved me. set up ANOTHER interview, said they'd call right after, but never did. the team called the day they said they would, and said they were still interviewing and wouldnt have a decision until a week later. a week passed and i heard nothing from them. contacted HR, they said they'd get back to me and never did. contacted HR again. contacted someone from the team directly. a few days later, that person called me saying they had changed the role of the position i applied for so i wasnt a good fit anymore.
wow seriously?? they have no consideration of other people. first, for being so slow. second, for making their candidates have to continuously follow up with them. and third, for changing their job positions that people had spent 11 weeks interviewing for.
i dont think they'd be worth working for even if i did get the job. they make it seem like a great place to work but theyre really inconsiderate.
Interview Question – tell me about yourself Answer Question
No Offer – Interviewed in Los Angeles, CA Mar 2012 – Reviewed May 17, 2012
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After having had so many negative HR experiences at other companies, it was nice to finally see a company like Hulu that treated their candidates in a nice, welcoming, and respectful manner - not to mention their ongoing responsiveness.
I had a mix of phone interviews and in person interviews. Nothing too challenging - just asking about my background, general questions regarding the position, ideas, friendly chit chat, etc. In addition to HR and the hiring manager, they like to include peer interviews, which I had mixed feelings about. It was nice to interact with many people at the company though - I found them all to be enthusiastic, and at times motivating... but there was also a level of arrogance in terms of how hard they work/how hard it is to get a job there/how people take title cuts to come to Hulu. I had mixed feelings about what it would be like to work there and where the company would be five years from now.
Only frustration was that they seemed to have positions changing or going away late into the interview process, which is frustrating for candidates that feel like they just wasted their time and got hopes up for nothing.
Interview Question – Providing your solution or idea to their question - don't recall specifics Answer Question
No Offer – Interviewed in Los Angeles, CA Apr 2012 – Reviewed May 3, 2012
Interview Details – They emailed me to setup an interview time after submitting my resume at a college career fair. The first engineer I talk to was very nice and helpful. He helped me through the program when I had questions. The second phone interview, the call was late and rushed towards the end. I never heard back from them and emailed the recruiters a couple times. Horrible job on their part and wouldn't advise people to apply here.
Interview Question –
Write a power function
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returns a^b View Answers (4)
No Offer – Interviewed in Los Angeles, CA Oct 2011 – Reviewed Apr 30, 2012
Interview Details – The interview process consisted of two technical interviews. In the first interview, I was asked some general questions about software development concepts. And then I was asked to look at some code and discuss what was going on. The second interview was focused on algorithms. I was given a few problems and asked to describe how I would approach solving them. Specifically, I was asked what data structures and algorithms could be used and was asked to compare different approaches. Based on the interview and their answers to my questions, the work place seemed to be very fast paced, mostly individual work or small teams.
Interview Question – efficient way to traverse through a given tree structure Answer Question
No Offer – Interviewed in Los Angeles, CA Jun 2011 – Reviewed Jul 19, 2011
Interview Details – First contacted by hiring manager. Quick, standard phone screening, then we scheduled my second phone interview. This interview was with the department manager -- I believe it was the planning and research department. I'm not certain because the title of this role was one they had changed multiple times, and one that worked with multiple departments. Anyway, after second phone interview, had 5 1:1 interviews in the same day. They went well, but I wasn't offered a position. They let me down about as nicely as possible though.
Interview Question – What are your favorite shows on Hulu? What do you like about the Hulu player versus other online players? Answer Question
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