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No Offer – Interviewed in San Francisco, CA Jul 2012 – Reviewed Aug 20, 2012
Interview Details –
There were three interviews over all. First two were phone interviews and the third onsite interview. The phone interviews lasted for 40-50 mins each. Purely technical. They asked questions based on Java and database queries.
The onsite interview lasted for 5 hours including lunch with the manager. Was interviewed by each member of the team. The questions were based on data structures and algorithms only.
Interview Question – the unexpected question was to implement a practical scenario of semaphore using java threads. Had to use wait, notify and all the methods in the Thread class. Answer Question
No Offer – Interviewed in Austin, TX Jul 2012 – Reviewed Jul 20, 2012
Interview Details – I was contacted by a recruiter within a few days of applying online. His was a short interview, mostly informative. The next day I interviewed with an in-house recruiter. This one was much longer, about 45 minutes, mostly behavioral and background questions. Within a few days I got an e-mail from her saying they were going to pursue other candidates.
Interview Question – Nothing all that difficult in the first two phone interviews. Answer Question
Accepted Offer – Interviewed in Redwood City, CA Feb 2012 – Reviewed Jul 10, 2012
Interview Details – Comfortable with the people interviewing, clean office and smooth communications.
Interview Question – Why are you looking into another industry/position? View Answer
No Offer – Interviewed in Austin, TX Oct 2011 – Reviewed Jul 6, 2012
Interview Details – Had a phone interview with the HR. It was pretty lowkey. Then I had another phone interview with the hiring manager.. basically walked me through the resume. some questions based on wat i had in my resume. then a presentation round based on anything I want.. I got a reject in a week.
Interview Question – Tell me about urself. Answer Question
Accepted Offer – Interviewed in Boston, MA Apr 2012 – Reviewed Jun 28, 2012
Interview Details –
1st round phone interview, around 40mins.
2nd round 1:1 in person interview at the company with the VP and hiring manager.
Got offer the next day of 2nd round interview.
Interview Question – Describe a project that you have been involved that deals with forecasting and pricing models. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – Easy and smooth :)
No Offer – Interviewed in Austin, TX Sep 2011 – Reviewed Jun 13, 2012
Interview Details –
I was referred by a staffing agency and was told there would be a test of my writing skills. The interview was professionally done, and the interview questions were pretty much what you would expect. Still, I had a hard time connecting with the interviewer, so there was a certain discomfort throughout the process.
The written test consisted of about three parts. The first part consisted of a number of basic grammar and punctuation questions such as how to abbreviate US. In the second part you were given snippets of technical writing and asked to rewrite it. The final part was an essay about what makes you a good technical writer, or something to that effect.
I didn't get a follow up, so it's hard for me to comment on the culture of the place. I can only say that the feeling I got was that it was a pretty formal place to work.
Interview Question – One question had to do with how I would go about getting more information about some product or concept that I was unfamiliar with. Answer Question
No Offer – Interviewed in Austin, TX Dec 2011 – Reviewed Jun 6, 2012
Interview Details – It was a pretty experience going on-site to interview for this company. Although, they were not very sure what they wanted from the candidates. They gave a lot of importance to people with solid work experience.
Interview Question – UNIX Commands Answer Question
Accepted Offer – Interviewed in Redwood City, CA Jan 2010 – Reviewed May 14, 2012
Interview Details – Standard interviewing process. Phone interview is the used as the filter just like every other company. After you clear that, you are invited to the onsite interview where you are being interviewed by 4 or 5 people (one at a time). The Vice President usually comes in for the final round. The interviews are fairly rigorous but not impossible. They make sure that you know what you say you know.
Interview Question – Java data structures, algorithms Answer Question
Accepted Offer – Interviewed in Redwood City, CA Aug 2010 – Reviewed Oct 30, 2011
Interview Details –
I sent my resume directly to a hiring manager at Informatica. She responded to me very quickly and set me up with phone interviews with a recruiter and herself. I ended up interviewing with many, many people and came in to the office many times. They were extremely thorough. I was consistently informed of status, which I appreciated a great deal as I was interviewing with a few other companies.
Interviews were typically 45 minutes. I spoke with people from many parts of the organization so I didn't mind getting a lot of repeat questions. They were very specific in getting the information they needed. Lots of behavior interviewing where they asked me exactly what I did in previous situations, what the outcomes were, anything I might have done differently etc.
The interviews could be somewhat daunting, but the interviewers were very nice and respectful even when digging deep.
My advise is to hang in there through the interview process. They take longer and they really want to make sure you are the right person. The result is that if you get in you get to work with a lot of exceptionally talented people. You can get a job a lot faster and easier, but it won't be as good a job.
Interview Question – I think the toughest questions were the 'how would you solve x problem' questions. The reason is that they were usually based on real situations that the interviewee didn't have all the necessary information about. You kind of felt like you were giving a 'meh' answer because you just knew there was a lot more data that you'd like to be able to consider. They really just wanted to understand your process and see how you would apply your experience though. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – Managers and recruiters are flexible. Tell them where you're at, what other offers you have and just be open and honest. They'll take care of you and make sure you are paid fairly compared to your peers and also compared to the general market.
Accepted Offer – Interviewed in New York, NY Aug 2011 – Reviewed Sep 23, 2011
Interview Details – Never applied , HR saw my profile on LinkedIn and contacted , i dont work on Informatica anymore though i do i have Informatica experience i think they were more interested in my "big data" experience.The interview was very technical and i was not satisfied with my performance at all ,nevertheless i was called to face to face interview with VP and a regional manager . Base salary that they offered me was not that great but the bonus was considerable .
Interview Question – They ask each an every informatica powercenter question under the sun , but they look for heterogenous experience of other ETL and connectivity tools . Answer Question
Negotiation Details – Did not negotiate much
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