Interactive Intelligence Interview Questions in Indianapolis, IN

Updated Jun 30, 2015
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    Telephony Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Indianapolis, IN
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Interactive Intelligence (Indianapolis, IN).

    Interview

    I was interviewed by multiple people. The process involved going door to door with six different people for a half hour each. This took up to about three hours. There was other stuff in which I was asked specific questions about programming and it even included a brain bench test and I forget if lunch was involved.

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    Senior Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Indianapolis, IN
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Interactive Intelligence (Indianapolis, IN).

    Interview

    Had a quick discussion with a hiring manager and a week later had a phone interview with a team lead. They said it was an interview with a hiring manager but it actually ended up being fairly technical. He asked a lot of questions about object oriented design and general programming concepts.
    From there they scheduled two back to back onsite interviews with two different teams. Both positions were for JavaScript and the questions covered specific JavaScript topics, programming exercises, and system design. Each interview was with 3 to 4 people and was fairly challenging.
    They offered a position that evening and I accepted.

    Interview Questions

    • write a function that takes in a string and returns a letter that occurs most frequently. if there is a tie, return a letter that occurs first in the string.   Answer Question
    • take the values stored in two input fields in a form. When a button is clicked, increment one of the values every 100 ms until it is twice the other value.   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    I let them know that I had another offer on the table and they were able to match it.

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    Services Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Indianapolis, IN
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4 weeksinterviewed at Interactive Intelligence (Indianapolis, IN) in May 2015.

    Interview

    Discovered the position via an Internet job board. Applied.

    Approximately one week later I received a call from a Human Resource person; she was very friendly.
    Had about a 20 minute phone screen (would have been longer but reception was bad). She said she wanted to schedule a meeting with the hiring manager for a phone screen which was setup for about 3 days later on a Friday.

    Friday came and I was very impressed with the relaxed/genuine demeanor of the manager and the comfort level was immediate. From this conversation, he wanted to bring me onsite.
    I agreed - and the HR person called me about 3 days later to schedule it for the next week.

    It was a panel interview; 2 folks from disparate groups, then 3 folks for the technical piece and then the hiring manager. Total time was about 4 hours, including a tour and lunch served in the same room as the interviews. Very nice touch.

    The first 2 folks were more behavioral but did ask a few questions related to potential technical difficulties they were currently experiencing and how I would approach them. The 3 technical folks were friendly but more reserved. They did respond to my attempts at humor in a positive way. The questions were technical but more on the 'how would you do this' and 'please sketch it out' as far as processes I helped design elsewhere. This was all verbal though.

    The hiring manager spoke with me for an hour; took me on a tour, sat in his office etc. Confirmed my initial impression of positive environment.
    Lastly had to do a 30 minute call with the Director; also a professional but down to earth person.

    All in all, it was grueling in the sense that it was a long interview day, but the refreshments helped take the edge off and I enjoyed the process. The HR person was phenomenal. Very caring, humorous, friendly.

    Interview Questions

    • Explain a process you've implemented elsewhere.   1 Answer
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    Implementation Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Indianapolis, IN
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at Interactive Intelligence (Indianapolis, IN) in May 2015.

    Interview

    Pretty straight forward. Initial phone screen from HR, then a short phone interview about a week later, with an on-site interview scheduled a few weeks later. The phone interview was technical but pretty basic. Topics included providing brief definitions of TCP, UDP, SIP, etc.

    The on-site interview was broken down into three interviews. The first was essentially a recap of the phone interview and some scenario based questions. The second was an in depth technical one and the third was a managerial interview.

    The on-site technical interview was pretty involved. They have a sheet with them that I think has the questions they ask, but I felt like they deviated from it to dive deeper in the topics being discussed. That shows that they themselves have a decent understanding of what is being asked of you. That part of the interview was fairly challenging as they were asking a lot of questions looking for very specific technical answers that I don't think very many people would know without looking at some sort of documentation. I think the point was just to make sure you didn't BS them and could at least state if you were unsure about a certain topic.

    The managerial interview was pretty relaxed compared to the technical one. The interviewers were personable and polite and it was easy to talk to them.

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    Manager, Storage and Database Engineering Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Indianapolis, IN
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at Interactive Intelligence (Indianapolis, IN) in December 2014.

    Interview

    Process is pretty standard. Apply to job -> HR phone interview -> manager phone interview -> onsite individual interviews with HR, peer managers and VP.

    I was happy with the conversations I had with the various people. Very low pressure and conversational. However, there were several significant negatives to the position:

    1. Initial onsite interviewer was 15 minutes late. Not a big deal, but I would have preferred a simple apology.
    2. Main HR person was unavailable for a family emergency and the replacement person did not seem to be very helpful. I had already read the HR document sent to me and felt he was unable to add anything that wasn't in that document.
    3. One of the interviewers never showed up. A peer manager ended his session and said he was going to go get the next person. I ended up waiting in a conference room for 30 minutes by myself. Eventually, I called the gentleman in #1 above and told him about my situation and he said he would take care of it. Again, he never apologized. After about 20 minutes, I seriously considered getting up and leaving, however, at the time, I was very interested in working for Interactive Intelligence.
    4. Every person I talked to mentioned repeatedly about how many hours they worked. While it was stated they were doing this to let me know what was expected, it felt like it was a series of "one-upmanships." Since I am not interested in playing that game, it is probably best I didn't get offered the position.

    Overall, I felt deflated leaving the interviews as it felt like many of the participants felt their time was more valuable than mine.

    Interview Questions

    • Paraphrase: Since your perspective employees will have more knowledge in the given area than you will, how will you gain credibility with them?   1 Answer
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    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Indianapolis, IN
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Interview

    Initial screening at a university; invited to go on-site to interview with 6 people (3 technical, 3 managerial), each for 30 minutes. This was for a Systems Engineer position, which is different from what I have now (Software Engineer). The Software Engineer position was a short 30 minute informal interview (I had been at working here for 3 years), resulting in a department change.

    Interview Questions

    Negotiation

    Since I had a Masters of Science degree, I was able to negotiate several thousand dollars higher from the starting salary for people straight out of college.

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    Field Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Indianapolis, IN
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took a weekinterviewed at Interactive Intelligence (Indianapolis, IN) in October 2014.

    Interview

    Applied online, contacted by HR for a phone interview but after the hiring manager reviewed my resume they wanted to bring me in right away.

    First interview was with the managers and seemed to go well. It was relaxed and I felt very positive about it. Next portion was technical with three engineers. Most of their questions were academic or arcane and certainly not something that I deal with regularly with my experience in the industry. Moreover, it was very tense. No smiling, no small talk, rather uncomfortable. Final interview was with a woman from the project office. She was evaluating me on personality. That seemed to go OK.

    The interview was in a conference room and it was on the warm side since I was the only one in a suit. I wasn't offered anything to drink when we started and after two and a half hours my mouth was so dry I could barely speak. Before the last interview I asked to get a drink and walked out to the water fountain for a drink.

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    Human Resources Administrator Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Indianapolis, IN
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4 weeksinterviewed at Interactive Intelligence (Indianapolis, IN) in September 2014.

    Interview

    I applied for the job and interviewed by phone one week after submitting my application. Communications were transparent, friendly, and professional. I was contacted about an on-site interview in the afternoon of the day of my phone interview for the following week. Everything moved so quickly. I received an itinerary on Monday and then an updated itinerary on Wednesday. I showed up for my interview on Friday, but quickly found out there had been a communication error and the interview was canceled. They were putting the position on hold. I had taken a day off work for the interview. They were apologetic for the lack of communication. I was contacted two weeks after that and invited for another interview. The position was now open again. I interviewed a week after initial contact. I interviewed with five people, broken down into smaller groups. The interview was a total of two hours and kicked off with a tour of the facility. The questions were simple and very conversational. One group of interviewers kept emphasizing how I shouldn't expect to be promoted within a short amount of time (18-24 months). I felt warned away from the position and discouraged about their commitment to employee development, especially with the frequency with which it was mentioned. While the other interviewers were phenomenal, the two people who interviewed me and kept re-iterating the stationary nature of the position. The atmosphere of the interview and culture was fun and casual. I found out their final decision a week and a half after the interview. I was sent a generic email thanking me for my application and that they had declined to consider me for the position. It felt cold, impersonal, and failed to even address the fact that I interviewed. It was sent by someone I had never met. My expectations for this company were high given their reputation, but I was disappointed by my experience.

    Interview Questions

    • I was asked no difficult or unexpected questions. All questions were relevant and simple to answer.   Answer Question
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    Lead Generation Specialist Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Indianapolis, IN
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at Interactive Intelligence (Indianapolis, IN) in September 2014.

    Interview

    Applied through the internet. Received a call back from a HR lady who was very rude. She cut me off 5 times when answering her questions on the phone and was very rude. Didn't laugh at all or show any emotion. Not trying to personally attack her but just describing exactly how the phone call went. She literally only gave me 1 minute of her precious time. She also does not respond to any emails you will send her. Also...do not message her on linkedin to introduce yourself. She didn't respond back to that either. I believe for some reason that offended her.

    Some companies are a little rude on purpose to see how you will handle it. Especially if the position requires you to interact with rude people on the phone. I think this tactic is unprofessional though. Just look at my experience on my resume. No need to do that.

    I will say this... she did connect me with the lady who gave me the phone interview and she was extremely nice. For that I was thankful.

    Interview Questions

    • Hardest part is that you interview with 4 different people at different times and they all ask the same questions. They even apologize for this in advance. (at this point..I'm thinking great...already sounds very corporate) Very boring and redundant. You could tell they didn't even want to ask the questions. Only one person I interviewed with (the youngest) seemed interested and at least acted excited about her job. The person who gave me the company tour was also very cool. All the others were nice but seemed very stressed out and tired. One complained of working 80 hours a week. Made me want to leave asap.

      I'm thinking it would be much easier on everyone involved if all 4 people would have interviewed me at the same time. Would be quicker, more "interactive" (pun intended), intelligent (another pun), and just more fun and engaging.

      They will send you a form to fill out before interviewing. One question is "salary of past job". I think this is a rude question and is a "want" vs a "need" question. Companies who employ this tactic do this so they can hire you for the least amount possible. You have every right to not answer this question. If they like you and think you are a good fit they should hire you on that alone.

      No hard questions. All pertained to the job.

      Was promised to see the inside of the lead generation office but they forgot.
       
      Answer Question
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    Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Indianapolis, IN
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at Interactive Intelligence (Indianapolis, IN) in September 2014.

    Interview

    8 phone interviews, one on site interview- the people I spoke with were all senior level executives in different departments, I did not feel like they felt like my role was of value to them, therefore why should they be talking to me. I felt like some of them were feeling forced to speak to me.

    Interview Questions

    • What makes me more qualified than others for the position   1 Answer
    • Why do I feel the job I would be doing would help their company?   1 Answer
    • Why do you feel this role is important to the company?   1 Answer

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