I applied online and the process took 2 days - interviewed at Lab49 in March 2011.
Interview Details – Received a phone call after submitting my resume where we talked very briefly about my background and work experience. We set up an initial tech interview where the format was multiple choice over the phone. I could understand about 2 out of 5 words that were spoken to me so obviously I couldn't keep up with the test. It wasn't because of an accent or anything but just the manner in which the interviewer was speaking. It sounded as if she had just woken up, with that groggy morning voice. From what I could make out, the questions weren't super difficult but I had to completely guess and even pass on some questions because I couldn't understand what was being read to me. If you keep asking to repeat the question, it seems like you're looking the answers up so you just have to move on.
Interview Question – I don't remember/couldn't understand what the questions were Answer Question
I applied online and the process took a day - interviewed at Lab49 in February 2011.
Interview Details – Recruiter reviewed my resume and thought I woul dbe a good fit for the position they were hiring for. Im not sure if the hiring manager even looked at my resume prior to scheduleing the interview. Once I was their, and after 30 minutes of talking, the hiring manager informed me that I was "over qualified" for the position. It would have been nice to know prior to schlepping downtown for the interview.
Interview Question – Tell me about your experience from your first position. Answer Question
I applied online and the process took 4 weeks - interviewed at Lab49 in September 2010.
Interview Details –
There was one phone screen where the person asked multiple choice questions. Then two technical phone screens - questions involving .net framework, garbage collection, delegates, multi-threading. Then they called in for face to face interview, in which I had 3 1:1 interviews. They look ask various questions related to designing of multi-threading app involving fast moving data. One involved making existing winforms solution respond faster/better to incoming high volume of real-time data. Another interview involved personality questions. Then after a week they called me in for fourth 1:1 which asked me to design a class.
Overall people I met were professional and smart. They look for people who know technical stuff well how ever they also look for people with right experience which I think I did not have; especially working with fast moving data. Interview process is long and exhaustive.
Interview Question – There are several goats with GPS attached. Update the datagrid with the GSP locations. Make this work for high volume of updates. Answer Question
I applied through a recruiter and the process took 1 week - interviewed at Lab49 in July 2010.
Interview Details –
I had an initial phone screen to gauge overall level of skill. Ranged from .Net fundamentals, some basic CS, and advanced threading and performance questions.
This part wasn't as much as an interview as it was just a skill test.
Later I came in for in-person interviews. There were 3 core skills/competency interviews, and two soft interviews.
1) OO design, testability, refactoring, etc
2) system design exercise covering UI and server components. Focused on streaming, fast moving data.
3) consulting skills & project management. Agile, working with others, challenging situations, etc
4) soft interview with directors. This was less about skills and capabilities, and more personality, fit, and opportunities at the company
5) final talk w/ HR to gauge my interest, start date potential, etc.
I was given an offer via email shortly afterwards.
Interview Question – what is the freachable queue Answer Question
Negotiation Details – Salary was a step up from my current base, but there was less vacation. I negotiated for an additional week.
I applied through a recruiter and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Lab49 in April 2010.
Interview Details – Questions about general C#, garbage collection, interface vs abstract, controlling multiple threads, difference between thread pools
Very Difficult Interview
I applied online and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Lab49 in March 2010.
Interview Details –
The process is extremely tough.
1. A testing the waters interview, where someone will fire away really tough CS and <Your Language choice> questions.
2. Round 2 is a little high level, but still going through tough tech questions.
3. If you are from out of state, then there is a web cam interview. They are just making sure here, that you are worth their time and money
4. If you made it this far, there is a 10% chance that you will be hired, yes, 10%, They tech you out, check your personality throw design questions at you. Even if you don't get the offer, you have definitely learnt something about your trade here.
Interview Question – Design a real time trading system's messaging system. Answer Question
Negotiation Details –
I actually got an offer, right at the end of the interview. I asked for 10% more than I was expecting, waiting for a counter offer, but they didn't even blink, and added a bonus on top of that.
I was from out of state, and they paid for my relocation, gave me a nice pad in new york city for a month. Overall I didn't have to negotiate at all.
The process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Lab49 in January 2010.
Interview Details – I had three rounds of phone interviews. Then 2 F2F interview and I met with the HR director and the co-founder. I did very well in technical rounds and even with the HR. Finally they found they do not have a position for me now. I doubt they really to the interviews to recruit people or for branding. They have been in the industry for more than 6 years and still have only 160 people on board. If you are American and technically good you have a chance of making it. But anyways I read that it;s not a great place to work for.....
Interview Question – Asked me in and out of Java, Spring and Hibernate View Answer
I applied through a recruiter and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Lab49 in December 2009.
Interview Details –
Three phone interviews. First is a multiple choice test on Java fundamentals. There are a couple trick questions that you have to be careful about, but otherwise it was easy. Second one was a technical phone screen with another engineer. This covered Java fundamentals as well as more advanced Java concepts. The third phone interview was essentially the same as the second one, and he clearly used the same basic outline as the first person. They focus very much on language-specific (Java in my case) concepts and very little on general problem solving. Some were very obscure "gotcha" questions like the visibility of variables in an anonymous inner class that's inside an inner class--something you'd typically write a 5 second program to verify, but don't know off the top of your head. Others were specific to Spring, Generics, lots of multi-threading questions, etc.
The process was very unprofessional and disorganized, as well. This is likely going to give away who I am to any Lab49 people I dealt with, but there were *two* no-calls during the phone interviewing process (so in all, I had to schedule 5 time slots for interviews, 3 of which actually occurred and 2 of which Lab49 personnel never called). I almost stopped the whole thing due to the no-calls. I emailed telling them I was no longer interested, but a recruiter nicely asked that I go through with the process anyway (and surprise, surprise - no offer).
I applied through a recruiter and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Lab49 in October 2013.
Interview Details –
I responded to an ad on a online Job Board and a couple of days later, an internal recruiter contacted me.
Very nice and professional person, we had a chat about my goals and usual pre-screening questions, then he proceeded to a phone screening of 20mins more or less with prepared technical Java questions.
It went well, so he organized a proper phone technical interview with two engineers in a few days time.
The phone technical interview took about 1h or little more, I was asked very specific and strongly technical questions about Java (concurrency, GC, collections, etc...), but no coding was required.
The feedback was positive, so I was invited in for a face to face interview.
The f2f session was with a Senior Engineer and a "technical" manager and it took about 2,5 hours.
I was given a whiteboard coding exercise and I discussed with the two interviewers few recent projects I had worked on in my previous job.
After that part, I was asked several behavioral questions.
The final 30 minutes, I chat with the internal recruiter who brought me in and with and HR manager.
Interview Question – Implement a method removeAll(String str, String chars) which will remove every character in char from str. e.g.: removeAll("Hello There", "el") -> "Ho Thr" View Answer
Negotiation Details – No negotiation. Very direct and honest approach by the internal recruiter. We discussed what was the number I was looking for, and he came back with an offer with that very number. I accepted right away.
Interviewed at Lab49
Interview Details –
Approached by an internal recruiter on linkedin email to ask for an initial chat to introduce lab49. Replied to say I was willing to talk and gave them my home number ... and then nothing. Followed up about 2 weeks later by email to ask if they still wanted to call - and still no response.
Given they approached me, a simple reply saying no longer interested would have been appreciated. Being ignored just makes them look either rude or incompetent.
Certainly formed a negative impression of the company. If this is how candidates are treated, god help the employees.
Interview Question – None Answer Question
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