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Updated Jan 5, 2015
Updated Jan 5, 2015
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    Sales Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took a weekinterviewed at Metaswitch in October 2014.

    Interview Details

    Was contacted by recruiter about a sales management position. After a brief overview by the recruiter, set up a phone call with the next level sales VP. Interview took 30-40 minutes over the phone. Received follow up via email.

    Interview Questions
    • Request for detailed list of contacts at various customers.   View Answer
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  2.  

    Sales Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied in-person. The process took 2+ weeksinterviewed at Metaswitch.

    Interview Details

    It used to be tougher. I actually was proud to have made it through. We used to brag to customers that it was VERY tough to get hired. Then there was an era under the former CEO where it was easier - a lot easier. Now, with the direction of the company it shouldn't be too hard. I am sure they still administer a logic test and ask for a "presentation" from sales people

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    • The logic test is from the 90's. It is timed and it not easy. Don't worry - the former VP of sales says he scored the highest ever (go figure)   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    General Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 5 daysinterviewed at Metaswitch in July 2013.

    Interview Details

    Hiring process places high value on academic and cognitive excellence. Metaswitch is in a high technical content networking market segment and needs smart energetic people working for them. A thorough vetting process including an aptitude test. Be prepared to think and do your homework on their product line and market segments. Challenging but you should expect such.

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    • General aptitude questions - nothing unfair   View Answer
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Installation Operative Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Francisco, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Francisco, CA
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took a weekinterviewed at Metaswitch in December 2012.

    Interview Details

    Phone interview with your possible immediate supervisor and department supervisor, major focus on understanding company culture (lean manufacturing and teamwork are high priorities here). In person interview which will involve meeting many members of the team. 3-5 hour long IQ and basic arithmetic examination. Hands on test of working with equipment. Know how to use power tools, work safely with electronics, bring a notebook.

    Interview Questions
    • Endurance for a long day of interviewing is key. This company is very focused on company culture and teamwork.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    Quick for my position, too many other applicants to be too choosy on benefits.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    Four logic-based tests aimed at seeing whether you have the correct skills to become a programmer. Some easier than others, a tiring day. No formal interview, just judged on ability to complete tests. Went through the tests at the end of the day with a senior staff member.

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    No Offer
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    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    I applied online. They asked me to complete a short (20 minute) online reasoning test - some verbal reasoning questions, some numerical reasoning questions, some inductive reasoning questions. I got invited for an assessment centre. This consisted of a series of reasoning tests, a program tracing exercise, problem solving exercise (suggest a solution to a given problem), a program design exercise, and a personal interview.

    Interview Questions
    • It was very easy to make a mistake during the program tracing exercise.   Answer Question
    No Offer
  8.  

    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Enfield, England (UK)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Enfield, England (UK)
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at Metaswitch in November 2014.

    Interview Details

    Same as others, questions on the philosophers' stone tablets, program tracing, flow chart writing, and aptitude test. Don't forget to fill in all answers on aptitude test as they don't deduct marks for wrong answers. Two interviews after the tests. Whole process took about 4 hours. No lunch break.
    Thought the whole place was quite nice, a bit quiet at the office but I was fine with that. Everybody was concentrating. Work seems interesting and not boring.

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    • Interview questions: estimate number of petrol stations in uk; least number of slices to slice 27 equally sized cubes from a big cube   View Answer
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview
  9.  

    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    interviewed at Metaswitch in November 2014.

    Interview Details

    Online test+1 day of face to face interview (about 5 hours), did 1 hour of online test in the interview and then 3 longer brainteaser, code reading question (no programming experience required tho). Then they discuss the question with you. The online test is easy but have to be fast. The three long question can all be found on this website so no need to say more.

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    • All went smoothly, not very hard, interviewer very helpful.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    An initial online test was followed by additional on-paper tests on site. Candidates who were not native English speakers were given a special "non-language-biased" test. I found this bizarre - why not have everyone take this non-biased test instead?

    After the tests, we had to answer several 30-minute questions on paper. Although the position was advertised as not requiring programming experience, some of the questions were clearly aimed at candidates with at least basic coding skills. They involved tracing the execution of some spaghetti code and writing pseudocode for a card game engine and AI (!). I found it hard to come up with satisfactory answers in the allotted time.

    The final stage was a short face-to-face interview with a senior engineer. It involved going over all the answers and trying to improve/correct them. A rather frustrating experience since it's unlikely to suddenly know the answer to a problem only an hour after first attempting it.

    Overall, a difficult, over-complicated and unpleasant interview, for a poorly remunerated intern position.

    Interview Questions
    • Explaining how TCP works in detail, disguised as a general puzzle.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Software Developer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    The process begins with an online application form. It's quite a lengthy form, as they ask for all of your grades and so on. Then you get invited to complete an online aptitude test not dissimilar to an IQ test, where you have to perhaps say which shape is the odd one out, or choose which word is the opposite of a given word, and so on. If you pass the test you are invited to an interview, where they ask you to sit another IQ style test (but much harder!) and three further tests in which they give you a scenario and ask you to answer the questions as best you can. After all the tests, there a one-on-one interview.

    Interview Questions
    • Philosophers are trying to communicate their mathematical proofs with one another, but they live far away from each other. They use dumb slaves who carry stone tablets, but the slaves do not know where they are going, and often drop the tablets, breaking them. Can you devise a system where the philosophers can effectively communicate with one another and have confidence that their stone tablets arrived at the correct location?   Answer Question
    No Offer

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