I applied through other source and the process took 2+ weeks - interviewed at Netflix in June 2013.
Interview Details – Saw a job announcement in San Francisco Drupal User group. The job was for Drupal Developer who will join the group and develop IT tools. Yes, I agree even the job announcement is not clear. I got curious and applied to see how far I go. I got a response from the hiring manager within 10 minutes. It turned out he had joined Netflix two months ago, and he came across as a person with enormous responsibility to deliver something to the upper management.
He seemed more as a manager who is out of touch with real technical details and not able to precisely articulate how Drupal fits in in developing IT engineering tools. Then I learnt (in later interview rounds) that they used Drupal recently to set up a site which was done within 10 days without any prior experience with Drupal. Still I don't understand how Drupal comes into play with IT tools project. In my opinion they got over zealous with their first experience of Drupal and (mis)used SF Bay Area Drupal group to bring in candidates. Totally unprofessional and waste of Drupal developer's time if you take this bite.
Anyhow, the first phone interview left me with an impression of lack of clarity in job specifications. I attributed that to the manager being new to the company and asked to do too much in a short amount of time. He concluded the conversation, saying he will schedule a phone interview with couple of his team engineers.
I promptly attended the second phone interview with two engineers who have been with the company for about two years. The interview lasted for about 45 minutes with bad phone connection having to repeat myself several times. I started to form an opinion that the job is more of IT in nature than Drupal development. Most of the questions (95%) were about, configuring servers, monitoring server, securing servers, network topology, server technology etc. I had to make it clear to them, I don't have recent experience in System Administration and my concentrations these days are LAMP application and Drupal Website building. At the end, they concluded saying I can follow up with the hiring manager.
After the second interview, I lost my curiosity about this job and didn't put any effort to follow up. I didn't hear anything from Netflix either, so I thought it has ended with unspoken mutual agreement. But to my surprise, I got a call and an email from the HR department to schedule for a f2f interview 10 days after my second phone interview. I was not still sure whether to go forward and accept the invitation with an understanding that they are overlooking my lack of System Admin experience and focusing on my strong Drupal experience; or discard it as a job announcement without a clear job specification.
Weighed pros and cons; with 8 hours of additional investment (4.5 of interview time and 3.5 hours of travel time), I will learn a little bit more about me and a little bit more about the for-profit world trying to hire an open-source application developer.
Totally 5 sessions of 45 minutes each were scheduled. A conference room was reserved for the interview. First I met with the two engineers I had spoken to during the second interview. They were professional, cordial and came prepared with questions. But the questions were all server configuration and setup related. I was beginning to wonder whether their questions will ever start focusing on Drupal related technical questions. They didn't, somehow we managed to exchange ideas and opinions for 45 minutes and the session ended to my relief. Now I am convinced I am in a wrong place, and facing another 3 hours of System related questions. I was right. Fortunately the hiring manager sensed that I am not able to fully participate in the interview sessions and let me go free and cancelled the last two sessions.
LESSON LEARNT: if the job specifications in the announcement are not matching the nature of phone interview questions, don't proceed. Investing more time and energy are not worth it. Just because a job appears in Drupal group does not mean that that job is going to require Drupal experience.
Interview Question – All the questions were unexpected. None of them were Drupal related. All of them were related to system administration or server configuration. Answer Question
I applied through other source and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Netflix in June 2013.
Interview Details – A Director personally reached out to me via email in hopes to learn more about myself, my work and if I would be interested in migrating from my current company to theirs, and why.
It was Netflix, a house-hold name, so naturally, I entertained the idea, sitting through the 1+ hours phone screenings with not only himself, but with another UX Manager. After a vague, ambiguous job description of 'Lead Designer' was originally proposed to me, I still felt the need to at very least, explore their opportunity and see what could possibly come of the adventure. From there, it just went down hill.
After being sent through an e-mail funnel of 3+ recruiters and 2 managers (as if they couldn't figure out who's job was to do what), they invited me in for an 'all-day' interview from 10am - 5pm. I was then told I would receive a confirmation email with the details of the day/specs as soon as they had them. Transportation was also still up in the air, considering I had no real information to work with (as I live in SF, and they are located in Los Gatos).
Days went by, and the evening before the interview, a lengthy email filled with tables and over 8 different members I would be meeting with, was sent over to me. Not only was the title of the role quite different from the original conversation I already had ('Senior User Experience Designer'), but was followed by this statement:
"*The interview is divided into two parts; based on the response from the Part 1 interviewers, you may or may not proceed with Part 2. Feedback will be given accordingly."
Seriously? Quite the red flag right there. Who goes through the efforts to screen a candidate, seemingly review their work, and then ASK them to take time out of their existing schedule, just to still tell you that there is a very good chance you won't even get to round 2? I've actually had the pleasure of interviewing with Google, and even Adobe, and have never heard of such a tactic. I stressed my overall concerns to one of the recruiters, who then told another recruiter to follow up with me to tell me that the Director wanted to actually call and set my mind at ease.
After an hour or so of questionable excuses why I should still interview and/or not to take their emails verbatim, I reluctantly decided to give it my best shot. He even proceeded to tell me that candidates are only asked to leave due to very extreme circumstances. Regardless, after 6 hours of sitting in a confined room, talking to countless cold, un-interested managers, a terrible airplane styled lunch, a 45 min demo collab session, and a 30 min presentation to 4+ members, the lead Director still had the audacity to cut me off mid-sentence, to tell me this wasn't going to work, and that I wasn't 'collaborative' enough, when that's all I had strived for, for the last 3.5 hours -- was listen, speak and execute my thoughts vs/with theirs. They asked me to 'take charge', 'be a leader' etc and then turned around and demanded the opposite. Not only was I insulted at a very high level, but it was one of the most unprofessional, conflicting interview experiences of my life.
Even if I had been awarded the position, I would have declined due to the arrogance, misleading and poor excuse for culture and product process they represent. Overall a complete waste of time and effort.
Interview Question – I've been in design/tech for just under 10 years now, and the whole experience was fairly abnormal. Be prepared for a un-realistic 2 hour design exercise and presentation. View Answer
I applied online and the process took 1 week - interviewed at Netflix in June 2013.
Interview Details – Despite all the bad reviews I went ahead and took the opportunity to work for this company. I had my second interview today and got hired. The managers there are awesome and very friendly the interview was fun . I even got the chance to talk to some employees who told me that they love working there .
Interview Question – Just normal interview questions , with a little bit of roleplaying .nothing difficult View Answer
I applied through a recruiter and the process took 2 days - interviewed at Netflix.
Interview Details – Unsolicited recruiter contacted me and connected me for a 2nd call with HRBP. HRBP was knowledgeable about Netflix & passionate about being an employee of Netflix. She asked many questions about how I could execute in role w/o process, spent most time on culture of anti process, which started to get redundant. I asked questions about role she couldnt answer with certainy about scope, priorities. She kept coming back to 'anti process'. I think disconnect was that she was mostly interested in in culture, but as a candidate, my primary interest was understanding the role so I could decide how it was similar or different from what I was already doing (which I was happy with), culture was secondary (as a passive candidate). I advised I was not interested in pursuing further when requested to come in for face to face.
Interview Question – Asked me how I would be successful with out process, but couldnt provide related info on the job itself for consideration and response. Interview exchange felt very disconnected. Answer Question
I applied online and the process took 5 days - interviewed at Netflix in May 2013.
Interview Details – The initial interview with the HR was great. The process was explained and the next interview was scheduled soon after the HR interview. The Engineer who interviewed me called late (this happens in many companies). It was a skype interview and the interviewer kept yawning throughout the interview. Overall the experience was ok. The questions asked were not to hard.
Interview Question – Questions relate to linked list, hash table and Algorithmic complexity. Answer Question
Very Easy Interview
I applied through a recruiter and the process took 1 week - interviewed at Netflix in May 2013.
Interview Details – Recruiter contacted me on LinkedIn. I followed up by email with my resume. They requested a phone call.
The phone call consisted of them verifying that I would be willing to relocate and consider a full-time position. There was no culture interview. No new information communicated beyond my resume. I got a minimal sales pitch that Netflix was awesome and paid well.
No follow up technical interview and it took an extra day to get back to me. Netflix contacted me. They had my resume for a week. Requested I prepare by looking through 150 slides, which I did. They took up at least an hour of my time. Meanwhile it was a complete waste for everyone involved. This would be no problem if I were sending my resume out. But they instigated all this, not me.
This is in contrast with Google (etc) who have been very professional, concise, positive and haven't wasted my time.
Very Easy Interview
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 2 months - interviewed at Netflix.
Interview Details – The hiring manager contacted with me and asked some technical questions on Feb.
2013.After one week, the hiring manager reach out to me to ask some availability for interview; then silent for couple weeks. The hiring asked for interview and I gave the time, then silent again for couple weeks again. Then a recruiter asked me again to schedule interview. after I give the time for a couple hour, the recruiter replied to you that the hiring manager said I was not a perfect match for the position and would not move forward this time. The recruiter said: "If you send me an invitation to connect on LinkedIn, I'd me happy to accept. "
my experience is very negative, so I don't plan to apply for it the second time - There are a lot good companies there.
Interview Question – There are no difficult questions. all very easy. just like interview with a small company less than 10 developers Answer Question
I applied through a recruiter and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Netflix.
Interview Details – My experience was very similar to that of the person who interviewed for "enhanced content catalog manager"..
I was contacted via LinkedIn by a recruiter. Recruiter was prompt but somewhat generic and repetitive in their replies. We scheduled a "phone chat" to discuss my background as it related to the position, etc. It lasted less than 20 minutes. We then scheduled a second phone call with the "hiring manager" for the team. Hiring manager asks several of the same questions (but it's ok; I get that I'm talking to a different person). I get a more fleshed out idea of what the position entails and the manager tells me to expect the recruiter to contact me again to schedule another series of interviews. I follow-up with thanks e-mail but don't hear back.
Face to face interviews go pretty well - very generic interview questions. I follow-up with another thanks e-mail but don't receive a reply. I later receive a voice mail telling me that "although feedback was positive the team didn't think you were a perfect match".
Everyone was plenty personable, but in retrospect I just didn't feel any chemistry coming from them, no positive vibes that gave me a gut feeling that I knew I would see them again. Recruiter was ok - but did not have accurate knowledge of certain aspects of the position. And - very corporate and generic.
Interview Question – Do you have project leadership experience?.. Answer Question
I applied through a recruiter and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Netflix in February 2013.
Interview Details – Netflix recruiter contacted me on LinkedIn. Few days later, I had a telephonic conversation with the recruiter where she described the role and I talked about what I'm doing and what I'm looking for. After that there were 2 telephonic interviews. Most of the questions were easy. They were from BST, core java etc.
In the f2f interviews, I had 4 rounds (45 mins earch) and, 3 of them were technical. They asked me to implement Insertion sort, check for valid BST, k-means clustering (I was interviewing for ML related role), design a mobile app that recommends nearby playing movies. Except Insertion sort, I think I did well.
I felt the process was smooth and the ppl were nice. The only thing i didn't like was that they didn't contacted me after the interview. I followed up with them later and then they said I'm not a good fit.
Interview Question – Calculate the no of valid BST that can be formed from [1,...N] numbers? View Answer
I applied online and the process took 1 week - interviewed at Netflix in March 2013.
Interview Details – Applied on linkedin and got a call from recruiter. After two phone interviews asked me to come for an onsite interview. After seeing lot of negative reviews (layoff's) I totally lost interest in the company. first interview went well with some coding and analytical questions. Next found another interviewer to be arrogant, he is well prepared with his questions and not even willing to listen my answers or approaches. I decided there itself its not the company i want to work for with lot of arrogant people and layoff's and stopped giving answers anyways the guy is not listening. Next comes the interview with an hiring manager asked couple of questions which are general but can see lot of arrogance in his body language. I felt like I want to leave and don't the interview anymore and showed it in my body language and the manager found it and asked that they are looking for senior people. There I left the interview in between and saved an hour of time. I already had couple of offers in my hand and was very picky when comes to work culture.
Interview Question – Lot of logical and problem solving questions. Answer Question
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