The process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Nokia in January 2012.
Interview Details – Phone interview based on project and industry experience, pretty laid. On site interview involved Case interviewing style (consulting type interviewing) with the entire management team. They are looking for experience professionals and people that can work through challenging situations with solid business logic.
Interview Question – Provide an example of a project you had success in. View Answer
Negotiation Details – Able to negotiate higher than initial offer, they are willing to work with you to get close to your historical compensation range.
I applied online and the process took 6 days - interviewed at Nokia in January 2012.
Interview Details – Was contacted the week between Xmas and New Years.Phone interview consisted of speaking with two gentleman. One would have been the s/w team's manager and the other was his boss. This took place right before the New Year weekend. Phone interview went well, at the end of the interview the manager said they normally get together and talk and then tell HR the results of their discussions but, he thought it went so well they wanted me to come for a site visit. and could I possibly be available in the next two weeks. On the day being observed as the national holiday for New Years I received an email asking if I could fly out the following day. In order to show my interest and get it done attitude I said I could do it. I received flight confirmation at 9:30 p.m. that evening along with the itinerary for the interviews. It was required that you submit the answers to an online security questionaire and employment application before the interview. I spent four hours filling this out before the flight. (Note: they want salary history for the last seven years, this is marked as mandatory), addresses of all compainies, the name of your supervisor, the phone number, etc.. The flights they picked required me to take three days off of work. Amongst the many red flags starting to appear was the fact that the interview was less then two hours long. It consisted of talking to the main s/w manager, the two managers I phone interviewed with, and an HR person. (no team members, no tour of the facilities) I arrived at the hotel at 2:00 a.m. and arrived for the interview 10-15 minutes before the start of the interview the next day. After checking in with the frontdesk per the instructions, I waited. Finally, the HR person apologized and asked the status (he had walked by a few times as I was sitting in the lobby, waiting and waiting). I said I had checked in and was waiting for the first interviewer. He acted as if he didn't even know I was supposed to be there and asked if I had a copy of my itinerary. I told him I had it with me in electronic format but, then proceeded to give the names and times of each interviewer on the itinerary from memory, which seemed to impress him. He went searching for gentleman number 1. He came back later and said "well, you were supposed to talk to me second but, why don't we talk now while waiting for gentleman number 1". So, he went through his 15 minute talk and then we talked some more, and talked, and waited, and talked. Finally, he said, "I don't know what happened "gentleman number 1" is never late". (after I got back home and described the interview to a friend he said the one liner that pretty much summed up this whole ordeal; "gee, you would think Nokia would have heard of cell phones and they might have tried calling the guy"). So, the HR person starts walking me back out to the lobby, (to wait) but while on the way the HR person runs into the manager who I had spoken with on the phone a few days earlier. They huddle together for awhile and decide I might as well talk to him. So, we turn around and head back to the interview room, after about 10-15 minutes in strolls "gentleman 1". Since, he's the head of s/w, the attention goes to him, then about ten minutes later, the second gentleman from the phone interview strolls in. Now, there are all three of the gentleman there, about ten minutes later "gentleman 1" leaves. Things wind down and I'm asked if there are any questions. I ask him what if anything might be a concern to him, so I can possibly address it. He says, my lack of mobile phone development experience. I paused and was taken aback because I had asked about this during the phone interview. I brought it up and wanted to make perfectly clear how much mobile development experience I had. It was discussed during the phone interview and was not a problem at that time. I'm thinking to myself, I took three days off of work, flew 1,500 miles, and have been putting up with this disorganized interview and now you tell me this, after we discussed it earlier and it wasn't an issue three days ago. In hindsight maybe I should have said exactly what I was feeling at that time. Maybe, if you are currently not working (as the HR person said was the status of many current candidates) the disrespect I was shown due to their disorganization, would not be a big deal. Maybe, if you are local to the area then wasting an afternoon sitting around the Nokia lobby would not be a big deal. But, I flew 1,500 miles and took three days off of work due to their scheduling. My impression of the two gentleman whom I spoke with (phone interview and in person briefly) are that they would be quite impressive on a personal level. Bright and hard working. But, the disorganized, haphazard method which this was conducted left me feeling disillusioned with Nokia and disrespected.
Interview Question – Design a system that would contact a caregiver if an elderly person would be in need of help. Then, would locate from a list of helpers the one closest to the person in need of help. View Answer
I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Nokia in December 2011.
Interview Details – It was easy, conceptual related, questing were related to my current and past employers and technologies
Interview Question – Expected salary, and how soon you could join Answer Question
Reason for Declining – got better offer
I applied through college or university and the process took 1+ week - interviewed at Nokia in November 2011.
Interview Details –
Had two phone interviews; first was with a recruiter who contacted me and inquired as to my interest in my job and gave me a basic background of the job. The second was with the project manger who asked me a few technical questions(What is the difference between CSS and HTML, Why do you need CSS?). Finally, I went to the office and had a interview with 5 people in total(4 team members and the recruiter).
A few examples were,
1) If I was troubleshooting a browser, what would the steps I would take?
A) First just do a basic sanity check and make sure it opens up. Second make sure all the functions that are advertised(Flash support, multiple tabs) work the way they are supposed to.
2) What is the one thing you do when you are troubleshooting/ What is the most important thing about troubleshooting? --This questions was kind of vague
A) The answer he was looking for was that I document everything so people will have future reference.
3) Some basic differences between HTML-5/HTML 4.
Thats all I remember from the tech part.
Some of the behavioral questions were
4) Since I have a degree in engineering and this job is not strictly engineering, how would I adapt?
5) Why I wanted to work at Nokia?
6) If I knew anything about Nokia's overall motto/goal?
A) Bring internet to the masses.
I applied through an employee referral and the process took a day - interviewed at Nokia in June 2011.
Interview Details –
I was interviewed by five different people that would've been my peers. Except for the initial disucssion with the business manager, the interview teams seemed to lack any real training or preparation in interviewing and the questions seemed haphazard and disorganized. I felt like they were going through the motions of interviewing and that another candidate had already been picked.
The interviewers seemed beaten, tired and lacking energy. A common question that was asked was about how I handled conflict management.
I got a bad feeling about the Nokia given the low energy of the group, and the common question about conflict management.
Interview Question – How do you handle conflicts? What is your style of conflict management? Answer Question
I applied through a recruiter and the process took a day - interviewed at Nokia in October 2010.
Interview Details –
Met with 1-2 people at a time. They asked questions about items on my resume and had me code simple programming examples.
Everyone seemed really nice and smart.
If you have something on your resume, you better be able to back it up.
The process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Nokia in September 2010.
Interview Details –
Phone Interview, HR
Phone Interview, Technical
On-Site Interview, Technical
I applied through a recruiter and the process took 4 days - interviewed at Nokia in July 2010.
Interview Details – After speaking with a recruiter, scheduled a face to face with the hiring manager, followed by a meeting with his manager. This went extremely well and was basically offered the position on the spot
Interview Question – Describe a technical product Answer Question
Negotiation Details –
Asked for 10% increase in base. Recruiter did not think it would happen but presented it to them - and it was approved.
If you don't ask, you'll never know!
I applied online and the process took 1 week - interviewed at Nokia in July 2010.
Interview Details – Generally a good interview process. Liked the senior folks more than the less-senior ones. I'd call it a typical tech interview...a few people were upbeat, one was clinically depressed, one had a frozen smile on her face and eyes like a pterodactyl looking for prey. You know, the usual suspects.
Interview Question – This interview was so plain-vanilla that I do not remember any specific question as standing out in any way. Answer Question
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 3 days - interviewed at Nokia in April 2010.
Interview Details –
Initial phone screens consisted of general review of past projects, technologies, etc. that seemed related to the job description. Followed up with in-person interview with two different groups and two different interviewing styles.
The first group was much more data structure and algorithm oriented. Big "O" questions, recursive algorithms, tree search (depth and breadth) , etc. done at the whiteboard. Professional but adversarial feel to these interviews.
The second group was much more "experience" oriented. Concentrated on the what/how/why questions of previous projects. Still did some whiteboard work, but mostly for design/implementation diagrams. Professional and much less adversarial than former group. Got the feeling they were much more interested in hiring smart people that could adapt to change.
Interview Question – Write recursive breath and depth tree listing methods. Constraints were no use of explicit arrays, queues, etc. View Answer
Negotiation Details – I didn't negotiate because the salary and work environment was better than previous position. I took the job with the second group basically because of the group dynamics.
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