NorthPoint Solutions Interview Questions & Reviews
Getting an Interview
Recruiter Interview (Negative Experience; Easy Interview)
I applied through a recruiter and the process took 3 months - interviewed at NorthPoint Solutions in April 2014.
Interview Details – Initially a phone interview with the recruiting director, followed by 2 separate in-person interviews with Managing Partners. The managing partners were great. I also met with one of the senior members in Boston. At this point, I could really envision myself working here. The final step was a trip to New York to meet with the team
Interview Question – There really were no unexpected questions, the in-person interviewers do not work off of resumes Answer Question
Reason for Declining – The most difficult thing about Northpoint is the fact that there is a very large disconnect between recruiting and the partners. The partners will say one thing, and the recruiter will do the exact opposite. If possible, I would find any possible way to avoid the recruiting director (His name is Ian). He is extremely transactional and does not build a relationship with the candidates that would eventually be working for him. The disconnects that I discovered ranged from branding of Northpoint to failing to discuss and prepare candidates for what would be required during the interview process. If Ian were not involved, it would be a great company to work for.
Senior Consultant Interview (Negative Experience; Average Interview)
I applied through a recruiter and the process took 1+ week - interviewed at NorthPoint Solutions in January 2014.
Interview Details – Initial HR screen on phone, followed by a Take-Home technical test. The technical test was challenging but not very hard. This was followed by a phone interview which was mostly technical and resume related.
This was followed by an in-person interview. I went to their office near on Atlantic Avenue. I was supposed to meet a gentleman for the interview but he was double booked and didn't conduct the interview. Instead another gentleman conducted the interview which was more of a casual discussion about resume and work history.
He told me that he will have me come in again for another round of interview. Never heard back from them. I followed up with the HR who did my initial screen but she never came back.
Interview Question – Questions were related to System design, primarily content management systems. Few basic questions on technologies I had worked in the past. Answer Question
Solutions Architect Interview (Negative Experience; Average Interview)
I applied online and the process took a day - interviewed at NorthPoint Solutions in September 2013.
Interview Details – There was literally no feedback from this employer... It is a smaller company and without negotiating the band of salary i recommend not to interview with these guys. It is a waste of time. They will state that they will negotiate the salary only after the interview. Don't get into that loop and waste your time
Interview Question – What will happen when session gets invalidated? View Answer
Senior Consultant Interview (Neutral Experience; Average Interview)
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 5 days - interviewed at NorthPoint Solutions.
Interview Details – My friend referred me, first round face to face interview was simple. He was just going on what I did and what I would do with a given situation, I did well and I found he liked me. But they were trying to use my situation and were giving 25K lesser than what I make now.
Reason for Declining – They were trying to give me 25K less than what I make currently :O Are you kidding me.
Senior Developer Interview (Negative Experience; Average Interview)
I applied through a recruiter and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at NorthPoint Solutions in April 2013.
Interview Details – Hurried interviews with different people followed by absolutely no feedback or communication. In-house HR/recruiter seemed helpful but then drops you like a bad habit when done with you. Pros: 1) Projects seemed interesting, if a bit low-tech. 2) (Seemingly) good opportunities for advancement. Cons: 1) No office, you move assignment to assignment with avg 3-6 month durations. 2) technologies and methodologies are a bit on the lowtech side. 3) Big con: As with many development sweatshops, their self-perception as brilliant is larger than the reality. Interviews should be 2-way processes and they make it very much a 1-way thing.
Interview Question – None. The questions were good, "how would you solve this problem" type questions meant to gauge your thought process. How would you index these multiple flat files to improve search, how would you improve these web service calls, etc. Answer Question
Sales Interview (Negative Experience; Average Interview)
I applied through a recruiter and the process took 1 week - interviewed at NorthPoint Solutions in September 2009.
Interview Details – First I had a phone interview with the President. Nice guy and I thought we hit it off over the phone.
He requested that I come in and meet with the Sales Manager. The recruiter warned me, she was young and Northpoint was her only job out of college. Ok, young, but maybe open minded. I have 10+ years of sales experience
She was 12. I then met with the Pres again. One of my questions was regarding the commission structure. I received a vague answer from him. I then was informed by the recruiter that he was turned off by my question, and thought it was inappropriate. Hello, sales? What sales person would not ask about the commission structure. I told a previous manager and he was shocked. Don't you want motivated and hungry sales people? Not for me.
Interview Question – Explain the sales cycle in your previous job and how you went about prospects Answer Question
Associate Consultant Interview (Positive Experience; Difficult Interview)
The process took 2 days - interviewed at NorthPoint Solutions in May 2011.
Interview Details – Interviewed with two consultants and one project manager. The project manager interview was done on a second day. The two consultants asked if I worked with specific technologies - i.e. Maven and Ant, and each consultant gave me a trivial coding problem. One was figuring out how to swap items in an array. The other is a little more difficult to put into words but it involved using print recursively, it wasn't anything too tricky though.
The interview with the project manager was pretty extreme. They expect consultants to be keeping up with technologies outside of work by reading books and blogs. The guy asked what blogs I've read recently, books I've read, and to explain to him about what you read last. He wanted me to apply something I learned from a book to a past project. He asked about productivity tools I used including which text editor I prefer. He also asked to explain the business processes at my last job. Asked about final, finally and finalize in Java and which version of Java I used previously.
Software Consultant Interview (Positive Experience; Difficult Interview)
I applied through a recruiter and the process took 2 days - interviewed at NorthPoint Solutions in June 2010.
Interview Details – Online test, then 2 (back to back) days of 1 hour in person technical interviews. Online test covered numerous advanced concepts. In person interview was thorough. Interviewed by a new hirer, and then a more senior person. This all could have been done in the same day, but the company made it take two days, which of course is less convenient to the interviewee.