OpenDNS Interview Questions

Updated Aug 10, 2014
Updated Aug 10, 2014
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  1. 8 people found this helpful  

    Social Media Coordinator Interview

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

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at OpenDNS.

    Interview Details

    1. I did a phone interview with the recruiter and they were awesome! The recruiter was nice, on top of things, asked good questions, and made the overall initial interview pleasant.

    2. Next I had a phone interview with the hiring manager. The hiring manager was absolutely HORRIBLE! The hiring manager was impatient, quick to dismiss, and belittling. They told me that they were looking for a more seasoned candidate and then asked the question why OpenDNS should consider me.

    Are you kidding? If you already have a more seasoned candidate who's further along the interview process lifecycle, then why are you wasting MY time, YOUR time, and the COMPANY'S time?!

    Furthermore, all of the suggestions for new social programs and process that I suggested were so forward thinking that the manager asked me to email them the ideas. This goes to show that my skills/expertise were sought after, and I would have made the manager look like an inexperienced dud.

    Overall, the recruiter was awesome and the hiring manager was a nightmare. I'm glad the hiring manager revealed their true colors. Just like they are interviewing me, I'm interviewing them as a potential employer. Who would want to have a manager who's impatient and belittling? It goes to show you that just like big corporations, this "start-up" is more worried about looking good instead of being disruptive and innovative.

    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Desktop Support Specialist Interview

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

    I applied online. The process took 2+ weeksinterviewed at OpenDNS in August 2012.

    Interview Details

    Was called by junior recruiter. Spoke for 20-30 minutes. Got a call back within days and scheduled an in-person meet with 5 people from all different areas of the company.

    Everyone was very courteous, professional, and seemed generally interested in me as a person and finding the right candidate. I even had a chance to speak with the CEO who was just as courteous and interested in me as a candidate.

    Interview Questions
    • Most were fairly straightforward. They did not ask any oddball questions like, "how much do you think this building weighs?" It was more about the position and my past experience.   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Average Interview
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Senior Systems Administrator Interview

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

    I applied online. The process took 1+ weekinterviewed at OpenDNS in November 2011.

    Interview Details

    Initial communications was the the recruiter. After that call I spoke with another Senior System Administrator and the Director of Operations. I then took a practical system administration test (virtual machine server with broken packages and configuration that needed fixing). Upon successful completion of the VM test I had 4 hours of in-person interviews in the San Francisco office. Finally I spoke with the CEO.

    Interview Questions
    • The majority of questions asked involved previous experience. There were some that really dug into my knowledge and skills. Specifically there was a question regarding swapping the integer values of two variables without using a third variable.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    I didn't want to negotiate. The offer was solid and I was quite happy with it.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Customer Support Representative Interview

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

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at OpenDNS in November 2011.

    Interview Details

    Somehow, I managed five separate interviews for this position: a phone screen with a recruiter, phone interviews with the manager and COO, respectively, an in-person interview with the aforementioned people, and another phone screen with the technical support engineer.

    Interview Questions
    • I'm going to have a hard time answering this question. I don't recall any specific interview questions that were extremely difficult or unexpected, but maybe that was because I took the time to know the company and the product before I began the interview process. For a position like this, I would recommend a) being familiar with the moving parts of the product and b) being able to show concrete technical, writing, and leadership skills.   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Windows Software Developer Interview

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

    I applied online. The process took a weekinterviewed at OpenDNS in February 2011.

    Interview Details

    1. Phone interview with manager and developer. Asked broad basic questions about C++, C#.
    2. Home assignment consisting of 3 coding problems and 1 open end question.
    3. In person interview consisting of questions about your experience and short programming problem.

    Interview Questions
    • TCP vs. UDP. What data structure would you use to keep track of packets?   View Answer
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Site Reliability Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 4 weeksinterviewed at OpenDNS in May 2014.

    Interview Details

    The process was great with timely communication. The process was as follow:
    1) Initial phone interview with technical recruiter.
    2) 3 separate phone interviews: Two technical interviews with engineers followed by another interview with director.
    3) Full day in person interview: 2 with engineers, 1 with director and 1 with CTO.

    The interviews are difficult. Be prepared to have discussion about software design and networking. The interview process is as much about technical skills as about being a fit in the company culture. That's why the company is awesome.

    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

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