OpenTable Interview Questions

Updated Aug 31, 2015
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    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at OpenTable (San Francisco, CA).

    Interview

    6 rounds, mostly with engineers, 1 with VP of engineering. Overall process was very smooth. I felt interview experience was very similar to AirBnB except Airbnb's cultural round at the end. They also gave me a take home exercise which I enjoyed working on. I would rate it 5/5 on good quality questions and difficulty level. Keeping interviews difficult is very important to hire the best and keeping the culture good.

    Interview Questions

    • Standard algorithmic problems related to their business and real world, dynamic programming problems, N x N grid.   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    They pay well, better than industry standard I believe.

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    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Francisco, CA
    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at OpenTable (San Francisco, CA) in June 2015.

    Interview

    I had an initial call with the recruiter . Then a telephonic interview with a Sr engineer followed by coding exercise. Was invited onsite for a full day of interviews. Had 6 rounds of interviews along with lunch. Interviewed with 4 Sr Engineers, a Product Manager and a Sr Architect. Was invited for another round of onsite interviews after this which consisted of a pair coding exercise and an interview with the VP of Engineering

    Interview Questions

    • The questions were a bit tough compared to the normal ones. You need more than just basic data structure knowledge. But they were really specific to the position applied for and hence made a lot of sense.Plus all of the questions we real world problems being solved none of the text book questions like the other companies.   Answer Question
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    Account Executive Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Denver, CO
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at OpenTable (Denver, CO) in June 2015.

    Interview

    Recruiter and Manager both showed a disinterest in the process. It seemed like they were doing me a favor by interviewing me. I don't know anybody that works at the company, but I wish I did. I'm not sure if this is just because they didn't like what I had to offer or if they were just playing "bad cop".

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    Marketing Coordinator Interview

    Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2 days. I interviewed at OpenTable (San Francisco, CA).

    Interview

    There were two days of interviews. On the first day, I interviewed with my potential manager and the next level up manager who happened to recruit me. On the second day, I interviewed again with my manager and then with the person whose role I'd be taking over. All went smoothly.

    Interview Questions

    • What's one way you've overcome a challenge in the work environment?   Answer Question
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    Marketing Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at OpenTable.

    Interview

    had one phone interview with recruiter, then another with someone in the marketing department and then the last interview was with 4 or 5 people in marketing in the actual office in San Francisco. Everyone was friendly and down to earth, questions were not too difficult. The office itself is cool. The entire interview process took about a week or so depending on your schedule

    Interview Questions

  7.  

    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. I interviewed at OpenTable.

    Interview

    First interview was an on-campus interview where I solved a coding question. Next was a 4 hour interview onsite consisting of 4 different interviews. Some of these had me solve coding questions, while some involved talking about the company and designing systems related to it. Good experience, but I did not get an offer.

    Interview Questions

    • Given a n x n grid of letters, find all words that can be created by starting at one letter and moving left/right/up/down. Similar to the game Boggle.   Answer Question
  8.  

    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Francisco, CA
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at OpenTable (San Francisco, CA).

    Interview

    I was allowed to skip the phone interview and come directly for an on-site interview. The technical interview went great, no issues with whiteboarding code, ended up with extra time to ask questions of the interviewing engineers. Their internal culture seems solid, although slowly transitioning from process-oriented old enterprise stack to a more agile, startup-y process. The nontechnical culture interviews with the Director of Engineering and the PM went really well. I was expecting a slam-dunk, so I was surprised when the recruiter contacted me and said they wanted me to do a take-home coding exercise to clear up some issues around an area of professional growth I'd disclosed in the interview. It struck me as super unprofessional to schedule a full day for an interview, only to be told that they needed more information. At every other company they do take-home exercises before on-site interviews. If engineers have questions about something said during an on-site interview, then the appropriate time to ask about it is... during the interview! Please don't wait and make a candidate do additional work after a full day of interviewing. I didn't feel like I'd be professionally respected if my hiring was such a squeaker that it required a post-onsite take-home assignment, so I just put in a few hours' of work and submitted it -- wasn't surprised when they rejected me, just insulted that they'd put someone through so much extra effort when we could have resolved these issues with a conversation during the on-site interview.

    Interview Questions

    • "What's an area or skill where you feel weak or could learn more?"   Answer Question
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    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. I interviewed at OpenTable.

    Interview

    So far, I've had an on campus interview and have a Google Hangout interview coming up. I'm still interviewing with them, so I'm guessing if I pass the Google Hangout interview, there'll be some an on site interview. The Google Hangout interview is 2 hours and 15 minutes long with 3 different engineers. When I talked to them on campus, I told them that I liked front end dev, but not sure if they're interviewing me for front end dev or just software dev.

    Interview Questions

    • On campus: Given an array of stock prices, and the date of the current stock price, return the maximum profit that can be made.   Answer Question
    • Given an integer N, determine if N is part of the Fibonacci sequence.   Answer Question
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    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. I interviewed at OpenTable.

    Interview

    Emailed back and forth to schedule a phone interview. Got a call from a senior Data Scientist that asked me a few related algorithm question. By the end the questions were complicated enough whre it became difficult to describe over the phone. I was able to answer all questions (though I required a hint for one) and he then congratulated me on surviving the ksum question.

    Interview Questions

    • First question: You have an array of numbers. Find all pairs that add up to K. Second question: You have an array of numbers. Find all three-element groups that add up to K. Third question: You have an array of numbers. Find all four-element groups that add up to K. For all these question I had to provide a running time.   Answer Question
  11.  

    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. I interviewed at OpenTable.

    Interview

    Two sets of interviews. First set had two 30 minute interviews, second set had three 30 minute interviews (3 people - 2 of the same as the first round). None of them were particularly difficult. i was asked about my prior work experience, why I thought the job would be a good fit, strengths/weaknesses, etc. No curveball questions.

    Interview Questions

    • The most difficult question I was asked was probably to name an experience where things didn't go as planned (aka failed) and how I turned around from it. (again, not a rare question, but difficult to answer).   Answer Question
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