Getting an Interview
Getting an Interview
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Helpful (3)Accepted OfferPositive ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2+ weeks. I interviewed at Opower (Arlington, VA).
Opower has a rigorous, but predictable interview process that involved a screen, phone interview with hiring manager, homework assignment, day of on-site interviews, and the negotiation phase. The process took about 3 weeks, and throughout that time an HR recruiter kept in close contact with me to provide updates and answer questions. Overall, if I have to point out any one thing that stands out, it's how helpful the recruiters are. A good anecdote: on the day before my lineup of on-site interviews, the recruiter gave me a call after hours to talk me through what to expect and answer my questions. It was a nice touch. In general, I got the sense that the interview process was more about cultural fit than assessing technical expertise, but that is almost certainly because I work in comms (as opposed to product engineers, whose interviews get very technical from what I hear). All that said, it's worth noting that Opower is pretty intense during the negotiation phase, and definitely doesn't expect to have to leverage compensation to win candidates. They make it very clear that they *know* Opower is a special company that attracts top talent. All said and done, though, the total comp including equity is slightly above market and the lively office environment provides a foil to a lot of the higher comped DC consulting shops.
- What are your thoughts on Opower's content marketing - is there anything you would improve? Answer Question
Helpful (4)No OfferNegative ExperienceDifficult Interview
I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at Opower (Arlington, VA).
Incredibly drawn out, unpleasant, almost combative process. Left a very bad taste in my mouth. I would not recommend this company to friends or colleagues (including at utility co's...). They put me through at least 6 rounds of interviews, including an all-day round of interviews at their headquarters. To their credit, they paid for my travel and hotel. To their discredit, they asked very strange questions that were not germane to the job (i.e. about my childhood). They came across as disinterested and rude. They claim to be very interested in culture fit but then discredit any job applicants who come from an environmental/energy efficiency background in favor of pretty much anyone else (especially management consulting).
- They asked me what kind of kid I was like in high school... 1 Answer
- Accepted OfferPositive ExperienceDifficult Interview
I applied online. The process took 6+ weeks. I interviewed at Opower (Arlington, VA).
The selection process consisted of 4 steps: 1. Screening interview with HR. General behavioral and company related questions. They also provide additional information regarding the position and requirements at this stage. 2. Excel assignment. After completing step 1, you'll receive an email with assignment which you should complete in 24 hours. Assignment is relevant to the job description and overall gives you an overview of what kind of work the department is doing. It's not too hard if you are good with Excel. Took about 6 hours to complete. 3. Phone interview with the manager. Combination of the behavioral and job related questions. All questions are related to job description. Again all questions are relevant and test both company and skills set fit. 4. Face-to-face interview with the team members. If you pass to the last stage all of the team members will ask you both behavioral and job related questions. All of the questions were very professional. The interviewee also gets a chance to understand the dynamics of the team, try out your personal fit to the company environment. Be ready to comment on every single bullet point of your resume. Overall all the interviews were conducted very professionally. I think i is great idea that not only the hiring manager but all the members of the team get to decide whether the interviewee will be a good fit for the team.
- Why do you want to intern for Opower? What are you proud of? Give an example when you have non-cooperative team member and how you dealt with it? Examples of forecasting, planning. Answer Question
- No OfferNegative ExperienceDifficult Interview
I applied through a recruiter. The process took 3 days. I interviewed at Opower (Arlington, VA) in June 2015.
All accept 1 of the 5 interviews were all highly technical. The series of interviews were at their offices from 11AM to 5PM. I was asked to write code on their loaner laptop for random, subjective scenarios with unclear instructions that made quickly answering the question rather difficult at time. A team member told me, during lunch, that the interview exercises were something new they were working on and I was their “guinea pig”.
- Write a function that accepts a single argument that returns a flattened array regardless of what argument type was passed in. 1 Answer
- Write code that allows a user to go to a specific url and returns a JSON object containing the name and version of the current package (this was inside of their app that is in/near production and using the KOA framework---not Express) 1 Answer
- Write pseudo code for a function that accepts a Board class that contains three public methods and will return whether the Board passed in is “solvable”. The three Board methods include “canMove” that accepts a direction parameter, move() that accepts a direction parameter, and “isSolvable” that returns a boolean of whether or not the board passed in is “solvable”. 1 Answer
- Verbally explain how you would write unit tests for the function I wrote in question 3. 1 Answer
- Accepted OfferPositive ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Opower (Arlington, VA) in May 2015.
Interview was quick but it was the second time I had interviewed for the company. They called back a few days after they had originally said, and the pay turned out to be a hair's breath lower than what was posted online.
- Do you understand that Opower is not an "energy" company but rather a software company, and what does that mean to you? Answer Question
Helpful (5)Accepted OfferPositive ExperienceDifficult Interview
I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Opower (Arlington, VA) in January 2015.
This was one of the fastest and most painless interview processes I've experienced. After submitting my resume for the position, I was contacted by a recruiter the next day and set up a call to discuss the position the day after that. During this call, I was explained the basic details of the role and provided a take-home assessment to complete. After submitting this assessment, I was set up for a call with the hiring manager a few days later. Since this went well, the recruiter set up my on-site interview later that very same day, and I went into the office the next day for 4 back to back interviews with a variety of team members. Two days later, I received an offer.
- - Experience with technical troubleshooting - Experience with customer management - How to deal with tough clients - Mini presentation - SQL & Regex technical interview - Topgrading interview with hiring managers Answer Question
Helpful (1)Accepted OfferPositive ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied through a recruiter. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at Opower (Arlington, VA).
Head hunter reached out via LinkedIn. Phone interviews with prospective Manager, SVP of Sales and then in-person interviews. In-person on-site interviews consisted of presentation followed by individual intensive interviews x 5 including meeting with company founder. The volume of interviews and questions on a single day was pretty tiring!
- Nothing too challenging. Standard questions for role. Performance to date. Deals you've won. Deals you've lost. What you would do differently. Asked to dissect a deal that Opower previously lost etc. Answer Question
By phone, took about 3 calls to reach agreement.
Helpful (1)No OfferNegative ExperienceDifficult Interview
I applied online. The process took 4 weeks. I interviewed at Opower (Arlington, VA).
I had a phone interview with a recruiter. I then spoke (by phone) with the person who I would replace. I was asked to complete a "homework assignment" and then was asked to come into the office to meet with several individuals. I had to reach out to the recruiters to follow up as I moved through the stages. Additionally, I was given very little notice for each of the interviews I had. Once I arrived on site, I met with individuals who were different than those they had identified for me prior (so I had no background information on them and researched the wrong people). And the schedule flipped as well; the "hardest" interview section (topgrading) was moved to the beginning of my on-site interview while I expected it would be at the end. It's clear that they are a rapidly scaling organization and the HR staff is doing its best to keep up. Everyone was very pleasant and nice but it felt a little frazzled.
- One individual asked a question that was an energy-related scenario and it had so much jargon in it, it was nearly impossible to understand. 1 Answer
- There was a "Homework Assignment" where there were three questions each with at least four subparts and two powerpoint slides. The instructions indicated that we were not to spend more than two hours on its entirety. 1 Answer
- The "Topgraded" Interview. They started with college and went through my entire resume and asked what was the best day/worst day and why, and why I made the choices I did throughout my career. 1 Answer
- Accepted OfferPositive ExperienceDifficult Interview
I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Opower (Arlington, VA).
2 phone interviews and an on-site. Onsite was very thorough, met with 6 different people and they interviewed me on different topics. Great opportunity to meet the team and get all of my questions answered, though it was a long day
- If you didn't have LinkedIn at your disposal, give me 5 different ways that you could find candidates. Answer Question
Helpful (1)Accepted OfferPositive ExperienceDifficult Interview
I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at Opower (Arlington, VA).
After applying, I heard back within the week. I then had an initial, screening call with the recruiter, after which I had a homework assignment due back to the recruiter in 48 hours (TPM homework assignment, that took some work but was fairly simple to compete if you have PM chops). A technical phone interview with a senior member of the team came next. Following the technical phone interview was the on-site, new-world-tech-style day of interviews (~6 hours long, including lunch). Be prepared to be grilled, for thinking exercises, and to answer questions directly involving company products (some people scoff at the fact that they pitch you internal situations when you have no experience with the company yet, but if you're interviewing somewhere seriously...why wouldn't you have a solid knowledge of how the company operates before you go into the interview?). Next is a brief waiting period, as you await the results. A call from the recruiter to check up on you and provide you with an offer! (hopefully, because this is a great company!) Some basic negotiations can follow, if you need them. Lastly references are called to make sure you have the experience you claim to have.
- Just be ready to be thoroughly grilled about your experience. I mean grilled. Answer Question
Negotiations went smoothly. You may not even require them, think about the overall compensation package.
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