I applied through a recruiter and the process took 6 weeks - interviewed at Opower in November 2013.
Interview Details –
Total process was about 6 weeks. Opower is thorough and makes it clear that they are only looking for the best, skill-set and personality-wise!
1. Phone call with recruiter
2. Submitted writing sample
3. Phone interview with team member
4. Homework assignment (48 hour turnaround)
5. All day interview (4 individual interviews, on-site assignment, lunch)
6. Two more phone interviews
The homework assignment was not a walk in the park and the deadline was right in the middle of the week. I spent 5-10 hours on it and really tried to knock it out of the park. Based on the positive feedback during my on-site interviews, I think it's what got me in the door.
Interview Question – Pretty standard interview questions. In my case, they asked questions that came directly from the job posting. Be prepared for the random question like "what's your favorite book" and "what do you do in your free time". Just as much as they are looking for the right skills, it seems they are just as focused on finding the right personality. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – Easy negotiation process. Met in the middle after my counter-offer. Amazing benefits package!
I applied through college or university and the process took 6 weeks - interviewed at Opower in October 2013.
Interview Details – I was contacted by a recruiter from my school's career fair to stop by the booth. I stopped by the booth and a few days later received an e-mail inviting me to participate in a phone interview. I interviewed over the phone and did some live coding for the interviewer, about an hour long. Next I was invited to come on-site for a half-day of interviews -- I had 4 interviewers, about an hour each. Almost all were technical questions. By the end of the week, the recruiter called me to let me know I wasn't receiving an offer.
Interview Question – conversion of chars and integers when parsing a String. Answer Question
I applied online and the process took 2+ weeks - interviewed at Opower in September 2013.
Interview Details –
After HR screening, had a 50-minute phone interview with VP of Product Management. Was called in for an in-person. They gave me a homework assignment which was vague. NO details were provided about what they were looking for and how detailed they wanted it to be. THey said spend no more than 2 hours on this. But it was a homework assignment so technically you can spend however long you want on it.
During the in person - the first product manager asked me general questions about product management, my experience and background.
The second product manager came in after 45 minutes and he discussed the homework assignment with me.
Interview Question – They make you work through a business case that is very specific to Opower and its products. They have deep insights which you don't and they expect you to come up with the right answer without having the complete picture. Answer Question
I applied through college or university and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Opower in September 2013.
Interview Details – I went for the on-campus interview. There were 2 rounds of technical interviews. The topics covered were linked lists and recursion. After a week I was called for an on-site interview which had 3 rounds. I aced the first 2 but bombed on the last one. It was an activity scheduling problem. I had yet to take the algorithms class. Needless to say I wasn't considered.
Interview Question – Activity Scheduling problem. Answer Question
I applied online and the process took 2 months - interviewed at Opower.
Interview Details –
- Phone screen with HR
- Homework assignment (you are expected to spend 2 - 4 hours on this)
- Phone interview with member of panel
- Day-long, in-office interview with full panel ( 1 - 2 people at a time)
- Follow-up phone interview
Interview Question – Nothing was too difficult or stands out. You should be prepared to think on your feet and / or actively evaluate problems and scenarios. If you know your stuff you should be fine. In addition to your qualifications, the in-person interviews are designed to see how you react under pressure, think on your feet, and see if you are a cultural fit. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – It was quick and relatively painless - they make great offers and will work with you if possible.
I applied online and the process took 5+ weeks - interviewed at Opower in August 2013.
Interview Details –
After submitting my resume, I received an email back within two days asking me to schedule a time for an introductory phone interview during the next week or so.
The first phone interview was very short. The primary goal seemed to be just making sure that there was actually a person applying who was actually interested in getting a job with Opower. Discussion of expected salary happened at this point. The recruiter then said that a homework assignment was being sent out.
Homework assignment arrives in my inbox. I had a few days to send it back in.
Two follow-up phone interviews happened after this. The first was with a team leader for the role I was applying to (1 hour, technical for about half the time), the other was a shorter chat with the director of that section of the company (half hour, not technical but there was some discussion of experience).
The recruiter calls to tell me that they are only considering me for the "Associate" version of the job I applied for. At this point, I had already sunk in a fair bit of effort into the process, so it felt like a definite bait-and-switch.
I decided to agree to the new title. The recruiter then begins the process of setting up an on-site interview. The logistics were complicated because Arlington, VA was very far from where I was living at the time.
On-site interview started at 9:00am and ended around 4:30pm. There were around seven distinct sessions, most around 45 minutes in length, but a slightly longer one over lunch. Some interviewers were just discussing experience and previous projects. Others tested specific knowledge via algorithm questions, design questions, or SQL questions.
Within one day of getting home, I received the good news that they would like to offer me the job with the salary I had asked for (the maximum salary they said existed for the "Associate" role).
I had to pester my recruiter a lot over the next couple weeks to work out details for beginning work. The recruiter was very professional and easy to talk to.
Overall, my experience was excellent other than the bait-and-switch of job titles after the process was well underway.
Interview Question –
SQL question involving subqueries or temporary tables.
Design question for designing the data structures and processes for a game program. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – I didn't negotiate much. They downgraded my application halfway through, and stated what the salary range was for this new role. I stipulated that I would only accept the maximum in that range, and they gave it to me.
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 4 weeks - interviewed at Opower in August 2013.
Interview Details –
Initial phone screen is pretty standard. Questions are focused on your background At this point they just want to make sure you're able to carry a conversation.
Follow up interviews are Skype, and include the associated awkwardness. These questions dive more into how you would behave under potential work scenarios, i.e "tell me a time you had a difficulty with a client and how you resolved it?".
The first Skype interviewer was pleasant and easy to talk to. The second was unpleasant from the get-go and seemed to want to be doing anything else.
Interview Question – A lot of questions aimed at finding out your knowledge of the company. For example, "What are the biggest difficulties of S.A.S. business model?". If you don't have experience with this business model, you're forced to guess and then ask them the answer. Answer Question
I applied online - interviewed at Opower in August 2013.
Interview Details – The initial phone screening is actually a quiz on Opower. The questions seems to indicate that they expect candidates to have intimate business knowledge of the company despite being little more than a startup. I was irritated because it wasnt about what I could do for Opwer but what I knew about Opower. I almost hung up the phone because I didnt like being quizzed by someone half my age for a company that isnt exactly Google - no matter how much it wants to be.
Interview Question – What program at Opower made you think you could contribute to Opower? Answer Question
Reason for Declining – The culture is not for seasoned professionals and the money was not good enough.
I applied online and interviewed at Opower.
Interview Details – The Opower team was very transparent throughout the whole process and continually kept my in the loop, which was a nice. The phone and in person interview were great, I got the impression that they were interested in finding the right fit for the position both skill set and personality.
Interview Question – Honestly, the questions were all to be expected. Nothing threw me off base. They were focused on my work experience and how that would fit with the position available. Answer Question
Very Difficult Interview
I applied online and the process took 5 months - interviewed at Opower in May 2013.
Interview Details – There is no process. This is a company full of "awesome" and "way cool" . Very light on professionalism, content and experience. Light-hearted, ultra casual culture in a very serious, professional utility industry. Like having Google sell to IBM. Great vision and mission!
Interview Question – There were none except a quizzical "where did you say you come from again?". Interview ended and I decided not to pursue. Wrong culture for industry veterans. Answer Question
High bar for hiring - everyone I've met while working here is very talented and highly motivated.
Fulfilling work - you truly do feel that your work helps make the world a better place.
Great company culture and office environment make it an… – Full Review
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