I applied online and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Optimizely in January 2014.
Interview Details – I applied online for a Product Manager position and heard from their in-house recruiter, who did a initial phone screen with me (30-45 minutes). Then another phone interview was scheduled with a Senior Product Manager, which lasted 45 minutes. The second phone screen included some "technical questions". After that second interview, they decided to not continue the process with me. Their feedback was quick, respectful and professional. Everyone I spoke with was very professional and enthusiastic about the company and its prospects.
I applied online and the process took 1 week - interviewed at Optimizely.
Interview Details – I submitted my resume online and interviewed with Optimizely for the SDR role. I had a phone screen with a recruiter, which consisted of typical interview questions of why this company, why this role, and why you in particular. While I didn't end up moving forward with the process, they are a great company and great team!
Interview Question – 30 second sales pitch for Optimizely. Answer Question
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Optimizely in November 2013.
Interview Details – I was extremely impressed by the interview at Optimizely. Having interviewed at many tech firms, I was grateful for the constructive feedback along the way, and concrete suggestions to prepare for the next phase. Many interview processes are different, and it was super helpful to be given guidelines ensuring I was prepared to speak to the next interviewer.
Interview Question – If you had ten years to live, would you work at Optimizely? Answer Question
Negotiation Details – Optimizely takes into account all aspects of the position, and is able to value each perk as such. I had another offer on the table that I was strongly considering, and they were able to match that offer competitively.
I applied online and the process took 2 months - interviewed at Optimizely.
Interview Details – Initial phone interview. What started off as extremely pleasant went south towards the end of the interview as the interviewer showed arrogance and impatience-- especially with regard to the amount of income I expected, which of course I wanted to keep open with the limited knowledge of the position.
I believe it was after a month when they contacted me to tell me they proceeded to interview for the second round without me.
Interview Question – How much do you expect to be compensated? Answer Question
I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Optimizely in December 2013.
Interview Details – I knew I was a bit ahead of the game applying in December, knowing that I'm not available to move until July 2014, but Optimizely was an exciting opportunity that I could not pass up.
I applied during Thanksgiving and heard back less than a week later from a recruiter wanting to chat about my experience. The initial recruiting call was less than stellar. The recruiter was not all that friendly, rescheduled my call to a time that I initially said I was not available, and promptly told me on the phone that I was not qualified for the job.
Nevertheless, I heard back a few days later from another recruiter saying that she wanted to schedule me for a call with the UX Researcher on staff. I was confused but ecstatic to be moving on in the process. However, I was less than pleased when my first scheduled phone call time came and went. I emailed the recruiter, who apologized and rescheduled me with no explanation.
When I finally did connect with the UX Researcher, we had a great conversation and I became more excited about interview process. I knew I still had the barrier of my availability, but was cautiously optimistic about my chances. I heard back within hours that I was moving onto the next phone interview.
The second interview did not go as well as the first. The manager I spoke with talked about a mile a minute and with no affect. He did not try to build a rapport with me and seemed to nonverbally disapprove of any answer I gave. It felt like I was already out of the running before the phone call began. Admittedly, I didn't have the best interview of my life and I'm sure that there are other strong candidates that are more qualified and available sooner.
In the middle of the night, I received an automated rejection email with no explanation (which I know is par for the course for most organizations). Given my conversation with the UX Researcher was so positive, I am curious what about my conversation with the Design Manager put the proverbial nail in my coffin.
All in all, I think the company is doing exciting work and likely going through the struggles of growing pains. I hope that they are able to streamline their recruiting process a bit more and also give candidates a little more information about what to expect from each phone interview.
Interview Question – Be prepared for a lot of questions about past research experience and current research interests Answer Question
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I applied online and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Optimizely in February 2013.
Interview Details – The interview process was great--I had already received a couple of offers from other companies, and Optimizely was great at speeding things up so that I could get an answer from them before having to make my decision.
The interview process consisted of a couple of phone interviews with a recruiter and then the VP of Sales, followed by an in-person interview with everyone from the CEO down to other AEs I would be working with. After that, I was asked to come in and perform a mock presentation of Optimizely as if I were selling to a prospective client.
The process was exceptional, and the people were brilliant and magnetic. The energy of the place was incredible and I knew immediately upon setting foot in the office that I wanted to work there. Couldn't recommend it more highly.
Interview Question – I was asked to role play a part in an unexpected meeting with a VP of Marketing at a prospective client and to explain Optimizely to them and try to secure a meeting. Answer Question
I applied online and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Optimizely in November 2013.
Interview Details – Phone screener --> on sight interview with 6 people --> marketing presentation to the team ---> and lastly a 1-on-1 with the CEO.
The entire process was very professional and well orchestrated; the recruiting team was on point and all the people I interviewed with were very nice and engaging.
Interview Question – What would you do if you only had 10 years left to live? Would you take this job? View Answers (2)
I applied in-person and the process took 1+ week - interviewed at Optimizely.
Interview Details – After two phone screens, I interviewed on-site with five people. The interviews were conversational and not unnerving, but they asked compelling questions that were fun to think through. There were no gotcha questions or silly brain-teasers, which was great.
Everyone was really, really nice and I knew in the first interview that this was a company where I wanted to work. Everyone was really inviting, friendly, and fun. As I told one person in my interview, I liked Optimizely because they were all very clearly genuine, and most importantly, because they were just as weird as I was. (I got a weird look for it, but, hey, they still hired me.)
Interview Question – What's an opinion you have that most others disagree with? Answer Question
I applied online and the process took 4 weeks - interviewed at Optimizely in September 2013.
Interview Details – The whole process was wonderful; definitely take advantage of the resources provided to you. Julia was a huge help and was critical in preparing me for the interview.
Be sure to do your research; I read nearly everything available to me about the company on the internet - interviews/articles on techcrunch, blogs and customer case studies posted by Optimizely, parts of the recently released book available on the internet, --> read everything you can, get excited about the product and bring that back to your interview.
Negotiation Details – Their offers are strict because they are looking for people who want to make the most out of the opportunity and grow once inside the company. You pay your dues and they will make it worth your while.
The process took 4 weeks - interviewed at Optimizely in October 2013.
Interview Details – I spoke first with a recruiter for a phone screen, then a Senior Director of Marketing for a second screen. Finally, I was invited onsite for interviews with about six members of the team.
The recruiting team was extremely helpful throughout the process and flexible in scheduling my interviews and follow ups. I was also proactively offered prep calls, and followed up with promptly.
The process was fairly rigorous, including many business case and thought exercise questions in addition to traditional questions about my resume/experience.
Interview Question – Explain to me what the internet is. Answer Question
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