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Accepted Offer – Interviewed in Redwood City, CA Feb 2013 – Reviewed Mar 4, 2013
Interview Details – Initial phone screening. then 6 rounds of interview at onsite. after 3 weeks got a call from senior director regarding the offer negotiation.
Interview Question – You have 10 boxes of balls (each ball weighing exactly10 gm) with one box with defective balls (each one of the defective balls weigh 9 gm). You are given an electronic weighing machine and only one chance at it. How will find out which box has the defective balls? View Answer
Accepted Offer – Reviewed Feb 2, 2013
Interview Details –
Applied via website. Contacted promptly by HR, who gave me the standard interview (why do you want to change jobs, etc.). This was followed by a phone interview with the hiring manager, which lasted about an hour. Manager asked some behavioral and technical questions, after which we bantered for a while. He indicated interest in proceeding. The next step was to take a programming test, which I passed. That was followed by a more technical interview with an engineer. The following day the manager invited me for an in house interview. This covered topics like technical skills, soft skills , etc. The interview had group and smaller (1-2 interviewers) sessions. It lasted about 4 hours and included lunch.
The next day the manager told me that he wanted to hire me. This is where it got interesting, It took almost 2 months for an official offer to be made. The reason being is that the offer process goes all the way up the management chain to the CEO and can be vetoed by a number of people before it gets to his desk. When I finally got it, the offer included a 9% pay increase for me. After accepting the offer I had to complete the background check process, which was grueling. They verify every place you claimed to work for the past 10 years and ask for W2's to verify your salary claims.
Negotiation Details – There was no room for negotiation. It was take it or leave it. They did offer me a 9% pay increase, so this wasn't an issue
No Offer – Interviewed in Redwood City, CA May 2010 – Reviewed Jun 2, 2010
Interview Details – I am a citizen working in Asia currently. I got two rounds of phone interviews with the company. There are about 3-4 people interviewers on the phone each time. Generally start with an introduction and go right into technical question ranging from basic Java, to algorithm, to IQ question and design questions.
Declined Offer – Interviewed in Redwood City, CA Jun 2009 – Reviewed Sep 8, 2009
Interview Details – I was contacted by a manager after having submitted my resume for a specific position. I spoke with him about the position and about his team. A few days later I went in for an interview. The team members seemed to be very sharp and all seemed to get along very well. I was asked specific questions in a number of one-on-one interviews about PL/SQL syntax, using PL/SQL collections, using JDBC in a Java program to iterate through a result set, various considerations when tuning a SQL database, how indexes affect execution plans of SQL, why indexing is important and how B+-tree indexes work.
Interview Question – How does a B+ tree index work? View Answer
Reason for Declining – I thought the set of responsibilities assigned to this position was a bit more limited than I was looking for. Also, many of the technologies that were being employed were Oracle-specific and did not really excite me. Some examples are Oracle ADF and BC4J.
Accepted Offer – Interviewed in Redwood City, CA Jan 2008 – Reviewed Mar 19, 2009
Interview Details – I was already an Oracle employee in Brazil and applied for jobs in different product development teams at Oracle HQ through internal iRecruitment (which is also available externally at http://irecruitment.oracle.com). Got contacted for some of those applications but my case required L1 visa sponsorship so not every 1st contact was fruitful. But for this particular one, there was green light for international transfers and I went through the interview phase which basically consisted of 4 formal phone interviews, with 4 different interviewers: 2 other software engineers, 1 product manager, and 1 director. Only the 2 engineers made very technical interviews, basically focused on Java and logic, that lasted for about 1 hour each and had a medium-high difficulty level. The other 2 interviews were more about to know my professional experience and objectives and also to let me know more about the job. After that, I got the positive feedback in about a week and then, in my case, the whole approval process for my job offer took more than a month and then, finally, I could start the real transfer process, which took a couple more months and now I'm here and quite happy so far.
Interview Question – Considering a 2-dimension matrix that can only be traversed by 1 adjacent position at a time and never diagonally. Create an algorithm to traverse that matrix from its upper-left corner to its lower-right corner using the shorter possible path in the most efficient way. View Answers (5)
Negotiation Details –
In my case, I had to negotiate 2 things: my career level and salary and my relocation package.
My level in Oracle Brazil was 1 lower than the level asked in the job position and because of the fact I was being transferred they wanted to keep my level which meant a lower salary. I was able to negotiate and come at the right level with a salary within my acceptable range. As for the relocation, we had basically 2 options. The first was a total budget of about 15K USD that would be administered by a third-party contracted by Oracle. The second was a lump-sum of 7.5K USD that I'd receive to cover my own expenses. I was going with the 1st but after I saw the budgets for moving expenses from that third-party company, I decided to go with the 2nd option and in my case it was enough.
Accepted Offer – Interviewed in Hyderābād (India) Jan 2013 – Reviewed Mar 5, 2013
Interview Details – HR called me and scheduled F2F interview, 1 written round, 3 interviews, last round is bit managerial
Interview Question – what project/product you will create if you are given unlimited resources and money Answer Question
Negotiation Details – they paid me more than i asked :)
Accepted Offer – Interviewed in Bucharest (Romania) Oct 2009 – Reviewed Feb 14, 2013
Interview Details –
Cordial interview process, good description of expectations, good balance between talking and listening. Felt appreciated and encouraged to present my professional background.
Interview followed a template, which I believed is a good idea. All the important chapters were considered: suitability for technical requirements, team work, personal development, career plans, compensation, benefits.
Negotiation Details – Not much room for negotiation, they have their rigid policies
Declined Offer – Reviewed Dec 19, 2012
Interview Details – There were 2 technical rounds, followed by an HR round. The Technical Rounds majorly focused on regular JAVA/J2EE questions.
Interview Question – Estimation , Deciding about complexity. When you dont have the complete requirement with you, such that you cant sub divide it into smaller segments or use-cases, then how would you decide about the complexity. View Answer
Accepted Offer – Interviewed in Dublin, Dublin (Ireland) Oct 2008 – Reviewed Sep 26, 2012
Interview Details –
The hiring process for me was very long and tiring, it took about three months from the start to the end, Initially I did intreviews over the phone and then came to Dublin for more interviews.
The interview was mainly technichal and included questions about C++, Java and Databases.
Interview Question – There was some sort of quiz question which I had to find the algorithm which was quite difficult Answer Question
Accepted Offer – Reviewed Sep 17, 2012
Interview Details – There was an apttude test follwed for one-on-one interviews,The Questions asked were from C/C++,SQL,data structures and puzzles
Interview Question – All the questions were pretty straightforward.nothing unexpected Answer Question
Work-life balance is exceptional.
Managers usually don't micro-manage and employees are given their space (depends on the manager as well)
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