I applied through an employee referral and the process took 1 week - interviewed at Overstock.com.
Interview Details –
After an internal referral, I was contacted by an internal recruiter who set an interview date with me for the following week. My interview was with 4 members of the team with roles ranging from developer to management.
The interview was largely unstructured and consisted of discussion regarding various aspects of my previous projects, current employment/roles, relevant interests, thoughts on several common methodologies/community projects, and so on. The tone was informal, very similar to a conversation I'd have with any other web developer I'd just met who was interested in my thoughts on our craft. We reviewed a few of my completed projects from a technical standpoint - one of the devs even spent a portion reading through my published code.
Afterward, I was given the opportunity to review my questions regarding the structure of the team and the particulars of the job requirements. I was contacted with an offer 3 hours later.
Interview Question – Do you have any examples of work you've done? View Answer
Negotiation Details – Immediately following the group interview, I was taken aside and asked what salary range I was seeking. Having already researched statistics for my experience in my location, I provided a $10k range. My offer contained a figure toward the high end of my range.
I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Overstock.com in November 2013.
Interview Details – I applied online. I received a phone call 2 days later and an interview scheduled the day after that. Once that was done I scheduled a 2nd interveiw and began training the week following.
Interview Question – Explain a sittuation where you did not have the necesary tools to fix a sittaution. How did you handle it. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – There was not one.
I applied online and the process took 1 week - interviewed at Overstock.com in November 2013.
Interview Details – The interview was not too bad. Basic questions about IT. The major kicker was the riddle they asked me. Out of about 20 people, I was the only one to answer it correctly. The basic idea of asking the riddle was to see how I think things through.
Interview Question – The riddle was the most difficult and unexpected question. I would say what the riddle was but I would rather have it be equal challenge for future hires coming in. Answer Question
I applied online and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Overstock.com.
Interview Details – It was very well done. it started with a quick phone screening followed by a phone interview with the hiring manager. It took about 30 mins and mostly covered my background. The next day I was scheduled for a face to face interview a couple days later. This interview was more focused on my knowledge of the job area and specifics about the role I played at former employers. This interview took about 30 mins and then I met with another director and we went into more about my philosophies on management practices and people skills. We spoke for about 30 mins and they fully explained the timeline and that there were still many applicants to interview and we were look at about 10 - 14 days to make a final decision. The hiring manager was very good about staying in touch during this time and approx. 3 weeks from my in-house interview I was called with an offer.
Interview Question – Emphasis was placed on questions concerning management skills. Be prepared to speak openly about how you manage people and tasks as well as how you achieve results. They are looking for managers that can develop employees. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – We spoke candidly about my requirements at the interview. I knew that I was asking for a reasonable salary and they met that number, we really did not need to negotiate.
I applied through a recruiter and the process took 1 week - interviewed at Overstock.com in August 2013.
Interview Details –
They brought me in for a 4 hour interview, including lunch. First hour was with two engineering managers. They asked me to model a "professor" - "class" - "student" relationship as database tables and as JPA entities. Only complication was a many-to-many from students to classes.
Second hour was with a QA manager and dev manager. They asked me to create a class diagram for a Pilot - Flight Attendant - Passenger domain to show inheritance and polymorphism. Included a wrinkle where they introduce the pilot or flight attendant flying as a passenger "deadhead". I used composition to solve that problem, but I think decorator pattern would have been better.
Then lunch at a very nice restaurant with two project managers. Lots of time here to ask questions. But it was a bit awkward as they didn't talk freely but just question and answer over lunch.
Then interviewed with two architects. They asked me to navigate a directed graph with cycles. Study your recursion for this problem.
Final interview was with a dev manager who just answered any final questions.
They responded very quickly with a hiring decision.
Interview Question –
Create a class diagram for this situation:
Pilot (fly plane, get drink, consume drink)
Flight Attendant (get drink, consume drink, serve drink)
Passenger (get drink, consume drink, ride plane)
Now, add concept of "deadhead", which is a pilot or flight attendant riding as a passenger. Pilot or flight attendant can only be Pilot/Attendant or Deadhead mutually exclusively. View Answer
Negotiation Details – They asked how much I was looking for, and then countered slightly lower but included a signing bonus.
I applied online and the process took 1 week - interviewed at Overstock.com in May 2013.
Interview Details – Great people who stayed in constant communication via phone interview and repeded emails to set up time for initial on site interview. On site interview was thorough and lasted about 4-5 hours. Included meeting multiple managers in various areas and a practical test of computing skills, followed by a presentation to a manager of your overall thought process durring the exercise. Overall great experiance
Interview Question – The Practical test was something completely unexpected., be ready to show your competency in the area you are being hired for. Answer Question
I applied through a staffing agency and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Overstock.com in April 2013.
Interview Details –
First, a phone call with a staffing agency (Parallel HR). The interviewers (Dev Leads) received my resume and asked to proceed to the next step which included a phone interview and essay questions. Take the essay questions seriously. After that, I was asked to spend a day interviewing the Dev Leads, Chief Architect, Directors, and VP of IT. The recruiting company wanted me to go to Goldman Sachs (bigger payout) and Overstock thought I was playing hardball on the salary so they increased it by $5,000. I also asked for and received a bonus to help pay for relocation.
Overstock will generally make an offer that day if they feel you're a strong candidate. They need Java developers and QAs like Mars needs women, but they also have to keep new hires in a budget, so don't expect a San Francisco salary in Salt Lake City.
The candidate is put up in a nice $200+ per night hotel across the street from the corporate headquarters, given a per diem (expense report), fed a nice lunch during the interview, and driven to and from the airport. Don't expect to get a lot of time to look around the valley unless you negotiate for that.
Interview Question – The interview was straightforward and much easier than big name Internet companies (Amazon, Facebook, Google). Be solid on your Java development techniques, know how Maven works, and be prepared to compare and contrast technologies you may not have heard of before. Be *passionate* about a personal project. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – The recruiter (staffing agency) handled the negotiations.
I applied in-person and the process took a day - interviewed at Overstock.com in March 2013.
Interview Details – They hire through Prologistix. The people at Prologistix will take you into a little room and give you a run through of what they do with an RF to pick item, however that training is only partially correct. It is not set up so that you can really get an idea of how the true operations work. There wasn't really an interview for this position. The staffing service has their own interviewing process and may ask if you have any experience, but you don't need experience for this job.
Interview Question – Do you have any experience in a warehouse? View Answer
Negotiation Details – They do not negotiate and they have people working at Overstock whom have worked at the company for 3 or more years and still have not been offered a position. Overstock RARELY hires anyone, but have plenty of people from the temp service.
I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Overstock.com in January 2013.
Interview Details – Got an email from HR with position details and a questionnaire about my skills and experience on testing process, tools etc. Then got to round 2 - phone interview with 2 test leads for about an hour . The interviewers were good. Got an email nxt day from recruiter that they are moving fwd with others. Really disappointing.
Interview Question –
1) Walk through my CV and my current duties
2) Technical questions on SQL, UNIX, basic diff in QTP and load runner, webserver - I answered everything Answer Question
Very Easy Interview
I applied online and the process took a day - interviewed at Overstock.com in January 2013.
Interview Details – They call you for an interview, you go they ask you a couple of questions and do a typing test.
Interview Question – I you could have dinner with someone either alive or dead who would it be and why. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – at the time of intervie I was asked what shift i wanted and when they called to offer the job, they said "oh by the way the day shift is not available, you will have to work the night shift." I needed a job
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