Getting an Interview
Getting an Interview
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- No OfferNegative ExperienceDifficult Interview
I applied through an employee referral. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at Palantir Technologies (Palo Alto, CA).
After my resume was submitted by a Palantir employee, I heard nothing for 2-3 weeks. The person who submitted my resume had to send several emails to the recruiter to find out what the status was. Approximately a week later, the recruiter finally called me, but my resume had been routed to the wrong recruiter, so I was interviewed for a Platform Technical Writer. Not a fit.
- The recruiter asked: I'm thinking of a number between zero and infinity. Explain how would you guess my number., Answer Question
- Declined OfferPositive Experience
I applied online. I interviewed at Palantir Technologies in October 2015.
Applied online after visiting career fair at school, as well as an internal referral, got an e-mail from a recruiter the next week for a phone screen and online code test.
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Helpful (35)No OfferPositive ExperienceAverage Interview
Quick call with a recruiter followed by a short programming test. Then a technical interview with an engineer. Questions weren't too difficult and was given a lot of great feedback after the process was over. One of the best interviewing experiences I've had.
- No OfferNeutral ExperienceEasy Interview
I applied through an employee referral. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at Palantir Technologies.
My experience was poor, mainly because of bad communication. I had 3 pre-screens. Each session had to be rescheduled at the last minute (the company's availability changed not mine). For the pre-screens the RC told me who I would be speaking with. I did my research in advance, but each time I picked up the phone it was not the person the RC told me to expect. After jumping through the pre-screen hoops I was finally invited onsite to Palo Alto. I was excited to see the campus, but even the check in process was sloppy. That set the tone for the rest of the day. From the time I checked into the lobby I was told had to go upstairs to the third floor and check in again. I did. The second receptionist asked if it was easy to find the building. I said yes, but that I was concerned about the parking limits. She said I should have asked for a pass. So I looked at her awkwardly and asked "where can I find one?" She said go back downstairs to the main lobby. Really!? I didn't have time to be shuffling back and forth so I left it alone. A few minutes later my first interviewer picked me up. I had a series of 4 30 minute back to back sessions. Each session consisted of the same questions and scenarios I experienced during my 3 rounds of pre screens. If these people prepared in advance and talked to one another they could have gotten a more holistic view of my background and goals. I hit it off well in 2 of the sessions, thought one of the recruiters was mild, and realized 3 minutes into my session with the University Recruiting lead that it wasn't going to work. The session with the Uni lead was uncomfortable because the woman talked down to me the entire time. She remarked that it's hard to be an RC and that less than 10% are of any value. I asked what criteria she uses to distinguish an adequate RC from a great one. I believe this question offended her because her demeanor changed and she started acting defensive. She said she is qualified to discern a good RC because she was a phenomenal one earlier in her career. I wasn't looking to question her judgment, I asked because I was genuinely curious what it takes to go above and beyond at Palantir. Anyway, the rest of the session was tainted. Given that this woman esteemed herself highly I knew her bias would cost me. One more word of caution, the RC won't tell you how long you will be onsite. They just tell you what time to get there and to plan on staying all day. I missed a full day of work when I could have taken 4 hours (2 hours of interviewing plus drive time).
- What is your long term goal professionally? Why Palantir? How do you react under pressure? What do you do when an interviewer cancels at the last minute? Answer Question
Helpful (1)No OfferPositive ExperienceEasy Interview
This was a casual initial interview. I was asked about my background, why I was interested in Palantir, what roles I was interested in and why. The interviewer also left time to answer my questions about the role, the company, the work environment and culture, and the interview process. The interviewer was friendly and seemed interested in me personally, which always makes me want to work for the company more.
- Why are you interested in Palantir? 1 Answer
- No OfferNegative ExperienceAverage Interview
The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at Palantir Technologies.
Palantir's interview process is incredibly long and inefficient. It took 8 weeks from when I was first contacted by their recruiting coordinator, including 4 phone calls, two last minute reschedules, a take home 'assignment', and a cross country flight on less than 24 hours notice just to get a rejection. Around week 5, I spent many hours working on the take home 'assignment', and on week 6 I talked to someone about it for maybe 15 minutes. That engineer didn't even understand the data that they had given for the assignment. I think their inefficiency in interviewing is due to the lack of structure in the company: instead of meeting a couple of people at the level of the position and a couple of managers, you meet 8 people at the level of the position and no managers. You end up dealing with a lot of people with minimum experience as interviewers, and it shows.
- - Binary search for an integer with no upper limit - Open ended machine learning decomp. question - Take home time-series modeling assignment - Calculate the variance of a list of ints - Given two random variables uniform on 0-1, create a random variable uniform on the unit circle Answer Question
Helpful (4)No OfferPositive ExperienceDifficult Interview
I applied online. The process took a week. I interviewed at Palantir Technologies.
I had 1) phone interview with a more senior member of the Wordsmith team, 2) timed, written exercise, but did not make it to the 3) on-site interview. The phone interview was pleasant: interviewer asked me about my research experience and told me about the position. The written exercise asked me to write an email about a new software to the Palo Alto police department; create an "alternative" resume on a Powerpoint slide; and explain a process or invention of my own.
- Imagine I (i.e., the interviewer) have been living under a rock for the last 30 years--describe the Internet to me. Answer Question
Helpful (4)No OfferNegative ExperienceEasy Interview
I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at Palantir Technologies (Palo Alto, CA).
The interview process was incredibly disorganized. I had 2 recruiter phone screens, followed by 3 phone interviews, after which I was given an assignment to complete and was invited to the DC office (for a position in the Palo Alto office). When I asked who I was meeting, the recruiters refused to tell me. When I went to my DC office, I met with 1 person and 3 via video conference. Not a single one of these people asked me about the assignment and when I mentioned it, they all said "Oh, you had an assignment?" After my DC office interview, I had another phone conversation with the team lead, and was invited to the Palo Alto office. They certainly set me up quite nicely - booked the exact flight I wanted, provided transportation to/from the airport, put me up in a VERY NICE hotel, and covered all of my expenses. I should have seen the red flag when I got an email literally the night before I was supposed to fly out from a recruiter telling me that my entire interview (with 4 people) needed to be pushed from Thursday AM to Friday PM. I called her to address and ask if I had any other time options and she told me no. Okay then, more time in the Palo Alto area. Not a problem. Again, when I asked who I was meeting, the recruiter refused to tell me. My trip was incredibly smooth until I arrived at Palantir - I waited over 30 minutes in a waiting room for a recruiter I had never even met or discussed the positions with, who passed me off to the 1st team member I met with. She was THE ONLY person I met in person. Again, I met with the team lead via video conference as she was in NYC that week and then another person (who wasn't even on the team) who was in DC. Why didn't I meet that person when I was in DC? I have no idea. And the 4th person I was supposed to meet with - oh he (a legacy) had something come up and couldn't meet me. "Sorry! You'll skype with him next week" the recruiter said. And then she proceeded to tell me about how excited she was to go on vacation for a week with her girlfriends to Cabo and party all week. "Oh, so I'll hear from a different recruiter next week [my 4th at this point]?" Oh yes, definitely, I was told. I didn't even get to see a product demonstration as I was told I would. The recruiter took my skype info and never gave me this guy's. "He'll call you," she said. I return home, my interview time roles around and 10 minutes go by - nothing. I've emailed with the recruiter twice at this point who tells me to wait, and that he'd be calling. He finally calls, tells me he was waiting for me to call him, asks me 3 questions while very clearly multi-tasking on his computer. I'm told I'll hear within a week whether or not I've received the offer. When I don't hear anything for a week and a half, I send a follow up note to all of the recruiters I've worked with, including the one who I started with who just left for a month and the other who just got back from Cabo. Radio silence. After a few days, I get an email from another recruiter who I had never even heard of inviting me to the DC office. AGAIN. The email is literally the exact same template email I already received THE 1ST TIME they invited me to the DC office. I respond to her email telling her there must have been some kind of mistake. I try to call the DC and Palo Alto offices - the DC office tells me not everybody has phones, and the Palo Alto office tells me they are not permitted to transfer people. WHAT?! I then forward the note to all of the recruiters asking them what's going on. It's Friday AM east coast time. Radio silence. I follow up Monday and get a note from the recruiter asking if I have time to talk. I give her several options. Radio silence. I send her more options. She finally picks one. When I get on the phone with her she gives me some canned response about how I'm perfect for Palantir, but they just don't know where I fit. How about the job I applied for perhaps? This entire process was completely and utterly disorganized. I took it so seriously and brought my a-game and was tossed around like a tennis ball. If their recruiters are at all representative of the company, this tells you that they are growing way too fast and are a total mess. I would've rather not wasted three months of my time going through this experience.
- What unique skills can you bring to the team? Answer Question
- No OfferNeutral ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied through college or university. The process took a week. I interviewed at Palantir Technologies (Berkeley, CA) in September 2015.
The interview process is consisted of a phone call to get to know what you're looking for in your full-time career, and followed up by a few technical questions. I did not make past this stage for some reason, even though I answered all questions correctly.
- How many bits does it require to store the number 300,000. Answer Question
- No OfferNeutral ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied through college or university. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Palantir Technologies.
Gave resume at career fair - had an initial HR phone screen, which was behavioral questions mostly, with a quick CS question. This was followed by a 30-min interview with a Forward Deployed Engineer who saw that I did website backend coding and asked me to describe how to set up a server (what to think about in terms of set-up, features, etc.). I did not pass because I was not detailed enough in my description of how to set-up a server.
- Describe how to set-up a server in a local mom and pop shop? Answer Question
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