Palantir Technologies Product Quality Engineer Interview Questions

Updated May 8, 2015
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Product Quality Engineer Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Jose, CA
No Offer
Positive Experience
Easy Interview

Application

I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Palantir Technologies (San Jose, CA) in May 2015.

Interview

Two phone interviews, first will talk about the company and your resume. After that, will give an emial to schedule a time for the sceond interview. then the second interview are all about the technical questions

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    Product Quality Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. I interviewed at Palantir Technologies in March 2015.

    Interview

    There were 2 phone interviews and 3 interviews on site before lunch and a demonstration. The first phone interviewer asked what feature I would add to a vending machine and how I would test it. The second phone interviewer showed me some pseudo code and asked me to add a feature to it. They asked three questions onsite, one in each interview. The first interviewer asked me to pretend like the interviewer was an old grandma having trouble logging in. The second interviewer asked me how I would test a magic box from Calvin and Hobbes. The third interviewer asked me how I would deploy iPhones in Africa for education. In the end I did not get an offer. They said it was because there was not enough communication in my interviews. I think with that standard, the only candidates they are screening out are the ones who are terrified of interviewing. For a company that prides itself on its technical talent, Palantir has very strange interviews.

    Interview Questions

    • The most unexpected question was the one asking how I would deploy iPhones to Africa for education.   Answer Question
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    Product Quality Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at Palantir Technologies (Palo Alto, CA).

    Interview

    An employee reached out to me via email after finding my LinkedIn page, and he said that he thought that, given my experience, I'd be a good match for the Infrastructure Quality Engineer Internship. So, we scheduled a 30-minute phone interview We chatted for a while about the position, and he answered a few of my questions about what exactly Palantir does (you have to do a little digging to get a really good idea). He asked one simple technical question (outlined below). That interview went pretty well, so then we scheduled another interview with a different employee. After some small talk and me asking some questions about the company, he asked me to test an elevator in a new building. Organize your thoughts and present them coherently, and you're golden. This question took about 30 of the 45 minutes of my interview. The key to these questions is: 1. Ask about who the primary user of the product will be, and make sure the product is catered towards them. 2. Test the product for standard daily use. 3. Imagine all the different disasters that could occur that break this product. Test for those. 4. If possible, add a feature that you've always wanted this type of product to have. For example, I've always wanted elevators to have a "Cancel Floor Request" button. I described that, and we talked about its feasibility for about five minutes. After that, I asked for him to describe the differences between Infrastructure Quality Engineers and Product Quality Engineers; after we got off the phone, I decided that the PQE Internship would be a better match for me. I emailed my recruiter, and they forwarded my application to the necessary PQE recruiter, who set up one more interview with me. During that interview, I was asked to test a vending machine, and I used the same process to test it that I outlined above. At this point in the hiring process, I had an internship deadline within five business days, so the recruiters expedited my application. Rather than flying out, I had a technical final round interview via Skype that lasted three hours. The first interview was a troubleshooting interview, and the recruiter had me describe the process I'd use to test a printer that won't print. Then he asked me about a few basic Linux commands (I couldn't remember one of them, but I knew its functionality) and asked me a few behavioral questions. The next interview was technical, and we coded via a live code editor, so he could see what I typed. He showed me a program written in Python-esqe pseudocode, and asked me to walk him through it and describe what it did. Then he had me implement a few functions for the same code in pseudocode (I wrote it in a semi-Java language). Finally, I had a product design interview. For this, I was given a very abstract, almost sci-fi concept for a product that could turn people into animals, and then I was told to give feedback on the first and then second iterations of its design. Then, I was asked to give feedback on the user interface that it used. After that, we ran out of time, and my interviewer wished me luck. I received a phone call two days later telling me that I had gotten the internship! One of the biggest questions for the is: why do you want to work at Palantir? I was asked that five times throughout the process, so make sure you're ready for that one. The recruiters and interviewers are always very prompt via email (within one business day), very accomodating of other internship offer deadlines, and extremely friendly. I couldn't be happier to work there this summer.

    Interview Questions

    • In an array of integers, every number except for one is duplicated exactly one somewhere in the array. Find the single number.   2 Answers
    • Describe how you would figure out what was wrong with a printer that wouldn't print.   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    I didn't attempt to negotiate, because the offer not only provides housing and a bunch of other fantastic perks, but it also pays really well for interns.

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    Product Quality Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Palantir Technologies.

    Interview

    The process began with a quick thirty minute phone screening, and I was then moved on to phone interviews. The first was more of a critical thinking interview and the second was more technical in nature.

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    Product Quality Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer

    Interview

    After a company visit, followed up with one of the recruiters and scheduled a phone call. She was very friendly and helpful and asked a pretty basic technical question, but other than that was more focused on helping me understand the position. As a not exceptional sophomore, she truthfully told me my chances were slim.

    Interview Questions

    • Asked an algorithms question something like how to remove duplicates in a list of numbers.   Answer Question
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    Product Quality Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. I interviewed at Palantir Technologies.

    Interview

    Through On-Campus Career fair. They answered some basic questions about Palantir and its products. A week later I got an email from an HR personnel stating the recruiters from the career fair had forwarded my resume to them and thought had good potential for the role. First round was by the HR personnel and I was asked two questions: (1) how would you test a blender? (2) how would you find a repeating number in an array? I cleared this and was set up for a technical interview with a Product Quality Engineer. The interview consisted of two questions again (1) How would you test a website? and (2) Given a number how would you find out if it was a palindrome or not. The interviewer was quite nice and encouraged me when I was in going the right way. Third interview was rather unexpected. The interviewer questioned my interest in programming. Then asked me two questions (1) how I would make a server architecture for a dictionary, how many servers would be involved and what problems could be perceived, (and stressed on computer architecture for this case). I was also asked to follow up on the palindrome question, (2) given an array, how would you find the largest palindrome? with better efficiency?

    Interview Questions

    • how you would make a server architecture for a dictionary, how many servers would be involved and what problems could be perceived?   Answer Question
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    Product Quality Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer

    Interview

    I interviewed with them for an intern position the first year of college, also my first year of coding. The questions they asked were pretty straightforward and didn't have a problem with it. It's a phone interview but they're very nice.

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    Product Quality Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Palo Alto, CA
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at Palantir Technologies (Palo Alto, CA) in June 2014.

    Interview

    I shot my resume into Palantir's job portal on a Thursday night and heard back from a recruiter <24 hours later. I was quite impressed by how it's not a black hole. Schedule was as follows; I always heard back for the next steps within one week. Recruiter phone screen: Wednesday 1st phone interview request: Thursday Phone interview with PQE: Wednesday 2nd phone interview request: Tuesday Phone interview with PQE: Friday Invitation for on-site interview: Monday On-site interview: Friday Phone call from recruiter with no offer: Wednesday The on-site interview consisted of a brief check-in with the recruiter, three 1:1 45-minute interviews with PQEs in the morning, lunch and office tour with two PQEs, then a product demo (which started late that day due to technical difficulties, so the other candidates and I were left waiting in the lobby for maybe 20 minutes). I was pulled out of the demo early to interview with a fourth PQE. After this, the recruiter came, gave me a T-shirt, and told me she would call me next week with an update. In total, I was on-site from 10am - 4pm. No luck this time in getting a job offer. I still had a positive experience interviewing, though. The recruiter was timely in her responses, the employees I met seemed happy with their work, everyone who interviewed me gave me their undivided attention. I enjoyed the office tour -- I requested to see all the dogs, and my tour guide happily obliged. :)

    Interview Questions

    • All interviews began with behavioral/fit questions, led into a technical question (test some physical object or program, write a function), and ended with "Do you have any questions for me?" To be honest, I thought the questions were fair and not too difficult. I suppose my answers didn't stand out enough compared to other interviewers, though.   1 Answer
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    Product Quality Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at Palantir Technologies.

    Interview

    1 HR interview and Two technical screening phone interviews and then an onsite. First phone was testing based questions like, how do you test browser installation process. The second one was implement an algorithm to return a boolean if there are duplicate characters in an array and its performance. I am still not sure why I did not get it. Anyways, Explain the code better, as they might not share the screen to see what code have you written.

    Interview Questions

    • algorithm to return true or false, based on the repetition of characters in an array.   Answer Question
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    Product Quality Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Palantir Technologies in April 2014.

    Interview

    two interviews. 1) How would you test a blender. How do you find the repeat in an array of integers. Also asked why you want the position you want. Do you know what palantir does? 2) Test a spotify / pandora. Why do you want to work for palantir. They also asked if you have any questions for them.

    Interview Questions

    • probably the spotify/pandora testing since it was just me talking about testing and asking for clarifications   Answer Question
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