I applied through a recruiter and the process took 3 months - interviewed at Perceptive Software in January 2013.
Interview Details – Company is not very focused
Interview Question – Can I accept all the changes going on Answer Question
Reason for Declining – Took another offer
I applied through a recruiter and the process took 7 weeks - interviewed at Perceptive Software in September 2012.
Interview Details – Was introduced to the job through a recruiter. Submitted resume and a written pre-screen, at which point I was invited in for a programming assessment.
Programming assessment consisted of coding (in a word processor) in C++, Java, or C# some basic object-oriented things (subclassing, virtual methods) and writing a linked list implementation.
I passed the programming assessment and was invited to an in-person interview. This consisted of two hour-long sessions with two interviewers each. The interviewers were software developers/architects. There were no "soft" questions (e.g. "What is your greatest weakness?") nor random puzzle questions. All the discussion was focused on tangible things that I could bring to the company, my attitudes, and also a review of the code that I wrote in the assessment. It was a very pleasant interview with obviously very talented people.
In the end, they deemed me a good candidate but still declined to give me an offer.
My only criticism of the process was that it took quite a long time. After the assessment, there was a three-week wait until the interview, and after the interview there was a three-week wait before a final decision. So the entire process was several months long, and comments from my recruiter led me to believe they were unnecessarily dragging their feet.
Interview Question – There weren't really any difficult questions, to be honest. Answer Question
I applied through other source - interviewed at Perceptive Software in May 2012.
Interview Details – Responded to posting in LinkedIN and received phone interview request about three days later. When phone interview was scheduled the HR rep was ten minutes late to the call. He indicated I was very well qualified for the position as well as some other open positions in the company. He did not know the salary range for the position and he asked that I call him back if I did not hear from him in two days, because things were hectic at Perceptive! Very immature HR organization to say the least! I had to call back twice with no result. Then had to follow up with email to his supervisor who indicated they were still interested in me as a candidate. Have not had any follow-up from the company in two months!
Interview Question – No difficult questions Answer Question
I applied through a recruiter and the process took 2+ months - interviewed at Perceptive Software in June 2012.
Interview Details – 1 HR interview, 1 interview with the team, 1 interview with the manager, 1 interview with the VP.... took 2.5 months.
Interview Question – Most questions were not difficult... just a mutual understanding of my background and the position details. The unexpected questions came in the VP interview... got the impression it was more of a "personality" check than anything else. Answer Question
The process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Perceptive Software in July 2012.
Interview Details – Initially, I did a 40 minute phone interview with two people.
Some of the topics discussed:
How do you make a pure virtual function in C++.
Explain abstract classes, inheritance, polymorphism in Java. Why do we need it? What's the benefit?
Describe your favorite data structure.
Whats your favorite programming book?
What was the biggest problem you ever faced?
Got a call back and was flown out to Kansas for a technical skills test and more face-to-face interviews.
Had 90 minutes to solve a problem in any language. It's level of difficulty was at the level of a homework assignment in undergraduate course. After skills test, interviewed with two separate teams for an hour each. We went over my test and discussed typical behavioral questions and my background. Interview was very casual and free-flowing. Overall time it took was 3 hours 40 minutes that day.
Interview Question – Create a linked list queue with push / pop functions for a document class. Answer Question
I applied through a recruiter and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Perceptive Software in June 2012.
Interview Details – After a 20 minute informal phone interview, I was invited to fly to their office in Shawnee for a Programming test and an interview with project managers. I never met with an HR representive during the entire process, and was 'greeted' at the main desk by a disinterested receptionist. After about a 20 minute wait, she sent me to what was nothing more than a closet with a glass viewing window and a desk. As soon as I sat to take the test, they lost power and had to take the first 15 minutes of the test in the dark. At least she supplied a bottle of water - a good thing since there was almost no air movement in there, and it got quite warm.
The test was as a previous poster described - create a linked list utilizing a document class with a pure virtual function that has Push and Pop methods for the last item in the list. This was all hand written. The test took about 45 minutes to get all written out, by which time I was rushing to just get out of the closet and get cooled off.
Upon completion, I returned the test to the receptionist who said I could leave. I had to remind her I was there for interviews and she instructed me to sit and wait. After about a 30 minute wait, one of the project managers came out to great me and we headed to a conference room in the basement. It appears most if not all of the developers are kept in the unfinished basement in bullpen settings. They adhere tightly to the SCRUM philosophy - odd for a company with only one product.
The interview was split into 2 groups - the first group consisting of 3 project managers. The were all quite cordial and friendly, and I felt we had a very good conversation. There were few technical questions asked - primarily it was a discussion of what the company does (only one product, with each project manager overseeing their chunk of that product). We discussed what they were lacking in their development - good testing methodologies, abysmal mobile development (I've been doing mobile development since Pocket PCs were first introduced, and testing sounded interesting, so I thought this position was going to be a very good fit). This lasted about an hour before the next group of managers arrived.
The second group of managers were quite a bit less cordial and considerably less friendly. One acted as a mediator of the interview, a second had little if anything to ask or comment on, while the last 3 were the antagonists of group. First they nitpicked my programming test - I chose to use stdio and string (what I have used for 20 years of coding in C/C++) but they obviously wanted std:string to be used. They also admonished me for not using const when returning a pointer to the string name of the document. There were a couple of other minor quibbles they had, that would have been quickly caught had the code actually been done on a computer and compiled. It is ridiculous to think that hand writing code on paper won't have some syntactical issues. The were also unhappy that I didn't use a recursive routine to print out the nodes of the linked list - I chose to use a simple do/while loop.
Then came the usual inane interview questions - what is your favorite data structure? Who is your favorite author? What is a design pattern? Well, to me, data structures are tools to get the job done - I have no favorite, just like I don't have a favorite wrench size. I don't read much anymore because books are overpriced and offer much less value than what can be found on the net. And a design pattern is really nothing more than what us old timers called algorithms.
Very little was discussed about my work history. They said they ignored everything but the most current 10 years of work, which has been mostly in the entertainment industry, so they glossed over 20 years of development and management experience saying it was all too old to be considered.
After an hour of badgering, the interview was over, I was escorted to the front door and left there. I've not had many interviews in my 30+ years of experience (only 5 counting this one), but this was by far the least professional of them all.
Mind you, I've created over 30 commercial titles in my career, as well as designed hardware and software for high energy physics research and worked in several other industries such as medical, telecommunication, telemarketing, weather monitoring and forecasting, and entertainment for quite prominent companies. Yet, I was rejected by Perceptive as not having technical depth.
As it turns out, they have interviewed over 45 candidates for this position (actually it is for 5 developer positions) and have rejected all of them. I'm not sure what their issue is - are they looking for perfection, or yes men, or do they simply have a fear that someone will come in and take their jobs.
Interview Question – What is your favorite data structure? View Answer
I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Perceptive Software in May 2012.
Interview Details – Applied on-line via LinkedIn. Contacted by HR recruiter for initial telephone interview. Advanced to team interview via Skype and land line. Was contacted for third interview and did via telephone. Awaiting results of process.
Interview Question – What experience do you have with EPIC, CERNER or other EHR software? View Answer
I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Perceptive Software in November 2011.
Interview Details – Internal candidates are treated the same as any other candidate, you must go through the same process, starting with applying at the company website. The entire process was quick, efficient, fair and transparent.
Interview Question – Most difficult was to learn and present on a technical topic with less than 48 hours notice Answer Question
I applied online and the process took 2 months - interviewed at Perceptive Software in February 2012.
Interview Details – I was first contacted by a HR representative who asked basic screening questions. He asked about information on my resume, past experiences, why I was looking at this position, and my salary requirements. He then scheduled an interview with for the following week. I was supposed to meet with two people for an interview, but one person backed out and a different person filled her place. They asked me about my writing experience, attention to detail, and other basic questions. They also explained the position and the potential for growth at Perceptive. I felt a connection with the HR rep but did not have a good feeling after the group interview.
Interview Question – How do you stay organized when busy? View Answer
I applied online and the process took 3 months - interviewed at Perceptive Software in January 2011.
Interview Details – The first phone call was about salary only and no information about any follow up was given.
The first interview was sprung on me about a month later. By that time I thought I wouldn't hear back.
The first interview was a 'panel' they barely asked me anything, I had to poke and prod to get any answers about anything. It was cut very short so I figured that was the end of things.
The second interview was a 1 on 1 with a higher level employee. That was a great interview... good flow, good topics, good behavioral questions and personality discovery. I got a short tour.
I got another phone call confirming my salary requirements. No follow up mentioned so again I thought that was it.
Negotiation Details – From what I can tell they'll give you whatever salary you ask for but then you won't get any raises. However, I've also seen some people declined for asking too much and no negotiation happening.
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