I applied online and the process took 2 months - interviewed at Rakuten in August 2013.
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I had my most tiresome and unluckiest interview process I've ever had. I'll try to be as detailed and honest as possible:
I applied for a Software Engineer (midcareer) position via Rakuten career page. I was not in Japan at the time so everything was done online.
Got contacted via email, I was told to do Programming Test and Pre-recorded Video Interview. I was given 1 week to complete both.
Online Programming Test consisted of 1 Mathematical question that needs to be solved by writing a Java method. I was given 60 minutes.
Pre-recorded Video Interview consisted of a series of pre-recorded general questions and I needed to answer online, my answers were recorded and sent to Rakuten (audio and video). No issue here, since all the questions are mentioned in the invitation email, so I could prepare the answers before doing the intervew.
I was still waiting for the results then they contacted me and asked me to take an English test since I never took any English test before, they recommended TOEIC. So I took my TOEIC test at my own expense. I needed a minimum score of 800 to qualify, thankfully I scored much higher than that.
I was contacted that I had passed Programming Test and Recorded Interview and to schedule my first Skype video interview.
First interview was with Team Lead and a Senior Engineer, they were both Japanese, it lasted about 30 minutes, nothing extraordinary, very typical questions like Why "Rakuten"? and "Tell me about your past experiences".
A few days later I was told I had passed the first interview and to schedule the second interview.
Second interview was with a Manager, he was a Japanese, it lasted about 30 minutes, nothing extraordinary, he was asking about what motivated me and whether I was used to working hard. Questions were like "Why Japan?", "Do you love coding?", "Are you willing to work overtime?".
He also told me that my salary expectation was too high for them and he asked me that if I wanted to proceed, I should expect less than what I had previously stated.
A few days later I was told I had passed the second interview and to schedule the third interview.
I also received a salary package proposal from the HR team and was asked what I thought about it, I politely asked that whether it could be negotiated. They answered it would depend on the third and fourth interviews.
Third interview was with a Head of Development Unit I was applying for, he was not a Japanese, previously lived in the United States so his English was very fluent, unlike previous interviewers. This interviewer was professional, yet very relaxed, smiled a lot and made a few jokes to make the interview less strained. He didn't ask much, instead his first question was whether I had questions for him, I recognized it right away that he wanted to see my interest in the position, so I asked many questions about the unit he's in charge of. He also gave me a data structure problem to solve, I was given an array of financial data and explained what the data were, I was asked to calculate a profit projection based on the rules he mentioned. I asked for a few minutes and wrote the code in separate text editor and then pasted the result in Skype window, he recognized it right away that it was correct and asked if it could be improved and how it could be improved. He also asked about Big O Notation of my solution.
I was told I made it to the fourth (final) interview. I was given a digital copy of 2 success books authored by Rakuten CEO, I was told to read them and write essays about the two books and submit the essays before the fourth interview.
HR staff arranged my final interview date and I confirmed it, it was supposed to be conducted in about 2 weeks.
I was contacted that the interviewer had suddenly changed his schedule, thus my final interview needed to be rescheduled, they told me they would let me know about the new date later. I replied politely that they could reschedule it to any date and time that's convenient for the interviewer.
The next day the recruitment team (not the usual HR team) sent me a shocking email that my application had to be cancelled because the position was suddenly closed due to "organization change" and "budget difficulties".
I was deeply disappointed.
If you ever gave your best and you still had to be turned down for something out of your control, you knew what I felt that day.
Interview Question – The programming test was quite difficult Math problem, it had to be solved precisely and every case must be handled carefully to ensure correct program outcome. View Answers (2)
I applied through a staffing agency and the process took 5 weeks - interviewed at Rakuten.
Interview Details – This interview process is extremely lengthly. At first they spend at least a week revewing your initial resume. After that you're administered a timed programming test which is rather difficult (i was told no one in my group got the entire thing correct). After that you go through approximately 4 more interviews all spaced about a week from one another (they are all held on Skype). Many of them will include technical grilling, but nothing over the top. Overall the entire interview process takes approximately 4 - 5 weeks before the offer.
Interview Question – Random timed programming test Answer Question
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 2 months - interviewed at Rakuten in May 2013.
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This was for a mid career position!
1) Got recommended by a friend.
2) Online interview (codility test plus HR interview) - rather easy
3) they made me take an English test onsite since I didn't have TOEIC
4) first interview - around 1h with 2 engineers from the team I applied for:
- core Java questions
- JVM related questions (including performance testing)
- a little bit of algorithms
- whiteboard coding exercise (nothing too hard)
- OOP/design patterns
- some basic Linux questions
- questions about my previous jobs/work experience
5) after this I was supposed to have 2 more interview but I got rejected straight away after the 1st one
Interview Question – Nothing really out of the oridinary, I don't like questions like "what was your biggest challenge" etc. They seemed to care only about my work experience and didn't ask about my university (graduated 1.5years ago) or after work projects... Answer Question
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 3 months - interviewed at Rakuten in December 2012.
Interview Details – Very long processes with multiple interviews and not alot of transparency, but they were very supportive and eager throughout the entire process. Took almost 3 months though.
Interview Question – Expected salary? Answer Question
Negotiation Details – Negotiations were very rough, but they were amicable and very honest.
I applied through college or university and the process took a day - interviewed at Rakuten in December 2011.
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i had given rakuten aptitude test.. 19th dec 2011.India/pune
.few weeks ago..
it consists of 3 rounds
3rd::Hr interview(detailed and more probing)(30min-45min)
Aptitude consists of a few html/ email protocol questions,questions on databases and c.with a few questions on OS cpu scheduling.(aptitude is easier to crack)
Once the aptitude is clear you are put thru 2 rounds of Hr interviews
both interview include high hr level personal questions of apprroximate 45min..also questions are asked on your be and te projects..please refer to all the hr type general questions as the hr is tuff.
like y rakuten,your 3weakness..leadership qualities,situations if u r a manager and so on.plz be sure of ur weakness as the further questions are based on the weakness..
eg:: if u say you get irritated as weakness then latter in the interview they wud ask if u are a manager and get irritated den how will you handle your collegues....
the best possible answer 4u here is generalized by me...have a look: : i think everyone has their own weakness but the important thing is to overcome those weaness and let it not affect your attitude and work..
i cudnt make it to the final 3 after the last HR...hope U can!tc.
Interview Question – wat if your promotion is frozen for 7 year by the company Answer Question
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- Connections made within the tech world
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