Rovi Interview Questions

Updated Jul 21, 2015
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    Senior QA Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Los Angeles, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online – interviewed at Rovi (Los Angeles, CA).

    Interview

    The interview includes phone interview and office interviews. The office interviews have 4 interviewers, 1 HR, 1 manager, 1 team members and 1 director. The offer was made the next day.

    Interview Questions

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    Software Development Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Boston, MA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Rovi (Boston, MA) in May 2015.

    Interview

    Positive experience. The HR was very prompt in replying to emails. First arranged a phone interview within 2 days. The phone interview took about 45 minutes where the interviewer talked about the expectation, role and encouraged to ask questions. Basic questions on programming concepts, experience level, projects worked on. Its good to have some numbers / statistics on hand of the complexity of projects you have worked on, to give them a better insight into your work. Received an email within hours from the HR asking for time for personal interview. HR arranged a personal interview for the next week. There were 5 interviewers and each interviewed for 45 minutes to an hour. The focus is on your knowledge, understanding of concepts, problem solving ability. This was around afternoon, so they brought in lunch for me (a great sandwich!). The HR in the end, explained the benefits, policies and also gave a tour of the workplace. Received an offer the next afternoon. The entire process was extremely smooth. Everyone was very cordial, polite and professional.

    Interview Questions

    • Programming Questions. (in any language you are comfortable with.) Given a bunch of ordered/sorted numbers (say in an array), what would be the best way to shuffle it.   1 Answer
    • Concepts - Explain Hashmaps in Java, Explain concept of a queue.   Answer Question
    • Talk about your prior experience.   1 Answer
  3. Helpful (1)  

    No Offer

    Interview

    Long, long interview process even when I was hiring, unless you have a lead into top executives. HR isn't as efficient and really you're better off with a referral.

    Interview Questions

    • What do you think of a company that has such as bad reputation?   Answer Question
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    Engineering Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter – interviewed at Rovi.

    Interview

    Recruiter was very responsive. Phone interview, brought me in within week for two interviews. Offer after 2 weeks. Whole process took under a month. Office looks old, but good cafeteria

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    Negotiation

    Asked for little more base which they agreed to

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    Senior Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 1+ weekinterviewed at Rovi in July 2014.

    Interview

    Got contacted via recruiter and had a technical phone screen set up within 3 days. Technical screen went over fundamentals plus some quizzing over specific technical areas I had on my resume. After passing that had more phone screens with various management and technical staff, mostly to gauge cultural fit and my interests. I even asked about some of the culture at Rovi and reviews I'd seen here, everyone was very candid and open throughout the whole process.

    Interview Questions

    • Pretty standard stuff, if you put a skill on your resume be prepared to go into technical details.   Answer Question
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    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Rovi in April 2014.

    Interview

    I submitted my resume through my university's job listing site and was contacted by a Rovi HR representative about interview times. My interview was at 8:45 on a Monday morning. I started out with a phone interview with a software engineer who was working from home, in addition to a recruitment representative who was in the room. The software engineer on the phone asked me about projects I've done, and programming languages I know, and about my experiences with different types of problems. This took about half an hour, and then the next team came in. The second pair was another recruiter and a software engineer. The software engineer did most of the talking, asking about my experiences working in groups and dealing with differences within the group. I was never asked any "standard" coding questions (no algorithms, runtimes, etc.)

    Interview Questions

    • Describe a time you've worked in a group on a software project   1 Answer

    Reasons for Declining

    I received an unofficial offer but they rescinded it after they failed to get approval for the internship salary

  8. Helpful (5)  

    Data Scientist Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied in-person. The process took 1+ weekinterviewed at Rovi (Cambridge, MA) in March 2014.

    Interview

    I met some representatives of Rovi Analytics, a former start-up recently acquired by Rovi, at a workshop. The interview process consisted in giving a presentation, followed by about 5 individual interviews. They explained what they were working on, the problems they are trying to solve, how Rovi works, etc. They inquired about my previous experience with data analytics and asked me several question such as the ones here below. On average all interviewers were kind with me. My initial reception was very poor: I was left outside in front of the intercom for 10 mins, trying to reach the contact at the phone numbers they gave me. Between one interview and the next I was left alone in the room, but they were kind enough to offer me something to drink. After one week or so that I followed up with an email, but never heard anything from them anymore. In the mean time I was in the process of starting another job, so after some weeks I decided to move on. The problems they are trying to solve are very interesting, the company is expanding very quickly. Many employees had only a few months experience at Rovi Analytics. The fact that they did not reach back even with a sstandard email is pretty rude and disappointing

    Interview Questions

    • what would be your approach to solve the following problem: we have big data containing all kind of information on TV viewing. how to optimize the allocation of ads on a tv channel? what external events would most likely influence your predictive algorithm?   Answer Question
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    Sales Operations Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at Rovi (Santa Clara, CA) in February 2014.

    Interview

    Received a phone call from the HR recruiter. Got moved on to phone interview with hiring manager a day or two later. The following week went into their offices for 3 in-person interviews followed by 2 more phone interviews with remote stakeholders.

    Interview Questions

    • No questions were too difficult or unexpected although what was probably unexpected was that I didn't actually get a lot of questions. I got more of each persons view of the company and the role. More of the interviewers talking to me instead of me talking to them about my skills and work history.   Answer Question
  10. Helpful (5)  

    Senior Executive Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Radnor, PA
    Declined Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied in-person. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at Rovi (Radnor, PA) in January 2014.

    Interview

    It is a joke. They don't know what they want. They just call you to insult your talents. No opportunities in the company and the senior Manager who interviewd me was a moron who could not believe my skills. I understand the reason - This company does not provide any opportunities for their own staff to grow. No wonder it is in the toilet.

    Interview Questions

    • Nothing difficult. Boring questions. The whole place is like a ghost town. They keep the few left over employees busy by engaing them in the interview process. Stay away. Don't waste your time. It is a sinking ship. Better they close the shop or get out of town fast..   Answer Question

    Reasons for Declining

    Are you kidding? Look at my comments..

  11. Helpful (1)  

    Director of Solutions Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4 weeksinterviewed at Rovi (Santa Clara, CA) in January 2014.

    Interview

    There were 3 interviews. 2 interviews with the hiring manager and a director went very well. I was asked to come in for interview with VP. VP was a very poor interviewer. I asked about org. rolllup and he became argumentative on rollup. He was sarcastic and argumentative. This led me to believe that the org. was not organized and dysfunctional and he was in the middle of it and any questions about this topic made him uneasy. Overall, I had to repeat and re-explain ideas to him.. The experience just wasn't there for a senior person and in fact he learned some things from me in the interview.. I could see why the reviews weren't good for this org.

    Interview Questions

    • Ask as many questions as possible about the company. It's you're call.   1 Answer
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