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No Offer – Interviewed in Mar 2013 – Reviewed Apr 18, 2013
Interview Details – The first interview was phone interview. I guess it is a stress interiview. Started with What do you know about SAS?
Accepted Offer – Interviewed in Cary, NC Dec 2009 – Reviewed Dec 6, 2012
Interview Details – Applied for a job off the company website, as it turns out I knew the hiring manager from a previous job and he short-listed my resume based on that. Interview included a lunch date with three SAS employees plus myself, then an invitation to an on-site interview with seven members of the department I am now working with. After the interview, I didn't hear anything for something like three weeks (however, it was a bad time of year for quick responses due to holidays/vacation issues). Once I got the green light, I was asked to start on the first workday of the month. The first day was entirely orientation, signing up for benefits plans, etc.
Interview Question – Let's say you are implementing a distributed sort algorithm running on hundreds of nodes. How does that algorithm work? Where are the bottlenecks? View Answer
Negotiation Details – Didn't get far in negotiating, it was pretty much "take it or leave it". I was jobless at the time due to a previous layoff so I was inclined to take it, and I did. The offer was a raise over my previous salary (however my previous salary was lower than the one before that because it included stock options that ended up being worthless). Given the increased benefits at SAS I felt it was a fair offer.
No Offer – Interviewed in Cary, NC Nov 2010 – Reviewed Jul 10, 2012
Interview Details – Interview in 2 cities and was tasked with developing a presentation. I thought things went well. But they never go back to me.
No Offer – Interviewed in Cary, NC Feb 2012 – Reviewed Jul 9, 2012
Interview Details – Met with two levels of management and the Compensation team. They asked typical Compensation questions and were very nice.
Interview Question – Tell us about a situation where you had to communicate negative information to your manager. Answer Question
No Offer – Interviewed in Cary, NC Jun 2011 – Reviewed Jan 3, 2012
Interview Details –
The phone interview was a screening and I was impressed with the questions asked - not the just the typical "describe your background and why you're suited for the job." They also asked why you wanted the job and why you wanted to work for SAS - and expected a detailed answer.
The panel interview was difficult - several of the group were obviously unprepared and not experienced enough to ask intelligent questions much less describe their role in the group. Others asked incredibly astute questions and put me to the test on my knowledge. I felt a lot of synergy with the group and was disappointed not to receive the offer. A big con: There was no feedback - even when asked - and no follow-up even though it was promised.
Interview Question – Questions about areas of the job I had already admitted I had little experience. View Answer
Accepted Offer – Interviewed in Cary, NC Jun 2011 – Reviewed Dec 15, 2011
Interview Details – Initial interview with direct supervisor of the position interviewing for, followed by a phone interview with the department director and then a group interview with all supervisors in the position's department. After that, a background check and drug test was performed.
Interview Question – What do you know about SAS and what we do? View Answer
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