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Updated Apr 6, 2014
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Analytical Software Tester Interview

Anonymous Employee
Cary, NC

I applied in-person - interviewed at SAS Institute in September 2012.

Interview Details – I was an intern for several summers while I attended school with a degree in Mathematics and statistics. Once I graduated my manager offered me a full time positision. Therefore, I did not go through a formal interview process.

Interview Question – Again, I did not go through an interview process. However, I have heard from others that they tend to ask technical questions to make sure you can handle creating algorithms for statistical procedures.   Answer Question

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Senior Associate Software Tester Interview

Senior Associate Software Tester

I applied online and interviewed at SAS Institute.

Interview Details – The interviewer basically spoke for about half an hour about SAS and his team. He gave detailed description of the kind of work and work culture SAS has. After that, he went over my resume and asked me explain my work i have done so far. It was extremely casual. Seemed like a general acquaintance than anything else. Its been 2 weeks and i havent heard from them yet.

Interview Question – no tough or unpexcted question really.   Answer Question

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National Account Manager Interview

Anonymous Employee
Cary, NC

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 6+ weeks - interviewed at SAS Institute in March 2009.

Interview Details – Interviewed by four individuals: hiring manager, (2) sales managers, sales operations manager

Interview Question – How many ping pong balls would it take to fill this building?   View Answer

Negotiation Details – I was unable to negotiate salary, vacation or car allowance

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Software Engineer Intern Interview

Anonymous Employee

I applied online and interviewed at SAS Institute.

Interview Details – I was drawn to SAS for the unique company culture. The interview process was very synonymous with that. I was not asked a technical question at all. I had a phone screen and then I was called in for an interview with 2 other individuals. One was HR and one was a manager.

Interview Question – There was not really an unexpected question that I was asked. Their responses were the typical behavior interview questions. The most that they asked me was technologies I used on a core project.   Answer Question

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Project Manager Interview

Project Manager
Cary, NC

I applied online - interviewed at SAS Institute in October 2010.

Interview Details – Multiple phone interviews, face to face with HR and hiring mgr. and also face to face with many project managers who would be your peers. In addition, at the time had to put together a mock kick-off presentation for a potential SAS client. The experience was quite challenging and the entire process took months from the initial phone interview to getting an offer.

Interview Question – SAS OnDemand required each interviewee to perform a mock client kickoff mtg. This includes putting together a slide presentation and then presenting to an audience of 5-10 individuals who played the role of client. It is quite a tough interview process.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – Very limited. Able to negotiate only additional $2k.

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Unpaid Internship Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate

I interviewed at SAS Institute in March 2013.

Interview Details – The first interview was phone interview. I guess it is a stress interiview. Started with What do you know about SAS?

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Risk Consultant Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate

I applied through college or university and the process took a day - interviewed at SAS Institute.

Interview Details – An onsite interview. questions: to tell whether one process is martingale or not and ask why you want this position.

Interview Question – to tell whether one process is martingale or not   Answer Question

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Risk Consultant Internship Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate

I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at SAS Institute.

Interview Details – Had to go in and give a technical presentation, tough questions asked

Interview Question – Write an algorithm to sort numbers   Answer Question

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Technical Student Interview

Anonymous Employee
Raleigh, NC

I applied through college or university and the process took a day - interviewed at SAS Institute in May 2010.

Interview Details – 20 minute interview

Interview Question – Describe your greatest weakness   Answer Question

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Accepted Offer

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Software Developer V Interview

Anonymous Employee
Cary, NC

I applied online and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at SAS Institute in December 2009.

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.

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