SMART Technologies Interview Questions & Reviews in Calgary, AB
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Software Engineer Interview (Neutral Experience; Average Interview)
I applied online and the process took 2 months - interviewed at SMART Technologies in August 2010.
Interview Details – Apply to jobs posted on the SMART web site.
HR calls your for a video interview that you pre-record and submit for asynchronous review. This is like a pre-screen interview.
HR calls you for an interview with the hiring manager.
HR calls you for a group interview with the team members - fit interview.
If all goes well, within the 2 months of initial HR contact, you'll be offered a job. No negotiations were permitted on the job offer.
Interview Question – Write some code. Answer Question
Program Manager Interview (Negative Experience; Average Interview)
I applied through a recruiter and the process took 3 months - interviewed at SMART Technologies.
Interview Details – Contacted by a recruiter, interview. Very solid. Spoke with Director via Skype, solid. Director visited my home town, interviewed in person, solid. Flew me to Calgary (international), interviewed up to President level (multiple Directors, CTO, Pres), solid. Discussed salary options and potential start dates on a Friday. Told to expect communication on Monday. On Tuesday, recruiter called and told me SMART had changed job focus and I would not be considered. Entire process - 2.5 months. Was hinted in several conversations, that I should consider holding off on other opportunities, if possible, due to strength for the position. Well - we know where that went.
Interview Question – none. actually the interviews were solid, focused, and enjoyable. Answer Question
Software Developer Interview (Positive Experience; Easy Interview)
I applied online - interviewed at SMART Technologies in November 2012.
Interview Details – Applied through company website. First round of technical interview was about few object oriented concepts. They were tying to see your thought process. Technology did not matter. They were looking for problem solver and quick learners.
After a week, I had a second round of interview called the fit interview. It was more about talking about your previous work challenges. What kind of a work you like etc. I was presented two different teams to join with different technology involved. Both looked attractive posing different challenge, So I did not choose, I said that I am fine with both options.
Both the interviews were for 50 mins. Then I saw the company laid of lot of employees on the news in the next 10 days. Then I did not hear from them.
Interview Question – questions did not appear difficult to me. Due to the amount of my experience from a well known company, I guess they did not probe much and they focused on other aspects Answer Question
Senior Software Developer Interview (Negative Experience; Average Interview)
I applied through a recruiter and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at SMART Technologies in October 2011.
Interview Details – Phone interview with HR followed by technical interview at head office. They spent most of their time telling me about the project they were hiring for, and explaining how important it was. Technical interview involved signing a document not to discuss "proprietary technologie s" and included asking questions about OO basics, and differences between functional programming.
Interview Question – Design, from back to front, on paper, a URL shortening service. Answer Question
Web Developer Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied online and the process took 1+ week - interviewed at SMART Technologies in May 2012.
Interview Details – Initial phone interview with HR.
Brought in for a meeting with the IT manager and team lead.
Interview Question – What is your ideal manager? Answer Question
Technical Support Specialist Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied online and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at SMART Technologies in October 2011.
Interview Details – I applied online to their website where they have an complete system set up where you answer questions about yourself, experience, education, etc and they have a rating system that attempts to match you with available jobs.
After applying, a week or two later I recieved an e-mail to complete and "online" interview which consisted of me answering 5 questions online. 3 of the questions were video (webcam) response that also gave me the option of text response if I didn't have access to a webcam. Questions were pretty basic, directed at my experience in the position I was applying for and my salary expectations.
About 1 week after that, I was contacted by the "People Services" department for a phone interview. Again some more basic questions were asked about experience and education. I was then asked to come in for a 1 on 1 interview with the department manager and team lead.
This interview was again basic interview questions and scenario based questions based around customer service skills and basic technical knowledge. I was again asked about salary expectations and given a short 10 question skills test. 5 questions on my computer knowledge and 5 on customer support.
After this interview I was asked to come in for a "Team Fit" interview where I met up with two current employees and they asked me some questions about my personal life. Hobbies, interests, free time, etc.
Immediately after I was offered a position by the Manager and Team lead. We discussed benefit package and salary expectations.
An offer package was couriered out to me 3 days later and the next week I was working.
Interview Question – Technical quiz was probably the hardest part.
Questions asked for example were "Maximum length of a USB Cable" or "What is the amperage of a standard USB hub". Questions about where to find user settings in a MAC. View Answer
Negotiation Details – Although there was an illusion of negotiation, there really isn't much room for it. They don't give you many specifics of their beneift package or any of their bonus plans during the negotiation process. The benefits (health, dental, etc) is lackluster and there is no room for negotiation for entry level positions. Only Management get parking stalls. You have to do a LOT of research about salary in your field. I came in with an offer for average to slightly low, and they came in pretty close to it (just under). After more investigation, I found most employees here are the industry average. Shoot high, if they want you, they'll come in lower, but you might get better than average.
Negotiate your breaks and lunch hour. They only give 30 mins for lunch if you don't negotiate it.
Customer Services Representative Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at SMART Technologies in April 2009.
Interview Details – Applied online for the position I was considering. Did not hear anything for a while. Then received an email from the hiring manager that I was in consideration for the position. She asked me to answer a few questions about salary expectations, customer service experience, and a few others. I replied to her questions. Five minutes after emailing the answers to her I received a phone call to come in for an interview. We set up a time and came in for a formal interview. I had an interview with the manager of the department and the team lead. They did a one on one with me about my background, how I would respond to situations, basic interview questions. Told me they would be in touch. Got a call from the team lead for references after my interview. I provided them for the team lead and they mentioned they would be in touch. A week later I was called and told I had the job if I wanted it and they proceeded to courier out their offer to me.
During the interview, everyone was very professional, friendly, organized and knew what they wanted in their jobs. It seemed that everyone was excited about what was going on at SMART and the growth that they were experiencing and happy to work there.
Interview Question – What was my salary expectations? View Answer
Engineering Interview (Negative Experience; Difficult Interview)
The process took a day - interviewed at SMART Technologies in December 2009.
Interview Details – stressful, question-answer, nothing else.
Technical Researcher Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied online and the process took 6 weeks - interviewed at SMART Technologies in August 2010.
Interview Details – I've applied online for this position. The HR person contacted me about one week after, and arranged the first interview in the coming Tuesday. During the first interview, they just asked some standard questions which can be asked in any other interviews. Nothing special. About one week after the first interview, the HR person informed me about the second interview which was arranged about 2 weeks later. In the second interview, they gave me a case study about IP (the position which deals with Patent was in their Legal department) After the second interview, I haven't heard anything from them so far, except the HR person sent me an email asked me to wait with patience last week.
Interview Question – some standard questions related to your previous work experience. Answer Question
Very Easy Interview
Software Developer Interview (Neutral Experience; Very Easy Interview)
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 4 months - interviewed at SMART Technologies in December 2009.
Interview Details – The interviewers friendly, curteous, open and positive. This was probably the easiest interview I have ever had. The number one suggestion is to be relaxed and honest.