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Software Engineer Interview

Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
Declined Offer
Positive Experience
Easy Interview

Application

I applied through a recruiter. The process took 1+ weekinterviewed at Shmoop (Mountain View, CA) in April 2013.

Interview

Started with a non-technical phone call to talk about goals and achievements.

Second was an in-person interview, about 2 1/2 hours long. Interviewed with 3 engineers and the CEO. Questions varied in difficulty from the very basic "What is ____?" to some more open-ended "How would you _____?" questions. Overall tests knowledge of basic datastructures, algorithms, and some problem solving skills; nothing difficult, but not trivial.

Lastly was the co-worker referral, a copy of your school transcript (I'd imagine this is limited to new-grads), and a sample of code.

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Reasons for Declining

The offer was acceptable, but I had to decline due to personal circumstance.

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    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Declined Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    The process took 1 dayinterviewed at Shmoop (Mountain View, CA) in April 2012.

    Interview

    I wasn't happy with their set up. They have a very small office in an obscure location. To be fair it's a nice building, they have an awesome fountain right in the middle but I could not work in that environment. I couldn't work somewhere mediocre. They weren't professional and didn't have any kind of interview process, the people didn't know what to ask me. The whole atmosphere was uncomfortable and terrible. They had a dog in the office which kept trying to drool over me. I like dogs but that is just unprofessional.

    Basically the phone call had no technical questions. I felt like after that everything else was just a waste of my time. If they didn't expect much from me I shouldn't expect much of a challenge or salary.

    My best advice would be not to answer recruiters phone calls. They will try to get you interviewed for shitty small companies that could only offer you $50,000/year. Apply at Amazon, Riverbed, Google Palantir, Apple - the usual suspects. You can get at least a 20K signing bonus.

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