I applied in-person and the process took a day - interviewed at Solers in March 2012.
Interview Details – Phone screening, and then schedule for a one on one meeting with the staff and CEO of the company. About 5 people total.
Negotiation Details – I was not able to negotiate. They already had a set salary.
I applied through a recruiter and the process took 2 days - interviewed at Solers in June 2011.
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The interview was fairly typical. The questions were all as I expected and none were obtuse or Mensa sample questions. With the staff 1:1 interviews the focus was on my decision processes, style, management practices, technical knowledge and experience. The line of questioning was designed to pick apart who I am, where I have worked, who I have worked with, my successes, how I reacted to challenges/roadblocks and my philosophy on managing technical employees.
The interview took an odd turn when I met with a senior leader who was obsessed with my Bachelors Degree, earned in 1991. Why did I chose my school, did I think it was a good choice, what type of learning environment was it, how good did it prepare me, didn't I have other options, what programming languages I learned, etc. and so on. It was had to grasp this line of questioning some 23 years in my past.
The staff were all engaging and bright, the offices typical and the culture/values are desirable. I was excited to learn more about this company as the culture and team composition seem to make this firm one of those rare contenders to gain the loyalty and respect of their customers which can be converted into long term, valuable relationships.
I also believe that this company truly engages in work investigating and implementing advanced technologies, which was what drew my interests.
I applied through college or university and the process took a day - interviewed at Solers in November 2011.
Interview Details – The interview scheduling process was very straightforward: via email, we picked a day and time that worked for both of us, and that was it. At the interview itself, I saw four people: first, the HR recruiter I'd been speaking to who briefed me about what would happen; second, a software engineer lead who asked me a couple of basic java interview questions (abstraction, polymorphism, etc) and asked about my past experience; third, a more experienced lead who was closer to architect, who did the same, and finally, the VP of the division, who briefed me on the benefits and tried to sell me on the job.
Interview Question – How does multiple inheritance work in C++, and what happens in the case where an object inherits from two different parents that share a parent? View Answer
Negotiation Details – This company does not negotiate at all with entry level positions - you either take what you get or leave it. Luckily, I knew this in advance, and told them about another offer I already had before going to interview, so they beat it (barely).
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