Spotify Interview Questions

Updated Aug 7, 2015
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    Security Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Spotify in June 2015.

    Interview

    I applied through online. It took around 2 weeks. Initially HR emailed me for setting up a phone interview. It was just a casual interview regarding my background. Then HR asked me for my schedule to set a skype interview with their senior security engineer who works at sweden. This skype interview is purely technical and lasted for 45 min. Most of the questions are like situational based. "If XXX situation (attack) occurs as a security engineer what defensive mechanisms would you do..?

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    • There is one such website where if you provide url of the particular song from spotify, you can download the song from this website. This is a major security breach and how could you defend this thing. The website owner has a premium account at spotify and he runs as if he is downloading the songs.   Answer Question
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    UI/User Experience Designer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 4 weeks. I interviewed at Spotify (New York, NY).

    Interview

    The interview process could be improved here. I was recommended by a friend and Spotify employee to their internal recruiter. We had a call, followed by an in-person interview, and then I met with two members of senior staff who seemed excited about our conversation and the possibility of working together. I was promptly called and asked to return. On that day, I interviewed with two designers, completed an exercise with two developers, and then interviewed with another senior staff member. By that last interview, I was exhausted, and unfortunately it seemed like an important one. I then had one more meeting with their internal recruiter about salary expectations, and we spoke in a manner that felt like I could expect an offer in that range. I sent personal thank you notes and after a week passed, I dropped the recruiter a note to ask if they were close to making a decision. He indicated I was the top candidate, but one person who still needed to weigh in was on vacation. After another week passed, that person called to say he was really impressed with me, but the project he wanted to hire me for had been put on hold indefinitely. It was unexpected and I was definitely disappointed. My advice to Spotify would be to reduce the number of interviews by teaming people up in twos, or to split interviews up over more days. I've done both while interviewing potential hires. It keeps energy levels high, and reduces the number of times candidates have to answer the same questions. And if a budget or project hasn't yet been approved for the hire, tell them so. They may be delaying acceptance of other offers and interviews, because Spotify is a fantastic place to work!

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    • My exercise was to redesign the Netflix homepage for desktop. The Global VP of Design at Spotify happens to be Rochelle King, formerly of Netflix. I thought that was clever.   1 Answer
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    HRBP Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at Spotify (New York, NY) in May 2015.

    Interview

    Submitted resume, heard from recruiter via email, scheduled interview and the recruiter was a no show. I followed up to ask if he wanted to reschedule and never heard from him again. Why bother?

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    Product Designer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 6+ weeks. I interviewed at Spotify (New York, NY) in May 2015.

    Interview

    The process had 3 parts. It started with the design recruiter organising an online chat with the Director of Design. This was followed by an on-site chat (and tour of the NYC space) with Senior Product designers/developers and finally with a separate 3-4 hour long panel interview that included a collaborative working session with Spotify designers and then the completion of an individual design task with a presentation back to the panel.

    Interview Questions

    • The collaborative task included choosing an existing digital product with a 'freemium' subscription model similar to Spotify and thought-storming ideas/solving issues around it.   1 Answer
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    Ad Operations Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at Spotify (New York, NY) in April 2015.

    Interview

    The recruiter was 40 minutes late to the phone screen and apologetic. After less than 10 minutes she had enough information to end the call. We ended things that the hiring manager was away and they would be in touch the following week.

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    Reporting Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took a week. I interviewed at Spotify (New York, NY) in March 2015.

    Interview

    A python programming assignment. I need to implement an app which read poem from the command line or web server and then generate a spotify playlist regarding to the poem. eg. "If I cannot let it go out of my mind" the music playlist should be "If I cannot" "let it go" "out of my mind" Also the assignment needs to connect to the its metadata. I am not familiar with python and web programming...

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    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3 days. I interviewed at Spotify (New York, NY) in March 2015.

    Interview

    Interviewer dove right in and I could notice him asking me questions while he was doing work and he was overall very unenthusiastic about the whole process. The entire interview felt like a big burden and didn't really feel like I belonged there even though I was contacted for this position which I did not want initially (applied for a different position). The interviewer seemed to not care about the person nor the interview which is confusing as I felt that Spotify would be more of a community. If you conduct interviews, make sure the person interviewing actually wants to be there

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    • Fizzbuzz, unique method implementation using method calls   1 Answer
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    Data Scientist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at Spotify (New York, NY) in March 2015.

    Interview

    The interviewer first asks me some questions about my back ground. Then he asks one question on probability and statistical on how to estimate the parameters in a uniform distribution.

    Interview Questions

    • given n samples from a uniform distribution [0, d], how to estimate d?   2 Answers
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    Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at Spotify.

    Interview

    After a month long interview process, I was informed that the team was moving forward with another candidate. I understood the decision but it was upsetting that the "rejection" came in the form of an email which is unheard of for many other tech companies in the area. I received no feedback about why this was not a good fit, despite reaching out for more information. When asked to give feedback about this experience via Google Docs, I proceeded to take the survey and was directed to a page that said that feedback was no longer needed and that "for right now we've gathered all the information we need."

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    Legal Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3+ months. I interviewed at Spotify (New York, NY).

    Interview

    I applied online in April, heard back from them a month or so later, shortly thereafter I had a phone interview, then an in person interview and it's now August and needless to say I think its safe to say that I didn't get the job. I had a great phone interview and was invited to come in for an in person interview. Long story short the entire process was very unprofessional. I understand that Spotify is a young, fun and casual company, but everyone that works there has worked elsewhere and therefore should know better. Neither of my interviewers were attentive. The 1st interviewer obviously didn't take me seriously and was asking me really awkward questions so I gave equally awkward responses. The second interviewer dismissed all of my responses. The whole ordeal made me really uncomfortable. Usually when a company responds to your application they give you some information with regards to what benefits are offered by the company, not Spotify. Spotify uses a software program for all of their applications and its so easy to send updates about the status of applications to applicants with this software and most companies regularly update applicants, not Spotify. Most companies interview applicants in a quiet private space, not Spotify. Long story short I would recommend that a friend apply to Spotify because it seems like a cool atmosphere to work in. However I would warn them that things are really unprofessional and the company is going through a lot of growing pains so if this is a person's introduction to the company, what would working there actually be like?

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