SuccessFactors Interview Questions & Reviews in San Mateo, CA
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Billing Analyst Interview (Positive Experience; Difficult Interview)
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 2 days - interviewed at SuccessFactors.
Interview Details – Interview after contract position ended for an analyst opening:
Interview was done by the manager overseeing the team with the opening. Very honest and upfront about the requirements.
Tested some advanced Excel skills, as well as communication skills. Very open about the interview process, made suggestions afterwards on areas I would need to improve, and what he liked.
*Did not get the position, so just reviewing the interview.
Interview Question – I actually struggled the most with the timed Excel test. Some questions required thinking on how to present data most efficiently in a meaningful manager (the sheer volume of data made it overwhelming without first organizing and grouping the data). Answer Question
Engineering Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 5 days - interviewed at SuccessFactors in March 2012.
Interview Details – The interview process and job offer process went very quickly. This part was refreshing considering some other compnaies take weeks and weeks..you almost forget what you were interviewing for.
Interview Question – Questions referring to hypothetical situations that were not really pertinent. Answer Question
Reason for Declining – After careful consideration and interviewing with some current employees, I decided that the work/life balance was nonexistent for my needs. I have 2 small children.
Junior Software Developer Interview (Neutral Experience; Average Interview)
The process took 3 weeks - interviewed at SuccessFactors in December 2011.
Interview Details – First HR contacted me over the phone. then had a telephonic round with one of the senior developers in the team. it went well. I was asked about inner classes, oops concepts, algorithm questions. I got a call immediately from the HR asking me to come onsite for a technical interview. I had 5 rounds. first round had full of database questions. The guy was experienced, but very easy going. asked me to write few queries, ddl,dml statements. The next round had a design question. I think I did pretty well on this round. the next round had data structure questions, linked list, trees. fourth round was with a hiring manager. had fairly easy questions. but i didnt do well. last round was with other hiring manager. he generally asked me about the work experience, projects, difficulties etc. got the rejection mail after a week.
Software Engineer Interview (Neutral Experience; Easy Interview)
The process took 1 week - interviewed at SuccessFactors in April 2011.
Interview Details – The interview process is very traditional, mostly standard technical questions, very little code exercise.
- Describe a sorting routing, like quick sort View Answer
- In Java, can you make a public method protected in its subclass? View Answer
Negotiation Details – It's all right. There seism to be a HR protocol in place. You should email them if you are interested in job after the interview, even if you feel very positive.
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Software Engineer Interview (Negative Experience; Very Difficult Interview)
I applied online and the process took 2+ weeks - interviewed at SuccessFactors in October 2010.
Interview Details – I applied online and within a week got a call from a recruiter. She gave me some background about the company and what they are looking for and scheduled a 1 hour phone interview. On the scheduled day the interviewer called me on time, was friendly and asked me a lot of questions on access modifiers, collections, JSP, SQL, etc. We spoke about their competition and how their business is doing. It was a good interview. I got a call from the recruiter the next day and we scheduled an onsite interview.
When I went there, I was a little turned off by the work setting, it looked like a call center where a bunch of people are sitting next to each other, face to face and end-to-end on large tables. It did not seem like a very productive and quiet enviornment. I thought this company was profitable, why dont they get some more space and give each employee "some" privacy.
I was scheduled to meet 5 people. First to interview was a manager, she gave me a technical problem to solve. I did ok on that question, could have done better but I took more time than I generally would have. Then another manager from a different team interviewed me. She mostly asked me questions on my resume and I asked her questions on the company and the work style etc.
The 3rd person who met me was a very senior level person(15+ years experience). From the very start this person was rude and cold. He seemed disgruntled and was not interested in the interview. He asked me some vague design questions and when I asked for further information he made faces and showed me that he did not think highly of me. That made me angry and I decided that I did not want to work with this person, after that even I treated him like I didnt care. Yes the questions he asked me were tough and I probably was not qualified enough for that role, but there is something called professionalism and decency. If he was a representative of Successfactors I did not like what I saw and couldnt imagine working everyday with someone like this.
After him, there was another person who interviewed me.(about 6-7 years experience). He was polite and professional, which bought me back to a normal state of mind. He asked me some tough questions about garbage collection, classloader, synchronization etc. I did ok and he helped me when I was stuck. They clearly needed someone who was more qualified than me in core java.
The last person, some senior engineering manager who was supposed to meet me did not show up which is a sign that they did not find me qualified enough to waste that person's time.
I knew when I left that I would not get an offer, but I also felt like this is not a place where I would like to go everyday because of that one rude guy(maybe this was just one bad apple) and also looking at the call-center like work scene.
The recruiter emailed me in a couple of days saying that they would be looking at other candidates. I definitely thought that the recruiting team were very quick, friendly and professional and most of the employees were professional.
Interview Question – access modifiers Answer Question
Engineer Interview (Neutral Experience; Difficult Interview)
The process took 3 weeks - interviewed at SuccessFactors in July 2008.
Interview Details – It started with a phone interview . After that there was an onsite interview where I had 4 rounds of interview. It mainly focused on the technical and the analytical skills. Questions ranged from hard to easy.
Interview Question – I was being asked puzzels to solve, Answer Question
Software Engineer Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
The process took a day - interviewed at SuccessFactors in July 2007.
Interview Details – The SuccessFactors recruiter called and spent about 30 minutes describing the company. She also assessed my skills at a very high level. A couple of days later, a technical staff member phone screened me. The interview lasted about 30 minutes. After 5 minutes of describing her role, she got into Java technical questions. Questions such as different between set and list, what is the difference between final, finally, and finalize.
Interview Question – What would you create the equivalent of google suggest? Answer Question