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Updated Jan 24, 2015
Updated Jan 24, 2015
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    Senior Financial Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 3+ monthsinterviewed at The Zappos Family.

    Interview Details

    I was contacted through their Insider program to apply for a Senior Financial Analyst position in Las Vegas. They said that even though I've already been a manager for 3 years, that I wasn't qualified enough since they require 5 years of experience. There was a manager spot open, but I really wanted to work here and I figured I'd take a step down just to get my foot in the door.

    After I applied it took a MONTH to set up a virtual interview. This is one where you answer some predefined questions through your webcam that is recorded and reviewed later. It's awkward, but I understand wanted to get rid of weirdos early and not in person.

    It then took ANOTHER MONTH, for them to review my virtual interview and contact me to tell me that I needed to take an Excel test. I took the test at home but it was very very simple. At my job we use this to make sure people are technically qualified, but this test was so easy I was a little nervous. I passed and that day they sent an email saying they'll set up an HR interview.

    I talked to the HR lady (she was very nice) a week later and had a Skype interview two weeks after that with the two Finance Managers. Standard questions, nothing too crazy. One of them was nice but I got a weird vibe from the other one. But I passed and two weeks later I had my Interview in person.

    They make you get there at 8:30a and the recruiter gives you a tour of the complex and explains their benefits. She was very nice and the place is AMAZING. Just a giant dorm room that you can work at. They told me to dress comfortably so I asked my friend who works there and he said nice jeans and a button up is fine. I had about 5 hours of interview both with two people and 1-on-1. You don't need to know anything about Zappos history at all because they don't ask about that. They ask personality and some logic questions.

    It took ANOTHER month for them to let me know and i got the "no" email. Funny thing is that I've done over a hundred interviews (for my own department) and I've never performed better in my life, ever. Even one of the managers thought I was "too qualified" for the Senior role. So I was not qualified for Manager, but too qualified for Senior??

    Interview Questions
    • How many gas stations are there in America?   View Answer
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview
  2.  

    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 6 weeksinterviewed at The Zappos Family.

    Interview Details

    Interview process required a case as well as an online interview which was through an online video chat program.Good concept, but I felt like they couldn't really get to know me personally.

    Interview Questions
    • The case was an unexpected topic for a company that sells fashion merchandise.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Difficult Interview
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    CLT Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 7+ monthsinterviewed at The Zappos Family.

    Interview Details

    spent 7 months chasing this job, with a new 'mizzion' sent every couple weeks (online video questions, typing/personality tests, etc). Once called in, I was asked off the wall questions to make sure I fit in.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Software Engineer Interview

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    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at The Zappos Family.

    Interview Details

    Awesome Experience great people, really friendly + its vegas! ... Interview process is easy and straight forward
    1. online round
    2. got a call to fly over
    3. 2 days @ vegas
    4. first day .... meet everyone + coding round
    5. 1 tech round + 1 hr
    6. got the offer in 7-8 days.

    ... got the offer

    Interview Questions
    Reasons for Declining

    I had other offers, they were paying quite less

    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Design Interview

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    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3 daysinterviewed at The Zappos Family.

    Interview Details

    I was very excited to go to the in person interview. After the phone interview I had with the team I felt fairly confident and excited. I thought we really clicked and they knew my skill set etc. However I knew things had gone bad fairly quickly. First they have you come very early to do a tour of the building and they talk up why it's so great there. If I'm being honestly and I am, this is hard because you are nervous and tired and it seems all very pointless. The tour could be cut in half. Then they put you into a room to start the interviews with people. For me personally after a couple rounds of interviews with some of the team (3 people) we (the team and I) all went to lunch together. At this point I thought it was going fairly well. Not too terrible but not badly either. I was pretty nervous so it was hard to read. But then I knew about ten mins into the lunch that I wouldn't get the job when the person that would of been my boss barely could make eye contact with me. He seemed irritated by everything I said which made me even more nervous. Then I knew the nail was in the coffin when we got back to the offices he seemed irritated that he had to find out where I needed to go next. When I left to go on to interview with someone else he didn't even shake my hand or acknowledge my presence. At that very second I knew the rest of the day would be a pointless exercise. I thought well I'll use this opportunity to practice my interview skills. The rest of the day was pretty bad. Knowing early on that I was absolutely no way going to get an offer I basically stopped trying at all. Sad but true. The other people I met with must of got the memo that I was already in the no pile. Most of them didn't even bother to look up from their laptops when they spoke to me. It was all I could do to not run crying from the building.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Clerk Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online – interviewed at The Zappos Family.

    Interview Details

    A very long process with many applications, videos, and phone interviews. Surprisingly if you are not a parting animal you will not be a match for them.... Nothing in between, but that's their culture!

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Easy Interview
  8.  

    CLT Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through other source. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at The Zappos Family in December 2014.

    Interview Details

    1. Become Zappos Insider and do video cover letter 2. Wait for link to apply when positions open 3. Answer application, do virtual interview 4. Wait for group interview 5. After group, wait for culture interview and tech interview

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    It is a very long and time consuming process with many different parts and steps. I personally did not like the interview process because majority of the application must be recorded and submitted online. There was very little personal interaction.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Las Vegas, NV
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Las Vegas, NV
    Application Details

    I applied through other source – interviewed at The Zappos Family.

    Interview Details

    24 Hrs coding challenge.
    HR interview
    Telephonic interview
    Onsite interview

    I applied online and I got a 24 Hrs coding challenge next day. 24 Hrs coding challenge was related to consuming their REST URLS and implement some Algorithms. I developed a NetBeans maven based web project using custom MVC (Servlet centric approach), used Jersey client API's, URL API's, some business service components, Controllers and presentation pages.
    I was selected in 24 Hrs coding challenge.

    Next step was HR telephonic interview - It was 30 mins non-technical interview. More focused on their company culture and core values. I was selected in HR telephonic interview.

    Next step-A technical phone interview with 3 Technical people- They asked me about my previous and current projects.

    Some basic Java questions- Interfaces, Abstract classes, Some design patterns some programming in a Shared Document. Exception handling Some SQL related questions & SQL Queries.

    One program was one basic series program- I solved recursively. They asked me a little bit about breaking condition and time complexity.

    Questions related to overloading and overriding.

    Basics of Object Oriented Programming.

    Some String related questions- Reverse a String

    Database - Some questions related to Database normalization and Some database quarries.

    My interview went well and interviews told me my interview was good and they want to see me for F2F interview and HR will contact you for next steps to come to Vegas for F2F. I was excited because everything went well. Unfortunately I got a rejection email. I tried to contact them but there was no reply from their side.

    During telephonic interview there was heavy disturbance in the communication line. It was very difficult for me to understand what they were saying.
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    For 24 Hrs coding challenge- Focus on architecture of the application before writing the code and spend some time on Algorithms, make components independent and reusable, create a documentation for APIs usage, add description of components and usage in your project in the document. Write your code as simple as possible.

    For String related questions
    Split function.
    Reversing in 3 ways , Looping, use a method of StringBuffer and the best solution implement your own Stack Data Structure.

    For Database related questions-Focus on Limit, Union and Sub Queries.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  11.  

    Software Engineering Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Las Vegas, NV
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Las Vegas, NV
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at The Zappos Family in November 2014.

    Interview Details

    Applied online and submitted a resume and cover letter. A few weeks later, I received a Technical Challenge where I had to write some code using their API. When submitting the technical challenge you must also do a recorded video interview. If they like everything they will fly you out to Vegas for two days of interviews. Pretty standard questions. Nothing too difficult.

    Interview Questions
    • Pretty standard string/array questions. How can you determine if a string is a palindrome? Longest palindrome substring?   Answer Question
    Reasons for Declining

    Higher paying position with another company

    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

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