Interviewed at The Zappos Family
Interview Details – I went through a full day interview process, with 2-3 people interviewing per hour. There were logic questions, coding on whiteboard (algorithms and SQL), and design questions. There were a couple slots where it was just general questions and talking about previous projects, which was a nice break from having to code all the time. They also throw in a culture interview with the HR rep at some point in the day as well.
Interview Question – Interesting unexpected questions to see if you're a "culture fit" Answer Question
I applied through a recruiter - interviewed at The Zappos Family in September 2012.
Interview Details – A recruiter came to the UC Berkeley campus to take applications. I handed my application to a recruiter and received an email the same day to set up a 1:1 interview. The following day I met my recruiter at a coffee shop and had a very informal, but in depth interview. DO RESEARCH ON THE COMPANY. They WILL ask questions about the mission statement, culture and the CEO. After the interview, I was told to fill out an online questionnaire that was similar to a personality test. I was then asked to video tape myself explaining 5 or 6 "tech" questions in regard to stats/ research design. They were pretty basic but took a while to explain. After this step, I had a Skype interview with a different recruiter. She seemed very uninterested and appeared to have already made her decision whether I was hired or not. It was not a good experience. The interview process took 3 months, but it was an overall fun experience.
Interview Question – If your life had a soundtrack, what song would be playing? What was the most challenging moment in your life? If you were a dessert, what would you be? If your life were a movie, what would the trailer be like? Who is your role model? What is your favorite Zappos core value (know this!)? Tell me about yourself View Answer
Very Easy Interview
I applied online and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at The Zappos Family in February 2013.
Interview Details – I have seen this position open multiple times over the last 18 months (it's now 8/12/13) so you know something is definitely wrong with a company not being able to "find" a candidate that clicks with the team. As a very experienced individual contributor in technical recruiting, the hiring process is just the first reason this role is still open. Like a few of the previous interviewees for this role, the juvenile "culture" questions and description of the work environment was a red flag. I agree as another poster that a labor attorney could prove they are discriminatory in nature and place zappos at legal risk. Be prepared to put a lot into the process as a candidate nothing in return. I think they forget candidates are interviewing them as much as they are looking for employees. Since I've come from multiple Fortune 30 companies, I'm used to best practices and rolling out the red carpet to candidates. I figured given the current hiring process it would be nearly impossible to recruit top talent so I opted out of the process at the record your interview stage. If you can't decide to bring a candidate onsite after a phone interview or two, you shouldn't be hiring.
Interview Question – Nothing too difficult, just insulting to a professional. If you walked into a room and your theme song was playing, what would it be and why? If you could have lunch with two people current or in the past, who would they be and why? View Answer
I applied through college or university and the process took 4 months - interviewed at The Zappos Family in April 2013.
Interview Details – Submitted a Video Cover Letter with resume. Then an online questionnaire. Then a virtual online interview (record answers via webcam). Then two more live Skype interviews, and finally a job offer. It was about a three or four month process overall.
Interview Question – What question were you expecting us to ask that we didn't. Answer Question
Very Difficult Interview
I applied online and the process took 1+ week - interviewed at The Zappos Family in August 2013.
Interview Details – The entire interview process took about 2 weeks. I submitted my application, next day received 4 emails for online test and virtual interview, went in for 8 question test, went in for face to face interview with 3 people and another online test.
Interview Question – If you could have lunch with to people who would they be and why? Answer Question
I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at The Zappos Family.
Interview Details – the online interview was very long and asked very odd questions. Once you got to Zappos the HR interviewer was not very personable and very cold. For a company that was supposed to be fun and creative, I expected more.
Interview Question – If you walked into a room and your theme song was playing, what would it be and why? Answer Question
I applied online and the process took 3 months - interviewed at The Zappos Family.
Interview Details – The hiring process takes a while. Don't stress! I applied for the job in November, had my first phone screen at the end of November and didn't start until the end of January. Nerve-racking, but well worth the wait.
Interview Question – Most unexpected part of the interview was an on-camera attack! After an hour of fun fast-finger questions (whats your favorite drink, hot or not, etc) I was taken downstairs for the on-camera interview. Just a little product description -- with about 20 people in the room! Be prepared and be yourself. If it is right, you will know. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – Not a lot of room to negotiate. I took a large paycut, and I wasn't paid very much to begin with. Zappos' philosophy is that you should want to work there beyond a paycheck -- so don't expect to be the highest paid person around. I have heard you are able to negotiate other positions. For me, it was take it or leave it.
I applied online and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at The Zappos Family.
Interview Details – The process is pretty long and arduous consisting of first a culture fit phone interview, which I assume anyone can pass if they aren't a serial killer and are at least somewhat friendly to the recruiter. The second phone interview is a technical interview with their mobile dev managers. This is more challenging and very specific to both Zappos and for this position iOS. Lots of memory management questions which stem from the fact that Zappos doesn't use ARC. The last part that I got to was a coding challenge. They send an app with warnings and you have to clear out the warnings and any other bugs you find. Only took a few hours to do, but I ended up having a memory leak because I haven't coded without ARC in years.
Interviewed at The Zappos Family
Interview Details – get a phone call from Hr and receive a test. This is to use Zappos api to implement the image downloading stuff.
Very Easy Interview
I applied through a recruiter and the process took 5 days - interviewed at The Zappos Family.
Interview Details – Phone screen followed by in person interviews. In person interviews consist of 4-5 rounds of 1-2 people per round. Most of the questions are VERY easy. In fact I was told to stop interviewing here due to asking too difficult of questions ( Asymptotic runtime analysis for example was considered "too hard")
Interview Question – Probably like count the words in a book, or reverse a string.. very simple stuff. Answer Question
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