Very Difficult Interview
I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at The Zappos Family in October 2013.
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My first 'application' was on Jobvite; a poorly designed website which converted my DOC-format into plain text (requiring a re-write), with 'hundreds' of boxes to fill out, and one of the most clumsy user-interfaces I've ever seen.
A week later I received a non-personal email asking me to fill out another questionnaire, which asked for information I had already submitted (and also contained on my resume), and many personal questions. When I finally reached the end, the website gave me an error and erased my progress. This same email also indicated they wished me to complete yet another survey, within a 48-hour time period.
With red-flags everywhere, the process demonstrated to me that this company did not value my time, nor take me seriously, so I abandoned the application.
Thankfully I 'quit' when I did, because the reviews here confirm everything I suspected. Apparently, I was barely 10% through their process & they treat the "awesomeness" of their company as compensation alone. I don't mean to sound cynical, but I've heard the sales pitch way too many times "work your ass off for my awesome company, get paid in awesome-publicity!"
As if any confirmation is needed, reading these reviews, they're low pay, no salary-negotiation, and as another review stated "Zappos' philosophy is that you should want to work there beyond a paycheck."
Interview Question – Lots of personal question & questions about favorite super-heroes. Answer Question
I applied online and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at The Zappos Family in September 2013.
Interview Details – I interviewed with one of their cultural fit members for about an hour, then had several interviews with developers from various teams.
Interview Question – There are two ropes, each rope takes 1 hour to burn. But either rope has different densities at different points, so there’s no guarantee of consistency in the time it takes different sections within the rope to burn. View Answer
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
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
I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at The Zappos Family in March 2013.
Interview Details – This interview was for a Java/J2EE developer role. Most of the "technical questions" were the pedantic rote api memorization types of questions you'll get during almost all job interviews today. What is the difference between a HashMap and a Hashtable? Collection class ... blah blah blah. If you have memorized the Java Platform SE 6 API, just shy of 4000 classes, you shouldn't have a problem with interviewing at Zappos.
I interviewed at The Zappos Family in October 2012.
Interview Details – The first interview was all culture. My interviewer was extremely friendly and down-to-earth. She mainly just wanted to listen to me talk about myself, so it was a very relaxing, natural conversation. Have yet to do the technical "online activity".
Interview Question – If there were to be a movie about yourself, what would that movie be like? Answer Question
I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at The Zappos Family in October 2012.
Interview Details – Had several interviews, was taken out to lunch.
Interview Question – Asked some basic object oriented questions, as well as SQL queries. Of course they threw in a few brain teasers that have 0 to do with writing code. Answer Question
I applied online and the process took 2+ weeks - interviewed at The Zappos Family in May 2011.
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Round 1 was a phone interview with the hiring manager. That was the pretty standard easy interview that gets your foot in the door at any company. Nothing too difficult was asked, it's mostly about gauging your interest and hearing about the job.
Round 2 is the tricky bit. It's a HR interview that tries to figure out if you're the physical incarnation of their fabled company values. If I were you, I'd have a story ready for each one of them because the interviewer expects you to ramble on and hang yourself if you don't have good answers. I've never talked to a shrink but I got a feeling it is very similar. They ask a lot of deceptively simple questions whose answers probably don't really matter on the surface.
I think round 3 is a technical phone screen; round 4 is a in person interview, and round 5 is a flight to the mothership.
Very Easy Interview
I applied online and the process took 3 days - interviewed at The Zappos Family in January 2011.
Interview Details – I applied online to this position as i have a very good background and experience with the technologies listed in the job description. I have been contacted by an HR person who went over my resume and she told me they want me to take a code test. We also discussed other typical HR questions. According to the outcome, they may or may not make a phone screening. I accepted the code test which took less than an hour. I sent them a working and tested java code, and gave the most reasonable answers to other java questions, but they did not follow up. I believe I don't fit their cooperate "culture".
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