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The Zappos Family Software Engineer Interview Questions & Reviews

Updated Mar 2, 2014
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Software Engineer

I applied online and interviewed at The Zappos Family.

Interview Details – 1st call HR basic HR related questions
2nd call 24 hr coding test
3rd call Hiring manager interview
4th round - onsite technical interview

Interview Question – Onsite interview   Answer Question


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Very Difficult Interview

Software Engineer Interview

Software Engineer

I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at The Zappos Family in October 2013.

Interview Details – 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

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Oct 11, 2013

We apologize for the bad experience. Thanks for sharing, we value all feedback and just know that we are always trying to improve and streamline our process. LH

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Neutral Experience

Average Interview

Software Engineer Interview

Software Engineer
Henderson, NV

I applied online and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at The Zappos Family in August 2012.

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


Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Software Engineer Interview

Software Engineer

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


No Offer

Negative Experience

Software Engineer Interview

Software Engineer

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.


1 person found this helpful

Accepted Offer

Negative Experience

Very Easy Interview

Software Engineer Interview

Software Engineer
Las Vegas, NV

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


No Offer

Negative Experience

Average Interview

Software Engineer Interview

Software Engineer

I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at The Zappos Family in February 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.

Interview Questions

  • I wouldn't call any of the questions difficult or unexpected. I rather call them, useless and/or uninteresting. Questions that could easily be answered with a single Google search or found in your IDE javadocs or within the petabyte of java code available on the web.   View Answer
  • There were also some SQL questions. e.g. If you had a table of student data and a table of student classes how would you combine them? Not join a student to his classes, simply "combine them".   View Answer


1 person found this helpful

Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Easy Interview

Software Engineer Interview

Software Engineer
Austin, TX

I interviewed at The Zappos Family in September 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


1 person found this helpful

No Offer

Negative Experience

Average Interview

Software Engineer Interview

Software Engineer
Henderson, NV

I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at The Zappos Family in July 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


No Offer

Neutral Experience

Difficult Interview

Software Engineer Interview

Software Engineer
San Francisco, CA

I applied online and the process took 2+ weeks - interviewed at The Zappos Family in May 2011.

Interview Details – 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.

Interview Questions

  • Tell me about what you've been doing and what was your favorite project.   View Answer
  • On a scale of 1-10 how weird are you?   View Answer
  • If you could be a superhero which one would you be and why? You can't pick superman, batman, or spiderman.   Answer Question
  • Rate yourself from 1-10 on technical skill X and why?

    Some of the topics were XHTML, server programming, javascript, hand coding (as opposed to what? feet coding???)
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