TiVo Interview Questions

Updated May 26, 2015
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    User Interface Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at TiVo in May 2015.

    Interview

    I applied on TiVo's Career site. They replied within a week and I scheduled a phone interview with the hiring manager. 3 days after the phone interview, they invited me to an on-site interview. They realized that I wasn't in California so they changed it to a video chat interview via Blue Jeans. The interview lasted for 1.5 hrs and I talked to 3 recruiters. They were really friendly. After one week I got an offer through email.

    Interview Questions

    • Have you had any experience with prototyping? If so, what was your process?   Answer Question
  2.  

    Media Platform Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took a weekinterviewed at TiVo (San Jose, CA) in May 2015.

    Interview

    First was a Telephonic interview, where I was asked basic questions. The process was very fast., I got a call within few days after applying online. Only basic questions was asked in the interview. It dint go for more than 25 minutes.

    Interview Questions

    • what is volatile? what is stack and heap and their difference? multi threading? hardware interrupts? array vs linked list? few questions about the project   1 Answer
  3.  

    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer

    Interview

    I had about 5 interviews from the team manager to the system architect. Every interviewer was concept oriented with some basic C/C++ questions and more intuitive questions on projects. Was also asked a couple of design questions based on abstract classes and virtual functions.

    Interview Questions

    • Concept of smart pointers and how would you implement it   Answer Question
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    No Offer

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at TiVo.

    Interview

    A bit unorthodox. Before interviews, they had all the candidates sit together in the same room and each lunch. The interviewers were all nice, but there weren't any breaks between interviews and it lasted 4-5 hours. I didn't get much time to think about answers if I didn't say anything for more than a few seconds, so it felt very rushed.

    Interview Questions

    • Something about finding coordinates of dots and figuring out which of any given pair were closest.   Answer Question
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    Director, Marketing Interview

    Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Declined Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at TiVo (San Jose, CA) in July 2014.

    Interview

    The hiring and interview process at this company was very haphazard and frenetic. There was no clear process; the interviews were superficial; and the overall logistics were poorly managed. The recruiters and interviewers seemed to be constantly in a state of disarray with little to no organization, coordination, or efficiency.

    Reasons for Declining

    I had regularly set expectations that my decision timing was the first week of August. This expectation was set with HR and the HM individually. When I received the offer on Friday July 25th at 5 PM, it had a 24 hour expiration. I informed HR that I would be making my decision on my specified timeline. I also indicated that I would be compiling my counter proposal after I received the benefits package. Upon hearing these details, and that I would be countering their offer, the company rescinded the offer due to be not accepting it quickly enough or accepting the offer in hand (details were not specified). This led me to believe there is a significant lack of maturity in both the HR function at TiVo, as well as the hiring manager himself. To outright reject the candidate's timing and not accept counter offers is simply unacceptable in a modern, employee-centric organization.

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    Marketing Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at TiVo in May 2014.

    Interview

    I submitted my application online and received a phone call shortly after from HR. I first interviewed with HR, then a few weeks later spoke to one of the managers I now work with on the phone. After the second phone interview, I had a Skype interview a couple of weeks later with the VP of Operations (I wasn't local at the time or else it would have been in the office) and I got the job. It was a pretty stress free interview process

    Interview Questions

    • All of the questions were fairly straightforward. I would say the only one I had a little bit of trouble with was explaining in a non-cliche way, why I wanted to work there.   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    I did not negotiate because it was an internship

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    QA Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4 weeksinterviewed at TiVo.

    Interview

    After a phone interview with recruiter, I had one face-to-face interview with hiring manager and permanent team co-workers (team mixing contractors and employees). Questions were reflecting previous experience directly related to the job: technologies, methodology of work as well as working style. The interview between 60 and 90 minutes.

    Interview Questions

    • During the face-to-face interview with the team, a strange question came around those lines, something I had never heard before: A week ago, we had to pass on a candidate who did not satisfy our requirements. How can you convince us that you have what it takes to fill up this position?   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    No negotiation with the manager but through HR.

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    Engineering Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ weeksinterviewed at TiVo in April 2014.

    Interview

    Submitted my resume online. Got call after few days. Had one telephonic and onsite interview. I felt interview was easy as I had good experience in the job role. Over all the interview experience was good and felt happy

    Interview Questions

    Negotiation

    No Negotiations.

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    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Alviso, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at TiVo (Alviso, CA) in January 2014.

    Interview

    I had a phone screen with the hiring manager where he asked some basic C/C++ and computer architecture questions. Then came onsite and had interviews with the whole team. I was interviewing for a lower level team so a lot of the questions were around Linux and drivers. Nothing too crazy if you've worked on that before.

    Interview Questions

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    QA Technician Entry Level Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Alviso, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 5 daysinterviewed at TiVo (Alviso, CA).

    Interview

    Applied through the TiVo website. Was contacted for a phone interview that lasted about 15 minutes. Interviewer was very personable and the process was comfortable. Interviewer asked a minor technical troubleshooting question over the phone. Got called in for in person interview during which I was interviewed by 3 people. Seemed like they were looking more for personality and can do attitude rather than a strong technical background for this entry level position.

    Interview Questions

    • Nothing difficult or unexpected if you can hook up your devices to your TV and make them work all by yourself.   Answer Question
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