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I applied through an employee referral. The process took 6 weeks – interviewed at Turn (Redwood City, CA).
The interview process is ok but I still see room for improvement.
Before the interview, the recruiter sent me a document about the interview process. It states clearly they don't ask brain teaser. However, one of the interviewers started with "let's begin with a brain teaser". This interviewer needs to learn more about the process.
I didn't even mention in my resume about database experience. One of the significant reasons I was rejected is that I don't have database experience. The hiring team needs to review my resume carefully before inviting me for on-site interview. Otherwise it will be a waste of time for both.
Anyway, they can make decision very fast.
- Here is the brain teaser question:
Given integers as 1, 2, 3, 4, ..., N. Every time you remove an alternative element until only one is left. If you reach the end, just do a rounding. Return the remaining element. For example, given 1,2,3,4,5,6, you remove 1, 3, 5 and then 2, 6. So the remaining element is 4. What is the remaining element if N is 2000? 7 Answers
- Here is the brain teaser question:
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I applied through college or university – interviewed at Turn (Redwood City, CA).
I applied online through the campus job board, and had two technical phone interviews and one on-site interview. The office has a nice location in the downtown area, and I liked the open atmosphere within the building. The interviewing process was quite intense. They even squeezed in a technical question during the lunch period. On a positive note, the interviewers had a lot to say about the company, which gave a better idea of what it would be like to work there. I was told near the end of the day at the office that they were still unsure of whether to move forward with my application. I appreciated the quick feedback, disappointing as it was. They then had a recruiter come out and criticize me about my attitude during the interview. She told me I was being flat and inexpressive, then criticized me further for not being more expressive in response to her criticism. I suppose at this point they didn't care to keep me interested in the company anymore.
- The most unexpected question was during lunch. I was asked a technical question literally mid-bite and asked to write the solution on the white board. Answer Question
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I applied through an employee referral. The process took 4 weeks – interviewed at Turn (Redwood City, CA) in February 2014.
The hiring process is smooth and fast. I took two rounds of phone interviews, and then was invited for an onsite interview. I met with 5 people there, four of them focused on technical questions, the SVP just poped up to say HI to me. After that, the recruiter came to discuss the offer with me. I felt comfortable, and enjoyed speaking with everyone. The interviewers are quite smart and open-minded. Sometimes, I provided answers which were different from theirs, but they were totally OK with it. Actually, they also taught me something during the interview. That's really impressive.
The recruiting team is the best I've ever seen. They are quite professional and considerate. They are always trying to help candidates, and make them happy. After I accepted the offer, they even mailed me a gift to celebrate with my family. That's so sweet!
I strongly recommend Turn, for it's culture(people), business model, and technology.
- They asked a wide range of questions related with web development, both front end and back end. It's better to have some hands-on experiences. Answer Question
I didn't negotiate, but they gave me an offer exceeding my expectation.
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I applied through college or university. The process took 4+ weeks – interviewed at Turn (Redwood City, CA) in January 2014.
I got to know Turn at the university's job fair. After having a great talk with one of their engineers, I learned that Turn is a pre-IPO company and they are hiring people to help build huge-scale distributed system. So I decided to drop my resume and have a try. On the Friday of that week, I got an on-campus interview. The questions are interesting but really hard. However, the interviewer is nice and gave a lot of hints to help me solve the problem. After that, I got two phone interviews requiring online coding in a Google doc. Nothing too difficult. Then followed by an onsite interview. I really enjoyed the whole experience in the onsite interview. The recruiter called me one day before the interview to give me some tips which helped me a lot during the interview. During the interview, all interviewer are very nice. They asked fair questions and gave you enough time to attack the questions. There are 5 round technical interviews in total. They provided the lunch, which is also great! You will probably got the decision by the end of the day, which is super fast!
Overall, Turn is a fast-growing company and I will recommend people to have a try.
- Nothing to difficult except the first on-campus round. Questions are related to basic data structure, graph, dynamic programming, design and etc. Answer Question
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I applied online. The process took 3 weeks – interviewed at Turn (Redwood City, CA) in December 2013.
I was contacted via an email, attached with a large document about company details. After a few days, I had the first phone interview. The interviewer explained lots of information about what the company does. The questions were about algorithm and Java questions (since I'm comfortable with Java). After a couple days, I was scheduled for the second phone interview. The interview was more in depth in what I am interested in (and this would be my future team). Just a couple days later, I got a surprise call from the recruiter that they would like to invite me for an on-site interview. I had a talk with him so that we knew more about each other before the interview date. The interview appointment email was very informative, it also included profiles of interviewers.
The office was beautiful and well-styled. I had interviews with VPs, engineers from my future team, and finally the recruiters. The questions were not too difficult. Just make sure you revised skills you have written on your resume. Finally, I got the offer on that day! They worked extremely fast (and, I needed to make a fast decision).
Overall, I was very impressed with their interview process. They do care their candidates. I think Turn's interview process is the best I have ever had. The interviewers were very smart. They were the people I would like to work with. That was why I could make a decision really quick.
You need to make a really quick decision.
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I applied through an employee referral. The process took 4 weeks – interviewed at Turn (Redwood City, CA) in July 2013.
One week after applying for the position I was contacted by email and asked to do a phone interview. The first phone interview involved a couple of questions about myself and a general coding question. The interviewer seemed very pleased with my answer and the questions I was asking not only about the coding problem but about Turn as a company. The second interview started off with a longer chat about myself and how I see myself fitting in with the company. This was followed by another coding question and an affirmation that they were going to fly me out for an interview at their Redwood City offices.
The in person interview process was a little more strenuous than I anticipated, but overall it was a good experience. I was in a conference room pretty much the whole day (except for the lunch break). I had about six different people come in and ask me questions, both coding and about myself, and one recruiting person came in at the end to discuss hiring me (after collecting all the feedback from the interviewers).
Overall, the environment is fantastic at Turn. The people are all very accepting and diverse, which adds to that same great environment. They treat their employees quite well, doing little things such as catering lunch four times a week and taking employees out for large company events. In addition, they value giving back to the community, providing community service opportunities for their employees that are sponsored by the company. All in all, I was impressed with Turn as a company.
- I'm unable to tell the full extent of the questions (due to signing a NDA) but I can say that some of the questions focused more on the mathematics in the coding questions, as opposed to just knowing how to code it. Answer Question
Go in to the interview process ready to negotiate. Look up things like cost of living differences between your current location and wherever they are moving you to. Looking in to other competitive salaries for the position will be useful as well.
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I applied online – interviewed at Turn (Redwood City, CA) in June 2013.
Got a detailed informative email from the recruiter explaining about the company product and the psotion. Had an initial phone screen with hiring manager and then 4-6 rounds of onsite interviews with the team, manager and an exec. Very impressed with the team and the product. It's a fast-paced company with lot of room for growth and learning.
- Mostly standard CS questions. Answer Question
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I applied through other source. The process took 3 weeks – interviewed at Turn (Redwood City, CA).
Well organized in-person interview
Turn HR approached via Linkedin,
had a phone screening with HR, phone interview with hiring manager, and then 4.5 hours in-person interview with 6 employees.
HR stated that I will here back within a few days, after two weeks and my follow up email - nothing.
We all busy, but we have to respect each other time.
- The questions are common interview questions Answer Question
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I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2 days – interviewed at Turn (Redwood City, CA) in May 2013.
Worse interview experience EVER. If you are looking to be interrogated and talked down to this is the place for you. They claim to have high standards like Google, but this place is no Google and from previously working at Google at least they show you respect during the interview. It was very uncomfortable and the interviewers were unprofessional and unbelievably rude.
The last interviewer in particular with the Director of HR made me want to get up and walk out. First off, she took me out of the conference room and into to a kitchen/rec area to conduct the interview in front of other employees. One employee was sitting directly across from us working on his laptop, this was extremely uncomfortable.
She would ask me a question like "how are you going about your current job search?" and I would give my answer and she would reply "try again, how are you going about your job search" or in looking at a small lapse in employment she asked "what did you do during those couple months" and I answered that I was looking for work and she replied "that's not what I asked, what were you doing" and again stated that I was actively looking and interviewing for a job. She did this with 90% of the questions as if there was some sort of right answer. She would never re-phrase her question and expected me to read her mind and figure out what exactly she was trying to ask.
At the end she criticized me for not finishing college and said I should go back. I asked her a few questions and she literally gave me 1 word answers as if I was wasting her precious time.
- At one point she made me "role play" as if she was the candidate and I was the recruiter and when I tried to do it and interact she didn't respond, she basically wanted me to talk to myself and pretend someone was replying. Very weird. Answer Question
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First had two phone interviews. Then was invited to Redwood City to have the onsite interview. Could not disclose the exact question but the people there are really nice to talk to. The questions are reasonable. Have a great time with them.
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