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Programmer Interview (Negative Experience; Difficult Interview)
I applied through college or university and the process took a day - interviewed at Ultimate Software in September 2008.
Interview Details – We basically talked 2 to 1, the interview was my first and needless to say I was unprepared because they asked a lot of different programming based questions. A lot of which I knew but I couldn't quite explain it since I don't know the terms all too well, it was pertinent that this was to be reviewed prior to the interview. They also asked about what I knew about the company and I basically cited info I read online which they knew exactly where it came from...funny sorta. They also asked why did I see myself as a good person for the company. Interview lasted 30 minutes. NOTE: My rating is really off since it has been my only interview.
Interview Question – What is polymorphism? Answer Question
Software Engineer Interview (Positive Experience; Difficult Interview)
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Ultimate Software in December 2010.
Interview Details – Talked to the recruiter on the phone for about 1/2 hour before setting up and on-site. The on-site interview consisted of a skill test and 3 group interviews. Not a bad way to get to meet a lot of potential co-workers but it also didn't allow much of a chance to get to know anyone or styles.
After that day I had to wait a little long for the results.
Interview Question – No specific question was especially harder but I had a group interview with 6 people at once. View Answer
Virtual Trainer Interview (Positive Experience; Difficult Interview)
I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Ultimate Software in August 2011.
Interview Details – Recruiter called for a 1/2 phone screen then 2 days later a phone interview with the hiring manager. Within 1 week a face-to-face was scheduled. This consisted of a training demonstration in front of about 10 managers and other trainers. This was followed by a panel interview and then one-on-one interviews with members of the team. I am currently waiting to hear back to see if they will be offering me the job.
Interview Question – What experience and/or knowledge makes you the best candidate for this position? Answer Question
Senior Software Engineer Interview (Positive Experience; Difficult Interview)
I applied online and the process took 3 days - interviewed at Ultimate Software in August 2012.
Interview Details – The interview process consist of 3 separate interviews. The first interview is a phone interview with a manager. It was an overview of my experience and some simple .NET questions. The second interview was an in person interview that consisted of two separate tests. The first test was a C# test. The interviewer sat me in front of a laptop running visual studio and asked me to solve an issue with a small console app he had written. The second test was a whiteboard session with a lead developer. He asked me several questions about SQL. The final part of the interview was a walk through of the facility (very impressive I may add) and a history of the company.
Interview Question – I won't put anything too specific but the expectations are high...you must know C# and SQL in and out Answer Question
Project Manager Interview (Positive Experience; Difficult Interview)
I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Ultimate Software in October 2012.
Interview Details – Applied through online - Overall a great experience, the hiring manager was planning to hire someone quickly. The whole process took couple of weeks and then I got the offer letter. More than your skills and knowledge this company mainly look for a cultural fit.
Interview Question – Most of them were behavioral question, I would not call any of it as difficult. Any mistake you have done in the past, how did you handle it. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – Did not negotiate, accepted as they met my expectation
Software Engineer Intern Interview (Neutral Experience; Average Interview)
I applied online - interviewed at Ultimate Software in November 2013.
Interview Details – I was asked to participate in a phone screen with one of the HR reps. She asked me mostly about my resume and kept asking what I learned from each experience. Her questions were not exactly clear.
She then described the position and the positive aspects of the company as well as the fact that they almost exclusively hire from MIT and other top tier schools.
Interview Question – Questions about resume Answer Question
Staff Accountant Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied online and the process took 6 weeks - interviewed at Ultimate Software.
Interview Details – I applied through their website; received a phone call 5 days later to schedule an interview. I had 3 separate 1-on-1 interviews with different accounting managers. They were all very nice and the questions were more "tell me about yourself and your experience", Received a phone call 3 days later for a 2nd interview. Had 3 additional 1-on-1 interviews with other accounting staff members; interview was similar to first time. I was notified that the company had narrowed down to four final candidates, including myself, and they would have an answer within 2 weeks. Right about the 2 week mark I received an email that another candidate had been chosen.
Business Analyst Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied online and the process took a day - interviewed at Ultimate Software in December 2012.
Interview Details – I saw the job opening on internet and applied online. A few days later one of HR consultants contacted me view email requesting a phone interview. I was a little surprised to find out the person who would be interviewing me located in another state. We exchanged a couple of emails and set up a time for a phone interview. The interview lasted about one hour and the questions were fairly standard. She asked me about my relevant working experience, education background and why I was leaving my last employment. There were also opportunities for me to ask questions and found out more about the company. The consultant appeared to be friendly and professional. I felt positive about the interview experience.
Interview Question – What aspect of your last position is the most challenging and why? Answer Question
IT Security Manager Interview (Negative Experience; Average Interview)
I applied through a recruiter and the process took a day - interviewed at Ultimate Software in December 2008.
Interview Details – The company's recruiter contacted me and ensured my credentials and background were the right fit based on the hiring manager's requirements (CIO Caroline Reyes).
On the day of my interview, I arrived on-time only to discover that the hiring manager was at an office lunch party and running late. Deciding to wait, I sat with one of the people that my position was supposed to manage, and he attempted to stall for 45 minutes while we awaited the CIO's arrival. Upon her arrival, no apologies or thankyou for waiting, and she proceeded to ask appropriate interview questions for 5 minutes, before having to "run out for a moment", but "so and so, will keep going until I get back". After a few moments, her substitute hadn't any idea of what to ask, or what to talk about, so he pulls another manager into the room to keep the momentum. Eventually, I was being interviewed by the very people I was supposed to manage, as the CIO returned to the room and loudly continued a conversation with her co-worker, 10 feet away in the corridor. In all, the entire interview touched on 5% of what the actual job description and duties entailed, and removed any chances to demonstrate or describe my qualifications for the role.
One might suspect that this could be a psychological interview tactic and if it were, it was poorly executed. The bottom line is that my interview with this company was a farce. Surely I followed up with a cordial thankyou letter, hoping for the best, or a second interview based on the hint of one or more of the interviewers being slightly intoxicated. The call never came, and it was perhaps for the best, judging by the way they treat potential employees.
Up to that point, of the many interviews I've been on, my interviewers were attired appropriately and behaved as professionals.
Some of many lessons learned while interviewing with Ultimate:
Never interview on a Friday or any day before a holiday, as most places it's a casual-day and you're the only one formally attired - it makes you seem as if you don't belong and can cause you to appear intimidating to your interviewer if you are more professionally attired than he or she.
Never interview after lunch during the Christmas season
Never interview at Ultimate Software and expect to be treated professionally
If you do interview there, be weary of the CIO (if she's still there) and the IT department's group of rag-tag managers.
Interview Question – How do you deal with personality differences in the workplace? Answer Question
Human Resources Interview (Neutral Experience; Average Interview)
I applied online and the process took 1+ week - interviewed at Ultimate Software in February 2010.
Interview Details – Phone call from HR to setup phone interview with HR, which was 2 days later. If successful, received phone call from HR 2 days later to setup phone interview with hiring manager. If successful, phone call from HR 3 days later to set up one on one interview with hiring manager and one on one interview with the department head in the same day, back to back. If successful, phone call days later for job offer, if not successful, 2 weeks later an email that the position has been filled.