Yahoo Interview Questions in Sunnyvale, CA

Updated Jul 22, 2015
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  1. Helpful (4)  

    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 4+ monthsinterviewed at Yahoo (Sunnyvale, CA) in January 2014.

    Interview

    Interviewed with Yahoo as a new college grad. One phone coding interview, then invited to onsite for final interview where I had four one on one coding/puzzle interviews. Process took extremely long and my HR contact was very unorganized.

    Interview Questions

    • The most difficult question asked was to prove the upper bound on the number of nodes in a balanced binary tree. In order to prove it, the interviewer was looking for me to provide an inductive proof (this question caught me extremely off guard, have not done proofs in like three years). Definitely one of the more difficult interviews I have had, but I was very unprepared. My phone interviewer told me to expect an intense onsite coding interview where I was going to be expected to write an iOS application (experience is in mobile applications and I was interviewing for Yahoo Sports mobile). As a result, I spent a lot of time studying/practicing OOP and writing objective-c code. Much to my surprise when I was invited onsite, my interview was simply whiteboard coding questions. Most of the questions were binary tree and graph algorithm questions. In retrospect, I could have done much better on this interview if I were not misled by the previous engineer. Deep copy of a graph, dijkstras, order level tree traversal, big integer addition (just some of the questions). In short do not rely on engineers or HR to help you, study on your own and focus on graphs and trees. HR made it a terrible experience. Engineers were also very anti-social and seemed to only care if you get the question right without regard for your approach. I also kept getting interrupted rudely while trying to write down code which confused me a lot and made me perform even worse. No point in working for or with people like that, imagine the frustration!   Answer Question
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    Designer Interview

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

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at Yahoo (Sunnyvale, CA).

    Interview

    I was referred by an internal employee for an interview. I was flown to the Sunnyvale office for a day-long interview. It started with an hour-long portfolio review, with a Q+A toward the end. For the rest of the day I had a 1-to-1 interview with different employees, ranging from a manager, PM, and designers, with a lunch break at noon. Quite a standard procedure.

    Interview Questions

    • Would you say you are an awesome designer?   1 Answer

    Negotiation

    The negotiation phase happened over the phone. The recruiter contacted me and after a brief chat she asked the salary I expected. I had a solid figure in mind based on industry standard, and it was a done deal right after I requested it.

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    New College Grad Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online – interviewed at Yahoo (Sunnyvale, CA) in December 2013.

    Interview

    The hiring procedure consists of phone interviews followed by onsite interviews. I applied via college career fair as well as through Yahoo careers website. I was interviewed by three different teams. The process was very similar to other firms, was first contacted by HR to set up phone interviews and then based on them onsite interviews were scheduled. Due to the holiday season the whole process was dragged and took about a month and half on a whole.

    Interview Questions

    • Basic questions related to arrays, strings, linked lists, stacks and queues.   Answer Question
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    Technical Intern Interview

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

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at Yahoo (Sunnyvale, CA) in December 2013.

    Interview

    I was initially scheduled for two phone interviews and both the interviewers were very nice and helpful through the process. One of the interviewers had me code some Java library functions on collabedit and asked me some basic questions on java. The second interview continued with more questions on java but also touched on internet protocols and data structures questions. He didnt make me do any questions on collabedit but I had to walk him through the process of an answer for the data structures questions. I had a third and final interview a couple of weeks later with the team I wanted to be paired with (the mobile team). Here, he tested my coding and knowledge about Android. Overall, it was more of a conversation rather than an intense interview.

    Interview Questions

    • Name the four major aspects of the Android Mobile Platform.   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    There was no negotiation as I got a much higher salary

  6. Helpful (1)  

    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at Yahoo (Sunnyvale, CA).

    Interview

    Contact me 3 times before the initial Interview, the first two I don't receive any response after sending my availability.

    Interview Questions

    • fair, lot of position related tech questions. Given a string "Keyword" find whether the characters exist in a String "Target" in the same order but not necessarily next to each other Keyword cat aaa Target cbate abcde Output YES NO   4 Answers
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    Technical Yahoo Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    No Offer

    Interview

    I had two phone interviews, one with an engineer and one with the hiring manager. The first interviewer was pretty inexperienced; he quizzed me on OOP terms for the whole interview (What is an abstract class? What does the static keyword mean?). The second interview was much more enjoyable as the interviewer was more skilled. He asked me to implement a Page class and a Book class, and to use these to determine how many times a given word appeared in a Book. He then asked me to optimize my solution, which I did using a HashMap.

    Interview Questions

    • Questions on JavaScript, which I was less familiar with than C++   Answer Question
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    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took a weekinterviewed at Yahoo (Sunnyvale, CA) in November 2013.

    Interview

    They cheated me out of money. They said they would reimburse my travel expenses but did not. Also, in there original literary they wanted me to fly out at 9pm come in at like 5 am and then fly out at like 9pm that night and come home at 6am the next morning. I suppose they didn't want to pay for a hotel. They had decent coffee and I met some nice people, but I can't get over being cheated out of money.

    Interview Questions

    • They asked me about run length encoding. The guy asking me was rude and inarticulate. The scheme he was hinting at didn't actually work. He said it would work in all cases but one, but "we wouldn't cover that". The case the scheme doesn't work for is the one that is statistically most likely, so the scheme will generally lengthen the data you are trying to shorten.   1 Answer
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    Design New Grad Interview Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at Yahoo (Sunnyvale, CA) in November 2013.

    Interview

    Everything was extremely unorganized from the get-go, I don't think I've had a more negative interviewing experience. I was internally referred by a previous intern, then I was set up with an initial phone interview with a hiring manager. Things went extremely well and she invited me to a second round on-site interview. Since our phone conversation, there was no follow up or anything for over a week - so I followed up. In the meanwhile, there was a campus recruiting even where I reconnected with them and was invited to a networking dinner that evening. After that, three weeks later a recruiter finally reached back out to arrange my on-site. Even though I am a UX/UI Designer, they had sent me all this information about being a Technical New College Grad applicant - basically grouping me completely incorrectly. So during my on-site I interviewed with the Homepage team but they thought I was a programmer. I am also based out of Los Angeles, and they flew me to Sunnyvale for my 3 'on-site' interviews but one of my interviews was a conference call to a guy in Santa Monica... Los Angeles. So pretty much 1/3 was a complete waste of an 'on-site' purpose (and in my opinion, a waste of time)... As for the other two interviewers, one couldn't have seemed less interested. It seemed like I was originally scheduled with his boss but he got pulled in/switched at the last minute - so my interviewer basically came to the interview with zero questions prepared. The third interviewer was in a completely different team entirely, and again thought I was technical. At the end of the day we were told they would get back within 7-10 days. I interviewed on November 1st, and didn't officially hear back until December 3rd. I had to follow up several times and even find out through a different recruiter because everyone else was clueless and unresponsive. To top things off, they haven't reimbursed my (very few) travel expenses yet and it has been almost 2 months. They finally submitted my payment so it's only just processing now. There was no transparency or organization among recruiters, the team, hiring managers or the interviewers. It was a disaster. Update: (1/6/2014) my reimbursement finally came, after interviewing on November 1st (2013), Yahoo finally reimbursed interview expenses... it took 2 months. I cannot express more dissatisfaction with organization at such a big corporation.

    Interview Questions

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    Intern - Software Engineering Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Yahoo (Sunnyvale, CA).

    Interview

    After talking to the on-campus recruiter for a while, I got sent an email asking to schedule a phone interview. In that phone interview, I was asked one basic data structure question about hashtables and one web technology question about packets. I was passed to the next round, which was an interactive coding interview. Unfortunately, this was the first time that I had done an interactive coding session, and froze up a bit. I got the initial algorithm down fairly quickly, but could not fix a few bugs without several hints.

    Interview Questions

    • Given a string that contains a sentence, reverse each individual word in the sentence. For example, "Hello to this world" becomes "olleH ot siht dlrow"   1 Answer
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    Software Engineer - New Grad Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 5 weeksinterviewed at Yahoo (Sunnyvale, CA) in November 2013.

    Interview

    gave resume at school career fair and got a call after 2 weeks may be,.... one phone screen- after phone screen got a reply with in 2 days for on site. one on site- 3 rounds , 45 minutes each at Yahoo head quarters. 2 weeks and I havent heard from them

    Interview Questions

    • None I could think of, I prepared everything from careercup yahoo questions and programming interviews book. I dint had an offer during the time I was writing this. 1. find right cousin of a given node. 2. simple oop and data structure questions. and lots of simple questions checking my ability to handle things in log(n) complexity. 3. binary search - took me into situation I wrote code in 3 diff, prog. lang's   3 Answers

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Pros: “Great campus, centrally located to South Bay area, flexible WFH policy (I worked there from 2008-2012), great benefits for mothers-to-be, cafeteria food was good, ample parking, great gym...”“Great campus, centrally located to South Bay area, flexible WFH policy (I worked there from 2008-2012), great benefits for mothers-to-be, cafeteria food was good, ample parking, great gym and perks, good people.” – Full Review

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