Very Difficult Interview
I applied through college or university and the process took 1 week - interviewed at ZL Technologies in October 2013.
Interview Details – I applied though my university career services site. I never got to the interview. The speed test was administered. There are 50 questions to complete in about 16 minutes. I answered 25/50 and was told that I scored higher than 2/3 of applicants but there were 2500 applicants from top schools across the country for only 15 spots. That's less than 1% acceptance rate. They told me that I could take the speed test again in 9-12 months.
Interview Question – Speed test. Answer Question
I applied through college or university and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at ZL Technologies in October 2013.
Interview Details – I applied this position through my university, and within one week, I received a link to finish the speed test. Only two hours I completed the test, I got an email about phone interview. We set up a time slot but on the morning of the interview day, I got an email about cancelling the discussing. The reason was he had a internal meeting. Then I had the interview next week. The interview is a normal HR processing, but it was a little bit weird. After I walked through my resume, he asked me why you applied for this position. He wanted the people do the sales part not the marketing analyst. But you see my resume, it didn't fit this position well why you interview me. The company didn't have large data set to analyze and only one product to sale, but background is about quantitative analysis.
Interview Question – Tell me about yourself. Answer Question
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 2 days - interviewed at ZL Technologies in July 2013.
Interview Details – ZL is definitely an up an comer in the unstructured data archiving space. Having said that the interview process is pretty straight forward. I have worked in the unstructured data archiving space for some time and I admired their product so I already had a connection with one of their recruiters / sales people. I was interested in exploring a position with them so I reached out and submitted my resume. They liked what they saw and they set me up with a phone interview. The phone interview was a tech skills based interview to see if I knew what I was talking about with regards to email archiving. I passed the phone interview with flying colors and was flown up for multiple in person interviews with support / account management / pre-sales / and finally the CTO. The interviews were made up of a mixture of personality / technical / logic questions / and general product space conversation. The final interview was by far the most revealing. The CTO interview who I cannot say enough positive things about went extremely well so much so that he really wanted to grab the CEO to have a conversation with me. He returned after talking to the CEO and told me the CEO would only be interested in talking to me once a 15 minute 50 question logic test was administered and scored and he asked me if I would be willing to take the test. He was clear and explained that this test would determine what job options would be open to me in the company. After I took the test I found out I did OK and better than a lot of people but not well enough for the CEO to actually come and talk to me or to have the sales engineering position open to me . I was called the week after and it was made clear that a support / installation job was available to me but it seemed that I was more interested in sales engineering which was not available to me. I was originally OK with the support / Installation position but after reading the employee reviews and the about face the CTO had to make after talking to the CEO I didn't feel really great about working for the company that valued experience and their own CTO's enthusiasm so little.
Interview Question – The 15 minute 50 question math based logic test is the beginning and the end of determining where you fit in the company. Experience and knowledge of the space come quite a distance behind it. Answer Question
Reason for Declining – Frankly the employee reviews on glass door as well as my own interview experience showed that this is simply a company looking for the best and brightest that are fresh out of a big name school and most likely cheap. If I was the CEO of a small company that wanted the best and brightest on a budget I would probably use a similar strategy but I would temper it with people that had good experience and a track record in the space because this company is not about making it big overnight.
I applied through a recruiter and the process took a day - interviewed at ZL Technologies in June 2012.
Interview Details –
The company used an online speed math aptitude test that it asked me to take at the same time that it offered me an interview. The same test was re-administered at the in-person interview.
For the interview, the recruiter and the CEO both visited my college. I had a 1:1 personal interview with each of them. In addition, the recruiter administered a few brain teasers, and the CEO asked me to rank a set of eight personal qualities (including creativity, perseverance, etc). The entire process on interview day took about 2 hours.
I received my offer as an e-mail attachment. I was given two days to accept or decline.
Interview Question – Do you work better alone or in teams? Answer Question
Very Easy Interview
The process took 4 months - interviewed at ZL Technologies in May 2012.
Interview Details –
I had a first interview on campus with a current sales and marketing associate. Although he said ZL is a small company poised for rapid growth in the future, I don't see that happening with its product. The company has been in Silicon Valley for 13 years now, yet it still has not been progressing. From the looks of the marketing associate, he does not seem too happy there either. This dissatisfaction has been confirmed by other past employees here.
Then I had the 1:1 interview with the CEO. There would be 40 second awkward silences in the room. He might be a nice person, but his mysterious personality made his company too hard to understand and I don't see any professional growth in the company. Probing questions about my family were also a part of the interview. So be prepared. There was also a math test during the interview.
Interview Question – If you could be one animal, what would you be? Answer Question
Very Difficult Interview
I applied in-person and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at ZL Technologies in April 2011.
Interview Details – Very painful interview process. Called in to meet with CEO and senior management on a few occasions, and the interview took over 2 hours each. Conversation topics ranged from work experience to personal life. Finally given an offer as a form of an "ultimatum". On hindsight, it felt more like I was being tested to see if I could and would work according to the whims and fancies of management.
Negotiation Details – Only able to negotiate start date.
I applied through college or university and the process took 4 weeks - interviewed at ZL Technologies in April 2011.
Interview Details –
You are first contacted for a very brief 20 minute phone interview (Personal , Why you, Why do you want to work for ZL, Why do you want to go to california)
If you pass you have to pass a IQ/math online test (Not hard but too long so be as fast as possible)
If you pass you go to a 1:1 interview with the CEO-Final round- (Very weird interview very slow and I had to take the Math test again. what animal would you be?, how would your mother describe you? Why did you choose your school?)
The process took 5 days - interviewed at ZL Technologies in September 2010.
Interview Details – Very bizarre interview with the CEO. Questions center around one's professional experience, life perspective and personal life. Additionally, a simple 15-minute math test carries great weight with your candidacy. Intentionally vague with regards to responsibilities and direction of the company. Beware: management likes to interview dozens of candidates for the purpose of extracting competitive information.
Interview Question – Do you see yourself as a rebel? Answer Question
Negotiation Details – I would not advise negotiating if the role is desired.
The process took 4 days - interviewed at ZL Technologies in April 2011.
Interview Details – Have a phone interview first ask some questions on the resume than and personal interview with one current market analyst.
Interview Question – What is your weakness Answer Question
I applied through college or university and the process took 1+ week - interviewed at ZL Technologies in August 2010.
Interview Details – After submitting the application, you will be emailed a link and time to complete an IQ/speed test to asses your mental ability. If you receive a sufficient score on this there will be at least two phone interviews after which I terminated my candidacy.
Interview Question – Do you like to do research? Answer Question
Pros: You really learn what it takes to build a company from the ground up. This is a great place to learn what it is you exactly like doing and what you are good at. Personally, what I love most about working here is that you are able to make an impact… – Full Review
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