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Getting an Interview
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- No OfferPositive ExperienceEasy Interview
I applied online. The process took 4 days – interviewed at Zillow (Seattle, WA) in June 2015.
I got a phone call from a recruiter at Zillow, she was very nice and very firendly. She asked me to describe my master's thesis and talk a little about my background. She sent me a homework assignment to do that week, which I did not complete in time. Overall a very pleasant experience despite not getting an offer.
- Describe your Master's thesis Answer Question
- No OfferPositive ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied online. The process took 2 days – interviewed at Zillow in June 2015.
This is a phone interview. The recruiter is attached to data scientist role. First, she asks me to give introduction of my experience in doing data analysis during my graduate study. I give a detailed introduction of several projects, especially the competition I join in Kaggle. During my talk, she asks some basic knowledge about some machine learning algorithms, such as SVM, ensemble and regression. Finally, she asks me to do an off-line assignment which asks me to design an algorithm to analysis some data.
- Ask me to explain why SVM need to maximize the margin between support vectors. 1 Answer
- Accepted OfferPositive ExperienceDifficult Interview
I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2 weeks – interviewed at Zillow (Seattle, WA).
I had 2 phone interviews. The first was with a recruiter giving me more info about the role and figuring out if this would be the right position for me. The second was a more formal interview. After that I was called in for an on site interview, which lasted about 2 hours. I was interviewed by 4 managers. They were all very nice and asked general questions to get to know me and to see if I would fit the role. Overall, the process was very fun! About a week later I was offered the position!
- What is the most technological experience you have had? Strengths/weaknesses and short term/long term goals. Answer Question
Helpful (1)No OfferPositive ExperienceEasy Interview
I applied online. The process took 5 days – interviewed at Zillow (Seattle, WA) in May 2015.
I initially interviewed with a in-house recruiter, who informed me that I was not chosen for the position I initially applied for. He then referred me on to one of the other hiring managers who thought my skills were more suited for. I then had two phone interviews. One with the hiring manager for that department, and then one with the VP of Sales. I was informed that I was not chosen for that second position, which was very surprising because I have all the qualifications they said they were looking for. I know that because I live in Idaho, maybe they did not think they wanted to ask someone to move for this position. Irony is, I am from Seattle, and am moving back, but in the end, I think that was the detractor to inviting me to the training this week.
- 1. Why would you like to work for Zillow? 2. Are you comfortable making sales on the phone? 3. Would you consider yourself a one-call closer? 4. Would you relocate? 5. What do you think Top Sales people possess that the rest of sales professionals dont? Answer Question
- Accepted OfferPositive ExperienceAverage Interview
interviewed at Zillow (New York, NY) in May 2015.
I had a very positive interview experience. I appreciated that my HR contact was always available to answer any questions I had throughout the entire process from interviewing through accepting the offer, and I also appreciated that the interview itself was just as much for me to learn about the department and company as it was for the team to learn about me.
- What is something you want to learn more about? Answer Question
- No OfferPositive ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied online. The process took 2 weeks – interviewed at Zillow (Seattle, WA) in May 2015.
Given two simple off-line tests (string to number and insertion and deletion of a tree structure) after application. Then get a 45-min phone interview arranged after one week. The interviewer is Mike, an engineer from the other group. He asked me to explain more details of the project I listed in my resume. This is to check if I can communicate and express myself clearly. There is also one online coding test using CodingHire. I think I messed it up by misunderstanding some points. After I changed the code back the time is almost up. Mike is very nice and patient during the whole process. Before saying goodbye he gave some general description about the job he heard about.
- Giving a 2D grid with pixels valued 0 or 1. How to check if pixels A and B are connected through a path of 0-valued pixels. 1 Answer
Helpful (1)Accepted OfferPositive ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2+ weeks – interviewed at Zillow (Seattle, WA).
Two phone screenings, one with the recruiter and another with a sales manger. Then an in person interview that lasted 3 hours. Had to do a one on one with all three sales mangers and then with the VP of sales. Pretty straight forward process, everyone was easy to talk to.
- Are you okay with making 100 cold calls every day? Answer Question
I was able to negotiate a little bit for the starting salary. They have what seems to be a good pay plan.
- No OfferNeutral ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied online. The process took 1+ week – interviewed at Zillow.
Giving a code test, about trinary tree and reverse string, after 1 week get email that allowing to move on to phone interview session, then receive a phone interview, and get rejected. The interview question were normal mainly focus on front end. After a week or so, I get rejected by email notification.
- what is different between null and undefined. Answer Question
Helpful (7)No OfferNegative ExperienceEasy Interview
The interview process is totally a mess that I have never met before. They sent me code challenge and I finished and sent back to them, passed that and got contacted to schedule a phone interview with their tech. I replied the email immediately and after a few days they called and said they hadn't received my reply. OK! I rescheduled another date. At the scheduled time I waited and waited and waited no one called, tried to send email and called HR to see what was going on, no respond at all. OK! Then a few days later I got an email with no-reply email address saying "XXX called you during the scheduled interview time and mentioned to me he spoke to you yesterday. I'm not sure why you think he did not call. I'm sorry and I'm not sure where the communication gap happened. At this time, the hiring manager has decided to move forward with other candidates. Thank you for your time and interest." Now they blamed me it was my fault lying that I didn't talked with their interviewer? Can you believe that? I must talked with a ghost at that time. Unbelievable experience, very disappointed and time wasted.
Helpful (2)No OfferNegative ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied online. The process took a week – interviewed at Zillow (Seattle, WA) in April 2015.
Talked with a recruiter for about 30 minutes regarding my past experience, interests, and why I want to work there. The conversation went well and I was told that my next steps would be to complete a coding exercise. I was a bit taken aback by the request for a take-home assignment, since it seems they ask you to do this before a technical screen or even putting the resume in front of the hiring manager. I would prefer that they do a phone screen before asking candidates with busy lives to spend a couple hours on a coding exercise. After I submitted the coding solution, I was told that after the hiring manager reviewed my resume and coding exercise, they decided not to proceed.
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