Zillow Software Engineer Interview Questions

Updated Mar 21, 2015
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Anonymous Employee
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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.

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    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Zillow (Seattle, WA) in December 2014.

    Interview

    It was comfortable and relaxed. if you didn't find the best way to solve the question, the recruiter would give you hint. Before the interview, they will send you two coding problems through email. if you did well, they will give you the phone screen interview.

    Interview Questions

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    Software Engineering Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer
    Average Interview
    No Offer
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took a dayinterviewed at Zillow.

    Interview

    On campus recruitment and interview. I signed up for a 30 minute slot for the day after the recruitment session. It was my first interview and I freaked out and couldn't think at all. I had one question about trees and that was about it.

    Interview Questions

    • Given two nodes in a tree, find the oldest common ancestor.   Answer Question
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    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer
    Easy Interview
    No Offer
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took a dayinterviewed at Zillow in October 2014.

    Interview

    After I submit application, HR email me an pdf of coding question hours later.

    There are 2 questions:
    1. Write a function that converts a string to a long, without using the built in functions that would do this.

    2. Implement a tri-nary tree. A tri-nary tree is much like a binary tree but with three child nodes for each parent instead of two -- with the left node being values less than the parent, the right node values greater than the parent, and the middle nodes values equal to the parent.

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    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee
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    No Offer

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Zillow.

    Interview

    Before getting a phone interview, I was given a 2-problem coding test. After submitting my solutions, we scheduled the phone interview for about a week later. The phone interview process was focused almost entirely on solving short object-oriented coding problems, which I completed using a web-based application.

    Interview Questions

    • All of the problems were more or less straightforward object-oriented programming problems.   Answer Question
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    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee
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    No Offer

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Zillow.

    Interview

    They sent me a coding test pdf and let me implement it and send them source code. I think it is better to make this implementation bug-free because maybe they have their own test code to check it.
    And after that they will schedule a phone interview, which is no hard.

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    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at Zillow (Seattle, WA) in February 2014.

    Interview

    Interview consisted of these steps, with a continue/stop decision and 2-10 days of scheduling time between each step:
    1. Phone call with a technical recruiter (15 min)
    2. At-home coding exercise (2 hours)
    3. Phone interview with a developer (45 min)
    4. On site interview loop (4 hours)
    Overall, interviews were quite enjoyable. The interviewers were clearly well-trained, the questions were a good difficulty level, and the environment put me at ease. I received the impression that the employees were all excited about and enjoyed their work.

    Interview Questions

    • I got flustered on a SQL design question - overall it wasn't the hardest question, but I didn't have the background to do well with it.   Answer Question

    Reasons for Declining

    I had an offer with another company whose duties I liked more.
    Not an easy choice - Zillow would have been an excellent company to work for.

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    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 1+ weekinterviewed at Zillow in September 2013.

    Interview

    Applied online, got a call from a HR and setup a technical interview in another day. The phone interview was ok and I was be able to answers most of the questions.

    Interview Questions

    • I can't remember any difficult questions. I've managed to answer it all but still no offer.   1 Answer
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    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took a dayinterviewed at Zillow (Seattle, WA) in November 2012.

    Interview

    30 minutes phone screen, questions asked:
    1. Explain python vs java in terms of static vs dynamic.
    2. In pseudo code, given a string of integers, find duplicates.
    3. What is the big-O complexity of using a C hashmap?

    4 hour in-person interview, questions asked:
    1. Write code to solve factorial.
    2. In a game of blackjack, you're given a Hand class that has:
    class Hand {
      List<Card> cards;
      int getScore( ) { }
    Write code for getScore( ).
    3. General big-O questions, hashmap vs binary tree, heap data structure.
    4. A harder question on network stuff, the answer was easy, so don't think too hard.

    Interview Questions

    • A harder question on network stuff, the answer was easy, so don't think too hard.   Answer Question

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