Zynga Interview Questions

Updated Aug 20, 2015
226 Interview Reviews

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    Product Counsel Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Francisco, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 5 days. I interviewed at Zynga (San Francisco, CA) in August 2015.

    Interview

    I received a cold call from the internal recruiter asking me a few questions a couple hours after I applied. She set me up for a phone interview the next day. At the end of the phone interview the current counsel said he was going to push me through to meet the rest of the team. 20 minutes later the recruiter called me to set up my in person interview which took place two days later. I met 7 people in my in person interview, and the head of the department came last to meet me even though he wasn't on the schedule. The next day I was called and received an offer.

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  2.  

    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at Zynga (San Francisco, CA) in July 2015.

    Interview

    Had a phone interview that was relatively straight forward. Talked a little bit about myself then went straight into some programming questions followed by me asking them some questions. The interviewer was quite nice, he helped me out when needed and for one of the questions that I didn't know he explained its use and applications of it quite thoroughly. The job I applied for was Unity C# focused so the questions revolve around that.

    Interview Questions

    • First few questions were to gauge my knowledge of C# and data structures such as what a is generic collection, dictionary and lists, and what reflection is followed by some applications of the data structures in programming.   Answer Question
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    QA Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Declined Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Zynga (San Francisco, CA) in June 2015.

    Interview

    1) Applied on the Job searching web site; 2) Got an email from the HR to set up a phone screen with one of the managers; 3) Got invited for face to face interview; 4) Got offer from the recruiter for unacceptable pay rate. I applied for QA Engineer-II position, and on the phone screen the interviewer said that the position is QA Engineer-II. But at the on-site interview they said it's QA Engineer-I (which is lower qualification and lower pay). Overall interview went well. I was interviewing with 4 people, 30 minutes each. All of them were QA managers and the last one was a senior QA manager. A week later the recruiter contacted me and said that they would like to make me an offer. And the pay was $18 (whaaaaat? o_O). I said that I had to think about it. I called back and nicely asked if they could make it $25 per hour. Because I have 6 years of experience. Also, when I checked the salaries on the Glassdoor, they were paying 30-35 for this position. The recruiter said that she totally understands me and she will discuss that possibility with her co-workers. So eventually she never called back. I tried to call her cell and left a message to clarify the process, she did not answer the phone (twice). I tried to contact HR via email and did not get any response. Overall, I got the impression that it is a very cheap company with very unprofessional employees.

    Interview Questions

    • Tell me about your experience. What is the test plan? What is the difference between smoke testing and functional testing. Test a pen.   Answer Question

    Reasons for Declining

    Very low pay.

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    VIP Account Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Chicago, IL
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Zynga (Chicago, IL).

    Interview

    The interview process was very straightforward and only lasted 2 weeks. Two phone and one in person. I got a call the day of the in-person interview that I got the position.

    Interview Questions

    • Typical behavioral questions, also research the company regardless of what position you are interviewing for...the interviewer appreciates this.   Answer Question
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    Software Developer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took a week. I interviewed at Zynga (San Francisco, CA) in April 2015.

    Interview

    I apply throw website, It took one week to schedule a Phone screen, First we go throw my resume, like any basic interview, what I did in my last position, why I'm leaving from my current position, Did I have experience with game, How did hear about us, and them we start interview questions.

    Interview Questions

    • Display the next lines without using loop: * ** *** **** *** ** *   1 Answer
  7. Helpful (1)  

    Game Developer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at Zynga (San Francisco, CA).

    Interview

    I am not prepared any of these questions. First 10 minute about me and my background. Next 30 min about algorithm, data stucture question. I did't get any on site interview maybe because of my english.

    Interview Questions

    • What is different between queue and stack? Can you explain me merge sort? Do you know hash, how it works? Thread? Deadlock?   Answer Question
  8.  

    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at Zynga.

    Interview

    phone call and the in person interview during the interview there was some linked list and binary tree and data structure stuff asked and it was fairly straight forward and later on go to meet the team

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  9.  

    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at Zynga in January 2015.

    Interview

    Behavioral phone screen followed by another round of technical phone interviews lasting about two hours with various engineers at Zynga. There were no actual coding questions. Most of the questions tested general CS knowledge, and there were a few questions that asked how you would handle a specific problem. If you payed attention in your core CS classes and can describe your projects inside-out with confidence, you're golden.

    Interview Questions

    • Given a random maze and a "robot" in the top left corner, describe an algorithm to bring the robot to the center given only a method that outputs the walls adjacent to the robot.   Answer Question
  10.  

    Software Engineering Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Los Angeles, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at Zynga (Los Angeles, CA) in January 2015.

    Interview

    The interview process was very well structured. I had a call with a university recruiter who asked me basic questions about my resume and enquired about my interest in games. A couple of days later, someone from the HR got in touch with me and scheduled my first interview. The first interviewer was very nice. He asked me a couple of technical questions and was satisfied with my answers. He also poked me a bit to improve on the time complexities of the algorithms I suggested to solve the problems. He was able to give me good feedback at the end of the interview. I was contacted by HR a couple of days later to schedule my next round of interviews. I had two interviews scheduled one after the other. Both the interviewers were very nice and asked me some challenging and some tough questions. Both seemed excited about their job and were able to answer my questions about the company and the work culture with ease

    Interview Questions

    • How do you decide if the present state of a 3x3 tic tac toe game is a winning state? Can you predict this 1-2 turns in advance   1 Answer
    • Differentiate between a linked list and array. Also, implement a doubly circular linked list which also sorts itself.   1 Answer
  11.  

    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 days. I interviewed at Zynga in January 2015.

    Interview

    I had a job position from them recommended to me through Linkedin's 'job' section. I applied because the job description matched exactly what I did at my last job. I applied and got an interview within two days. They offered me the job, but I was disappointed to find out they would only be paying $90 a week on average. No benefits offered either.

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    Reasons for Declining

    They would not offer me benefits and the pay was too low.

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