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Getting an Interview
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- Accepted OfferPositive ExperienceEasy Interview
I applied through an employee referral. The process took a week. I interviewed at Zynga (San Francisco, CA).
The interview process was improvised. I was called in to a room, and straight out told what I was going to be offered for my salary. I did a counter offer and it was accepted. The process went straight forward and to the point. They knew they wanted me to be there, and I knew I wanted to begin immediately.
- When can you start? 1 Answer
- Accepted OfferPositive ExperienceDifficult Interview
I applied online. The process took 5 days. I interviewed at Zynga (San Francisco, CA) in August 2015.
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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- No OfferPositive ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied online. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at Zynga (San Francisco, CA) in July 2015.
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.
- 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
- Declined OfferNegative ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Zynga (San Francisco, CA) in June 2015.
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.
- 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.
- No OfferPositive ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied online. The process took a week. I interviewed at Zynga (San Francisco, CA) in April 2015.
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.
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Helpful (1)No OfferPositive ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied online. I interviewed at Zynga (San Francisco, CA).
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.
- What is different between queue and stack? Can you explain me merge sort? Do you know hash, how it works? Thread? Deadlock? Answer Question
- No Offer
I applied online. The process took a week. I interviewed at Zynga (San Francisco, CA).
first they emailed me and then to phone interview. first 15 min the guy spoke about the position and another 15 min the guy asked me about myself and questions.
- Why Zynga? Answer Question
Helpful (1)Declined OfferPositive ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied through college or university. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Zynga (San Francisco, CA).
Elaborate interview process. They asked me about different question from the same Crack the Coding interview book. Which almost every interviewer uses. Not very innovative questions, but companies are looking for clarity of thought rather than skills these days.
- Not very difficult question. Engineers impressed with a variety of skills. Answer Question
Reasons for Declining
- No OfferNeutral ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied through an employee referral. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at Zynga (San Francisco, CA) in August 2014.
After applying through a contact of mine at the company, I got an email response from a recruiter within a day. We scheduled a phone interview with the hiring manager who called right on time and had all the right questions you would expect. Again within a day, I got another email from a person in HR who informed me about the positive outcome of the phone interview and scheduled an onsite interview with 6 people (consecutively) in about a week. I got there on time and the first person on the interviewer list was there to pick me up, also very much on time. Each interview with the six different people was on time, everybody was well prepared and asked very targeted questions. The second to last person on the list was the HR person again who clearly said that everybody like me and that I will hear from them in three days time. Now here comes the very odd part: Everything up to this point was very professionally and clearly a first rated experience of an interview process the way it should be. But when three days past and I didn't hear from them, I let about a week go by and then sent a direct email to two of the interviewers (NOT through jobvite) to get a status update. I was clear that I didn't "expect" any particular outcome, just an update so I can organize MY plans accordingly. No answer! Again, another email several days later: no answer! My point here is: Zynga is very good with the interview process itself but then they are loosing it big time by letting the candidate hang there without closure. I gave them a considerable portion of my time, including taking off from work, and I do expect a professional attitude, even (or especially) when there is no offer forthcoming.
- What do you expect to contribute to the company during the first six months? 1 Answer
- Accepted OfferPositive ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2+ weeks. I interviewed at Zynga (San Francisco, CA) in August 2014.
I applied through a recruiter. I was invited for a phone screen. The phone screen was done by a principal engineer. He was friendly. He asked me some basic C++ questions like vf tables, static_cast, dynamic_cast, reinterpret_case and dynamic cast and a little about my mentoring skills. The next day I got an email for an onsite. The onsite was with 2 directors, 1 architect and a VP, all senior folks since I am 10+ years experiences. Only one interview was on coding. He asked me how to do in order traversal without recursion. 2 of them were mainly on my design, debugging and architectural skills and one on my personality like what I like to work and what I am looking in my next job. Everything went well and I got an offer. I was interviewed for a principal engineer role, but when they made me the offer they hired me at Senior Software Engineer level. This is a little mysterious. They are very generous in terms of perks.
- 1) Different types of casts in C++ 2) In order traversal without recursion 3) If an iphone app crashes often how will you debug 4) Design for gameboard leaders for a game in zynga 5) Design chess game and scale it 6) Design for C compiler (since I mentioned it on my resume) Answer Question
They started at 145K base and I kept quite and they bumped it up to 150K. I got 16000 RSUS and 150K base, 15% conditional bonus every year.
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