I applied through an employee referral and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Zynga in November 2012.
Interview Details – Interviewed in late Apr 2012. Initial contact made by email, then had a brief phone interview with the on-site recruiter, then an in-person interview with three team members (the VP, the Director of Engineering and the aforementioned on-site recruiter). Followed up with thank you emails and calls, job offer came in mid to late May. Was offered position as a "temp" or contract worker with a "promise" for FTE status in the future. Started job first week of June, 2012.
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Negotiation Details – Followed up with thank you emails and calls, job offer came in mid to late May. Was offered position as a "temp" or contract worker with a "promise" for FTE status in the future. Started job first week of June 2012. Converted to FTE in Sept 2012.
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Zynga.
Interview Details – Since I had a friend inside, they fast-tracked my application and I got a brief skype interview with a recruiter. A week after I got a on-site interview (had to wait since I was out of the country). I interviewed with a lot of the leads, but unfortunately a couple couldn't make it, so I had to come in again for a 2nd round of interviews. A week after I received an offer.
Interview Question – There were a bit of technical questions, including bit manipulation, string manipulation, and class design. The best resource IMHO is Programming Interviews Exposed. Answer Question
The process took a day - interviewed at Zynga in March 2012.
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Standard stuff. prelim screening, then on-site - 4-5 1hr interviews.
You gotta be good at interviews. Wrote a hashtable implementation on the board (can you code).
Solved a few distributed systems problems - bank of webservers, tiers of caching, dealing with connection fan-in, etc (do you understand systems and networks, not just FOR loops).
Few other questions - interviewers were pretty good at it. I learned a few things to use in my own interviews.
Negotiation Details – I didn't need to negotiate. They hooked me up - serious efforts were taken to double my stock grant when I didn't even know what was on the line. Negotiate with what? No one else would pay me that much.
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