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    Senior Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Francisco, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Francisco, CA
    Application Details

    The process took 4 daysinterviewed at a2z in June 2012.

    Interview Details

    Phone interview went great. Went for a 1:1 interview with 4 different people. Was told 3 days later that they wouldn't hire me. No reason given. Just a weird feeling about that company now...

    I've been a software developer for many years...and doing much more complex software... may be they couldn't afford me... but they never let know what they didn't like. Was not completely a wast of time, but pretty close.

    Interview Questions
    • Given 2 lists of numbers (A, B), write a program that will return 3 lists. One that has the number common of the 2 lists, one that has the one in A only and one that is in B only.   View Answers (3)
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview
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    Senior Manager QA Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Irvine, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Irvine, CA
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at a2z in January 2012.

    Interview Details

    Sr. Dev Manager contacted me with an unsolicited request to interview for a Sr. QA role at their A2Z facility in Irvine. He proceeded to pull me along for a couple of weeks and then was a no-show for our interview call. I passed on any further discussion. Extremely unprofessional group!

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview
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    Some Sort of QA Or Developer In Test Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Francisco, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Francisco, CA
    Application Details

    I applied through other source. The process took 2+ weeksinterviewed at a2z in December 2011.

    Interview Details

    Had 3 sessions of phone interview. Questions were no that hard, both interviews had ended in a type_something website. Last one I had to solve a problem by writing a function (word sorting).

    On site interview went great, and I was told to get a feedback withing ONE day, lol, yeah I know...It never happened :). Got a call a week later saying that they are passing.

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    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Interaction Designer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Francisco, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Francisco, CA
    Application Details

    The process took a dayinterviewed at a2z in November 2011.

    Interview Details

    Questions are not very difficult but requires comprehensive description.

    Interview Questions
    • What kinds of design process do you take?   View Answer
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
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    Software Engineer Mobile Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Orange, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Orange, CA
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 6 daysinterviewed at a2z in September 2011.

    Interview Details

    Me and the HR people arranged a phone interview. I was the called by a Software engineer. The phone screen lasted 1 hour. The engineer was very polite and clear in explaining what he asked. During the interview I had to type solutions on typewith.me. The link to typewith.me had been sent to me via email right at the beginning of the interview.

    Interview Questions
    • Suppose we want to simulate traffic over a new area, which object oriented design would you use? Which objects and interfaces do you design to describe and simulate the system?   Answer Question
    • Solve this algorithm: find the longest common sequence among 2 string (e.g "EDfghjuy B", "dsicbw B d-oi" -> " B")   View Answer
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Software Engineer II Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Francisco, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Francisco, CA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at a2z in August 2011.

    Interview Details

    I was apply for the software engineer level 1. I cought the email of recuiter to set up technical interview. In 3 weeks, we have 3 phone interviews.

    The first two phone interview went just as other people's review in Glassdoor, past experience and a little bit programing tests. like find the frequenct of words in a given texture file.

    These two interview went really well and I was waiting for the onsite interview. But one week later, the recuiter email me that they would like to move my application to a higher position - "software engineer 2 in test". I guess the level 1 position has already been filled by other guy. The new position require more experience and I failed in the third interview. No programing question but past experice in management. ..

    Interview Questions
    • find the frequence of words in a given file   View Answers (3)
    • find the first two words which happen most in the given file   View Answer
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
  8.  

    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Francisco, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Francisco, CA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at a2z in March 2011.

    Interview Details

    1st Phone Interview: Series of simple 15 question -overriding,overloading, dom,xmlhttprequest

    2nd interview: What kind of data structure to use during a scenario

    Interview Questions
    • Best data structure to scan two tables and eliminate duplicates   View Answer
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  9.  

    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Francisco, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Francisco, CA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took a weekinterviewed at a2z in January 2011.

    Interview Details

    They called me 2 days after submitting the resume in the Amazon Website to check my background. They set an interview on the phone for the day after. They asked me a lot of questions about previous projects and the reasons why I wanted to work there. Then the lady spent 30 minutes asking me a lot of Java questions and previous experience with threads (they were REALLY interested in multithreading and application performance). I received an email 2 days after saying they wouldn't consider my application.

    Interview Questions
    • What is the difference between HashMap and HashTable in Java and wich one would you use when programming a network application.   View Answer
    • What is a delegate in Java.   View Answers (2)
    • Explain with details how a HasMap works and put some examples.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  10.  

    Junior Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at a2z in June 2012.

    Interview Details

    Applied online for New Graduate Position and was contacted by HR to set up an in person interview. Was interviewed by 2 one Development Lead and the second was a Sr. SE. They asked me some basic questions based on OOP and Java. Then was asked to write a two programs through the shared screen. And i was asked questions on my approach.

    1. OOP concepts,
    2. OS concepts
    3. Power Function Program.
    4. Distance formula Program

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  11.  

    Computer Programmer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took a weekinterviewed at a2z in April 2011.

    Interview Details

    First interview consisted of a phone interview, where we played computer programming trivia with the caller. There were very mysterious about what line of work they did there... sometimes I got the impression they were looking for a game developer, sometimes, I got the impression they were looking for a web programmer. Whether they did C++ or Java, I am not sure. I passed the first call and got the word counting program. I was hesitant to invest more time into a company that I was really unsure of, but I did it and did all the bonus questions as well.

    I received a 2nd call a few days later, but no mention was ever made about the program I wrote. Once again, we played computer programming trivia and the questions were nearly identical to the first caller's. If you review wikipedia's Sorting Algorithms page, I think you'd have a good chance of passing it. I hadn't thought of it too much since college and I guess they do a lot of sorting / checking for duplicates because that's what they were interested in.

    At that point I was pretty much turned off by the interview and sort of checked out. There was very little talk about whether the work I was familiar with was actually a fit for them. Was told they'd call me back for a further interview but instead got a standard rejection email. Nice....

    Interview Questions
    • Given a series of numbers, how would you determine if there was a duplicate one in the list.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

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