foursquare Interview Questions

Updated Aug 31, 2015
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    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer

    Interview

    1. Chatted with the recruiter about my background. 2. Had phone interview with a software engineer. After a few warm up questions, the interviewer gave me two coding questions in the shared text editor. They were both tree questions and both not hard, but I could have done better. The interviewer sounded uninterested and was not very responsive.

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  2. Helpful (3)  

    Data Analytics Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 1+ week. I interviewed at foursquare (New York, NY) in December 2013.

    Interview

    I saw a posting for a full-time data analytics internship in NYC. I leveraged my personal network to make a connection to the talent acquisition team. From there I was extended an invitation to interview over the phone. Both people with whom I interacted were professional and responsive. The interview itself was not terribly difficult. I had to walk through my resume, discuss my interest in foursquare, there were some fit questions, etc. At the end there was a mini technical interview. The interviewer asked five basic SQL questions to test level of comfort with querying. In the end I did not get an offer. My interviewer offered me feedback and let me know that they were interested in my background but needed more availability (I was not available full time).

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    • While I'm quite comfortable building queries, I was never professionally/technically trained so I was unfamiliar with the technical terminology associated with queries. "What is the difference between an inner and outer join?"   Answer Question
  3. Helpful (1)  

    Support Interview

    Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at foursquare (New York, NY).

    Interview

    -applied online -received an email to set up an initial phone screen -spoke with a recruiter who was very amicable -set up a time to speak with the manager and a team member -came in and spoke with them for about 45minutes -received the offer about an hour later

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    • take us through the steps for troubleshooting an issue   Answer Question
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    Senior UI Design Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 5 weeks. I interviewed at foursquare (New York, NY).

    Interview

    One of the longest and frustrating interview processes I've ever encountered, especially for someone that didn't apply for the job. I was contacted through a recruiter, had an initial phone screen, then the following week met with a senior designer and the design director. A week later went in for a 3-4hr block of time to meet with four more people on the design team. Three of the four had their laptops out and were literally going through a list of questions and taking vigorous notes right after every one of my answers. Felt like half of them weren't interested in having real conversations, or maybe it felt more like someone in charge was going to go over their notes later. Another week later they asked me to do a design project to understand my thought processes and see the craft in my work. Then the following week they asked me to come in and present my work. At this point I passed. For a place that stresses their fun culture, their interview process feels corporate and inauthentic. There probably isn't any difference in their interview process whether they're trying to poach you, or not.

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    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. I interviewed at foursquare in April 2013.

    Interview

    It was a phone interview without online coding. The interviewer was nice. He asked two projects in my resume, one was Haoop Programming. Then he asked hashtable vs. hashap, malloc vs. new, process vs. thread, binary search. All kinds of concept questions. He also asked whether I knew Scala Programming Language.

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    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took a week. I interviewed at foursquare.

    Interview

    Phone interview - basic questions about past work experience and experience using foursquare

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  8. Helpful (2)  

    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ weeks. I interviewed at foursquare (New York, NY) in April 2014.

    Interview

    I submitted my resume to their website. Then I got a call from the recruiter. I was scheduled a phone interview. After I passed the phone screen, I was asked onsite. The onsite consists of four rounds. The questions were quite thought-provoking. The interviewers were also very professional and nice. They always gave me the right hint at the right time. With their help, I was able to get all the questions right. We also had a few nice conversations about their venue quality. The HR was also very responsive. He extended the offer to me the next day after the interview. Also, he was nice enough to organize a few chats between me and different team leaders after my interview. In general, it was a very nice company. I can feel the passion of the software engineers. I wish their products will become really popular.

    Interview Questions

    • They ask me to design a spammer detection system. It is not straightforward.   Answer Question

    Reasons for Declining

    I have more interesting places to go. So I decided to turn down their offer.

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    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at foursquare in March 2014.

    Interview

    2 Tier technical phone interview process, asked general questions about data structures and basic computer science terms then was asked more difficult programming questions and asked to design code and algorithms in the language of my choosing. Was asked for a second interview but did not receive an offer, both interviewers were exceptionally helpful and provided a calming interviewing environment.

    Interview Questions

    • How would you approach a min-heap stack when keeping track of the smallest element?   Answer Question
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    Senior Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took a week. I interviewed at foursquare (New York, NY) in October 2014.

    Interview

    Skipped the tecnical phone interview. Went right to a single onsite interview. It consisted of 3 technical interviewers. It involved mostly whiteboard coding. Emphasis was on standard algorithms and data structures. Broke for lunch out with a senior engineer.

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    Negotiation

    I managed to negotiate salary up by 7.6%

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    ContentInterview Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at foursquare in August 2015.

    Interview

    I got a phone screening, no tough questions, got asked about my experience with using Foursquare. They are basically looking for a writer as their content intern, and there's no full-time position opportunity after the internship program.

    Interview Questions

    • How long have you been using Foursquare? Why are you interested in this internship?   Answer Question
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