I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at zulily in February 2014.
Interview Details – What has been my experience with Zulily HR? If you really want to know, read on:
I first applied for a Zulily job in 2011. I received an e-mail from a recruiter who said she would like to talk to me. Would Wednesday be okay? I responded in the affirmative. I never heard another peep out of her.
In 2012, I was contacted by a Zulily recruiter who had found me on linkedin.com. We set up a time to talk. I was working somewhere at the time but I took a break and waited for his call from a nearby coffee shop. After 10 - 15 minutes of waiting, I went back to my desk. He then called me and said he was sorry for being late but he was in an all-hands meeting with Darrell Cavens that ran late. He then proceeded to ask me all the questions he had planned on asking me but I could tell he was rushed and distracted, probably because he had another interview he would be late for if he didn’t finish with me quickly. He wound up letting me know I wasn’t qualified for the position. A couple of months later, he e-mailed me again asking me if I was interested in a similar job: Apparently he had run across my name again on linkedin.com but didn’t remember having talked to me before. I reminded him he had already winnowed me out.
Last month I applied for another position. I was excited when the recruiter e-mailed saying she wanted to set up a phone interview. She suggested a number of days/times and I picked her first availability. I spent the better part of two days preparing for the interview but when the day/time came, I received no call. I tried calling her: No answer. I e-mailed her: She apologized for forgetting our appointment and suggested we talk in two days. An hour or two before we were supposed to talk, she e-mailed me saying she was running late but I should choose a time and call her. So I did and we finally connected. The call went pretty well I thought; it ended with her saying she would discuss my qualifications with the hiring manager and get back to me end of day next day. I thanked her via e-mail and waited to hear back. After waiting several days and not receiving a response, I sent an InMail to the hiring manager. (The recruiter had given me the first name and job title of the hiring manager so I was able to find her on linkedin.) I included a URL to work samples I posted online specifically for this position—something the recruiter had led me to believe the hiring manager would like to see.
That was more than a week ago and I have not heard anything from anyone at Zulily.
Interview Question – Recruiter asked me what I expected to be paid. View Answer
I applied online and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at zulily in January 2014.
Interview Details – I applied online. The HR rep gave me a call about a week later. It was extremely informal, he called on speaker and told me flat out how low the pay was. I decided to go in for a "formal" interview anyway since I liked Zulily and the job description. I went in for an "interview" with the HR rep and he completely forgot I was coming in. We again had a weirdly informal discussion of how low the pay is and then he sat me down with my "future coworkers" to get a feel for the job and so I could decide if I wanted to move forward with the interview process. I liked the people I would be working for and determined I could do the job and told him I would like to proceed. He said I would absolutely get the job, and not to worry. (again, this struck me as highly unprofessional and WEIRD.) He called me a couple days later with a date and time for my interview with "the big boss". When I got there it ended up being an interview with him and also another "boss" on skype. It last about an hour... was pretty easy and informal questioning. I honestly thought it went great and I liked them. Well, I never got a call back to hear if I got the job or not. I even called and followed up a week after the interview and the HR rep told me I probably didn't get it but he had no idea... and that if they don't give me the job they are making a HUGE mistake because no one else is going to accept such low of pay. >speechless< They never called, so I was never offered the job or told I didn't get it. The company really needs to work on their HR management and FOLLOW UP with prospective hires, so unprofessional and a waste of 3 weeks.
Interview Question – None were difficult... Answer Question
I applied online and the process took 5 weeks - interviewed at zulily.
Interview Details – Response to the application begins with a phone screen by HR. This was pleasant and encouraging. The next step was a phone interview. The question asked is: "Why should I hire you?" My answer was satisfactory and I was informed of a likely face-to-face interview in the following weeks.
At the in-person interview: some simple drawings were done of how their ticket assignment system works. This presentation turns out to be disjointed from and irrelevant to the rest of the interview.
There were not many technical questions. Here are the questions I remember...
1. An employee comes to you with a laptop that cannot connect to the network. How do you troubleshoot? There is no answer to this question; it is an exercise to see how many things you can come up with to check on that system or try.
2. A computer boots up and shows the "disk 0 not found" message. What is the cause, or how do you troubleshoot this?
3. Where do you see yourself in three years?
4. How do you start a service with the command line? (NET START)
5. Describe a troubleshooting situation that was particularly difficult for you and recount how you resolved it.
6. What does SLA stand for? (service level agreement)
7. You arrive to work and see three high priority tickets in queue. Which one do you address first? (Whatever you say, don't say "the one that I can resolve the fastest". The one you attack first is the one that has the biggest impact on the company's operation - like an outage I guess - evaluate the tickets for tie-breakers, whatever those are - you really can't be expected to know that).
I applied online and the process took 4 weeks - interviewed at zulily.
Interview Details – Received a call from the recruiter in record time. Scheduled shortly thereafter for a technical phone screening. The interviewer seemed rather disinterested and in a rush to be done. Very poor interpersonal skills. I did not come away with much information about what the team does nor did I learn much about the technologies they use. I am still waiting a response.
Interview Question – Technical question was find the median of two sorted arrays. The unexpected question was, why did my current employer make certain business decisions. Answer Question
Interviewed at zulily
Interview Details – phone interview and an XL test: straightforward questions on previous experience on data analysis. XL test was easily: mainly percentages.
Interview Question – there were no really difficult questions, asked me about one of the data analysis tools that i'd written in my resume but didn't know too much in detail about Answer Question
I applied online and the process took 6+ weeks - interviewed at zulily.
Interview Details – The interview process took a very long time. A month went by between the time I applied and the time I was contacted via email for an initial phone screen. The phone screen was scheduled for a few days later and the recruiter was late for the phone call. There weren't any questions other than about my past job experience. I was then contacted to come in shortly after for an in person interview, which I was told could last anywhere between 2 and 5 hours. This is where all the reviews I had read (and tried to ignore for the benefit of the doubt) were really solidified. I arrived 15 minutes prior to my appointment time to be professional. Half an hour AFTER my appointment time, the kind woman at the front desk let me know that the recruiter I was supposed to meet with was missing and no one knew where to find her. So then another HR person came to get me and walked me up to my first interview. The questions were so vague and I didn't feel confident that they got to know me and my abilities. Then I was cut off so I could be passed on to another interviewer. After that I was walked down to the lobby (still never having met the recruiter I was supposed to) and told we're done, and to make sure I checked out. I've never left an interview feeling so in the dark about everything. I immediately knew that wasn't the environment for me. Then it took 3 weeks and me following up with the recruiter to finally hear back.
Interview Question – Not difficult but extremely odd considering the realm of the position...
How would you familiarize yourself with our software? Answer Question
I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at zulily in February 2012.
Interview Details – Very Casual. First meet with the HR recruiter and he walked me around the office and showed me the various departments. Then I met with another HR recruiter who asked me questions about my past experience...it was very casual, nothing grilling. I also met with a Buyer, who didn't seem to know what questions to ask me.
Interview Question – Nothing unexpected. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – I asked for more then what they initially told me and we were able to compromise. Always ask for more!
Very Easy Interview
I applied through a staffing agency and the process took a day - interviewed at zulily in March 2012.
Interview Details – I was already employed as a temp, which may be the best way to go. I think taking the temporary route best, since you can decide if it's a good fit for you. I've heard that some positions require an interview with several people one on one.
Interview Question – How do you keep organized? Answer Question
Negotiation Details – no. they don't typically negotiate the entry level positions, but it may be different for others
Very Easy Interview
I applied through a staffing agency and the process took 5 days - interviewed at zulily.
Interview Details – Hired on as contract worker. Two 10-15 minute phone interviews before starting. One with a contract agency employee and one with a Zulily employee. From date of application to start date was 3-4 days.
Interview Question – None of the questions seemed difficult, the interview was more about expectations and desire to be in that role. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – Negotiation is futile.
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