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Getting an Interview
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I applied online. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at Valve Corporation in June 2015.
I applied online and received an email requesting a phone interview about two weeks later. Typically the first point of contact at companies I've interviewed with in the past mostly involve getting a feel for my past experience and determining if I'm a good fit to proceed with a technical interview. I was given little indication what Valve's phone interview would entail, and was somewhat surprised with the outcome. The phone interview started as I expected. We reviewed my previous experience and I talked about why I'm interested in Valve. Great so far. Then out of no where they ask me a completely open ended design question. "Design me X"... The scope of the question was beyond anything anyone could answer in a half hour phone interview. I was confused. I asked clarifying questions which were met with resistance. I'd start talking about the topic then they'd start putting restrictions topic to guide me in a different direction. It was overall incredibly frustrating. I knew a great deal about the topic, but each route I took was cut off before I could develop depth. I have no idea what they wanted to hear. In retrospect I'm unsure if they did either. After that disaster of a question they pulled up a google doc file and asked me one very straightforward question. Implement some trivial function that does X. It was a freshmen level computer science question. I was flustered by the previous question, and felt a bit patronized that they'd ask me something like this given my experience. I stumbled around and wrote something that probably worked while they did the equivalent of watching over my shoulder while I programmed. It was unnerving. I solve problems much more complex that freshman 101 level homework questions everyday. No one watches over my shoulder while I do it. I'm not sure what this was supposed to reveal about me. This was not a pleasant experience. After the interview I received an email with no feedback saying they were not going to proceed with me as a candidate. Their interview style is odd, but perhaps it works for them. I can't help but feel like my time was wasted by interviewing with them though.
- They asked me an open ended design question with a broad scope. I'm unsure what they are looking for here and the give little indication if you are providing them with answers they are interested in hearing or not. There would be no way to prepare for this interview. Answer Question
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