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  1. Helpful (11)  

    Recruiting Coordinator Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3 days. I interviewed at Airbnb in May 2018.

    Interview

    After applying online through Airbnb's website I was invited to continue the process by doing what they called a "recorded video interview," which in my opinion was not an interview of any sort but rather an extended application. Outsourcing the work to a company called ConveyIQ, I had to sign up (quick and easy) and then I was able to do this "interview." Before getting to the section where I would be recorded, there was some videos available about Airbnb where they took the time to explain how important human capital is among this network of travelers that make up their customer base but also among employees (video available on youtube where they had a minitaure village built that a train drove around). Anyways, it was odd to watch this video and have it be conveyed how important the people are and then do this extended application that they decided to call an interview. You start the application where they offer a practice (short questions, not like the ones in the actual interview with same setup); the setup is 30 seconds to read the question and prepare an answer and then a timer counts down from 3 to the 3 minute period where you get to record your answer. Nothing about this conveyed anything about the company, their processes, or what I would hope to expect from a new age company like Airbnb. Interviews require interaction and always open for questions at the end should the applicant choose to express further interest; not to mention an interview is never timed. It really should be considered an extended application; I'm sad I had this experience with Airbnb.

    Interview Questions

    • What qualities/skills would you look for in team members that would make the group strong?   1 Answer

  2. Helpful (2)  

    Experience Designer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Interview

    Applied online, received an email 2 weeks later. Had a phone interview, then moved on to phase two: Portfolio review, cross functional interview, and two general interviews with other designers

    Interview Questions

    • What does your design process look like?   1 Answer
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    Product Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Interview

    I was contacted by a recruiter and went through 3 phone screens and a full-day onsite.

    The phone screens were straightforward... recruiter, then hiring manager, then a peer interview.

    The structure of the onsite interview was fine -- morning case study followed by an afternoon series of interviews. However, the way that Airbnb hosted me was most unprofessional.

    During the case study presentation, members were clearly not paying attention (checking phones, emails, falling asleep, etc) and later on fired off several questions that were not relevant to what I had presented. It's as if they didn't listen to the presentation at all.

    The 1:1 interviews became more unprofessional. The first interviewer asked several vague questions trying to get a specific answer. Upon telling him straight up that I could tell he wanted a specific response, but I'm not sure what he wants, he said he would "connect the dots for me" in a very condescending manner -- the subject matter turned out to be a fairly basic concept dressed up with vague business terms. Later when asking about tools for PMs at the company, he responded with a lecture about some questions from the earlier case study which was completely unrelated to what I had asked.

    Other 1:1 interviews included people who looked like they were falling asleep during the interview, an interviewer waving at friends while I was answering questions, and more questions that made it clear that the interviewer(s) did not review my background.

    All in all, this was a most disappointing experience at a company I was initially excited to join. I had hoped that the interviewers would be more engaged throughout the day and would make more effort to understand what I had to say before making assumptions and asking unrelated questions.

    Interview Questions

    • Walk me through how you prioritize your product backlog   1 Answer

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    Product Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Francisco, CA
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 4 weeks. I interviewed at Airbnb (San Francisco, CA) in May 2018.

    Interview

    After a lengthy wait before I got a screening call from the hiring manager. She called me 36 minutes late for a 30 minute call. Asked me some questions about previous positions, then said I was then selected for an onsite.
    Having made quite a lot of arrangements to attend the onsite, I was notified less than 2 hours before the interview that I didn't have to come in because they had made an offer to another candidate that morning that was further along in the process.
    It's extremely disappointing because I had applied over a month before and attended every interview at the earliest date they gave me. Not only is it completely unfair that I was not given the same opportunities to prove my credentials, but the hiring managers conduct throughout the process was completely disrespectful of me and my time.

    Interview Questions

    • Talking me through your previous experiences / tell me a bit about yourself   Answer Question

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    Senior Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took a week. I interviewed at Airbnb.

    Interview

    The recruiter reached out to me and I decided to given them a try although I usually don't like interviewing with big name companies. Did one phone interview and it went well and was invited to the onsite. The onsite experience was pretty bad. It started with them telling me I need to their 999 brannan building but them changed to 888 brannan without notifying me, so I headed to 999 and was asked to go to 888. They boost a culture of "Belonging" but what I felt is they treat you like a commodity. This is further exemplified by they way they schedule the interviews.

    My onsite consists of two coding interviews, one architecture and one experience interview. Each lasts only 45 minutes. The coding problems are not super hard and I was able to come up with solution but because they only allow a shorter than normal time(most companies have one hour interview), from the interview walking into the room till they leave, it's not easy to get to working code. This is the part I dislike the most for the interview process. There was a short break after the first interview, but no break between the next 3 consecutive interviews -- dang! You are commodity again. For the architecture interview, it was really not very clear what the interviewer really want--even after asking clarification questions. After the lunch, they decided not to continue the interview and I was walked out of the building -- I am glad they did that because I also didn't feel great about them and I will definitely never interview with them again.

    All in all, I appreciated they were able to move fast but the onsite experience was so bad, which aligned with most of the interview reviews here. So dear fellow engineers, think about what they say and what they do twice before you decide to interview with them. If you want to practice your coding skills you can give them a try but I doubt you will enjoy their onsite process.

    Interview Questions

    • since I have signed the NDA, I can't tell the details of the questions, but one of them can be solve with DP, another one is also not too hard.   3 Answers

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    Recruiting Coordinator Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Francisco, CA
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Airbnb (San Francisco, CA) in April 2018.

    Interview

    Very positive experience from start to finish. The recruiter and team I interviewed with were very welcoming and supporting. Even though they chose to go with a different candidate we still keep in touch about other roles and openings at the company.

    Started with a recorded one sided video interview which was a new experience for me. I'm not a huge fan of this since it is very impersonal but good to understand basic background. However, the video interview and onsite were wonderful and focused on getting to know who you are as a person.

    Interview Questions

    • Why Airbnb and this role?   Answer Question
    • How do you handle stressful situations?   Answer Question
    • If you have multiple managers reaching out to you with asks that are all high priority, how would you decide which to do first and meet deadlines?   1 Answer
    • How do you stay organized with multiple competing priorities?   Answer Question

  7. Helpful (1)  

    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Airbnb.

    Interview

    Contacted by recruiter online, and got 2 phone screens. Both phone screens were bad experience. The interviewer in the first question seems to be working on her own work, and was not answering my clarifying questions. I felt like talking to a wall. Second interviewer was the same thing, kept repeating the question without clarifying it. I imagined working here and you were suppose to work on a project and all your peer or manager could tell you is do xxx, oh u mean a, b, c? Just do xxx. *this is where I roll my eyes*

    Interview Questions

    • Create iterate from list of list   3 Answers
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    Data Scientist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Francisco, CA
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at Airbnb (San Francisco, CA) in April 2018.

    Interview

    They first ask you to work on a home assignment. It took me about 8 hours to finish it. They reviewed and said I did very well on it and invited onsite. Onsite interviews are extremely easy and don't really test your knowledge of data science or machine learning. Everyone who watched the whole Andrew Ng course is already overqualified for the interview. After the onsite interview, I got a feedback that I don't have a product vision (there were no questions about it at all during the interview) and low modeling skills (so, why did they say I did well on home assignment if they think so?).

    My impression is that they use really outdated technologies like tfidf and logistic regression. Don't recommend to go there if you want to work on state of the art ML.

    Interview Questions


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    Software Engineer(Internship) Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at Airbnb.

    Interview

    Had hackerrank, and then phone interview. Phone interview asked about code I wrote for the hackerrank challenge, but I had not seen the code for almost a month, so I felt unprepared. Interviewer was hard to hear, spoke in broken English

    Interview Questions

    • Time complexity of my code, how would improve it?   1 Answer

  10. Helpful (3)  

    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Francisco, CA
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took a week. I interviewed at Airbnb (San Francisco, CA) in April 2018.

    Interview

    Applied via internal referral, recruiter emailed me promptly and set me up for a technical phone screen. During the tech screen, the interviewer was silent for the entire call. Someone else here on Glassdoor mentioned they had the same experience (so you prepare for the tech phone screen to be entirely you talking+coding, with the person on the other end not giving you any verbal feedback or hints). I let this get to me, I got really nervous and lost my train of thought several times. Though I felt I had a decent approach by the end, I wasted most of my time on a bad approach and didn't have time to optimize or print out the result. Got an email a couple days later that said I didn't pass the phone screen.

    Interview Questions

    • You’re given an array of CSV strings representing search results. Results are sorted by a score initially. A given host may have several listings that show up in these results. Suppose we want to show 12 results per page, but we don’t want the same host to dominate the results. Write a function that will reorder the list so that a host shows up at most once on a page if possible, but otherwise preserves the ordering. Your program should return the new array and print out the results in blocks representing the pages.

      Sample Input:
          [
              "host_id,listing_id,score,city",
              "1,28,300.1,San Francisco",
              "4,5,209.1,San Francisco",
              "20,7,208.1,San Francisco",
              "23,8,207.1,San Francisco",
              "16,10,206.1,Oakland",
              "1,16,205.1,San Francisco",
              "1,31,204.6,San Francisco",
              "6,29,204.1,San Francisco",
              "7,20,203.1,San Francisco",
              "8,21,202.1,San Francisco",
              "2,18,201.1,San Francisco",
              "2,30,200.1,San Francisco",
              "15,27,109.1,Oakland",
              "10,13,108.1,Oakland",
              "11,26,107.1,Oakland",
              "12,9,106.1,Oakland",
              "13,1,105.1,Oakland",
              "22,17,104.1,Oakland",
              "1,2,103.1,Oakland",
              "28,24,102.1,Oakland",
              "18,14,11.1,San Jose",
              "6,25,10.1,Oakland",
              "19,15,9.1,San Jose",
              "3,19,8.1,San Jose",
              "3,11,7.1,Oakland",
              "27,12,6.1,Oakland",
              "1,3,5.1,Oakland",
              "25,4,4.1,San Jose",
              "5,6,3.1,San Jose",
              "29,22,2.1,San Jose",
              "30,23,1.1,San Jose"
          ]   1 Answer

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