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    Consulting Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Reston, VA
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at Appian (Reston, VA).

    Interview

    Series of half-dozen interviews. They all talked mostly about themselves and about their "company culture" and IPO (though public records indicate losing boatloads of money every month and quarter). Everybody was polite and professional. The younger entry level folks seemed like robotic members of a cult of interchangeable true-believers (to borrow from HBO show Silicon Valley, "...making the world a better place!"). Only one of the experienced interviewers seemed to value experience and perspective different from his own. My impression is that Appian is just another roller-coaster ride, self-referential tech firm that chews people up, spits out people who aren't clones of existing staff, and holds onto people who live to work instead of work to live. I didn't see a single person of color in the office, and all the women were in (cliche alert!) HR. Office space was generic uninspired dense cubicle farm and an unusually warm climate (some folks had individual fans blowing on them at their own desks) because the firm has a high status top-floor in a building with a lot of exposure to sunlight through a lot of glass floor-to-ceiling windows. As far as the work goes, just doesn't seem like a compelling opportunity unless you are a blank slate entry-level person who would get impressive-sounding CV entries from a stint at a publicly traded company.

    Interview Questions

    • "Why do you want to work here?" - Terribly unoriginal question. Not one person whom I met or interviewed with asked me anything specific about my past experiences that would would be relevant from my CV being right in front of them. They did most of the talking, actually making it hard to ask a question, though I did manage to interrupt and inject a few.   Answer Question
    • "Any other questions?" at the end of each interview. Perfunctory but comes across as insincere. Maybe it's because they are "process" company and focused on process, not the individual case, situation, or person.   Answer Question

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    Associate Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Appian.

    Interview

    Applied through campus recruiting. Interviewing was straightforward. I had a vague interest in the company and was asked to interview after speaking with them through my college. They could see through my interview that I had little interest in software and technology.

    Interview Questions

    • How can you prove to us that you're excited about technology?   Answer Question
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    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. I interviewed at Appian in December 2014.

    Interview

    There were 1 or two initial phone interviews, followed by roughly 6 in-person interviews (including one with the CEO/Founder). The interviews were somewhat laid back and non-technical, but there was an atmosphere of intensity about the job itself. Everyone at the company is invested in the work that they do.

    Interview Questions

    • There weren't too many technical questions, but be ready to answer lots of questions about yourself and why you think you would be a good fit at the company. Be sure to have a strong and convincing story of why you are interested in using technology to solve problems.   Answer Question

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    Associate Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2 days. I interviewed at Appian.

    Interview

    First interview was on campus. Short, ~30 min, all behavioral.
    Then I was invited on site for an interview day. The day went from noon - 6:30PM.
    They started with a presentation from their CEO which was nice. He's a really interesting guy.
    Then they did a presentation about their software.
    After that was four interviews, pretty much all behavioral.
    The first was with the CEO, which was pretty intense. Questions weren't hard, just strange.
    Second through fourth were all 30 minute behavioral interviews with different employees. They all felt pretty much the same and it didn't seem like they needed all three.
    Day ended with a really nice dinner at a nearby restaurant.

    Interview Questions

    • Do you read? (CEO)
      What do your friends like about you? (CEO)
      Give an example of where you could use the Appian software.
      Everything else was generic behavioral questions.   Answer Question

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    Associate Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Reston, VA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 4 weeks. I interviewed at Appian (Reston, VA) in October 2015.

    Interview

    After talking to Appian representatives at my university's business career fair, I was invited to an on-campus interview after the fair. It was a pretty standard one-on-one 30 minute behavioral interview. In the following week I was invited to the headquarters in Reston for a more intense interview process. The other candidates and I met the CEO and listened to a brief presentation about the company, and then participated in five 30-minute interviews with five different representatives. There was no case study, and the questions were mostly behavioral/personal and relatively straightforward.

    Interview Questions

    • What is the one thing you are most passionate about? What classes are you taking next semester, and what do you hope to learn from them? Tell me about a time where you had interpersonal conflict (on a team/group/etc.) and how did you handle it? Tell me about this academic club/organization you're involved in, and what you do with them.   Answer Question

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    Associate IT Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at Appian.

    Interview

    The process took about a month. First got contacted by HR and had a phone interview with them. Then had a phone interview with the Director of IT a few days later. The third interview was then on site. This is where it got weird...when I got there I met with two IT engineers, they asked a few behavioral questions and technical questions. The first guy seemed very nervous to be talking to me and didn't seem to be very interested. The third person was the director of IT again. Everything was going well then when I finished with him I had to go down to meet with a VP, but then was told that I would need to come back because he had a sudden "work emergency"(I was also supposed to meet with a few more people after that), which I totally understand.

    However, HR told me they would contact me the same week (it was a Monday) and they never did. The following week they sent a email saying they were not interested. I think it was very poor how they conducted the whole final phase of the interview.

    Interview Questions

    • Just review behavioral questions, know active directory   Answer Question

  7. Helpful (2)  

    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 1+ week. I interviewed at Appian.

    Interview

    Contacted through on campus recruiting. Scheduled a phone interview for the week after. Around 45 minutes in length. Stepped over resume for the first 15 minutes or so before going into a technical question. Not very difficult or tricky, basic algorithms and data structures. Make sure you know how to talk about the different points on your resume and have reviewed how to code in your language of choice (java or c++ normally).

    Interview Questions

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    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at Appian.

    Interview

    Process took around a month -- applied online. Had typical phone screen, then two more rounds of phone interviews. First one was very logic heavy, and second was coding online

    Interview Questions

    Negotiation

    Offered very high wages for intern!


  9. Helpful (1)  

    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at Appian.

    Interview

    I got interviewed by two people face-to-face at my campus first:
    - They asked questions about my resume
    - They asked questions about my interests in software engineering
    - They asked algorithm questions that were not too hard, actually (compared to Google, for example).

    Then I got interviewed one more time over something similar to skype, but that technical interview was bad because the tool did not allow for program writing and he asked me to describe an algorithm.

    Got a final call from someone high in the exec level.

    Interview Questions

    • I remember two questions:
      1. If you have a set of numbers A, and a number X. Find the first pair of numbers A[i] and A[j] such that A[i] + A[j] == X in O(n) time --- That is, a single pass over the set of numbers A.
      2. Given a set of (x, y) points A , find the straight line that is closest to all the points in A. He did not ask for a specific time complexity, but I came up with a O(n^2) algorithm which is the best possible complexity.   1 Answer

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    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Reston, VA
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Appian (Reston, VA) in September 2013.

    Interview

    They go trough your resume and ask you to talk about your past projects and experiences. be prepared to write a lot of code on the black board.Also the ask a lot of technical questions such as the difference between Java and C, difference between linked list and arrays

    Interview Questions

    • find the sum of all unique numbers in an int array   1 Answer

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