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Appian Interview Questions

Updated Sep 15, 2017
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    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. I interviewed at Appian.

    Interview

    I had an initial call with a recruiter, 30 minutes max. After that, I had a non technical phone interview with manager (going over the good ol resume). Didn't make it through after the phone interview.

    Interview Questions


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    Product Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at Appian.

    Interview

    First phone call with a product manager, went well and he was quite impressed with my SciFi ideas. Second phone call was with VP of Engineering , which was ok. But didn't go well and so received an automatic rejection mail.

    Interview Questions

    • Nothing out of the box, most of the questions were about professional experience and situational questions in solving consumer problems.   Answer Question
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    Solutions Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Interview

    I went through multiple phone interviews including a screening, long-form conversation and skills review. Afterward, I was brought on sight to be interviewed by multiple employees each with different roles.

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  4. Helpful (1)  

    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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    Senior Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. I interviewed at Appian.

    Interview

    The interview process started out well, and I'll start by saying I had a company referral. It took about two weeks for a recruiter to reach out to me, but she was very friendly and easily accessible. I scheduled my first interview with her which was just a regular screening with more behavioral type questions and benefits. She was really personable and we had a great conversation. She sent me a follow-up email explaining my next interview would be more technical, saying that he would ask me some out of the box thinking questions. I gave my availability and didn't hear anything back for a few days. As I was heading to lunch I got a call from the second interviewer so I immediately rushed to call him back. I was told he looks for personable candidates but I found that to be the furthest thing from the truth. The first question was "If I have a rubik's cube 10x10x10 and I dip it in paint how many cubes would be covered in paint?" I told him that I didn't have anything to write with to draw the cube, but he said there were no wrong answers (not true!). From there, the entire interview went down hill. I felt like he was smug, condescending, and obviously looking for a cookie-cutter applicant that could answer all of his predetermined riddles that had nothing to do with the job. I proceeded to give context about how I migrated to IT and he completely cut me off basically insinuating that he didn't want to hear what I had to say and that I wasn't answering the question. After the interview I got an automated response saying I wasn't selected to proceed forward and all communication abruptly stopped. My advice: stop pretending like you are Google! It comes across as super pretentious and predatory and does not help you find the right candidates. This is perhaps the worst interview experience I've ever had.

    Interview Questions

    • How do I go about testing a microwave? How do we define how the microwave "works"?   Answer Question
    • If I have a rubik's cube and dip it in paint, how many cubes will be covered in paint?   Answer Question

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    Software Engineer(Internship) Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. I interviewed at Appian in August 2017.

    Interview

    On-campus recruiter came. First round was a personality interview, going over resume. Almost everyone who applied got an interview. Second interview was more technical and over the phone, but very general questions. Going in more depth about resume and background. Interviewer was very nice

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    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. I interviewed at Appian.

    Interview

    I was asked questions on simple data structure like BST and doubly linked list. One of them was regarding single linked list. Recruiters were more focused on optimization of the solution rather than difficulty level.

    Interview Questions

    • I was asked to describe a project based on the team I was interested in joining.   Answer Question
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    Quality Assurance Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. I interviewed at Appian.

    Interview

    6 interviewers (30 minutes with each). Fairly easy questions asked about my career goals and about quality assurance in general. Interviewers shared information about quality assurance and about the different teams I could be in.

    Interview Questions

    • Q: Given an online form for customers to submit requests, what sort of things would a programmer need to test to make sure the form is working correctly? What test cases would you recommend?   Answer Question

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    Software Engineer Interview

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

    Application

    I applied through college or university. I interviewed at Appian (Reston, VA) in October 2016.

    Interview

    Contacted the recruiter, set up a preliminary phone call. She was very enthusiastic and excited to talk to me. Was followed by 2 rounds of technical interviews with algorithms questions. Not hard. Waited almost a month for their decision

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  10. Helpful (1)  

    Senior Product Manager Interview

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

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4 weeks. I interviewed at Appian (Reston, VA) in September 2016.

    Interview

    I applied online and was contacted by a recruiter within a few days. After an initial phone screen with the recruiter and a follow up discussion with a VP of Product (45 minutes), I was invited to a final on-site interview. Prior to that visit, I had a quick call with engineering recruiting who helped to prep me on what to expect for the day. During the on-site, I had 5 one-on-one interviews with fellow product managers as well as engineering directors/VPs (45 minutes/each). Each interviewer had a different way of how they ran things, but they were all generally experience/job fit questions - No business cases, logic challenges, wireframing/storyboarding, etc. In my case our discussions went up to the time limit and I did not have much opportunity for follow up questions. Other than that, everyone was great (especially recruiting!) during the process and all follow ups were very timely. Ultimately the role was not the best fit for me since their product managers serve in more of a software engineering hybrid capacity.

    Interview Questions

    • 1. Describe the business value proposition for a product you manage and whiteboard its architecture
      2. How do you document detailed application/API specs?
      3. Tell me about a product trade off that you had to make and how did you manage expectations with the stakeholder
      4. Tell me about a great project/product that you delivered that makes you proud   Answer Question

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