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Blizzard Entertainment Interview Questions

Updated Apr 17, 2018
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    Senior Software Engineer II Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 4 weeks. I interviewed at Blizzard Entertainment (Irvine, CA).

    Interview

    I was initially approached through an employee reference. That was followed by an initial phone screening. A take home programming test was given. That test I expect is a test that changes based on what position you are applying for. Once the test was handed in, I was brought in for an on-site interview.

    The On-Site interview was a full day interview process. It was mostly made up of 1 hour sessions with 2 or more people in which they ask you about your qualifications and any questions that are relevant for them. These sessions included technical interview portions as well as "fit" portions to ensure that you fit the mold of the Blizzard culture.

    There was about a 1 week delay for each phase of the interview, after the initial phone screening.

    Interview Questions

    • When was there a time in which you had to "defend" the approach you wanted to take in order to implement a feature?   Answer Question

  2. Helpful (1)  

    User Experience Designer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at Blizzard Entertainment.

    Interview

    The recruiter was helpful and the interviews were fine until you met with the technical team. Seems that the technical team was a little confused as to how to ask questions

    Interview Questions

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    Senior Program Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 5 weeks. I interviewed at Blizzard Entertainment (Irvine, CA) in April 2018.

    Interview

    After sending in my resume over the weekend, I received an email before 10am Monday morning and a recruiter phone screen got scheduled for later that week. There was a minor delay because they had candidates already scheduled for in-person interviews, but it picked up again the next week after they passed on those. I had a phone screen w/ the hiring manager that went very well, and they arranged to fly me down to Irvine to interview in person on a Monday. On Wed morning, I was contacted and told they wanted to extend an offer. The entire process took about 5 weeks beginning to end, and it was hard to imagine it going much faster (except for the delay mentioned above.)

    I found the people involved to be great folks, and I generally found their questions challenging but invigorating. Questions ranged from rapid fire "do you know what these technologies are?" to more heavyweight questions like "how would design an XXXXX system?" exercises that took 30-40 minutes.

    Interview Questions

    • "How would design an XXXXX system? What features would it have? What would an architectural diagram look like?" (I was asked 2 questions like this)   Answer Question

  4. Helpful (2)  

    Recruiter Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at Blizzard Entertainment (Irvine, CA).

    Interview

    The interview process was very enjoyable as I've been a huge fan of the company and their games since childhood. I was pretty geek'd out during the entire process so I really looked forward to the process. I applied for the role in September and got a call around October from the recruiter for the initial screen. It went well so I got set up for a phone interview with the hiring manager and they brought me on-site. Once I arrived on campus about a week or two later, we had a pretty full schedule of interviews. I believe I met with about 5 managers and all of them asked about different aspects of my work history. We also talked about strategies and ways to change the recruiting landscape.

    After the initial interviews with the VP and management team, I had lunch with two recruiters and we just had a good time chatting about our interests, games and hobbies. It definitely was a fun lunch and didn't feel like I was being "interviewed" per say, during lunch.

    I ended the day by meeting with my actual day-to-day manager to go over some details and additional questions. After all interviews were done, I was given an official tour of the campus. I was totally sold on the company and everything they stood for... and within a week of interviewing, I got a call and was offered the job. It took another week or two of back and forth negotiations but it eventually worked out.

    Overall, the interview process can get a little "grindy" because they want to make sure you're a culture fit and that you have the ability to really be creative and flexible. I totally understand where they're coming from and they just want to hire the right person. It was a tough interview and I was pretty wiped out but had a great experience nonetheless.

    Interview Questions

    • Assume you're a manager who had to oversee an entire recruiting department. What are 5 strategies you could employ to be successful in your new role as it relates to D&I, programs or innovations in the recruiting space?   Answer Question

  5.  

    Senior Finance Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Irvine, CA
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ months. I interviewed at Blizzard Entertainment (Irvine, CA) in February 2018.

    Interview

    Very unprofessional!!! The first interviewer did not show. When he came and attended another time slot, he mentioned he was busy and double booked. The hiring manager only asked 1 question. Another interviewer said that he was busy 15min into the interview and stated that I can ask any questions within 20 seconds. The interviewers did not have prepared questions and no one other than the vp took notes on the responses. The process took 3 months...No one from the company followed up with a offer/no offer decision 1 month after the on site, final interview. They did not provide any details on timing during the interview process when asked. They stated that they are busy and it will take time. No need to prepare for the interview. They don't asked anything hard.

    Interview Questions

    • No difficult interview questions   1 Answer

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    Associate User Researcher Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at Blizzard Entertainment (Irvine, CA) in February 2018.

    Interview

    Applied online using an internal employee referral link. I had a 30 min. recruiter phone screen the next week, a 30 min. phone call with the hiring manager the week after that, and a 4-hour in-person interview at the Irvine campus the week after that. Heard back within 5 days after my in-person interview and accepted the job offer.

    Interview Questions


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    Senior Compositor Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Austin, TX
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took a week. I interviewed at Blizzard Entertainment (Austin, TX) in February 2018.

    Interview

    Interview went smoothly but the job went to someone else. They were looking for someone with more years of experience than i had. In the end they chose someone else with more experience

    Interview Questions

    • What experience or game development companies had I worked for in the past   Answer Question
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    Senior Program Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 5 weeks. I interviewed at Blizzard Entertainment (Irvine, CA) in February 2018.

    Interview

    Interview process is as follows:

    1. ~30m Recruiter Screen
    2. ~30m Hiring Manager Interview
    3. ~4h On Site Interview
    4. ~30m WebEx Stakeholder Interview

    Standard process seems to be a three step interview for my area, but since the stakeholders of my role weren't available for my on site a follow up WebEx was scheduled.

    Interview process was clean, straightforward, and pleasant from start to finish - all Blizzard staff involved were great to work with and professional.

    The recruiter screening consisted of basic questions to confirm that my experience matched the role they were looking for, which is standard. The hiring manager phone interview took approximately 45 minutes, but mostly because I had a few questions at the end and we spent some time talking through them. Again, nothing out of the ordinary here - basic questions to measure the competency of you in the role and some judgement questions to understand how you handle certain situations.

    My On-site interview process took a total of 2 days - I flew in on a Thursday night and stayed at a hotel, drove to the interview the following day, and took a flight out afterwards; everything was paid for by the company.

    The interview process consisted of a walk through of the area to provide some context on workplace/company culture, which was great. Following this, 3 1 hour interview sessions were set up containing 2-3 people each. A lot of folks here talk about how this is the hardest part of the interview, and they're right; if you're not used to this kind of interview format it can be daunting, but on the whole it's manageable. With good preparation it'll feel long, but not overwhelming.

    Most of the questions asked were based around how I would handle various situations: competing stakeholder requests, prioritization, resource management, scope creep management, shifts in requirements, etc. The rest addressed my core skill set and how I managed projects. Being able to use existing experience/work situations to drive your answers is useful here.

    Advice I would give to folks to prepare for this stage of the interview:

    - Know your stuff! Prepare well ahead of time so answers come naturally; do a mock interview session with a friend/family member and use the STAR process to help frame answers (this really helps).
    - Do your research on the company, its history, core values, etc. The company's core values and mission statement are taken seriously by everyone, so knowing these will give you a leg up on those who don't.

    The stakeholder interview was just over 20 minutes and was straightforward; this felt like more of a formality, as the questions were straightforward and I was given an offer the next day which I ultimately accepted.

    Interview Questions

    • What specs are your gaming rig at home?   1 Answer

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    Software Engineer, Automation Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Negative Experience

    Interview

    My resume was scanned by a machine. The company sent me a rejection letter within 5 minutes after submitting my application. I don't think they even read my cover letter, which was required to apply. I get that there is an overwhelming number of applicants but can't they at least take the time to read the cover letter?

    Interview Questions

    • Why did you want to join Blizzard? Please tell us a game that you are playing right now.   Answer Question

  10. Helpful (4)  

    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at Blizzard Entertainment in January 2018.

    Interview

    Overall the process was smooth other than some technical difficulties were they couldn't call my phone. The recruiter helped out a lot and made sure I was able to schedule another interview. I feel like I might have had a very different experience than most candidates so this might not be very helpful. I applied for multiple positions at the same time so I was interviewing for 2 positions, I also didn't have to take any technical test. After getting an email to set up an interview it took a week to confirm when I was going to have my interview, and who I was going to have my interview with.

    My first interview was an hour long with 2 developers from the team I would be working on. They asked about items on my resume and general questions about why I want to work at Blizzard. This Interview felt like they were looking for a dev that would be a good culture fit, with some technical questions thrown in such as "what's your favourite source control to use, and why?"

    My second interview was with a different team. It was 30 minutes long with 1 developer and was more technically focused, asking about data structures, threads, and other things, they didn't ask any questions about my resume. This interview was a mix of a technical interview and culture fit.

    It took 2 weeks after my first interview to hear back that they wanted to hire me for one position, and that they wanted to continue interviewing me for the other position.

    Interview Questions


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