Lyft Engineering Manager Interview Questions

Updated Feb 17, 2021

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Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Francisco, CA

No Offer
Positive Experience
Easy Interview
Application

I applied online. I interviewed at Lyft (San Francisco, CA) in Sep 2020

Interview

Applied online. Received email from recruiter. Phone screen with recruiter, went well. Phone screen with hiring manager, went well. Onsite scheduled with multiple people. However, I canceled because my situation changed and could no longer relocate for the position. Everyone was awesome, from the recruiter, to the recruiting coordinator, to the hiring manager I spoke to. They all were friendly, seemed intelligent, and like they would be pleasant to work with. The role also sounded super interesting. Personal circumstances made me withdraw, unfortunately. Super bummed.

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  • Why are you interested in Lyft
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Anonymous Interview Candidate

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Negative Experience
Easy Interview
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I applied through an employee referral I interviewed at Lyft in Jul 2020

Interview

Applied through referral and was contacted quickly for an interview. Had a screening interview with the manager who seemed very disinterested from the beginning and then got a cold rejection email without feedback.

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Anonymous Interview Candidate

No Offer
Negative Experience
Average Interview
Application

I applied online. The process took 4 weeks. I interviewed at Lyft in Aug 2019

Interview

Applied online. Recruiting team was really helpful, and can only say positive things about them. Had initially a general phone call with a tech lead, then two phone interviews (google hangouts): one for system design, the other for the management part. System design interview was with a Lyft employee in London. Employee was very friendly and professional. Asked me a system question as was supposed to, but also questions about managing projects, people, etc. Don't know if my replies were what he was looking for (as I never got any feedback for the interviews), however questions made sense, and the overall discussion was very pleasant. Then, I had the management discussion. Talked to a person in California. Asked me at the very beginning what my best team so far was. Replied my current (which is actually true), and then he became very aggressive, telling me more or less that if this is the case, I shouldn't be changing job. Apparently, it was hard for him to imagine that people might just want to change location, or go to a company that they consider better, and will thus grow professionally. After that, he talked several times about my "perfect team", being very ironic towards me and unprofessional, to the point where I had to stop our discussion, to tell him that this is something I never said, and I only said this was the best I had. Then he asked me about a conflict inside my current team, and how I solved it, and I explained to him that current team is small, people fit very well with one another, and in general didn't have to solve and internal conflict, only with people from other teams. Interviewer made again no effort to hide that he really didn't like my response, which I don't consider the most professional thing. He was not interested in how I might have solved conflicts in past teams, or anything else, was just openly challenging what I told him. Then asked me a couple of questions about diversity, and finished the interview around 10' early, which was quite a relief for me. On one side I am thinking I should never have applied to Lyft, since then I would have avoided this really unpleasant experience of the last interview, on the other hand now I know, so I can stay away from this company in the future. Most people I interacted with were okay, but even the slightest chance of working with the last interviewer makes ever considering Lyft again impossible.

Interview Questions
  • How you design a system for access control, using optical recognition?
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Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Francisco, CA

Declined Offer
Negative Experience
Average Interview
Application

I applied online. The process took 3 months. I interviewed at Lyft (San Francisco, CA)

Interview

- Got the offer but declined. - Interview process was horribly slow without exaggeration. Took a solid 3 months from start (recruiter contacting me for first time) to finish (final offer letter after negotiation). This is despite me moving super quickly. This is despite having an offer in hand from two other big (F/A/N/G) companies. This is despite having "aced" the Lyft interviews as per the feedback from the hiring manager and recruiter. - The interview structure/format was standard. 7 on-sites in total, 45 mins each. A couple were system-design with white-boarding, rest were behavioral. - The other engineering managers interviewing me seemed very green/junior. Most looked bored/serious/disinterested. One of them constantly and openly yawned through the entire interview. None of them pitched the company. - The recruiter ended up completely ghosting me and I had to go through her manager to restart the process and was given a different recruiter who also went on radio silence often and had to be nudged frequently. - In the end, I didn't take the offer, given the poor impression I got of the recruitment process and uncertainty of their RSUs.

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  • - How do you manage low performers?
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Lyft

Anonymous Interview Candidate

Declined Offer
Negative Experience
Easy Interview
Application

I applied online. The process took 5 days. I interviewed at Lyft in Apr 2018

Interview

A recruiter had emailed me so i responded but i found the recruiter to be very unprofessional and tardy. If you cannot respect a candidate's time, why would Lyft retain you? I wonder if this is generally the experience of interviewing at Lyft.

Interview Questions
  • When can I call you to understand your interest and the positions we have for you?
1 person found this interview helpful

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Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

Accepted Offer
Positive Experience
Difficult Interview
Application

I applied through an employee referral The process took 2 months. I interviewed at Lyft (San Francisco, CA)

Interview

The talent acquisition/recruiting experience was pleasant. The recruiter was helpful and prompt in communicating with me. I had a phone screen going over management style, then was brought onsite. I met with a variety of engineering managers, product managers, engineers, and other leaders. The feeling I got from the interview was that the corporate culture was very collaborative and overall pretty positive (a stark contrast from the "other" bigger ride-sharing company out there). The interview was mixed of technical, leadership, and product questions. Not sure if all engineering manager interviews are like that.

Interview Questions
  • How do you partner with a product manager to ensure that your team is prioritizing the right work? How do you make tradeoffs with the PM?
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Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Francisco, CA

No Offer
Negative Experience
Average Interview
Application

I applied through an employee referral The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at Lyft (San Francisco, CA) in Jun 2016

Interview

We had to rush things because they reached out to me as when I was further along with other companies. The interviews were mixed management and technical which even included actual coding on the board. Some of the questions were right out of the "How to crack coding interviews" book so it was easy. I was not impressed by the lack of care for the interviewee: I had to ask for water and bathroom breaks. One interviewee brought a dog a long, not even asking if I was allergic (which I am).

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