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Menlo Innovations Interview Questions

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    HTA Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience

    Application

    The process took 2+ weeks. I interviewed at Menlo Innovations.

    Interview

    Since Menlo pairs people up to work together on projects all day/every day, you have to do what is called an Extreme Interview to get in. It starts with one paid trial day. If your first trial day goes well, then you are invited to come back for a 3-week trial period where you are observed by the group and sporadically given feedback on how you’re doing.

    All-in-all, Menlo is straightforward with you on what to expect and on what they expect from you. They also welcome your feedback from you, which is nice. However, I think that the company - as much as they say that they hire based on skillset and a willingness to learn - is mostly looking for a personality match. There is a very “Menlonian-ness” to everyone there, which makes for a sense of sameness to the staff.

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    Assistant Project Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Ann Arbor, MI
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at Menlo Innovations (Ann Arbor, MI) in September 2018.

    Interview

    Get ready, it's a weird one. Menlo does something they call Extreme Interviewing. You come in with roughly 50 other people applying for various jobs and get paired off to work on a 20min activity together. You do 3 activities with 3 different people while being observed by current staff. They are looking for personality traits rather than say, technical skill; and they tell you this. If the staff like what they observed, you're invited to a one-day of paid work where they assess you more closely. Team members take you out to lunch and you get to ask a lot more personal questions of them should you have some. Next, they will invite you for a one to three-week "interview"; it's more like a trial period for you both where they assess your technical skill your cultural fit more deeply. Again, it's paid. All of which include frequent feedback. After which, they offer you a position and level (or not) decided on by the team and what they think is appropriate. There's no negotiation. If you feel like you deserve more and you can demonstrate your skills, they are happy to review and bump you up at any time. They offered one guy a much lower salary than he expected because of his technical skills and told him they would review his level every week if he wanted and would bump him up as he showed progress. It's a pretty interesting process and takes a lot of the nerves and unknowingness out of interviewing, I feel.

    Interview Questions

    • There are none; not in the traditional sense, at least.   Answer Question
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    Software Developer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Ann Arbor, MI
    Accepted Offer

    Interview

    The first interview is a test of one's "Kindergarten Skills." They call it "Extreme Interviewing." Candidates are paired together and asked to share a pencil and paper while performing planning tasks together. They are observed by a staff member.

    If one is invited back by the staff, it is basically a test-drive. You are invited to work for a day (for pay!) as a developer.

    If one is liked after that, a 3 week contract is drawn up.

    Interview Questions

    • Sharing a pencil and paper with a stranger is awkward.   1 Answer

    Negotiation

    No negotiation.


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    Software Developer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Ann Arbor, MI
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. I interviewed at Menlo Innovations (Ann Arbor, MI) in July 2012.

    Interview

    The Company as a whole is great. The people who work there are awesome and the life style they promote is the best. The interview process is fun and relaxed. You go for an extreme interview and get judged on you ability to make your partner look good. Then if they like you, you get a one day interview which you get paid to work with them for a day. The only downside is that from there they generally only hire for contract work so you get a week contract then a three week contract.

    Interview Questions

    • You just go in and work with them. Show them what you're made of and make sure you try to always make your partner look the best as possible.   Answer Question

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    Programmer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Ann Arbor, MI
    Accepted Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied in-person. The process took 2 days. I interviewed at Menlo Innovations (Ann Arbor, MI) in April 2011.

    Interview

    They have a day long process to see if you are a nice person to work with. Then you vote on each other. If you're good at programming, it's not as important as if you make a good first impression. You're going to meet three teams of other applicants. They you all work on a mini problem.

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