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Netflix Interview Questions in Los Gatos, CA

Updated Apr 1, 2017
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  1. Helpful (3)  

    Senior UI Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Los Gatos, CA
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3 days. I interviewed at Netflix (Los Gatos, CA) in March 2017.

    Interview

    The process started off with an initial phone interview with a Netflix recruiter that went very well. After that I was scheduled with a one on one video technical interview. The interviewer was approximately 10 minutes late, and then he had to fumble around to get everything set up on his end.

    He disabled his camera before the video technical interview, so I could not see him but he could see me. I thought this was very strange, and gave the feeling of being watched through a two way mirror. The live coding was broken down into two parts (one replicating a layout and the other was a functional problem).

    The entire process was very rushed, the wording for the problems was very confusing (could have and should have been worded better), and on top of that, the ending time for the interview was not adjusted ( to accommodate for his tardiness and preparation).

    After the interview, I was left very disappointed in regards to the interview process, and thought that a company such as Netflix would supply a more prepared interview.

    Interview Questions

    • Replicate a layout and some functionality (js, css, html). Then solve a functional coding problem.   1 Answer

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    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Los Gatos, CA
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. I interviewed at Netflix (Los Gatos, CA).

    Interview

    Interviewed for a software engineer position with heavy focus on analytical and measurement background. All three interviewers focused on analytical and experimental design questions, no software engineering questions asked at all. Several days later I was turned down with a reason "you qualified in the analytical and data aspect, but we were looking for a product engineer."

    Interview Questions

    • One PM asked about designing A/B testing, brainstorming how to get users back.

      One Data Scientist asked SQL query questions, and probed some design considerations in creating A/B tests.

      One engineer asked me to thoroughly design a staged launch plan including pre-launch A/B testings. He mentioned it's an open question and let me design it freely.  
      1 Answer

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    Senior Android Developer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Los Gatos, CA
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through other source. The process took 5 days. I interviewed at Netflix (Los Gatos, CA) in February 2017.

    Interview

    The phone round was setup pretty quickly. Turn around time to interviewing to receiving feedback was very quick. The Hiring Manager had reached out and we'd been in touch for a while before I was ready to interview. The interview experience was very pleasant.

    Interview Questions

    • Most of the conversation was like two engineers talking about various Android fundamentals, UI concepts and patterns.   Answer Question

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    Senior Software Engineer - TV Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Los Gatos, CA
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Netflix (Los Gatos, CA) in December 2016.

    Interview

    Phone conversatin with Director, then hiring manager, simple tech phone screen with engineer, then take-home exercise, which was interesting.

    On-site consisted of interviews with directors, recruiters, product managers, and engineers. Nothing unfair or too hard on the technical questions, and I enjoyed answering the hard cultural/behavioral questions (I'm a big fan of the deck). The hiring manager got me a decision on the same day, and although it wasn't the right time for me, the feedback was appreicated and well-taken.

    In the end I left with more respect for Netflix than I had when I came in. This is a great company with high performing veterans in the software industry, and I really enjoyed meeting everyone on my loop.


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    Payments Director Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Los Gatos, CA
    No Offer
    Negative Experience

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 3 days. I interviewed at Netflix (Los Gatos, CA) in December 2016.

    Interview

    The Skype Call was real bad. I heard from the other point, the HR speaking for a long time to her own without making a conversation with pace and tone. Really the conversation turn out to be an examinaton of English. Never did she made the effort considering I am from Argentina to stop and speak clearly. I like very much the values in Netflix as Reed Hasking has exposed public, however if Netflix would like to find out employees with good attitude I mean it would be difficult for them. Skills can be learned but attitudes not. Its impressive how this great companies has so disaster HR departments at their confidential circle.

    Interview Questions

    • They asked about my current roles. I exposed them concisely and clearly. Also asked me how did I become interest for the ecommerce branch.   1 Answer

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    Senior Applications Security Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Los Gatos, CA
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4 weeks. I interviewed at Netflix (Los Gatos, CA) in October 2016.

    Interview

    The interview loop was as follows:

    - 1 phone screen with HR
    - 1 phone screen with the team manager
    - 1 phone screen with an engineer from the team

    - Onsite interview with 5 rounds: HR, Team’s manager, Security Engineer, Director from another team, Security Engineer

    Their onsite interview is interesting. There were five rounds and 70% of the onsite interview was about assessing soft skills. I think the most important one was with the team’s manager.

    Their application security team consists of smart people. Their technical questions were good, not that hard and certainly do not require you memorize any details about anything. There were also a small coding interview which makes you write some code on a whiteboard.

    Interview Questions


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    Senior Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Los Gatos, CA
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at Netflix (Los Gatos, CA) in September 2016.

    Interview

    Overall it's very good, interviewers are very nice and knowledgeable. All three senior developers have different focus: one general about your background and depth of interested areas; one review the take home test; another mainly for a coding test. And hiring manager mainly asked some concepts/knowledge and some design issues. HR person focused on personality, culture, etc.

    Have to say that the lunch was a little late at 2pm, and it's simple cold lunch which can be improved thinking about intensive interview day :)

    Interview Questions

    • Questions are not difficult, just be calm and think clearly.   Answer Question

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    Software Engineering Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Los Gatos, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Netflix (Los Gatos, CA) in September 2016.

    Interview

    Start off with informal phone conversations with hiring manager and recruiter. That was followed up with a technical phone screen with an engineering manager. Was invited onsite and met with people from HR and engineering managers/directors/VPs across the company. Feedback was quick after the onsite, was told an offer was coming in a couple of days and they explained the offer process. They followed through on the offer in a timely fashion.

    Overall the best interview experience I've had in 20+ years in the industry.

    Interview Questions


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    Senior Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Los Gatos, CA
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at Netflix (Los Gatos, CA) in January 2016.

    Interview

    Summary: Netflix seems to be an awesome place to work at. Everyone I talked to seemed like a top performer and also seem to make every effort to keep their culture in line with what they have published publically. I am one of those guys who calls BS when he reads culture decks because in my experience once a company grows beyond certain point, every team defines its own culture but Netflix seemed like an exception and I wish every company could embress or at least imbibe what they have culturally.

    Even though I don't anticipate an offer my recommendation is to focus more on questions that you generally expect from HR and managers. Those are the tough ones and as engineer I think many of us do poorly in this area. Things that we should definitely know but are hard to express. For example the questions like Why Netflix? What do you want from your ideal job? What is the best environment for you to be successful? I am sure in your head you know what it is but make an effort to verbalize it. They are trying to judge if you will fit with a unique culture that they have worked so hard to develop and preserve and your technical ability is important but still not as important(or at least as important) as their culture.

    * A call with recruiter to align my interests with position
    * A call with director to I guess vet the basic culture fit
    * A call with manager , again for both basic culture fit and technical assessment
    * A technical phone screen.
    * Onsite:
         Recruiter: Culture fit and making sure I understand how they are different from most companies.

         Dev manager: Explained what the team does in more details , described what is expected of the person who would join the team, the challenges and the road map that he has for the team. Overall he did everything in his power to give me as much information possible as he can to make the right decision if they extended an offer.

         Sr. Engineer: Describe one of the challenging problems you have solved and discussed the design decisions I made. Pretty awesome guy and he was smart so it was very stimulating discussion, for a second I forgot I am interviewing. He asked a coding question which was something that lot of us have to use in real life not one of those trick questions.

         Dev manager/engineer from a sister team: Again awesome guy. Asked a system design question. Again we had a discussion that you expect to have when designing a solution with your teammates. He brought up some good points and I change my design accordingly. The biggest mistake I made was mathematical (confused gb with mb iirc) but he did not really point that out and let me focus on the crux of the problem.

    At this point I was given a lunch break and I was told in the beginning that I will have 3 more rounds depending on how the first 4 round goes. I am not sure what it means if you get to next round, it can either mean there was not enough evidence to reject you or it can mean there is enough evidence to keep going but we can all just guess. Anyhow, if you don't go beyond this point , please understand that you have been rejected. I was given the opportunity to move forward.

        Director: This was the second hardest interview for me. She talked about projects where i had slipped the delivery dates and what i have done to rectify those situation. I think I failed to verbalize things correctly but overall she tried to extract as much info as she could to figure out my personality and working style.

       Sr. Director: Talked about a challenging design problem and how netflix was a pretty awesome place to work at. Also enquired about the reason for leaving , how netflix will be different or not for those reasons. Again I believe this was culture fit assessment.

       VP: This was my worst interview of the day. May be because I was tired, may be because the VP just somehow felt intimidating, I am not sure. He asked me to tell him what feedbacks my colleagues might give about me. It was more of a wake up call for me that I really did not have much to say in this regard until ofcourse the interview was over. He also discussed one of the projects on my resume and how I would have changed things.

    Overall I was very happy with the interview process. I hate interviews where you don't endup learning anything and unless you get an offer it becomes one wasted day. This was different. Given my poor responses in the final 3 rounds I don't anticipate an offer but I hope others learn from my mistakes. The key is to think hard about these culture questions that you probably think you know the answers to but don't know how to communicate to others. Good luck.

    Interview Questions

    • What feedback would your peers give you if you ask them for some criticism?
      How do you handle brilliant jerks?  
      Answer Question

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    Senior Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Los Gatos, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through other source. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at Netflix (Los Gatos, CA) in July 2016.

    Interview

    Firstly, the interview process at Netflix will vary greatly by team because at Netflix, you are interviewing for a specific position (not to "just get into the company"), and each team manages their interviewing process. Fair or not, this means you could have two technical interviews or four. It also means that the total number of interviews may differ. That said, as pointed out in at least one other interview review your interview process will most likely be split up into two parts. Get a thumbs up from the first part, and you go to the second. If you get a thumbs down, please understand that your interviews are over and your process will not continue. If you live locally, they typically break this up into two separate days. If they fly you in from out of town, they will all be in one day.

    If you are from out of town, I would stress making sure you pace yourself. Your last rounds of interviews will most likely be your hardest and will be with members of the management chain above your hiring manager.

    There should be no surprises when you decide to interview for Netflix. Their slide deck is public and you are essentially encouraged at every turn to study it. If you don't agree with the slide deck and the Netflix philosophy, then don't apply or don't continue the process. No one is forcing you. Netflix IS the slide deck.

    Should you chose to interview, you are acknowledging that you understand and support the Netflix culture and all that it entails. You would be wise to study the side deck and culture and know it and how it relates to you because the cultural questions you will be asked will relate directly to that.

    As every team is different, the cultural questions will be different and will depend entirely on the candidate. I was told you couldn't really prepare for them as either you would either be viewed as a good fit and would do well in the Netflix culture or you would not. The only advice I can offer in this area is know yourself and know it well. Know your strengths and weaknesses. Know how they tie into the culture and be ready to discuss them. You will be given scenarios to which you will need to respond and knowing yourself, your strengths, and your weaknesses inside and out will allow you to respond fluidly. Above all, be yourself.

    Interview Questions

    • There wasn't just one difficult question. Just know that you will be asked scenario type questions and knowing your strengths and weaknesses and how they tie into the Netflix culture slides.   Answer Question

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