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Senior User Interface Engineer Interview

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

Application

I applied through other source. I interviewed at Netflix (Los Gatos, CA) in December 2015.

Interview

My interview process began with a phone call with an engineering manager to chat about the position and the team that I would be joining. I then went on to do a technical phone screen and an on-site after that. The technical phone-screen was a practical question and the on-site took a full day with a technical session followed by a session focused on behavioral aspects (e.g. experience interacting with product / design and perspective on the business).

The whole day was long and the questions were challenging. Also having read the culture deck before the interview, I was very nervous about how those points play out in real life. Throughout the process though I was impressed with all the interviewers I spoke to and their candor about what it was like to work at Netflix was much appreciated.

Overall I believe the interview process was appropriately difficult and the interview panel as a whole was able to give me a good picture of what working at Netflix would look like.

Interview Questions

  • What is your experience working with product managers and designers?   Answer Question
  • what about the team you're interviewing for interests you?   Answer Question
  • Have you read the culture deck and what does it mean to you?   Answer Question

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    Senior User Interface Engineer Interview

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

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2 days. I interviewed at Netflix (Los Gatos, CA) in November 2015.

    Interview

    I met several Netflix employees at conference where I had a good chance to get to know them. The manager reached out to me a few times that he thought I would be a good fit for his team and I finally agreed to do a video screen with one of the engineers which went pretty well. They then flew me out to Los Gatos for an onsite which lasted about 5 hours. The technical part of the interview, while challenging, was all relevant to my experience and the position. My initial fear was that there'd be some sort of non-relevant engineering questions such as "explain the role of b-trees in modern databases" or some such nonsense that some companies like the ask but bear no relevance to the role. Refreshingly, all of the technical questions centered around the technologies and languages that I'd actually be using in a UI role (i.e. Javascript & CSS).

    Once I made it through the technical portions of the interview, I met with various directors of departments that I would be working with if I were hired. This part of the interview was the most difficult as they ask questions that try to identify if you're a good culture fit and whether or not you'd be a good person to work with. Essentially, Netflix doesn't just care if you can code; They care if you're an all around intelligent and good natured person and as they mentioned several times, they will not hire "brilliant jerks."

    A point of advice: you can't fake your way through this interview. While I was ready for standard culture questions (what are you greatest strengths, weaknesses, etc), almost all of the questions were ones you couldn't prepare for. For instance, "If you ran your own company, how would you align the objectives of perfect design and flawless engineering?" There were a lot of questions like that which really dug deep into who I was as an engineer and because all of the questions were open ended, there was no way to fake it and tell them the answer they were looking for. I realized that at the end of the day, it's not personal: either you're a culture fit or you're not. Netflix is a 60 billion dollar company with less than 2500 employees due to the fact that everyone is very intelligent and highly aligned so they have a good idea of what works and what doesn't.

    Needless to say, at the end of the day my brain was mush. I had given open, honest answers but everyone was pretty poker-faced so I figured that I had failed the culture fit portion. But on the other hand, I had gotten through the technical portion so I was pretty proud of that. I was surprised by a phone call the next day stating that Netflix wanted to make me an offer but they wouldn't tell me compensation information as they didn't want it to influence my decision. Essentially, they determined that I was a good fit for Netflix but I needed to decide if Netflix was a good fit for me. In retrospect, I really appreciated them not being pushy and making sure it was the right choice for me. I was a little leery of accepting an offer with no salary information but in the end those fears were unfounded as the compensation package was very generous.

    In conclusion, it was a fantastic interview process and the rumors of Netflix's compensation being top of market are absolutely true.

    Interview Questions

    • Standard JavaScript/CSS questions which weren't too bad if you knew your stuff.   Answer Question

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    Senior User Interface Engineer Interview

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

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 5 days. I interviewed at Netflix (Los Gatos, CA) in July 2014.

    Interview

    Phone screen with hiring manager that included basic algorithm and JavaScript questions. Onsite interview consisted of 4 interviews 1) Data structure and algorithms, and basic JS question 2) Going over home exercise. 3-4) HR and Hiring manager kind not much thinking required

    Interview Questions

    • They wanted to have more efficient algorithm that involved doubly linked List with a Hash of nodes to implement a basic cache.   Answer Question
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