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Palantir Technologies Interview Questions

Updated Dec 4, 2017
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    Deployment Strategist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 6 weeks. I interviewed at Palantir Technologies (New York, NY) in October 2017.

    Interview

    Had a phone call with a recruiter, then a 45-minute phone call with a deployment strategist, then an on-site interview in New York. The recruiter was very friendly. The deployment strategists during the onsite were somewhat cold and arrogant - I did not feel particularly jazzed about working there. The product also seems to be moving away from 'the most important problems' and towards helping consumer product companies and banks.

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    Forward Deployed Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Cambridge, MA
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Palantir Technologies (Cambridge, MA) in October 2017.

    Interview

    I did a coding challenge, an on-campus interview, and then a phone interview. The person with whom I did the on-campus interview was very helpful with guiding me toward the right direction when I was going in the wrong direction.

    Interview Questions

    • Given an expression like ABC + CDE = EFG, I was asked to check if certain values for each letter would solve the expression.   Answer Question
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    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Declined Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. I interviewed at Palantir Technologies.

    Interview

    I applied in August after encountering Palantir representatives at a college event. The process took about a month, with contact time for the interview being relatively quick. I had the interview on site.

    Interview Questions

    • Behavioral/"How do your passions and background align with Palantir's"   Answer Question

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    Forward Deployed Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at Palantir Technologies.

    Interview

    Had a coding challenge, a behavioral phone call, and a technical phone call. Interviewers probe deep into your resume, so make sure you are aware of everything you have there.

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    HBusiness Operations & Strategy Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Francisco, CA
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took a week. I interviewed at Palantir Technologies (San Francisco, CA) in October 2017.

    Interview

    I made it 2 parts:
    1) 30 Minute Phone Screen With Recruiter
    2) 45 Minutes with a Member of the Team

    Phone Screen
    The phone screen was normal. The recruiter emphasized that Palantir does things differently and its very much a team mentality and that the interview focuses heavily on your weaknesses.

    45 Video Interview
    The video interview was standard talk me through your career, what are you looking for, why Palantir, why now. Then there were preset questions that really honed in our your weaknesses. It was a little much, one or two questions about it, but continuing to come back to it was alot.

    I did not hear from the recruiter for 6 days following the interview and sent an email asking for next steps. I got a canned response later that night saying that I was not a good fit.

    I thought the interview went very well, even asked me for three references. So like others who get rejected, we of course come to GlassDoor. However, even if I got to the next round, I should not have to hound the recruiter asking for next steps. Very poor experience and a waste of time frankly.

    Interview Questions

    • What is your biggest weakness? Why? Give me an example of a project where this was made clear   1 Answer

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    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Cambridge, MA
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took a week. I interviewed at Palantir Technologies (Cambridge, MA) in October 2017.

    Interview

    Got a call from HR followed by a call from an engineer. The call with the engineer included one medium difficulty question from Hackerrank. I got an email saying I didn't pass a few days later.

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    Forward Deployed Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Palantir Technologies in October 2017.

    Interview

    Their hiring process can be very arbitrary. I had a HR Phone screen + technical phone screen. Got rejected after technical phone screen even after I solved the problem in less than half the time given.

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    Software Engineer(Internship) Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took a week. I interviewed at Palantir Technologies in October 2017.

    Interview

    There was an initial online coding challenge (on Hacker rank), which was pretty standard. Afterwards they gave me a phone call asking about my interests, and some other standard questions (talk about past work on my resume, why do you want to join Palantir...)

    Interview Questions

    • The online coding challenge (on hackerrank) was quite standard, they gave a time sequence of stock pricing and a list of buys/sells for several people (at different times), and asked you to identify those trades that lead to a large gain (or avoided a large loss) within 3 days of the trade.

      Afterwards they gave me a phone call asking where my interests were, but for some reason I didn't seem to have a very productive conversation with the interviewer, perhaps we just didn't get along that well (the fact that it was a phone call and not Skype/face-to-face probably contributed). They asked a lot of "why" questions (Why did you study CS, why did you choose to work on xxx... why do you not like xxx...) and to me there's no good "why" to a lot of these things (I mean, I do what I like, and I either like something or I don't). I'd've preferred it if they'd asked me directly what fields I am interested in, examples of projects I would / would not be interested in, etc.

      In the end they sent an email saying they didn't have a suitable position for me, which was kind of unfortunately as Palantir was actually one of the companies I was more interested in at that time.   Answer Question

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    Software Developer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Declined Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. I interviewed at Palantir Technologies in October 2017.

    Interview

    I first had a 30-minute behavioral interview. It was a rough interview, but nothing too bad. In the next few days I was asked to fix-up a technical phone interview as the next step. The phone interview went quite alright. The coding question was quite straightforward. Both the interviewers were very hostile, on the verge of being mean. It seemed like they wanted to see you fail. Very different experience compared to all the companies I have interviewed with.

    Interview Questions

    • General about my resume, given 2 strings with hashed values, check with the results match up.   Answer Question

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    Software Engineer(Internship) Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took a week. I interviewed at Palantir Technologies in October 2017.

    Interview

    I applied via a career fair. I interviewed over the phone for 30 minutes. They mainly asked questions about my experience based on the several internships and projects I have on my resume. There were no behavioral or technical questions. The next day, I got a rejection email.

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