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  1. Helpful (9)  

    Corporate Strategy Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Negative Experience

    Interview

    My experience with Paypal was disappointing overall. I was really interested in this role. But all the hiring manager did was ask me questions about blockchain. She asked no business case questions and didn't even ask why I was interested in working at Paypal. It was basically "tell me about yourself?" "What do you think about blockchain?", "Why hasn't it gained more widespread use?" and "what kind of blockchain offering does your company have?" Blockchain is really only tangentially related to Paypal. Better questions might include: where do you see the payments space going in the future? What recommendations would you have for Paypal's business as it relates to digital payment technologies? Finally, after she finished asking questions she allowed me to pose a few questions to her. She ended the call after only 25 minutes. How are you supposed to assess my competence for this role when you only ask these types of questions, basically only about blockchain? It's not like I ever claimed I was a blockchain expert. It’s literally only listed once on my resume as part of a broader initiative. Also, I thought an interview best practice was to try to standardize questions. I highly doubt she asked these blockchain questions to others.

    She asked nothing about specific skills, nothing about my interest in Paypal, retail, or the payments space. It's BS. This is a role that would be well served by adding a case component. Once the call ended I realized she hadn't even asked me why I'm interested in this role. Maybe I should have figured some way to touch on this before the call ended. But she ended the call sort of abruptly. In 25 minutes even though it was supposed to be 30. Maybe she had already made up her mind based on the blockchain questions. It’s just ridiculous. What is a candidate to do when they're not asked questions that really speak to their experience, interests, and knowledge of the space in which the company operates? A few days later I had to reach out to the recruiter to ask if they were interested in moving forward. She never bothered following up, which is so typical. I asked her for feedback and was of course ghosted. That's the standard nowadays.

    I just think the interview with the hiring manager wasn't well thought out. I've interviewed with Ebay's Corporate Strategy group and made it to the final round. They use case questions and I think that's a better approach, more so than asking questions that really reveal nothing about the candidate, their interests, and overall thought process. I literally interviewed with Nike a few days after Paypal and they had very preset behavioral questions which they seem to have given a great deal of thought beforehand. For example, “What should Nike do in X market?” What do you think of direct to consumer versus going through a third party retailer?” If you're going to use behavioral questions consider topics that are more closely related to Paypal's business than blockchain. As well as those standard behavioral questions: “Tell me about a time you failed. Name strengths/weaknesses.” It seems like the hiring manager just made the questions off the fly. One question about blockchain is fine but three is excessive. She should have ended that line of question after asking what I thought about blockchain.

     From a performance perspective, I don't think I could have done any better. But I wish I was asked questions that better showcase myself and my ability to actually do the job. I feel like with an interview like this I didn’t really have a chance to build rapport, exhibit my passion, or anything. I think it was an unfair process overall. Even ignoring the lack of standardization, I didn’t get to talk about the key drivers of Payoal’s business, my interest in PayPal or their performance, and the broader retail/payments space.

    Interview Questions

    • what do you think about blockchain? tell me about yourself   1 Answer

  2. Helpful (7)  

    Contract Recruiter Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Omaha, NE
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through a staffing agency. The process took 1+ week. I interviewed at PayPal (Omaha, NE) in July 2013.

    Interview

    I was referred by a local staffing agency to the position. First I had a Phone interview. Discussed my past college and corporate hiring experience and was hired to start the following day.

    Negotiation

    They told me the hourly rate and I accepted. I started the next day.

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    Policeman Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Fraser, MI
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 5 days. I interviewed at PayPal (Fraser, MI) in October 2009.

    Interview

    The interviewing officer should ensure that the intended interviewee is comfortable and able to proceed with the interview.

    The interviewing officer will without delay and in the presence of the interviewee unwrap two new audio tapes and load them into the recorder.

    There are two tapes used at every interview, at the end of the interview tape ‘A’ the master tape, is sealed and signed by the interviewee, the officer and any witness present and tape ‘B’ is used to produce a transcript of the tape. For security purposes the tapes will be numbered and logged in a register.

    The tape machine is then switched on. The officer is to inform the interviewee that the interview is being taped. On commencing the interview the interviewing officer will:

        * Give his name and rank place of work.
        * Other officer/s present will also give their name rank and place of work.
        * The interviewing officer will ask the interviewee to confirm their name, address and date of birth.
        * Any other persons present at the interview (e.g. solicitor, Appropriate Adult, Interpreter) will be asked to confirm their name and title, and in the case of a legal representative the name of the firm or partnership.
        * In the event that there are no other persons present, the interviewee will be asked to confirm this.
        * The officer will announce the date and time the interview commenced and the location of where the interview is taking place.
        * The interviewee is to be told that at the end of the interview that he/she will be given details of what happened to the tapes.

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    Assistant Systems Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. I interviewed at PayPal.

    Interview

    Company background demo, Q&A. Then talk with 2 senior employee individually about your recent experience. Ask specific questions during this process. Have a lot of interaction. Then HR ask some questions about salary estimation and response period.

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  5. Helpful (4)  

    Java Developer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Jose, CA
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at PayPal (San Jose, CA) in October 2017.

    Interview

    It was about discussion type.Very friendly and understandable.applied on line.It was a phone interview.Asked me to code in JAVA.They explained me about the problem.Hiring process is difficult.It improved my confidence level.

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    Java Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at PayPal in September 2014.

    Interview

    First got a phone interview, the interviewer introduced the company and his team at the beginning. This process lasted about 15 minutes. Then I was asked to introduce myself and paraphrase the projects.

    Interview Questions

    • Be asked about basic OS concepts, Java concepts, and the difference between Java and C++   Answer Question

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    Software Development Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Interview

    I applied online, it took a 4 days to process, then a telephone interview followed from a Sr. Development Manager. Another telephone interview from two MTS followed next week, each for half hour

    Interview Questions

    • nothing unexpected, basic Java questions, database questions, technique questions based on projects I ve ever involved.   Answer Question
  8. Helpful (10)  

    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took a week. I interviewed at PayPal in July 2014.

    Interview

    Someone gave me a call one day. I didn't apply, so I guess it was a recruiter. I answered all there questions, and they never called me back. They never gave me an email, and when I called to ask, they told me, "tough luck."

    Interview Questions

    • 1. Verbal test:
      a) What's the difference between StringBuffer and StringBuilder
      b) What's the diff between a linkedList and arrayList? When would you use each?
      2. Language Quiz -Strings
      a="hello"; b="hello"; c=new String("hello"); d=c; e=new String("hello");
      Tell me the result
      a) a==b
      b)a.equals(b)
      c)a==c
      d)c==d
      e)c.equals d
      f) c==e
      g)c.equals e

      3. Code time!!!
      program a method that returns an inOrder Arraylist of the nodes in a tree
      public ArrayList<Integer> inOrder(Node root);   1 Answer

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    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Declined Offer

    Interview

    Took 2 months from start to finish. These guys move super slow unless you take initiative. But once you get your foot in the door, it's smooth sail ing. The interviews consisted of a phone screen, tech screen, take home project and an invitation to an on site.

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    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Mountain View, CA
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through other source. The process took 4 weeks. I interviewed at PayPal (Mountain View, CA) in July 2014.

    Interview

    Contacted through LinkedIn, scheduled a phone screening interview. Went well, reviewed resume, background, design decisions, career goals - fun chat with very experienced engineer. Got thumbs up next day.

    Later provided with a coding challenge and about 1 week to complete - very open ended, combined lots of tools I used in the past but had to learn a few new ones. Had fun with it and implemented extra features.

    Onsite scheduled shortly after, 5 interviewers at 45 minutes each, 4 from the team I would work with and 1 from another team. First few interviewers asked questions about specific language features such as scoping, terminology, limits, but I was expecting questions specific to the coding challenge - as I was told the challenge was meant to 'guide the interviews'. The last two interviewers reviewed my code and were on point with their questions - allowing me to demonstrate my experience well and in an organic way.

    Did not get the position, but overall had a good experience. Disappointed I could not demonstrate my full value due to the way the interviews were structured.

    Interview Questions

    • Here is code intentionally convoluted with many layers deep of function calls - determine variable values at different points in the programs life.   Answer Question

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