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  1. Featured Interview

    Helpful (3)  

    Account Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at Pinterest in October 2020.

    Interview

    I was contacted by a recruiter about a week after applying online. The process started with a 30 minute phone screening with the recruiter. The phone screening was very basic (tell me about yourself, why do you want to work here, etc.). At the end of the phone call, the recruiter said I was moving forward to another phone interview with a Sales Manager. That phone interview was about 30 minutes. I was asked more technical questions (tell me about a time when, etc.) as well as questions about Pinterest specifically (how would you describe the platform to someone who doesn't have Pinterest). A couple weeks later, I received an invite to meet with 4 team members over video (usually onsite, but because of COVID it was on Google Hangouts). Prior to the interview, I was given an Excel document with data and was tasked to put it into a presentation and relay the data to an Account Manager (acting if they were the client). Each person had different questions and themes (i.e. first interview was how I work in a team, last interview was specifics to the vertical I was applying for). I would say that some of the questions were challenging, but if you prepare tactical examples you should do fine. I got a call from the recruiter about a week later and he went over my feedback from each interview which was super helpful. I got the offer about a month after I applied.

    Interview Questions

    Pinterest Response

    Dec 2, 2020

    Thanks so much for interviewing at Pinterest, and welcome to the team! We appreciate you taking the time to give feedback and will take it into account for our future interview processes. If you have any additional specific feedback that you’d like to share, send us an email at gd@pinterest.com, or contact us via our anonymous hotline: (844) 704-6249. Pinterest Recruiting


  2.  

    New Grad Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Interview

    Coding test, Karat interview, did not make it to the round after that. The coding test was easy - they gave tons of time. Just had not done enough in person practice to pass the Karat interview.

    Interview Questions

    • Standard algorithm questions - just had not done enough in person practice to pass the Karat interview.   Answer Question

    Pinterest Response

    Jan 14, 2021

    Thanks so much for interviewing at Pinterest, and for sharing this review. If you have any additional specific feedback that you’d like to share, send us an email at gd@pinterest.com, or contact us via our anonymous hotline: (844) 704-6249. Pinterest Recruiting

  3.  

    BizOps Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at Pinterest.

    Interview

    Interview process was pretty straightforward - a recruiter screen, a tak home assignment, call with hiring manager, final round (5 different interviews).

    The only negative was that I did not hear back from the team for over a month after, which wasn't pleasant. But as I ofund out later, the recruiter had quit so the ball was dropped

    Interview Questions

    • 1) Tell me a time when you worked xfunctionally
      2) Bunch of SQL questions (starts easy, but gets progressively hard)   Answer Question

    Pinterest Response

    Jan 14, 2021

    Thanks so much for interviewing at Pinterest, and for sharing this review. If you have any additional specific feedback that you’d like to share, send us an email at gd@pinterest.com, or contact us via our anonymous hotline: (844) 704-6249. Pinterest Recruiting


  4.  

    Pinterest Engage Scholar Interview

    Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at Pinterest (San Francisco, CA).

    Interview

    Submitted an application online, got it passed through by an alum from my school.

    They sent a link to an online coding challenge that I had a couple of days to complete.

    After passing this, I had a short phone interview that lasted less than five minutes and I think just confirmed I was interested in the program and would participate fully.r

    Interview Questions

    • In any language of your choosing, we had to do something with names and phone numbers. I think there was string formatting involved. Cant really remember   1 Answer

    Pinterest Response

    Jan 11, 2021

    Thanks so much for interviewing at Pinterest, and for sharing this review. If you have any additional specific feedback that you’d like to share, send us an email at gd@pinterest.com, or contact us via our anonymous hotline: (844) 704-6249. Pinterest Recruiting


  5. Helpful (1)  

    Sales Coordinator Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Interview

    Phone call and in person interview. Was interviewed by 4 different people in person back to back. Many questions about team work and collaboration. Offered job quickly after in person interview.

    Interview Questions

    Pinterest Response

    Dec 21, 2020

    Thanks so much for interviewing at Pinterest, and for sharing this review. If you have any additional specific feedback that you’d like to share, send us an email at gd@pinterest.com, or contact us via our anonymous hotline: (844) 704-6249. Pinterest Recruiting


  6.  

    Data Scientist, Growth Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. I interviewed at Pinterest.

    Interview

    Applied via referral. Recruiter contacted me.

    Had a tech phone screen. Screener called me (no video) and was clearly doing something else during the interview (distracted). Was told I passed but they closed the position.

    Then ghosted by the recruiter. I ended up receiving 3 offers from other companies.

    From a candidate experience standpoint, Pinterest was probably the worst company I interviewed with this year.

    Interview Questions

    • SQL
      Probability Question
      Statistics Question (proportion test)   Answer Question

    Pinterest Response

    Dec 21, 2020

    Thanks so much for interviewing at Pinterest, and for sharing this review. We are sorry you had a negative experience, and are actively working to get back to all candidates who enter our process in a timely manner. If you have any additional specific feedback that you’d like to share, contact us via our anonymous hotline: (844) 704-6249, or send us a note at gd@pinterest.com. Pinterest Recruiting


  7.  

    Software Engineer(Internship) Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Interview

    Was a fairly good interview process on a platform called "Karat" The interviewer introduced himself and them ask me to introduce myself and then proceeded to ask me a technical question

    Interview Questions

    Pinterest Response

    Dec 9, 2020

    Thanks so much for interviewing at Pinterest, and for sharing this review. If you have any additional specific feedback that you’d like to share, send us an email at gd@pinterest.com, or contact us via our anonymous hotline: (844) 704-6249. Pinterest Recruiting

  8.  

    DS Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Interview

    First round assessment, the company ask you to complete a swe coding question when the actual position you applied for was ds. Very unpleasant experience. The what to expect pdf did not mention anything regarding swe coding.

    Interview Questions

    Pinterest Response

    Dec 1, 2020

    Thanks so much for interviewing at Pinterest, and for sharing this review. We are sorry you had a negative experience, and will take your feedback into account for our future interview processes. If you have any additional specific feedback that you’d like to share, contact us via our anonymous hotline: (844) 704-6249, or send us a note at gd@pinterest.com. Pinterest Recruiting


  9. Helpful (5)  

    Corporate Finance Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview

    Interview

    Pinterest was the most unprofessional interview experience of my career. The recruiter invited me to interview, then ignored my numerous emails trying to schedule it. (I have read receipts turned on). Prior to this, I had spent 6+ hours completing the written assignment, which I had passed. I shared my availabilities to interview, but was subsequently ignored. I followed up 3 more times and never heard back. I’m assuming the role has since closed — but who’s to know? The recruiter completely fell off the face of the earth.

    I was treated unprofessionally, and frankly unethically — Pinterest led me on a wild goose chase and wasted weeks of my time, with absolutely no closure or acknowledgment of their mistake. If you are a serious professional looking for your next move, Pinterest is not the place for you.

    Interview Questions

    • Recruiter reached out to schedule interview after I passed the written assignment. Because she ignored my 3+ emails trying to schedule / follow-up, I never interviewed with the team.   Answer Question

    Pinterest Response

    Nov 2, 2020

    Thanks so much for interviewing at Pinterest, and for sharing this review. We’re sorry you had a negative experience, and will take your feedback into account for our future interview processes. If you have specific feedback that you’d like to share, contact us via our anonymous hotline: (844) 704-6249. Pinterest Recruiting


  10. Helpful (1)  

    data science internship Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Jose, CA
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at Pinterest (San Jose, CA) in November 2020.

    Interview

    Online, 1 hour through the Karat website. An interviewer with trouble accent approached me. He asked me at first questions about my PhD. He then went through the coding questions.

    Interview Questions

    • Finding the Maximum substring matching between two strings   1 Answer

    Pinterest Response

    Dec 1, 2020

    Thanks so much for interviewing at Pinterest, and for sharing this review. We are sorry you had a negative experience, and will take your feedback into account for our future interview processes. If you have any additional specific feedback that you’d like to share, contact us via our anonymous hotline: (844) 704-6249, or send us a note at gd@pinterest.com. Pinterest Recruiting


  11.  

    Product Analyst Interview

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

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at Pinterest (San Francisco, CA) in November 2020.

    Interview

    Applied for the position of Product Analyst on the company's website. After a week the recruiter contacted me by e-mail asking to set up a technical interview in SQL and Python scripting.

    Interview Questions

    • Join table questions. Other ways to use query without using DISTINCT.   Answer Question

    Pinterest Response

    Dec 30, 2020

    Thanks so much for interviewing at Pinterest, and for sharing this review. If you have any additional specific feedback that you’d like to share, send us an email at gd@pinterest.com, or contact us via our anonymous hotline: (844) 704-6249. Pinterest Recruiting


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