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SAS Institute Interview Questions

Updated Jun 27, 2017
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  1.  

    Pre-Sales Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Cary, NC
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at SAS Institute (Cary, NC) in March 2016.

    Interview

    The interview process was short. Everything was done before you know it. They start with a phone screening, then another phone interview and if everything goes well, you get to visit the campus. In the campus you will have to interview in front of a panel. It might seem overwhelming at times but everyone is super nice.

    Interview Questions

    • Why do you think you best suit this role?   1 Answer

  2.  

    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took a week. I interviewed at SAS Institute in March 2016.

    Interview

    Applied online, took 6 months to hear anything back.

    Received an email from a woman in HR at SAS requesting to set up a 1 hour phone interview with two software engineers from a team at SAS.

    Scheduled the interview, received a call the day of the interview and spoke to the manager of the team I would be working on and one of the lead software engineers on that team. Both asked me questions from things on my resume as well as some light technical and language specific questions.

    Interview Questions

    • What is the runtime of searching through a linked list?
      What is the runtime if that list is now doubly linked?
      What is polymorphism?
      Give an example of polymorphism in C++.  
      1 Answer

  3. Helpful (7)  

    Project Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Cary, NC
    No Offer
    Negative Experience

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at SAS Institute (Cary, NC).

    Interview

    The initial phone screen with the manager went very well. After being selected to proceed to the face to face interview, I was given a rather ambiguous assignment to create an email to a client, a slide deck / presentation on the project describing security issues, and a meeting agenda for the client. I'm very glad I had read some of the other reviews on Glassdoor; however, I was still not prepared for what actually occurred.

    Honestly, it was the WORST interview experience I ever had in my career. I met with 2 managers, M1 and M2 - who called in. The meeting began with barely any introductions and they proceeded to tear apart the "homework" in a very insulting and berating manner. M2 was very hostile and M1 was nice. It felt like a game of "good manager / bad manager". I understand the 'stress interview' format, however, it was only 30 minutes into the "interview" where they asked if I had any questions that I was informed that this was a preliminary run to review the materials prior to meeting with the team, who would be role playing the customer. Only then did the process make sense. Had I been informed that my materials would be all client facing, I would have drafted them very differently. M2 was angry he didn't understand a basic security issue - which surprised me since that was the assignment I was given.

    M2 dropped off at one point and we thought that the call had been dropped; however, he just...vanished. Nothing was said at any point that he had a hard stop or that he had to leave. It surprised M1, who attempted to cover the rudeness. I continued to speak with M1, who was quite pleasant.

    I left the interview feeling as if I was bleeding from every orifice and my gut was telling me to run, run, run. If this was typical example of behavior of the company, then no way did I want to work for SAS, although they do have great PR about working there. I sent the Thank You's and such to all parties and that's the last I have heard from SAS.

    Interview Questions


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    Senior Account Executive Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Cary, NC
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. I interviewed at SAS Institute (Cary, NC) in February 2016.

    Interview

    Intro interview with internal recruiter followed up with 2 phone calls with hiring managers. Two weeks later flown to Cary for onsite presentation consisting of how SAS could be used in my vertical plus multiple other topics. Requested references which they called never heard back the references were fine. Apparently this is how SAS does business wish I would have done my homework upfront about SAS before wasting my time took 2 vacation days for visit and prep.

    Interview Questions

    • General questions nothing specific to SAS product line   Answer Question

  5.  

    Software Developer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Cary, NC
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Interview

    45 minute phone screen , followed by 3 hour technical interview . Interview was split to 3 parts , spoke to various directors and managers and 2 teams. Was required to write pseudo code on white board.

    Interview Questions


  6.  

    Declined Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied in-person. The process took 2 days. I interviewed at SAS Institute.

    Interview

    When SAS acquired my previous company, MarketMAX, I was not interviewed. My personnel file was reviewed, a background check done and I was assigned a SAS employee number. No job interview process was completed and I continued in my role as with the acquired company.

    Interview Questions

    • SAS only had me complete a SAS version application for record keeping purposes as I had never completed an application for the acquired company. I was hired based on my interview.   Answer Question

  7. Helpful (10)  

    Marketing Specialist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through other source. I interviewed at SAS Institute.

    Interview

    I've interviewed for several positions and held several contract positions over the past few years at SAS and received consistently excellent reviews. That being said, I'm tired of being jerked around by this place. You'll interview and they will tell you that they are going to get back to you and will never hear from them again, even if you made it far into the process. The last straw for me was being promised an interview for a position in the department that I was contracting for and never actually being interviewed. I had consistent email contact with the manager who kept putting me off and then out of the blue, she says she hired someone else. If I wasn't being considered, I should have been told from the very start. Not only was this a waste of time, it was straight up mean.

    I ended up getting a job elsewhere and I know I am better off. I would not want to work with people who treat others like this.


  8. Helpful (4)  

    Senior Software Developer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Cary, NC
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at SAS Institute (Cary, NC) in January 2016.

    Interview

    I was contacted by a recruiter on a social networking site to gauge my interest. After some emails back & forth I had a phone screen with one of the solution architects to review details of the position and some general background information about SAS.

    After the phone screen I was invited to interview on the SAS campus in Cary. I interviewed with the hiring manager, two very high-level engineers and one senior engineer. My last interview of the day was with the recruiter to talk about compensation & benefits. My time on campus was very relaxed & low-key. One of the technical interviewers started off slightly cold & standoffish but once I made it clear that I knew what I was talking about her attitude changed.

    Total time from initial contact to accepting a negotiated offer was less than a month.

    Interview Questions

    • I was expecting a grueling, highly technical interview such as I've experienced with Amazon and several others but I was very surprised: all of the questions were about the experience on my resume. The atmosphere was very relaxed.   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    I declined SAS' initial offer as the salary was just too low. SAS countered with a higher base salary and a signing bonus.


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    Operations Research Specialist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Interview

    Had an initial interview with the team manager, followed by a one hour phone call with the team. Both experience are typical "a walk through your resume" interviews. May be asked very detailed questions on your previous work/research experience.

    Interview Questions


  10. Helpful (1)  

    Systems Programmer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Cary, NC
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a staffing agency. The process took 1+ week. I interviewed at SAS Institute (Cary, NC).

    Interview

    1) Personal Interview with management, about 1 Hours. 2) Tech Interview, I met with about 6 different team/people. It lasted 4 hours. Since then they have change the Interview process, 1st step is personal interview then the 2nd is now panel interview process.

    Interview Questions


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