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SDL Interview Questions

Updated Feb 18, 2017
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    Vice President Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 6 weeks. I interviewed at SDL in December 2016.

    Interview

    Applied through a recruiter. Both phone interviews were late - had to call the recruiter when the second phone interview hadn't called 15 min after scheduled time. People I spoke with were uninspired and asked me very little about my qualifications or why I was interested in the role. They gave mostly rote answers to my questions about the company which centered on the business model and profit margins given the advances in Google Translate and artificial intelligence.

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    • Honestly can't remember - although do recall one question that was totally irrelevant to the position I was applying for.   Answer Question
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    Project Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Declined Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 3+ months. I interviewed at SDL in November 2016.

    Interview

    The whole hiring process was ill-organized, which is a bit hard for me to associate it with the reputable company I always respected. There were loopholes in almost all hiring phases:

    1. On-site Interview:

    The major point-of-contact for the on-site interview didn't show up on time, despite the fact that I sent an email as a final confirmation with the exact time of interview on the day before and received a confirmation back.

    I waited for the interviewers for more than half an hour outside of the interview room. After the interview, I was asked to complete a 45-minute test right on site, which wasn't even mentioned in the interview notification email I received. This was good enough to indicate a lack of punctuality and respect for the interviewees and their time.

    2. After On-site Interview:

    A week after the on-site interview, I received an email from SDL, inviting me to take another test and email back the test. I agreed and showed up on time and waited for the test, only to find the test was exactly the same one as what I had taken on-site. This indicates the communication issues between different units.

    3. Offer Follow-up and Salary Negotiation:

    I had two phone call appointments scheduled with SDL and the person who was expected to call me had missed the time twice, without giving any notifications or explanations, and left me waiting for 40 minutes and 45 minutes. I had to send two email requests as a courtesy to remind the time.

    4. Starting date:

    Upon receiving the oral offer, I documented and communicated by phone and email with the major point of contact on the starting date I am able to make. The information wasn't clearly conveyed or deliberately ignored. The starting date on the written offer was not made upon discussion or mutual agreement, as there was no follow-up communications between the oral offer and written offer.

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    Reasons for Declining

    The hiring process of SDL is less professional in many ways. The issues and roadblocks along the way served as a snapshot of the corporate culture and value, as well as the interpersonal relationship in the day-to-day work at SDL. The delay of reply and confirmation from you have helped me rethink about the entire hiring process and I do not think SDL will be a good fit for my personality and my professional pursuit.

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    Bilingual Copywriter Interview

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

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at SDL (San Francisco, CA) in October 2016.

    Interview

    I applied through a recruiting agency. It took about five days to set up a phone interview. Then, it took weeks for the recruiter to get back at me. Not sure if this was SDL's fault or the recruiter's.

    Interview Questions

    • A lot of it was very general: describe yourself, walk me through your resume, how do you handle shifting priorities, how do you work in teams, etc. One of the interviewers was great, but I could hardly listen to the other one. And I don't think she could listen to me either!   Answer Question
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    Tester Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Louisville, CO
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 5 days. I interviewed at SDL (Louisville, CO).

    Interview

    It was one of the most comfortable, stress free interview I've ever had. I interviewed with Chris, and he was very laid back, calm and easy to talk to. I wasn't rushed and was listened to actively when I was speaking.

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    Linguistic Tester Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Louisville, CO
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took a week. I interviewed at SDL (Louisville, CO) in April 2016.

    Interview

    I applied online. I was invited to a face-to-face interview the following. Very simple questions, the basically wanted to make sure I am a native speaker for the language I applied for and that I am familiar with computer software and smart phone apps.

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    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Seattle, WA
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at SDL (Seattle, WA) in March 2016.

    Interview

    Pretty average phone screen. In-person, some of the interviewers seemed unhappy to be interviewing me (one loudly sighed after noting that we still had half an hour left). The questions were standard technical interview fare, with Java and some C#-based questions.

    I apparently didn't get an offer, since I never heard back after my full-day interview in person.

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    Sales Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Accepted Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2 days. I interviewed at SDL.

    Interview

    H.R. did not have the proper paperwork available or updated information that was previously provided several times. It was disorganized and the interviewers were late and rushed. It was not a good experience at all.

    Interview Questions

    • Asked mostly about competitors and how it could be leveraged for their gain   Answer Question
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    Associate Project Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Superior, CO
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    The process took 4 weeks. I interviewed at SDL (Superior, CO) in August 2015.

    Interview

    The Interview process was quite lengthy. First a phone interview and then I had to show up for half a day of interviews. First I met with the hiring manager and other manager then I had to take and hour and a half long test on basic math skills. Then I had another meeting with HR and another manager. Seemed a bit like over kill.

    Interview Questions

    • Do you have localization experience? Do you have Project Management experience? How do prioritize projects? How is your multitasking experience and working on multiple projects at a time?   Answer Question

    SDL Response

    Apr 26, 2016 – Corporate Recruiter

    Thank you for your review and may I take this opportunity to say welcome to the company. Regarding your comment, interview processes at SDL vary depending on the position you have applied for. We ... More

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    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at SDL.

    Interview

    First there is a phone call to check some details in my resume. And there is a technical test following. The topic of the technical test is come from their senior software developer. It's about 3 hours for you to program a console which used to load and process huge data.

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    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Los Angeles, CA
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 5 days. I interviewed at SDL (Los Angeles, CA).

    Interview

    The interview was 'interesting'. It was more of a get to know you. A wide variety of personalities but they seem to be nice. One person wanted me to 'convince' the person of a technology and show why/where/how I would use it. I was not so convince about the company, the challenges it would bring and the career growth to expect.

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