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Machine Learning Engineer Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate in Cambridge, MA
No Offer
Negative Experience
Difficult Interview

Application

I applied through a recruiter. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at Spotify (Cambridge, MA) in June 2019.

Interview

Got recruited via linked in after applying on their website.Had a phone call with recruiter and then video call with hiring manager. After I was asked to do a video interview with their researcher focusing on ML fundamentals. Interviewer came on the call 5 minutes late, didn't apologize about showing up late. Starts off asking me how I would create a parse tree, to which I replied I don't know the specifics of a parse tree beyond vaguely recalling what it is and he buried his head in his hands and let out an audible sigh. Then asked me what is a way to check distribution comparisons of language models with information theory. Afterwards asked me to create a podcast search, even though I have no information retrieval experience in my resume and it wasn't related to role I was interviewing for. He ignored my clarifying questions without responding and gave contradictions and was rude throughout.After this interview I didn't hear back from the recruiter, even after a followup two weeks later. Extremely disappointed in the time I wasted talking with the team and the lack of professionalism.

Interview Questions

  • How to compare language models using information theory, create parse tree, design podcast search with only transcript (later contradicted himself and said why I didn't use any metadata features when he told me I cannot).   2 Answers

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    Machine Learning Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Declined Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Interview

    Music is definitely a big passion of everyone there and you can tell.

    SWE style questions. One or two basic data questions. They are really looking for a SWE who read a blog post about machine learning. Not really interested in real expertise in that domain.

    Interview Questions

    • How could you tell if a song is a duplicate in our catalog?   1 Answer

  2. Helpful (1)  

    Machine Learning Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Boston, MA
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ weeks. I interviewed at Spotify (Boston, MA).

    Interview

    Two phone calls. Both phone calls went well. I answered all the questions including coding round. They said I spoke fast and they couldn't fully understand the work I do. I tried my best and have never had any problems with communication earlier. Didn't sound that they had a solid machine learning team; rather a software team that did a little ML

    Interview Questions

    • How would sample a stream of data to match the distribution to the real data   4 Answers
    • Breadth first search   Answer Question
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    Machine Learning Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at Spotify.

    Interview

    Take home data analysis assignment and 2 video interviews (one machine learning and one general coding). Took a few weeks for the whole deal. I got positive feedback on everything but was ultimately not given an offer. The questions in the coding interview were pretty easy (using Python) and the machine learning interview was a bit more challenging but didn't require any live coding, just talking through the problem. Everyone I dealt with was very nice.

    Interview Questions

    • Disambiguate artists with the same names given metadata and song list   1 Answer

  4. Helpful (2)  

    Machine Learning Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Gothenburg (Sweden)
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience

    Application

    The process took 2+ weeks. I interviewed at Spotify (Gothenburg (Sweden)).

    Interview

    The recruiter called me, asked me general question about my field and questions like did I failed before? What is my main success in my career what do I like most in machine learning

    Interview Questions


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