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ThoughtWorks Interview Questions

Updated Feb 19, 2018
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  1. Helpful (3)  

    Software Engineer Interview

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

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at ThoughtWorks (San Francisco, CA) in November 2017.

    Interview

    1. Phone call with talent scout.
    2. Phone call with software engineer, mostly non-technical.
    3. Take-home project. 3 options to choose from.
    4. 7-hour (!) on-site interview. This consists of random technical and behavioral questions, a pair-programming session (adding features to your take-home project), a personality test, and a logic test.

    Overall I thought the interview process was pretty good, but it's such an enormous waste of time if you don't get the job. I think I spent 15+ hours between all the interviewing and the take-home project. It's frustrating to receive a very vague reason like "not experienced enough". My experience and coding abilities should have been pretty apparent from my work history and the project that they reviewed before they called me in.

    Interview Questions

    • Choose from three projects:
      - finding an efficient route between several points
      - parsing strings to translate currency from one format to another
      - comparing schedules   Answer Question

  2. Helpful (9)  

    People Manager (HR) Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Chicago, IL
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at ThoughtWorks (Chicago, IL).

    Interview

    Phone interview with internal recruiter - 1 hour good thorough questions. Onsite interview with the HR Team + legal with the exception of one member were horrendous! Rude, distracted and bored interviewers (sorry I took up YOUR time not to mention mine). Very unwelcoming group and no professionalism.

    Interview Questions

    • Handling consultants and work-life-balance options when on the road 100%.   Answer Question
  3. Helpful (8)  

    Business Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

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

    Interview

    Went to some TW event to get a feel for the culture and people. Liked the vibes and applied online. Scheduled an interview call. The time/date happened, and I didn't get a call. The next week, the recruiter emailed to reschedule, saying that something had come up during our interview. Moved on to the next round, which was a case question. Was supposed to hear back from the recruiter, but at this point --I felt like I couldn't trust him to follow through. This experience was very unprofessional and made me not want to pursue this conversation with TW.

    Interview Questions

    • Tell me about yourself and what you're looking for next.   Answer Question

  4. Helpful (4)  

    Principal Technologist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at ThoughtWorks (New York, NY) in May 2017.

    Interview

    This was a pretty standard phone interview, starting by questions regarding my background and then move on to skills review to understand if it was a match with the job description. They also probed into how I would impact the company if I got the job.

    Interview Questions


  5. Helpful (2)  

    Human Resources Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Chicago, IL
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through a staffing agency. I interviewed at ThoughtWorks (Chicago, IL) in May 2017.

    Interview

    Applied through a Recruiter. Process was very slow. Took 2 months total, often with a week or two with no follow up, feedback. The Agency I worked through were nice and professional, but I got the impression the delays were on the TW's end. Even though I'm local, they had me do 2 phone interviews before being invited in. When I was invited in, the interview started with the interviewer criticizing another employer and the way they treat their employees.

    I heard a lot of disturbing things about this company as I researched. For the job I was applying for, there were 4 people in the role in the previous 2 years. That speaks volumes. Also, every indication was the company shares some fairly radical views on politics and I saw a lot of evidence of this, including here in Glassdoor (inappropriate questions, even one asking directly "what political party do you support?".

    The company seems elitist and doesn't have the role I applied for structured properly at all. They seem more concerned about every single person agreeing with the approach of the new hire and gaining consensus on every thing they'll do which is just not realistic.

    Interview Questions

    • How do you get everyone involved to agree with your approach?   Answer Question

  6. Helpful (6)  

    Technical Recruiter Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4 weeks. I interviewed at ThoughtWorks (New York, NY) in March 2017.

    Interview

    Initially there was a 45-60 minute phone interview in which my background as well as the role itself was discussed. That was followed by an on-site presentation. I had been asked to prepare a PowerPoint explaining my sourcing strategies as well as how one would 'sell' the organization externally.

    The feedback from the PowerPoint presentation seemed fairly strong and it was implied that the next step was an extensive on-site interview (meeting with various HR and 'Tech' stakeholders). However before that was confirmed, an online personality test and a random video interview were scheduled. That interview was between me and two other recruiters (one based in New York the other in Houston). My impression was the conversation went well and assumed I would progress to the on-site.

    This video interview was the last time anyone at ThoughtWorks spoke with me. They went radio silent. It has been extremely unprofessional. Obviously they made the decision to not move forward. However the fact that not a single person has spoken with me since the last interview is absurd. I spent a lot of time speaking with various individuals (as well as preparing the PowerPoint). Not providing any update or feedback is almost comical.

    I highly suggest other candidates proceed with extreme caution. Being a recruiter myself, I'm just....well perplexed.

    Interview Questions

    • -Present Ideal ThoughtWorks Candidates
      -Sell ThoughtWorks to Us
      -Explain Sourcing Techniques   Answer Question

  7. Helpful (3)  

    HR Business Partner Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Chicago, IL
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at ThoughtWorks (Chicago, IL) in February 2017.

    Interview

    I phone screened with 4 different staff members, and did one web interview the day before my on-site interview. Times ranged from 30 minutes to 1 hour. I really enjoyed learning about the company and I can appreciate the screening process but 4 different calls and a video interview were excessive. Not to mention the interview was set mid day so I had to take a whole unpaid day off of work.

    The on-site interview itself lasted 5 hours meeting with several people. At one point I had nothing to do in a conference room for 30 minutes before my next interview.

    Interview Questions

    • Two role play scenarios with actual employees while a HRBP monitors your conversation, approach, and fit.   Answer Question
  8. Helpful (3)  

    Senior Recruiter Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Chicago, IL
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at ThoughtWorks (Chicago, IL) in January 2017.

    Interview

    2 Phone interviews, followed by preparing a assessment presentation and then I was asked to present the same.

    Overall the process was long- almost 5 weeks before they concluded the decision.

    Interview Questions


  9. Helpful (2)  

    Marketing Role Interview

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

    Application

    I applied through a staffing agency. I interviewed at ThoughtWorks (New York, NY).

    Interview

    The recruiting agency that contacted me was extremely professional.

    The internal process was lengthy. Basically, phone screens, 1:1 phone interviews plus a full day.

    Unfortunately, this company doesn't understand that the potential for liability at the interview stage in the hiring process is tremendous. For a 'culture interview' they had what seemed to be untrained, inexperienced individuals on the interview panel who did not know or understand how to keep an interview legal. Many questions towed the line or crossed it. Scary!

    Oh, and they use the Wonderlic cognitive abilities test...
    They also like to throw around the word intelligent.

    My advice is that they take a critical look at the interview panel and process before it backfires.

    Interview Questions

    • A bunch of questions to test how comfortable you are 'sharing your opinion.'   Answer Question

  10. Helpful (17)  

    Recruiter Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

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

    Interview

    I had three phone screens and then had to put together a presentation, and then an ALL day onsite. I was there for almost 8 hours. It was the most intense interview I've ever had. For someone who has worked in top Tech companies recruiting Engineers, this was insane. Not even technical Leads go through this. I had to present to a room full of people and was then probed on sensitive diversity questions that seemed inappropriate and perhaps violated some HR laws. I left feeling completely drained, demoralized, and picked apart. I didn't end up getting the position and it looks like they're still looking for someone, which doesn't surprise me. Take a chance on someone. Don't totally pick them apart and make them feel like crap in the interview. Figure out a way to shorten it. Presenting to a large group like that is just cruel.

    Interview Questions

    • Just be prepared to answer anything and everything. Be prepared to feel totally uncomfortable.   Answer Question

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