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Wikimedia Foundation Interview Questions

Updated Oct 25, 2017
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    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Negative Experience

    Interview

    I'd applied to 2 different positions. One with the Fundraising Tech team and one with the Community Tech team.

    I'd reached out to the recruiter via LinkedIn one time after not hearing back for a few weeks and didn't receive a response.

    it's been over 6 months and still no feedback one way or the other. I'm OK with not having the appropriate skillset, not enough experience, etc. but I'd at least like hear from the company if that was the case.

    Wikimedia Foundation Response

    Aug 23, 2017 – Talent and Culture

    Thank you so much for taking the time to post a review, and apply to some of our open roles. We are fortunate enough to receive a large number of applicants for each role, and for that reason, our... More


  2.  

    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Boston, MA
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at Wikimedia Foundation (Boston, MA) in May 2017.

    Interview

    The process seemed to be a little disorganized and it seemed like too many people were involved with the process to make it efficient. Everyone seemed polite and passionate though.

    Interview Questions

    • Why do you want to work with us?   1 Answer

    Wikimedia Foundation Response

    Sep 26, 2017 – Talent and Culture

    Thank you so much for taking the time to post a review on your interview experience. Although we're happy to hear that your overall experience was a positive one, we're also disappointed that you... More

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    Survey Interview

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

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Wikimedia Foundation (San Francisco, CA) in November 2016.

    Interview

    There were 3 waves of interviews, and 1 exam. One was a standard HR phone call, the second was with someone on the survey team, then there was a simple exam, and finally an interview with two members of the survey team (one being the supervisor). The process wasn't very hard, but took a very long time. Add to that they completely stopped communicating after the last interview, and you'd have to bug them to find out your application status.

    Interview Questions

    • What's your experience with surveys? Describe your experience with data collection, etc.   Answer Question

    Wikimedia Foundation Response

    Apr 18, 2017 – Talent and Culture

    Thank you so much for sharing your interview experience! We are very fortunate to receive many qualified candidate applications, which can some times slow down the interview process. However, we are... More


  4. Helpful (3)  

    Software Engineer Interview

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

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at Wikimedia Foundation (San Francisco, CA) in July 2016.

    Interview

    So I talked with one senior recruiter at wikimedia. She was very enthusiastic about her work and the company culture and its values. She asked me about my working experience in PHP, Node.js and HTML parsing. She told me I wasn't experienced enough since they want someone with extensive industry experience handling high scale web apps. Being a graduate who just get out of school, I was a bit frustrated honestly but she encouraged me a lot and gave me valuable advice on how to search jobs and how to approach essential hiring people. I definitely recommend wikimedia because of what she expressed and the way she did. I would like to apply to wikimedia again! It sounds really like a place people cherish their values, work on non-profit projects to benefit whole world people in education and provide free access to knowledge to have better world!

    Interview Questions

    • How many years of experience do you have in PHP, Node.js, and HTML?   Answer Question

    Wikimedia Foundation Response

    Aug 8, 2016 – Recruiting Coordinator

    Thank you so much for sharing your interview experience! We are very fortunate to receive a large number of qualified applicants for our roles, however we completely understand your frustrations. We... More


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    Data Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    The process took 3+ months. I interviewed at Wikimedia Foundation.

    Interview

    1st round: resume screening
    2nd: a take home test which requires to be completed in 3 hours
    3rd: google hangout interview with team leader
    4th: another hangout interview with a data analyst

    Overall experience is OK. HR is very responsible and replies my emails quickly. However, the whole process is very slow (it took them more than a month to get back to me after the 4th interview). Both hangout interviews involve technical questions and questions about personal experience.

    Interview Questions

    Wikimedia Foundation Response

    Jul 6, 2016 – Recruiting Coordinator

    Thank you so much for sharing your interview experience! We are happy to hear that your emails were responded to promptly. We are fortunate enough to receive many qualified candidate applications... More


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    Program Officer Interview

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

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at Wikimedia Foundation (San Francisco, CA) in May 2016.

    Interview

    The interview process was very thorough and thoughtful. The hiring team is talented and earnest. Throughout the process the recruiter communicated where we were in the process and was very transparent on my candidacy specifically. The compensation was not aggressive.

    Interview Questions

    • How would you do working in a collaborative environment largely based on consensus?   Answer Question

    Wikimedia Foundation Response

    Jan 18, 2017 – Talent and Culture

    Thank you so much for sharing your interview experience. We're happy to hear that your overall experience was a positive one, and that your conversations with our Recruiting team were thorough... More


  7.  

    Data Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at Wikimedia Foundation in April 2016.

    Interview

    I contacted a recruiter after being referred at my university. She did a quick phone screener, then sent me a data exercise. I was rejected about two weeks later.

    Interview Questions

    Wikimedia Foundation Response

    Jul 6, 2016 – Recruiting Coordinator

    Thank you so much for sharing your interview experience! We are so happy to see that your overall experience was a positive one. For some of our technical roles we require that candidates complete a... More

  8. Helpful (1)  

    Digital Communications Associate Interview

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

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at Wikimedia Foundation (San Francisco, CA) in March 2016.

    Interview

    The San Francisco office is tiny and lean for such a massive organization, so it took a couple of weeks to get in alignment with everyone's schedules and get my foot in the door for an interview. Once I made it in, I spent about an hour in a panel interview with the whole communications team. Busy as they are, some of them dipped in and out of the panel to tackle other obligations in between. Everyone was really straightforward and frank with me when discussing my work experience. They spent a good amount of time getting to know me personally too, which I really appreciated.

    Interview Questions

    • Q: What are the largest online communities you've worked with?   Answer Question
    • Q: How did you handle conflicts between users at your last digital media position?   Answer Question

    Wikimedia Foundation Response

    Apr 1, 2016 – Recruiting Coordinator

    Thank you so much for sharing your interview experience! We try our very best to structure our interviews as relaxed conversations because we believe it leads to more candid and transparent... More


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    Community Associate Interview

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

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Wikimedia Foundation (San Francisco, CA) in February 2016.

    Interview

    I applied online. After a couple of weeks I was sent an email request to answer 3-5 questions about my past work experience. Then they followed up with brief telephone call with recruiter. They told me that they had received 60 applications and were conducting the first round of 20 (???) interviews

    Interview Questions

    Wikimedia Foundation Response

    Feb 8, 2016 – Recruiting Coordinator

    Thank you so much for sharing your interview experience! We are very fortunate to receive many qualified applicants, and for that reason there are often several candidates in different interview... More


  10. Helpful (5)  

    Project Coordinator Interview

    Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3+ months. I interviewed at Wikimedia Foundation (San Francisco, CA).

    Interview

    Three interviews spread over three months. After waiting weeks for the final interview, it was canceled the night before and rescheduled for a week later--a bit of a roller coaster. There were some uncomfortable (peculiar rather than challenging) questions. None of it was especially demanding, but the process was slow and it was sometimes unclear who the point person was. Felt a bit bounced around and put off by the end (not enough to decline an offer!).

    Interview Questions

    Wikimedia Foundation Response

    Jan 27, 2016 – Recruiting Coordinator

    Thank you so much for sharing your interview experience! We are so sorry to hear that you felt the interview process was slow & felt a bit bounced around. We greatly appreciate your feedback and can... More


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