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Zillow Interview Questions in San Francisco, CA

Updated Nov 9, 2017
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    Software Engineering Interview

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

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. I interviewed at Zillow (San Francisco, CA).

    Interview

    1st round: Phone screen - basic questions about past projects, experience, interests within SWE
    2nd round: Batch day that students were flown in for. Two back to back technical interviews in the morning, engineering presentation, and finally a group project to work on

    Interview Questions

    • Write a method to determine if a string2 is a substring of string1?   2 Answers

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    Product Manager Interview

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

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at Zillow (San Francisco, CA) in July 2017.

    Interview

    The recruiting experience was alright until after on-site. No one ever follow up with me. I had a competing offer, told the recruiter and he promised to get back to me that week. Never heard back from him. Regardless of the decision, this is not good practice.

    Other than that, I had a great time chatting with the team even thought it didn't work out in the end. They seem to be smart, nice people passionate about their mission and product.

    Interview Questions

    Zillow Response

    Aug 10, 2017 – VP, Recruiting

    Hi and thank you for your review. I am very sorry you didn't hear back from my recruiting team, that is just unacceptable. If you are open to sharing more information with me directly, on who you... More

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    Recruiting Manager Interview

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

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. I interviewed at Zillow (San Francisco, CA) in June 2017.

    Interview

    You can tell they kept candidate experience a top priority throughout the process from initial reach out to even small things they did to keep me warm and excited to start with them. Overall thoughtful team at each touch point!

    Interview Questions

    • There weren't a lot of "surprise" questions because their goal wasn't trying to trick you but they sincerely wanted to know things you were proud of and gave you an opportunity to share those examples.   Answer Question

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    IT Support Specialist Interview

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

    Application

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

    Interview

    Initially I was contacted by a recruiter. They asked a few basic questions to see if I would be interested, then put me in contact with a recruiting coordinator.

    I then went through an initial phone interview with the team manager, followed by a round of in-person or video conference interviews with each team member individually. Although time consuming, which can be difficult while working another job, I appreciated to opportunity to individually meet each person, make a connection, and address any questions or concerns they had.

    This was followed by another phone interview, and a recap to see if I had any additional questions. At this time I was also informed that I was in the running for final candidate, and they were considering me or one other person. I appreciated the honesty and communication letting me know where I stood.

    The communications were all professional and detailed, and they followed up every step of the way. The HR and recruiting team were amazing. They constantly reached out and followed up. When I went in for the in person interview, they even provided links to parking garages and helped make sure I was set up for success.

    Interview Questions

    Negotiation

    Pretty amazing benefits, so I didn't need to negotiate much. Although my base pay was higher at my previous job, the benefits made up for it. But, since I was going to a lower hourly rate, I asked for $1/hour more, which I was granted.


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    UI Designer Interview

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

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at Zillow (San Francisco, CA).

    Interview

    The standard HR screening call, then a call with the design director. After that, I did a design test which directly focused on their own product. This is the first red flag for me. Design tests, morally speaking, should have nothing to do with the company's actual product. Regardless, I did the design test and was called in to present to a team of 6 people, and then go on a series of 6 interviews. They all went smoothly and all of the interviewers did an excellent job, save for some out-of-the-blue logic / math questions in one of the interviews that had little to do with the position. I'll chalk that up to just not knowing how to interview a designer.

    Time went by, and I received an automated message telling me I was not selected. No big deal! The problem is, when someone spends that much time and gets that far in the interview process, an automated message rejection is a little lame. Further, the temporary emails in which the recruiters were using to reach out to me with at that point immediately ceased to function. All I wanted was some simple feedback to improve myself, which I feel is the least they can do after all the time I invested, but they've barred that from happening.

    Bottom line: good people, good office, sketchy design test prompt (free crowd-sourced R&D), refusal to provide feedback after several rounds of interviewing, poor tact for HR in automated email rejection after 8 interviews, a design test, and a presentation.

    Interview Questions

    • Design test: Look at our app and help us come up with a new feature for it   Answer Question

    Zillow Response

    Sep 27, 2016 – VP, Recruiting

    Hello and thank you for your feedback. We really appreciate all the time you spent with us, and I am sorry that the end result was not a hire. I want you to know that part of our recruiting... More


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    Product Manager Interview

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

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4 weeks. I interviewed at Zillow (San Francisco, CA) in October 2016.

    Interview

    Great experience. Walked through several case studies, answered questions about my ambition, company goals, company direction, etc. Asked for ideas for future products and critiques about their product. I met with direct reports in addition to designers and engineers to learn about their overall work flow and process.

    Interview Questions


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    Senior IOS Engineer Interview

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

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 4 days. I interviewed at Zillow (San Francisco, CA) in September 2016.

    Interview

    Zillow reached out to me via my Hired profile. There was a 30 minute technical phone screen by the hiring manager, followed by a 3.5 hour onsite with 4 interviewers. I was interviewed by a female iOS engineer, a male senior iOS engineer, a female product manager, and the male hiring manager/team lead.

    Both male engineers had a very condescending and confrontational interview style. Not sure if it's because I'm female and they're just used to talking to females like that or not. The product manager interrogated me about why I'd want to work at Zillow. Funny, talking to her convinced me that it wouldn't be a good fit for me (well, that as well as the confrontational male engineers). The female iOS engineer was extremely nice, but that's the only redeeming part of the interview experience.

    Interview Questions

    • How would you implement a tableview if Apple suddenly deprecated UITableView tomorrow?   1 Answer

    Zillow Response

    Sep 29, 2016 – VP, Recruiting

    We are very sorry to hear you did not have a positive experience with your onsite interview. Our goal is for all candidates to have the best experience they can, even if they don't end up joining our... More

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    Senior Software Engineer (At HotPads) Interview

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

    Application

    I applied through a staffing agency. The process took 1+ week. I interviewed at Zillow (San Francisco, CA) in July 2016.

    Interview

    I was connected with them through a third party recruiter. After a call with their internal recruiter, I talked with the boss of the HotPads brand, who is one of its founders, to further discuss the opportunities and technologies they use. After that, I was emailed a text file with a Java problem to analyze and solve. Within a couple days, I was scheduled for an onsite interview (3 hours, 6 people) and received a job offer a couple days after that.

    Overall, I was surprised at the quickness of the process for such a well-known company. It seems like HotPads operates more like a startup than as a part of a large company.

    Interview Questions

    • They sent me a text file with a description of a Java problem to design and implement a solution for. It required good knowledge of OOP, Java collections, and how to make something reusable and extensible.   Answer Question

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    Software Engineer - IOS Interview

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

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 5 days. I interviewed at Zillow (San Francisco, CA) in June 2016.

    Interview

    Interviewed for the HotPads applciation. One Phone interview with Hotpads senior software engineer. Onsite interview had 5 rounds with director, product manager and Senior Engineers.
    Good experience and team made me comfortable all along the process and great office location

    Interview Questions

    • Phone Interview:
      Algorithm and general Objective - C concepts
      Design approaches   Answer Question

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    Test Automation Engineer Interview

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

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4 weeks. I interviewed at Zillow (San Francisco, CA) in April 2016.

    Interview

    All the interviews were well organized. Moved from HR interview to 2 technical phone screens. Was finally invited for a 4 hr onsite interview with multiple members of the team. Most interviews involved white-board style technical question + answers. The best part about the interview was that they were willing to accommodate the 1 hr phone screens to a time outside of the normal work hours, which made it convenient for me to attend post putting in a regular work day. Their flexibility on the timings really created a good impression on me.

    Interview Questions

    • Extract a particular node value (if present) given a certain dynamic XML Node Structure. This Node value has a specific value format.   Answer Question

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