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Zynga Interview Questions

Updated Mar 22, 2017
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  1.  

    Data Scientist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

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

    Interview

    They sent me a test to do. They said it was only going to be a total of 2 hours. The test itself says 6.5 hours and it really does take that long. After I did this, which was soon after the phone interview. They never got back to me. I emailed the week after, and 2 weeks after just to know they decided to go with other candidates. I asked if I could get some feedback to how I did on the test, they never got back to me.

    Interview Questions

    • They asked me of my skills and how they match to the job opening.   Answer Question
  2.  

    Project Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Interview

    Once you applied with resume they decide if they want to send you a case to do. Once you do the case, if they like you they will set up a phone interview. After the phone interview they invite you to the office where you present the case you did earlier in the interview process as well as do 4 interviews

    Interview Questions

    • What games do you play?
      How many apartments are available for rent in San Francisco?
      What metrics would you have on a dashboard for a specific game?  
      Answer Question
  3. Helpful (3)  

    Product Marketing Manager Interview

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

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2 days. I interviewed at Zynga (San Francisco, CA).

    Interview

    The interview process at Zynga was challenging but really enjoyable. I had interviews with about 6 different people and they ranged from behavioral to case-based interview styles with people in the department I was applying in as well as the HR department. It was really friendly environment with smart, engaged people.

    Interview Questions

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    Product Management Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. I interviewed at Zynga in April 2016.

    Interview

    The entire process took place in 4 rounds, starting with a 30 minute screening phone interview with HR recruiting staff. Then after passing the phone screening, there were 3 rounds of 90 minute phone interviews with 3 different product managers, 30 mins each for each round that was with separate product management teams.

    Interview Questions

    • How much revenue does an average Starbucks store make a year?   1 Answer
    • How would you improve our app? How would you address competition?   1 Answer
  6.  

    Artist Interview

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

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at Zynga (Chicago, IL) in April 2016.

    Interview

    Phone screening by HR recruiter out of state. No front office reception or coordination when arriving at the studio because HR was remote. Had to interrupt one of the employees working at their desks by the front door to let them know why I was here.
    Around 2-3 hour interview. Two one-on-one interviews with other employees, then a 3 person panel interview with the department head, supervisor and producer. The first two 1-1 interviews were somewhere of between a meet-and-greet, interview, and "we're not sure what were supposed to be doing here".
     Head of the department sat in for about 10-15 minutes, looked at my website with me, and left me with the other two early. Was not shown around the office, I asked my employee friend who referred me to do so. Felt pretty disorganized.
    Employee that referred me could not be in the interview. Other employees who were referring others could not be part of the interview. I felt like it would have been important for them and me to know a bit about each other. There was no secondary interview from what I heard.
    No follow up from HR/recruiter letting me know the status of the position.

    Interview Questions

    • Have you had a challenging obstacle at work that you had to overcome?   Answer Question
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    Product Management Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Interview

    3 rounds by phone: 1) Screening by HR / University Recruiter. 30 mins. Questions about experience, interest, and cultural fit. 2) Senior Product Manager. 1 hour. Questions about skills, interest in gaming, knowledge of games, and quantitative ability, including case question involving game metrics and design. 3) 3 part interview, 30 mins. each, with 3 different product managers. Focusing on game design, game co. cultural fit, and quantitative analysis. Need to know about company, its games, its competitors, basic game metrics and design, and how to talk to a granular detail about at least 1 game. Be prepared to describe how you would improve a game that could from their company or their competitor. And then a Googley question.

    Interview Questions

    • What's your favorite game? Why?   Answer Question
    • How would you improve our game? And why? And how would you measure success of that improvement?   Answer Question
    • What did you like about our competitor's game? And why?   Answer Question
  8.  

    Senior Software Engineer Interview

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

    Application

    The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Zynga (San Francisco, CA) in March 2016.

    Interview

    - Initial HR phone screen.
    - Phone screen with engineering team of various levels.
    - Fly-out for all day discussion with other Senior-level engineers about process, projects, and decisions.
    - Discussions with manager about team structure and potential role.

    Interview Questions

    • Discuss experiences listed on resume at a high level then get into low-level details, as would be expected for the role.   Answer Question
  9.  

    Senior Software Engineer Interview

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

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at Zynga (San Francisco, CA) in February 2016.

    Interview

    On the basis of an employee referral, I sent in my resume for the position that focused on Javascript with some HTML/CSS. The initial phone screen was part behavioral and part technical, with some coding done over Collabedit (not as nice as some I've seen). There was real-world binary tree question.

    Then there was a a 4-part on-site interview. Three were one on one, and one had two people. I was interviewed by the engineering manager for the position, a more senior engineering manager, a senior executive (former engineer), and a panel of a potential colleague and a more senior engineering manager.

    I had a chance to step out, use the restroom and grab snacks/a drink, but four+ hours is a long time to be stuck in a room proving yourself. Still, it probably wasn't as bad as I had feared.

    I felt like all of the problems were actually quite reasonable and made sense for working with the particular game. This was not just bizarre algorithms for the sake of being obscure. I felt like I was clueless about a lot of things, but I was able to push on, thinking out loud so they knew where I was trying to go.

    After it was all said and done it took a little over a week to hear back from them.

    Interview Questions

    • What considerations would you have if we wanted to add a certain kind of feature to this game with over a million daily players?
      Looking at a small portion of the game, how would you go about validating a play?
      If you won the powerball lottery today, what would you do tomorrow? (I think I was supposed to say: I'd still make games, because I love it! I was more pragmatic, but hopefully still positive.)  
      1 Answer
    • Looking at a small portion of the game, how would you go about validating a play?   1 Answer
    • If you won the powerball lottery today, what would you do tomorrow?   1 Answer
  10.  

    Engineering Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at Zynga.

    Interview

    Call with screener, then call with hiring manager. The interview process shed light on the company's engineering challenges and where the priorities are. Interview started late, and to the interviewer, it seemed that it wasn't a big deal. Interviewer did not like my ideas on how I would improve the development process.

    Interview Questions

  11. Helpful (3)  

    Software Engineer New Grad Interview

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

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. I interviewed at Zynga (San Francisco, CA).

    Interview

    Had a one technical phone screen, then went on-site to SF. Had 4 interviews, one of them with a director of engineering. Everyone there seemed very passionate about games and surprisingly all very pleasant and friendly. Onsite, 3 of the interviews were technical and 1 was behavioral.

    Still deciding whether to accept the offer.

    Interview Questions

    • Collision detection, prime factorization, OOP class design, basic O(n) hashmap algorithms   Answer Question

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