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Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) Interview (Negative Experience; Difficult Interview)
I applied online and the process took 2 months - interviewed at Expedia in March 2013.
Interview Details I had a very bad experience with Expedia. I submitted my resume through a friend who got hired in expedia..Got a call from them...first telephonic interview went well...i messed up my second round..so was said 'No'..ok accepted till now...
But then again HR calls up after 15 days for other rounds of interviews...this time i had 4 back to back telephonic interviews in a week (each about 45-60 min)...out of these 4, 2 were taken by product manger in Seattle on skype.. I was in NCR region...after these 4 rounds I was called for F2F...
F2F was really bad/horrible/awful experience..
I had initial one round of technical interview by 2 team members which went WELL and then they send in the Director to interview me.
After series of technical interviews for about 3 weeks I thought this will be kind of the relaxed round..I didnt expect director to grill me technically after 7 rounds already done.
To my utter dismay this turned out to be other technical round.
My mind was fully exhausted by now, I didnt even feel like answering ..it was like how much are you going to evaluate me..after series of about 7 int, u still are grilling me...Director even went to records and said that your skill are still not that sharp..
In my mind I thought what were you evaluating me for till these rounds that now you are now realising my skills are not that sharp..
Anyways i will still like to mention all those repetitive ques i was asked over the several int -
.net, sql, coded ui tool related -
1) What are interfaces?
2) What is operator overloading, method overloading
3) Abstract classes, virtual classes, difference b/w them
4) ques related to .net libraries like how will will you open a file (System.IO namespace and all)
5) Exception Handling
6) Wcf servies/proxy concepts
7) Codedui tool concepts - object repository, recognizing an object
8) string reversal program
9) Simple insert/select/join queries
Interviews that I had with prod managers were process related mainly or were analytical
1) what is agile, scrum concepts
2) how will you test a travel website ..what all scenarios
Director went to ask me ques that were too complex for me - Singleton classes, finding a card from deck of cards
This is all I can remember from series of interviews that happened.
Interview Question – shuffling deck of cards Answer Question
Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) II Interview (Positive Experience; Difficult Interview)
I applied through another source and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Expedia in May 2013.
Interview Details Received a call from HR of Expedia, who has seen my profile in LinkedIn. He asked me couple of simple questions like what is Hashmap and a question about finding combination of numbers in an array that add up to a certain value. I got three rounds of telephonic interviews scheduled after a week or two. Then I was asked to fly to Expedia in Gurgaon. I had three rounds of interview. The questions are not tough, I could write code for all the questions, however, based on the feedback, the code wasn't optimized enough.
Interview Question – Remove all characters of a string from another string. The algorithm should be less than O(m*n) where m & n are lengths of strings and the space used should be less than O(m+n). View Answers (2)
Senior Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) Interview (Negative Experience; Difficult Interview)
I applied online and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Expedia.
Interview Details I know Expedia is a great brand in US but in India I feel recruiters are making it worst. I applied through job site and got a call directly from the recruiter. It was a for Gurgaon, India location. Faced 2 telephonic technical interview. After my 2nd interview I got an email from recruiter that next will be F2F interview and he will inform me when I have to come. Then it almost like 3 weeks and I haven't received any reply from him. So I sent and email for the update. No reply again. Then finally I called him and he told me they have hired someone from local. He don't have any etiquette to at least reply on the email. Expedia is a great brand and every candidate prepare a lot for the interview. Please at least give respect for those preparation.
Interview Question – Questions were mostly on data structure (binary search tree, linkedlist etc) Answer Question
Strategy Analyst Interview (Neutral Experience)
I applied online and interviewed at Expedia.
Interview Details The HR called me and said my salary expectation is high. So, I said, "Ok, as long as the company provides growth opportunities within the company, I am interested in the position". She told me, "We are not interested in hiring someone that has an eye on the next level"!! This is the first time a HR personnel has told me that looking to grow within the company for the long term is not right!!
Interview Question – Nothing difficult Answer Question
Communications Manager Interview (Negative Experience; Average Interview)
I applied online - interviewed at Expedia in April 2014.
Interview Details I was initially contacted by HR for an interview over the phone (no previous contact to arrange a time and a date, but an out-of-the-blue phone call with generic questions about my previous position). Then I was invited for an in-person meeting at their office. When I got there I found out that the lady who was supposed to interview me was off sick, but nobody had informed me! My interview was then rescheduled with the above mentioned lady and two other people. One of them used the STAR technique. He was a bit irritating I have to say, not too sure what he was trying to achieve there. Never heard back from any of them again, got no feedback whatsoever. Politeness, communication, organization and kindness def not their best qualities!
Interview Question – it was a series of questions like "what would you do if your colleague didn't want to do his job/give you the info you need/support" View Answer
Software Development Engineer Interview (Neutral Experience; Average Interview)
I applied online and the process took 2+ weeks - interviewed at Expedia in May 2014.
Interview Details Applied online through their website ,Got call from the recruiter and arranged the phone screening. The questions were standard coding and database questions and hiring manager set me up for onsite interview. Had 5 1:1 interviews and it was of average difficulty with no breaks inbetween. Was asked to code on board even during lunch interview. Most of the interviewers started working on their laptop when I was writing code on board.
Interview Question – 1. Reverse a string.
2. Remove duplicates in a string.
3. Lots of queries involving JOINs.
4. Given 2 integer arrays, find common elements. Answer Question
Software Development Engineer I Interview (Positive Experience; Easy Interview)
I applied online and the process took 4 weeks - interviewed at Expedia in May 2014.
Interview Details The hiring process was very simple and straight forward. I had a phone screen interview and then called onsite for four one-one interview. The interviews was very simple. all related to Java and web concepts and few white board questions. I had interviewed with 4 different teams.
One of the interviewer was very friendly, he made sure that I was comfortable and if I had to take a break. On the other side.
one other interviewer was asking me strange questions, I am not sure if he was prepared with all the questions. While I was answering the questions,he was doing some work on his laptop(I am sure not related to the interview). His questions were unconventional and he was himself was not sure what he wants to ask.
The other two interviews were simple and nothing out of the box questions were asked.
Interview Question – There wasnt any difficult questions but there were some unexpected questions by one of the interviewer. Answer Question
Properties Assistance Coordinator Interview (Negative Experience; Easy Interview)
I applied online and the process took 3 months - interviewed at Expedia.
Interview Details I received a call from a recruiter to settle a phone interview. A week later I got a phone interview with the person who was supposed to be my supervisor in case I will succeed te process. The person on the phone asked me for an overview of my CV from the beginning. After she explain me the position and started to ask me more concrete questions about my CS experience, like examples of difficult situations with customers and how I deal with them. My 3 strengths, my 3 weaknesses...Very hand book interview, but like I had experience in the field it was more extended to my personal experiences. Interview took one hour. The person on the phone told me I will be contacted within 10 days max. regarding my interview.
After this I NEVER GET A FEEDBACK. I contact the recruiter 2 times (by email) to ask him about my application, he never replied. I find this extremely UNPROFESSIONAL...
Interview Question – Do you always follow the instructions of your management: in my case I don´t, but I didn´t know which was the correct answer for them Answer Question
Associate Marketing Manager Interview (Negative Experience)
I applied online and interviewed at Expedia.
Interview Details I will talk about the phone interview only here, not the physical one (which I did have).
Honestly, this was a joke. The HR Manager failed to call me back after I left one or two messages. When he eventually did, that part was fine. But then, several days later, he called again saying that the hiring manager had extra questions needed to be answered (guys, you could be a bit more organised than this... can't you list all of the questions once?). And he starts asking me the same questions than the first time! When I replied "I have answered these already" he mumbled "Oh I'm sorry but my computer crashed with all the information". Which meant to me: a/ their IT equipment suck, and it doesn't sound good; or b/ he's B.S-ing me. It was the 2nd option. I know it because I spoke about this interview to someone who had had a phone interview too with that same HR Manager, and exactly the same story happened to her. How can you trust a company when they behave like this? (Very) bad first impression... I don't even want to book any trip with them now. Remember, HR people: your first contact to a candidate is *also* the image you give to a potential customer, who will spend money on your products / services. Or not.
Interview Question – Unexpected questions were the ones he asked me for the 2nd time View Answer
Technical Product Manager Interview (Negative Experience; Average Interview)
I applied in-person and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Expedia.
Interview Details Met an HR representative at a hiring fair and talked them through my qualifications and interests. Based on our conversation they said they would pass along my information to a hiring manager they had in mind. The hiring manager emailed me to setup a time for us to talk about my qualifications. The phone interview went very well and Expedia was impressed with my experience. Based on the phone interview they scheduled an in-person interview. Interviewed with 4 people, each for 1 hour. The interviews were challenging and at the same time fun. Interviewers were professional, had great questions, and provided exciting conversations. In fact, my interview actually went long because of the great conversations we had.
The hiring manager told me that she would contact me within 2 weeks about a decision. A few days later I was asked to provide my references. After notifying my references that they would be called soon I sent along their information. Expedia contact 2 out of 4 of the references and the references told me the conversations went well. Then.... complete radio silence from Expedia. No phone call, or email.
Giving it over a week I contacted the HR person and they never responded to 2 emails and a phone call. Contacted the hiring manager and she responded that she would have someone contact me. The person who contacted me was another hiring manager who wanted to do a phone screen for a position he was hiring for. I agreed and that phone screen went poorly due to the new manager asking vague, open ended questions and expecting a specific answer.
Still almost a month later I have not heard a final decision on the first interview. This experience has left me with a very negative perception of Expedia employees and the companies ethics at large. I invested considerable time into the process, friends of mine took time out of their day to talk with Expedia, and I even followed up with all the parties involved. They could not offer the professional courtesy of just a decline or accept email. Based on this experience I would not recommend investing your time into applying for Expedia as they do not respect applicants or the time commitment they require of people. Speaks volumes of how you would be treated if employed there.
Expedia... you need to teach your managers how to be professional.
Interview Question – Nothing surprising. Scenario questions. Resume based questions Answer Question
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