Yahoo Senior Software Engineer Interview Questions

Updated 9 Jul 2014
Updated 9 Jul 2014
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Senior Software Engineer Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate in Bangalore
Anonymous Interview Candidate in Bangalore
Application Details

I applied through college or university – interviewed at Yahoo in December 2012.

Interview Details

2 - written Rounds(1objective+one programming round)
4 Round interview(3 technical+1 hr)

Interview Questions
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no such phase
Accepted Offer
Positive Experience
Difficult Interview

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Senior Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Bangalore
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Bangalore
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took a weekinterviewed at Yahoo in July 2011.

    Interview Details

    Attended the interview today!!!
    Knew in advance that for them Experience level does not matter.
    So prepared on data structure and algorithms for a week.

    Initial round Phone interview(30 min) :-
    Asked basic details about my work, then suddenly datastructure questions.

    1) Find median from continuously changing stream of data.
    2) Find 2nd maximum in array.
    3) Find nth largest in Array.

    -------------

    Called for f2f discussion.
    All 3 technical and one hiring manager rounds consisted of only data structures.

    No one asked anything in Java. Though I was called as Java requirement.
    Dont know why so much concentration on data structures only.

    Also, I feel my skills were not matching, as they wanted someone who has worked on PHP,Perl.

    Honestly, I was not expecting negative reply but I guess my 2nd technical round and skills impacted my interview.

    At the end I feel that if you want to go to yahoo, then study like a fresher preparing for your first job. Experience level doesn't matter.

    Interview Questions
    • 1) Write merge function to merge 2 arrays into single array.
      2) Find the length of linked list loop.
      3) How to get the values of two elements from array whose sum is N.

      2nd round :
      1) Get nth largest/smallest from BST.
      2) How will you remove duplicate paragraph from big file.
          Told hashmap, asked me to write hashcode :-(
      3) Perform merge of multiple arrays. (k way merge)
          Thought for sometime, but could not tell. :-(

      3rd round :
      1) Middle of linked list
      2) sum in binary search tree
      3) Some unix questions.
      4) How will u design Google maps or yahoo maps.

      4th Round :
      Puzzle on 25 horses.
        View Answer
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
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    Senior Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Bangalore
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Bangalore
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took a dayinterviewed at Yahoo in April 2011.

    Interview Details

    It took whole day to complete the process. Surprised by the kind of people and kind of technical questions asked. Probably I had over expectations. There is no focus on potential, thought process and problem sloving skills but just very syntax and JCP kind of questions. There is no intelligence in the questions so very disappointed. Lots of API related questions which no software engineer need to by heart. Looks like Yahoo standard has been going down.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview
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    Senior Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Bangalore
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Bangalore
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took a dayinterviewed at Yahoo in January 2011.

    Interview Details

    4-5 technical interviews and one written

    Interview Questions
    • How will you design the Google like autocomplete feature on their front page   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    NA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Senior Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Bangalore
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Bangalore
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took a dayinterviewed at Yahoo in September 2010.

    Interview Details

    The interview process was very straightforward and simple. The first step was the telephonic round. I was interviewed by 2 people over the phone. This was a test of basic technical skills.

    After clearing this round, I was contacted by the recruiter who arranged for me to come down to Bangalore for 1:1 interviews.

    In Bangalore, I went through 3 interview rounds from 10am to 4pm, with a break for lunch. Within a couple of days, I was contacted with an offer, which I accepted.

    Interview Questions
    • Using HTML and CSS, code up a three column layout.   Answer Question
    • Typical JavaScript questions, also basic stuff like coding up a Fibonacci Series in JS.   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Senior Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Sunnyvale, CA (US)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Sunnyvale, CA (US)
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took a weekinterviewed at Yahoo in April 2014.

    Interview Details

    I applied online and was contacted via email to arrange a phone interview a few days later. The interview consistent for frequent communication problems, but not because of the phone. In fact, the interviewer spoke poor English and was very difficult to understand. When I mentioned I was having trouble understand him, he would just repeat himself, which usually ended up being very broken English or total gibberish. After attempting to field a single technical question, I decided this was not a manager I could communicate with and ended the interview. Also note, I was only informed of the need for a computer after the interview had started -- we never got to the coding as I ended the interview early.

    Interview Questions
    • The most difficult part was understanding what the interviewer was saying.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Senior Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Sunnyvale, CA (US)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Sunnyvale, CA (US)
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Yahoo in April 2014.

    Interview Details

    I was referred to Yahoo! by a friend after which the hiring manager reached out to me with regards to an opening in a team which sounded really interesting. Instead of the usual telephone chat, I decided to walk into Yahoo HQ. We had an hour long conversation/interview where we primarily spoke about issues one would face writing software on linux platforms - OOM killer, cgroups, /proc. I felt this to be one of the best conversations.

    After this, I was called onsite. For Yahoo!, this moved pretty quick. The hiring manager made a very sincere effort to hasten the onsite process. I met 3 people for my onsite.

    ++ Onsite 1 ++
    In a client/server scenario, serialize/de-serialize a balanced binary tree which is to be sent from the client to the server.
    Linux system programming fundamentals including /proc filesystem, OOM killer

    ++ Onsite 2 ++
    Linux system fundamentals - more /proc filesystem based questions
    Structure of a binary (assuming ELF) on Linux.
    Programmatically print the offset of a member inside a variable of struct type.
    Virtual Memory fundamentals

    ++ Onsite 3 ++
    Given a binary min heap, insert a new member.

    Interview Questions
    Reasons for Declining

    It wasn't a written offer. Yahoo! moves very slowly to send out a written offer after an onsite interview. This has come about after the introduction of a Googlesque hiring committee. For the hiring manager to get back to me after running the decision through the hiring committee would have taken anywhere between 2-4 weeks. I already had 2 other offers and had to make a choice. If it wasn't for this delay, I would have most certainly accepted Yahoo's offer.

    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Senior Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Sunnyvale, CA (US)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Sunnyvale, CA (US)
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 4 daysinterviewed at Yahoo in July 2013.

    Interview Details

    I was asked about circular linked list, quick and merge sort algorithms. Also couple of questions on Hashing and then moved to Sets and Maps. Overall it was easy. Waiting for the interview results.

    Interview Questions
    • No questions were unexpected. Most of them on expected lines on algorithms.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Senior Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Carlsbad, CA (US)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Carlsbad, CA (US)
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Yahoo in May 2013.

    Interview Details

    There are two phone interviews before the onsite interviews. I made to the second phone interview. The goal of the first interview seemed to mainly be about getting a good feel for the candidate. The interviewer asked me about past projects I had worked on and any problems that I had to overcome. The second phone interview was a technical test. He asked me technical questions, many of which I had found online from past candidates. The twist was how well you knew the subject, and not necessarily whether or not you got the correct answer. This interviewer's tactic was to continuously ask me "how can you make that solution better" after each question. He told me I got most answers correct, yet I stumbled each time he asked me to find a better solution. The stumbling, I feel, kept me from the onsite interviews.

    Interview Questions
    • How can you tell if a linked list is circular (goes on forever because it connects to a previous node)?   View Answer
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Senior Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    I was contacted by a recruiter.
    everything was done professionally.
    i was challenged by some very smart people.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer

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