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Senior Software Engineer Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY (US)
No Offer
Negative Experience
Average Interview

Application

I applied through a recruiter. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at Zalando (New York, NY (US)) in November 2016.

Interview

A recruiter reached out to me, which turned into a Skype chat.

This was followed by a Skype interview with another recruiter, who then signed me up for a Codility online test.

The coding test had no real relevance to what I would be working on, this part of the process felt silly and condescending.

Finally, 3 separate hour long Skype coding interviews on the same day.

I got to code in two of these interviews, which went great.

I bombed the last of these where I had a sour and negative interviewer who vetoed me.

Interview Questions

  • Describe your biggest work failure.   2 Answers

Other Interview Reviews for Zalando

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    Senior Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Berlin (Germany)
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at Zalando (Berlin (Germany)) in April 2020.

    Interview

    Interview process consists of 7 stages: 1) Codility 2) HR 3) Hiring Manager - behavioural 4) General Tech 5) Hiring Manager - technical 6) Coding 7) System Design.

    General structure of all mentioned interviews and what to prepare well described in Cracking Code Interview book, as well as similar interview structure have bigger IT companies like Google, Facebook and etc.

    Interview Questions

    • Coding: Leetcode-like Medium and Hard problems can be expected as a challenge.
      System Design: add additional components and explain how they will act in existing ecosystem.   Answer Question

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    Senior Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ weeks. I interviewed at Zalando in December 2019.

    Interview

    I applied online for a position and they sent a codility test.
    The test had 3 questions and very easy ones solved it very easily.
    Then they just scheduled the next 2 rounds in a day, I was not given a choice of timing.

    1st was HR round simple one, but the HR seemed highly uninterested in anything. She asked for 1 wor answers to some complex topics.
    2nd was Technical round, some python some design I thought it went well interviewer also said that HR will inform me about when the next rounds will happen.

    After 15 days I got an mail from HR that they will not move forward without any details about what went wrong.

    Interview Questions

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    Senior Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 5 days. I interviewed at Zalando in September 2019.

    Interview

    There was actually no tech interview. There was a short interview with HR manager, and after that I just got online codility test with 3 coding tasks.

    All codility tasks were completed and all tests passed. After submission, I've got a formal email rejection response without any feedback and a chance to discuss solutions.

    Seems they do junior developers mass hiring instead of senior.

    Interview Questions

    • Q: What are your skills, experiences, working biography.   1 Answer

  4. Helpful (1)  

    Senior Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at Zalando in May 2019.

    Interview

    The task was to design tic tac toe.
    I implemented it in pseudocode, everything was ok. No system design questions, no technical questions followed. They just said your knowledge of object oriented design isn't very good. The quality of interview was poor, they just didn't want to bother making good interview.

    Interview Questions


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    Senior Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Berlin (Germany)
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at Zalando (Berlin (Germany)) in December 2017.

    Interview

    Initial online coding test to be solved in an hour. It contained 2 coding problems which were quite complex in the given time.
    Couple of weeks after the test, a video call with a technical interviewer of about half an hour. Live coding and problem solving session.
    Couple weeks after, 3 rounds of technical interviews/video calls each 45 minutes long on one day.
    Final hr interview of about 45 minutes.
    Final feedback received after a week.

    Interview Questions

    • Online coding test, Q1 - Reading data from file and aggregating/grouping and transforming   1 Answer
    • Online coding test, Q2 - Maximum sum sub sequence/dynamic programming   Answer Question
    • Interview problem: Given a string of numbers reverse it and return an integer   1 Answer
    • An sql query using not in operator   Answer Question
    • Given an array of nodes which represent a tree, find subtree of input node.   1 Answer
    • Create a pascal triangle of size n   1 Answer
    • How to convert an Optional string to integer without throwing exception   4 Answers
    • How to make post idempotent   1 Answer
    • how do you implement security in rest apis   1 Answer
    • how do you implement security on message passed from one micro service to other on a messaging system   1 Answer
    • When you will choose monolith over microservices   1 Answer
    • What are rest apis? how are they documented? Design a rest api   1 Answer
    • Create a singleton impl   1 Answer
    • How to have a synchronized counter   1 Answer
    • What design patterns are you aware of and use frequently   Answer Question
    • When to use nosql dbs and relational dbs, how does scalability works in cases of nosql and relational dbs, what are ACID properties of transaction   Answer Question
    • HR asked a lot of behavioural questions e.g. why do you want to work for us, how do you keep yourself updated, what do you want to improve in you, in what role do you see yourself in future, how do you provide feedback to team members, how does you team members rate you, biggest achievement etc.   Answer Question

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    Senior Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Dublin, Co. Dublin (Ireland)
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 5+ months. I interviewed at Zalando (Dublin, Co. Dublin (Ireland)) in January 2018.

    Interview

    I got referred by an employee. During the first phone call I was given a "homework" interview problem. I'd call it medium since it wasn't very complicated, but required some work. After I've sent my solution back to recruiter I waited a week to get any reply. Then I forwarded the same e-mail again. The response was as if I just sent it the first time - "we'll forward it to engineers". Two months after the day I've sent my first e-mail I got an update telling me that they want to invite me to onsite interview and that they'd contact me with possible options. It was three months ago. I contacted recruiter recently and told that I'm not interested in position anymore (I hoped to get any response - still nothing). So in total I've spent 5 months of waiting with no results and wasted two evenings while solving the interview problem.

    Interview Questions

    Zalando Response

    29 Jun 2018

    While we are happy to hear that you were referred by a current employee for this role, we understand your frustration with the waiting time and not receiving a response. Thank you for sharing this comment and feedback with us which we will use to improve our recruiting process. If you would like to give direct feedback to us, please feel free to reach out to me personally (manjuri.sinha@zalando.de).
    — Manjuri Sinha, Lead Technology Recruitment


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    Senior Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at Zalando in November 2017.

    Interview

    One of the most unpredictable interview processes I have come across. Could progress until the final HR interview, did well in the interviews and after 2 weeks, at once they called said you are rejected because it was not enough. I'm not the first one, many reviewers have faced the same experience.

    Interview Questions

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    Senior Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at Zalando in September 2017.

    Interview

    I applied online for relocation. First was simple Codility test, then screening Skype interview with HR asking personal questions.

    She disappeared after the interview, ignores emails. Hoping she didn't get hit by truck.

    Interview Questions

    • How would your colleagues describe you?   1 Answer

  9. Helpful (7)  

    Senior Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Berlin (Germany)
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4 weeks. I interviewed at Zalando (Berlin (Germany)) in September 2017.

    Interview

    I applied at Zalando on position of Senior Software Engineer at September 2017.

    After 1 week of waiting HR manager contacts me, sent information about company and schedule online (hangouts call) interview.

    At this interview we speak about my future position and about my expectations about this job. Also manager give some advice about things that may help me get positive feedback from interviewers.

    After that she schedule 3 online interviews with developers. Two of interviewers were just random engineers from Zalando and one of them was Data Scientist from team where I applied.

    At first interview, after introducing section, I was asked to solve some small coding tasks in Python and answer general questions:
    - REST, REST vs SOAP
    - Are you familiar with Circuit breakers, retries..

    I must admit that my answers were not the best. But at all process of interview Zalando engineer was pleasant and helpful and left great experience after all.

    Second interviewer was Data Scientist from team in which I have applied. There was also coding task for 20 mins and some talk about my previous experience and work expectations. And again I must admit that interviewer was very helpful and positive.

    At third interview I also asked to introduce myself and my experience, after that I had strange coding task (where you not need not only write working code but also "beautiful" in the understanding of the interviewer), after that I was asked to explain in details how HashMap works.
    I must admit that my answer for that question was a bit general: I told interviewer about underlying array, about hash function and about process of underlying array resize (just because last time I write HashMap at university). But interview at his review mentioned that this fact means that I can claim myself only as Junior Software Engineer (because of big gaps in knowledge).
    I think that it is a really strange review.

    After interview a was waiting for 3 weeks to get rejection email.
    I must admit that HR manager was very helpful for all this period.

    So, in general:
    - Process seems to be a little prolonged
    - HR manager is helpful and interviews (except one) are seems to be adequate and interesting

    Interview Questions

    • Detailed explanation of HashMap   1 Answer

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