Cerner Interview Questions & Reviews

Updated Aug 26, 2014
Updated Aug 26, 2014
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  1.  

    Mid-Senior Level Professional Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Sydney
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Sydney
    Application Details

    I interviewed through other source. The process took 2 months - interviewed at Cerner in March 2013.

    Interview Details

    Vague, misleading, mostly done over the phone via the US and one or two meeting in person in Sydney/Brisbane. Over sold in the process, too many steps in the process.

    Interview Questions
    • You don't ask enough questions. HR involvement was non existent, the managers questions were inappropriate at times.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    Painful, it took 3 days to get a few extra thousand dollars approved, then very underwhelmed with the offer. Wouldn't budge on adding a bonus component.
    Accepted Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview
  2.  

    Senior Analyst (Delivery Consultant) Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Brisbane
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Brisbane
    Application Details

    I interviewed online. The process took 4 months - interviewed at Cerner in November 2013.

    Interview Details

    Three interviews back to back

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    They approved straight away. (I should have asked for more)
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  3.  

    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I interviewed through college or university. The process took 2 days - interviewed at Cerner.

    Interview Details

    Initially, there was an aptitude round consisting of 50 questions to be solved in 60 minutes. The questions were from Software Engineering, Aptitude and little bit of Electronics and OS. After that, there was a HR first and then Technical Round. There were eliminations after each round. Technical round consisted of questions like implement a chess board, sudoku etc. using oop concepts.

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    No negotiation, It was a in campus offer,
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Delivery Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    Submit cover letter and resume with application; college campus interview / phone interview; on-Cerner-campus interview with behavioral interview focus

    Offered a position and salary within 2 weeks. Given a couple weeks to decide and choose start date that works well with current employment / plans.

    Interview Questions
    • Tell me about a time you disagreed with a policy or decision by a superior and what you did.   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
  6.  

    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    3 ROUNDS.1st HR,2nd Technical,3rd Technical.HR round was 2 mins but both technical rounds were 15-20 mins each.It varies,for me it was like this.Very cool interviewer and they treat you really well.Be confident and answer.Thats all.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
  7.  

    Velocity Systems Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Application Details

    I interviewed in-person. The process took 3 months - interviewed at Cerner in June 2014.

    Interview Details

    Phone call with HR, then a week later phone call with an engineer. Was invited up, was promised a tour of the city, never happened. Interview with two engineers on site was annoying, they never made eye contact, boring stale questions all of which are glassdoor. Lunch was horrible, sandwiches, and two nerdy engineers with no personality. HR recruiter couldn't answer any questions about commuter tax, played with her cellphone the entire time. I received a verbal no 3 weeks later, was told two days I had almost given up. When asked to help me understand what areas I needed to improve, the recruiter couldn't explain and rushed me off the phone.

    Overall I was left with feeling that this is a cocky young culture company that will work you to the bone. I was impressed with Cerner before I had my onsite, seeing it changed my mind. I would not want to work for them, the money is good however the hours will be long so you won't get to enjoy it.

    I recommend looking at other EHR vendors who are private such as EPIC. Cerner just bought Siemens Health and now their heads are swollen. its not a good place for a long term career.

    I am surprised that a company this prestigious would have such a horrible HR recruiter, I am so disappointed that I have a bitter taste, truly proves the point that you have to go and see the company and people before you decide.

    Interview Questions
    • All group and behavioral questions, the tech questions could be answered by a second grader.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview
  8.  

    Velocity Systems Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee  in  Kansas City, KS (US)
    Anonymous Employee in Kansas City, KS (US)
    Application Details

    I interviewed online. The process took 4 weeks - interviewed at Cerner.

    Interview Details

    Applied online
    Then email from a recruiter
    Then pre screening call
    Phone technical Interview
    Onsite Campus Visit with 2 back to back Technical Interviews.
    Waited 2 weeks to hear back

    The technical interview is flawed, the systems engineer was very cocky but the second software engineer was nicer and had a good personality.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview
  9.  

    Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Application Details

    I interviewed online. The process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Cerner in June 2014.

    Interview Details

    Had a phone interview that went well. The following week I traveled to Kansas City to go to an in-person interview. The interview was with three different people back to back. It was almost 3 hours long. Overall, very intense interview.

    Interview Questions
    Reasons for Declining

    The environment seemed very stiff and I did not feel like I would enjoy working there. Plus, I have heard horror stories from past employees on how they work you like a dog.

    Declined Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
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    Velocity Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Kansas City, MO (US)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Kansas City, MO (US)
    Application Details

    I interviewed through a recruiter. The process took 2 months - interviewed at Cerner in June 2014.

    Interview Details

    I was planning to apply to Cerner in the nearby future (they actually came to my university recruiting but I didn't apply anywhere straight away) when I was contacted by a recruiter on LinkedIn. Knowing that this was probably the best way to actually get over the fear of applying I replied and applied right away.
    The whole process would have been faster, but I had prior commitments.
    I had a phone interview with the recruiter 4 days after she contacted me, and then a phone interview with a software engineer a little bit more than a week after that.
    The first phone interview was very basic, completely behavioral. The most unexpected questions were "what do you do in your spare time to increase your programming abilities" (I'm in grad school, I spend most of my time doing research, during the day and when I'm back at home; I ended up telling her about the algorithms books I had started reviewing) and "tell me about a recent time when you learned a new programming language" (I hadn't learned a new programming language in a while, so I was not entirely prepared for this either, but I talked about a time 4 years ago heh).
    The phone interview with the engineer was again mostly behavioral. Any technical questions are already posted on Glassdoor.
    Then I got the call about Experience Cerner day, but I couldn't make it to the earliest one because of prior commitments, so I made it to the next one, which was exactly a month after my technical phone screen.
    Experience Cerner Day was quite nice, albeit it started very, very early. We started with a tour of Kansas City, the city of fountains, and then had our interviews.
    One note about attire: Cerner is jeans-casual, but everyone interviewing will, more than likely, wear a suit. So do the same, you don't want to feel under-dressed!
    My interviewers were pleasant and we had some nice conversations. Half behavioral, half technical. They asked the Fizz-Buzz question, and another one about designing a database. All of the questions are on Glassdoor (except the database question, just make sure you know RDBMS normalization, you should figure it out on your own, this was definitely not a standard question).
    I'll add the question I felt I had the biggest problem with (but which maybe was exactly what got me hired) below.
    They said it would take them up to 2 weeks to give out a decision, I got mine in 10 days (I had almost given up hope by then).

    Interview Questions
    • When was there a time when ONE SINGLE project was so overwhelming that you felt there weren't enough hours in a day for it and what did you do?   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    I thought about negotiating but then searched online and it seems that that's the salary they give out (it's 1k less than someone posted here). I also got a relocation package.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Senior Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Interview Details

    They seemed to be confused on what they should ask. Looks like they are caught up in old school college grad questions without any reasonable link to what is needed for the actual job.

    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

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