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Cerner Interview Questions & Reviews

Updated Apr 10, 2014
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Velocity Systems Engineer Interview

Anonymous Employee
Kansas City, MO (US)

I applied online and the process took 4 weeks - interviewed at Cerner in March 2014.

Interview Details A recruiter e-mailed me the next day after appling online to schedule a phone interview with her to discuss my background and job position that I applied for. The phone call took approximately 30 minutes and consisted of a couple basic behavioral questions but nothing major.

Once that was completed, she then scheduled me to have a technical interview 2 days later. It contained some behavioral questions, but mostly it was all technical questions. I'd suggest you brush up a little about cloud computing, networking, and databases some before you do interview, because these system engineer managers know what they're talking about and will know what you don't. The call took a little over 30 minutes to complete.

A few days later, I got a call back from the Cerner recruiter who set me up for an on-site interview, or what they call "Experience Cerner Day." This consisted of attending a tour of the city and dinner the night before. The tour was pretty educational, because you get to see a side of the city that has a lot of character. The dinner was awesome and they gave you a chance to speak with other system engineers that went through the velocity program to ask them questions about it as well as other questions about their day-to-day work lives. It was very informal and I think it helped us understand the Cerner culture better.

The next day consisted of going on-site where we talked with the Velocity programming manager and he gave a one-hour presentation of what the velocity program was. After that we had our 2 1-hour interview with different system engineers. It was mostly made up of STAR questions, so as long as you can relate to the question and come up with one of your experiences, you won't have a problem.

After that, we had lunch, tour of the continuous campus, and then watched a video. It was definitely an interesting experience and I look forward to working for them.

Interview Question – Just read up on how STAR questions work and you'll be fine.   Answer Question

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Velocity Analyst Interview

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Kansas City, MO (US)

I applied online and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Cerner in March 2014.

Interview Details The Interview process uses S.T.A.R behavior based questions. Be prepared for difficult questions and be very detailed.

Interview Question – Give me an example of when you implemented an new plan that was not well received by all.   View Answer

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Technology Consultant Interview

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Interview Details The interview process consists of three interviews with each interviewer mostly asking situation questions. There were also some behavioral based questions. They don't take very long to get back to you on whether they are interested.

Interview Question – What's your greatest weakness?   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – It was very non-negotiable. They also don't give very much time at all on your decision.

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Velocity Delivery Consultant Interview

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I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Cerner.

Interview Details Applied online and then had a phone interview. The phone interview lasted about 20 minutes with about four behavioral questions. Then had two in person interviews. Both were 45 minutes and continually was asked behavioral questions. The interviewers seemed to look for someone who was able to keep a conversation going and think quick on their feed.

Interview Question – Give me an example of a problem that you overcame with little to no knowledge of the situation or how to solve it beforehand   Answer Question

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Software Engineer Interview

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I applied through an employee referral and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Cerner.

Interview Details Applied through Employee Referral. Process took two weeks. First round was a HR round and then got scheduled for a three hour Skype Interview with three teams. I was allowed to choose between Skype or Onsite Interview and i chose Skype. All the questions are posted here. Lots of behavioral questions. Questions on Resume. Waiting for an Answer.

Interview Question – Tell me about a time where you trouble shooter and failed.   Answer Question

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Delivery Consultant Interview

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Interview Details The campus recruiting process was so easy I didn't know if that was really it!

Interview Question – Tell me about a time when you had to argue for your beliefs.   Answer Question

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Delivery Consultant Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate
Kansas City, MO (US)

I applied through an employee referral - interviewed at Cerner in December 2013.

Interview Details Basically they scheduled a phone interview the day after I applied online and then before she hung up with me she scheduled an in person interview at experience cerner day for the following friday. At experience cerner day they go through a powerpoint and basically sell the company to you and then there are two 30 minute interviews back to back.

Interview Question – They asked a lot about how you currently or have in the past used innovation or technology to solve a problem, they asked that over and over in different ways so have lots of examples.   Answer Question

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Cairo (Egypt)

I applied through college or university and the process took 3 months - interviewed at Cerner in January 2013.

Interview Details It consist of 3 interviews and some will be your managers. All the questions are not technical and they are based on specific situations. If you are wise and good with dealing with people, you will be able to answer all the questions that are difficult using your wisdom in such situations.

Interview Question – Behavior questions that you haven't dealt with before.   Answer Question

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Velocity Software Engineer Interview

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Kansas City, MO (US)

I applied through a recruiter and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Cerner in March 2014.

Interview Details The process started off with a phone interview. I was asked about my experience as an intern and other stuff about resume. The interviewer was sweet and had the patience to wait until I completed my answers. The second round was technical but was heavy on behavioral questions too. Most of the questions have appeared on blackboard.
For the technical interview, a problem on designing a game (chess or checkers) will surely appear. Make sure you have written it down somewhere for reference if you get lost. The key is to remain calm and answer to the point.
I will be flying to Kansas in two days. Will post my experience when I return

Interview Question – Some of the behavioral questions were tricky like "Give an instance where you had a discord with your supervisor and how did you handle it?" . Although they may seem easy now, at that moment you need to dig deep and piece them in a right way   View Answers (3)

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Test Analyst Interview

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I applied through an employee referral and the process took 3 days - interviewed at Cerner.

Interview Details Applied through a referral, was contacted via email by a recruiter, and had a phone interview two days later. A different recruiter called an hour before the agreed time (even though time zone differences were accounted for in the email), so just in case, make sure you give yourself a large time window of availability. The recruiter was very friendly and had a laid back tone. The phone interview was a background check followed by what the recruiter flat out described as "HR questions." Even though I applied for multiple positions, the interview was only about one of them.

Interview Question – What is your GPA? I was surprised considering the applications say nothing about GPA requirements.   Answer Question

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