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Updated 2 Mar 2015
Updated 2 Mar 2015
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    Senior Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
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    I applied through an employee referral – interviewed at eBay Inc..

    Interview Details

    Phone interview with HR, longer phone interview with hiring manager, on-site interview with hiring manager and team members, brief skills test, long tour. I was introduced to the team and had the opportunity to ask as many questions as I wanted to.

    Interview Questions
    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  2.  

    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Application Details

    I applied online – interviewed at eBay Inc..

    Interview Details

    I apply on line and get a phone interview. The interviewer was 30 minutes late and only interview me about 5 minutes, just asking some simple question about my resume. And then I get rejected next day.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview
  3.  

    Analytics Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at eBay Inc..

    Interview Details

    Consisted of 2 rounds. Round 1 was a case study round, along with an extended discussion about my work experience. I had relevant work experience so spoke about that. The interviewer did spend a significant amount of time clarifying things about the position. Round 2 was an SQL interview, and a discussion about my work experience again.

    Interview Questions
    • If you were to forecast the sales of one of the products for the Q1 of FY 2015 what would your approach be?
      SQL interview was very basic. They gave me 2 sample tables. Asked me to perform some basic roll ups, and calculate ranks of entries, by using ordered analytical functions.
       
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    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
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    I applied through college or university – interviewed at eBay Inc..

    Interview Details

    First round on campus interview, one technical question. The interviewer asked me to design two functions that implement auto prediction feature when user input a few letters in search box.

    Interview Questions
    • Really focus on what data structure you use and the time/space complexity.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
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    Senior Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA (US)
    Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA (US)
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took a dayinterviewed at eBay Inc. in February 2015.

    Interview Details

    I got a phone call from the recruiter who mentioned that eBay is their direct client. The recruiter herself asked some basic Core Java questions. Then they send me a email to solve a technical question and write up about my experience in cloud computing.

    Interview Questions
    • Write a program in Java to assess a given string whether it complies with following patterns. Return true if a given string complies with these patterns else false.

      N = N1 + N2
      N>= N1 >= N2
      where N is the Nth element in the string or element at Nth position;
      N1 is the (N-1) element in the string & N2 is the (N-2) element in the string.

      Example 1: 224610
      Elements in this string are 2, 2, 4, 6, 10.
      First Set: 2+2=4 (N2=2; N1=2 & N= 4);
      Second Set: 2+4=6 (N2=2; N1=4 & N=6);
      Third Set: 4+6=10 (N2=4; N1=6 & N= 10)

      Example 2: 1112233558
      Elements in this string are 1, 11, 12, 23, 35, 58

      Example 3: 1101102203
      Elements in this string are 1, 101, 102, 203
       
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    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA (US)
    Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA (US)
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took a dayinterviewed at eBay Inc. in January 2015.

    Interview Details

    Got an email with a coding doc that I had to match the output with within a certain amount of time. Completed 2/3 of them but didn't finish the last question which was adding 2 fractions. No phone interview about how I am, just a coding challenge I guess to filter the applicants further after seeing their resume.

    Interview Questions
    • To remove every multiple i, j, k ..... elements from a list.
      To add 2 fractions and reduce it to the simplest form
      Another question I couldnt remember but it was easy
       
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    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Application Details

    I applied online – interviewed at eBay Inc. in January 2015.

    Interview Details

    Applied online and contacted by a recruiter. Just passed the first round phone interview with team manager, and received second interview invitation one week later. The second round is scheduled next week.

    Interview Questions
    • A few questions about resume, coding question: find the lowest common ancestor of two nodes in a binary tree   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  9.  

    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
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    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 4 weeksinterviewed at eBay Inc. in January 2015.

    Interview Details

    Connected with recruiter. Was supposed to have a 30 minute phone interview, but ended up in a 45 minute interview with a senior engineer who started rapidly firing off questions in an online doc sharing website. Heard back 3 weeks later saying I got it. Rate was initially low, but I was able to negotiate it to a number I was happy with.

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    • Convert a string to an integer, and some jQuery commands. Not bad.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    Was given a low-end rate, but was able to negotiate 30% raise since I had some leverage.
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Front End Developer Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 1+ weekinterviewed at eBay Inc. in January 2015.

    Interview Details

    After sending the CV I've got a "motivational" telephone interview of about half an hour. The day after I was asked to take a full day off to go to their office to have face2face interview without any hurry (but they just want to waste my time as I discovered later).
    I took 2 separate technical interview with 3 different people from different team for about a little more of 2 hours in total, I did answer to all their answer that were not very difficult.

    After a couple of days they said me I was a good candidate but they rejected me because
    A) I was a full stack developer and they were searching for a Front End position. Of course they ignored my CV as long what I did said during the first telephone interview regarding exactly this issue.
    B) Due to my background I said that visual studio is a great IDE, but the interviewer was a complete open source taliban. Again, they should read better the CV and not advertising in their job position their fake appreciation of previous .Net experience.
    C) I was answering their questions giving a lot of details and example

    The only fair point here is the first one, and they could avoid to waste 1 day of my life for 2 hours of in place interview when they had already decided to not to hire me.

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    • Very predictable and plain questions about javascript, html and OO programming.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Head of Employee Communications EMEA Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Application Details

    I applied online – interviewed at eBay Inc..

    Interview Details

    As an experienced professional, I was surprised by the recruiting process and initial interview at Ebay. The interview was from the position that I was LUCKY to be interviewed--when in fact the market favors employees in Europe in this field at the moment.

    The recruiter treated me with suspicion, as if she were trying to catch me in a lie. When I explained to her projects that I had worked on, she had told me I was speaking at "too high a level" and "what did I actually do"? She wanted me to get to the level of "I made a PowerPoint, I wrote a Q and A". Turns out despite the senior title, they want someone very operational. They told another candidate that the strategy and action plan had been validated through 2015 and the job holder would just deliver off the detailed plan! Then why are you interviewing senior people who have years of strategic AND operational experience?

    I am puzzled as to why they are recruiting at all. In the end, they ended up cancelling the search because they had someone temporary in the job already.

    I've been through a lot of interviews in my career--both good and bad--Ebay takes the prize as the worst one. It not only turned me off to the company as an employer but also the brand.

    Interview Questions
    • Can you tell me the months that you started and ended each job on your resume (I had only listed years).   View Answer
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

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