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  1.  

    Site Reliability Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. I interviewed at LinkedIn.

    Interview

    Pretty much exactly as others described here -- a recruiter pinged me about the position via LinkedIn, had a short call, there was a coding interview, a technical interview, and then a multi-hour interview with different teams that included several parts (code review, system architecture & design, incident response, behavioral meeting with a hiring manager, and hands-on troubleshooting).

    Interview Questions

    • Systems are bouncing after a new version is deployed and rollback fails -- what do you do, do you/how do you escalate, what do you include in your post-mortem/future mitigation steps?   Answer Question

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    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Negative Experience

    Interview

    It is a normal phone interview, a typical interview like other tech company. The interviewer called in, then ask me to talk about my project, and then start coding problem.

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  3.  

    Finance Director Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Francisco, CA (US)
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at LinkedIn (San Francisco, CA (US)) in June 2020.

    Interview

    Interview was rescheduled to 7.30PM EST due to conflict that arose. Hiring manager was late, understandably due to toddler tantrum. Interview that was to last 45 min lasted 20 min with interviewer asking 2 questions. One question was what your long-term career goals are. The question is considered as not genuine (any exp. interviewer would know). I would question any hiring manager who asks that as a question during the first interactions. Employees are more focused on 2-5-year goals. The reason the interview was cut short I suspect is because the hiring manager likely had to return to said toddler. Next time just reschedule the interview.
    I spoke to 2 individuals who worked on hiring managers team and the feedback was that he is intense, works long hours (sleeps for 4 hours) and into the detail. I also tried to find diverse individuals on his team and finance in general and there was none. All Asians, a few white people but seems all Asians. A former colleague at Microsoft also mentioned that LI finance has had challenges with respect to diverse colleagues. There is hardly any diversity in Finance. From the lower levels to the higher levels
    Does it also surprise you I never heard from HR following said interview? Rejection/next steps (nothing). It could possibly be because of the layoffs. Communication is key when you are recruiting new candidates. It also felt like they were feeling their pipeline as they had just hired for a role I applied for. (by the time they called me for interview)
    I really like Jeff Weiner and had him speak at a few events. He appears to be an amazing and charismatic leader. I really hope they rethink a couple of thinks
    o Interview process with hiring managers
    o Getting diversity across board but specifically in LT roles across the board. Finance looks terrible from the lower levels.
    Remember diverse candidates want to see you are serious and committed to your goals. One of the questions I typically ask is “how does diversity look at the leadership levels”. In this day with the current environment, no one wants performative stated goals/commitments from companies

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    • Please tell me about yourself   1 Answer

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    Programmer Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at LinkedIn.

    Interview

    On-site with 5 different people within the team I'll be working with. It went pretty fast, 30 mins per person. Showed me around the floor and gave me some snacks.

    Interview Questions

    • Why are you a good fit for this role we're looking to hire?   2 Answers

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    Product Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Interview

    Phone screen, four initial rounds and a final onsite with Exec team. Interviewers were very friendly and approachable. Prepare by sharpening your product sense skills. Questions were relevant to previous experience and what a typical PM would do on the job.

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    Sales Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Chicago, IL (US)
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through other source. The process took 4 weeks. I interviewed at LinkedIn (Chicago, IL (US)).

    Interview

    LinkedIn reached out to me about a possible role in their organization. (Note: I did not apply for a position, they proactively contacted me.) The entire process was unprofessional and disjointed. LinkedIn missed multiple scheduled interviews and commitments with me. The excuses for the missed meetings were not believable. Then lastly, being completely ghosted by them.

    Interview Questions

    • Tell us about your sales experience.   1 Answer

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    Product Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Francisco, CA (US)
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at LinkedIn (San Francisco, CA (US)) in March 2020.

    Interview

    LinkedIn has been a pretty painful interviewing process purely due to the recruiting team.

    The process itself is pretty straight forward.

    HR Screen
    Product Manager call
    Interview panel for 5 interviewers

    In between each step, the recruiter I worked with took two weeks with radio silence to respond. Even when checking in and nudging, it's been a really disappointing process to not get feedback or updates. I did the final loop three weeks ago and haven't gotten a rejection yet. It's sad that a company whose mission is to help people's professional lives drops the ball on treating applicants like people.

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    • What is your favorite product? How would you improve it? Why hasn't the company done so already?   1 Answer
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    Sales Strategy and Operations Associate Interview

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

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at LinkedIn (New York, NY (US)) in March 2020.

    Interview

    Applied through LinkedIn. Received contact from recruiter for 30 minute call. All behavioral questions.

    Next step was online technical Excel and SQL test. I had one hour to complete. It was not live (somebody did not watch you while you did it). Was not too difficult if you are used to using pivot tables and can run simple SQL queries.

    Then had video call with hiring manager. All behavioral.

    Final step was on-site with 4 people. 3 behavioral and one case. Case was not a typical consulting case and was more like brainstorming.

    Received a call two days later that I did not get the position. I felt the rejection reason was a bit weak considering I passed in all other areas and they knew my background before going through all the rounds. Maybe the other candidate was just better.

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    Site Reliability Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Sunnyvale, CA (US)
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3+ months. I interviewed at LinkedIn (Sunnyvale, CA (US)) in March 2020.

    Interview

    Fairly standard interview process for these types of companies. An initial screening, followed by two rounds of phone interviews, and finally an on-site interview. The on-site interview had to be swapped for a virtual interview due to COVID-19.

    PROS:
    - The coding portions of the interview were all relevant to the job. They were not just toy examples.
    - The turnaround time after each interview was extremely quick
    - Most people were easy to talk to, which made each interview feel relatively quick
    - You set your own pace for the interview rounds. Some of my rounds were over a month apart.
    - The recruiters ask for your feedback to them after each round
    - The interviews were actually easier than I thought they'd be, except the last round I wasn't given as much guidance on what to study as the first two rounds, so I spent time on useless info.

    CONS:
    - The interview questions were more like a shotgun blast across a wide range of topics rather than focusing on anything in particular. It went from as low level as how/when shared libraries are loaded when starting an application to as high-level as designing video streaming service.
    - Before the final round, you are handed off to a different recruiter
    - Based on browsing this site, they seem to use the same questions for each candidate. It makes me feel like they are just a cog in the wheel with no real input to the process. With nothing being tailored to the candidate, it feels like they don't actually care about your strengths and weaknesses outside of their own perceptions.
    - The interviewers do not look at your own LinkedIn profile or resume until they are in the process of interviewing you. Therefore their questions against your background are either stock or ad-lib. There is little to suggest most interviewers care about your history or interests.
    - They count on their name a little too much to persuade you that its worth taking a hit to your salary and/or quality of living. Especially if you are relocating from a more affordable area. The benefits are not substantially different from my current employer.
    - Some disconnect between recruiters and interviewers, which is pretty common. For example, I repeatedly said this would be a change in both domain and roles for me, and I wasn't sure I'd be a good fit, even though I was interested and more than willing to learn. I do have extensive experience other tech domains. I was assured that there would be an extensive training process for the role, and the experience, while important, didn't matter quite as much as the ability and interest to learn the job. The feedback I received after the final interview indicated that experience was in fact one reason I didn't get the job; they wanted someone who could hit the ground running, even though the position was being held open indefinitely and there would be a training period after hire.
    - Feedback was almost non-existent after the last interview. Whereas I talked directly with the recruiter after every other round, the last round feedback was left as a voicemail. They did not solicit my feedback.

    TIP: Go through the second Google SRE book, the workbook.

    Interview Questions

    • How do make a variable in a shell script available after the script exits (assume the shell script was sourced)?   Answer Question
    • How do you change the priority of a running process?   1 Answer
    • Coding test: Parse a (syslog) file to get various fields from the logs and message counts. Associate counts with the processes that logged them.   Answer Question
    • Describe how SSH works.   Answer Question
    • Describe how curl works. What happens when you call the command? Describe the process of loading libraries, parsing arguments, DNS resolution, etc.   Answer Question
    • You have Gigabytes of data that needs to periodically be synced from a producer to a large number of consumers. How do you approach it? Hint: the data set isn't necessarily entirely new each time it needs to be synced, so only sync the data that has changed.   Answer Question
    • You take over a new service and discover it has no monitoring. What monitoring would you put in place within the first week to ensure the service is working? Within the first month? How do you monitor failures which are local to a region?   Answer Question
    • You will be asked to role play a scenario where the number of registrations for a service has dropped to 0 for the past 6 or so hours, setting off an alert. You will have to go through an incident response and elevation. You will be asked to write simple reports that are suitable for giving high-level status to a manager.   Answer Question
    • You will be shown several architecture diagrams and asked various questions, like "what happens when database X goes down?", or "How to speed up requests from service Y?". Caching plays a big role in almost all responses.   Answer Question
    • You will be asked to do live troubleshooting of an Apache (httpd) web service. You will not be given many details by the recruiter, so it's easy to study the wrong thing here. It ended up that you need to be familiar with the httpd config file and Aliases. You need to be familiar with how to change Linux filesystem permissions, but you can ignore that you are running on RedHat and you won't need to touch SELinux permissions. Be careful of one problem where they will have two nearly-identical file names, except one has a hypen and the other Unicode dash character. They look very similar in many fonts. Make sure you know how to do a simple GDB backtrace. You will be asked to debug a segfault and work around it (via simple file rename).   Answer Question
    • You will have to perform a code review of several pieces of code. Focus on logic errors, not stylistic issues. I don't remember all the code samples, but one was about doing file backups, where they manually implemented extension parsing and copied over ".1" files to ".2", etc. without ensuring the order of the copy.   Answer Question

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    Director Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 7 weeks. I interviewed at LinkedIn in March 2020.

    Interview

    Phone screen with Recruiter to assess general fit with company and level. Though a positive experienced, they did not think the fit (level of experience vs role) was good.

    Interview Questions


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