Cruise Interview Experience

Orion / Eng
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Orion Eng

PRE
Qualcomm, Essential, Avegant, Nokia, Tata Communications, Reliance Industries
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Nov 3 4 Comments

start to finish : ~2 months
offer: no

recuriter back n forth for a month, identifying right group for me and so on

Hiring Mgr screens me for EM role. Gives a go for onsites. Onsites set up, but two days prior they change their mind and want me to interview for IC

tech screen over phone: No LeetCode. We designed a core data structure from scratch. pleasant experience, the guy really checked my skills and probed about some specific experience from my resume

onsites: welcoming experience, I am not going to be able to share actual questions but give you all an idea of what was expected
1. System Design: , got into low level OS stuff, networking, security aspects etc

2. Coding: this was perhaps the worst experience. problem was loosely stated and interviewer lost interest half way through it. I found it hard for myself to stay focussed and I think although I finished the base problem, I blew it. also problem was not to be actually run in coderpad, the ChromeBook sucked to type on. I should have whiteboarded in hindsight

3. System Design: went really well, we agreed on all aspects in terms of latency, robustness

4. Coding: generic problem, with a broad goal. you can not complete the entire solution in time provided, however they test for interface design, OOP, partitioning of logic across methods etc I did really well here. again coderpad here but no real need to run

5. Behavarioal: I have been EM so it went more like a heart-to-heart EM convo. Went well.

overall: I really liked the people, they are very knowledgeable and respectful, professional. I understand my shortcomings, but given another opportunity, I will interview with Cruise anytime. Also one of the few companies where I felt their screening process was personal rather than mere LeetCode.

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  • Goldman Sachs baburao1
    What would you say was the difficulty of Coding problems?
    Nov 3 1
    • Orion / Eng
      benevolent

      Orion Eng

      PRE
      Qualcomm, Essential, Avegant, Nokia, Tata Communications, Reliance Industries
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      OP
      Tech screen: Medium
      Onsites: first: Medium second: Hard
      Nov 3
  • New deflow
    Why no offer?
    Nov 6 1
    • Orion / Eng
      benevolent

      Orion Eng

      PRE
      Qualcomm, Essential, Avegant, Nokia, Tata Communications, Reliance Industries
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      OP
      They didn’t think I was a fit, which makes sense I am an EM and they wanted an IC
      Nov 6

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