Square phone interview. What to expect?

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May 6 21 Comments

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  • Credit Karma Oaxg376
    Phone call
    May 6 0
  • Square / Eng EDxV50
    It will be an multi part interview question. After completing each task, the next task will build on top of your existing solution by adding or changing some use cases.

    Best thing to practice for this is to be comfortable coding fast and remembering to make it a conversation between you and your interviewer. They are there to help you and not trick you because that would be a waste of everyone’s time. They want to see you succeed just as much as you do. Make sure to discuss your solution and listen for feedback from them incase they try to subtly steer you in one direction or another.

    Focus on the current problem at hand without trying to optimize or abstract too many things in the beginning, you will have a chance to do that later if time permits. It’s better to get something down than nothing at all.
    May 11 0
  • Square / Eng SQ
    Our questions are intentionally not supposed to be leetcodeish. Interviewers make up their own question or reuse one from someone that left. Quite a bit of unique questions.
    May 7 4
    • Visa vehrkfk
      I thought that those were for onsite interviews...I personally have got a Leetcode question in the phone interview and onsite ones were customized
      May 7
    • Square / Eng SQ
      It's just luck of the draw. Most of our questions have gone away from leetcode but some people are stubborn or aren't well trained. Almost all people only have 1 question (whether it's for phone screen or on-site) though
      May 7
    • Square jTCr61
      Most of the questions I saw internally boil down to some kind if CS newgrad problem, no matter what swe position you apply.
      May 9
    • Square jTCr61
      For the phone screen expect a medium difficulty CS problem, nothing too fancy. Will be done over hangouts with codepen.
      May 9
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    Leet medium
    May 6 0
  • Clearstream.TV / Eng JobSearch
    I had the interview. It was actually quite enjoyable.
    May 9 5
    • Cerner ru274ad
      Do you mind sharing the basic process of the interview? I might have one next week but I've no idea what this pair programming is and how they plan on testing my skills
      May 9
    • Clearstream.TV / Eng JobSearch
      I just got rejected lol. It’s just asking u to build a function, and he kept adding use cases.
      May 9
    • Cerner ru274ad
      Oh sorry hear that. Was is difficult or just something that took too long to code out?
      May 9
    • Clearstream.TV / Eng JobSearch
      I probably took too long and had some minor mistakes
      May 9
    • Square / Eng SQ
      Most problems have 3-4 parts to it, decision is also based around which part you got to and comparing to what level you're being considered for
      May 9
  • Clearstream.TV / Eng JobSearch
    By the way, during the recruiter call he told me there would be two tech screens no matter what. So I did the first tech screen, and they decided to let me know that they wouldn’t be moving forward? What gives?
    May 11 4
    • Square / Eng EDxV50
      What role were you applying for and how did you do in your first interview?
      May 11
    • Clearstream.TV / Eng JobSearch
      Software engineer. I did average I think
      May 11
    • Square / Eng SQ
      Recruiter is incorrect. We have the possibility of two screens. If we get enough signal (negative or positive) then we will only do one before making a decision.

      You most likely got a strong no hire, a weak no hire usually means we do a second screen just to be sure.
      May 11
    • Clearstream.TV / Eng JobSearch
      Damn well that sucks. I emailed the recruiter, and as expected he ghosted me
      May 11
  • Care to share to ease off some scare?
    May 9 0
  • SpaceX ________
    Pythagoras
    May 6 0