Is it normal to meet 7 people or have 7 rounds in an on-site interview?

New / Eng cNNf41
Nov 1, 2019 28 Comments

I had an on-site with a startup for a Lead Data Scientist position, which initially comprised of 5 interviews. But, I ended up having seven rounds.

1. Presentation of your best data science project (30 min)
2. Machine/Deep Learning round (1hr)
3. Coding - (1hr)
4. Lunch with some behavioral questions - (1hr)
5. Coding and system design - (1hr)
6. Exit interview with CTO - (30 min)
7. Another exit interview with the head of data science - (45 min)

I was dead by the end of the day — 9:30 AM to 4:00 PM.

Is it usual to have so many interviews? Is it because it's a startup?

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  • Uber chumpu
    They just want you to solve a problem of theirs without paying you, then reject
    Nov 1, 2019 5
    • New / Eng cNNf41
      OP
      Thanks. Share what?
      Nov 1, 2019
    • Uber chumpu
      Your 20+ years of experience and education for free
      Nov 1, 2019
  • Microsoft LLTC08
    Sound like a small company where 1 bad hire could cause them significant problems. They are just being thorough.
    Nov 1, 2019 1
    • New / Eng cNNf41
      OP
      Ahh makes sense. 🤔
      Nov 1, 2019
  • Interview with CTO and head of data science are the “veto if serial killer” interviews. Startups tend to want a cohesive culture, so they just want more signals
    Nov 1, 2019 2
  • Goldman Sachs / IT GrafinSol
    Congrats!

    My interview with Qualcomm about 5 years back was with 11 people. I was drained and just done by the end of it. The slap in the face was the offer which was not much more than what I was making then. I was pissed off. But, it happens I guess, based on the many responses here.
    Nov 1, 2019 3
    • Goldman Sachs / IT GrafinSol
      Yeah.. They flew me out, and it was just the whole damn day..

      I hope the offer you got was worth your time and is in ballpark you were expecting
      Nov 1, 2019
    • New / Eng cNNf41
      OP
      It is good so far. Joining next month. Fingers crossed
      Nov 1, 2019
  • Square AzID47
    The normal interview loop for a SWE at Square includes six interviews plus lunch and nine people, though you really shouldn't be getting evaluated at lunch.
    Nov 1, 2019 2
    • New / Eng cNNf41
      OP
      Daamnn. That's next level grilling.
      Nov 1, 2019
    • Square AzID47
      It's pretty similar to your loop really. Three coding, lunch in the middle, one past experience, one architecture and system design, and an exit interview with the hiring manager. The non-coding interviews are with two people each. It's definitely a full day.
      Nov 1, 2019
  • I think the latter two might have happened because you did well
    Nov 1, 2019 1
    • New / Eng cNNf41
      OP
      I guess, the interviews in the Data Science domain are so varied that you don't know what to expect sometimes.
      Nov 1, 2019
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    • New / Eng cNNf41
      OP
      Definitely do it. If not the job, you'll get some experience from it. My motto is to never reject any interview opportunity
      Nov 1, 2019
  • New / Product iwDl20
    Sounds like a great place to work. Now that you spent a whole work day with them, do you see yourself repeating it for 300+ days?
    Nov 1, 2019 2
    • New / Eng cNNf41
      OP
      It's better than slacking and blinding at work. Which is my current scenario
      Nov 1, 2019
    • New / Product iwDl20
      You need a side hustle
      Nov 1, 2019
  • Cerner / Eng Zenobia
    It's normal for some companies. I had 12 onsite interviews at my current company. 8:30am-5:30pm non-stop. Had plans to look around the city in the evening, but went to the hotel and slept coz I was out of energy.
    Nov 1, 2019 1
    • New / Eng cNNf41
      OP
      I can completely relate to this
      Nov 1, 2019
  • Bloomberg F.U. Money
    Actually, your lineup is a little lighter than many of mine.
    Nov 1, 2019 1
    • New / Eng cNNf41
      OP
      What roles did you interview for? I can't imagine how people get through these. It's a lot of stress
      Nov 1, 2019

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