Square phone interview. What to expect?

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May 6, 2019 22 Comments

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  • Credit Karma Oaxg376
    Phone call
    May 6, 2019 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, 2019 1
    • Microsoft gurra
      Do you have to get through all parts? Someone mentioned that there's 3-4 parts. Let's say you only completed 2 parts.
      Oct 31, 2019
  • 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, 2019 4
    • 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, 2019
    • Square jTCr61
      For the phone screen expect a medium difficulty CS problem, nothing too fancy. Will be done over hangouts with codepen.
      May 9, 2019
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    Leet medium
    May 6, 2019 0
  • Clearstream.TV / Eng JobSearch
    I had the interview. It was actually quite enjoyable.
    May 9, 2019 5
    • Clearstream.TV / Eng JobSearch
      I probably took too long and had some minor mistakes
      May 9, 2019
    • 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, 2019
  • 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, 2019 4
    • 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, 2019
    • Clearstream.TV / Eng JobSearch
      Damn well that sucks. I emailed the recruiter, and as expected he ghosted me
      May 11, 2019
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