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  1.  

    Product Designer Interview

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

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at Spotify (New York, NY (US)).

    Interview

    Got an email from the Recruiter and have a portfolio review for two of my projects, design challenge, and finally get a virtual interview with a hiring manager through Google hangout

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    Technical Writer Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at Spotify.

    Interview

    3/9/2020
    Applied online

    3/10/2020
    Received first HR email for phone screen interview

    3/13/2020
    Phone interview

    3/16/2020
    Invited to interview with engineering manager

    3/20/2020
    Interview with engineering manager

    3/24/2020
    Invited to complete technical assignment

    3/31/2020
    Received technical assignment

    4/6/2020
    Turned in technical assignment

    4/7/2020
    Interviewed with technical writer

    4/8/2020
    Was informed of an upcoming public holiday and to look out for an email the following week

    4/15/2020
    Invited for final interview

    4/21/2020
    -Values interview
    -Technical interview
    -Working with product and design

    4/23/2020
    Was told other finalists were interviewing and would get feedback early the next week

    5/1/2020
    Received offer

    Spotify was completely transparent and efficient throughout the entire interview process. I was never left in the dark to wonder about next steps and always had a clear idea about what was expected in the timeline.

    I'd really like to shoutout to TK and BH for being so calm and collected when I was a big ball of nerves. They were always prepared and had plans in place for interviewing during Covid-19. They answered all of my questions and could not have been more helpful. My experience was 10/10!

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    Summer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Interview

    The company, Spotify in New York City, contacted me back in a fast timely manner however, when I didnt get the job, they sent me another email thanking me for applying.

    Interview Questions

    • if I had any exeruance in the business which I did, still did not get the job   Answer Question

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    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview

    Interview

    Background and work related questions followed by coding portion.

    The coding portion I solved using a fixed size array that wrapped around. The interviewer was adamant that the performance was O(n), but it was O(1) because it wrapped around with a running index.

    He later agreed with me after realizing he was wrong and ran some tests.
    He asked me to change it to what he wanted which was a growing linked list up to size n instead. His reasoning was that an array was too big to allocate for and the linked list was better.

    I went with his "desired" and "correct" solution.

    In my head, I'm thinking: "Hold on now. You're telling me to grow a linked list up to size n instead of a fixed array of size n? you didn't specify that we were running multiple instances and can't expect size n for every instance..."

    I guess it was not clear to me that he had a specific use scenario in mind when he asked the question.

    I did not pass because I did not conform to the answer he knew.

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    Analyst Interview

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

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 5 weeks. I interviewed at Spotify (New York, NY (US)).

    Interview

    LONG process. Went through 2 phone screens, an in-person interview set that lasted something like 3 hours. Went home and had to Google interview with the global department head. Was eventually told that the team couldn't decide, and that I needed to complete a take-home assignment as the next step. I know I did the assignment right because it's what I produce every day. I spent about 4 hours on this assignment and.... I was then ghosted. Infuriating and left a very bad taste in my mouth. It took 3 tries to get the recruiter to respond and tell me that she didn't have any feedback for me. YIKES.

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    • I was asked to produce a revenue forecast for a week given X, Y, Z parameters.   Answer Question

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    Business Strategy Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 5+ months. I interviewed at Spotify.

    Interview

    Applied in November, got an email for an initial interview in January, had interview with 1 person via Google Hangout, and then had finalist interview with 2 people via Google Hangout in February.

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    Senior Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 6 weeks. I interviewed at Spotify.

    Interview

    Spotify probably has the most unprofessional recruiters that I've worked with in my job search. They were extremely non-responsive. My experience was that it took about a week to get a response back from them in average. I already had a few offers when they finally asked me to be onsite. I declined without going through the final round of interview.

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    Data Engineer Interview

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

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at Spotify (New York, NY (US)).

    Interview

    Found the process to be frustrating!!!

    After being contacted by three different Spotify Recruiters I responded to a role on the creator team. Went through all steps of the interview process (Phone Screen, Technical Screen, 5 Hour Onsite) with positive feedback. After conducting the final round I asked about the roles’ status as I had a competing offer. Next day was informed by the recruiter that the managers had no “spot” for me and they had to look in another team. Later I received an email saying that there was no longer a role available.

     I don’t understand why they could not match the role to my skills before starting the recruiting process.

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    Data Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY (US)
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at Spotify (New York, NY (US)).

    Interview

    All done online. The initial screen was quick and efficient. The full panel interview was not - organizer ask for not 1 not 2 but 3 weeks of multi-day availability. Pretty inefficient, and I proposed splitting that into 2 days instead, so organizer finally confirmed on a single day. 2 days before the panel interview, 3 out of 5 of the interviewers on the list changed. And when it didn't work out (even tho my code worked in all tech questions), they only said "misalignment of role and experience". After spending a whole day (5+ hours), most companies would try to give a bit more feedback than that. And as a result I didn't learn anything about my interviewing from spending 5 hours with them.

    Interview Questions

    • Asked by the interviewer a "Data Engineer" to join 2 tables together to label start/end of a track play , only when I proposed a working solution he diverted me to another solution that he had in mind all along, thinking it was better as it didn't require window functions, but it did require them. He just didn't know they are called window functions. Admittedly, the "Data Engineer" said he hasn't worked on spark in a while, and is quite junior.   1 Answer
    • 2 main algo questions are dynamic-programming requiring recursive implementations. Similar but different questions, and they need you to do everything from implementing helper classes to writing the actual test case AND printing out result in an expected way. Hard to get 100% right given the time limit (but I did just in time)   1 Answer
    • How do you handle people criticising your work?   Answer Question
    • How do you resolve conflict when you didn't like the work done by another engineer.   Answer Question

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    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 1+ week. I interviewed at Spotify in April 2020.

    Interview

    I applied via linked and got email from HR to talk further about the job profile. The HR was quite impressive and provided role insights. Later first technical round was scheduled for 60 mins, interviewer was nice. First 10-15 we chatted about my background and then he gave more details about the team. Afterwards he gave an Algo to solve, Algo was of easy difficulty level. Unfortunately, I was quite rusty and took some time to solve the Algo and was unable to optimize the Algo further.

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