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Tripadvisor Senior Software Engineer Interview Questions

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Senior Software Engineer Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate in Boston, MA (US)
No Offer
Negative Experience
Average Interview

Application

I applied through a recruiter. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at Tripadvisor (Boston, MA (US)) in October 2019.

Interview

The interviewer is unprofessional, rude and pompous. To give a brief background, I'm an engineer from a big tech company and I have done my fair share of interviewing people + interviewing for jobs.

I scheduled an interview with them two weeks ago. When the time came, it was a no show. I waited for around 15 minutes until I had to contact the recruiter and they said there was a failure in their system. Today I had the followup interview with them again. The person was late two minutes, but this is normally within the limits and I will again give them another pass. The interviewer cut straight to the point about asking questions, (which I like because it gives me more time to do the test and more time for questions later). However, the tone of the voice was just rude and demanding.

1. Java trivial questions such as difference between an abstract class and an interface. How does Java do garbage collection?
The interviewer constantly cuts me off to ask questions. Maybe I wasn't answering what he wanted, but this was jut plain rude. The connection was rather spotty too so I also couldn't hear his questions clearly. After I gave a high overview of my understanding and admitted I was not familiar with the specifics, he merely smirked and said to move on to the next question.

2. Talk about past experiences
Both the technical recruiter and the interview bugged me about a past experience where I stayed on less than a year. I explained but they did not seem to be too satisfied with the answer but moved on quickly. They also tried to ask a lot of questions about my current project, in which some I had to say I am not able to disclose.

3. Coding questions
Find me the sum of all value under a specific node in the tree. After asking some basic questions, I proceeded to walk through my algorithm before implementing, but the interviewer kept asking in a rude way, why are you assuming that this is xxx, this is wrong, you are not understanding my question correctly. To be fair, I was making some assumptions and all his questions are valid, but again the attitude was plain obnoxious. I was able to come up with the right solution, which we promptly got into how to scale the system to meet large requirements.

Overall, I firmly believe one bad nut does not reflect the overall company. As mentioned before, they were really nice to me when I interviewed onsite 4 years ago. But regardless, due to this experience, I'm not even waiting to see whether I get an invite for onsite at this point and am going to reject them.

To the interviewer if you read this, my feedback for you is to tone down the attitude. I can tell you are a brilliant engineer and am probably a fun person to work with once people get to know you, but this was not a very good first impression and can potentially drive away real talent from joining your team.

Interview Questions

  • Java trivial questions, tree search algorithm, scaling challenges   Answer Question

Tripadvisor Response

8 Oct 2019 – Recruiting Operations Coordinator

Thank you for providing your transparent feedback regarding your interview experience with TripAdvisor. We acknowledge that it seemed to be a poor experience, and that is never our intention. We strive to provide a positive experience for all candidates, but in your situation we clearly could have done better. We are committed to continuously improving the candidate experience, and we will take your feedback and manage our process to ensure we give other candidates a better experience than you had.

Other Interview Reviews for Tripadvisor

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    Senior Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied in-person. I interviewed at Tripadvisor.

    Interview

    Some agency contacted me for an interview here. No info about what I'm applying for. Just randomly they scheduled an interview and started asking some BS question. This was for restaurants team, I feel really bad for people who work under this team and that Lead. He had a DESI mentality, DO NOT JOIN here. And who the hell on earth interviews on skype?

    Interview Questions

    • Spark, Kafka, RestAPI, some problem with finding an error in the code.   Answer Question

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    Senior Software Engineer Interview

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

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. I interviewed at Tripadvisor (New York, NY (US)).

    Interview

    Phone interview then onsite in NY office.
    I answered all the coding question onsite and interviewer seemed satisfied with my answers. There was one round was on skype instead of in person. No feedback or whatsoever after the onsite. Completely waste of time. They seemed do interview to test the market and train interviewer. The office is mediocre nothing excited as well. Not recommended.

    Interview Questions

    • Onsite: Integer to Roman; Parse string to number to certain valid format; Valid Sudoku type of questions.,   Answer Question
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    Senior Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in El Segundo, CA (US)
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Tripadvisor (El Segundo, CA (US)).

    Interview

    They have a normal interview process phone then onsite. Phone interview was pretty average the person had an instigator attitude not sign of friendliness and very harsh I did pretty well because I do usually well in the technical part. I made it to the onsite and that's when things took off to the next level. I met with 4 people. The hiring manager was a typical manager who loves to smile and BS and backstab you which is pretty common in the tech industry. The leads were the most awful part they were extermely manipulative and lazy. They were the kinds of leads we all know where instead of leading people they hire more junior people and suffocate them under themselves. The leads were american, they were all male as well so I didn't meet with any woman and I didn't see any woman even in the office. I was placed in a room where the guy next to me was shouting on the phone and the manager sais oh he is just loud as I was proposed to solve the questions which I did. They all had the worst personalities that I've seen throughout my career so culturally definitely its a very dark place where they hire you and put you in a corner and let you suffer as they are going up themselves and make more money and laugh behind your back and they think it's ok. Stay away from this place, they don't know what they are doing themselves and they don't even know how to evaluate their candidates. They put me through 6 hours of interviews and never even got back to me. It's a typical garbage company in tech so stay far and stay healthy. Hope this helps. Love and light!

    Interview Questions

    • Lots of questions one was about iterator of a list where you implement next, and hasNext and the other two questions were pretty easy too. String parsing, Technical part is pretty straightforward as long as you have some basics covered and understood. I wouldn't worry about that too much.   1 Answer

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    Senior Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Needham, MA (US)
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at Tripadvisor (Needham, MA (US)) in August 2018.

    Interview

    Manager phone screen
    Technical 1 hr phone
    half day technical onsite

    Worst part was they never gave me any answer (yes or no) NOR any feedback on my interview.
    1 day of my life was wasted as I did not receive ANY inputs from either Bob or the manager.

    Stay away

    Interview Questions


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    Senior Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Needham, MA (US)
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Tripadvisor (Needham, MA (US)) in June 2018.

    Interview

    Very fast. Phone screen with recruiter, follow-up with manager and then an on-site. Recruiter worked with me prior to my on-site to make sure I was ready and was familiar with the company values - unlike a number of places I’ve worked TripAdvisor treats its values very seriously and uses them when evaluating candidates - something I’ve done now that I’ve interviewed people for TripAdvisor.

    Received an offer the day after the on-site. Speed wins.

    Interview Questions


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    Senior Software Engineer Interview

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

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at Tripadvisor (New York, NY (US)).

    Interview

    Interview happened on Skype and started by getting a call from the interviewer. The interview lasted for 45 mins. The first part is some short technical questions and followed by a coding question which is to be complete on shared coding pad. The interviewer was very pleasant to talk to you and made the whole interview much more enjoyable.

    Interview Questions

    • NDA signed. Cannot disclose, but it's some CS fundamental question which you can solve by applying the right data structure   Answer Question

    Tripadvisor Response

    13 Mar 2018 – Vice President, Global Talent Acquisition

    Thanks for reviewing your experience. I’m pleased to read your positive remarks about your interviewer. We appreciate you taking the time to meet with our team and we wish you the best of luck in your job search! - Carolyn


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    Senior Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Los Angeles, CA (US)
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took a week. I interviewed at Tripadvisor (Los Angeles, CA (US)).

    Interview

    I got recommended by a friend working in TripAdvisor and took phone screen. Recruiter contacted me and asked me about my previous experience. Later she scheduled a phone screen interview.

    Interview Questions

    • CS basics: Big O concept, HashTable, BinarySearch, OO design principles   Answer Question

    Tripadvisor Response

    17 Nov 2017 – Vice President, Global Talent Acquisition

    Thanks for leaving your feedback. We’re proud of our strong employee referral program and are pleased to see that you had a positive interview experience. Thanks again for taking the time to speak with the team. - Carolyn

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    Senior Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. I interviewed at Tripadvisor in August 2016.

    Interview

    There was an intro recruiter screen, followed by a technical phone screen with an interactive coding problem. The onsite consisted of three technical interviews: two algorithmic, and one more practical around web programming. The interviewers were all exceptionally nice people.

    Interview Questions

    • Traversing a binary tree multiple ways, and Island of Ones.   Answer Question

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    Senior Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Boston, MA (US)
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took a week. I interviewed at Tripadvisor (Boston, MA (US)) in March 2016.

    Interview

    I had a phone screen where I had to code a medium difficulty problem in the language of my choice. From there, there was an in-person interview 1:1 with 5 engineers (1 hr each). I am sure I did well on the questions they asked (didn't answer 100%, but 90-95%). I didn't get an offer. I am puzzled as to why. Ih have 11 years of experience ... perhaps they thought I'd be expensive? Overall, nice people and great office.

    Interview Questions

    • Describe a project you did in the past. Draw it. Then they drilled in - describe the database schema here, etc. What is a database index?   Answer Question

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