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Commission Reporting Analyst Position Interview (Negative Experience; Average Interview)
I applied online and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Expedia in May 2014.
Interview Details I had an email exchange with the Talent Advisor. She asked me to complete a CV screening document which included competency based questions as I was unable to have a phone interview during the day.
Some question examples:
Tell me about a time you worked in an environment with strict processes and guidelines?
How do you look for ways to improve yourself and the processes with which you work?
How do you deal with ambiguity?
How comfortable are you working on many data driven projects at the same time (spanning multiple teams)? Please provide some examples for all questions.
I received an email the next day advising that I've passed the screening stage and that a phone interview has been scheduled with the Hiring Manager at 6.30pm as she was located in Bellevue, USA. It took 45mins and it was a mix of general and competency based questions. I then had to attend 2 face to face interviews at their Angel office in London. Again, the interviewers asked mainly competency based questions. Nothing too complicated.
Having passed 3 rounds of interviews I had 2 more phone interviews with the Hiring Manager and another Analyst and the Director all from Bellevue, USA. Interviews took 30mins each, more competency based questions with a twist of a last question being aptitude one. Given it was the last interview and 8pm London time, I didn't expect this type of question to be the last one. Needless to say, I didn't answer the broken bridge question as it was completely irrelevant in my opinion, having passed all the other interviews without such questions.
The last interview was the most difficult one with a screw up question at the very end of the interview. I felt it was rather mean, as they could have said thank you, but thank you no earlier in the interview process. I didn't have relevant travel experience, thus I didn't think they would like to proceed further after the 1st or 2nd interview.
There is a much more simple way of screening potential candidates. One interviewer mentioned that he also could not understand the 6 rounds of interviewing. He then corrected his statement adding that Expedia hires only the best fit for the role.
Don't waist your time if you don't think the person isn't a good fit for the role. You can screw up anybody in the interview process even the VP if you really wanted!!!!
Interview Question – What business goals would you set up for the year for this role?
If money and resources where abundant, what one thing would you change about the process you are most familiar with from your last/ current role? And why?
There's a broken bridge and only 2 people can cross it at any given time. There are 4 people in total and they all travel at different speeds. It's dark at night, and there's 1 flash light which lasts 10mins. How would you make sure all people crossed the bridge safely without leaving anyone behind? Answer Question
Junior Data Scientist Interview (Neutral Experience; Easy Interview)
I applied online and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Expedia.
Interview Details Gave the first round of interview few days back, general HR stuff...
Have not heard back yet. Was told that I would be informed about the outcome in the following week. Have written to the recruiter seeking the results .. no luck hearing back yet
Interview Question – The first round constituted mostly of behavioral questions... Answer Question
Senior Marketing Manager Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied online and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Expedia in July 2013.
Interview Details After applying via Linkedin and sending over my CV, I had a quick phone call with one of their Hiring Managers. It was a very short call focusing on my current role.
A week later I met the person who was leaving the position I applied for. We went through my CV, he asked more detailed questions about my skills set and what I would bring to the company. He was very relaxed and approachable.
I received feedback a few days later and was invited again to meet with the rest of the marketing team. As I was currently working, the HR team was kind and flexible enough to fit all my interviews in one day. I then had 1-hour interviews with people I would work with, report to and members from other teams. The beauty of this is that you get asked questions from people with a different background and got the job explained from different angles. A real 360 job interview. No tricky questions and a few behavioural (what would do you do in that case..) focused problem solving questions.
Overall I had a very positive experience even if I didn’t get the job I applied for. The HR team is by far the most responsive I’ve ever seen. Your questions get answered within 24 hours and they don’t keep you waiting and stressing over the next round of interviews. After the final stage, I received a one page long email including feedback from every single person I met a few days before summarizing what they thought of my skills and how I came across as a candidate. I find it super useful.
Interview Question – What brand would you be?
How would you implement a marketing campaign across several countries? Answer Question
Senior Product Manager Interview (Negative Experience; Average Interview)
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Expedia in July 2013.
Interview Details Six interviews. First was a screening call with HR (about why Expedia, why the role, why me etc. - very general & easy); next was a 1-on-1 with the hiring manager (a bit of overlap with HR & the rest was behavioural); next was a day of 4 interviews with peers & other executives & the hiring manager (again). Next round a mixed bag with some behavioural, some technical & some business case type questions. In general not tough. Got a good sense of company & culture but not of the role as there seemed to be mixed views of it. Tried clarifying that during interview.
HR is completely useless. Had to chase several times for feedback after each round. And finally, didn't get ANY feedback after final round. None till this date. AWFUL really.
Interview Question – How would you build a business case for automating certain marketing tasks? Answer Question
Market Manager Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied online and the process took 4 weeks - interviewed at Expedia in February 2013.
Interview Details I had a first interview with an HR consultant asking general questions about my sales experience and a few questions about account management and negotiation. After a couple of hours I received an email confirming I passed the first stage and I was requested to attend another phone interview with one of the managers. It could have been a manager from any department at any of Expedia offices worldwide. My interview was scheduled at 7.30am and lasted 30 minutes. I was asked to provide more negotiation examples and therewere similar questions to the first interview but with more details required.
I was informed by the recruiter that pen paper and calculator could have been necessary however none of the questions asked required any of these.
I passed the second interview and I was informed on the same day that I had been selected for a face to face interview with a senior manager at Expedia London. The interview lasted one hour.
I was asked several questions about staff management and team performance assessment. Questions about a situation where I performed beyond expectations. Question about a particular project I managed delivering excellent results.
Interview Question – At the second phone interview: are you holding a pen in your hand? Sell it to me. View Answer
Destination Manager Interview (Negative Experience; Average Interview)
I applied through a recruiter and the process took 3 days - interviewed at Expedia in December 2012.
Interview Details The face to face interview includes 3 phases and takes over an hour. There's a language test in your mother tongue, an interview with the manager followed by an interview with the hiring manager. If you fail the language test in the first phase you are eliminated from the process.
Interview Question – The language test was trickier than it seemed. I had 10 min to complete each test which comprises a hotel description written in my mother tongue with 10 questions about it and a spelling test. I found out later that ten mistakes had to be found and that you need to get 100% to both tests to pass. I didn't achieve 100% to the spelling test and the process ended there. Answer Question
Software Development Engineer II Interview (Neutral Experience; Average Interview)
I applied online and the process took 2+ weeks - interviewed at Expedia in November 2012.
Interview Details Initial interview process was mostly standard, a phone interview followed with face to face interview with 2 devs, product & dev managers. Some questions were based on experience on resume while there were few to check general programming competency. Interestingly there was no coding exercise. Last round was an informal lunch interview, which turned out to unexpectedly bring out the unprofessional side of the interviewers.
Interview Question – Are you married? Do you have any kids? Where do you live? View Answers (2)
Product Manager Interview (Neutral Experience; Average Interview)
I applied online and the process took a day - interviewed at Expedia in March 2012.
Interview Details I wouldnt say it was easy. The questions were very straight forward. But the tricky part was the expression on the interviewers faces. Wow! You couldnt tel if they were impressed or not. After the interview I felt I could have done better.
Interview Question – Gave me a scenario where I have to convert a business oppor to feature and explain it to the developers. Answer Question
Director - ROE Destinations & EMEA Hotels Interview (Negative Experience; Average Interview)
I applied online and the process took 2 months - interviewed at Expedia in October 2011.
Interview Details Phone interview with HR, pretty standard screening questions. I was told my application would be passed on to the hiring manager and as he was traveling at the time I would hear back within a week.
This did not happen and I received an email a couple of weeks later that the role profile had changed and they would come back to me soon, if i were still a good match. Never heard back from them again.
Interview Question – Standard questions regarding my past experience and motivation to join the expedia / interest in the role. Answer Question
Strategy Analyst Interview (Neutral Experience)
I applied online and interviewed at Expedia.
Interview Details The HR called me and said my salary expectation is high. So, I said, "Ok, as long as the company provides growth opportunities within the company, I am interested in the position". She told me, "We are not interested in hiring someone that has an eye on the next level"!! This is the first time a HR personnel has told me that looking to grow within the company for the long term is not right!!
Interview Question – Nothing difficult Answer Question
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