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Cerner Interview Questions & Reviews

Updated Aug 16, 2014
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No Offer

Negative Experience

Average Interview

Software Engineer Interview

Software Engineer
London, England

I applied through another source and the process took 2 months - interviewed at Cerner in September 2013.

Interview Details Had an interview with 2 software developers (with a lot of technical questions) and a phone interview with one of their employee based in Kansas. I asked them for a feedback 2 weeks later but they didn't give me any response.

Interview Question – Recursion exercise   Answer Question


Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Difficult Interview

Senior Analyst Interview

Senior Analyst
London, England

I applied through a recruiter and the process took 2+ weeks - interviewed at Cerner in May 2011.

Interview Details I initially was phone screened - took around 45 minutes answering various background questions.
I was then invited for a three person interview - one HR, two specialism based. Relatively informal, but competency based.
I was made an offer, accepted, and then went for orientation in Kansas City.

Interview Question – Describe a difficult decision and how you made it.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – I was made a good offer.


No Offer

Negative Experience

Difficult Interview

Business Consultant Interview

Business Consultant
Bath, England

I applied online and the process took 6+ weeks - interviewed at Cerner in May 2010.

Interview Details Very simple process all done online

Interview Questions


No Offer

Negative Experience

Average Interview

Velocity Systems Engineer Interview

Velocity Systems Engineer
Kansas City, KS (US)

I applied online and the process took 4 weeks - interviewed at Cerner.

Interview Details Applied online
Then email from a recruiter
Then pre screening call
Phone technical Interview
Onsite Campus Visit with 2 back to back Technical Interviews.
Waited 2 weeks to hear back

The technical interview is flawed, the systems engineer was very cocky but the second software engineer was nicer and had a good personality.

Interview Question – Technical questions seem pretty straight forward.   Answer Question


Declined Offer

Neutral Experience

Average Interview

Analyst Interview

Analyst

I applied online and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Cerner in June 2014.

Interview Details Had a phone interview that went well. The following week I traveled to Kansas City to go to an in-person interview. The interview was with three different people back to back. It was almost 3 hours long. Overall, very intense interview.

Interview Question – How would you test a calculator?   Answer Question

Reason for Declining – The environment seemed very stiff and I did not feel like I would enjoy working there. Plus, I have heard horror stories from past employees on how they work you like a dog.


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Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Average Interview

Velocity Software Engineer Interview

Velocity Software Engineer
Kansas City, MO (US)

I applied through a recruiter and the process took 2 months - interviewed at Cerner in June 2014.

Interview Details I was planning to apply to Cerner in the nearby future (they actually came to my university recruiting but I didn't apply anywhere straight away) when I was contacted by a recruiter on LinkedIn. Knowing that this was probably the best way to actually get over the fear of applying I replied and applied right away.
The whole process would have been faster, but I had prior commitments.
I had a phone interview with the recruiter 4 days after she contacted me, and then a phone interview with a software engineer a little bit more than a week after that.
The first phone interview was very basic, completely behavioral. The most unexpected questions were "what do you do in your spare time to increase your programming abilities" (I'm in grad school, I spend most of my time doing research, during the day and when I'm back at home; I ended up telling her about the algorithms books I had started reviewing) and "tell me about a recent time when you learned a new programming language" (I hadn't learned a new programming language in a while, so I was not entirely prepared for this either, but I talked about a time 4 years ago heh).
The phone interview with the engineer was again mostly behavioral. Any technical questions are already posted on Glassdoor.
Then I got the call about Experience Cerner day, but I couldn't make it to the earliest one because of prior commitments, so I made it to the next one, which was exactly a month after my technical phone screen.
Experience Cerner Day was quite nice, albeit it started very, very early. We started with a tour of Kansas City, the city of fountains, and then had our interviews.
One note about attire: Cerner is jeans-casual, but everyone interviewing will, more than likely, wear a suit. So do the same, you don't want to feel under-dressed!
My interviewers were pleasant and we had some nice conversations. Half behavioral, half technical. They asked the Fizz-Buzz question, and another one about designing a database. All of the questions are on Glassdoor (except the database question, just make sure you know RDBMS normalization, you should figure it out on your own, this was definitely not a standard question).
I'll add the question I felt I had the biggest problem with (but which maybe was exactly what got me hired) below.
They said it would take them up to 2 weeks to give out a decision, I got mine in 10 days (I had almost given up hope by then).

Interview Question – When was there a time when ONE SINGLE project was so overwhelming that you felt there weren't enough hours in a day for it and what did you do?   View Answer

Negotiation Details – I thought about negotiating but then searched online and it seems that that's the salary they give out (it's 1k less than someone posted here). I also got a relocation package.


No Offer

Negative Experience

Average Interview

Senior Software Engineer Interview

Senior Software Engineer

Interviewed at Cerner

Interview Details They seemed to be confused on what they should ask. Looks like they are caught up in old school college grad questions without any reasonable link to what is needed for the actual job.


2 people found this helpful

No Offer

Positive Experience

Easy Interview

Velocity Software Engineer Interview

Velocity Software Engineer

I applied through a recruiter and interviewed at Cerner.

Interview Details 2 rounds Phone Interview and 2 rounds onsite interview, all questions from glassdoor.
Kansas City is a small and nice city but looks not much fun.
Cerner is a good company and the business model is correct.
All the staff we met looks love their company so much.
The interview peace is too tight and you don't have time to know the city even this is a small city.

Interview Question – some behavior questions   View Answers (2)


Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Average Interview

Support Analyst Interview

Support Analyst

I applied online and interviewed at Cerner.

Interview Details I applied online on their careers website. About a week after that I got an email from the recruiter to schedule a phone interview. During the phone interview I was just asked basic questions about my education and a couple behavioral questions. At the end of the phone interview, she told me she wanted to schedule a phone interview which was schedule for 5 weeks later. There were 15 other applicants at the in person interview applying for the same position. I had a one and a half hour interview which consisted of three 30 minute interviews with different managers. The interviewers were really nice and asked about 4-5 behavioral questions each.

Interview Questions

Negotiation Details – I did not negotiate.


No Offer

Negative Experience

Average Interview

Velocity Software Engineer Interview

Velocity Software Engineer

I applied online and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Cerner in June 2014.

Interview Details Although I had a good deal of enthusiasm going into the first phone interview (the first after one or two phone screens), I can not say the same for my interviewer. Whether it was my resume or just his task of interviewing prospects that inspired his dull, uninterested handling of questions I won't know. Rushed through introductions, didn't make an attempt at conversation, and seemed rebuffed during the introduction when I asked him how he was. Each question was read off the list, with little to no acknowledgement of correct answers (certainly not for incorrect answers). Received a rejection the next day. Mercifully quick at least.

Of note, in the weeks that followed, I had Cerner recruiters picking up my resume from indeed.com and emailing me. I found out, however, that this just means they don't bother cross-checking prospects with previously interviewed employees. As I was still interested in what this company does, I expressed interest in interviewing with them again, but this was not possible.

Interview Question – Most of the questions already listed in other comments. I also remember a question regarding the design of an OOP Chess game.   Answer Question

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