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Advertising Sales Manager Interview (Negative Experience; Average Interview)
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at eBay Inc..
Interview Details Quick call with the recruiter, very professional. 1:1 onsite interview with the hiring manager who showed up late and without my CV, we sat in an open space, I was asked very basic and general questions. Few and confused info about the position. Waited more than a month for a feedback. Disappointing.
Interview Question – Not difficult but quite unexpected and useless for the level of the position. Why would you be awesome for the position? My questions were more focused on the business and on eBay advertising plans for the next years. Maybe having at least the CV of the candidates in front of your eyes would help interviewing better. The person was constantly looking at the mobile. Answer Question
Graduate Software Engineer Interview (Neutral Experience; Easy Interview)
I applied through a recruiter - interviewed at eBay Inc. in May 2013.
Interview Details Recruiter found me CV on a job board. I had a telephone conference interview with two people. It was a technical interview & it was pretty standard apart from few questions related to TDD. Being a graduate, I found it difficult to have knowledge about Test Driven Development. Other questions were straightforward including binary search, pass by value vs pass by reference & java related questions
Interview Question – Questions regarding Agile software development & TDD which I found unexpected as being a graduate I did not really have any experience in TDD. Answer Question
Project Manager Interview (Neutral Experience; Difficult Interview)
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at eBay Inc..
Interview Details HR phone screening and then 1-2-1 Competencies based interview with hiring manager
Interview Question – Tell me a time when you had to work with people who were resistent to change Answer Question
Senior Manager Interview (Neutral Experience)
I applied through a recruiter and the process took 5+ weeks - interviewed at eBay Inc..
Interview Details 3 rounds: hiring manager, case interview presentation & panel interview, and peer interviews
Interview Question – Case interviews on e-commerce Answer Question
Classification Specialist Interview (Neutral Experience; Difficult Interview)
The process took 2 weeks - interviewed at eBay Inc. in May 2012.
Interview Details Interview for an entry level contract - permanent position:
1. Online numerical test:
They use a very demanding banking numerical test (the type you'll find on efinancial careers) to vet applicants as they are looking for a 'certain calibre of individual'. The average mark is around 40%.
I was given a series of questions and asked to prepare a short presentation around those questions to be performed during the interview. This involved ideas on how the classification structure of the website can be improved based on other websites/your own knowledge of the concepts behind classification.
2. Series of interviews
The first interview was where I delivered the presentation I had prepared (with print outs from the website/other websites to show my reasoning. I was then challenged on some of my ideas.
In the second I discussed more at length why I wanted to work for eBAY and why this role in particular
The third was an unprepared case study where I was shown some typical classification problems and asked what I thought the solution was.
The final interview was more of a discussion about myself, my interests and what I could bring to the role. The interviewer focused a lot on my personal interests wanted to find out 'what made me tick in the world of work'
Two interviews were a panel and the other two were 1:1
I was rejected because they weren't convinced this was the right role for me and thought I didn't demonstrate enough interest in the day-to-day work of a classification specialist.
They were very prompt about giving feedback and it was refreshing to be given the chance to conduct different interviews with different people on the same day where your strengths and weaknesses could be assessed as a whole. I also thought the team were very friendly and unintimidating.
Interview Question – What are the good and bad points about eBAY's classification structure based on what you've seen of other similar sites. What would you change? Answer Question
Support Function Interview (Neutral Experience; Easy Interview)
The process took 1 week - interviewed at eBay Inc. in May 2012.
Interview Details Nice location in Richmond, not an impressive reception and quite small for a business of this size I thought. Everyone dressed down in jeans and t-shirts; while I was very booted and suited. Interview was very friendly and chatty to the point of being very unstructured which surprised me-in hindsight I question whether I was being tested on whether I would pull the "agenda" back on track; which I did not do.
Interview Question – What are the future challenges for eBay? Answer Question
Senior Category Manager Interview (Negative Experience; Average Interview)
I applied online and the process took 4 weeks - interviewed at eBay Inc. in March 2009.
Interview Details I applied after seeing the job posting on LinkedIn. I emailed with the recruiter and had a phone conversation/interview - about the role, my current position, etc. I was invited to come in for an interview with the person I would be reporting to. That interview was a basic resume interview, plus a market sizing case related to the role. I was told I would hear back the following week but didn't; when I followed up I was told they wanted to invite me in for a second and final round, consisting of interviews with 3 more people and a presentation on a topic related to the role to all the people I'd interviewed with. This was all supposed to happen in one afternoon but as it happened one interview, with the MD, had to be rescheduled to the day before the other interviews and presentation. That interview was one of the more awkward I've had (beyond typical awkwardness): the MD was aloof. I was fine with that and the interview was going fairly well until one point when, talking about a particular topic, I asked the MD for some examples of what they'd done. She didn't give me specific examples so I asked for some, she still didn't give any, so I asked again and she became (it seemed to me) annoyed/angry ('we're going off on a tangent, we don't need to go into detail'). So I backed off. Then later in the interview she checked her mobile while I was speaking. I was surprised at how unprofessional she seemed given that she was the MD. I got a call later that evening saying that I didn't need to come in the following day as they thought they needed someone with more direct relevant experience, but there was also a comment that they needed someone more 'analytical'...although the interview involved no sort of assessment of analytical skills. That just seemed absolutely ridiculous since I'm one of the most analytical people I know! More importantly I thought it was inconsiderate to have had me go to the trouble of preparing the presentation and then not give me the opportunity to present it. In the end I emailed them the presentation and I also asked for more specific feedback on my performance and (mis)match for the job, but never heard back. Again, unprofessional, I thought. It's just a shame because (a) I know I could have done a very good job in the role (actually I think I am overqualified for it), and (b) it's left a terrible taste in my mouth about this company and it would take a long time before I'd consider working there after this experience.
Program Manager Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied through college or university and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at eBay Inc. in April 2013.
Interview Details About 3-4 interviews mostly related to previous work and some questions about job situations and how to handle. Very nice interviewers who wanted to know you as person and helped me understand the role and the work environment much better than other companies.
Business Analyst Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at eBay Inc. in July 2013.
Interview Details interview was very similar process to Microsoft or Amazon -- large tech company. Typical routing through HR, set up of a 1 day or 2 day loop with multiple people and a final reviewer (as-app).
Negotiation Details – Negotiated with someone in HR. They knew what they were doing, and were willing to negotiate. I got some additional sign-on bonus, but was not able to get more vacation.
Intern Interview (Neutral Experience; Average Interview)
I applied online and the process took 1 week - interviewed at eBay Inc. in April 2014.
Interview Details I applied for 70 to 80 positions for intern positions. Eventually I got call for Java Backend intern position. The interview went well, but I stuck with the question in REST ful web service.
Interview Question – Which project is your most favorite project and why? Answer Question
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