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Jackson National Life
Business Process Owner was asked...30 July 2015

Many questions on scenarios related to position requirements.

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Did you study for any of the Assessment Tests? Thank you.

How long after the last interview did you wait for until they contacted you?

I got an email within a week

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Case Study Based Questions

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Any example? Was case study given in advance?

Yes it was given in advance and was discussed during meeting with founder

Yes it was given in advance and was discussed during meeting with founder

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Renovate America

How do you handle conflict resolution between team members?

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Interesting question for a Product Owner, I would generally consider managing the team dynamics (including conflict) as a key part of the Scrum Master role. Less

In response to the inquiry above, the Product Owner and Scrum Master role at Renovate America are considered one role. It's obviously not ideal since these two roles are supposed to balance each other, but that is the current setup at the company. Quite a bit of responsibility for one role. The PO manages the backlog (feature prioritization) and runs all retrospectives as well. Less

RouteMatch Software

Did you have contact with [internal recruiter]?

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Yes, she emailed me about the assessment

How long did it take them to tell you you were not getting an offer?

Merck

As a PO you met with two VPs who want their Biopham compliance documents in digital format. Describe how you would go about this in 10 minutes

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I would ask them what exactly do they envision being able to do when this work is delivered. This is my way crafting acceptance criteria and success factors. I would ask why the current way is not working, why the change now? If the ask seemed like a ton of effort, I would ask if the team could produce part of this request, what would be the most critical piece in order for the digital format to be useful. I would just listen for the messages not said directly suchas, if they really know what they want and why. Less

Since the VPs want a digital version of their compliance documents, it is implied they have physical versions. I'd ask for a hard copy of the compliance document. Once I have a version in hand, I'd ask them what parts of the document tend to be the same doc-to-doc, and which parts change or require user input. Less

Allstate

How much liquid capital i had

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With proof of my liquid capital.

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Forever Living Products

What would I do if time and money was no oblect ?

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How much do you want to earn and by when ?

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Kodify

If I am fine with working in adult entertainment industry.

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It was unexpected as we are in 2018!!!! Why would somebody care for a tech job in adult industry? Less

Thank you for your honest feedback. We feel it's important to thoroughly explain our business model with openness and transparency. Our websites have changed how people relate to and think of online entertainment market and we are the leader in premium adult content worldwide. Our award-winning brands have become a point of reference for the industry and we are very proud of the recognition we have gained. This would not be possible without the amazing talent we hire - anyone across our teams from marketing to technology - we ensure we hire the people who are passionate and comfortable with what we do. We feel by asking the right questions you get the right answers! Thank you! Less

Devbridge

Tell me how to calculate the cost and release date for an MVP?

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MVP has to be defined first. Assuming you have a list of stories that are all groomed and sized, you can combine that with your estimated velocity of your dev team. This velocity should be based on a historical average. If you have roughly 100 points worth of stories in your MVP and you do 10 points of velocity a sprint, you should be done in 10 sprints. You then multiply the cost of the development per sprint (# of engineers @ rate) by 10. That's the cost, but you should charge your margin on top of that. Also, there's always "found" work so you should add 50% schedule slack so it really should take 15 sprints. Underpromise and overdeliver. Less

MVP has to be defined first. Assuming you have a list of stories that are all groomed and sized, you can combine that with your estimated velocity of your dev team. This velocity should be based on a historical average. If you have roughly 100 points worth of stories in your MVP and you do 10 points of velocity a sprint, you should be done in 10 sprints. You then multiply the cost of the development per sprint (# of engineers @ rate) by 10. That's the cost, but you should charge your margin on top of that. Also, there's always "found" work so you should add 50% schedule slack so it really should take 15 sprints. Underpromise and overdeliver if you can. Less

Booking.com

- Why do you want to work for Booking.com? - Explain Booking.com's business model - How do you prioritise backlog items? - If booking reservations decrease, but CTR increases due to your experiment, what would you do? - What's the downside of running A/B tests too long?

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For the hypotheses presentation what did you do from a data point of view to prepare? I find that not having access to their quantitative or qualitative data is a big challenge in preparation for the test cases. Less

For the business case, I used publicly available data as a resource. The purpose of the business case it's not so much about using 100% factual data. They just want to test if you're able to come up with the right data points that you need in order to solve the case. Approximations and assumptions are totally acceptable, as long as there's some logic behind the assumptions you've made. Regarding the hypotheses presentation, you have to come up with two A/B tests that you'd like to run on the website. These also do not have to be based on factual data. They could also be based on persuasion principles. You could just say "I hypothesise that adding animation to the search button on the yellow search box will imply urgency which in turn will lead more people to search and convert" Less

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