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Updated 7 Nov, 2014
Updated 7 Nov, 2014
8 Interview Reviews

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    Product Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at foursquare in November 2014.

    Interview Details

    I just sent my resume on their website. They sent me an email to schedule a 15 mn call an it ended up being a 30 mn call. The recruiter postponed twice the interview (first time she cancelled 5 mn before). When we finally spoke she asked me 'Tell me about you' but she was on her way to the elevator because it was already 5pm in NY and I could hear she was out of breath. A

    Interview Questions
    • She constantly asked me about foursquare, how to improve it and to explain the technical implementation on the phone. They said that next round would be with the team showing my mockups/wireframes and prototypes to show my ideas and I said I was not interested. I really thought the interview sucked. They are clearly stealing ideas because they have no idea how to make their product better. I am not doing all of that for a second round.   Answer Question
    Reasons for Declining

    Because I had better offers

    Declined Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY (US)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY (US)
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2+ weeksinterviewed at foursquare in April 2014.

    Interview Details

    I submitted my resume to their website. Then I got a call from the recruiter. I was scheduled a phone interview. After I passed the phone screen, I was asked onsite.

    The onsite consists of four rounds. The questions were quite thought-provoking. The interviewers were also very professional and nice. They always gave me the right hint at the right time. With their help, I was able to get all the questions right. We also had a few nice conversations about their venue quality. The HR was also very responsive. He extended the offer to me the next day after the interview. Also, he was nice enough to organize a few chats between me and different team leaders after my interview.

    In general, it was a very nice company. I can feel the passion of the software engineers. I wish their products will become really popular.

    Interview Questions
    • They ask me to design a spammer detection system. It is not straightforward.   Answer Question
    Reasons for Declining

    I have more interesting places to go. So I decided to turn down their offer.

    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Support Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY (US)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY (US)
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at foursquare.

    Interview Details

    -applied online
    -received an email to set up an initial phone screen
    -spoke with a recruiter who was very amicable
    -set up a time to speak with the manager and a team member
    -came in and spoke with them for about 45minutes
    -received the offer about an hour later

    Interview Questions
    • take us through the steps for troubleshooting an issue   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Data Analytics Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY (US)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY (US)
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 1+ weekinterviewed at foursquare in December 2013.

    Interview Details

    I saw a posting for a full-time data analytics internship in NYC. I leveraged my personal network to make a connection to the talent acquisition team. From there I was extended an invitation to interview over the phone. Both people with whom I interacted were professional and responsive. The interview itself was not terribly difficult. I had to walk through my resume, discuss my interest in foursquare, there were some fit questions, etc. At the end there was a mini technical interview. The interviewer asked five basic SQL questions to test level of comfort with querying. In the end I did not get an offer. My interviewer offered me feedback and let me know that they were interested in my background but needed more availability (I was not available full time).

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    • While I'm quite comfortable building queries, I was never professionally/technically trained so I was unfamiliar with the technical terminology associated with queries. "What is the difference between an inner and outer join?"   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  6.  

    New Grad Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY (US)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY (US)
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at foursquare.

    Interview Details

    Phone screens and then an onsite.

    Interview Questions
    • They asked in depth about my experience with databases and database schema design as well as efficient use of database constructs. Unfortunately I only had one project in school that dealt with sql for about a week so I didn't have a great deal of experience to call upon. These questions were very unexpected and inconsistent with my other experiences interviewing as a new grad.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took a weekinterviewed at foursquare.

    Interview Details

    Phone interview - basic questions about past work experience and experience using foursquare

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Senior UI Design Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY (US)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY (US)
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 5 weeksinterviewed at foursquare.

    Interview Details

    One of the longest and frustrating interview processes I've ever encountered, especially for someone that didn't apply for the job. I was contacted through a recruiter, had an initial phone screen, then the following week met with a senior designer and the design director. A week later went in for a 3-4hr block of time to meet with four more people on the design team. Three of the four had their laptops out and were literally going through a list of questions and taking vigorous notes right after every one of my answers. Felt like half of them weren't interested in having real conversations, or maybe it felt more like someone in charge was going to go over their notes later. Another week later they asked me to do a design project to understand my thought processes and see the craft in my work. Then the following week they asked me to come in and present my work. At this point I passed.

    For a place that stresses their fun culture, their interview process feels corporate and inauthentic. There probably isn't any difference in their interview process whether they're trying to poach you, or not.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview
  9.  

    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral – interviewed at foursquare in April 2013.

    Interview Details

    It was a phone interview without online coding.
    The interviewer was nice. He asked two projects in my resume, one was Haoop Programming. Then he asked hashtable vs. hashap, malloc vs. new, process vs. thread, binary search. All kinds of concept questions. He also asked whether I knew Scala Programming Language.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

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