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Software Engineer Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate
No Offer
Negative Experience
Average Interview

Application

I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Okta in May 2019.

Interview

I applied through referral. The process took 2+ weeks. Recruiter setup a call to walk me through the position and team and then followed by telephonic interview with one of their staff engineer. The interview was average but I really had hard time hearing the interviewer voice. I had to ask him to repeat the question multiple times. I lost half of interest when the interviewer side is filled with lot of noise and low. I wish it was different experience.

Interview Questions

  • It was simple design and coding question. And the questions built upon it.   2 Answers

Other Interview Reviews for Okta

  1. Helpful (2)  

    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at Okta in March 2019.

    Interview

    Recruiter sent coding challenge, I completed it a few days later. I sent followup emails to the recruiters for 2 weeks after with no response. Several more weeks later, a recruiter sends a request for interview.

    Interviewer initially said "you can make the code as messy as it needs to be to work, I can understand it". They kept interrupting me as I was speaking to tell me how something I'm saying/doing to understand the problem is unnecessary. After solving the problem, they complained at how "if-elsey" the answer was. The interviewer then went and edited my code themself, to add extra return statements and extra "else" clauses. They told me I should've saved a boolean for clauses that were checked twice. They complained about how messy the code was, reneging on what they initially said.

    Interview Questions

    • Given an existing function that takes a regex string and a word string and returns whether the word string matches the regex in the regex string (i.e. fn("a.c", "abc") will return true), add the regex asterisk operator (*) functionality.   1 Answer

  2. Helpful (2)  

    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Francisco, CA (US)
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied in-person. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at Okta (San Francisco, CA (US)) in February 2015.

    Interview

    one technical phone interview on algorithms (writing code using collab edit ) and 4 onsite rounds conducted by members of team.Questions are mainly on algorithms and about academic projects

    Interview Questions

    • Create linked list at each level in a tree in reverse order   1 Answer
  3. Helpful (2)  

    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Francisco, CA (US)
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 5 days. I interviewed at Okta (San Francisco, CA (US)) in June 2016.

    Interview

    Speaker phone and collabedit based phone screen. Speaker with accent calls me up on speaker phone from conference room, mumbles through an introduction, and launches into coding exercise. Crank it out in a few minutes, so he asks another question. He doesn't like my one liner, so he wants me to reimplement it. I think for about 10-15 seconds, and he wants to know if I'm still there. Yes, I'm still thinking. I take another 10 seconds of thought and he decides he wants to move on.

    Asks me some technical questions, but I don't recall what. Eventually he asks why I chose the language I did and not the language he selected. He wasn't satisfied with my answer, I don't recall why.

    He mumbled his way through the last half of the interview on speakerphone in a conference room. Pretty awful experience, I wish I'd cut off the interview earlier.

    Interview Questions

    • Write an algorithm to return the 2 largest integers in a list.   2 Answers
    • Why did you implement your code in the language you used? Your resume lists your current language as Java. Why did you change it?   1 Answer

  4. Helpful (2)  

    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Francisco, CA (US)
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at Okta (San Francisco, CA (US)) in November 2016.

    Interview

    Applied online and had phone interview with their chief architect. The conversation dives deep into identity management and my background. It went well so I was brought to onsite. The onsite interview process was a nightmare !!!

    1. The hiring team turned out to be a totally different team from the phone interview and they have no idea about my background, nor they care.
    2. The interviewers didn't come prepared at all. They just start looking at my resume while I was talking to them.
    3. You think Okta is identity management company? Sorry, they didn't even care anything about authentication, authorization, or web security. Two questions were asked: twoSum and thread contention, using C... seriously, treat me like a new grad?
    4. The HR person stopped the interview and let me go after two rounds. I drove 2 hours to attend the onsite interview, don't I deserve some respect?
    5. No parking fee or gas fee was reimbursed, even after I mentioned to them.

    Terrible experience... glad I have offers from other companies :)

    Interview Questions

    • very basic coding questions, twoSum and convert integer to string, using C...   2 Answers

  5. Helpful (2)  

    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA (US)
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at Okta (San Francisco, CA (US)) in December 2016.

    Interview

    The process started with a brief conversation with a recruiter, followed by a technical phone screen in Collabedit. After that I went on-site to the San Francisco office for a day of interviews.

    It is a very cool company and everyone is super nice, smart and extremely hard-working. I'm not sure if I'm going to accept the offer yet, but I'm heavily leaning towards it. The offer was great.

    Interview Questions

    • Why do you want to work for Okta? What do you know about how the cloud works?   Answer Question

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    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Francisco, CA (US)
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at Okta (San Francisco, CA (US)) in February 2015.

    Interview

    Got an email from recruiter after applying through school career website, completed a coding challenge, which was fairly easy, and was invited to on-site interview. I have met 3 engineers and 1 VP during the on-site, and the interviews with engineers were fairly difficult but doable. Each consisted of discussion about my past projects and one coding problem. Engineers seemed intelligent and respectful. The one with VP is a cultural one, where I was asked questions like why Okta... Overall, it was a pleasant experience. Still waiting for an offer.

    Interview Questions


  7. Helpful (3)  

    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview

    Interview

    I was working on a two hours programming challenge with this company. The challenge was about password processing. I was not sure what the company really test from us. I finished the challenge in Java, and denied in the next day.

    Interview Questions

    • Whether a password is valid with several conditions: at a vowels, not triple consecutive vowels or consonants, and no double consecutive letters except for "ee" and "oo"   2 Answers
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    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Francisco, CA (US)
    Declined Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at Okta (San Francisco, CA (US)) in January 2014.

    Interview

    Started out with a phone interview with HR. A technical phone interview, technical on-site interview and a coding exercise followed that. Everybody was very kind and helpful.

    Interview Questions

    • Write a CSV parser that correctly handles quotes.   2 Answers
    • Come up with a class diagram for chess   2 Answers
    • Question related to scheduling overlapping meetings   2 Answers

    Reasons for Declining

    I was offered much less compensation than what was initially mentioned at the HR interview.


  9. Helpful (2)  

    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. I interviewed at Okta.

    Interview

    Phone interview: questions about algorithms: sorting, array manipulations, etc
    then coding challenge
    finally a on site interview

    Interview Questions

    • Dont know why I was rejected despite the fact that I think I solved the questions correctly   1 Answer

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