Study: What It’s Like to Interview at Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google & Microsoft

Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google and Microsoft are known for asking rigorous interview questions designed to bring in the brightest thinkers, but each has its own way of conducting the interview process overall.

Reviews left by employees via Comparably highlight the following:

Apple: “Expect to be turned away a few times. Getting hired is an arc. You might interview for a few jobs over a few years before you land.”

Amazon: The interview process is “exhausting and very long, but funny enough, when I go to other companies I leave the 1-2hr interview thinking ‘how on earth will these people know if they want to hire me?’ Amazon really looks at and talks to you about your work.”

Facebook: For engineering positions, you can wear a “t-shirt and jeans or whatever is most comfortable for you.”

Google: The interview process is “long and rigorous.”

Microsoft: The interview process is “More challenging that average.”

Comparably took an inside look at the interview experience at each company. The results come from the insights of more than 6,000 employees across all five companies. Full methodology below.

Here are the results:


 

How people rate the interview process overall

When asked to rate their overall experience interviewing at their current company, employees gave Apple and Microsoft the highest ratings.

Facebook received the lowest ratings.

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The most and least difficult interviews

Employees at Google were most likely to rate the interview process as “difficult” or “very difficult” (49%). Microsoft was close behind at 47%.

Employees at Amazon rated their interviews easiest, with 30% saying the interview was “easy” or “very easy.”

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Ratings by department, experience level and tenure (or years worked at the company)

Here’s how various workers rated their interview experience at their companies.

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The most popular ways of getting an interview

Of the most popular methods for landing an interview, the most popular answer at all companies was “applied online,” except at Google and Microsoft, where “recruiter” was the most popular answer. Apple had the lowest rates of people who applied by recruiter (10%); Facebook had the highest rate of people who applied via networking (19%); and Amazon had the lowest rates of people who applied via networking (3%).

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The average response time after the last interview

The average amount of time most people had to wait was about a week after their last interview, except at Google, where the norm was either 1-2 weeks or 2-4 weeks. A significant portion of people at both Google and Facebook had to wait 4+ weeks (19% and 16% of employees, respectively).

By contrast, just 2% of people at Microsoft had to wait 4+ weeks. (Microsoft also had the highest rate of people who heard back the same day –23%.)

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The average number of interviews before getting an offer

People applying at Google and Facebook tend to have the most interviews (4 or 5), while people at Amazon tend to have the fewest (1 or 2) before getting the job.

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Did the interview process give you a good sign of culture at your company?

About 85% of employees at Facebook said the interviewing process was representative of the company culture; just 46% of employees at Apple said the same.

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Methodology

— The data comes from 6,463 employees at Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google and Microsoft who responded to a series of survey questions.
— Questions were in Yes/No and multiple-choice format. Each survey was initiated sometime between March 2018 and June 2018. Results are as of July 9, 2018.

How was your overall experience interviewing at your current company?
How did you get your first interview at your current company?
How difficult would you rate the interview process at your current company?
Did your interview process give you a good representation of the culture at your company?
How long did you have to wait before you heard a response after your last interview?
How many phone/in person interviews did you have before you were hired at your current company?

— People of all ages, educational backgrounds, ethnicities and experience levels were included.

About Comparably

Comparably is one of the fastest growing compensation, culture, and career monitoring sites in the U.S. With the most comprehensive and uniquely structured data — segmented by gender, ethnicity, age, location, tenure, company size, equity, title/department, and education — the platform gives employees a more accurate picture of their worth and allows them to anonymously rate their workplace experiences and match with their dream jobs. Since its launch in 2016, Comparably has accumulated more than 5 million ratings from employees across 8,500 U.S. businesses and the more than 45,000 companies who use its employer branding and jobs tools. For more information on Comparably, go to www.comparably.com. For highly-cited workplace culture and compensation studies, including Comparably’s annual Best Places to Work and Best CEOs lists, log onto http://www.comparably.com/blog.

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