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People who have applied to jobs at Uber, particularly for general manager, operations, and marketing manager positions, say the process is lengthy and difficult. And if youre type of person who crumbles under time-pressure, you may just want to walk away now.

If you do get a job at Uber, theres good news. The company is still handing out stock options, which will come in handy when the $41 billion company finally goes public.

Many candidates say the process is harsh, but fair. Uber doesnt ask many brainteasers, like Google was infamous for. Instead it uses real-world scenarios to see if candidates can hit the ground running.

A friend tipped us off to Ubers grueling interview process, and candidates have written about it extensively on job site Glassdoor. Heres what they say the process is like for most roles at Uber.

Each position begins with a preliminary Skype or phone call which is reserved for get-to-know you questions.

But if youre interviewing for a General Manager position, where youll be launching and leading a team in a new city, be prepared to take a 2-hour timed analytics test.

The online test is 32 questions long, with multiple choice and a few short essays. The questions are based on two CSV files that candidates must download. Theres only one version of the test Uber uses, although some answers may be weighed more heavily depending on the market, candidate and position.

The test asks candidates to interpret data with questions such as: “Which 10-hour span in the course of two weeks had the most Uber requests,” and “Which of the following metrics would be most valuable for determining demand?”

The essays included: “Write a letter to drivers,” and “Pick bonus structures that would incentivize drivers to work and explain them.”

“I finished in about 1 hour 45 minutes,” one candidate for an Operations and Logistics role wrote on Glassdoor. “There were only about 3 questions that were very difficult.”

This person then had two more phone interviews and a 2-hour in-person interview at Ubers headquarters, where a room full of people fired off questions and other candidates were being interviewed for the same job.

Finally, this person was told to turn around a PowerPoint presentation about something they were passionate about within 24 hours. Uber requires a final presentation of most operations and general manager candidates who reach the offer stage.

Snagging a job at Uber can be time consuming. One person who interviewed with Uber in January 2015 describes a 7-week process on Glassdoor. The process began with a handful of phone interviews; this person was ultimately offered a job as marketing manager.

Instead of a timed analytics test, this person had to take a creative test that could be completed more or less at leisure. Like the analytics test, there is one creative test Uber uses globally, although answers are weighted differently by each hiring manager. One candidate spent two weeks turning it around and says it was difficult to complete. The test had five sections and this person wrote 11-pages worth of answers. Ubers creative test currently has four sections.

Another marketing candidate who interviewed with Uber in February describes the creative assignment as a “beast.”

“Its five sections of copy, idea generating, and brand matching. Its absolutely comprehensive and legitimately asks for no fewer than three fresh ideas for Uber with an additional section telling you to list EVERY MARKETING IDEA YOU HAVE,” the candidate writes on Glassdoor. “The sections you need to be prepared for are writing blogs, responding to customer emails, twitter responses, Marketing (I.E. any additional Marketing ideas you have) and Promotion Analytics.”

One candidate, Christina Chow, says she took an Uber creative test in 2014. Chow revealed all the questions and her answers to a 5-hour, 3-part creative test on WordPress. Heres the document she says Uber gave her.

Uber CEO Travis Kalanick admits Uber hunts for either left or right brained people for specific roles.

“Community managers are all right brained,” Kalanick told Incs Christine Lagorio-Chafkin. “D-ops (driver operations) are left-brained. They are crunching numbers all day…They have to pass an analytics test. They are lots of former Goldman people.”

And if you want to be a general manager at Uber? Then youd better have both your right and left brain in tact. Theyre required to pass both the timed analytics test and the creative test, as well as submit a 6-month plan for their city.

“Weve gotten really good at finding that creative and analytics cross with a leadership component,” Kalanick told Inc. “In 15 years all of these guys will be running Fortune 500 companies. They are killers.”

If youre not scared off and think you have what it takes to work for Uber, there are currently more than 70 general manager positions open.

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Phone screen with recruiter (1 hour)

Expect a standard, initial phone screen with a recruiter to discuss your work experience, career goals, and interest in the role. Beware that Uber’s phone interviews are one hour as opposed to the typical 30 minutes, so expect an in-depth discussion. During this phone call, the recruiter will also evaluate your technical skills to ensure you possess the core competencies required for the role.

When discussing your previous experiences, be sure to mention your personal contribution. Don’t just list your responsibilities or what technologies you used. Specificity is key. According to the Uber Engineering blog: ‘“I was responsible for designing our database schema and the back-end API endpoints” is a stronger response than “We built an app that showed photos.”’

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Many candidates say the process is harsh, but fair. Uber doesnt ask many brainteasers, like Google was infamous for. Instead it uses real-world scenarios to see if candidates can hit the ground running.

The test asks candidates to interpret data with questions such as: “Which 10-hour span in the course of two weeks had the most Uber requests,” and “Which of the following metrics would be most valuable for determining demand?”

But if youre interviewing for a General Manager position, where youll be launching and leading a team in a new city, be prepared to take a 2-hour timed analytics test.

Uber CEO Travis Kalanick admits Uber hunts for either left or right brained people for specific roles.

People who have applied to jobs at Uber, particularly for general manager, operations, and marketing manager positions, say the process is lengthy and difficult. And if youre type of person who crumbles under time-pressure, you may just want to walk away now.

FAQ

What interview questions does Uber ask?

Other common Uber behavioral interview questions:

Why do you think you are a good fit for this position? Tell us three things you did not like about your last job. Walk us through a situation where you had to make a decision with limited information. Tell me about a time when you felt overwhelmed with office work.

How do I pass an Uber interview?

Uber interviews are known to be among the toughest in the industry. Uber’s engineering team supports the growth of one of the industry’s biggest unicorn companies, with some of the craziest hypergrowth that anybody has ever seen.

How hard is the Uber interview?

Uber conducts 4-6 onsite interviews, each being 45-60 mins, with short breaks in between. Each interview will have a panel of 2-4 Uber employees.

How long is the Uber interview process?

Uber conducts 4-6 onsite interviews, each being 45-60 mins, with short breaks in between. Each interview will have a panel of 2-4 Uber employees.

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