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30 Questions and Answers by Rachelle Enns

Published August 24th, 2018 | Rachelle is a job search expert, career coach, and headhunter
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Have you ever broken a confidentiality agreement?
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Uber has an iron-clad confidentiality agreement for a variety of reasons. These reasons could be to protect their trade secrets or to ensure that you do not bring intelligence with you if you ever leave their company. Talk to the interviewer about your thoughts on confidentiality agreements.
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1.
Have you ever broken a confidentiality agreement?
Uber has an iron-clad confidentiality agreement for a variety of reasons. These reasons could be to protect their trade secrets or to ensure that you do not bring intelligence with you if you ever leave their company. Talk to the interviewer about your thoughts on confidentiality agreements.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I never have, to my knowledge, broken a confidentiality agreement. Despite my reasons for leaving a position, I would never choose to hurt a previous employer in any way."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I would never knowingly break an agreement and am happy to sign any paperwork that Uber requires."
2.
What experience do you have using team-based messaging applications?
There are many options for communication software and messaging applications. Give the interviewer a brief overview of the apps you are experienced in and assure them that you can learn Uber's internal systems very quickly.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I have used a variety of team-based messaging applications. I am best versed in Brosix, Slack, and Freedcamp. No matter which system you use at Uber Technologies, I am sure that I can pick it up very quickly."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"Although I have not worked with a team based messaging application, I am confident that I would learn very quickly. Which team based messaging apps do you use at Uber? I would love to get a head start and begin learning through online tutorials."
3.
I would like to have a full understanding of your experience and portfolio. What types of industries have your previous projects been involved in?
The software and technology industry is all-encompassing, and it is essential for the interviewer to have a full understanding of the sectors and types of projects in which you bring experience. Be sure to highlight any projects or clients related to Uber, as that may pique the interviewer's interest!

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I have experience in a wide range of industries including healthcare, automotive, and education. Most notably, I have worked with organizations similar to yours including Lyft, in their autonomous vehicle division."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"A great alternative to explaining your projects is to bring a substantial portfolio with you.
For example: "I wanted to show you a full range of my experience, so I have brought you a digital portfolio of my work. Would you like to take a look?"
4.
Culture fit is important to us at Uber. How would you describe your personality?
Uber's new CEO developed an innovative way to boost morale and workplace culture. He had employees write and vote on cultural guidelines for the workplace. With 1200 Uber employee submissions in total, the final rules were voted on by the employees themselves. How great is that!

Here is the outline of the final cultural guidelines and statements.

- We build globally; we live locally.
- We are customer obsessed.
- We celebrate differences.
- We do the right thing.
- We act like owners.
- We persevere.
- We value ideas over hierarchy.
- We make big bold bets.

The interviewer is looking for proof that your personality and workplace character will be a match to these statements.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I would describe my personality as positive, entrepreneurial, and embracing of diversity. I believe that, if asked, my colleagues and supervisor would say the same about me."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"Try to include a variety of words that the interviewer does not hear all the time. Be unique! Here are some ideas:

- Adaptable
- Considerate
- Diligent
- Intuitive
- Persistent
- Resourceful
- Sincere
- Witty"
5.
Tell me about a time when you were in danger of missing a deadline. What did you do?
This question is designed to learn how well you work under pressure. Avoid choosing a time that you were in danger of missing the deadline because of poor planning on your part such as procrastination. Instead, choose a situation that was out of your control.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I was once part of a team that had a major set back based on the crash of our project management software. I went to the project backup database, quickly reviewed everyone's open tasks, rearranged the schedule and called an emergency team meeting to set us back on course. We barely made it in time, but we made it."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"My team and I were recently under a deadline to complete a global employee satisfaction survey. Our deadline was set to execute the project from start to finish within six weeks. Before beginning, we came across one main roadblock that was going to prevent us from accomplishing this. Global customs would take six weeks to ship the surveys in and out of the facility. We came up with a solution to email the surveys and still include the coding that would catalog the results by location and department. It was our transparency in communications and collaborative work environment that helped us meet the deadline and deliver the results to the leadership team."
6.
Can you talk to me about your GPA during undergraduate/graduate school?
The interviewer would like further details on your more significant successes as a post-secondary student. Are you satisfied with your GPA or would you change it if you could? Talk to the interviewer about your post-secondary experience. You can keep your answer brief and to the point.

If you were satisfied with your post-secondary experience: 'I graduated top of my class and am very proud of my accomplishments during University. The experience taught me to study hard and set goals for myself.'

If you were not satisfied with your post-secondary experience: "I feel that my GPA could have been higher; however, I was working full time while attending classes. All in all, I did learn a lot about discipline and commitment."
Rachelle's Answer #1
"I feel that my GPA could have been higher; however, I was working full time while attending classes. All in all, I did learn a lot about discipline and commitment."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I graduated with a 3.6 GPA which I was very proud of achieving. I made the Dean's list and earned various scholarships."
7.
We encourage innovation at Uber Technologies. When have you created a new product or service?
The interviewer at Uber wants to see that you can act like an owner, and take big bold bets - just like their statements of beliefs. Using your creative mind, have you ever introduced an employer to a new product or service opportunity? Talk to the interviewer about a time when you have created a new product or service.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"In my previous role I was fortunate enough to introduce my company to the idea of a gold level service where, in addition to our general customer service, we added on service options. Our customer base responded very positively, and we kept the program running for a few years."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"In my current position, I present ideas for new products and services nearly every week! The most recent product that I created was a new mobile application that was much more user-friendly and allowed for real-time updates. Our customers received it well, and we are continuing to expand on the app now."
8.
Tell me about a time when you failed to solve a problem. How did you overcome the failure?
'Success is bouncing from failure to failure without losing momentum,' or so they say. Your resilience shines through when you can learn from your mistakes and keep going. Give an example that shows you can accept fault and learn from challenging experiences.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I failed to meet an important deadline in my first job out of college because I didn't know how to prioritize properly. I kept letting other menial tasks get in the way rather than focusing on finishing the project. I learned how to manage my time wisely by setting reasonable goals and reminders on my calendar. This technique helped me to manage my time more effectively."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"Last month we were having issues with our GoToMeeting application, and it was right before a major client meeting. I was on a call with the service provider, trying to troubleshoot and unfortunately, did not deliver a fix on time. After the initial frustration, I decided to talk to my boss about having backups in place. Now, we have Skype, and Google Hangouts set up for these emergency situations."
9.
Tell me about a time when your communication skills greatly benefited your team.
The interviewer would like to know how your communication skills have benefited your team in the past. Strong communication skills are required to be an active leader. How have your communication skills helped your team in the past?

If you are struggling to come up with an answer to this question, here are a few examples that should turn the gears and help you think of a time when you communicated a message that benefited your co-workers.

- Maybe you were the first to hear of new corporate policy, and you alerted your co-workers to the new changes.
- Perhaps you created an efficient way to streamline a process, and you informed your team about this.
- Maybe you found a new product or service that had a benefit to your organization.
- Perhaps you realized an error in a project, and you alerted everyone of this before it became a significant problem.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"My team is made up of great communicators whom I have trained to take every piece of information and break it down to the simplest factor. This approach has greatly reduced in-house issues related to communication."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"We recently rolled out a large organizational change. I took a very transparent approach to communication throughout the process. I asked the team for feedback and buy-in, early in the process. We discussed some scenarios on what to expect. When the time came to roll out the change, there was minimal surprise with the new process. It was a success!"
10.
We seek to hire highly ambitious people. Where would you like your career with UberTechnologies to take you?
Have you researched Uber enough to know how their internal hierarchy works? Uber has a variety of departments including the Advanced Technologies group, Communications, Design, and Engineering. There are endless choices when it comes to carving out your professional career path with Uber. Talk to the interviewer about your career ambitions specifically related to this role and their organization.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"One of the reasons I was so excited to interview with Uber is because of the endless growth opportunities you appear to offer your high performing employees. My biggest ambition is to be awarded a management role within your Operations & Launch team in the next 3-5 years."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"What interests me most about Uber is there are so many options when it comes to career growth. I would like to earn my way into a team lead role, then a division manager position in the Advanced Technologies group. Eventually, an engineering management role would be ideal. I have a particular interest in your self-driving division. Of course, I understand that this will take many years of dedication and hard work to achieve."
11.
Tell me about the most interesting project you have worked on this year and the biggest thing you learned from it.
There is no right or wrong answer to this question, but the interviewer at Uber will want to know that your projects are sophisticated, and a match to the level of projects you would be working on within their organization. Discuss with the interviewer a recent project that piqued your interest. Perhaps the experience stretched you professionally. Discuss what the biggest takeaway was for you, on that specific project.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"In my previous role with ABC Technologies, we were working on a variety of projects with fingerprint recognition software. One of the most interesting projects was a fingerprint-based ATM system. It was a test project for a large banking institution. In addition to learning a great deal about fingerprint recognition, I was also able to learn a lot about the critical relationship between software and security."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I find the majority of the projects that I have been working on this past year to be very interesting. If I had to choose one, I would choose the voice recognition app I worked on while interning at XYZ Technologies. The app records conversations and generates the most accurate transcriptions on the market. The software will learn your voice as well, so the offering is much broader than other basic speech recognition applications. Since I am still in my internship, I didn't have any major contributions; however, I learned a lot about on-demand apps and building a friendly user interface."
12.
To work at Uber headquarters, we prefer to hire those with an education in computer science or another related field. Walk me through your post-secondary education and training.
Uber headquarters, in San Francisco, is an exciting hub where Uber's renowned mobile apps and websites come to life. The interviewer will likely have an idea of your education background from your resume, so what they are asking is for you to take a few minutes to bring the experience to life for them! Discuss things like your major, and any special academic recognition or even scholarships. Be sure to mention the strengths gained during your post-secondary training and how you plan to use those skills in your new position with Uber Technologies.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I completed my Bachelor of Applied Technology from Carnegie Mellon University in 2004. During that time I specialized in Data Management and Analysis. I graduated with a 3.99 GPA, one of the top marks in my class."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I recently completed my Diploma in Information Technology. I also have a great deal of on the job training and certifications, all listed on my resume. One of the biggest take-away's from my post-secondary experience was learning how to manage my time while working on multiple projects successfully. I perfected my multi-tasking skills and will certainly bring these skills with me, to work for Uber."
13.
At Uber, we seek to hire leaders. Tell me about a time when you took the initiative to improve work related procedures.
Have you ever taken the opportunity to present your employer with potential change? Talk to the hiring manager about a time when you took the initiative in the workplace.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I was able to present and implement one specific change in the office this past year. It was a recycling program that I felt was very important, even for our smaller office. We had significantly less waste after implementation, and I enjoyed seeing others take pride in helping our environment. I appreciate that Uber cares about environmental factors as well."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I recently made suggestions to my manager about the team messaging application we were using. I found a team based app that offered a lower monthly cost, with added features. He took the suggestion, and it has worked well for our team! The company was happy with the cost savings as well."
14.
We want to hire people at Uber, who have the desire to lead others. How many people did you supervise at your last position?
Discuss with the interviewer your level of responsibility in your current position. If you have managed larger teams in the past, than you currently are, you can also discuss that particular role from your work history.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"Currently, I am supervising 12 employees with an overall project responsibility of $24M. In my role, before this one, I managed 23 employees but with a smaller portfolio of $6M. I can handle a large range of employees."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"Although I did not officially supervise anyone in my most recent position, I always had my eye out for opportunities to lead or mentor the more junior software engineers."
15.
What is your current salary?
A potential employer will often want to base their offer of employment on your current salary. Whenever possible, you should be transparent about your most recent earnings and be prepared to back up any salary requests in states or provinces where it is entirely legal to ask about compensation. Keep your answer simple, and to the point. It is indeed okay to ask the interviewer what Uber is offering in return!

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I am currently earning a base salary of $78,000 plus health benefits. I am looking for a competitive salary in my next position."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I am currently making $100,000 per year with two bonus opportunities based on our profits. I am looking for compensation that is aligned with the role and provides an opportunity for growth. Could you share further details with me on your compensation plan?"
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Interview Questions
  1. Have you ever broken a confidentiality agreement?
  2. What experience do you have using team-based messaging applications?
  3. I would like to have a full understanding of your experience and portfolio. What types of industries have your previous projects been involved in?
  4. Culture fit is important to us at Uber. How would you describe your personality?
  5. Tell me about a time when you were in danger of missing a deadline. What did you do?
  6. Can you talk to me about your GPA during undergraduate/graduate school?
  7. We encourage innovation at Uber Technologies. When have you created a new product or service?
  8. Tell me about a time when you failed to solve a problem. How did you overcome the failure?
  9. Tell me about a time when your communication skills greatly benefited your team.
  10. We seek to hire highly ambitious people. Where would you like your career with UberTechnologies to take you?
  11. Tell me about the most interesting project you have worked on this year and the biggest thing you learned from it.
  12. To work at Uber headquarters, we prefer to hire those with an education in computer science or another related field. Walk me through your post-secondary education and training.
  13. At Uber, we seek to hire leaders. Tell me about a time when you took the initiative to improve work related procedures.
  14. We want to hire people at Uber, who have the desire to lead others. How many people did you supervise at your last position?
  15. What is your current salary?
  16. How do you react to an increase in your workload?
  17. Tell me about a contribution you made to the last team you worked on.
  18. How do you keep up-to-date on new technologies and trends in this industry?
  19. What do you think you will like about this role with Uber?
  20. Who would you say inspires you?
  21. If you could start your career over again, what direction would you take?
  22. Working at Uber, you will experience changes on a regular basis. When have you had to change a significant component of your project due to new information being presented?
  23. Tell me about your greatest work related accomplishment.
  24. We consider research to be the backbone of what we do at Uber. Do you think it's essential to research before beginning a project or would you instead jump right in?
  25. At Uber, we take privacy and confidentiality very seriously. Are you willing to sign a non-disclosure agreement, if hired?
  26. Looking at our products and services, what do you think we do better at Uber, than any of our competitors?
  27. At Uber, we take pride in our ability to stay one step ahead of our competitors. How will you contribute to this trend?
  28. In your opinion, what has been the biggest advancement in technology this past year?
  29. This role with Uber is highly technical. What is your understanding of this position and the responsibilities that come with it?
  30. What would you consider your technical specialty?
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