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  • The company is currently growing rapidly, so there is a lot of opportunity, but workloads can be heavy and it is fairly fast-paced
  • Good opportunity to work with new and interesting technologies
  • They are working to make 'lean in circles' for women in the industry
  • Compensation is considered average compared to other similar companies.
Interview Process

The interview process for a software engineer can take up to 2 months.

Stage 1: Online coding test (1 hr)
Stage 2: Video interview
The candidate records his/her answer to 3-5 behavioral questions, such as 'why are you interested in the company', 'what's your greatest strength', etc.
Stage 3: Onsite interview
The interviewers are engineering managers, mobile engineering managers, and software engineers. Questions include basic inheritance understanding as well as some design and database questions.

The interview process for a data scientist can take from 3 weeks to 2 months.

Stage 1: Online programming test.
Stage 2: Technical video interview with hiring manager
Stage 3: Onsite interview
First, the candidate meets with 3 team members who ask technical questions on mathematics and some scenario analysis. The last interview is done by the team manager and the department head with questions on career motivation, a case study, etc.

The interview process for a product/experience/UX UI designer can take anywhere from 3 weeks to 2 months.

Stage 1: Phone screen with recruiter
Stage 2: Online assessment
Stage 3: Phone interview with hiring manager (2 hrs)
Stage 4: Onsite interview
The onsite starts with the recruiter and then continues with team member(s), a department lead, a marketing director, and the CTO.

On average, the interview process for a product manager takes from 2 to 4 weeks.

Stage 1: Phone screen with recruiter
Stage 2: Case study assessment
Stage 3: Phone interview with hiring manager
Stage 4: Onsite interview

Interview Questions
  • What happens when you type in http://www.google.com (assuming http connection)?
  • Rectangle area related programing challenge.
  • Describe how java implements hash tables.
  • What frameworks are you familiar with?
  • How do you filter a list?
  • How are thread pools implemented in .NET?
  • How do you do integration testing?
  • What do you use for crash reporting?
  • Knowledge of data structures like queue, list, trees, etc
  • Computer theory like Markov models, CAP theorem, ACID properties of RDBMS, etc.
  • Fourier transforms, double and triple integrations, partial differentiation, and their applications.
  • Statistics and probability, like Normal distribution, etc.
  • Write a function that finds the MST of a directed graph.
  • What projects do you expect yourself to work on?
  • What do you think we do at Rakuten? What is our main objective?
  • What is the main quality that you can bring to Rakuten to contribute to the company?
  • Codility test: something about binarian variables.
  • Codility test: Calculate the overlapping area of two intersecting circles
  • Do you know what F-measure is?
  • Describe one moment in your life where you overcame an obstacle.
  • How could you contribute to the team with quantitative modelling? Present the answer with details.
  • Recommend to us a design related book, then explain why you have recommended it.
  • Recommend to us a non-design related book, then explain why you have recommended it.
  • What do you usually do to get inspired?
  • What designer has had the biggest influence on your work? Why?
  • Recommend to us a blog to follow. Is there any particular article that you really have in mind?
  • How would you define yourself as a designer?
  • What advice would you give to a young designer that just finished studying?
  • What do you think will be the next web/app design trend?
  • Think about the biggest design challenge you have faced and think whether it was successful or not. What did you learn from it?
  • What are your hobbies?
  • What do you like to do the most/your strength in your field? What was the greatest challenge you have ever faced?
  • What are the tasks of a product manager?
  • What business do you want to work for?
  • What do you think about Agile product management?
  • Which stage of product management are you most excited to contribute to?
  • How do you maintain balance between client requirements and technological feasibility?
  • How do you prioritize features in a new product?
  • How would you optimize the API?
  • What would you change about this website?
About Rakuten


Contribute to society by creating value through innovation and entrepreneurship. Empowering people to realize their hopes and dreams. Embracing new thinking, Rakuten changes the world through innovation.


At Rakuten, we drive disruptive innovation, engaging knowledge, creativity, and passion from around the world to achieve ambitious goals and help build communities in which people can pursue their dreams and live in happiness.

On a Mission: Empowerment
We believe that the only way for a business to grow over the long term is to contribute to the world so significantly that people can't imagine life without it. Our contribution to the world is empowerment, and our mission is to build a fair society by empowering individuals and companies to be successful in business and in life. The more people we can empower, the more completely we will fulfill this mission.

Behave Ethically: Integrity
We believe that the means of pursuing a mission are as important as the ends. Rakuten Group is committed to conducting business with honesty, sincerity, and dignity.

Prepare to Succeed: Professionalism
Though we have an important mission, unless we succeed in business we won't be able to contribute to society. To help each of us succeed, Rakuten Group has established the Five Principles for Success. By taking the initiative to prepare thoroughly and execute effectively, and by practicing the Five Principles for Success, we ensure our success.

Complete Commitment: Get Things Done
We face intense competition. The importance of our mission requires us never to give up. When circumstances change, we adjust our plans so that we still accomplish our goals. Through a complete commitment to Get Things Done, we make continuous progress toward achieving that mission.

Solidarity: Succeed as a Team
Members of Rakuten Group come from a wide variety of backgrounds. Only when we work together can this diversity become an important source of strength. The employees of Rakuten Group form one big team. Through consistent teamwork, each member of our diverse team will realize his or her full potential and our entire organization will succeed.

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