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Fitbit Careers: A Guide To Getting Hired At Fitbit & Acing the Interviews
Fitbit has become a household name for their hero watch product that helps everyday users track their overall health & wellness.
Fitbit was born in San Francisco, California in 2007 by James Park and Eric Friedman. Through its growth, Fitbit has acquired major companies like Fitstar, Coin, and Pebble to build upon its own assets and grow into one of the biggest fitness companies in the world
Fitbit’s most popular product, the Fitbit watch, has received numerous awards from Tech Crunch and in 2008 was named “Best in the Health & Wellness category”.
If you relate to the passion behind driving fitness & awareness for better health, Fitbit would be a perfect company for you. Maybe you’ve already applied or you are looking to apply - either way, in this article, we are going to break down exactly what you can expect applying for a job at Fitbit including the questions you’ll get, the time it may take to hear back, and what the overall process looks like. Let’s dive in!
Fitbit’s Hiring Process Overview
Fitbit’s hiring process consists of 3 different rounds of interviews with their team members depending on the role you're applying for. The 3 rounds of interviews include:
- A Phone Interview with HR
- A Manager Interview
- An Technical Assessment Interview
Although this is the typical hiring process, the amount of interviews differ between roles. As a general rule of thumb, the more senior your role is the more interviews you will undergo.
Fitbits most commonly hired jobs are jobs that require technical skills, such as software engineer, data scientist, UX manager, lab technician, or scientist. This is because the company is largely a technology company.
For these interviews, you can expect your technical assessment to include:
- Explaining statistical concepts
- Live coding
Lastly, Fitbit has been known to conduct onsite interviews. If you get past the first phone screening interview and the manager interview, they may have you perform your technical assessment on site in their office
Step 1: Applying
Where Can I Apply For A Job At Fitbit?
Jobs at Fitbit can often be found across their Google Job Page which you can find at here. They also regularly post on their Linkedin page available here. For one central place to find Fitbit jobs, you can also check out eComportal. You’ll find a huge category of remote Fitbit jobs that relate to the eCommerce industry. It's also important to keep in mind that Fitbit is owned by Google, so a lot of their workforce is complementary and you may go through a process that also involves Google, their parent company.
How Difficult Is It To Get Hired At Fitbit?
Fitbit hiring process is rated 2.9 out of 5 by Glassdoor. Out of 301 interviews, 40% were rated negative, 40% were rated positive, & about 20% were rated neutral. The reason there is a high negative rating for Fitbit interviews is because they are known to be unorganised, not respect the time of their applicants, and force applicants into answering hard technical questions that they themselves don’t fully comprehend. This is based on user submitted data.
Step 2: Interview Process
How Long Does It Take After Applying To Hear Back From Fitbit?
Fitbit gets a lot of applicants, being a very globally-recognized and popular company. You may not receive any warning that you didn’t make it past the application process. The expected time you should wait for a reply is between 1 to 2 weeks. After that, you can email to ask about your application status or they might email you back saying that you didn’t make it.
What Are Some Questions I Can Expect In The Fitbit Interview Process?
Typically, the questions that the Fitbit team will ask you when getting interviewed are based on the role that you are getting hired for. You can expect questions directly related to your role that you may have received for similar positions. Overall, common questions that seem to come up a lot regardless of the role being hired for are questions like:
1. Walk me through your past work experience
2. What excites you about this role?
3. What do the company’s values mean to you?
For technical roles:
- Implement an example CS algorithm without looking it up
- Program without a terminal
- Mobile specific algorithmic questions
- Java syntax and data structures
Technical roles are their most common roles, so these will be the most important questions to focus on in your hiring process.
For designer roles:
- Design a smart home system
- Show me some of your past mobile focused designs
How Long Does It Take To Hear Back From Fitbit After The First Interview
Fitbits response time is really fast after the first interview, usually 1-2 weeks. They have been known to not notify applicants after the first interview if they did not make it past. If they did make it to the second interview, they’ll be notified in order to find a date. Keep this in mind, as if you’ve been waiting some time to get a response you might be best emailing them to see if they in fact forgot to let you know that you did not make it past the first interview
Step 3: Getting Hired
How Long Does The Entire Hiring Process At Fitbit Take?
Typically, you can expect the entire process to take up to 2 months. Fitbit could potentially require that you come on site and present or do a technical assessment there. This, plus the other 2 rounds of interviews and time in between can drag along the whole hiring process. Its important to keep this in mind when waiting for a response.
We have heard of reports for higher up, managerial roles to take up to 3 months. For roles that are more senior, their process of vetting the candidate will take longer thus the whole hiring process will be longer.
How Long Does It Take To Hear Back From Fitbit About A Job?
After your final interview, you can expect to hear back within a week's time with either a formal offer or an email letting you know you did not get the role.