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Early Careers: Interview Tips

Hoping to interview for an Early Careers role at Expedia Group and not quite sure where to start? We've got you covered! There are many ways you can prepare for an interview but with the help of our Expedia Group Graduates, you'll know exactly what to expect, and what approach to take to be "interview ready", in no time. We're excited for you to learn more about life at Expedia Group. You've got this!

Supakjeera Thanapaisal , Graduate, Austin, TX, USA

What do you do at Expedia Group?
Machine Learning Engineer I (Team: Flights Machine Learning Engineering)

What tips can you share for folks applying to our Expedia Group roles?
For behavioral interviews: Practice answering behavioural questions in front of the mirror or get a colleague to practice mock interviews with you! If the interviewer asks you a question you’ve never seen before, it’s all right. Try to analyse the question. For example: Is it based on teamwork?

For technical interviews: Keep in mind you don’t need to know everything! Don’t start solving the problem and write code right away. Try to understand the problem first. Once you understand the problem, it is easier to solve it that way.

Lastly, enjoy the interviews. Take it as an opportunity to learn about the company and Expedians!

How did you prepare for your Expedia Group Interview?
I attended mock interviews, practiced coding questions, and fundamental Computer Science materials. It was not easy for me especially since I am an international student. So even when it seems like there is no light at the end of the tunnel, the key is to never give up and keep trying.

Why did you decide to work at Expedia Group?
I love traveling! I love what Expedia Group stands for. I also believe that the world needs travel and to help power global travel for everyone is something I’d love to do.


Shivani Mathur, Graduate, Chicago, IL, USA

What do you do at Expedia Group?
Software Development Engineer for EG's Travel Agent Affiliation Program (TAAP).

What tips can you share for folks applying to our Expedia Group roles?
A go-to tip for EG interviews would be to 'think-out-loud'. Interviewers at EG would want to know your approach towards a problem and your thought process while solving it.

How did you prepare for your Expedia Group Interview?
For technical interviews, solve online coding questions and try to build an optimal solution. Practice adding comments to your solutions for better understanding.

For the behavioral interviews, thoroughly study your profile and use examples from your past work or project to relate to every question. 

Why did you decide to work at Expedia Group?
Expedia Group's Graduate Program with two 6-month rotations is built to maximize your professional growth. As a new hire, you work with not just one, but two areas of technology, an opportunity too hard to let go of.


Erica Ferguson, Graduate, Seattle, WA, USA

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Sarah Shrivastava, Graduate, Gurgaon, India

What do you do at Expedia Group?
I am a Software Development Engineer for the Cruise Team.

What tips can you share for folks applying to our Expedia Group roles?
Be well prepared for your interviews – research about the role you are applying to – don’t try to bluff – be honest.

How did you prepare for your Expedia Group Interview?
The recruiter actually shares sources to prepare from and other than that leetcode and knowing your resume is enough.

Why did you decide to work at Expedia Group?
I align with the vision of Expedia Group and wanted to learn about the role tech plays in modern-day travel and Expedia Group just fit.


Devansh Rastogi, Graduate, Gurgaon, India

What do you do at Expedia Group?
I am a Software Development Engineer in the Activities team. I am working to improve and enhance the user experience on mobile applications.

What tips can you share for folks applying to our Expedia Group roles?
Familiarize yourself with the mission and values of the Expedia brands. Focus on the competencies needed for the role and think of your past experience where you have demonstrated such competencies.

How did you prepare for your Expedia Group Interview?
I prepared for my role by regularly practicing algorithmic problem solving. I also focused on the computer science fundamentals like object-oriented programming, database management systems and operating systems.

Why did you decide to work at Expedia Group?

Expedia Group is a global platform that powers travel for everyone and everywhere, so the work that we do has an impact on a large user base and facilitates memorable experiences for travellers. Also, Expedia Group provides a healthy work environment where everyone helps each other and works together.                


Ojasvi Shaklya, Graduate, Gurgaon, India

What do you do at Expedia Group?
I am working in Marvels team of common payments group as a backend engineer(SDE-1). Right now, I’m under training and am working on Java and Spring boot to implement backend APIs.

What tips can you share for folks applying to our Expedia Group roles?
Practice data structure and algorithm-based questions. Focus more on questions based on dynamic programming. Start making some projects be it in frontend or backend engineering. Start working on the latest tech stacks. Be thorough with object-oriented design patterns.

How did you prepare for your Expedia Group Interview?
To prepare for the Online Technical Assessment round, students can refer to the book 'Cracking the Coding Interview' by Gayle Laakmann. It helps to focus on coding problems based on data structures and algorithms.

To prepare for the interview, it will help to be ready to solve coding problems, go through theory based on various object-oriented design patterns, practice your soft skills, how well you perform under adverse situations and be as candid as possible. Also, Expedia Group has 5 values that the candidate must be aware of one can read about those topics on the Careers Site.

As per my experience, all the interviewers were very nice and supportive if you are nervous they are there to help you.

Why did you decide to work at Expedia Group?
I’m a travel enthusiast and for someone like me, Expedia Group is the best company to work for. We get a lot of other perks like travel discounts, health and wellness facilities and other allowances. Speaking as a software developer, Expedia Group has a huge number of projects and for someone aspiring to work on new technologies, there’s a pretty good chance that you’ll find a role that suits you.


Nolan Strait, Graduate, Seattle, WA, USA

The best tip I can think of is…Practice speaking! Speak out loud to yourself and anyone willing to help you practice about yourself (resume, history, experience, etc.), technical concepts, and problems. In the process, you will gain awareness of what areas you most need to build strength in speaking/thinking through, and in the end, it will make you much more comfortable in interviews. In the same vein, if you’re especially introverted and ever in a sticky place during an interview, air on the side of speaking too much rather than not enough. When in doubt, speak through your thought process out loud. Don’t worry about whatever you’re asked to write down. The most important thing is establishing a connection with your interviewer and working with them to come to as great of a mutual understanding of one another as possible. 


We’re looking for outstanding talent to join us on our mission to power global travel for everyone, everywhere. Take a look at our latest Early Careers opportunities here.