Check Point Software Technologies Interview Questions

Updated Apr 13, 2015
Updated Apr 13, 2015
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    Contract Recruiter Interview

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    Application

    I applied online – interviewed at Check Point Software Technologies.

    Interview

    The recruiter reached out to me for a phone screen by calling at 7:30 AM to set up a time. However, she quickly got into salary and other details that I don't believe are appropriate for a first screen. After she found out I don't have the experience she was looking for, which was very clear from my resume so I don't know why she wasted my time, she offered to let me know of a more entry-level position should it become available.

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    Sales Interview

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    Application

    I applied online. The process took a dayinterviewed at Check Point Software Technologies.

    Interview

    The single worst experience I've had in my career. I applied for a Territory Sales job, a recruiter contacted me the next day. We set up a call for the afternoon... after waiting 10 minutes after the interview was scheduled for I called her. She was confused and realized that she didn't understand the timezone's. Afterwards she pushed a different job from the one that I had applied for (a more junior role) but she was unable to give an explanation of the job besides say she could email the description. She then tried to ask a colleague where she put me on hold and hung up on me (later called me back) For as solid of a company as Check Point is...it's astonishing the start I had in the process.

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    Software Engineer Interview

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    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at Check Point Software Technologies.

    Interview

    Applied online, HR called asked typical questions about resume and projects. 2-3 weeks later Hiring manager calls asks a few technical questions. on site interview scheduled for programming test.

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    Account Manager Interview

    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at Check Point Software Technologies.

    Interview

    Currently I am still being interviewing for this position. Interviewing process has been lengthy (close to a month). Interviewed with manager, team leader, licensing team and a couple of phone interviews.

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    Office Manager Interview

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    No Offer
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    Application

    I applied online – interviewed at Check Point Software Technologies in October 2014.

    Interview

    First a pre-screen phone call from TX. At the end she said she will forward my resume to the HR department. Two days later I received an email notifying me that they are pursuiting other candidate and thank me for my application. However, a phone call from someone that is leaving the position followed a few days later. After some questions regarding the job, she said she will forward my info to the HR. It has been a week now, still no call yet.

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    • The conversation was more like a discussion than an interview.   Answer Question
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    Global Account Manager Interview

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    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 8 weeksinterviewed at Check Point Software Technologies (San Carlos, CA) in August 2014.

    Interview

    Interview process was fairly standard; phone interview, followed up with 1st face-to-face, then 2nd face-to-face with Sr. Management. You will have to jump through some hoops to prove your existing/previous income, but this appears to be a growing trend.
    The people I met with were very pleasant and high-caliber sales professionals. While the interview process dragging out seems to be the norm, the upside is that you can bet all new hires will be fully vetted. The probability of a non-performer becoming a co-worker is very low.
    The only concern I had with the hiring process is that all final hiring decisions come from a panel that have never met you.

    Interview Questions

    • None of the questions that were asked were unexpected or difficult to answer   Answer Question
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    Commercial Account Manager Interview

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    Easy Interview
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online – interviewed at Check Point Software Technologies (San Carlos, CA) in July 2014.

    Interview

    Three steps to get to 1-1 with hiring manager. Phone screen, quick call with the recruiter which was nothing more than to say she will pass me to next level after qualifying some questions. Phone screen to recruiter took one month, recruiter to 1-1 3 took 3 days.

    One on one was at restaurant, he paid. Maybe this was the end of end. I was in suite and tie, he was in civilian clothes think jeans ( I only saw his face) but maybe slacks. He asked question right off bat about why me, what do I bring to table and that was it… rest was me asking about role and a lot of questions about him. He tells me he is planning on sending three through to the next round, and I'm in the three. Then two days later I get email saying thanks but no thanks. Not an honest person, so even though I was really interested in position, I think in the end it worked out better. When I called him out after the email from corporate, he said he lost the head count. Really? The territory is vacant why would not filling the area be a priority. Just tell the truth, don/t have to lie. Also was drinking and chewing during interview. Thought unprofessional but what ever, it was his show.

    Onward and upward as the saying goes, but just a heads up if you are applying for this role in SFO area.

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    • none mostly personal . I did most of the questioning. Guess he did not like me from beginning but could not be upfront. Surprising coming from a sales executive.   Answer Question
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    Account Manager MSP Sales Interview

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    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Check Point Software Technologies (Atlanta, GA).

    Interview

    Very pleasant HR conversation and helpful in setting up a face to face with the hiring manager in Atlanta. F to F wen't very well, due to back group was uniquely qualified for the position. The the bottom fell out when the salary offer came. I was making almost triple of what was offered. Had to decline. 12 months later the same job was posted again. HR contacted me and I was informed that the salary range had been increased so I agreed to go through the procedure again, same hiring manager, same requirements, etc. Never heard from CP again. However, the same job has been posted on and off over the past 24 months. Very confusing, unprofessional and question either the skill or motives driving this behavior.

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    • None, very normal questions one would expect and pleasant relaxed environment.   1 Answer
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    Entry Level Software Engineer Interview

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    Difficult Interview
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    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 daysinterviewed at Check Point Software Technologies (Redwood City, CA) in October 2011.

    Interview

    Initial communication was with an HR rep. The first interview was in person, 3 part skill test. The test is given in an office with no internet access. You are given some pages (about 4) with instructions and a fill-in the blank answer sheet. You follow the instructions and every section (about 20sections) you fill in an answer to a question about what you did. For example on section instructed you to open a linux console and do a ping command and write down the computer's ip and ms delay. Some sections you accomplish on one linux virtual machine, other sections you complete on a second linux virtual machine. The goal of all the sections is to connect one VM to another and use FTP in the console to transfer a zip file.

    The second part of the test involves a new set of instructions (about 3 pages). The instructions give you basic steps to unzip the file you just copied. Install an FTP client from these files. Modify the source code C file so that next time you install it the title of the program has your name on it.

    The third part of the test is completely unrelated. You are given 3 specification instructions. You are told to build one C function. You are given the prototype of this function. Your function receives a char array and based on the specifications you have to analyze the char array and return a true or false. Each char array consists of an instruction word and some random data. The specifications state that a protocol must be followed so specific instruction words and data is allowed in specific states of this protocol. After you are done with your function you are allowed to build your method with other prewritten .h files and main.c file. THe main.c file given to you tests your code. about 80 thousands instructions are passed to your code and the main.c file gives you an output that tells you how many instructions out of the 80thousands were parsed correctly and at which instruction your code did not work. To pass this part of the test your code must work with all 80k test instructions. points are deducted for ugly code, for uncommented code, for inefficient code.

    It took the company about 3 weeks to evaluate the skills test i took. I was told i passed the skill test. I was given an in person interview. The interview was conducted by the team leader for the position available and also by 3 engineers in the team. The interview was conducted one on one with these four people. Each person was given about an hour to quiz my knowledge on a specific topic. One person quizzed me on networking concepts: TCPIP, FTP, HTTP, LAN, Router, DNS. and much more, each topic question was talked about in depth. The second person talked about programming concepts including: structs, sizeof(), Little/Big Endian, ARM vs 386, compilers, what files are created when compiling, and much more. The third person talked about my code, why i wrote loops the way i did, what i could do different, questions about programming were about my code so it was the easiest part of the interview. The fourth person talked to me about all aspects, some questions overlapped, other topics included: network layers, meaning of ip in ip address, what router does when routing, difference between hub and switch, how to optimize code with -o switch. how struct is stored in memory. write chars in binary and then hex and explain big/little endien. which processors use big E which use little? He asked extensive questions about my whole resume, so be sure to know how to explain each project listed in your resume. He also gave info about company and info about team and what they do.

    I left interview confident with my performance. I felt i Answered 80-85% of questions accurately. I admitted the few times i didn't know an answer. I waited for an email or phone call for a job offer or third interview but i was not called. All engineers that interviewed me were indian and i am not. They all had accents and i dont. Perhaps not being indian played a role in not being hired? The tough tests and interview questions were a good experience and i'm glad i applied if only for the interview experience. The same job position is still open at dice. They're either really picky about new hires or the position is just for show.

    Interview Questions

    • explain the steps involved in compiling a C program.   1 Answer
    • explain the contents of a tcpip packet, how does it reach a host machine   1 Answer
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    Security Engineer Interview

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    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter – interviewed at Check Point Software Technologies in March 2015.

    Interview

    Relatively straightforward interview process. Started in the morning and continued for the entire day, which seems unnecessary. Day began with a presentation about the company. Followed by a group exercise. Candidates were split into teams and had to assemble a lego project together. Yes, you read that correctly. Lego. Followed by a written technical test concerning networking and firewalls. This test was easy, as you are provided with an additional sheet that practically gives you the answers. By this point it is lunch time. Free pizza lunch. About half of the candidates are told to go home after lunch. I assume they failed to perform adequately on the written test. Technical interview is conducted, as well as a more HR type interview. Also a practical test concerning firewalls and firewall rules. Information is provided so you can navigate the proprietary firewall management software. Not very difficult.

    Interview Questions

    • HR interview contained the usual type of questions: Where do you see yourself in five years? Why do you want to work here? Tell us about your background. And so on.

      Technical interview was literally a list of questions. Interviews write down your answers and 'grade' you. Questions concerned linux and windows commands (ie. command line), networking (subnetting, SSL, What is an IP address, etc.)
       
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