Getting an Interview
Getting an Interview
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Helpful (10)No OfferNeutral ExperienceDifficult Interview
I applied through a recruiter – interviewed at F5 Networks.
Deeply Technical and a lot of customer support questions on how to deal with tough customers. Lots of Linux questions so you must know your Linux fundamentals as well as knowing the OSI model thoroughly and how to set up a basic network and how to troubleshoot it.
- Explain the OSI model. Answer Question
- No OfferPositive ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied online. The process took 2 weeks – interviewed at F5 Networks (Seattle, WA) in March 2015.
Applied on the company website, got email next day from recruiter and set up the phone interview time. The phone interview last about 25 minutes. It's a technical interview about data structures and algorithms and TCP/IP. Nothing complicated.
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- No OfferNeutral ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied online. The process took 2+ weeks – interviewed at F5 Networks (San Jose, CA) in March 2015.
The interview was supposed to be one on one with three members of the team. Basic protocol questions from networking mentioned on the resume were asked. Recommend preparing on networking protocols thoroughly.
- Questions on basic networking protocols. Answer Question
Helpful (2)No OfferNegative ExperienceDifficult Interview
I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks – interviewed at F5 Networks.
asinine impersonal lazy
If you've ever had a phone discussion with a recruiter from Google, or Apple, or just about any tech company you're familiar with how they like to find good candidates and match them with teams that fit their skill sets. Recruiters that actually put a little effort into their job.
Don't expect that with F5. F5 recruiters aren't even going to send you and email. They have an assistant who will do that. The assistant will schedule a time for a phone interview and that's about it.
Then you'll have a phone interview where you are expected to write code on an online whiteboard. This is pretty common practice these days, but that isn't what is really going to happen. Your interview is likely to just hang up on you because he doesn't think you could write the code by looking at your resume.
You can assure your interviewer that you read the job description and you have extensive experienced in every major area the job description lists. Give examples, sure, that might help. You can assure them that you you can work with the programming language he mentions. But you should just save your effort and pride and just say "Thank you. Have a nice day." because they couldn't be bothered to let you even attempt the coding exercise you were told to prepare for because they can't fathom how someone with your resume and experience could even begin to use the specific language they like to use.
The recruiter will still not email you.
- Do you have experience with network protocol development and implementation? 1 Answer
- No OfferNeutral ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied through an employee referral. The process took 1 day – interviewed at F5 Networks in January 2015.
This company seems like a great place to work. I have a few friends that work here and they seem to enjoy it quite a bit.
I had a referral to this company by a friend and the recruiter contacted me shortly after for a phone interview request.
The phone interview didn't go so well, unfortunately. The collab code editor didn't work for either of us, so we had to do the technical questions verbally, which was a bit confusing but alright.
I don't want to sound rude, but the interviewer's accent was really strong, as in I couldn't understand him at all. I kept asking him to repeat the questions and since I felt bad for asking so many times, I just tried to piece together what he was saying.
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- No OfferNegative ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied online. The process took 1 day – interviewed at F5 Networks (Seattle, WA) in January 2015.
The interview consisted of a phone call from 3 people in a conference room. It was an initial screening interview. They scheduled the interview for only 15 minutes so the entire conversation felt rushed. I was on speaker and it was hard to hear them. Conference calls can be awkward if they aren't planned well and this one felt poorly organized.
- Why do yo want to work for F5? Answer Question
Helpful (1)No OfferAverage Interview
I applied online. The process took 6 weeks – interviewed at F5 Networks in December 2014.
Applied online, took a long time to get the phone screen scheduled because the HR personel was on vacation. Finally, had a phone interview after 3 weeks of application. It was like a typical screening interview touching various topics on networking and system (linux). Then I flew to Seattle and had 1:1. The onsite was 2 hours technical and then managerial/behavioral of 30 mins each.
The good things is not only they pay for the flight but also the taxi, meal etc.
- Nothing unexpected. Everything from L2-L7. Answer Question
- No OfferNegative ExperienceEasy Interview
I applied online. The process took 5 days – interviewed at F5 Networks (Seattle, WA) in December 2014.
Talked to a test hiring manager. On the phone manager was all excited to bring me in for an on-site interview with the team the next week to be competitive with another company I was expecting a quick response from recruiting to set up on-site, but never heard from them. I called the recruiter a week later and was told manager "was considering me". Recruiter never contacted me again. Really poor experience.
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Helpful (2)No OfferPositive ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied online. The process took 1 day – interviewed at F5 Networks in September 2014.
I got a call from F5's HR and he was very friendly and polite.
Asked some background information like where I'm residing and my current occupation, company and responsibilities which seemed standard.
Gave me some technical questions like;
Explain the TCP handshake, what is Autonegotiation, what is a web proxy. what is PuTTy, what is WireShark.
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Helpful (1)No OfferPositive ExperienceDifficult Interview
I applied online. The process took a week – interviewed at F5 Networks (Lowell, MA) in August 2014.
My sense is that the company is very well liked by the people who work there. Many folks have been with the company a relatively long time. That said, it is not a stagnant place and the people I interviewed with are top-notch engineers - seriously, the best of the best. The interview was long but not out of the ordinary these days: about 6 hours. I interviewed with seven people; most by video conference, which went well. All of them knew their stuff and most were very cordial. The questions varied but there was a strong focus on signal integrity, PCB materials, and the like. A recent SI hire is quite talented and will drill down. The local (Lowell) engineers are seasoned and easy to talk with. It's clearly a very high quality company. Do your homework.
- Signal integrity and PCB material questions. Answer Question
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