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Engineer Interview (Positive Experience; Difficult Interview)
I applied through a recruiter and interviewed at Huawei Technologies.
Interview Details – They have a phone interview process for basic questions. After that it would be a individual interview that will ask what is written in your resumes.
Interview Question – Be prepared what you are applying technically. What the company wants and what they looking for on that positions. Answer Question
Principal Architect Interview (Neutral Experience; Average Interview)
I applied through a recruiter and the process took 3 months - interviewed at Huawei Technologies.
Interview Details – Several informal phone interviews, and one informal on-site visit with the managers, then a formal half-day on site interviews with four team members. The questions varies. Some asked about your past experience, and what you had learned from it. Some asked about the state of the industry. Some gave you some scenarios and looked for an answer that he didn't yet know.
Interview Question – Asked to solve a huge challenge that the industry is yet to encounter. Answer Question
Very Easy Interview
Senior Manager, Strategic Business Development (Santa Clara, CA) Interview (Negative Experience; Very Easy Interview)
I applied through a recruiter and the process took 4 weeks - interviewed at Huawei Technologies in September 2012.
Interview Details – First and foremost, I am really glad that I perused Glassdoor.com before even interviewing with Huawei. I did so quite extensively (eg. the employee opinions section, the interview feedback section, the salaries section, etc).
That being said, I must say that I do in fact agree with the vast majority of unflattering opinions and cautionary advice posted on this site regarding Huawei by its employees and those that interviewed with Huawei US.
This is how it went for me:
• I had applied for this role, where the candidate would oversee M&A activity and various other Biz Dev efforts for the R&D division with an emphasis on the enterprise segment based out of the Santa Clara office;
• A recruiter contacted me to set-up a 1:1 phone discussion with the hiring manager (VP of Strategy, a former Cisco guy);
• The discussion started off fine, but as we progressed, and like many of you have posted on this site, this VP was also extremely evasive, clandestine, secretive and misleading as to Huawei’s operations in the US;
• I can understand that due to obvious non-disclosure clauses in place, he might not have been able to share with me strategy and vision, but my questions were very generic based on the job description. For example:
My question: The fact that the US Government has banned Huawei US from making acquisitions in the US of both private (VC/non-public) and public entities, how do you expect this candidate to source M&A targets?
His response: We will try to work around this. No further explanation.
My question: The widely reported fact that Symantec called-off its Joint Venture with Huawei due to grave concerns raised that Symantec couldn’t bid on federal contracts because of its partnership with controversial Huawei. Would this pose a problem for partnerships?
His response: I don’t think so. No additional elaboration.
My question: Recently, the Australian government prohibited Huawei from bidding on a $38B broadband contract and the US Government is doing likewise because they are leery of Huawei’s close ties to the Chinese government. How do you expect the candidate to strike deals with domestic service providers?
His response: I am not sure, but we have to think of something. He then quickly changed topics.
My question: You mentioned that you have been involved in “many M&A deals” for Huawei of US based targets. Can you name some of the deals that are public information?
His response: I don’t know of any right-off my head. The Q&A was verging on complete absurdity and ridiculousness – I just stopped right there.
The VP indicated that he would get back to me with feedback, but of course, Huawei US (and him) being utterly unprofessional, discourteous, disingenuous and irresponsible, I not at all surprised I didn’t hear back from him or the recruiter.
Fortunately, for me, while I was interviewing with Huawei, I was also interviewing for a senior Corporate Development role at this large cap Bay Area F500 tech that is heavily active in the M&A cycle. I was made an offer and I accepted. I am glad Huawei didn’t work out for me. Being associated with a company such as Huawei that is widely tarnished in the press for its surreptitious ways would’ve been damaging to my impeccable career. Interview (and work) with Huawei at your peril.
Interview Question – Can you share some of your previous industry contacts with Huawei, if hired? Answer Question
Technical Support Engineer Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Huawei Technologies in June 2012.
Interview Details – contact with the customer and the engineer to enhance the service.
Interview Question – what's your milestone of a specific project Answer Question
Intern Interview (Neutral Experience; Average Interview)
I applied through college or university and the process took a day - interviewed at Huawei Technologies in March 2012.
Interview Details – The interview consisted of a phone interview and a panel interview. Overall the interview questions were average. Several questions on projects and basic questions on telecommunications were asked.
Interview Question – Explain SON in LTE View Answer
Product Manager Interview (Negative Experience; Average Interview)
The process took a day - interviewed at Huawei Technologies in September 2010.
Interview Details – I was contacted by a recruiting firm working on behalf of Huawei and got to interview with a Director and her boss, a VP/CMO in their Santa Clara office. The lady was very nice and cordial, but the guy was absolutely arrogant, and obnoxious. He kept answering his phone in the middle of the interview, and said that my work at my previous company didn't count for much at all. Finally, when it was my turn to ask him questions, I turned the tables on him, and told him that the Huawei's margins were way too thin to be competitive in the future (quoting from a WSJ article). He then went off on a rant about how the American media was biased against China, but then finally complimented me on doing good research on the company. The lady then got back to me 2 weeks later and asked me to come in for a 2nd round but I politely declined by saying that I had another job offer.
Interview Question – Tell me about your accomplishments in your previous job View Answer
Network Operations Center Shift Supervisor Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 2 days - interviewed at Huawei Technologies in November 2009.
Interview Details – I was called by a peer of mine that knew my work ethics/abilities and was asked to review an opening for a NOC Supervisor position within the company.
After I reviewed the details of the position, I went ahead and submitted my application.
I got an impromptu call the next day from an HR rep discussing the position, my background, work history, and my salary requirements. She then set up an 'in-person' interview to meet with the HR Manager and the Hiring manager/director of the NOC.
The following Monday, I went to the companies location for the 2 interviews. I met with the HR manager first. She gave me some veru goo details about the company, advised me of what they were looking for, and pretty much prepped me for the next interview with the hiring director.
I then met with the hiring manager/director and discussed tons of things!! The company, the team, we went over my background/work history... was asked alot of situational questions pertaining to team management, development of individuals, identifying, setting, and meeting center goals and objectives... and more.. some technical questions... and just some questions about myself...
I then went back to meet with the HR manager and was advised I would be getting a call to discuss next next steps.
Well.... I never received that call!! I thought the interviews and all went really well. I provided them with letters of recommendation as well as a 30-60-90 day entrance plan for success.
Great experience, though.
Interview Question – Tell me about a time where you didnt agree with your direct managers business decision. What did you do to share your dislike regarding the decision? What was the outcome? Answer Question
Very Difficult Interview
Software Engineer Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I interviewed at Huawei Technologies in July 2014.
Interview Details – 5 rounds.. 1st is computer based apps, 2 technical hr, 1 managerial hr and 1 hr... Puzzles were asked... Data structures programming wre asked in all the face to face interview
Interview Question – Puzzles were asked... Data structures programming Answer Question
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