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Updated Jul 7, 2014

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Project Manager Interview

Project Manager

I applied online and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at McAfee in May 2014.

Interview Details – Applied online but called for a different postion. But bad experirnce.Two times the hiring manager missed the phone call. and twice rescheduled on site interview at the last minute.

Interview Question – Very good Interview. Only questions pertaining to the job .   View Answer

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Difficult Interview

Tier I Support Technician Interview

Tier I Support Technician
Plano, TX

I applied online and the process took 1+ week - interviewed at McAfee in May 2014.

Interview Details – They literally walked me into a dark room with four lights. I wish I were making that up.

The chair they had me sit in was half-broken so I couldn't lean back in it, and the three of them (two junior techs and an older senior tech or shift manager) took turns questioning me and posing extremely vague situations.

One that I remember was "You deploy an update to Windows for 100 workstations over the weekend starting on Friday, Sunday you checked to see how it went and noticed 1 workstation didn't get the patch, what do you do?"

That question had so much information missing that literally all I could say was "without any more information, I'd need to determine what made that one workstation different. Did the user shut it down before they left for the weekend? Did their office lose power? Is that machine even on the Active Directory OU?"

After several such questions they said they needed to step out into the hall to confer and to sit tight.

Another 15 minutes passes and a fourth guy who I'd never seen before walked in, introduced himself by first and last name (but not job title/responsibility, so I had no clue what he did, but evidently he was the final decisionmaker regarding hire/no hire), and then sat down to spend about 30 more minutes finding several different ways to express the importance of being on time.

I was 45 minutes early to the interview, and I'm a veteran. You guys have no idea what on time means. Seriously. :|

And here this guy is treating me, a 29 year old vet with plenty of tech experience, like I'm applying for a job at McDonald's.

Of course I smiled and nodded but inside I was thinking: are you freaking kidding me?

Afterwards, they said they'd be in touch and we shook hands, I thanked them for their time and got the heck out of there.

Interview Question – Lots of grilling on individual port numbers and the OSI model. Does anybody remember that stuff by heart without having to consult a reference? Anyone? Bueller?   Answer Question

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Summer Intern Interview

Summer Intern
San Jose, CA

I applied online and the process took 1 week - interviewed at McAfee in April 2014.

Interview Details – Took a while to get a responds from my application. Interview questions were strange.

Interview Question – How many barber shops are in San Francisco?   Answer Question

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Project Manager Interview

Project Manager
Santa Clara, CA

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at McAfee in October 2013.

Interview Details – I had an interview with the recruiter for 30 minutes asking my background, then they brought me in for face to face interview.

Interview Question – You are given a task to take a lead on a project on the first day of job, how did you go about it?   Answer Question

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Intern Interview

Intern

I applied through college or university - interviewed at McAfee in August 2010.

Interview Details – Three interviews and a short writing test. Took about 3 hours. People were nice. They wanted to know what my questions were. I wish I had come with more questions prepared.

Interview Question – What do you hope to get out of this internship?   Answer Question

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Very Difficult Interview

Software Engineer Back End Interview

Software Engineer Back End
Santa Clara, CA

I applied online and the process took 1 week - interviewed at McAfee in November 2013.

Interview Details – got a email on tuesday and was scheduled for phone interview on imediate next day. phone interview was really good. and then scheduled a on site interview.
on site interview is the toughest interview i ever faced, lot of unexpected question.s

Interview Question – many unexpected questions from manager.   Answer Question

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Senior Sales Engineer Interview

Senior Sales Engineer

Interviewed at McAfee

Interview Details – 12 interviews with management from SE Manager to VP, sales executives, and peers in Sales Engineering, including 15 minutes presentation on product. Initially had phone screen with HR, then with hiring manager. Continues on to phone interviews and in-person. Felt comfortable with most of questions and able to respond successfully. Questions were more personality vs technical.

Interview Question – Why choose McAfee over competition, such as Symantec?   Answer Question

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Marketing Interview

Marketing
Santa Clara, CA

I applied in-person and the process took 5 days - interviewed at McAfee in August 2013.

Interview Details – Initial communication was an email requesting a meet and greet to be scheduled with the hiring manager. Scheduling time with a manager and meeting to discuss the opportunity.

Interview Question – The specific key desire the hiring manager required for the position was not an elimate or experience this candidate possessed.   Answer Question

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Software Engineer Interview

Software Engineer
Santa Clara, CA

I applied through a recruiter and the process took 1 week - interviewed at McAfee in May 2013.

Interview Details – It was as professional as it could be. I first had a phone interview. The interviewer introduced himself and the team well, went through my resume, my current and past work then few quick general problem solving questions. Afterwards an on-site interview was scheduled within a few days. Interviewers were very humble and the environment was really friendly. HR was professional and acted promptly.

Interview Question – Questions were straightforward programming questions with reasonable clarity.   Answer Question

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Inside Sales Representative Interview

Inside Sales Representative

I applied through a recruiter and the process took 5 days - interviewed at McAfee.

Interview Details – I was contacted on LinkedIn for a Sales position. After an initial interview with global/regional HR, I continued to having an interview with local (Cork) HR. After that, I had a short interview (10 min) with the person who was my potential boss/senior manager. I also had to do an intelligence test online. Then I was invited to the Cork office for a full day assessment center, where I did interviews and case interviews.

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