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NetApp Engineer Interview Questions

Updated Dec 3, 2014
Updated Dec 3, 2014
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    Consulting Systems Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Santa Clara, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Santa Clara, CA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 5+ weeksinterviewed at NetApp in November 2014.

    Interview Details

    Multiple 1:1 phone interviews with various Consulting Systems Engineer peers and managers. Two more technical interviews at the beginning with other CSEs with personality and "fit" interviews coming from other upper managers later. Final face-to-face with the hiring manager at a local restaurant.

    They took their time initially which was kind of a put off as well. They had a chance to "close the deal" earlier so trying to keep enthusiastic was a bit of challenge.

    I had to ask to see the campus and offices where I would be working. It seemed to be pleasant enough but other than a fairly ordinary gym, standard full rate cafeterias, a volleyball court and a few outside tables, etc there was really nothing that stood out.

    Interview Questions
    • Not difficult if you know your stuff. Be prepared to answer technical questions about your application stack/area of specialty. No trick questions or anything however.   Answer Question
    Reasons for Declining

    Very average compensation package in regards to medical options (UC or Kaiser), 401(K), etc. Even the buildings and offices don't provide more than free coffee. No free sodas/drinks/snacks, have paid vending machines, no free or subsidized food, no company car or car allowance (other than mileage reimbursement).

    I would have taken the position but they were disingenuous about pay range and where the offer would fall. I had recordings of all the interviews and the offer differed from the initial discussion.

    Weird statements about always just hitting goals...not doing better or worse because then some upper execs or managers would get fired. I guess that is why they are #2 behind EMC with 1/3 the market share.

    Seemed like a good group of peers overall though. It would have been a good team to work with.

    Declined Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview
  2.  

    QA Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took a dayinterviewed at NetApp in October 2014.

    Interview Details

    Netapp had this interview day planned. Lot of candidates from other universities. The event did not involve a pre screening through a telephonic interview. They shortlisted the resume through the career fair at the university.

    Interview Questions
    • Most questions were general. Like why netapp? explain your strengths and weaknesses, explain your most challenging projects, They also tested our troubleshooting skills through a network problem.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  3.  

    Technical Support Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2 daysinterviewed at NetApp in August 2014.

    Interview Details

    Initially spoke with recruiter on the phone for 5 minutes. Asked two questions, Salary expectation + Times available to work. Setup interview with internal engineers for two days later. Spoke with engineers on the phone for 20 minutes. Nothing technical, they just asked general questions. This was Friday and in-person interview was setup for Tuesday morning @ 8:00 am. First met with Sr. Escalation Engineers. I was asked some general troubleshooting questions. The questions were like something out of a test. Then was asked some troubleshooting questions. Interview was all across the board with no real structure. Afterwards, met with two managers. This part was more structured. They were more interested in customer service and to see if I would be a good fit. It was a bit impersonal because they were taking notes on their laptops. They said they would get back with by the end of the week but haven't heard back two weeks later. Recruiter has been responsive but I have gotten no good feedback just yet.

    Interview Questions
    • For kerberos authentication, what are the two services that it relies on.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Software Engineer for New Grad Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at NetApp.

    Interview Details

    First it was a phone screen with HR and then the hr scheduled two tech phone interviews. after that, there were four following phone interviews. I don't know why there are so many phone interviews. All of the interviews are ordinary ones, just ask some tech and behavioral questions.

    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
  6.  

    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    The internal staffing person will perform a quick phone screen. This takes about 15 minutes. Then the hiring manager will perform a phone screen which will touch on technical questions as well as cultural fit questions. If you get through that, an senior engineer will do another phone screen. This will be very technical and actually writing code. Once you get pass all that they will invite you to a on-site. This will be mostly technical and will be talking to the hiring manager as well as 2-3 engineers.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
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    Technical Support Engineer II Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at NetApp.

    Interview Details

    Extremely high technical interview lasting about 2.5hrs, a lot is expected from candidate, hr was unwilling to budge on low salary, bonus touted to be 8-10% annually hut it was absolutely false. Highest bonuses for any TSE is 1-3%. Disappointing because hr lies.

    Interview Questions
    • The entire interview is very taxing. White boarding, hypothetical scenarios, multiple very sr level engineers pressuring you as if it is a interrogation, role playing of angry customers, expect detail answers, based on your experience the interview will be more difficult and details expected, etc.   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    MTS3 Senior Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through other source – interviewed at NetApp.

    Interview Details

    I did not have to interview for my position since our division was acquired. However, I have interviewed several candidates as part of my job. Many interviews will consist of an initial 30-minute screening (usually via phone) to ascertain if the candidate in fact matches the resume, has no real communications issues and is interested in the job. If so, an on-site interview (4-8 hours, depending on position) is conducted (NetApp usually pays transportation). Most interviews at my level consist of three or four sets of questions, asked by different interviewers, that overlap some and allow corroboration of results in interviewer follow-ups. This allows more accurate assessment and different insights into the candidate. Candidates are rated based on answers, attitude, and overall perceived fit into the NetApp culture.

    Interview Questions
    • Aside from technical questions, some of the questions we ask are related to how the candidate interacts with other people on a professional level. It's good to show up having given some thought to specific previous projects and how interactions with other people contributed to the success or failure of the project, how the candidate handles uncomfortable interpersonal situations, best performances, worst performances, etc. These types of questions usually make up about a third of the overall set.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    No negotiation involved due to division purchase...only had accept/reject offer.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  9.  

    Senior Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Raleigh, NC
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Raleigh, NC
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 5 daysinterviewed at NetApp in May 2014.

    Interview Details

    I was contacted on LinkedIn by a company recruiter for about this position. I replied with interest. I received a call from the recruiter that briefly confirmed my experiences in regards to the position requirements. We scheduled a phone interview with the hiring manager a couple days later. The phone interview by the hiring manager was a discussion about the opportunity and how my skills might be a good fit. We scheduled an in-person interview a couple days later. The in-person interviews consisted of 2.5 hours of 5 back-to-back interviews from different people on the team. They consisted of mainly scenario based white board questions. "How would you do this?" type of scenarios.

    Interview Questions
    • Can you tell us something about yourself related to development that is not on your resume?   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  10.  

    Software Engineer - New College Graduate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took a weekinterviewed at NetApp.

    Interview Details

    Masters in Computer Engineering.
    Applied online. HR emailed to setup interview asking for suitable dates and sent a form to fill asking for details. Did not reply for a week confirming the date and time so I assumed I did not pass pre screening. Just 2 days before the date of interview I had selected, I get an email from a different HR asking me to confirm the selected date. The position description asked for strong background in thread/kernel programming and C++. Since the team I was interviewing with was WAFL, I prepared for memory management and file systems.

    The interview was a call with a senior engineer from the team. He just started off without any talk whatsoever and jumped right into the resume to get some background. He briefly went over my projects to see whether he should waste his time over me. He was mainly interested in synchronization constructs which I did not have a very good background of. Few questions about when to use mutex, semaphores etc and why. Few questions about C++, some about cache coherency. As a masters student, I was embarrassed at times when he kept digging deeper. Overall, I blew it. The interview that was supposed to go for 30 mins ended in 20 mins. Not hopeful of getting called for the second round interview.

    Interview Questions
    • 1. Size of a pointer. What does it depend on?
      2. If a data member is declared as static in a class (C++) and more than two processors are trying to modify it at the same time, what exactly happens? How to handle it?
       
      Answer Question
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview
  11. 4 people found this helpful  

    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Jose, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Jose, CA
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took a dayinterviewed at NetApp in April 2014.

    Interview Details

    Was approached by company recruiter. Here is my version of how Netapp would have interviewed Shakespeare if Netapp was a company that created stories:

    Netapp interviewer: Do you know a poem which talks about stars ?
    Shakespeare: No sir, i dont have one from memory but I can create one if you like
    Netapp interviewer: Ok you have 20 mins
    Shakespeare starts thinking and starts writing down various words and pros.
    Netapp interviewer interrupts: Oh you are done? Coz the time is 10 mins already
    Shakespeare: Well i am trying to think as you can see various ways and words to form a poem
    Netapp interviewer: Ok you see it starts with "twinkle twinkle"
    Shakespeare: Sir like i said, i dont memorize poems mostly, you can see me work . I like writing and creating from my imagination and experience.
    Netapp interviewer: We dont have time for that. Sorry. Bye.

    Essentially, they are looking for people who have memorized some programming problems. So if you already are familiar with that problem, you are hired. The creative programmer who solves problems has no chance of getting hired here.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

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