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Software Engineer Interview

Software Engineer
Provo, UT

I applied through a recruiter and the process took 2 days - interviewed at Novell in May 2012.

Interview Details – The Novell or Attachmate recruiter contacted me looking for a developer with similar skills. I phone interviewed with the recruiter who was based out of New York and then had two different group interviews. One was with a set of developers and one was with a set of managers, one being the hiring manager. The phone interview went fine although I should have listened to my instincts and declined when she asked me one of the top 10 dumbest interview questions: "what interests you about Novell?" Hmm, you were hiring!

But I didn't listen and I went to do the interview anyway. The group interview with the developers went great. They seemed like seasoned professionals which thought about and solved the same types of problems that I work with every day. We hit it off exceptionally well.

Then the managers came in for the group interview to just "see if I was a good fit for the team." They continued for the next hour to ask the worst interview questions I have ever experienced.

"Where do you see yourself in five years?"
"Why do you want to work here?"
"Rate yourself."
"Why didn't you rate yourself perfect?"

When they asked for the second time, "Tell us in 1 minute why we should hire you over all the other candidates we have interviewed," I couldn't take it anymore and replied: "Did you want this answer different than the last time I answered it?" They both kept a completely straight face as if they hadn't asked the same dumb question twice, and replied, "yes, answer it differently." At that point I knew, even if they offered me the job, that I wouldn't want to work anywhere near these managers... ever!

Interview Questions

  • How would people communicate in a perfect world?   View Answers (27)
  • Why do you want to work here?   View Answer
  • Where would you rate yourself on a scale of 1-10 among all the other people that have interviewed for this job?   View Answer
  • Describe yourself in three words.   View Answer


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Neutral Experience

Average Interview

Credit Analyst Interview

Credit Analyst
Provo, UT

The process took a day - interviewed at Novell in April 2011.

Interview Details – Asked regular questions about my resume and background.

Interview Question – What do you know about credit?   View Answer


No Offer

Negative Experience

Average Interview

Marketing Director Interview

Marketing Director
Boston, MA

The process took a day - interviewed at Novell in June 2010.

Interview Details – Talked on the phone with a VP of Marketing. Frankly, I got the distinct impression that I was one of many people he called that day for his superiority complex fix. He asked me a few questions, some of which I had no way of knowing without having worked there before. Unfortunate experience.

Interview Question – What would you do to improve the performance of our Plate products?   View Answers (2)


No Offer

Neutral Experience

Average Interview

Parner Representative Interview

Parner Representative
Chicago, IL

The process took a day - interviewed at Novell in August 2010.

Interview Details – I was interviewed by HR. This person had no sense of humor. Voice was monotone. Not a got listener. After discussing my my experience, this person asked me if I had any experience as a..........I wanted to say to this person "didn't you listen to one word I said?" What a loser.....

Interview Questions


No Offer

Neutral Experience

Very Difficult Interview

Solution Marketing Manager Interview

Solution Marketing Manager
Provo, UT

The process took a day - interviewed at Novell in April 2010.

Interview Details – Fast paced questions that were scenario based. Terse, cut me off before answer was complete to get to next question.

Interview Questions


No Offer

Neutral Experience

Average Interview

Marketing Manager Interview

Marketing Manager
Boston, MA

I applied online and the process took a day - interviewed at Novell in September 2009.

Interview Details – The screening interview took about 30 minutes. Started with the HR recruiter giving an overview of the position. Then followed by general questions.

Interview Question – Why are you interested in Novell?   Answer Question


No Offer

Positive Experience

Average Interview

Software Testing Interview

Software Testing

I applied through an employee referral and the process took a day - interviewed at Novell in June 2009.

Interview Details – The interview process was fairly straight forward. There were three different groups looking for new hires and each group did an interview one right after another. For the most part the questions that were asked dealt with technical questions. The work culture seemed to me to be one that I would be comfortable working in, more laid back and free. I later found out that upper management pulled the plug on new hires for the time being.

Interview Question – Describe how to configure and manage a VLAN.   View Answer


No Offer

Negative Experience

Average Interview

Marketing Interview

Marketing

I applied through a recruiter and the process took 6 weeks - interviewed at Novell in February 2009.

Interview Details – The process started quite well--the recruiter seemed professional and was fairly responsive. After he set up the first rounds, however, it was impossible to get any updates. I followed up at least 3 times in 6 weeks only to be told they'd get back to me "soon." Finally, after 42 days, I got a message stating they were moving ahead with other candidates. I knew that Novell was having a diffucult time, but apparently that extends to their recruiting process as well!


No Offer

Positive Experience

Difficult Interview

Software Engineer Interview

Software Engineer

I applied through college or university - interviewed at Novell in July 2013.

Interview Details – First Round - Aptitude,c basics,operating system,50 questions.Questions based on work,boat,interest.51 questions in all were given.50 MCQ's and 1 coding question

Interview Question – Coding question.   Answer Question


No Offer

Positive Experience

Average Interview

Senior Technical Specialist Interview

Senior Technical Specialist

Interviewed at Novell

Interview Details – Started with an initial phone screen, followed by 2 on site technical interviews. one with senior tech writer and hiring manager.

Interview Question – What are your responsibilities in your current role?   Answer Question

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