Red Hat Interview Questions

Updated Aug 4, 2015
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  1. Helpful (2)  

    Learning Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Raleigh, NC
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Red Hat (Raleigh, NC) in July 2015.

    Interview

    The interview process was relatively painless. I had an initital phone call with a recruiter, who then set up an appointment with the department head. The initial recruiter did not seem to even pay attention to what I was even saying. When I had my phone call with the department head, he was nice, but wasn't overly encouraging. They said they would contact me with the next steps. I checked my application status today, only to see I was no longer being considered. I understand that it's a large company, but given my experiences with their hiring process, I am not the Red Hat type.

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  2. Helpful (6)  

    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2+ weeks. I interviewed at Red Hat.

    Interview

    Was contacted by a recruiter to fill out a questionnaire. Recruiter told me that I was a great fit, but requested compensation didn't match the range for the position. So I said that I was willing to be flexible, and then the recruiter told me that they would get back to me soon. After some time I called the recruiter, who then proceeded to put me on hold. After about 20 minutes of being on hold, I was disconnected and not called back. After 2 more days I emailed the recruiter, who replied and let me know that they would talk to the hiring manager and get back to me within a day. 3 business days passed with no response from the recruiter. I then called the recruiter who told me that the hiring manager wasn't interested because of my requested salary range (despite expressing desire to be flexible). So all in all 2-3 weeks of back and forth with a recruiter, and not one conversation with a hiring manager. It is clear that Red Hat is interested in hiring cheap, rather than highly qualified individuals. If you are even marginally skilled, I would avoid applying here. The recruiter I spoke to was nice, and despite hanging up on me, and not being proactive about responding.

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    • We think you should be paid way less then you currently make, are you willing to be flexible?   Answer Question
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    Graphic Designer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Raleigh, NC
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at Red Hat (Raleigh, NC).

    Interview

    My interview with Red Hat was very pleasant. The interviewer was polite, offered me bottled water, and made the conversation flow smoothly. I was also taken on a tour of the office and met a few of the employees in the group I was interviewing for.

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    • How did you handle a work experience where someone disagreed with you?   Answer Question
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    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Red Hat in April 2015.

    Interview

    I applied online after seeing an opening on LinkedIn. I figured out who the recruiter was for this position and followed up with an email. That position had already been filled, but the very nice recruiter told me there was another opening I might be interested in. He was personable with great follow-up and get me a friendly preliminary interview. He passed me along to the hiring manager which was great, but that interview, over the phone even though we were located in the same area, was terrible. Maybe I failed on making a personal connection with him, but he was just reading from a list of trite sales questions. Again, recruiter was very polite with the turn down, but I was actually unimpressed with the front line sales manager as a manager so in the end, it was probably a good thing I didn't get farther in the process.

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    • What's the last sales book you read?   1 Answer
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    Data Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Raleigh, NC
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Red Hat (Raleigh, NC) in March 2015.

    Interview

    First, got the pre-screen phone interview, and then set up an onsite interview in the following week. HR people are very professional, and the people I met are very nice. The whole process took about 3 hours long. and the behavior questions were very common and basic. You will be fine if you prepare for the technical questions.

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    Performance Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Raleigh, NC
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Red Hat (Raleigh, NC) in February 2015.

    Interview

    I had applied online through their company's career page for a summer internship position. About 2-3 weeks later, I received a phone call from the head of the Performance Engineering Team stating that they wanted me to meet with the team (which consisted of about 5 engineers in total). Later that week, I received a mail from their HR scheduling my interview.

    Interview Questions

    • The interview was mostly a behaviorial. They just wanted to see if I had any experience in the work they were doing - performance profiling. The team was extremely friendly and asked me a lot about my projects and my previous work ex. Unfortunately, they were looking for someone with a stronger Python skills and more experience with performance optimization than what I had had, and therefore didn't get the offer. They relayed the message to through a phone call, which was rather surprising since most rejections are done through mail. However, the entire experience was extremely smooth.   Answer Question
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    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Charlotte, NC
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 3 days. I interviewed at Red Hat (Charlotte, NC) in January 2015.

    Interview

    Two phone interviews, about one hour each. Neither were especially technical, we discussed the team they were hiring for, the experience and qualities they were looking for, and fairly standard questions for software engineers. The first interview was with a software engineer on the team. He was friendly and, after looking over my experience, seemed to feel I would be a good fit. After the interview he passed me on to his supervisor. The second interview was with his supervisor, the team lead. While he repeated many of the same questions as the first interview, the friendly casual air was replaced with that of an interrogation. Many of the questions I asked were taken in the most negative context possible, more than once derailing the interview into the interviewer venting about past team members. I've heard nothing further about this job, but after the last interview I really didn't want to work with this man so I haven't followed up about it either.

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  9. Helpful (1)  

    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through a staffing agency. The process took 3 days. I interviewed at Red Hat in October 2014.

    Interview

    This position was brought to my attention through my staffing agency. They presented the position and I did an initial phone screen. The phone conversation was about 45 minutes long and consisted of mostly technical questions. Very little about personality came into plan during the screening. While there were basic, straight-forward answers, there were quite a few challenging "big picture" questions as well that involved designing project structure as well as database schemas. Having only done the phone screening, it proved to be quite difficult to conduct a relatively in-depth interview over the phone.

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    • The difficult piece of the interview was answering business case or design questions that took a minute to think about and would have certainly helped to have a whiteboard or at least been in the room with them.   Answer Question
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    Junior Java Developer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Raleigh, NC
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a staffing agency. The process took 2+ weeks. I interviewed at Red Hat (Raleigh, NC) in September 2014.

    Interview

    2 rounds of Phone Interview followed by a face to face interview round in the Company with a panel of 3 team members. Questions Asked: 1. Thread 2. Synchronization 3. Serialization 4. Hash Map, Vector, Set, Array List - Uses and Differences 5. Static - Variable, Method and Class Purpose 6. Inner Class - Purpose and Example 7. Multi Threading 8. Asked to write a basic Java Program - Logic Specific 9. Asked to draw tables and show the 3rd Normalization and from those tables drawn, was asked to perform sum() with a specific condition

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    Principal Software Engineer, Big Data Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Westford, MA
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 3+ months. I interviewed at Red Hat (Westford, MA) in June 2014.

    Interview

    The interview process involved a recruiter phone screening, number of behavioral interviews over the phone with team members, followed by a phone interview with the hiring manager (iirc). I was told they'd get back to me by a certain date. Then they asked for a two-week extension when they date came. Then they never got back to me. They left me hanging, not knowing how to conduct the rest of my job search. They never even had the decency to let me know I was no longer being considered, despite promising to call me back. Also, the job was advertised as allowing remote work from anywhere in the U.S., but they declined to advertise that there are 7 states from which they won't normally hire people. So it was irritating to invest the effort into getting an interview without knowing that likely roadblock awaited. Overall I'm deeply disappointed with Red Hat. They showed a systemic lack of character.

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    • Don't remember. Normal stuff like "what's your biggest mistake".   Answer Question
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