Red Hat Interview Questions

Updated Jun 26, 2015
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    Business Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Raleigh, NC
    Declined Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at Red Hat (Raleigh, NC) in June 2015.

    Interview

    Applied not knowing it was RH. Recruiter contacted me. Then phone interview. Then in-person interview with 6 people for 4 hrs. Questions were amateur. Wasn't impressed with management at all. Attitude of "we work for RH" and "lots of people dont make it here" - extreme arrogance. Any co that thinks snacks, exercise equip and pool tables will draw good quality employees is going to draw that same arrogance instead of quality. RH is cheap, overrated, and -from the inept questions asked - not wise. Wisdom trumps lip service and snacks, folks. Definitely lots of preaching on fabulous culture and no practicing.

    Interview Questions

    • All questions were elementary - as if I had applied at a box store as a cashier.   Answer Question
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    Manager Position Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Raleigh, NC
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3+ weeksinterviewed at Red Hat (Raleigh, NC) in June 2015.

    Interview

    I applied on LinkedIn for an opening and was eventually contacted by a Senior Corporate Recruiter noting I was a great candidate for the position I applied for. She was extremely courteous and offered great insight into the organization which definitely peaked my interest.

    I knew Red Hat had a different corporate structure unlike typical hierarchies, however, I must say I learned a tremendous amount on "meritocracy" and the meaning of "open source" just from the recruiter. I did my research on the company (as any good candidate should) and found out this was the type of organization I wanted to work for.

    After 1 phone interview with SCR, I had a 2nd phone interview with hiring Sr. Manager about a week later. He was awesome and dynamic and really sold me on position. 3 business days later, I traveled to Raleigh, NC for my onsite interview with 5, 1-on-1's, a team of 3, and then presented my case study.

    I went on vacation the following week and when I got back, I heard from the recruiter that I was still in the running. I provided my requested references and after a couple of days of continued communication with potential peers and my future boss, I was offered the position.

    If you're planning on applying for any position at Red Hat, I HIGHLY suggest you read "Open Organization" by Jim Whitehurst (who happens to be the CEO of Red Hat). In fact, you should probably just read the book even if you apply to ANY position to ANY organization...By 2020, when 50% of the workforce will be millennials, many of these concepts will be embraced by the companies who change to stay successful...the other companies will fall away like the dinosaurs.

    Interview Questions

    • They want to know who you are (behavioral questions) and if you'll really be a good fit for the culture. They want employees who are "real" leaders but can also work together and produce value through influence and not because of your fancy job title. This company isn't for everyone, but for the lucky ones who have the drive, determination and passion for success, this maybe your ticket to TRUE job satisfaction. I'm really hoping it is for me...   Answer Question
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    Product Manager I Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Westford, MA
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4 weeksinterviewed at Red Hat (Westford, MA).

    Interview

    2 phone screens (HR and development manager), online present, and then a meet and greet onsite in Westford. The onsite visit was about 4 hours long. Pretty standard questions, not really impressed with the interviewers ~ really didn't answer my questions.

    Received offer and was told that I needed to start immediately; this, despite, telling them, several times in fact, that due to my wife's medical condition that I could not relocate for 4 to 6 weeks (I was moving from Canada). 4 weeks after turning offer down, a different recruiter contacted me and said they were willing to wait. I declined again.

    Interview Questions

    • Given the nature of the position, I was asked several questions relating to my experience as a "product manager".   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    It was reasonable.

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    Middleware Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Atlanta, GA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Red Hat (Atlanta, GA) in February 2015.

    Interview

    If I had to attribute one word to this interview process it would be: concise. They were extremely quick with their communications, and helpful with any questions I had. Hands down this was the most pleasant interview experience I've had. The whole process consisted of a phone call with an HR representative within Red Hat, a challenging technical interview over the phone, then an in person meeting with the person who would be my People Manager. Overall an extremely pleasant experience. Yours may not go the same way, in terms of speed, but I can promise it will be pleasant.

    Interview Questions

    • The person leading the technical interview told me I had 5 minutes to explain anything technical of my choosing in as much detail as possible.   1 Answer
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    Senior Platform Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in McLean, VA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 1 dayinterviewed at Red Hat (McLean, VA) in January 2015.

    Interview

    The Interview had several components: a technical portion, a portion to discuss your goals and objectives (independent of Red Hat) and then how those goals would apply to a job with Red Hat, and then a free-flowing portion discussing your interests/hobbies, previous achievements, etc... They seemed equally as focused on soft-skills and personality as they were on the technical ability.

    Interview Questions

    • How do you feel about Open Source?
      Have you contributed to an Open Source Project?
       
      1 Answer
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    Inside Sales Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer

    Interview

    Initial recruiter screening with phone interview. Face to face interviews with two managers and a Sr. Director that allowed deep dive into the actual position. After this we had a role play call.

    Interview Questions

    • The role play was unexpected but had a few days to prepare.   Answer Question
  8. Helpful (1)  

    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at Red Hat.

    Interview

    Spoke with a recruiter on campus and followed up by signing up for an on campus interview via the campus job site. It was mostly just get to know the company, see if it was right for you kind of thing. A few days later a recruiter emailed to set up an on campus interview in Raleigh. The first night was a dinner where you got to speak with current Red Hat employees and learn more about the company and culture. The second day they gave us lunch and had 2 1 hour interviews that were not technical at all.

    Interview Questions

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    Associate Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Raleigh, NC
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at Red Hat (Raleigh, NC) in November 2014.

    Interview

    I met some Red Hat representatives from the Raleigh office at my University's career fair, dropped off a Resume and was contacted about arranging a first round interview. I met with one of the guys on the consulting team and had a time talking about Red Hat's role in the Linux community both in regards to business and charity programs. I was told that the interview would be mostly technical but at no point was I ever drilled with coding questions.

    Later on, I was invited to a final round interview in Raleigh which involved a dinner with Red Hat employees from all over the country working in a variety of different departments, as well as a corresponding multi-part interview that occurred the next day at the office. It was clear to me that these interviews were designed to find a good project fit for me as most of the questions centered around personal business interests and opinions of project management and organization (e.g. hinting at what kind of clients would you want to work with).

    I was given an offer about 2 weeks later from the recruiter in which I was given multiple location options. While it was kind of scary waiting for so long after the interview, overall, I was very pleased with the way the process was handled and how courteous everyone was during each stage of the process. The interviewers didn't go off a script or anything, unlike a lot of the other jobs I had interviewed for this year, and seemed genuinely interested in everything I had to say. Red Hat clearly values your personality and is definitely devoted to putting together a diverse and interesting community of employees, regardless of what their position may be.

    Interview Questions

    • How much does a 747 weight?   1 Answer
    • Let's say you get started on a new project you know nothing about, what are some of the questions you would ask before getting started?   1 Answer

    Negotiation

    They gave me a pretty awesome starting package, so I wasn't about to complain.

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    Associate Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Raleigh, NC
    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2+ weeksinterviewed at Red Hat (Raleigh, NC) in October 2014.

    Interview

    Excellent interview process. Initially, it was a sit-down interview at an on-campus location, followed by a phone screen and then headquarters interview day. The final set of interviews at headquarters included white boarding for technical position but no actual coding or "brain teaser" problems. Standard interview questions and scenario situations included.

    Interview Questions

    • Regarding a prior software system I had designed and developed, I was asked to sketch the architecture and briefly explain reasoning.   Answer Question
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    Principal Architect Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral – interviewed at Red Hat.

    Interview

    Each group has their own process. There is a round of interviews that usually is 6 or more. There maybe a technical presentation or hands on exercise. It is very technical for technical position. You can not bluff your way into a job

    Interview Questions

    • Prepare, present and answer questions on a topic of your choice. There will be someone in the room who probably knows more than you and will push you.   Answer Question

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