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I applied online. The process took 5 weeks – interviewed at Salesforce.
I was first contacted by HR for a phone interview, which went well. I then was asked to have another phone interview with a manager on the team, which also went well. From there they scheduled 3 more interviews, 2 of which were phone interviews and a final in person interview. HR followed back up with me after all the interviews and made it sound as if an offer was coming. Then I was told to hang on, that they were travelling. I waited patiently for 2 weeks before being rejected with no explanation.
- Tell me about yourself, what are your strengths, how would your peers describe you, what is your biggest weakness, and multiple behavioral based interview questions. Answer Question
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I applied through an employee referral. The process took 4+ weeks – interviewed at Salesforce (Indianapolis, IN) in April 2015.
The initial phone screening interview with the recruiter went very well. I felt very confident that the job would be a great fit. I had a few friends that worked there and they reassured me of this as well. After several misfires in coordinating the second call with a manager of the support department, I was finally able to connect.
The second call was more of a personality test to see if I would fit in with the culture. Nothing very technical, but we did kind of touch on some of the details of my work.
The face-to-face interview was done in a panel setting with individuals from multiple levels of management. I was a bit nervous, which I think they could tell. They seemed a little concerned with my minimal development experience that I might jump to another area. Overall the interview went well and was pretty typical. There was a short test with some novice HTML and SQL questions that they give you 5 minutes to complete. Unfortunately, we chatted through the test and I hurried some of the responses at the end.
After waiting over a week, I received a canned response indicating that they went with other candidates and that I should try again. Although I would love the opportunity to join the team, I may or may not try again due to the fact that the entire process seemed very disjointed and left me a little uneasy with just getting a canned response.
- Describe yourself in 5 words Answer Question
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I applied online. The process took 2+ weeks – interviewed at Salesforce (Chicago, IL) in April 2015.
Initial phone interview was unprofessional and impersonal. It took several days to get the phone screen scheduled. After having a scheduled time, the interviewer did not call until 25 minutes after the scheduled time. She explained that she was stuck in a meeting, but did not apologize for the inconvenience. Rescheduling took another 4 days.
The call was very impersonal and lacked any sort of substance. I was unimpressed with the questions that were asked, as most of the information was straight out of my resume. The interviewer was rushed and displayed no interest in anything but filling in the info into whatever database she was using to collect the info.
After reading such great things about Salesforce as a company, I was surprised that I found such bad feedback from the general consensus who have interviewed there on Glassdoor. I was also surprised at the unprofessional attitude and lack of punctuality in scheduling the interview, and the overall impersonal tone of the interview. They really didn't have any interest in learning about me and how I can help their company, but rather if I check some boxes that get me to the next phone call. Had I been offered a next step in the interview process, I would have declined.
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I applied through an employee referral. The process took 3 days – interviewed at Salesforce (San Francisco, CA).
The interview process was very scripted. Had two interviews with two different recruiters and they both asked the same exact questions. The first lady showed up 12 mins late and the 2nd one showed up 16 mins late and told m she had 10 mins till her next call. Very unprofessional and rude. Really dont get why they did this, but either way i thought I was talking to two robots. I had very strict stipulations as for travel and relocation in which they couldnt meet my needs so i decided not to continue conversations. I was referred by a current sfdc employee and received an interview the next day which was great
- Nothing out of the ordinary. Walk me through your resume? Answer Question
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I applied online – interviewed at Salesforce (New York, NY).
After two phone interviews I was invited to Salesforce.com's offices for a half day of in person interviews. The in-house recruiters (based in SF) did not place me on the guest list and I was delayed with security for at least 10 minutes. After I finally got up to their offices, I was stuck in the elevator area for at least another 10 minutes until someone came to let me on to the floor. It was very unwelcoming and as a result my first interview started 10 minutes late. I met with five attorneys, each of whom asked basically the same questions. One interview was entirely substantive, which I strongly prefer. The other interviews were more informal/chatty. A group interview would have been more efficient. One of the interviewers didn't turn up and they asked me to reschedule. I did not appreciate this request since I took the day off work for the interviews. I enjoyed meeting with all of the attorneys though and they are obviously very bright and pros at what they do. To conclude, I would recommend group meetings to save time and avoid repetition for the candidate.
- Everyone asked, why do you want to work at Salesforce.com? One interview was entirely substantive, which I strongly prefer. The other interviews were more informal/chatty. Answer Question
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I applied through a recruiter. The process took 6+ weeks – interviewed at Salesforce (Chicago, IL) in March 2015.
Three phone interviews, 2 onsiteinterviews the last as a group presentation. The presentation was to describe a deal I had done at a previous company. You get 30 minutes start to finish and graded highly on interaction. I was told the interviews and presentation went well and they had no feedback (not helpful and made me feel as if my time was wasted), I was heavily recruited by them and they called/emailed me for over a year before I went in to interview and to get 0 feedback was unprofessional. All I was told was "not a fit". In the interview process I was continually asked why you would want to join SF. Very young sales team, almost cult like in their view of the company. Not a very welcoming environment and got the impression that if you were not 22, you probably would not fit in. Should have stuck with my gut and not bothered interviewing.
- Tell me your current elevator pitch Answer Question
- No OfferNegative ExperienceEasy InterviewNo OfferNegative ExperienceEasy Interview
I applied online. The process took 4+ months – interviewed at Salesforce (Seattle, WA).
I had a very disappointing interview process with salesforce. I had a very good initial phone screen with a hiring manager and then I got scheduled for another phone screen which was again not so technical and had only general informational type questions. The recruiter said they will schedule an online programming test.. then this never happened and went cold. After a couple of months I applied again to a different role in Salesforce and to my amazement i was told i got rejected within 6 months on technical grounds !!, without being asked a single technical/coding question or given a chance to write code (online programming test).
I don't know if this is an isolated case, but I felt very disappointed with the way my candidature was handled.
- Lot of questions were around my previous experience 1 Answer
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I applied through a recruiter – interviewed at Salesforce.
I was contacted by a recruiter, possibly due to my Linkedin profile. Following a chat with her, I had two phone interviews with potential peers in the organization, followed by a half day in the office with several more people.
The end of that was a test, where I had to design something to solve a problem in their network and defend my solution.
- Network security background Answer Question
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I applied through a recruiter. The process took 6+ weeks – interviewed at Salesforce (San Francisco, CA) in March 2015.
SalesForce recruiters contact me every other month and this time I agreed to a conversation. I passed the phone screen and subsequent five 1:1 interviews with ease. Although the sales executive blew off the phone interview and did not even apologize when I met him later (strike one).
I was invited in to panel presentation and the topic was my choice. Upon arrival two of the attendees were speaking poorly about a third employee who left the room (strike two). When I introduced myself they kind of said hello but were not too friendly (strike three). At this point I realized I did not want to work with a bunch of self inflated egos. It's interesting how some companies forget the interview process works both ways and bad behavior is a red flag to smart candidates.
The presentation went ok although I had lost interest from the start. The audience had a hard time understanding basic principals. At first I thought they were role playing but later it seemed like they were not that smart. The presentation lasted an astonishing 75 minutes and at one point I went out of my way to see how long I could entertain the audience. They struggled with separating my content with presentation style so choose your topic wisely. Twice I was asked why I did not present my current companies content which I declined to do as its a conflict of interest. Maybe they were looking for competitive information.
Eventually they go around the room and critique your presentation and you get to go first. The most important thing I learned was that I did not want to work at SF. In the end it was a total waste of time and I wished I would have ignored the recruiter request.
Their top competitor made me a great offer in a structured interview process which took 3 weeks. I'm glad to go head to head against SF as they were not very professional and I'm sure I can beat them.
- I laughed at this question... whiteboard the crm marketing ecosystem and how each component interacts with the others. This question went well beyond what was required for this position. While I answered the question one attendee drilled me on why I felt one component (the hottest in digital marketing) was needed. He did not realize but I stressed it intentionally because SF does not have it! Answer Question
- No OfferPositive ExperienceAverage InterviewNo OfferPositive ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied online – interviewed at Salesforce in March 2015.
One phone call, they mistook my profile. But were kind enough to ask me relevant questions and answer my questions as well. Interviewers were very young and clearly did not know what all to ask or test. But it was a pleasant experience as they tried to make me feel comfortable throughout the duration of the interview.
- Situation : Cloud strategy question on the optimal number of severs required. Answer Question
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