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Salesforce Interview Questions

Updated Dec 5, 2014
Updated Dec 5, 2014
216 Interview Reviews

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  1.  

    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 5 weeksinterviewed at Salesforce.

    Interview Details

    I found out about Salesforce through a few of my friends that worked there. They really enjoyed working there, so I though that I should give it a try. They were at my college for a career fair and I stopped by for a quick chat. The woman that I spoke with was incredibly nice and down to earth. I received an email a few days later that informed me of an interview. The first interview was pretty basic. They asked about my resume and it really just turned into a conversation. Two weeks after that interview, I was informed that I got a final interview. It consisted of 4 different interviews and a group presentation with the other possible interns. The interviewers were very nice and again the interviews turned into conversations. The group project was pretty simple, so do not stress about that. All in all, it was a very different interview experience and I really enjoyed it.

    Interview Questions
    • How do you fit into the company?
      What three words would others use to describe you?
       
      Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    I did not negotiate.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Account Executive - Small/Medium Business (SMB) Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 5+ weeksinterviewed at Salesforce.

    Interview Details

    The process was very long and detailed. The interviews are extremely difficult and detailed. You must have all of your facts straight about your past compensation, rankings, deals, lost deals, etc. My first two interviews were over the phone and the final was in person. I would recommend preparing extremely well for these interviews. Know the product better than anyone. Know the culture better than anyone. If you are a difficult person to get along with or a confrontational personality...forget it. They are the best and they only hire top talent. The most important thing to them is that you will work well with your co-workers. It means everything at the end of the day. Also employee referrals are about 75% of the external hires.

    Interview Questions
    • "Explain the service cloud to your grandmother"
      "How would you react if someone called into your accounts"
      "Who is our head of global sales"
      "Explain the cloud to me"
       
      Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    No negotiation but the offer phase lasted very long. It took 3 weeks to hear back after the interview.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  3. 5 people found this helpful  

    Sales Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 3+ monthsinterviewed at Salesforce.

    Interview Details

    It started with some back and forth with a very busy recruiter. Time went by and the hiring manager called. All of this transpired over a few months. Had a great call with the hiring manager and then had an in-person meeting. We planned for the demo/panel presentation a few weeks from when we met in person.

    Preparing for the demo is a lot of work. The goal is to focus on the value Saleforce brings to the mock company in the case study, not to what bells and whistles you can show and configure. You'll get as help as you need during this process. It will become a night/weekend second job for a few weeks.

    The demo went well. There are a variety of people in the room that will ask you different questions. Some I honestly didn't know the answers to - sometimes I guessed, others I said that we'd discuss it on our next call. It's impossible to know everything about the platform in a few weeks - they just want to see how you react to something you don't know.

    Focus on talking what you know about, tell lots of stories and mention successful Salesforce customers.

    Interview Questions
    • Why should we buy Salesforce over XXX (other platform you're familiar with)?   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Lead Member of Technical Staff Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral – interviewed at Salesforce.

    Interview Details

    45 minute manager interview
    2 hour programming test
    on-site interview with 5 people.

    The on-site interview was a joke. Only one on-site interview involved whiteboard. And that whiteboard interview - the interviewer was full of ego and was doing most of the talking instead of allowing me to answer. That interviewer was formulating the questions 10 different ways and did not have clarity on what to expect from me. I felt that interview was more about trying to guess what the interviewer wants to hear rather than the technical issues at hand. I provided this feedback to the recruiter, not sure if there will be any change.

    Overall, from my experience, the quality of engineers in salesforce.com is not at par with other companies in bay area like google, facebook, apple. But most of the people who come here are from IT background like Oracle, PeopleSoft, SAP, etc.
    If you are from a good R&D organization, when you interview with them, you should get down to their level and have a conversation in their terms. If you are able to do that and come out satisfied from the interviews, then may be you will like Salesforce.

    Technically, if you solved the simple ( linked list, strings, sorting ) problems should get you in easily through the programming tests.

    Interview Questions
    • Nothing difficult for me. The difficult level is low when compared with other tech companies in bay area.
      Questions were reverse string, substring, indexof, map interface.
       
      Answer Question
    Declined Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview
  6.  

    Engineering Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took a dayinterviewed at Salesforce in November 2014.

    Interview Details

    I was asked to go onsite for the intern interview. The university recruiting took a day, and around 30 students. No tech questions(are you kidding me?). They spent most of the time to split the students into groups to do group exercises. And check if you talk a lot during the process.

    They also assign you to different groups and ask you to do presentations on your imaginary products. Then the interviewer asked you questions about your products. One of the interviewer focused on that our product may not make customer happy.. OMG I am not here for sales positions.

    I am very curious what the hell are they doing, how can they come out such stupid onsite activities for a software engineer major student. I have other interviews with Google, Facebook, so that day looks like a waste of time.

    If the HR or hiring manager could see my post, I just want to ask one thing: you ask nothing about tech questions for a CS major student, but focusing on all other group stupid things, so are you wanting to hire a person that talks a lot but knows little about coding?!!!!!

    Before interview, I have a good impression about this company, after the interview, I feel very disappointment and I don't think it's a place for anyone that has passion in technology.

    Interview Questions
    • The most ridiculous and stupid interview I have ever experienced. They are not looking for a tech person, they are looking for a sales person who could talk a lot to make them happy   Answer Question
    Reasons for Declining

    I found the company's culture is so stupid

    Declined Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview
  7.  

    SMTS, Quality Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    Hiring process is very defined with one round of phone interview, almost all day interview with one hour programming interview in the beginning.
    They made offer on the next day to me and I think its still the process.

    Interview Questions
    • Didn't realize if there was any difficult question, mostly if you know the OOPS and OOD then the interview is straigthforward.   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
  8.  

    LMTS QE Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2 daysinterviewed at Salesforce.

    Interview Details

    2- 3 interviews.First one would be phone screen followed by personal round with a programmng test .If it is ok, then continue with the personal interview with team members and management.

    Interview Questions
    • Coming up with a framework for complex distributed systems.   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
  9.  

    Lead Member of Technical Staff Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at Salesforce.

    Interview Details

    Contacted by the recruiter- process was pretty straightforward. Had phone interview with recruiter and hiring manager first, and then had several rounds of in person interviews. The HR were very professional and communicated effectively during the entire process.

    Interview Questions
    • I don't think there was a difficult question as long as you prepare and you have done your homework   Answer Question
    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    CFL Interview

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

    I applied online. The process took 6 weeksinterviewed at Salesforce.

    Interview Details

    Easy straightforward. Good interviewers. We'll managed. Recruiting and hiring managers were well versed in their respective roles and we're able to easily Articulate role expectations. I have heard negative experiences but that was not mine at all.

    Negotiation Details
    Easy. Straight forward.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Solution Engagement Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at Salesforce.

    Interview Details

    The interview process consisted of 7 interviews (with various levels within the organization including managers, directors, and Vice Presidents, a panel interview with 4 people (of similar levels), and a presentation. The presentation was also in front of 4 people. It was a tough interview process; however, the company is the overall leader in this industry and that is to be expected to secure the best talent.

    Interview Questions
    • The presentation was the most difficult as it involved preparation work.   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

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