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Salesforce.com Sales Engineer Interview Questions

Updated Jun 11, 2014
Updated Jun 11, 2014
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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Sales Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 8 months - interviewed at Salesforce.com.

    Interview Details

    Interviews were over the phone, with one onsite presentation/demo. The questions were a little about my experience, and a lot more about how I would handle certain situations. The interviewer wanted to see a flexible approach to sales situations and presenting demos, and was interested in how I would make the decision about how and when to engage customers and present demos. The interviewer was looking for my approach to customer discovery, and also how I would show business process and value rather than talking about software functionality exclusively.

    Interview Questions
    • Building and giving a demo, with the audience throwing in distractions, was the toughest part.   View Answers (2)
    Negotiation Details
    Salesforce provides fairly good terms and compensation (though others do pay more) and there's very little negotiation. The background check was quite extensive.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Sales Support Engineer Interview

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

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Salesforce.com in December 2013.

    Interview Details

    Was approached by a Salesforce.com recruiter, had a phone interview with him first, then the manager of the team, then came in for a three hour interview: spoke with the manager in person, a member of the team, technical interview questions (very easy for a beginning dev), then did a case study afterwards and presented it to the whole team.

    Interview Questions
    • Technical questions were super easy, primarily identifying HTML and CSS selectors, some basic Apex code and what it outputs, and some Javascript code and what it outputs. No whiteboarding required.   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    No negotiation on my pay at all. I asked, they said that it was either the base salary or nothing.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Lead Sales Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 3 months - interviewed at Salesforce.com.

    Interview Details

    Very interesting interview process. After the initial call with the HR you get routed to the hiring manager. If that goes well, you are asked to present to a panel. You get a PPT deck and a business care. Asked to sign up for a salesforce.com trial org, customise it and present.

    Interview Questions
    • Nothing was difficult, it was more about being comfortable presenting to execs and ability to have a high level conversation.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    Very quick in person discussion with the manager.
    Accepted Offer
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Sales Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  New York, NY
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 6 weeks - interviewed at Salesforce.com in June 2013.

    Interview Details

    I was referred to SFDC by a former boss who was a sales manager there at the time. Recruiter reached out immediately for an initial screening. Sooner after, he scheduled time with the hiring manager approximately a week later. The call went well and he outlined next steps including a mock presentation and a sample scenario he would like to me cover, which I took as a good sign. Multiple weeks went by and eventually I had to reached out to the recruiter several times to get an update. Eventually he scheduled another interview with the same manager, this time in person. The manager did not remember anything about me or how I found SFDC, which was a turn off. He did express his disappointment that I was unable to attend a SFDC hiring event a few days earlier, although I never committed to attending. Over the next couple of weeks, I had calls with the manager's counterparts in other regions as well as his boss. None of the conversations were very compelling and SFDC lost its luster for me by the end. The boss did mention he had a concern that I did not have previous experience in a dedicated sales engineer role, but asked if I was open to looking at other positions within the company potentially. I agreed to explore other options, but never heard back from anyone at SFDC nor did I reach out. Other SFDC recruiters have reached out since but my experience was so poor I would not interview with them again.

    Interview Questions
    • Rather standard question for a software sales engineer position.. nothing difficult or thought provoking   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview
  6.  

    Sales Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  New York, NY
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 5 months - interviewed at Salesforce.com in February 2012.

    Interview Details

    Multiple phone/skype/in person interviews followed by onsite presentation interview where I had to deliver an actual demo to the team.

    Interview Questions
    • Given my success, why do I want to leave my former employer   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    Standard offer
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  7. 5 people found this helpful  

    Senior Sales Engineer Interview

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

    I applied online. The process took 4 weeks - interviewed at Salesforce.com in December 2011.

    Interview Details

    I initially submitted my resume through the salesforce.com publicly available Jobs page. It took a while (maybe a few months) but eventually a recruiter contacted me via email. After going through the screening interview with him, I had a first "real" interview with a hiring manager. They actually had 3 hiring managers involved in the interviews process, they were teaming up to interview a number of people, and each manager would get one pick out of the collection of candidates who made it to the final selection process. --As it turns out, my first phone interview was with an SE Manager I did Not end up working for. It went well. They then brought me in to corporate offices for a panel interview with all 3 SE managers and a manager in training. This was rapid fire questions from multiple sides, I think as much to see how you handled that as anything else. Not very technical (I came from a background more technical and lower level than required at SFDC so that aspect was no issue for me throughout the interview process). I made it through this stage, and last stage was to be a larger panel interview with the SE VPt, a sales guy, a couple of the hiring managers, and a sales VP. One of the hiring managers (who ended up being my boss) Coached me over 2-3 Web meetings prior to this final Panel Demo Interview. I had to learn to demo salesforce.com to this audience. I got invaluable advice from this SE Manager. I went to the demo meeting, it went pretty well I thought, not my very best. But I got in.

    Interview Questions
    • Just needing to know salesforce.com well enough to demo it, that was interesting to have to figure out on the fly and go do for a higher level audience.   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    The salary was low. It still is. SFDC base salary for "Senior Sales Engineer" is poor at this point, that is if you are Actually Senior. I recommend sticking to your guns and demanding Lead Sales Engineer (or even Principal Sales Engineer) if you have 10+ years experience. At least their bonuses make up for the low base (at least, the Q4 bonus does)
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  8.  

    Sales Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Cincinnati, OH
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Cincinnati, OH
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Salesforce.com in August 2011.

    Interview Details

    2 phone interviews and 1 video interview (Skype)

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Sales Support Engineer Interview

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

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Salesforce.com in September 2010.

    Interview Details

    There's been a wide variety of experiences with interviewing at Salesforce.com. Mine happens to be fairly positive. The entire interviewing process took approximately a month from the first day one of their recruiters contacted me until their final decision.

    All of the interviewers were personable, respectful and fun to speak with. I spoke with the hiring manager via a phone call first who was sounded like he really loved his job and cared about the company. Afterwards I was scheduled to meet with 3 interviewers separately in person at the HQ office comprising: Technical, Personality and Creativity. The last part of the interview was a presentation on a case study on one of their products. They give you ample time to prepare and present to an audience of 3-5 people and role play asking you questions. This was probably the most exhilarating part of the interviewing process. Total time is about 5 hours from start to finish. Don't worry, they feed you lunch.

    My overall experience in interviewing with Salesforce.com was quite enjoyable. The hiring manager was very positive and inspiring. Albeit, I didn't receive an offer, the rejection was also a positive and reassuring one.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Sales Engineer Interview

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

    The process took 2+ weeks - interviewed at Salesforce.com in February 2010.

    Interview Details

    FIrst I spoke with a recruiter then the hiring manager. That was followed by a presentation to a couple of managers. Then a phone interview with a peer and an executive

    Interview Questions
    • Build a demonstration from a trial org and organize a presentation around it   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    Non-negotiable
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Senior Sales Engineer Interview

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

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 4 weeks - interviewed at Salesforce.com in January 2010.

    Interview Details

    I was referred by a senior employee, which sped the process. He told a colleague, who would be my direct manager, about me, so the two of us had a 30-minute informal sit-down.
    The next step was a more in-depth 1:1, where that manager and I spoke for a longer period about what, exactly, the job would entail.
    After that, it was a 3.5-hour block, divided into five parts: 10-15 minutes with a recruiter, who asked about desired compensation, willingness to relocate (did she not see that I had a local address on my resume?), and company benefits. Then 4 45-minute interviews were planned. But the most senior person was in a meeting with a customer, so we were more flexible and I ended up meeting with two of the people at the same time.
    Observations: Relaxed dress code unless meeting with customers. Cubes with low dividers are the norm - I'd say that when I sat up straight in the cube I chatted in during the in-depth 1:1, it came up to my chin or my nose. One of the two floors I saw had a Wii, ping-pong table, video game machine with a ton of games, ice hockey game with those levers, fooz ball, and more. Kitchens well-stocked with snacks, sodas, bottled water, and everything I could want. It came VERY close to the kitchens I saw at Facebook.

    Sadly, there's a joke at salesforce.com that every employee had at least one snag or snafu in the recruiting process. Most of the people I have spoken to say that something went wrong with their first round of interviews and that they got the second job they applied for. Clearly, there is something messed up in the recruiting division.

    Interview Questions
    • Was asked how I would market a product I said I was thinking of writing.   View Answer
    Reasons for Declining

    I never heard from them after the interviews. Ten months (!!!) later, I was asked to interview for another position, and the interviewer asked if I had declined the first offer... it turns out that the recruiter had never passed on to me that the _vice president_ I had interviewed with had asked to see me again.

    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

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