SolarWinds Interview Questions

Updated Jul 25, 2015
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    Senior Marketing Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 6 weeksinterviewed at SolarWinds (Austin, TX) in May 2015.

    Interview

    Two phone interviews followed by a marathon in person interview with about a dozen people all in one day. The only people I didn't meet were the janitorial staff. The interviews were able 30 minutes (all they had time for). I was asked 1-2 questions about me, but many folks spent time telling me about the culture there and their pain points. I really appreciated the unabashed honesty. I see a lot of folks that are passionate about making the company better but they are dealing with inflexible leadership and unrealistic demands. The complex and building itself are pretty gorgeous with great views from their cafeteria, which serves pretty much anything, similar to your college dinning hall. Ample free parking on premise. The recruiter was excellent and maintained contact until the very end when it was clear that they were in the process of making an offer to someone else.

    Interview Questions

    • They primarily asked about my background but it was more perfunctory than anything. They spent a lot of time telling me about the culture.   1 Answer
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    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took a weekinterviewed at SolarWinds.

    Interview

    Received an email asking to do a short phone call from recruiting manager. After that short interview, I was asked to meet in person with the hiring manager. During the actual interview, the manager showed up 10 minutes late and it felt like the manager had somewhere else he'd rather be. Or, more likely that they had already had someone in mind for the position and I was just filling up another interview spot. He briefly looked at my resume and mostly asked me about my background. There was no real actual interview regarding the job and it took about 15 minutes total. Overall, I don't think I would have been a good fit for the position but it would have been nice to actually go through the process.

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    Human Resources Operations Coordinator Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a staffing agency. The process took 3 daysinterviewed at SolarWinds (Austin, TX).

    Interview

    Spoke with three different people on the same day. I was told interview would last 20-30min. And would only meet with one person. First interviewer was not prepared and asked not job related questions

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    Marketing Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took a weekinterviewed at SolarWinds (Austin, TX).

    Interview

    Very brief recruiter interview followed by a very rushed phone interview with the hiring manager. I was brought in for in for in-person interviews, the position was not a good fit. We should have figured this out on the phone interviews, but because it was so rushed a lot was overlooked.

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    Digital Marketing Associate Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at SolarWinds (Austin, TX) in February 2015.

    Interview

    Applied Online, then after two weeks, HR called me to ask some basic questions like salary expectation, then schedule a phone interview with two hire managers. Phone interview takes about 40 mins, then they brought me onsite to be interviewed with hire managers and a manager in lead-gen department. After a week, I was scheduled to talk with three people individually in one afternoon, one SEO manager, one senior manager in lead-gen, and VP of global lead-gen. After more than a week, HR told their final decision. The whole hiring process took about 4 weeks.

    Interview Questions

    • Tell me about yourself. What mistakes did you make from previous jobs, give an example? Your weakness and strength? And there is a data analysis assignment needed to be finished before the first on-site interview.   Answer Question
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    Product Marketing Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online – interviewed at SolarWinds (Austin, TX).

    Interview

    I was contacted by the recruiter for a product manager position after I had applied online. Eve though he contacted me, I had to constantly be in touch with him to have a call. And finally out of the blue, he called. After our initial call the recruiter made me realize that my experience would be better suited for this one product marketing position which I felt was very professional of him. He ended the call saying that he would arrange a follow up call with the hiring manager. And then that call never happened. After multiple email reminders and voicemails over a course of three weeks, I never heard back from the recruiter. It is unfortunate that a good company like Solarwinds have these bad apples that can ruin your overall experience.

    Interview Questions

    • none. asked me about my experience, salary expectation   Answer Question
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    No Offer

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4 daysinterviewed at SolarWinds.

    Interview

    My initial phone interview with the HR recruiter went really well! She was friendly and prompt on contacting me and responding to any questions I had. However, I think she could have been more upfront about the team and the role. Ultimately, when I went in for the face-to-face interview, the hiring manager was much more upfront about the pressure and demanding nature of the sales role. I do expect all sales roles to have a level of demand, competition and stress - it makes for an exciting sales environment but she painted a rosey picture and I got a very different vibe from the hiring manager. Feedback from former employees I know that worked there was much more in line with what the hiring manager conveyed. All in all, the interview process was quick (less than a week), from submitting my resume to a face-to-face interview. I think they could have been a little more upfront in the phone interview so my time or the hiring manager's time wasn't wasted but they were overall very quick and I appreciate that in the process.

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    SEM Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 6 weeksinterviewed at SolarWinds (Austin, TX) in December 2013.

    Interview

    Interviewed with 5 different people within a 2.5hr block starting with a Senior Vice President of Demand Generation and going down the organizational chart to another SEM Analyst, each person scheduled to interview me for 30 minutes. Everything seemed like a normal interview until about the 3rd person in. That person not only showed up late but I started to notice a trend that each person had really terrible things to say about their own company, Solarwinds. Each person, starting with my 1st interview (SVP) mentioned that things were not the best at the company and that there is a "transitional" phase that the company is currently in and if I were to get hired, I should be able to sustain "some hardships" initially. The 2nd interviewer complained about that most of those currently working at Solarwinds have been employed there less than 2 or 3 years. That threw up another red flag to me as well. The most surprising negative comment made by one of my interviewers at Solarwinds was when the SEM Manager (4th interviewer) said that this would be a place that I should expect to work "a couple of years while you gain experience and search for another position". After the interviews finished up, I had a bad feeling about the company. You would think that interviewing with the company for 2.5hrs would at least warrant a response from the company....or at least 1 of the 5 interviewers to let me know whether I was hired, invited back for a 2nd interview, or not a good fit. I sent 2 emails, 1 per week for the following 2 weeks after the interview asking for feedback. I have yet to receive a response! Nothing, zilch...nada. It's been 7 weeks since my interview and I'm actually glad that they did not try to pursue me as a new hire.

    Interview Questions

    • "Are you mentally capable of doing a purely functional role that has many repetitive tasks and reporting?"   1 Answer
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    Product Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 1 dayinterviewed at SolarWinds (Austin, TX).

    Interview

    I was contacted by HR person only to setup an interview, no details provided at initial point o contact. Follow up interview was over the phone to headquarters in Austin for a job at N-able in Ottawa. The phone interview was short (30 mins) and consisted purely of on-the-job scenarios and my response to given situations.

    Interview Questions

    • What was unexpected was no discussion of the job, the product, or the company. Typically hiring managers are looking to entice you somewhat with an interesting product and company. Not here.   Answer Question
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    Marketing Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at SolarWinds (Austin, TX) in October 2013.

    Interview

    Recruiter reached out to me about 5 days after I had submitted my resume and scheduled a 30 minute phone screen with her. After the phone screen, I was forwarded to the hiring manager. About a week later, my 30 minute phone screen with the hiring manager was scheduled. It lasted a little more than 40 minutes. We discussed my background and the needs of the organization. At the end of the phone screen, the hiring manager said she wanted to bring me in for an in-person interview. The recruiter reached out to me to schedule 2 days after the phone screen. My interview was scheduled with 4 individuals for 30 minutes each. The interviewers ranged from potential co-workers to the hiring manager herself. Each of the interviews spent a good chunk of the interview talking about themselves, their roles and how the recent reorg had changed things. To be honest, it felt like I was listening in on a vent session. Only one of the interviewers actually asked me probing questions about my skills and experiences. I came away from the interview feeling as if they were actively trying to dissuade me from wanting to work there. After the interview was over, I never heard back from them, despite me reaching out to the recruiter and sending the hiring manager a thank you note.

    Interview Questions

    • I was prepared for behavioral questions (tell me about a time...) but most of the interview consisted of me listening to the interviewers talk about how much "change" was occurring in the organization.   Answer Question
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