SolarWinds Interview Questions & Reviews
Getting an Interview
- Popular Job Titles:
- Inside Sales Representative (5)
- Intern (3)
- Product Manager (2)
- Marketing Manager (2)
- Sales Engineer (2)
- Sales (1)
- Software Developer (1)
- Senior Tester (1)
- Project Manager (1)
- Senior Developer (1)
- User Experience Designer (1)
- Senior Network Engineer (1)
- Technical Support (1)
- SEM Analyst (1)
- Help Desk (1)
- Former Employee (1)
- Product Marketing Manager (1)
- Associate Tester (1)
- Marketing (1)
- Network Support Engineer (1)
Inside Sales Representative Interview (Neutral Experience)
I applied online and the process took 4 days - interviewed at SolarWinds.
Interview Details – 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.
Interview Question – Questions were all pretty straightforward. Answer Question
SEM Analyst Interview (Negative Experience; Average Interview)
I applied online and the process took 6 weeks - interviewed at SolarWinds in December 2013.
Interview Details – 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 Question – "Are you mentally capable of doing a purely functional role that has many repetitive tasks and reporting?" View Answer
Marketing Manager Interview (Negative Experience; Average Interview)
I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at SolarWinds in October 2013.
Interview Details – 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 Question – 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
Product Manager Interview (Negative Experience; Average Interview)
I applied online and the process took a day - interviewed at SolarWinds.
Interview Details – 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 Question – 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
Very Easy Interview
Help Desk Interview (Negative Experience; Very Easy Interview)
I applied online and the process took 1 week - interviewed at SolarWinds.
Interview Details – I applied over craigslist and received an email for a telephone interview. That went over alright and they asked me to come in for an in-person interview. We discussed the job duties and I was given a tour of the facility. However, this company did not call me back to let me know if I'd been turned down or received the job. I contacted them 4 times (by phone and email) and they could not extend the courtesy of formally telling me I did not get the job. Due to my experience here, I would not recommend this as a place to work, or as a company. They lack the basic manners any company should employ in their practices.
Interview Question – They asked me about my experience, nothing really too difficult. Answer Question
Intern Interview (Positive Experience; Easy Interview)
I applied online and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at SolarWinds.
Interview Details – Young company with alot of upside. Is in the digital marketing arena. the company culture seems very laid back but as long as you get your work done you wouldn't have anyone hovering over you. wouldn't mind being apart of their team.
Interview Question – where do you see yourself in 5 years? Answer Question
Project Manager Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied online and the process took 1 week - interviewed at SolarWinds.
Interview Details – Online application->Phone interview->on-site interview.
The lead was congenial and two of the interviewers had useful suggestions on how to make my resume more useful. Otherwise, the interviewers appeared to desire to be "wow'd" rather than merely dispassionately verifying my extensive dossier. They came into the room in pairs every 30 minutes. Each had the look of someone multitasking while running a marathon. Rather than valuing my proven background for bringing order to chaos, their comments seem to revel living in chaos.
Interview Question – How does one handle a situation where resource constraints prevents one from meeting commitments to a customer? This was asked multiple times by one person, for lack of getting an answer he "liked". View Answer
Sales Interview (Neutral Experience; Average Interview)
I applied through an employee referral and the process took a day - interviewed at SolarWinds in December 2011.
Interview Details – I was called on a Wednesday and asked to submit my resume for an Inside Sales Rep possition that had just opened up. SolarWinds needed to fill a number of possistions quickly. I got a call later the same day asking if I could come in the next day for an interview. I went in and the HR guy hadnt sent me the itenerary, but that was ok. I had studied up on the company and had alot of information prepared. One of the managers came and got me, He started interviewing me on the elevator. When we got to his office he kind of blind sided me with his first question. How do convince people to make a purchase very quickly. I didnt have a good answer because I dont like pushy sales people, and I dont want to be a pushy sales person. The second manager came in and I got more confortable and started asking alot of questions but I think at that point my fate had been sealed. Never got a response either way on the job offer. It probably wouldnt have been a good fit for either one of us.
Interview Question – How do you get the customer to make a quick buying decision? Answer Question
Sales Engineer Interview (Positive Experience; Difficult Interview)
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 3 days - interviewed at SolarWinds in February 2010.
Interview Details – They normally hire at the begining of each quarter, since it is such an intense and competitive environment, you always have new faces every quarter. Don't try to contact them at the end of the month and especially at the end of each quarter. The entire proccess in my case took more than 3 months. It helps if you know an insider.
They start by presenting the company and the details of the position.
Ask you for specific details of past job experiences. In the case of sales, they ask you to explain the funnel sales proccess and if you used salesforce software it's a great advantage.
They will go deeper in the interview.
They will ask you specific questions about:
Innovation - Do you think outside the box?
Background - still working? Why left or want to leave?
Motivation - three must important things in your present job.
Values - Are you successfull? How do you measure success?
Performance - Are you doing a good or great job?
Teamwork - How do you inspire others?
At the end, they will ask you if you have any questions. They will take notes of your questions and it is important that you ask the right questions.
Take 10 expressos before you go.
GOOD LUCK! IT IS A GREAT COMPANY.
Senior Developer Interview (Negative Experience; Average Interview)
I applied through a staffing agency and the process took 1 week - interviewed at SolarWinds.
Interview Details – Single interview. Interviewers asking questions significantly below expected seniority level, not able to value answers with deeper technical insight. I was provided with tools I've not worked with for several years without asking and expected to provide result in short time. Non-technical questions clearly searching for conformity as a important character feature. Overall feeling - humiliating and unfair.
Interview Question – There were no difficult questions at all. Answer Question
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