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Updated Jan 12, 2015
Updated Jan 12, 2015
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    Product Management Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took a weekinterviewed at Splunk.

    Interview Details

    I was employee-referred for a position. My contact set a date for when the hiring manager would call for a phone interview. The hiring manager after sensing a possible fit provided me with the expectations and challenges of the job which is critical context for addressing the panel interviews later.

    I was quickly scheduled for an interview within days. The recruiting lead was in touch with me, provided me with names of people I'd meet. My day started at 10am in the SF office. Met with 7 people and was done by 4 pm. The interviews ran per schedule.

    The panelist were smart people who discussed a variety of topics. I found it easy to establish rapport and engage in a conversation.

    Interview Questions
    • One question that could have gone awry had to do with understanding the interviewers frame of reference versus mine. Once that was resolved, the question being asked was very relevant.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    I stated what my requirements were. The company provided a fair offer.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Business Systems Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 8 weeksinterviewed at Splunk.

    Interview Details

    I initially heard about the position from a former colleague, and the company piqued my interest due to its unique position in the marketplace. I applied online for two positions and was contacted the following week by the recruiter.

    The first interview consisted of a phone screen by the recruiter to gauge my interest. It was purely conversational and I enjoyed speaking transparently about company culture, benefits, and compensation.

    The second phone interview was with a team lead. This conversation was much more awkward as it seemed the interviewer was distracted and/or stressed. I had the chance to ask a few questions, but the answers seemed pretty generic.

    The third phone interview was with the hiring manager. This involved more in-depth behavioral questions and about my current experience.

    The third phone interview was with the Director of CRM. I really enjoyed this conversation as we had shared some previous experience together. This conversation gave great insight into the company's vision and culture.

    After the initial phone interviews, I was brought onsite for meetings with the team. The onsite interview consisted of meeting six people of the team (team-members, hiring manager, SR Director, architect). The onsite meetings gave me mixed feelings. Some conversations were great and natural, but others were passive-aggressive. At one point, a team-member openly ridiculed my lack of experience for the role.

    After the onsite interview, I felt very confident that I had concluded the interview process, but the hiring manager contacted me to notify me that I had a week to prepare a presentation on key concepts to the team. This was a surprise to me, but I wanted to demonstrate my passion/interest so I spent the weekend preparing a presentation. After the presentation, I heard feedback that everything went well and that I should be expecting to hear back soon.

    However, this was not the case. Over the span of the next two weeks, I had three more phone interviews! By then, I was mentally exhausted and felt that the process was disorganized - not a good impression for what was really happening behind the scenes.

    After 6-7 weeks and 11 interviews later, I finally received the offer, but declined due to various reasons.

    Interview Questions
    • Describe the differences between CRM and ERP. What are the main financial processes in an ERP system?   Answer Question
    Declined Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at Splunk in November 2014.

    Interview Details

    I got a referral from a friend for a Software Engineering position on the client platform team (front-end). I got an call from the engineering director first where he pretty much just explained to me the breakdown of the company and what it does. I think because of my past experience and the referral, I got a onsite directly after that call, which I scheduled a month later so I can prepare for it.
    The onsite experience was pretty great overall. I had 4 hour long interviews and a lunch with the engineering director for the team I am interviewing for. The interviewers were all super nice. They definitely did not try to ask trick questions or anything unreasonable. All of the questions they asked were very important concepts for JavaScript (I recommend reading a couple JavaScript books before interviewing for front-end positions, it helped a lot). So I was able to solve the problems for each of the interviews and had time to asked the interviewers questions about themselves and the company. Overall the conversation went really well. Definitely be yourself during those conversation. Tell them what your passions are, what your ultimate career goal is...

    Interview Questions
    • Can't talk about specific questions because of the NDA. But like I said, read JavaScript books (javascript The Good Parts is a good start). Concepts like closure, scopes, callback functions... will be tested in any front-end interviews.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    Have not accept the offer yet but I am leaning heavy toward it. Compensation is very competitive.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    Typical bay area software engineer interview process involving nearly 10 interviewers with 5 or 6 rounds of interviews. Interview is based on algorithms & data structures, systems & multi threading.

    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Channel Sales Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter – interviewed at Splunk.

    Interview Details

    Very weird and disorganized. I had numerous recruiters contacting me scheduling all sorts of phone interviews and clearly not communicating with each other. That was the first red flag. Then I learned more about their channel. The actual sales managers could not answer my questions. The ones who clearly could did a very poor job of deflecting the truth. Whatever that is. I have looked at their public filings. They seem to be selling something with some success. I guess it's all direct sales. Anyways I didn't buy what they were trying to sell me. Their channel organization is a circus. Stay far away.

    Interview Questions
    • The interviewers should be answering this one. They did not ask me anything I did not know.   Answer Question
    Reasons for Declining

    What a total nightmare. No thanks.

    Declined Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview
  7.  

    Instructional Designer 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 a weekinterviewed at Splunk.

    Interview Details

    Very thorough and fast. Was not drawn out at all. Would have been nice to have lunch. Met with all the key players from manager, director, and several coworkers. Did not receive any technical questions, and they were open to communication after the process. Manager was very receptive and willing to continue emailing me after the interview to answer my questions.

    Interview Questions
    • None. Very straightforward questions about what my experience was and why I was leaving and what I was looking for.   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Field Support 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 6+ monthsinterviewed at Splunk in March 2013.

    Interview Details

    The interview process was way too long. From the time I had my 1st phone screen to the time I had subsequent phone screens and onsite interviews took about 6 months. I had started losing interest in the position by then.
    The SF office is really nice and the people were very cool. There was free food for lunch and an overall fun atmosphere. The people working there did seem to enjoy their job and it seemed like a great place to work. I was offered a position but declined due to the extensive travel involved. The field support engineers travel at least 75% of the time. They did seem to realize how difficult this was and it was discussed that most field engineers do not keep that position long term. They work that job for a year or 2 and then transition into another role at Splunk. So had I been able to put up with the travel I do think this would have been a great opportunity with a great company. I had an offer on the table from another company without the travel so I went with that.

    Interview Questions
    • The questions themselves were not difficult but I did feel a little intimidated by a couple of the interviewers. I could tell they were really looking for smart people and not going to accept anything less.   Answer Question
    Reasons for Declining

    Too much travel and another offer on the table from another company.

    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  9.  

    Software Engineering Intern 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 1+ weekinterviewed at Splunk.

    Interview Details

    Very fast hiring process. Was interviewed directly by the team that was looking for interns on their project. Best part about all the interviews was that there were no trick questions, no math puzzles or other lateral thinking riddles. There were also no ridiculous questions like what are your weaknesses and strengths.
    All interviewers kept the questions very conceptual, engaging me in open discussions about my previous projects and the technologies that I am comfortable with.

    Interview Questions
    • There were no unreasonably tough questions.   View Answer
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  10.  

    Senior Software 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 5 weeksinterviewed at Splunk in December 2012.

    Interview Details

    First round: telephone screening
    Second round: In person technical interview
    Third round: In person interview with broader management team and project team.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Sales 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 2 weeksinterviewed at Splunk.

    Interview Details

    Interview the interviewer. Decide if you want to work for and with them.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

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