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Symantec Interview Questions & Reviews

Updated Mar 31, 2014
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Frontend Engineer Interview

Anonymous Employee
Culver City, CA

I applied online and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Symantec in March 2014.

Interview Details – The process took a month. I was initially pre-screened by a person in Mountain View who later scheduled a phone interview with a Frontend Engineer. The phone interview was about 45 minutes. We talked about my previous experience and later she asked me a series of Javascript and jQuery questions. Basic questions like what is closure, variable hoisting, DOM manipulation questions. The onsite interview lasted 6 hours with six different 6 engineers. Some engineers were not asking too many technical questions and just wanted to get a feel for you. Some were very technical. Come prepared with Backbone.js and AngularJS knowledge.

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Senior Solutions Specialist Interview

Anonymous Employee

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 5 days - interviewed at Symantec in November 2010.

Interview Details – A recruiter contacted me to go through the initial "smoke" test. Then I spoke with the position's manager who was mostly checking my personality. Spoke with a technical consultant next who quizzed me on the product I would be working with. Then finally interviewing with the customer the position was assigned to.

Interview Question – Did not receive any difficult or unexpected questions. The overall interview process was a breeze for me because I was a referral from another employee.   Answer Question

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Senior Software Engineer Interview

Anonymous Employee
Culver City, CA

I applied online and the process took 1 week - interviewed at Symantec.

Interview Details – interview with HR, then phone interview with a Developer and finally 1-1 interview with 4 engineers

Interview Question – Detail java questions   Answer Question

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Associate Hardware Engineer Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate
Culver City, CA

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 2 days - interviewed at Symantec in March 2014.

Interview Details – 1. Pre-screening by HR recruiter
2. Phone Interview with hiring manager
3. Non-Technical Interview
4. Technical Interview
5. Hired

Interview Question – Interviewers prepared and compiled questions from all network and VM related topics.
The questions based on scenario, and you need to describe the steps of troubleshooting and fix.
Sometimes, they also ask about Linux and DOS commands such as like diskpart
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Reason for Declining – Got a better offer from other team

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Interview Details – HR called and set up a phone interview then was called for onsite.
There were 3 onsite interview
1. Coding interview where they asked to do tree traversal
2. Coding interview where they made me do directory traversal
3. Testing interview where I was given a scenario which I had to write test cases for

Negotiation Details – They gave me 10000 more than I asked but in Stocks

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Software Quality Assurance Engineer Interview

Software Quality Assurance Engineer
Culver City, CA

I applied through a recruiter - interviewed at Symantec in February 2014.

Interview Details – The recruiter worked quickly to set up a phone screenings and an onsite interview. Everything was pretty standard in terms of questioning. Coding exercises, basic demonstrations and verbal descriptions of software solutions was chiefly the way to go. The team that I interviewed with was very supportive too. Overall, it was very pleasant.

Interview Question – Nothing really worth mentioning. =)   Answer Question

Reason for Declining – Basically, my desired compensation was not matched. Pretty disappointing but no hard feelings about it all.

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Senior Manager Interview

Senior Manager
Springfield, OR

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Symantec in April 2010.

Interview Details – Behavioral interviewing process. Good communication between application, screening and hiring manager.

Interview Question – Tell us a time when you encountered a situation that was adversarial. How did you react and what was the outcome?   Answer Question

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Partner Account Manager Interview

Anonymous Employee
Eugene, OR

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 3 months - interviewed at Symantec.

Interview Details – They use behavioral type questions, Ie provide an example of time when you did X, how did it work, what was the results, what could you have done better. The have a list of them from their HR site, so expect to hear similar questions alot. Some managers dont use them, but be prepared to be as specific as possible.

Interview Question – Desribe a time when you had a conflict/disagreement with a fellow employee, what happend and how did you respond. What is the result now?   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – There was really not a negotiation, it was here is what we will pay take it or we find someone else.

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Financial Analyst Interview

Financial Analyst

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Symantec.

Interview Details – In my experience here there is no defined interview process; it is different department to department and manager to manager. Majority of the time candidates have an 'in' which basically guarantees them the job. This doesn't mean that there is no interviews at all however. To the contrary, they tend to do several 1:1 interviews (I haven't seen many panel interviews, but it depends on the department). Expect a half or full day of back to back 1:1 interviews.

Negotiation Details – This company will negotiate (within reason) though you should keep in mind that, generally, they are pretty fair around salary.

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Senior Principal Program Manager Interview

Anonymous Employee

I applied through a recruiter and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Symantec.

Interview Details – Multiple screenings, in-person and presentation

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