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Updated Jul 10, 2014
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I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at VMware.

Interview Details – Applied online. Entire process took 2 weeks. First recruiter call. She was very sweet and helpful. Took basic information she needed from me and gave me a brief job description. Looks like there is no proper communication between recruiter and the Team because the job requirements she gave me were different from what my first interviewer gave me. However I had such experiences before, so I was prepared. 1st phone interview was scheduled with in couple of days. 1st round was for about an hour. Questions on programming concepts, design patterns with examples, SQL, Linux and one problem solving question. Testing the depth of knowledge in each area. Recruiter got back to me with in one day to schedule an on-site interview. I asked her to schedule it after 3 days. Onsite was regular all day 6 rounds + recruiter. Nothing tough. I thought it went well. Was able to solve most of the programming questions in first 4 rounds (with some help from interviewers of-course as they want it to be solved in the way they know the answer) . However my 5th interviewer was particularly rude. He asked me about everything on my resume which happened 7 years ago and I forgot the details about a few concepts in my Master's course work. He was picking on me on what ever I speak. I understood that, it is their way of making candidate feel that he is not fit for this position. Questions he asked were not particularly tough but he was just mean and rude which was annoying. From my experience with this company, if any of the interviewer is rude towards then end of the interview then it is less likely that they will hire you. Recruiter got back to me in couple of days with negative response. Honestly, I felt 80%-20% chances till that 5th interview happened.

Interview Question – Questions on multiple node tree traversal and Graphs, SQL, Networking layer questions, JAVA problem solving using arrays and Hash   Answer Question

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I applied through an employee referral and the process took 1 week - interviewed at VMware.

Interview Details – Phone screening by recruiter, hiring manager and director. Interview with manager, technical interview with group. For an engineer/developer position, expect to write code. They were very interested in how I would fit with the team. The team interview was the most difficult. Most questions were decent and appropriate, but there's always one or two people who will ask the most ridiculous, esoteric question about some obscure something-or-other that he ran into on some edge case. Some veterans just gotta display their scars.

Interview Question – How much would you charge to wash every window in Seattle, and why?   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – They put money/rsu's in the pot, you raise, they call - up to you from there.

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Member of Technical Staff
Palo Alto, CA

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 2 months - interviewed at VMware in April 2014.

Interview Details – applied to internal reference, process took 4-6 weeks

Interview Question – In total 7 rounds.
1st interview Telephonic- Gave a code to find out bugs and suggest improvements, Binary sort
2nd telephonic round - merging two linked lists in sorted order without using extra spaces
This was followed by final call on skype which had 5 rounds in a day, This is tricky since if they have anyy doubt on any part, since its a skype interview its not in the favor of the candidate, if that had been onsite, it could've been better.
3rd skype- out of n elements which can be unsorted with duplicates, output the indices of the three highest valued elements
4th- Binary tree question- given a node, how to find the height + print a given string (string) in the order:
s
st
str
stri
strin
string
t
tr
tri
tring
r.....
5th- print the permutations of a given string + T9 implementation [I actually solved both in the 1 hr of interview round!]
6th- given a string - tuTutuuti, print it as output: t3u4T1i1 in O(n) time without using any extra spaces and maps/etc other data structures
7th - find the height of the tree recursively + merge sort
Also random java questions in almost all the rounds..

Interview did went well except for 6th round which was taken by a female who was asking questions on how can u do this and how can you do that in the coding question which was coming out in a rude tone making it sound more like how dare you do this and that, so I figured out why I was rejected...
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Member of Technical Staff
Palo Alto, CA

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

Interview Details – My circumstances extended the process as well as the time of year. However the process was smooth overall. Many of the interviewers remained on-topic and wanted to ensure that the position was being fulfilled. Beyond that, they were interested in other interests to see where I may want to go within the company.

Interview Question – No questions asked were outside of the job realm   Answer Question

Reason for Declining – Offer was competitive however I was looking forward to a better base salary. not a match with better compensation in other categories.

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Member of Technical Staff
Palo Alto, CA

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 1+ week - interviewed at VMware in August 2012.

Interview Details – First phone interview, then a problem would be given over mail to be solved. Onsite interview will consist of 5 rounds typically. Team members would interview in elaborate style (not very tough), basic data structures, little bit language specific interviews might be there.

Interview Question – One manager asked to write lot of syntaxes in Java. Which I was not prepared.   View Answer

Negotiation Details – Non- negotiable. For New graduates.

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Member of Technical Staff

Interviewed at VMware

Interview Details – 2 rounds of phone and 5 rounds of onsite

Interview Question – all can be found from here.   Answer Question

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Interviewed at VMware

Interview Details – It went for almost a month.
first 3 telephonic interviews happened after that on-site (in Bangalore India office) interview happened.
After 3 days of on-site interview I got the offer

Interview Question – Questions were fairly easy.
Graphs, trees concepts were the focus
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Senior Member of Technical Staff
Palo Alto, CA

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at VMware in December 2013.

Interview Details – I had 2 onside interview. The first one was 2 technical and 1 with manager, each takes about 1 hour. The second was 4 technical and 1 with manager, each takes about 1 hour.

Each technical interview started with coding, you are starting to code and it created many many topics for discussions. The interviewers were nice. The process itself is very common for silicon valley.

Interview Question – There was not a lot of unexpected questions - algorithmic, coding, understanding of architecting principles, etc.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – Negotiated the base salary increase, the overall offer is great

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Member of Technical Staff
Burlington, MA

I applied online and the process took 4 weeks - interviewed at VMware in November 2013.

Interview Details – I applied through the VMWare website. I heard back from a recruiter within 2 weeks of applying.

Step 1>There was a high level non technical conversation with the recruiter. Stuff like whats your background, what are you looking for and so on.

A few days later the recruiter called back to schedule a phone screen.

Step 2> The phone screen was 15 minutes long. They asked me some questions on C#, SQL, asp.net mvc and other stuff that was there on my resume. Nothing too hard.

Few days later the recruiter called back to schedule an in person interview. I asked for a date 1 week later and they were okay with it.

Step 3>The in person interview was about 5-6 hours of back to back interviews. All the interviewers were extremely polite. They made me very comfortable. During the interview they even helped me a few times when I got stuck. However I must say that this was the toughest interview I ever attended. The interview involves a lot of white board coding. There were obviously many questions based on what was there in my resume, besides that these are the general areas that they targeted

Questions on my master's thesis ( which I submitted 7 years ago!)

Many algorithm based questions (code in your language of choice).

Low level questions on memory management.

Design/Architecture based questions.

There was a question where they asked me to pick flaws in the architecture of a certain system.

At the end of the interview I was about 70% confident that I would get an offer. (The 30% doubt was there because they had to help me a few times along the way)

Step 4> About 2 days later I got a call from the recruiter with an offer.

Interview Question – Using minimum memory, write a program that can fit a dictionary inside the smallest possible crossword (words have to make sense horizontally as well as vertically).   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – They gave a very generous (due to the benefits) offer and I did not even try to negotiate.

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Member of Technical Staff

I applied through a recruiter and interviewed at VMware.

Interview Details – Was contacted by a recruiter through linkedin and there was a technical phone interview scheduled.

Interview Questions

  • On a NUMA architecture, if there is a huge process say running on NUMA node 0 and it is migrated to NUMA node 1 and you want to copy the process address space from NUMA node 0 to NUMA node 1 local memory how would you do that?   View Answer
  • How Linear to physical address translation works and what are the field in PTE.   Answer Question
  • If there is one spin lock used for N different thread and each thread has its local variable which is just incremented by 1. If these threads are running all together on N cpus will after say 10 seconds the count of all the local variable be same. different? why?   View Answer

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