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.
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.
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 Answer Question
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
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.
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.
I applied online and the process took 4 days - interviewed at VMware in September 2013.
Interview Details – Initial communication with HR who asked why do you want to join VmWare & what do you know about the products etc. Followed by phone screen which turned out to be coding round.
F2F was 9 rounds including 1 with HR. All 8 were coding rounds on white board & included mostly data structures. However, 4 rounds were pretty similar.
Interview Question – Write the implementation for LRUMap. Answer Question
I applied through a recruiter and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at VMware.
Interview Details – vmware recruiters are probably some of the worst. They can be disrespectful and rude, just be prepared for that.
The phone screens were pretty typical as was the onsite. There is a big deal of focus on multithreading and data structures/algorithms. But if you are well prepared for interviews in the valley, you will notice that vmware interviews are easier than other more desired companies like google, facebook, linked in and box.
Interview Question – Nothing was unexpected. Typical tree algorithms with focus on multithreading. Answer Question
Reason for Declining – Of all the offers at hand, vmware had the worst recruiting experience. They have faced a lot of attrition from senior engineers and recent-quits from vmware warned me against joining vmware. There code base is pretty bad at this point and that with the lack of good talent could mean a really tough experience once you join.
Interviewed at VMware
Interview Details – Telephonic interview followed by onsite interview
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