BMC Software Interview Questions in San Jose, CA

Updated Apr 8, 2015
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    Lead Product Developer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at BMC Software (San Jose, CA) in January 2015.

    Interview

    A recruiter contacted me after looking at my resume on Linkedin. We exchanged emails and then I got sent a list of technical questions, most of which were design questions and how I solved a technical problem. The questions were also asking on my knowledge of concurrency. Then I got on the phone with one of their Lead developer. We chat about what I do at my current job and about various technologies. Then he asks about my knowledge on multi threaded programming and concurrency. After around 20 minutes I am asked a question "What feature did you develop from scratch at your current job?" I reply with a litany and he then says "But these are just small additions to existing features". We go back and forth with variations of the same exchange and it gets to a point where I tell him, "In enterprise software, it is very rare that one builds a brand new feature from scratch which includes a complete framework. Only startups have such privileges". At that point I thought no more interviews.

    I was surprised pleasantly when the recruiter calls me next day to schedule on-site. The onsite interview consisted of meeting with three people 1:1, two of them architects. With both we go over design challenges and questions on some of the architecture of my past projects. The third person then goes about asking questions around Garbage Collection (its basics like generational), then how to implement hashmaps/tables. Most of these questions are typically geared to college students and almost none of the questions seemed relevant to the job on hand. It is unclear how the internals of java data structures will be used in day-to-day coding. Internals of data structures are used to design, but the level of questioning seemed a bit condescending and incredulous on my display of the lack of knowledge.
    Seemed as if they wanted someone to write for loops and sorting (quicksort/merge sort) instead of a lead who can write real code using existing libraries and best design practices.

    Two reasons why I gave a negative on the interview (has nothing to do with the result)
    1. Condescending nature of couple of interviewers
    2. Most of the interviewers had not even read my resume.

    Interview Questions

    • Explain garbage collection and generational garbage collection   Answer Question
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    Senior Director Interview

    Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 8 weeksinterviewed at BMC Software (San Jose, CA) in April 2014.

    Interview

    Since I am based abroad, all the process was conducted remotely. It started as an email exchange. Then there were phones interviews, followed by Skype interviews with senior management. That was followed by Skype interviews with peers. When that was completed, an email exchange for references took place and then background checks were done. That started the salary negotiations.

    Interview Questions

    • It seems as if I had held more senior positions in the past, why would I want to take this job?   Answer Question

    Reasons for Declining

    I had a better competing offer

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    Senior Product Developer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Mountain View, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2+ weeksinterviewed at BMC Software (Mountain View, CA).

    Interview

    Phone interview with HR - phone interview with hiring manager where they ask mostly experience related questions to see if it's relevant to a position; on-site interview - 2 hours with 3 people with technical questions about my C programming experience

    Interview Questions

    Negotiation

    Politely asked for more and was given $5k sign-up bonus

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    Front End Web Developer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 1+ weekinterviewed at BMC Software (San Jose, CA) in July 2013.

    Interview

    2 rounds of phone interview, one with the hiring manager on background and experience, one with two team members on technical questions; one coding exercise; one lunch meeting; onsite interview with four team members (design, coding, technical, brain teaser)

    Interview Questions

    BMC Software Response

    Apr 5, 2014Director of Talent Acquisition

    Employee Referrals are a great way to help expedite your candidacy with the company. Thanks for taking the time to post.

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    Senior Manager, Global Mobility Services Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Jose, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at BMC Software (San Jose, CA).

    Interview

    The interview process was quick. From the phone screens to the follow ups by the recruiter and staffing specialist. The communication was prompt, detailed and professional. Due to remote locations for many of the interview team, the interviews came in a variety of forms such as phone interview, in-person and video conference. My interviews consisted of 6 individuals, which I consider reasonable compared to past experience at other companies, that said I would suggest reducing the rounds to speed up the process.

     I was impressed with the team I met, with their area of expertise and wealth of knowledge. My perceptions of the team left me with the impression this was a team performing with integrity.

    Interview Questions

    • Provide an example where you made a new discovery in your past experience that may have had to do with company culture, business practice and/or challenging business groups, what did you discover, how did you respond and what was the lesson(s) learned. How did this experience shape who you are?   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    The offer process was surprisingly easy and direct, more than fair. I was impressed with BMC’s concern to ensure this was a favorable outcome for both parties.

     My advice is to effectively demonstrate the value you can contribute to the organization, look for win-win solutions, yes it nice to boost your salary but more importantly have an idea of the type of team/people you want to surround yourself with.

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    Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Jose, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 7 weeksinterviewed at BMC Software (San Jose, CA) in May 2013.

    Interview

    Through head hunter agency. And on the phone, 3 times, never in person. lots of questions with regard to the position, and industry. Company headquarters in Houston Texas. Many worldwide locations with many supporting staff within India.

    Interview Questions

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    Software Developer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    No Offer
    Average Interview
    No Offer
    Average Interview

    Interview

    First phone interview scheduled by an engineer from BMC and after that an onsite interview with 5-6 team members.

    Interview Questions

    • Interviewer only accepting solution to problem what she have read and could not even convince me with her solution.   Answer Question
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    SQA Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Jose, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    The process took a weekinterviewed at BMC Software (San Jose, CA) in April 2011.

    Interview

    Recruiter called me and set up a phone interview

    Interview Questions

    Negotiation

    no negotiation

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    Product Developer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Jose, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 daysinterviewed at BMC Software (San Jose, CA) in September 2010.

    Interview

    Telephonic interview was only about regular resume screening then called for an onsite 1:1 interview. Total 5 interviews onsite, first 4 with the team, and then last one was with manager.
    they asked me about my current Master's project, previous job exp, then deep dived into technical stuff, mostly design, architecture and logic related questions. no whiteboard coding.

    Interview Questions

    • What are the things to consider while migrating from EJB 2 to eJB 3 project... why not hibernate instead of JPA   1 Answer

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