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DataDirect Networks Interview Questions

Updated Oct 16, 2014
Updated Oct 16, 2014
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    Operations Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Sunnyvale, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Sunnyvale, CA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 4+ monthsinterviewed at DataDirect Networks in January 2013.

    Interview Details

    In contact with recruiter over a four month period. Req was on and off again a few times. Constant apologies from the recruiter who was trying to pull it all together. Finally had face to face. They liked me, asked for references, discussed salary, indicated verbal offer was in process. Contacted references, completed background check then, Oh, then one more hurdle, back in for last minute interview with VP. He must have been having a bad day, not smiling, didn't go as well as I had hoped. Based on conflicting info from hiring manger and the VP, I concluded that the VP must be a micro-manager and would not have been an easy guy to work for anyway. He told me that I would have been given a cost reduction target of $XXX,000K and if I couldn't hit it in six months I would be gone. I didn't get a sense from anyone during any of my interviews that DDN would have been a present place to work. Even the hiring manager looked stressed during the interview. The day after my interview it was radio silence from recruiter. Very poorly coordinated process.

    In hindsight, I'm glad I met the VP, I think I avoided a major career disaster.

    Interview Questions
    • Can you work in ambiguous environments without any structure?
      Can you from day one, be on your own, no processes, just be told what needs to be done, and do it?
        View Answer
    • Can you from day one, be on your own, no processes, just be told what needs to be done, and do it?   View Answer
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Technical Writer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Chatsworth, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Chatsworth, CA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 6+ weeksinterviewed at DataDirect Networks in April 2012.

    Interview Details

    Employee referrals are preferred, but I found the company through the job search service Indeed.com. After I submitted my resume electronically, I was assigned to a DDN-retained contract recruiter, who made sure the entire hiring process happened ... presumably for a commission.

    I was told that one positive factor in the decision to hire me was the fact that I included links to online published work I had authored. The hiring managers could read my work for themselves and judge both its communicative and technical merit.

    After resume screening, there was a telephone interview with the recruiter, then with two hiring managers. After that came an on-site interview with a hiring manager and a potential coworker who could judge my technical and writing chops and assess my fit to the company culture.

    When the decision was made to hire me -- a process that took about a month from resume submission to hiring decision -- DDN wanted me on board ASAP. I gave two weeks notice at my old company, which meant putting DDN off, but they understood that. There was no gap between leaving the old company and starting work at DDN.

    Interview Questions
    • "Star Trek or Star Wars?" I answered "Star Trek." Next question: "Kirk or Picard, and why?"   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    I was in a strong position, since I was happily employed in my old job. I simply wasn't interested in the same old same old, and they knew it. At the same time, I knew DDN might be tightfisted -- an assessment that turns out to be true -- and they might not want to pay the kind of money I needed to make. So I acknowledged that as a possible deal breaker up front. They decided they needed my particular skill set enough to meet my requirements, but they didn't go one penny beyond that. I would just them to be shrewd and conservative hiring negotiators.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Sales Manager (Data Storage Systems) Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Santa Clara, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Santa Clara, CA
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at DataDirect Networks in March 2012.

    Interview Details

    Very simple process. Apply online. Speak to the contracted recruiter. He will establish an interview with the hiring manager (VP).

    Sales: It is all about your Rolodex and the accounts you have previously done business with and if they are in the HPC space. There a few questions about your ability to learn new technology and penetrate new accounts. The bulk of the conversion was on past performance and key account wins.

    Due to the lean operating style of the company, many interviewees are left hanging. It is not intentional. They are just busy addressing critical business needs with their limited staff.

    Word of advice: If you know anyone in the company have them walk your resume to the hiring manager and get time commitments on the next step. If you don't have a friend, go to LinkedIn and find the hiring manager and go to them directly.

    Interview Questions
    • Walk through a previous complex sales cycle and describe the obstacles you overcame.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    Everything is negotiable. Do NOT accept the initial offer. Accept or Reject the second one. Do not negotiate further.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

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