EMC Interview Questions & Reviews

Updated Aug 27, 2014
Updated Aug 27, 2014
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    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Application Details

    I interviewed online. The process took 2 weeks - interviewed at EMC.

    Interview Details

    Applied through the company website and got a call from a recruiter within a week. He asked some questions based on experience and Resume and scheduled an interview with the Hiring Manager. The recruiter had asked me the role was in Java, Distributed Computing and Multithreading.

    Interview Questions
    • The Hiring Manager asked a design implementation question which was in C. Totally unexpected and he wasn't even able to explain the question properly or I couldn't understand what he wanted to hear from me.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview
  2.  

    Core Technologist Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Application Details

    I interviewed online. The process took 3 weeks - interviewed at EMC.

    Interview Details

    Panel review and presentation. Also mock client call

    Interview Questions
    • Mock client call was poorly set up and hard to execute   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    Application Details

    I interviewed online. The process took 3 days - interviewed at EMC in April 2011.

    Interview Details

    EMC had been posting a position on their portal for a storage operations specialist in the New England area for nine months, and I kept applying through their portal. They reposted the same exact same position approximately six times over the nine month period, and I applied approximately four times. I felt I was very well qualified for this position and was frustrated that they would not contact me for even a phone interview when it was rather obvious the position had not been filled.

    A few weeks ago I was contacted by an EMC recruiter who found my resume in their system. He said he was NOT notified via the web portal. This tells me their web portal either does not work, or someone at EMC really doesn’t like me.

    I had two phone interviews with the EMC recruiter discussing the basics of the position and salary. The position was a residency position at an EMC customer site in the New England area for anywhere from 3mo to 12mo (then I’d get moved to a different EMC customer). Depending on the customer location, this would likely entail spending four nights a week in a hotel. The recruiter said there would be at least five interviews in total – two with him, one technical interview, then an interview with a senior storage residence person, and finally an interview with the manager I would be reporting to.

    On my second interview the recruiter said the position would pay between 110k and 120k ($US). This interview was on a Friday afternoon. We scheduled the tech interview for Monday at 6pm. I spent all weekend reviewing my many EMC training documents, some as old as 2002. The technical interview was to cover the following areas –

    Symm/Powerpath/DMX
    Clariion
    Navisphere
    Timefinder
    ECC
    SanCopy/Snapview
    Switches
    General SAN/NAS
    General Unix/Windows

    However, what the recruiter neglected to tell me was that the technical interview was, essentially, a certification test. Only harder, ***because it wasn’t multiple choice***. I kid you not. It was incredibly difficult. I did not expect this. I got flustered and had difficulty breathing. Nevertheless, I went through the test. Many questions I had no idea about. Many (many) others I could have figured out in seconds while sitting at a console. And virtually everything else I could have figured out with 5-10minutes of research.

    I am a highly skilled storage engineer. I have the ability to learn anything, and quickly. But no, right there on the phone, I didn’t have all the answers. To add insult to injury, the technical interview isn’t even conducted by EMC (let alone someone involved with the position you’re applying for).

    After the interview, I got an email from the recruiter saying that I did well in my areas of expertise, but, strangely got every single one of the core competency areas wrong. Well, that **IS** strange! Because while I’ve never taken a general san training course (no need), and I certainly got several of those questions wrong, I **KNOW** I got some right. But there, again, is the huge disadvantage of taking a verbal certification test – who the hell knows what the interviewer was putting down for my answer? As I thought about a question, and talked about my experiences with the interviewer in the process of working through the answer, maybe he just got sick of listening to me and marked down the wrong answer. Again – who knows?

    In total there were about 50 questions, 3-6 in each area. The entire technical interview lasted about one hour. It was hugely draining, a horrible experience, and I spent the next several days going over it in my head.

    The recruiter emailed me late Tuesday to say I had missed all the core competency questions, and said it didn’t make any sense to him because I did well in other areas. He said he would get with the interviewer to get more information. This was a week and a half ago, and I haven’t heard from him since.

    All in all, it was a horrible, horrible experience. Good luck to anyone applying for this position!

    Interview Questions
    • What does the DMX architecture look like?   View Answer
    • What is the maximum length of a multimode and singlemode fibre cable? What is BB credit, and how is it used? List and describe the various fiber cable connectors.   Answer Question
    • How do you set up snmp on a brocade switch?

      (Three to four questions about command-line commands on cisco switches. I have no experience with these so missed them all and didn’t even remember what he was asking.)

      (Some McData switch questions.)
        Answer Question
    • How do you add a disk to a volume group on HP-UX?   View Answers (2)
    • Can you convert a dynamic disk back to a basic disk?   View Answers (4)
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Senior Software Engineer Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    interviewed at EMC in May 2013.

    Interview Details

    First introduce to myself, and introduce the important project in my resume. Then interviewer asked me C++ Skills, and AVL tree, how to balance it. Also asked the Black red tree. basic term in parallel computing and multi-process programming

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Difficult Interview
  6.  

    Business Development Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Hopkinton, MA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Hopkinton, MA
    Application Details

    I interviewed through an employee referral - interviewed at EMC in June 2010.

    Interview Details

    EMC has a robust hiring and interview process. EMC is very consistent in their approach, its dogged, difficult and time consuming. EMC doesn't tolerate bad hires, and hiring managers often have gut feeling about a candidate but will confer with team or peers on their decision. Get ready for gang interviewing... you can spend the whole day at EMC and then be asked to dinner... HR is complete and professional, expect to be inspected and your references will be called.

    Interview Questions
    • Tell me about your sales approach to a client who has stated that they don't like EMC...   View Answer
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Principal Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Hopkinton, MA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Hopkinton, MA
    Application Details

    I interviewed in-person. The process took a day - interviewed at EMC in January 2009.

    Interview Details

    Good and was techincal.

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    Very easy
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  8.  

    Sales Representative Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I interviewed through an employee referral. The process took 6 months - interviewed at EMC.

    Interview Details

    Takes months to get on board

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    Extremely difficult. No negotiation.
    Accepted Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview
  9.  

    Engineering Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I interviewed through other source. The process took 2 months - interviewed at EMC in August 2008.

    Interview Details

    Very technical oriented. Analytics. Hands-on questions. Programming skill questions, communication and personality questions.
    Bsic and fundemantals of the work, back ground check questions. HR process

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  10.  

    Software Quality Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I interviewed through an employee referral. The process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at EMC in May 2011.

    Interview Details

    Onsite with 5 people 1:1 interview

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  11.  

    Software Engineer II Interview

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

    I interviewed through college or university. The process took 3 weeks - interviewed at EMC in September 2011.

    Interview Details

    Hiring process was quite transparent.. The interviewer were good at testing the skills and problem solving capabilities of candidates.. The positions were properly described to the candidates and asked about choices of working.. Candidates background was well analyzed and matched with profile before interview.. The problems asked during interview were innovative and designed to test the skills of candidate.. I liked the interview process.. HR approached the selected candidates with mails and phone calls..

    Interview Questions
    • In your past work experience, did you ever come across major development problems and if yes, how did you resolve that?   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

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