I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at F5 Networks.
Interview Details – Phone technical screen by HR. Interview loop consisted of being interviewed by technical, managerial and director personnel. Each was roughly 1 hour in span in a meeting room followed by a follow up with HR.
Technical interview was the standard sort to prove competency with Unix and Networking.
Managerial interview involved conflict resolution, work flow, time and issue management
Director interview involved more intra-workplace conflict resolutions and career discussion.
Reason for Declining – It wasn't a position I was in love with and they understood that. Was very happy to spend time with them and would work there if a new position that fit did arise.
Very Easy Interview
I applied through other source and the process took 3 days - interviewed at F5 Networks.
Interview Details – Interviews are generally split into several phases - phone calls with potential team members first, then on-site day long meetings with broader organization.
My interview was non-existent, I was a direct hire as a result of a long relationship external to the organization.
Interview Question – Did not receive any. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – I said I'd like X, they returned with how about X plus bonuses/stocks? I said yes.
I applied online and the process took 1 week - interviewed at F5 Networks in January 2013.
Interview Details – I was initially contacted by email, to setup a phone interview. The phone interview was standard technical questions. I was contacted later that day to schedule an in-person interview. It was a panel review; an Engineer handled the technical questions, while three Managers were asking other questions. The Managers are always trying to get you to say something negative; be it about yourself, another person, or another company. Don't fall for it.
Interview Question – I had a Manager repeat over and over that "F5 is not an Information Technology company.", while he was reviewing my resume. I asked why he was repeating himself and he claimed he wasn't repeating himself. (?) After he started reviewing my resume again, he started repeating himself again, "F5 is not an Information Technology company." It was the worst interview. I lost all respect for F5 because of that interview. Answer Question
I applied online and the process took 1 week - interviewed at F5 Networks.
Interview Details – Applied online, got a response within 2 days which was quick. Passed the initial phone interview. Then scheduled pretty quick for an onsite interview. The interview was a whole-day event. It started with a coding test which was easy. They mainly look at C programming basics. After that I was interviewed by 6 engineers + 1 manager. Almost all of them came with a paper having 3-4 coding questions per interviewer. I found that odd given that I already had a coding test. Some of them did look at the resume, but it was mainly an interview to see how quickly you could code. Most interviewers did not give me to ask any questions which was very odd. Also I think they need to look at the candidate before firing 3-4 coding questions (string, bit manipulation, etc).
If the candidate is a junior engineer I can understand. But if the candidate is having 10+ years of experience, I expect a bit more design questions rather than how quickly you can crank some code on the whiteboard. Most of the interviewers ended up asking the same questions, which I politely pointed out.
I did very well in the interview, but for me I did not feel comfortable with the process and the people. All seemed to robotic and there was no "warmth" or "welcoming feel". Did not seem like a nice place to work.
Also did not receive any feedback after the interview.
Interview Question – Nothing too difficult. Coding questions were standard questions designed for people with <5 yrs experience. Not appropriate for senior candidates. View Answer
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at F5 Networks in October 2009.
Interview Details – Meet with each inside sales management of 3-5 people. Big question is "Why F5?"
Be prepared for 30-60-90 plan and how you plan to execute
Energy and positivity are key in the interview. F5 has a great culture and fitting into that culture is very important.
Interview Question – Why F5 and why you? View Answer
Negotiation Details – Too good to turn down with initial offer. No negotiation necessary
I applied through a recruiter and the process took 1+ week - interviewed at F5 Networks in October 2012.
Interview Details – A F5 recruiter contacted me, an information session phone call, then a phone interview.
I provided two available time - no response until the morning of the second available time. After which F5 rescheduled twice, and changed interviewer. Phone call did not came in until I ping the recruiter 15 minutes later. A regular phone interview mostly knowledge with no coding - interviewer did not seem to have prepared - told me recruiter will contact me in 2-3 days. No message. Followed up after a week and no reply.
Interview Question – JIT compiler and how it was designed and implemented - I had different opinions with the interviewer on some aspects - he dictated he was right - I did not debate. View Answer
Interviewed at F5 Networks
Interview Details – A technical interview is often made up of 5 to 6 technical interviews that last close to one hour and a lunch with the managers in the middle. Interviews are a combination of what is on the candidates resume and technical questions. Questions vary depending on the group and interviewers.
Interview Question – I think that would depend on the person. Answer Question
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at F5 Networks.
Interview Details – A little slow to get the process started, but once things were lined up it went very smoothly. Good interview.
Interview Question – Just a good, regular interview - nothing crazy. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – Easy negotiation.
I applied through an employee referral and the process took a day - interviewed at F5 Networks in August 2012.
Interview Details – My interview was more on the Front end development side (Web development) After an Initial phone screen, where everything went pretty smooth, I was called onsite.
I had a total of 5 panels and the people who interviewed were pretty cool.
My first interview was with the Director of the team who asked me all non technical questions, this was more about knowing my background and my past experience.
In my second round I was interviewed by a UI designer who asked me questions related to the UI design principles. It was not much difficult and it was not a typical interview where people drill you with questions. I showed them my portfolio of what I did in my previous job and explained about them. Most of my time went in that, so there was not much time to have that question answer thing!
Later, I was interviewed by my manager, which was a proper interview ;) He asked me almost about everything... Right from backend till the frontend, but the questions were very basic and straight forward.
Overall, the interview went pretty well and the people were pretty cool. You will not feel like you are getting drilled by gazillion of questions, it will be more of a conversation and discussion more than a Q&A round. So be confident, get your portfolios and be ready to explain everything from your resume!
All the best
I applied through a recruiter and the process took 2 days - interviewed at F5 Networks.
Interview Details – Classic tech interview that lasts the entire day. You will be expected to know it all, but will not be discounted if you cannot remember it everything. With that said, most groups are most interested to see how you will get along culturally.
Negotiation Details – I was prepared to counter whatever they offered, but their offer was so good, I just accepted.
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