F5 Networks Interview Questions in Seattle, WA

Updated Aug 29, 2014
Updated Aug 29, 2014
48 Interview Reviews

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  1.  

    Senior Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Seattle, WA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Seattle, WA
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2 weeks - interviewed at F5 Networks in April 2014.

    Interview Details

    Communication was great, the interview was staged into 3 technical interviews then a management level interview. The technical interviews all came in asking questions about real problems they were solving not just the theory BS that alot of places use. Management interview was lunch and just talking about various situations. Overall a very smooth interview.

    Interview Questions
    • Not difficult, but unexpected because I was interviewing for a python position was questions about javascript.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    Initial offer was high enough I did not feel like negotiating so it was smooth.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  2.  

    Senior Technical Recruiter Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Seattle, WA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Seattle, WA
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 1+ week - interviewed at F5 Networks in May 2014.

    Interview Details

    Phone interview with Staffing Manager and 2 Sr. VP's supporting Global Services followed by an onsite interview with Staffing Manager, Sr. Recruiter, HR Director and VP of Global Service Delivery. Process was quick, hiring decision was even quicker!

    Interview Questions
    • Describing managing/planning for large volume of recruiting   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  3.  

    Engineering Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Seattle, WA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Seattle, WA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 4 days - interviewed at F5 Networks in July 2014.

    Interview Details

    Applied online. Got call from recruiter. Set up phone interview with hiring manager in few days. Manager was very friendly. Explained about company. Asked my experience related to requirements of the position and interest in position and about the company. Asked some problem solving (DS/algorithm related) questions. They see how you approach it. Not the exact answer. Next round would have been coding related interview with team members onsite. But couldn't clear the initial screen.

    Interview Questions
    • Problem solving questions - can't reveal due to policy.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Software Engineer III Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Seattle, WA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Seattle, WA
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2 weeks - interviewed at F5 Networks in February 2014.

    Interview Details

    Interview process is longer than most other tech companies.
    Had 1 phone screen with the hiring manager about my current work and 1 algorithmic question.
    Had 8 onsite 1:1 interviews with a paper-based coding test. The paper-based coding test is what you would give to a college student.
    All interviewers were nice and friendly. All asked me 1 coding problem and 1 general question about either networking, OO programming or security. Not all interviewers asked me about my current work.

    Interview Questions
    • All questions were easy, nothing difficult. The interview process was too long.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    Negotiation experience was bad. Its difficult to get them to quote higher salaries because they have hard set ranges for different level. This is a problem when you are coming from a big or high-paying tech firm. You would most certainly have to go for a lower pay.
    Accepted Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Product Release Manager, Product Development Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Seattle, WA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Seattle, WA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeks - interviewed at F5 Networks in January 2014.

    Interview Details

    Pretty straight forward. I had a phone interview with the recruiter first and then later that week she scheduled an in person interview at the office. I interviewed with the recruiter again, then two team members, the manager, and the director (all 30min meetings back to back). I prepared well in advance of the interview so I was ready for 95% of the questions before they were asked.

    Interview Questions
    • None really, but be prepared to answer the following:

      1. Why do you want to work for F5? **This question WILL be asked**
      2. What are your strengths/weaknesses?
      3. Give me an overview of your last job.
      4. Answer questions specific to your resume
      5. Scale of 1-10, how familiar are you with system tools - Microsoft office, Agile or SQL?
      6. Why did you leave the last company?
      7. Explain any time gaps in resume
      8. What are some of your leadership experiences?
      9. Describe an accomplishment you are most proud of.
      10. Do you have any questions - AND OF COURSE YOU DO. ;)
        View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    They offered me an increased salary, bonus's, stock, full benefits, 401K match. The offer was very generous and I did not feel the need to negotiate and respond with a counter offer.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  7.  

    Principal Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Seattle, WA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Seattle, WA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at F5 Networks in March 2014.

    Interview Details

    Very thorough process that involved a phone screen, followed by an on-site interview with ~6 others. The on-site interview started with a small/simple paper exercise on basic programming questions. This appeared to be used to seed one of the interviews. The individual one-on-one sessions were done with talented folks from those fairly new to long term veterans of F5. Each interview was unique, but each seemed more of a collaborative investigation more than simple questions and answers. White board work and general talk through things was encouraged. Overall felt like a solid interview such that when I received the offer, I was sure that I would be a good fit.

    Interview Questions
    • Questions weren't limited to my area of experience and some were more of a collaborative investigation with a subject matter expert. Working through questions about allocating tight structures and then manipulating them were challenging for on-the-spot work, but were actually fun in the end.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    The whole process of moving to the offer was slowish and methodical as F5 takes hiring seriously in terms of budgeting and job fit. Negotiation was limited to relocation funds.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  8.  

    Product Development Response Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Seattle, WA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Seattle, WA
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 6+ weeks - interviewed at F5 Networks in April 2014.

    Interview Details

    HR called me, organised a quick telephonic conversation to brief the expectation of the role, followed by Hiring manager round of interview. Later I was called onsite for 7 round of interview with 2 development manager, 1 incident manager, 1 product manager, 1 program manager, 1 test manager and lastly hiring manager. I was offered a job where HR called to discuss the offer verbally followed by negotiations and the final offer was sent to me by email. F5 was quite open in date of joining based on my availability and moved fast in bringing me onboard. HR coordinator worked with me for joining formalities and great set of documents on F5 Reference guide, Background check and benefits packet was shared to make my onboarding smooth. On joining my office was setup with laptop, backpack and many goodies

    Interview Questions
    • Your customer is too angry because previous solutions given, caused multiple other failures. How would you deal with this customer?   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    Offer was quite competitive as compared to other offers I had in my hand from top companies in networking world
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  9.  

    Principal Solution Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Seattle, WA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Seattle, WA
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2 months - interviewed at F5 Networks in May 2010.

    Interview Details

    Better know F5 products well or show acumen to pick it up fast as it is complicated kit. Knowledge of enterprise SW, HW and data center workings key. This job is technical and the more your are the better you will succeed.

    Negotiation Details
    Not much to aim for here. It is ranged on experience. ask for preplanned vacation, signing bonus if you are leaving or their range does not fit you.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  10.  

    Human Resources Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Seattle, WA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Seattle, WA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 1 week - interviewed at F5 Networks in August 2013.

    Interview Details

    Through networking, made contact with someone in the department who pulled my resume out of the stack. Got a phone interview in which I was pressed to divulge my current salary. The recruiter wouldn't offer a range for the position I was applying for. Brought me in for an interview. Discovered that between applying and interviewing the title and focus of the job had changed so much that I was no longer qualified or interested. Big waste of time.

    Interview Questions
    • On a scale of one to ten where ten is "obsessive", how organized are you?   View Answer
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview
  11.  

    Software Test Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Seattle, WA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Seattle, WA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeks - interviewed at F5 Networks.

    Interview Details

    Technical interviewer was great person. Had clear idea of what he wants and asked to the point questions...However Human Resource are lazy. Did not replied feedback promptly. Made me wait 1-2 Week.

    Interview Questions
    • Which encryption algorithm is costly (32 bit cypher or 64 bit cypher)?   View Answer
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

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