Guidance Software Interview Questions

Updated Jul 23, 2015
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    Senior .NET Developer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Pasadena, CA
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Guidance Software (Pasadena, CA) in June 2015.

    Interview

    Spoke to the recruiter, went well. Spoke to the hiring manager and was asked some very weird questions (see Interview Questions section). Asked to do a coding test, which I did and showed to a Senior Microsoft Architect (yes they work for Microsoft) and said my coding was spot on. Submitted the test. Received an auto generated email the next day saying the position has been filled. Previous reviews also say the same (automated reply) and the reply from the company claim to be doing something about it. Obviously not. No idea what these guys are looking for, as they obviously know more than a Senior Architect working for Microsoft.

    Interview Questions

    • How many bits in a byte. Have you used the hex annotation. When I asked how they implemented these methodologies in their environment, i received a silent response.   Answer Question

    Guidance Software Response

    Jun 26, 2015

    Thank you for your interview review. We're sorry you had a negative interview experience. We have shared your feedback with HR management (in particular, the automated reply). Your input will help us ... More

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    Quality Assurance Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Pasadena, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 days. I interviewed at Guidance Software (Pasadena, CA) in April 2015.

    Interview

    Phone interview briefly assessing technical / programming knowledge. Face to face interview consisted of 2 programming tasks in C++ or C# while under the watch of a senior manager and QA director.

    Interview Questions

    Guidance Software Response

    Jun 12, 2015

    Thank you for your review posted on April 9. We're glad to hear you had a positive interview experience and we hope you're acclimating well to your new role. If you have any additional thoughts to ... More

  3. Helpful (2)  

    Software Development Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Declined Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. I interviewed at Guidance Software.

    Interview

    HR Interview She emailed me at the time of phone interview t reschedule for some other day Next time she emailed me at the time of interview, to reschedule after some time on the same day

    Interview Questions

    Guidance Software Response

    Jun 12, 2015

    Thank you for your interview review posted on Feb. 5, 2015. We're sorry you had a negative interview experience. We will share your feedback with management so that we can improve.

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    Project Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Pasadena, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 1+ week. I interviewed at Guidance Software (Pasadena, CA) in August 2014.

    Interview

    I was interviewed and asked about some technical questions and management questions. Everything seemed pretty nice and clear, however, the salaries don't seem to be as great as I expected.

    Interview Questions

    • There was nothing difficult about the questions (at least to me ) since I have the knowledge and even more to apply for that position   Answer Question

    Guidance Software Response

    Jun 12, 2015

    Thank you for your review posted on Oct. 10, 2014. Though some time has passed since your post, we'd love to hear any additional thoughts or ideas you might have to help improve the interview ... More

  6. Helpful (1)  

    Support Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at Guidance Software.

    Interview

    I went through two phone interviews, then a face to face interview at their main headquarters. My phone interviews went very well and I spent $1200 all in to fly across the country to interview in person at this company. I was hopeful but did not get the job, and that's ok. What bothered me was that after spending a considerable amount of time and money on their interview process, all I got was an auto-generated email from their HR system saying "Sorry, the position has been filled." That was really disappointing. Now I'm not expecting a hug and a pat on the back, but a simple email saying "thanks for taking the time" would have been more than fine. I know that may sound petty, but it really made them seem like elitists who were doing me a favor by allowing me to interview there.

    Interview Questions

    • I was asked about my programming experience during my 1:1 interview which caught me off guard as it was not in the job description.   1 Answer

    Guidance Software Response

    Jun 12, 2015

    Thank you for your interview review posted on July 27, 2014. We're sorry to hear about your interview experience. We will share your feedback with management so that we can improve.

  7. Helpful (2)  

    Associate Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Pasadena, CA
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at Guidance Software (Pasadena, CA) in July 2014.

    Interview

    Got an invite to apply via Linkedin. So I applied and quickly went through 3 phone interviews. The phone interviews were straight forward looking a lot at personality. Then the in person interviews were in their Pasadena office but I didn't get confirmation till about a month later. The first day went with being technical with an R&D person, but there was some miscommunication with people and so I was sent home by the R&D person premature of the entire interview process. So the recruiter called to ask me to come back but couldn't so she asked if I could come back the following day. The following day was interviews by several people each had different roles and backgrounds regarding the professional services department. I was even interviewed by the VP of Professional Services. Then I was told I'd hear back about offers or whatnot in about no more than a week. I waited but never got an email, not even one to say that I didn't get an offer so I assumed I didn't get an offer.

    Interview Questions

    • Nothing too fancy the technical part of the in person interview was mainly a basic linked list problem and some SQL questions   Answer Question

    Guidance Software Response

    Jun 12, 2015

    Thank you for your interview review posted on Sept. 16, 2014. We're sorry you had a negative interview experience. We will share your feedback with management so that we can improve.

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    Federal Marketing Planner Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer

    Interview

    Was impressed the the Sr Recruiter acutally found my resume on Monster and reached out to me requesting an interview or recommendation from my field

    Interview Questions

    • I always struggle with the tell me about yourself question to start an interview.   2 Answers

    Guidance Software Response

    Jun 12, 2015

    Thank you for your interview review posted on Aug. 15, 2013. Though some time has passed since your posting, we're always interested in reviewing the candidate experience and looking for ways to ... More

  9. Helpful (1)  

    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied in-person. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Guidance Software in July 2013.

    Interview

    I had a wonderful phone interview from across the USA with Guidance Software. I was asked to meet in person in the San Francisco office, and flew to California to meet with an executive. Upon arriving, I instantly felt this was not a good fit for me. I had the worst interview experience in my life, and was even asked if I was a "nomad" by this high executive. I have lived in Rio de Janeiro, am very well traveled, and speak 3 languages. I had never felt more insulted in my life. I questioned myself for months after this interview, and then realized her leadership skills and lack of needed re-focusing. I questioned everything from the expensive suit I was wearing to the way I chose to comb my hair. I normally only write great reviews of companies, however after a year I felt this one deserved a review. I am former law enforcement and was referred to Guidance by many former law enforcement professionals. I have also had other people since my interview ask me how the process was. I told everyone, it was literally the worst interview experience I have ever had. I chose another wonderful organization to work for and I am running their programs very successfully.

    Interview Questions

    • I was asked if I was a "nomad" during the early stage of the in person interview. I was wearing a suit of almost $1000 dollars, and was very well manicured.   1 Answer

    Guidance Software Response

    Jun 12, 2015

    Thank you for your interview review posted on Jan. 10, 2015. We're so sorry you had a negative interview experience. We take your concerns very seriously and in order to better respond, we’d ... More

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    Sales Consultant/Sales Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at Guidance Software in May 2013.

    Interview

    Had several interviews that went extremely well and was told I was a leading candidate. When I discovered all the negative reviews on Glassdoor and started inquiring about them and asking the company's view (a simple "how do you respond to all this negativity, and do you think it is valid?")... the interviews stopped, even though HR rep insisted they were still interested the lead went completely cold. Commission split being offered was EXTREMELY high risk for an SE (what they call a Sales Consultant)... only company I've ever encountered that expects an SE to carry a 60/40 commission split. Folks I interviewed with indicated quota achievement was only in 80-90% range and they seemed "ok" with that. Tons of red flags.

    Interview Questions

    • Questions were minimally technical... they seemed more interested in sales ability.   Answer Question

    Guidance Software Response

    Jun 12, 2015

    Thank you for your interview review posted in 2013. Though some time has passed since your posting, we're always interested in hearing about the experiences of our past candidates so we can learn ... More

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    Software Developer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Interview

    The initial phone interview was about 20 min long, I was being asked several technical questions as well as my past experiences and current projects. Afterward, the interviewer said I passed the phone screen and someone would contact me shortly regarding my second interview. However, I did not hear any feedback from them. I contacted the recruiter directly and was told that I did not pass the phone interview. I was puzzled and asked for more detail, but it seems like they have already made the decision so I didn't bother.

    Interview Questions

    Guidance Software Response

    Jun 12, 2015

    Thank you for your interview review posted in 2013. Though some time has passed since your posting, we're always interested in hearing about the experiences of our past candidates so we can learn ... More

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