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MSC Software Interview Questions & Reviews

Updated Feb 3, 2014
All Interviews Received Offers

Getting an Interview  

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Interview Experience  

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Interview Difficulty  

Average Difficulty
12 candidate interviews
Relevance Date Difficulty
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Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Easy Interview

Intern Interview

Intern

I applied through college or university and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at MSC Software.

Interview Details – They called me after reviewing my resume. Invited me in and asked me questions about my resume and coursework. Lots of friendly people and smiling people so I think they wanted to make sure that who they hire was a good fit. There was a wide range of ages in the office space but seemed like there were many in their 40s or 50s.

Interview Question – What is a Finite Element?   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – Since this was an internship position, they just told you what the wage would be. I don't think it would be appropriate to try to negotiate on the number.


Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Average Interview

Business Development Manager Interview

Business Development Manager
Newport Beach, CA

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at MSC Software in November 2013.

Interview Details – Two phone interviews
Typical behavioral interview questions

Interview Question – We have contacted your peers, what do you think they stated about your strengths and weaknesses.   View Answer

Negotiation Details – Low ball offer
Countered the offer
They accepted the offer...to quickly probably should have countered higher!


Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Average Interview

Intern Interview

Intern
Newport Beach, CA

I applied through college or university and interviewed at MSC Software.

Interview Details – Initial communication occurred through email, via school networking. From there resume was submitted following a formal application. Next proceeded to an interview.

Interview Question – In general, describe how you would go about solving a problem, you don't know how to solve. Was very difficult due to the vagueness of the question   Answer Question


Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Difficult Interview

Talent Acquisition Manager Interview

Talent Acquisition Manager
Newport Beach, CA

I applied through a recruiter and the process took 5 weeks - interviewed at MSC Software in April 2013.

Interview Details – Several rounds starting with experience interviews, technical interviews, behavioral & past successes, and finally business case proposal.

Interview Question – What are challenges you face where you are unable to overcome adversity?   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – Not overly difficult if you know what you're doing. Management is reasonable with a good understanding of general offer packages.


No Offer

Neutral Experience

Average Interview

Technical Support Engineer Interview

Technical Support Engineer

Interviewed at MSC Software

Interview Details – Phone Interview.

Interview Question – Fairly general.   Answer Question


Accepted Offer

Neutral Experience

Easy Interview

PD Intern Interview

PD Intern
Santa Ana, CA

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 5 days - interviewed at MSC Software in November 2011.

Interview Details – handed the resume to an alumni who worked there, and scheduled the interview the following day. I was given 3 dates to choose from. the interview itself was super casual, and the manager did most of the talk. received the offer on Friday as the manager promised.
Talked a little about golfing and sailing in the middle of the interview, which helped me relaxed, and made the process fun.

Interview Question – the most interesting question I got was where you saw yourself in 5 years. Kind of interesting to get that since they had no intention to hire a full time.   Answer Question


Declined Offer

Positive Experience

Average Interview

Senior Software Developer Interview

Senior Software Developer
Los Angeles, CA

I applied online and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at MSC Software in March 2013.

Interview Details – after phone interviews twice, director interview.

Interview Question – What does FEM mean to you ?   Answer Question


Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Average Interview

Computational Scientist Interview

Computational Scientist

I applied in-person and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at MSC Software.

Interview Details – Typical engineering interview: presentation (Master or Ph.D. thesis) followed by long Q&A session.

Interview Question – (1) Implement a functor and show a case where one would use it.
(2) Explain the Facade design pattern.
  Answer Question


Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Average Interview

Business Development Manager Interview

Business Development Manager
Santa Ana, CA

I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at MSC Software in September 2008.

Interview Details – Very professional and friendly. Focussed on past experiuences and knowledge of MSC's business.
First phone interview with Director
Second face to face with same DSirector
Third interview with Senior Director
Fourth interview with VP
Job Offer one week later - no option to negotiate salary but reasonable

Overall experience was very professional. The interview lasted about 5 hours in total and I was impressed with the amount of time senior management devoted to the process.

Interview Question – Wher do you see MSC in it's industry standing in 5 years ?   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – No negotiation


Declined Offer

Positive Experience

Average Interview

Vice President Human Resources Interview

Vice President Human Resources
Palo Alto, CA

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 2 months - interviewed at MSC Software in June 2010.

Interview Details – First conversation was with Stephen Combs, Recruiter working for Symphony Group. He was on time, approachable, bright, open and willing to share candid information about the opportunity and company strengths and weaknesses. Next step was to meet with the hiring manager and CEO, Dominic Gallelo. He was engaging, enthusiastic, honest and kind. An inspiring leader in a very challenging company. Next step was to fly to Irvine and meet the remainder of his staff including CFO,VPSales,GC,VP Engineering,etc. The assistant was efficient and all meetings happened on time and the staff was open, willing and embracing of me as a candidate and willing to be frank and open about the challenges and opportunities. Each exec was impressive and experienced and open to doing things in new ways.

Interview Question – Given what you know, why would you want to accept this position?   View Answers (2)

Reason for Declining – The actual HR work that was required and in the planning phases was not aligned with my areas of interest and I was concerned about the potential interaction with their private equity partner in areas that would require further investment to effect a turnaround in their business.

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