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Director, Product Marketing Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Jose, CA
No Offer
Negative Experience
Difficult Interview


The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at Mentor Graphics (San Jose, CA) in January 2010.


Cordial initial contact. Clear job description. Phone screen, then meet-for-coffee screen, then small-team lunch screens. Then, grueling multi-day, 6 people/day, 1on1 interviews. Interrogation on Technical knowledge. No interest in operational excellence, or matching passion to areas of contribution. No feedback on presented 100-day plan. Rather long drawn-out process, with no clear time-frame for a decision. Stopped process to pursue other opportunities.

Interview Questions

  • Some interviewers clearly wanted a only a high-level strategic-thinking person, who could then build mind-share with different groups to get dotted-line resource assignment so that all tactical and logistic execution can be accomplished. Other interviewers wanted a hands-on tactical person to execute direction from a Sr strategic decision maker, without additional resources.   1 Answer
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