I applied through college or university - interviewed at NetApp in August 2013.
Interview Details – About 2-3 weeks after the job career fair on which I passed my resume, I got onsite interview chance, and then five turns technical interview. But unfortunately no offer.
Interview Question – setup and hold time, PCI, CMOS transistor, board design Answer Question
I applied through a recruiter and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at NetApp in August 2013.
Interview Details – One phone screen and then three rounds on-site. First round was with manager peers, the second with the engineering team, the third with two directors.
Interview Question – Has any failure on your part of a project lead to an impact in sales for the company? Answer Question
Negotiation Details – Minimal - the salary was much higher than expected.
I applied through a recruiter and interviewed at NetApp.
Interview Details – The hiring process was fairly straightforward and logical. It began with an HR recruiter reaching out followed by an initial interview. The next step was a phone interview with a hiring manager, then an in-person interview with 3 different managers. The offer letter followed within a week of the last interviews and the total process took about a month from start to finish.
Interview Question – Why should we hire you over someone else with a similar same background and experience? How would you differentiate yourself among your peers? Answer Question
I applied through college or university and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at NetApp in August 2013.
Interview Details –
Initially contacted by an university recruiter who invited me to come in for "NetApp Day", where the company invites a bunch of recruits. The entire day was pretty well-organized. It started with breakfast and an intro to the company, followed by three rounds of interviews, and ended with refreshments and a Q&A panel with current employees.
NetApp compensated me entirely, reimbursing my rental car costs and even offering to rent a taxi/shuttle for me when I told them I was not too familiar with the area and getting to the headquarters!
Good communication before and after the interview. Overall positive experience.
Interview Question – Mainly behavioral questions... nothing too out of the ordinary, but this obviously depends on the position you're applying for. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – No negotiation.
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 2 months - interviewed at NetApp in August 2013.
Interview Details – The HR recruiter interviewed me first. Then the hiring manager and then each of the members of the team. After that, I had one more interview with the hiring manager. It was a pretty rigorous process.
Interview Question – Since I was being hired for the New College Graduate program, the questions were fairly generic. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – They were not negotiable with vacation but were negotiable with the salary and bonuses. Overall, it went really quick and ultimately the hiring manager makes the decision.
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 2+ weeks - interviewed at NetApp in August 2013.
Interview Details – A friend who worked there submitted my resume. I had one initial call with HR that went well - the recruiter was enthusiastic about NetApp and asked some good questions. Two on-site interviews with 3-4 people each time. Good questions about my background, experience and how I'd handle a particular situation.
Interview Question – The questions were pretty standard - though I did have one person conduct the interview in French, since I stated that I spoke French on my resume. That went better than expected. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – They were not willing to budge on much, especially vacation time. I got some concessions but it was a tough negotiation and they wanted to make sure my pay was in line with my peers.
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 6 weeks - interviewed at NetApp in July 2013.
Interview Details –
1 by phone
4 in person
Need to do your homework around building solutions and creating the go-to-market launch process
Must know the channel
Interview Question – How do you see the first 90 days being executed? (I actually had a 30-60-90 day plan complete before going in so I blew them away) View Answer
Negotiation Details – I pushed them with the experience factor and familiarity postures. I also pushed for larger stock grant, but it was not in the framework. The offer was a 30% increase over my previous job so I couldn't complain to much... :-)
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 2+ weeks - interviewed at NetApp.
Interview Details – Was fast paced and quick. 5-6 interview rounds are expected. Good technical skills are necessary however culture fit is primary. Hiring was smooth and fast.
Interview Question –
Business: Talk about a scenario when you had a difficult team member who was a bottleneck in the successful execution of your project and how did you handle the same?
Technical: Who do you think will win the Converged Infrastructure battle and why? What should NetApp do to succeed in this product battle? Answer Question
Negotiation Details –
10% hike in salary base
I applied online and interviewed at NetApp.
Interview Details –
The HR emailed me and scheduled an initial ten minute screening interview. I waited for an hour but she didn't call. So I sent her an email hoping to receive a response. She emailed me 3 days later and rescheduled.
The initial screening was a rapid fire question round with basic questions from all topics ( Networks, OS, Algos)- IPv4 address size, NP vs P which is harder etc.
The second round was supposed to be an hour long. They forgot to call again. After I emailed them, I received a call an hour late. By this time i was completely frustrated and even though the questions were very easy, I screwed it up.
Started with HR questions- Strength, Weaknesses, Idol, Why technology, When can you join, Are you currently holding on to any other offers/interviewing elsewhere etc.
Basic Technical Questions - Difference between TCP/UDP, C vs Java, What are the routing protocols etc.
It was a good opportunity but was a disappointing experience for me. Partly because of how i didn't answer well and partly because of how they kept forgetting to call.
Interview Question – As I said, nothing particularly hard. Definitely possible to clear initial rounds with fundamental knowledge from your Comp Sci degree program. Answer Question
Very Difficult Interview
I applied online and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at NetApp in June 2013.
Interview Details –
This was the most interesting interview experience I have ever had. Writing a painfully long review as I think those who will make it to the end of this long review are the ones who have a very good chance of getting through :)
NetApp is a very reputed company and this must be(I am assuming) one of the rare cases, maybe.
The other day I got an email from the HR regarding this position and inquiring about my availability for a 10 minute technical screen. I sent her a few timings and then it was confirmed for one particular date.
And guess what ! she did *NOT* call. After waiting for about half an hour, I left her a voice mail and also sent an email asking if she wants to reschedule. NO Reply. Sent another email after a couple of days. NO Reply ! Following day, I thought this is so unfair. So, I called her up on her office number in the morning and she picked up. I reminded her about the scheduled call. She said she was busy in a meeting. Really ? Wouldn't it be nice to drop a quick message to the candidate who must be waiting anxiously besides his phone for the call ? I can understand that one may have forgotten or been busy due to some reason. But did you also not get my voice mail or my emails ?
Anyways, Then she asked if I have time for a 10 minute technical screen. I said sure!! and gave an interview right away. Never before in my life did I call up an interviewer to conduct my own interview. :) She then asked me to wait for a minute so that she can grab her "list of questions". Wow ! :D
I answered most of the questions correctly, not all. They were pretty basic, some networking related stuff like number if bits in IPv4/IPv6 and then Filesystem, inodes etc. The final question was about a binary tree and just for clarification, I asked her if it is a complete binary tree. She said.. "I am not sure, I am not a technical person". Epic ! right ? :)
Anyways, so at the end of the interview, she told me that I have done well and will be contacted again to schedule next round of telephonic interview. She *did* actually contact me and it was setup at a date about a week later from the first call and the interviewer *did* call me at the given time. Lucky me !
Again, the interviewer(Product Support Manager) didn't tell me much about himself, besides his name the company he works with :). Useful Info ! After I talked a little bit about my background, he started asking questions from his own list :D, seriously. The initial questions were typical boring behavioral questions like -- what are your 3 strengths, 3 weaknesses, role model, dream job, 3 reasons you want to work for NetApp, 3 reasons why NetApp should hire you etc. I am sure he got those from some website, minutes before the interview. Then came some technical questions like what are 3 differences between C and C++, 3 differences between malloc and calloc, 3 differences between TCP & IP. 3 must be his lucky number.
Anyways, after he ran out of questions(from his list) he said -- that's it and the HR will get back to me. He didn't even have the courtesy to ask me if I had any questions for him.
After sending out a couple of follow-up mails in the next week I finally got a reply saying they think that my *background doesn't match* with their requirements. Fair enough, because, It actually doesn't, as I have been a developer for years :D. To be honest, this is not a case of "sour grapes". I wanted to take this as just a practice interview and I thought I would learn at least a couple of things from it.
I did, and the takeaway was "to remain calm" in such situations and with such interviewers. And also, Be prepared with 3 answers to any darn question :).
For those, who have made it so patiently till the end of this review, I have good news for you ! If you are going to interview for this particular position and with the same people(Nothing personal), It's gonna be a cake walk. Good luck !
Interview Question – 3 weaknesses Answer Question
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