I applied through an employee referral and the process took 1 week - interviewed at Nutanix in November 2013.
Interview Details – I am a kernel/systems developer and have worked on large distributed systems with past experience working on block drivers and distributed storage. Was referred by a acquaintance. Phone interview was about systems programming and general OS stuff. Was invited for onsite. I had 4 interviews. Only one person asked anything close to what I have been doing. The last two interviewers asked me questions fit for a fresh graduate. It was a problem solving question and another was a programming question related to parsing text. I could not understand what this had to do with my experience or skills. I was hoping for more algorithm related questions or systems programming related questions.
Interview Question – Parser for text Answer Question
I applied online and interviewed at Nutanix.
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Applied online and got a test which I submitted. After few days they called me for an interview which was unorganized. One of the interviewers was not present in the company at the time it was scheduled. They just picked a random person and asked him to interview me.
The expectation was different from my skill sets and did not go through it.
I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Nutanix in August 2013.
Interview Details – Applied online- Recruiter contacted me in couple of days. Schedule 1st phone interview for general introduction and experience related questions. Followed by programming quiz to implement multithreaded programming question. Followed by phone interview. Quiz was good. Difficulty level was okay. Could not proceed further because messed up badly in phone interview. Overall I feel interview process is good and there are great minds in company working on cool product.
Interview Question – Design and implement File Cache Answer Question
I applied online and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Nutanix.
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Initial problem dealing with multi-threading followed by a phone interview and onsite interviews. The process was very good. It is tough to find companies that allow you the freedom to code and return the solution, which is what I liked about Nutanix. The people there are brilliant. The on-site was 4 rounds. Initially, emphasis was on what we have learnt (systems related, kernel, etc.) followed by basic algorithms, data structures, coding exercises. What I liked about the company was that the questions they asked were relevant questions regd. scaling, multithreading, etc. and i thoroughly enjoyed *building* the solution with the interviewers.
All and all, a very good experience
Interview Question – Explain condition variables, how would you implement a fair mutex, Answer Question
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 6+ weeks - interviewed at Nutanix in March 2013.
Interview Details – Overall good(not great). Mostly ask data structures, algorithms questions, systems questions, linux kernel related and some problem solving. Also, final programming assignment related to systems & multi-threaded programming.
Interview Question – Unexpected: timed(couple of hours) programming assignment Answer Question
Very Easy Interview
I applied in-person and interviewed at Nutanix.
Interview Details – I applied to this position and got scheduled to have an interview with their Controller as they did not have any HR person at the time. This Controller does not have any HR background, did not ask much questions relating to HR.
Interview Question – The part that bothers me the most was that they never got back to me despite my effort contacting them several times. Of course I understand I was not picked for the position but they should at least give me a call or send me an email. They have a staffing manager and several recruiting coordinators, apparently, they are not doing their job representing their company image. I even sent a message to one of the coordinators on LinkedIn, my message went unanswered. Answer Question
I applied through college or university and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Nutanix in April 2012.
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1 Programming assignment, 1 phone interview and an onsite interview. Onsite interview consist of 4 face-to face interviews. The level of difficulty was okay. Asked broad range of questions related to system programming and distributed systems. Compared to the interviews that I had with other companies, which usually asked some major big programming question for each interview, they asked me a lot of small questions, ideas and concepts. Send me an offer within few days.
Their product is really unique, and I could feel that people working there are smart. It has been only half a year since they actually launched their first official product. The office was little damp when I visited, probably because it is a startup.
Although they had good perks and benefits, offer was significantly lower than that I have received from the other companies. They told me their offer is lower because it is a startup, but it was more than 15k lower than what I have received from other startup in San Jose, (and 10k lower than from Seattle!) so I was very confused why they were saying that. They provided stock options as well but not much.
Interview Question – System programming, concurrency, distributed systems Answer Question
Reason for Declining – Low salary, no 401(k) matching. (but they said they will have it in the future so it may change)
I applied through a recruiter and the process took 3 days - interviewed at Nutanix in April 2012.
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I got an interview today with them and I have to say that I didn't make it.
It wasn't anything big why I didn't make it, but it's just not the perfect fit.
It looks like the people here are looking for fresh college students and not people who are experienced in support with soft skills and good strong troubleshooting skills.
Most of the questions I got were really nitty gritty questions (ie OSI layer related)
The guy came off the bat with -- what's the OSI layer, I felt like I was in a college exam again. They aren't really interested in troubleshooting skills or skill sets that offer value.
Not to say that his question wasn't valid, but it was a bit elementary to test your skills. A better question to test your skills would have been: "If issue A happened, how will you go about fixing issue A?"
You can look up the OSI model in 5 minutes and answer his question, but honestly understanding the OSI model is elementary, and I have to say I didn't answer it because the question truly caught me off guard.
He went on to ask some really low level basic questions that everyone should know, but wouldn't immediately answer correctly. It won't really matter if you knew what VM files are or the extension, since that would be learned through experience as well as just repetitiveness of using VM. (btw, VMX would be VM files).
I Just want to put forward that the interviewer was really nice, but questions were all wrong and those questions would probably eventually just bring in some new college student. If you were looking for that -- no problem. But someone experienced in support won't know that off the top of their heads unless they are already working on it constantly, and in the support world it won't make sense to just look at the OSI layer all day.
Questions should test cognitive skills, not just simple answer questions.
As a technical support role, unless you like call centers, this is what I believe will be the path of development for Nutanix.
Not knocking them, if that's the idea they are going for -- great. but I doubt the stress will be worth the pay. Glad I did fail this one, since their questions fitted more of a college grad than an experienced engineer.
I applied through other source and the process took a day - interviewed at Nutanix in February 2012.
Interview Details – I got contacted after they saw my resume on one of the job sites . They said my resume was good so they gave me a call. The interview was simple and easy, I was asked basic networking questions in linux like commands used to check the current running processes, something on Nslookup facility of DNS , and also some questions about SQL.
Interview Question – If there was no DHCP configured on your system and you did not assign any ip address to your interface then what ip address would it get? View Answers (2)
Pros: High energy, fun, filled to the brim of very intelligent people who are good at what they do. Lunch perks, game room, video games, ping pong tables, massage chairs, massages. Perks of a fun startup. – Full Review
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