Very Difficult Interview
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 2 months - interviewed at Oracle in March 2013.
Interview Details – 3 interviews plus a phone scenario, back found checks also done by an independent company.
Interview Question – Most questions were focused on experience, tough grilling questions on different scenarios. Answer Question
I applied through an employee referral and interviewed at Oracle.
Interview Details – Really quick. Contacted recruiter and submitted my resume. Contacted the same day and asked when could talk.
Interview Question – Talk about yourself Answer Question
I applied through a recruiter and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Oracle.
Interview Details – 1) Started with a brief telephone interview, following up on my CV, experience, motivations to work at the company and plans for the future (next 5 years). The phone call came within a few hours after my application. The interviewer was very friendly and knowledgeable and was able to answer any questions I had at that point.
2) after the application was forward to management , within 4 days, I was asked by the recruiter to write a brief overview of my motivations, specific achievements, what I can bring to the company and an outlook where I see myself in 5 years.
3) Next step (after about 4 working days) was an invitation to the office, meeting with the regional and local market manager. The regional manager took lead and did a very structured and detailed interview , which lasted about 1 hour. I was asked how I found the job, my work related experiences, detailed questions to previous job tasks, achievements, how I solved problems or what I see as biggest challenges in this job. They took a lot of notes and were very attentive to any "contradictions" to what was on the CV and being said in the interview. I felt that this was part of checking how you cope with a bit of stress.
The interview put a lot of focus on the job questions but also showed some humor and followed up on a few unrelated topics, like sport. Overall, a very good interview experience, quite challenging but fair.
I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Oracle in June 2012.
Interview Details – Phone Interview - general chat about the position, what it was about
Interview - went through cv, asked me about course modules, question on TCP/IP, whats the format of an SQL statement
Interviewers were nice and showed me around the department
Interview Question – no difficult questions Answer Question
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 2 months - interviewed at Oracle in July 2008.
Interview Details – Very straightforward, telephone interview followed by face-to-face. I was told a day or two later that I had the job, but it took 6weeks to get a contract by which tiime I was out of my previous job 2 weeks and eager to get going
Interview Question – Why are you leaving your job at XXXX if you are doing so well? Answer Question
Negotiation Details – They didn't offer what I wanted immediately, and then I compromised on the first offer - retrospect tells me I should have stuck to my guns!
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Oracle in July 2008.
Interview Details – Two telephone and attended 1 out of 3 face-2-face interviews. First telephone interview was a breeze. Internal HR/Consultant screen. Second telephone interview was with a senior manager, again a breeze. First face to face interview was with a senior manager whose communication style was big picture which was incompatible with my own style. Questions asked were mundane, boring and ambiguous.
The interview skills of the hiring manager were lacking. I felt very disengaged throughout the short interview.
The hiring manager's competency based interview failed miserably due to the communication mismatch. It took only 10 minutes into the interview that I decided I didn't want to work for that person. I made that decision based on a question that was asked which I re-framed and volleyed back to the interviewer. This process only succeeded in winding the interviewer up whereas it should have engaged and demonstrated deeper inquiry into the role and make up of the ideal candidate. Which is good interview practice. I also demonstrated a deep research into the firm, Dublin operation and the hiring manager's professional Bio.
The hiring manager was accompanied in the interview with a spare part who didn't ask a single question. I disqualified myself during the interview and withdrew my application.
Interview Question – Please describe your management style? View Answer
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 3 months - interviewed at Oracle in October 2008.
Interview Details – The hiring process for me was very long and tiring, it took about three months from the start to the end, Initially I did intreviews over the phone and then came to Dublin for more interviews.
The interview was mainly technichal and included questions about C++, Java and Databases.
Interview Question – There was some sort of quiz question which I had to find the algorithm which was quite difficult Answer Question
I applied online and the process took 3 days - interviewed at Oracle in September 2011.
Interview Details – once you submit cv they call you really soon after first you have interview with the hr manager, then second tel. interview with the bdm then they invite you to go to irland
Interview Question – normal questions concerning sales just google most frequently asked interview questions and thats it.
be prepared for certain situations like selling stupid things or to discuss e.g. the curent economic situation :) all this in groups
last day you have 1:1 Interview with all the hiring managers Answer Question
Very Difficult Interview
The process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Oracle in August 2011.
Interview Details – First day at the assessment center is more informative and they are observing you all day long. There is a meeting with senior managers, presentation about Oracle, case about outsourcing and your opinion on it, technology demonstration, sales exercises important is to discover their needs and preferences, question and answer session and dinner. During the dinner you get a random subject and have to give a presentation for 2 minutes.
Second day there are 2 interviews. First with 2 managers. They do everything to make it hard for you and want to know how you handle. The way they ask questions was not humanly. The next interviews was with a panel of six managers they ask standard questions like why do you want to work for Oracle. I also had a third interview with another manager. He was very kind and normal in his way of interviewing. The culture that I have tested was pro Americans. My feedback is they suck al your energy two days long for a crap position and people working over there, they don’t look happy.
The process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Oracle in May 2011.
Interview Details – If you make it to the Assessment Centre, it's two full days of assessments. The first day consists of a group discussion on a topic (ours was on importing and exporting goods and what is your opinion on it). Speak first. Make sure you engage in that conversation. Say whatever- they are looking for someone who speaks up. Try and lead the conversation as much as possible. Ask someone who hasn't spoken yet what their opinion is.
Then they launched into a presentation about Oracle and it's products. Make sure you ASK as many questions as possible. Ask about competitors. Then comes the sales exercise. They ask you to go to a box full of random objects and sell it to a panel of managers. You have about a minute to sell this thing to them. Research selling exercises around selling a random object. Make sure you discover their needs by asking them what they're looking for in this product, etc. Try and go first. Remember, no one has a friggin clue what they're doing so you might as well go first. You get to sit there and watch everyone as well so it kind of eases the nerves.
dNext are more crap presentations; but don't expect them to say anything negative about Oracle! Interact with the managers as much as possible on breaks. At dinner is another ad hoc presentation about some random topic and you have to say your opinion on this topic. Some of the topics are funny, some are serious. Doesn't matter. Pick a side and go for it. Make sure you sit next to the managers. If Kevin is there, sit next to him and engage as much as possible.
The next day are two back to back interviews. One is with two managers and the other is with a panel of four managers. It's pretty intense, but they are standard interview questions all the same. I was asked, tell me about Oracle, why do you want to work here, why should we hire you, etc....Then you have to take an open-ended question test about the products on Oracle. Know competitors, and make sure you research the information they sent you in the email.
Just a word of caution: this is a strictly sales position. They do this whole smoke and mirrors thing to try and cover it up, but at the end of the day it is cold calling. Strictly cold calling. If you listen carefully to the current BDC's they bring in to speak to you about how much they love their jobs. No one loves cold calling. Oracle has one of the highest turnover rates, and for that very reason. A lot of song and dance for a crap position.
On the plus side they'll be able to tell straightaway if you'd be able withstand the cold calling environment, but if you don't make it, they won't let you know. I had to call three different recruiters to find out what my feedback was. They will gobble you up, spit you out and move on.
Interview Question – Why do you want to work here? Answer Question
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