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Updated Feb 9, 2015
Updated Feb 9, 2015
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    Human Resources Generalist/Human Resources Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral – interviewed at Parallels.

    Interview Details

    The interview process was great. Scott did an excellent job keeping me in "the loop" in terms of the overall schedule and setting expectations around the entire process from interview to potential offer. The team asked the tough questions but also painted a clear picture of the role, what they were looking for and what it can be like working for a global company like Parallels.

    Interview Questions
    • The questions were very targeted around HR Programs and Processes. However, it was also clearly an interview to ensure I was a good fit for the team dynamic.   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  2.  

    Cloud Solution Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    The process took 2+ weeksinterviewed at Parallels.

    Interview Details

    Process was quite fast. Company very flexible and appraisal in the way to get you on board. All people seems very enthusiastic and sounds like a great team to be in.

    Interview Questions
    • Typical questions about customer unhappy or how to manage projects.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    It was flexible. I didn't get the max of my range but they just adjust in the middle.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    Director of Product Marketing Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at Parallels.

    Interview Details

    It was difficult but certainly not impossible. Mostly situational interviews.

    Interview Questions
    • Describe a framework for prioritizing cloud services to sell to SMBs.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
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    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Director of Global Staffing & Recruiting Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Renton, WA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Renton, WA
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 6 weeksinterviewed at Parallels in June 2013.

    Interview Details

    This position supports a world-wide network of offices and employees and required a large number of interviews with various stakeholders locally and around the globe. This is a unique role and would not be the same experience for those joining the company in other capacities. Without exception the interviewers were highly professional and well trained,

    Interview Questions
    • Questions were primarily behavior and situational based so there really weren't any exceptionally difficult or unexpected questions.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    Very easy. The hiring manager was transparent through the whole process about compensation and benefits.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Business Systems Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Renton, WA
    Anonymous Employee in Renton, WA
    Application Details

    I applied through other source. The process took 4 weeksinterviewed at Parallels in January 2013.

    Interview Details

    Initially, recruiters were very eager to speak with me and I received a very positive response from my resume and subsequent phone interviews with the recruiter and hiring mgr. This led to a first round of in-person interviews with the team I'd be working with. The interview was held in a conference room with the entire team present. The questions that 3/4 of the team came up with were ridiculous and unprofessional and demonstrated a complete lack of respect. Also, the line of questioning indicated that no one had really bothered to review my resume very carefully (except one person who was new, and who was actually very intelligent and professional). In short: Worst. Interview. Experience. Ever.

    Interview Questions
    • The very last question I was asked was whether I had ever managed or been in charge of an entire ERP system. At my last job we had 3 Sr. Directors managing what I would have been managing at Parallels, so not only was this person comparing apples to oranges, but, if he had read my resume he'd realize that the answer to his question was a big fat NO. Honestly, I don't go to interviews to be embarassed or abused by interviewers. Needless to say I didn't get asked back for round 2. Probably a blessing.   Answer Question
    • Another one of the 4 interviewers asked me if I had brought a copy of systems documentation that I had done in the past, presumably at a previous employer. Another ridiculous question. Copying your company's systems documentation is most likely a violation of their policy and probably even illegal. Also, I'm not a mind-reader. I would never have thought to bring a physical example of this work.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Solution Architect Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Renton, WA
    Anonymous Employee in Renton, WA
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 3+ monthsinterviewed at Parallels.

    Interview Details

    Recruiter contacted me, from either Monster or TheLadders, initially very hot, but the process lasted over 3 month. Had phone and in-person interviews. Both focused on consulting experience and project management skills. Technical skills were useful only in last round of interviews, and were more then adequate. The job was very interesting, and for the first time evere my russian language was a bonus. The hiring manager was very upfront about the inability to match my salary expectations and that proved to be the undoing of the deal

    Interview Questions
    • Nothing technical. The Solution Architect threw up some high-level requirements for high-traffic news site up on the whiteboard and asked me to architect it's logical and physical infrastructure, which I did, it seems to his satisfaction.   View Answer
    Reasons for Declining

    Base salary too low as measured against:
    a) High level responsibilities expected
    b) Big demands on time due to work in various timezones
    c) So-so office location (Renton?)

    Declined Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Senior Accountant Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Renton, WA
    Anonymous Employee in Renton, WA
    Application Details

    The process took 4 weeksinterviewed at Parallels in December 2011.

    Interview Details

    Talked to recruiter for Sr. Accountant position (I am an MBA) - she phoned me. One of the questions she asked I found inappropriate was " am I Russian". Nevertheless I agreed to an Interview, since I waited one year for an opening for Accounting position at this same company. I met with 4 members of the team - AP Manager, International Acct. Mgr, US Acct Mgr, and Director of Accounting for both US and International. The interview went well with all, but the US Mgr, who was not interested to find out what I can bring to the table and my match with their requirements, but to find something that I am not familiar regardless if its required for this position. I sent thank you letters and was told to wait after the Holidays. No one called and had to phone the recruiter. She said she doesn't know if I am their choice, but few hours later e-mailed me that they picked someone else. Something was very wrong in this whole process. It was rude for interviewing someone for 4 hours and not making the effort to let them know about your decision, so they can go with their plans. If you plan to apply at this company please make sure you find more inside info first - they seem not to like minorities.

    Interview Questions
    • National origin questions.   View Answer
    • Questions unrelated and not required knowledge for the position.   View Answer
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview
  9.  

    Software Developer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Nizhniy Novgorod (Russia)
    Anonymous Employee in Nizhniy Novgorod (Russia)
    Application Details

    I applied through a staffing agency. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at Parallels in January 2015.

    Interview Details

    Got a call from a recruiting agency.
    In my case there were 2 steps (both Skype interviews ~1 hour each):
    1) Technical specialist, CV review - asked questions regarding my background, basing on CV and field of work
    2) Technical interview - some tasks without writing any code: "how would you solve this task", "describe design of the system basing on the following requirements", etc.

    After 2nd interview they finally realized that they need a specialist with other programming language experience.

    Interview Questions
    • You have a text, print all words in acsending order basing on their frequencies   Answer Question
    • Design a system, which reads filesystem for incoming tasks and then processes them. How would you ensure optimal performance?   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Technical Account Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Johannesburg (South Africa)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Johannesburg (South Africa)
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3+ monthsinterviewed at Parallels in October 2013.

    Interview Details

    It was a long process with many parties involved. Everyone I dealt with was always extremely helpful, considerate and understanding. Some of the interview happened late at night in order to accomodate everyone but it always went well. The team made sure I was kept in the loop as much as possible so I always knew what was going on, what we were waiting for etc.

    Overall, it was a great experience.

    Interview Questions
    • I come from a technical, hands on, background. The most difficult question was around that, and whether I would miss working in a hands on role.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    It was pretty straight forward. I explained my position and requirements and we took it form there.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Sales Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at Parallels in February 2011.

    Interview Details

    Recruitng manager found me. Very positive interview.. quite knoweldgeable on the business and had a good grasp on what was important. Described the company well.

    Did a second phone interview with the hiring manager - was brought in the following week for interviews with sales and marketing partners. Interviewers were on time and engaged. Very enthused about the business and had good energy..challenging day with different styles

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    fair offer up front. slight negotiation - but gap was quickly met in the middle.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

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