Very Easy Interview
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 5 weeks - interviewed at RSA Security in August 2012.
Interview Details – Since I knew the local manager from a previous job, I had an in towards getting a foot in the door. I did not have to interview with him before getting a second interview. The phone interview with his counterpart in the head office was casual and as much about fit as technical ability.
Interview Question – There were none. I was in a position I was enjoying, so it was a very relaxed experience for me. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – The compensation will be split into base and bonus. The bonus is split into quarterly amounts and is contingent upon meeting goals arranged with your manager. While the goals are easily attainable, it will require some stretching. It's a good idea to negotiate as much as possible into your base.
Interviewed at RSA Security
Interview Details – Applied through RSA/EMC Website - interview process took 3 months - a little disorganizaed,
Interview Question – None - fairly straightforward process - just prolonged Answer Question
Interviewed at RSA Security
Interview Details – It was very straightforward as I had existing relationship with people in the company. I was always treated with respect and people seemed genuinely happy with the company.
Negotiation Details – Negotiated on base and bonus. Nothing else was negotiable.
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 6+ weeks - interviewed at RSA Security in September 2010.
Interview Details – I encountered a very typical review process. Phone interview with Human Resources, followed by interview with hiring manager. Then handed off back to Human Resources rep for offer, negotiation, and background checks. Full background check and drug test will be done after the initial conditional offer is made. Please an employee agreement must be signed.
Interview Question – This is going to vary greatly based on the position you are being interviewed for. As a trainer, I was asked to do an impromptu training. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – Ask for additional vacation during this phase. They will give an additional week (up to 3) for many new employees.
I applied online and the process took 4 days - interviewed at RSA Security in April 2012.
Interview Details – I was contacted by a recruiter. That interview went fine.
He setup an interview with the Hiring Manager. He was the Americas Practice Manager (PMO Mgr).
I had an overall 15 mins interview. The interviewer was very impatient and did not follow my conversation at all. Sometimes he asked the same question 3 times, even though i answered the very first time.
I applied online and the process took 2 days - interviewed at RSA Security in October 2010.
Interview Details – The phone interview was pretty technical, followed by an in-person interview. The in-person was a day-long process, very technical. Even the manager had a good technical understanding of the project. The questions mostly bounced around design and algorithms, pseudo-coding. Programming language does not matter.
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 2 months - interviewed at RSA Security in May 2011.
Interview Details – Initially, the company's HR was very slow at responding to me. I had a phone interview, which went well. They wanted me to fly out to Boston to interview in person, but would not pay for my flight/hotel. I felt that the interview went well in person, but other than a quick response to my thank you note I got no other correspondence. I followed up with each of the HR personnel that spoke with me, but got no response. Overall, I felt that the least they could do was to give me an idea of what was happening with my application.
Interview Question – Tell me what you know about financial analysis. Answer Question
Very Difficult Interview
The process took 2 months - interviewed at RSA Security in May 2011.
Interview Details – The process started with my recruiter presenting me to the company. They liked what they saw and brought me in for a 1:1 with the HR head, the gentleman I was replacing, and finally his boss.; ~ 4 hours. About a week later the HR rep contacted me saying that I had moved to the next level and to complete a technical exercise within a week. This included modelling a software product, but was left pretty open; you are expected to ask questions. About a week or two after turning in artifacts, RSA had me come in to walk through what I was thinking during the exercise. This was a ~1.5 hour presentation in front of ~10 persons from several different disciplines, inside and outside of the IT org. Several weeks later my recruiter received feedback that they were passing. The reason was that I was not technical enough for the position. All in all, I thought it was a very challenging, but pleasant experience. RSA certainly wants you to know your stuff. Also, it was very nice that the HR rep debriefed you after each phase of the process; this was a pleasant change from normal interviewing. The feedback was constructive and thoughtful.
Interview Question – What is your 90 day plan? Answer Question
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 5+ weeks - interviewed at RSA Security in August 2010.
Interview Details – RSA Security has a more rigorous interview process than the parent company EMC. My total interview process took 39 days and consisted of multiple phone and in-person interviews. The entire process is pretty intense but it gives you a real sense they are looking for the right candidate. Just take it one interview at a time and give honest answers.
There was also a technical interview with one of my current peers which wasn't too bad. The 6-week boot camp for Associate Technology Consultants is pretty extensive training so they aren't looking for security experts, but rather candidates that are comfortable with IT and technology in general. Detailed networking knowledge (CCNA level) is highly desirable. Culture is expectation of high-performance and the big focus for ATC / TCs is to get the technical win on deals. Most critical is the relationship with your manager which was a pretty good experience for me overall except for one incident a few months ago where my manager didn't "cover my back" like I expect and have gotten from managers in the past. The trust relationship is better now but tread with caution in the first few months on the job.
Interview Question – Why do you want this job? Answer Question
Negotiation Details – I was only able to negotiate for more vacation to match my current job at the time - 3 weeks. They didn't budge on the salary / bonus but they did their homework and based on my base salary at the time and relatively no experience in info sec, they made a fair offer. Like many technology companies, the offer is highly dependent on your experience, existing salary and local job market. I am fortunate to live in a city that is a job seeker's market if you are a technical pre-sales engineer. I continue to get interview requests from recruiters every few weeks.
I applied through an employee referral and the process took a day - interviewed at RSA Security in April 2010.
Interview Details – Pleasant interview seeking general information. Felt that a bias was brought into the interview because of my previous work sector.
Interview Question – Tell me about yourself. View Answer
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