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Principal Software Engineer, Big Data Interview (Negative Experience; Average Interview)
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 3 months - interviewed at Red Hat in June 2014.
Interview Details – The interview process involved a recruiter phone screening, number of behavioral interviews over the phone with team members, followed by a phone interview with the hiring manager (iirc). I was told they'd get back to me by a certain date. Then they asked for a two-week extension when they date came. Then they never got back to me. They left me hanging, not knowing how to conduct the rest of my job search. They never even had the decency to let me know I was no longer being considered, despite promising to call me back.
Also, the job was advertised as allowing remote work from anywhere in the U.S., but they declined to advertise that there are 7 states from which they won't normally hire people. So it was irritating to invest the effort into getting an interview without knowing that likely roadblock awaited.
Overall I'm deeply disappointed with Red Hat. They showed a systemic lack of character.
Interview Question – Don't remember. Normal stuff like "what's your biggest mistake". Answer Question
Inside Sales Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied through an employee referral and the process took a day - interviewed at Red Hat in March 2014.
Interview Details – 3 interviews typically, though in my case I was referred to the Director of Talent Acquisition directly, so we skipped 2 of them. Questions about desire, RH knowledge, reason for move, time to relocate, etc. Overall very friendly and positive. The role was a little lower than I had planned but Red Hat offers promotional achievement internally, so I wasn't worried about moving up quickly, which is why I went forward with the role.
Interview Question – How will my experiences carry over to Red Hat as I'm unproven on their particular technology despite supporting it for 3 years...this caught me off guard. View Answer
Hyperion Consultant Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied through a recruiter and the process took 1 week - interviewed at Red Hat in February 2014.
Interview Details – After applying on a DICE.com for the Job, i received a phone call from the recruiter and they asked for my details and talked to me on a video call as well. At first they setup an interview with the manager and talked to him for Half hour and then for second round the whole team talked to me for an hour on phone. After that i was called on site to have a face to face interview which lasted for 3 hours approximately. Company had through process to get the perfect candidate for the job. Recruiter haled alot to understand the manager and team better before interview.
Interview Question – One of the team member explained a difficult scenario and asked me to resolve in only 20 to 30 minutes. I tried my best and resolved as much as i can. He basically wanted to see how much effort i am making to resolve it. Answer Question
Principal Architect Interview (Positive Experience; Difficult Interview)
I applied through an employee referral and interviewed at Red Hat.
Interview Details – Each group has their own process. There is a round of interviews that usually is 6 or more. There maybe a technical presentation or hands on exercise. It is very technical for technical position. You can not bluff your way into a job
Interview Question – Prepare, present and answer questions on a topic of your choice. There will be someone in the room who probably knows more than you and will push you. Answer Question
Solutions Architect Interview (Positive Experience; Difficult Interview)
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Red Hat in March 2012.
Interview Details – The interview process was very informal. I did a phone screening, and face-to-face, and then a mock presentation. The technical screening (phone) consisted the usual techie questions. The panel interview was a presentation in front of the sales reps.
Interview Question – The sales reps asked very sales-ey questions that i was not familiar with. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – Easy
Sales Analyst Interview (Neutral Experience; Average Interview)
I applied through college or university and the process took 3 months - interviewed at Red Hat in February 2013.
Interview Details – I went to a career fair and met the internship program coordinator. They called me about an internship, and I said I was only interested in full-time. Interviews were a series of telephone and Skype interviews with ~5 people, and extra calls and time spent with my 2 direct supervisors. It was clear I needed to know Excel. Much of the interview focused on Excel competence, and various ways I'd used Excel in past challenges.
Interview Question – I don't recall the specifics, but it was a question about have you ever found yourself in a specific situation, and how did you solve the problem. I answered a very similar situation, and the main interviewer said, No, I was asking about SPECIFIC SITUATION. View Answer
Negotiation Details – Research glassdoor, salary.com, the NACE calculator, or other online calculators and databases, and find the appropriate salary for your role. Just by asking, you'll almost always get at least 10% more. The way you ask is important. State that fair compensation for (role) in (city), based on your research on glassdoor, salary.com, etc is $X. I'm sure we can work together toward a fair compensation package for me.
Software Engineer Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied through a staffing agency and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Red Hat in May 2014.
Interview Details – I found the job description on local java meetup group. A recruiter post it. Then I got connected with her. She introduced me to the position. Then I had a screen technical interview with her. After a day, she told me I passed it. After that, she told me that she would talk with a software manager and schedule a phone interview.
I waited for about 10 days before they gave me the call. The interview was very technical. Then the recruiter called me after 3 hrs to tell me I was denied.
Interview Question – thread
hash map/map/hash table
pass by reference/value
linked list and array list
E-R model Answer Question
Very Difficult Interview
Senior Software Engineer Interview (Negative Experience; Very Difficult Interview)
I applied through a recruiter and the process took a day - interviewed at Red Hat in May 2014.
Interview Details – Interview was harder than expected for a phone screen. Interviewer asked very technical questions that I was not at all prepared for. The previous phone screen I had was not technical at all.
Interview Question – What is REST and SOAP and explain the difference View Answer
Product Management Intern Interview (Negative Experience; Average Interview)
I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Red Hat in February 2014.
Interview Details – I got two interview calls from Red Hat for the position of product marketing intern. In the first one I was asked general questions like describing my experience and what my education level was and regarding my future career expectations. The second one was scheduled after a week and till that time they answered my queries and were very polite. I am guessing they went ahead with other applicant because since the time the interview got over they never returned any calls or did not respond to my mails. Its better to have a feedback/result from a company even if its a rejection.
Interview Question – My future career goals, Explaining my role in previous positions, explaining the goals that were achieved or missed. Explain my understanding of the job requirements Answer Question
Senior Consultant Interview (Neutral Experience)
I applied through a recruiter and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Red Hat.
Interview Details – Typically up to 3 interviews. Will be asked technical questions regarding design. Typically look for some sort of management experience.
Interview Question – How much does a 747 weight? Answer Question
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