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Updated Mar 3, 2015
Updated Mar 3, 2015
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    Product Manager I Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Westford, MA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Westford, MA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 4 weeksinterviewed at Red Hat.

    Interview Details

    2 phone screens (HR and development manager), online present, and then a meet and greet onsite in Westford. The onsite visit was about 4 hours long. Pretty standard questions, not really impressed with the interviewers ~ really didn't answer my questions.

    Received offer and was told that I needed to start immediately; this, despite, telling them, several times in fact, that due to my wife's medical condition that I could not relocate for 4 to 6 weeks (I was moving from Canada). 4 weeks after turning offer down, a different recruiter contacted me and said they were willing to wait. I declined again.

    Interview Questions
    • Given the nature of the position, I was asked several questions relating to my experience as a "product manager".   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    It was reasonable.
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
  2.  

    Inside Sales Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    Initial recruiter screening with phone interview. Face to face interviews with two managers and a Sr. Director that allowed deep dive into the actual position. After this we had a role play call.

    Interview Questions
    • The role play was unexpected but had a few days to prepare.   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Associate Middleware Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at Red Hat.

    Interview Details

    Spoke with a recruiter on campus and followed up by signing up for an on campus interview via the campus job site. It was mostly just get to know the company, see if it was right for you kind of thing. A few days later a recruiter emailed to set up an on campus interview in Raleigh. The first night was a dinner where you got to speak with current Red Hat employees and learn more about the company and culture. The second day they gave us lunch and had 2 1 hour interviews that were not technical at all.

    Interview Questions
    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Associate Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Raleigh, NC
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Raleigh, NC
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at Red Hat in November 2014.

    Interview Details

    I met some Red Hat representatives from the Raleigh office at my University's career fair, dropped off a Resume and was contacted about arranging a first round interview. I met with one of the guys on the consulting team and had a time talking about Red Hat's role in the Linux community both in regards to business and charity programs. I was told that the interview would be mostly technical but at no point was I ever drilled with coding questions.

    Later on, I was invited to a final round interview in Raleigh which involved a dinner with Red Hat employees from all over the country working in a variety of different departments, as well as a corresponding multi-part interview that occurred the next day at the office. It was clear to me that these interviews were designed to find a good project fit for me as most of the questions centered around personal business interests and opinions of project management and organization (e.g. hinting at what kind of clients would you want to work with).

    I was given an offer about 2 weeks later from the recruiter in which I was given multiple location options. While it was kind of scary waiting for so long after the interview, overall, I was very pleased with the way the process was handled and how courteous everyone was during each stage of the process. The interviewers didn't go off a script or anything, unlike a lot of the other jobs I had interviewed for this year, and seemed genuinely interested in everything I had to say. Red Hat clearly values your personality and is definitely devoted to putting together a diverse and interesting community of employees, regardless of what their position may be.

    Interview Questions
    • How much does a 747 weight?   View Answer
    • Let's say you get started on a new project you know nothing about, what are some of the questions you would ask before getting started?   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    They gave me a pretty awesome starting package, so I wasn't about to complain.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  6.  

    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Application Details

    I applied through a staffing agency. The process took 3 daysinterviewed at Red Hat in October 2014.

    Interview Details

    This position was brought to my attention through my staffing agency. They presented the position and I did an initial phone screen. The phone conversation was about 45 minutes long and consisted of mostly technical questions. Very little about personality came into plan during the screening. While there were basic, straight-forward answers, there were quite a few challenging "big picture" questions as well that involved designing project structure as well as database schemas. Having only done the phone screening, it proved to be quite difficult to conduct a relatively in-depth interview over the phone.

    Interview Questions
    • The difficult piece of the interview was answering business case or design questions that took a minute to think about and would have certainly helped to have a whiteboard or at least been in the room with them.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview
  7. 4 people found this helpful  

    Junior Java Developer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Raleigh, NC
    Anonymous Employee in Raleigh, NC
    Application Details

    I applied through a staffing agency. The process took 2+ weeksinterviewed at Red Hat in September 2014.

    Interview Details

    2 rounds of Phone Interview followed by a face to face interview round in the Company with a panel of 3 team members.

    Questions Asked:
    1. Thread
    2. Synchronization
    3. Serialization
    4. Hash Map, Vector, Set, Array List - Uses and Differences
    5. Static - Variable, Method and Class Purpose
    6. Inner Class - Purpose and Example
    7. Multi Threading
    8. Asked to write a basic Java Program - Logic Specific
    9. Asked to draw tables and show the 3rd Normalization and from those tables drawn, was asked to perform sum() with a specific condition

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Principal Architect Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral – 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 Questions
    • 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
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Principal Software Engineer, Big Data Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Westford, MA
    Anonymous Employee in Westford, MA
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 3+ monthsinterviewed 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 Questions
    • Don't remember. Normal stuff like "what's your biggest mistake".   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview
  10. 5 people found this helpful  

    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Raleigh, NC
    Anonymous Employee in Raleigh, NC
    Application Details

    I applied through a staffing agency. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed 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 Questions
    • thread
      multi thread
      hash map/map/hash table

      iterator
      static
      final

      pass by reference/value
      private/public/protected/default
      constructor/method/class

      linked list and array list
      hash table

      final
      abstract class

      E-R model
       
      Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  11. 4 people found this helpful  

    Senior Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Raleigh, NC
    Anonymous Employee in Raleigh, NC
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took a dayinterviewed 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 Questions
    • What is REST and SOAP and explain the difference   View Answer
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

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