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Salesforce Senior Sales Engineer Interview Questions

Updated May 26, 2014
Updated May 26, 2014
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Senior Sales Engineer Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Francisco, CA
Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Francisco, CA
Application Details

I applied online. The process took 4 weeksinterviewed at Salesforce in December 2011.

Interview Details

I initially submitted my resume through the salesforce.com publicly available Jobs page. It took a while (maybe a few months) but eventually a recruiter contacted me via email. After going through the screening interview with him, I had a first "real" interview with a hiring manager. They actually had 3 hiring managers involved in the interviews process, they were teaming up to interview a number of people, and each manager would get one pick out of the collection of candidates who made it to the final selection process. --As it turns out, my first phone interview was with an SE Manager I did Not end up working for. It went well. They then brought me in to corporate offices for a panel interview with all 3 SE managers and a manager in training. This was rapid fire questions from multiple sides, I think as much to see how you handled that as anything else. Not very technical (I came from a background more technical and lower level than required at SFDC so that aspect was no issue for me throughout the interview process). I made it through this stage, and last stage was to be a larger panel interview with the SE VPt, a sales guy, a couple of the hiring managers, and a sales VP. One of the hiring managers (who ended up being my boss) Coached me over 2-3 Web meetings prior to this final Panel Demo Interview. I had to learn to demo salesforce.com to this audience. I got invaluable advice from this SE Manager. I went to the demo meeting, it went pretty well I thought, not my very best. But I got in.

Interview Questions
  • Just needing to know salesforce.com well enough to demo it, that was interesting to have to figure out on the fly and go do for a higher level audience.   View Answer
Negotiation Details
The salary was low. It still is. SFDC base salary for "Senior Sales Engineer" is poor at this point, that is if you are Actually Senior. I recommend sticking to your guns and demanding Lead Sales Engineer (or even Principal Sales Engineer) if you have 10+ years experience. At least their bonuses make up for the low base (at least, the Q4 bonus does)
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    Senior Sales Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Francisco, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Francisco, CA
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 4 weeksinterviewed at Salesforce in January 2010.

    Interview Details

    I was referred by a senior employee, which sped the process. He told a colleague, who would be my direct manager, about me, so the two of us had a 30-minute informal sit-down.
    The next step was a more in-depth 1:1, where that manager and I spoke for a longer period about what, exactly, the job would entail.
    After that, it was a 3.5-hour block, divided into five parts: 10-15 minutes with a recruiter, who asked about desired compensation, willingness to relocate (did she not see that I had a local address on my resume?), and company benefits. Then 4 45-minute interviews were planned. But the most senior person was in a meeting with a customer, so we were more flexible and I ended up meeting with two of the people at the same time.
    Observations: Relaxed dress code unless meeting with customers. Cubes with low dividers are the norm - I'd say that when I sat up straight in the cube I chatted in during the in-depth 1:1, it came up to my chin or my nose. One of the two floors I saw had a Wii, ping-pong table, video game machine with a ton of games, ice hockey game with those levers, fooz ball, and more. Kitchens well-stocked with snacks, sodas, bottled water, and everything I could want. It came VERY close to the kitchens I saw at Facebook.

    Sadly, there's a joke at salesforce.com that every employee had at least one snag or snafu in the recruiting process. Most of the people I have spoken to say that something went wrong with their first round of interviews and that they got the second job they applied for. Clearly, there is something messed up in the recruiting division.

    Interview Questions
    • Was asked how I would market a product I said I was thinking of writing.   View Answer
    Reasons for Declining

    I never heard from them after the interviews. Ten months (!!!) later, I was asked to interview for another position, and the interviewer asked if I had declined the first offer... it turns out that the recruiter had never passed on to me that the _vice president_ I had interviewed with had asked to see me again.

    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Senior Sales Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Munich (Germany)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Munich (Germany)
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 5+ weeksinterviewed at Salesforce in January 2014.

    Interview Details

    Phone contacts ran very smooth and friendly. The process ends with a panel session where the applicant is expected to engage in a simulated sales meeting.
    They expected me to invest a week of time to prepare for a simulated sales meeting, learning the product offering and preparing a demo.
    I think this is over the top - you will prove that you are willing to invest time, not that you fit the job.

    Interview Questions
    • I was expected to do an in depth demo of the salesforce.com solution   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

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