I applied through an employee referral and the process took 8 months - interviewed at Salesforce.com.
Interview Details – Interviews were over the phone, with one onsite presentation/demo. The questions were a little about my experience, and a lot more about how I would handle certain situations. The interviewer wanted to see a flexible approach to sales situations and presenting demos, and was interested in how I would make the decision about how and when to engage customers and present demos. The interviewer was looking for my approach to customer discovery, and also how I would show business process and value rather than talking about software functionality exclusively.
Interview Question – Building and giving a demo, with the audience throwing in distractions, was the toughest part. View Answers (2)
Negotiation Details – Salesforce provides fairly good terms and compensation (though others do pay more) and there's very little negotiation. The background check was quite extensive.
I applied through a recruiter and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Salesforce.com in August 2011.
Interview Details – 2 phone interviews and 1 video interview (Skype)
Interview Question – Financial application use case View Answer
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 6 weeks - interviewed at Salesforce.com in June 2013.
Interview Details – I was referred to SFDC by a former boss who was a sales manager there at the time. Recruiter reached out immediately for an initial screening. Sooner after, he scheduled time with the hiring manager approximately a week later. The call went well and he outlined next steps including a mock presentation and a sample scenario he would like to me cover, which I took as a good sign. Multiple weeks went by and eventually I had to reached out to the recruiter several times to get an update. Eventually he scheduled another interview with the same manager, this time in person. The manager did not remember anything about me or how I found SFDC, which was a turn off. He did express his disappointment that I was unable to attend a SFDC hiring event a few days earlier, although I never committed to attending. Over the next couple of weeks, I had calls with the manager's counterparts in other regions as well as his boss. None of the conversations were very compelling and SFDC lost its luster for me by the end. The boss did mention he had a concern that I did not have previous experience in a dedicated sales engineer role, but asked if I was open to looking at other positions within the company potentially. I agreed to explore other options, but never heard back from anyone at SFDC nor did I reach out. Other SFDC recruiters have reached out since but my experience was so poor I would not interview with them again.
Interview Question – Rather standard question for a software sales engineer position.. nothing difficult or thought provoking Answer Question
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 5 months - interviewed at Salesforce.com in February 2012.
Interview Details – Multiple phone/skype/in person interviews followed by onsite presentation interview where I had to deliver an actual demo to the team.
Interview Question – Given my success, why do I want to leave my former employer View Answer
Negotiation Details – Standard offer
The process took 2+ weeks - interviewed at Salesforce.com in February 2010.
Interview Details – FIrst I spoke with a recruiter then the hiring manager. That was followed by a presentation to a couple of managers. Then a phone interview with a peer and an executive
Interview Question – Build a demonstration from a trial org and organize a presentation around it Answer Question
Negotiation Details – Non-negotiable
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 7 months - interviewed at Salesforce.com in May 2011.
Interview Details – Long and convoluted. Bringing management from 2 offices during summer was like pulling teeth. All told had 5 separate interviews/panel discussions. Lots of overlap in the question process, but not terribly difficult or unexpected.
Interview Question – Nothing out of the ordinary, but the process itself was like pulling teeth. Just when you think an answer one way or another is coming, there was silence, or 'another interview'. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – Here it is, take it or leave it.
Interviewed at Salesforce.com
Interview Details – One phone interview, one day-long meet the team interview with a demonstration / presentation
Interview Question – Tell me about your proudest achievement Answer Question
I applied through other source and the process took 2 months - interviewed at Salesforce.com in January 2013.
Interview Details – A very extensive interview process with peer interviews, interviews with the Account Executives, senior sales management, etc.
Several telephone interviews, culminating in an in-person interview and mock presentation.
Interview Question – Not really any difficult questions, Salesforce.com seems to be more focused on fit than technical validation, but this may depend on your resume. Answer Question
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Salesforce.com.
Interview Details – I was an employee referral and was contacted quickly by HR. I had 6 phone interviews with mgmt and their employees over the course of 2 weeks. The last step was an onsite demo/presentation to a panel (some were remote) based on a mock case study. I had a wonderful experience and even though some of it was difficult, everyone was easygoing and pleasant to talk to. The hardest questions came from the hiring manager and his boss.
This is an amazing company and it's worth pursuing hard.
Interview Question – You need to have experience with value or consultative selling instead of feature/function pushing. You probably shouldn't interview for the job if you don't have experience selling to the C-suite or can't have a ROI conversation. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – Their first offer was extremely compelling so I didn't negotiate.
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 4 weeks - interviewed at Salesforce.com in December 2011.
Interview Details – Telephone screening, call with manager and team members, panel case study presentation and interview, final interviews with senior execs
Interview Question – Tell me about the competition, their strengths and weaknesses View Answer
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