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Updated Apr 10, 2014
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Engagement Manager Interview

Engagement Manager
Hong Kong (Hong Kong)

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Sun Microsystems in January 2008.

Interview Details – Why you want to change your current job?
Why we have to hire you?
What is your experience that related to our openings?
What is the case that demonstrate best of your ability?
What is the failure case and what you learnt from that experience?

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User Researcher Interview

User Researcher

I applied through other source and the process took 3+ weeks - interviewed at Sun Microsystems.

Interview Details – Reasonably fast. One or two people interviewing you at a time.

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Senior Software Engineer Interview

Senior Software Engineer

I applied through college or university and the process took 3 days - interviewed at Sun Microsystems in April 2012.

Interview Details – very easy and clean but confusing and tough at same time

Interview Question – who made java[jdk 0.1]???   Answer Question

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Education Marketing Interview

Education Marketing

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 1 week - interviewed at Sun Microsystems in April 2010.

Interview Details – Not too rigorous because I came in with excellent recommendations

Interview Questions

Negotiation Details – Negotiations were easy due to specialized expertise

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Engineering Manager Interview

Engineering Manager

I applied online and the process took 1 week - interviewed at Sun Microsystems in January 2010.

Interview Details – Described working experiences, technical capabilities and project management techniques. Former projects were also discussed and asked by the panel during the personal up front interview. Went to the drawing board to describe the processes, quality control practices that were done by the previous experiences. Asked personal questions regarding plans, rooms to growth and etc.

Interview Question – What are your weaknesses, and how you overcome them   Answer Question

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Engineer Interview

Engineer

I applied online and the process took a day - interviewed at Sun Microsystems in February 2009.

Interview Details – First there is a phone interview. After that you will be invited for an on-site interview by 4-5 people.

Interview Question – Why do we use the Sparc chip.   Answer Question

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Member of Technical Staff Interview

Member of Technical Staff

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Sun Microsystems in January 2009.

Interview Details – The first round was a skills test consisting on C, C++, OS questions. They were very tough, especially questions relating to unix system programming and concepts. The second round was 1:1 onsite. The third round was a telephonic one with a senior colleague from the US and the final one was with the Director of the group regarding salary negotiation.

Interview Questions

  • How does the proc interface differ between Linux and Solaris?   View Answer
  • Explain a project on your resume   View Answer

Negotiation Details – It was respectful and progressive. Do not be afraid to ask a little higher salary than what you desire, and there will be a little bargaining here and there. However, do not be too rigid - Sun is a great place to work at and you will have a great work-life balance.

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Staff Software Engineer Interview

Staff Software Engineer

The process took 2 days - interviewed at Sun Microsystems in April 2009.

Interview Details – Very orderly, fair and respectful.

Interview Questions

  • Describe the process of performance tuning.   View Answer
  • Describe the debugging of a memory leak problem.   View Answer

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Member of Technical Staff (MTS) Interview

Member of Technical Staff (MTS)
Bangalore (India)

The process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Sun Microsystems in August 2010.

Interview Details – It consists of 1 written test for 1 hour covering 4 sections C Programming, OS, Aptitude, Puzzle. I guess it was some 70 questions overall. Then 4 rounds of F2F interview, each round is elimination round.

Interview Question – OS and mainly Programming   View Answer

Negotiation Details – Straight.

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Engineer Interview

Engineer

I applied online and the process took 5 days - interviewed at Sun Microsystems in June 2008.

Interview Details – interview process was smooth and technical

Interview Question – Description of projects questions on presentation   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – negotiation was very straight forward

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