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Helpful (9)Accepted OfferPositive ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied through a recruiter. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at Symantec (Culver City, CA) in April 2015.
The interview process was pretty smooth. Got a call for technical interview initially. After that had another round of technical interview. Finally a HR round. The whole process took around 3 weeks.
- The questions were specific to the team I was being interviewed for 1. Basic java and C++ ( checked vs unchecked exception, usage of volatile keyword ) 2. Multithreading related questions 3. Singleton design pattern 4. Multiprocessor related scenario based question 5. Question from the resume - mostly about previous projects 6. Security related questions - virus, worms, IDS, firewall Answer Question
Helpful (2)Accepted OfferPositive ExperienceEasy Interview
I applied through college or university. I interviewed at Symantec (Culver City, CA) in November 2014.
Met a recruiter at my school's career fair. He sent me an email a few days later asking to schedule a 30-45 minute technical interview. I scheduled the interview for a few weeks after the email was sent-- all coding questions (3 or them): one on implementing a stack with template, one on trees, one about parenthesis checking (also stack). Coded in C++ on collabedit. Moved on to on-site interview: mostly conceptual questions about polymorphism, classes, and data structures. Got phone call a few days later saying I made it through, and HR contacted me the following week. Took about 2 weeks to finalize offer. Total time taken to finalize things after the initial phone interview: ~3 weeks.
- Question about malloc, free, realloc (more C like terms) Answer Question
Did no negotiate. First time applying for internships (inexperienced), offer was competitive.
- No OfferNegative ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied through a recruiter. The process took 7+ months. I interviewed at Symantec (Culver City, CA) in August 2014.
I had a behavioral phone interview followed a few days later by a technical phone interview. About 2 weeks after the technical phone interview, I had a onsite interview that consisted of another behavioral phone interview and 3 technical interviews. The interview process was moderately challenging, but fair, and I liked the people I met. About 6 weeks after my onsite interview I hadn't heard anything from Symantec, so I contacted them and was told someone would get back to me. Another 2 weeks go by, and I made another attempt to contact them, and got the same answer. About 4 months later, the status of my application on the Symantec jobs website changed to “No Longer Under Consideration”. I was never contacted by anyone after my onsite interview.
- The technical phone interview consisted mostly of testing my knowledge of C++. The onsite interviews were mostly design questions. Answer Question
Helpful (1)Accepted OfferPositive ExperienceDifficult Interview
I applied through a recruiter. The process took a week. I interviewed at Symantec (Culver City, CA) in July 2014.
A recruiter reached out to me regarding open position at Symantec. The recruiter worked quickly to set up 1 phone screenings and quickly move to an onsite interview. Everything was done in less than a week. Everything was pretty standard in terms of questioning. Coding exercises, data structure, algorithm, basic demonstrations and verbal descriptions of software solutions was chiefly the way to go. The team that I interviewed with was very supportive too. It was one of the quickest interview I ever had and the interviewer was easy to talk with
- asked if I liked to play games, and what games.. how would you develop + test it.. Answer Question
- No OfferNegative ExperienceEasy Interview
I applied through an employee referral. The process took a week. I interviewed at Symantec (Culver City, CA) in July 2014.
I was contacted by a former colleague, mentioning that Symantec is having a very hard time finding C++ developers, and asking if I would be interested. He sent me a referral and a recruiter contacted me the next day. Two phone calls to talk about the position was scheduled for the next day, and then a technical phone interview was scheduled for later that week. The initial phone call was just the recruiter reiterating the job description. They asked some very easy multiple choice technical questions and what my expected salary was. I mentioned that I noticed some other positions might be a closer match to my skills, and the recruiter told me that if this position wasn't a good fit, they would refer me to the groups with the other positions. Some minor red flags were raised here, but only one made me consider stopping the interview process: when I mentioned I'd expect a bit more compensation to make up for a much longer commute, they just laughed and said 'oh, no, we won't give you more money because you have to commute.' The second phone call was with the hiring manager. He asked some open and 'Tell me about a time when...' questions. There wasn't really anything technical. The third phone call was a technical interview with a developer. It didn't cover much; there were a few more technical 'Tell me about a time when...' questions, and then I was asked to write code that does some basic text processing. The third interview ended with the interviewer telling me that the recruiter would get back to me the next day to schedule an in-person interview, but I didn't receive any subsequent communications. I think this might have been because my expected salary was too high.
- Describe a scenario where you changed a data structure or algorithm to improve performance. Answer Question
Helpful (2)No OfferNegative Experience
I applied through college or university. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Symantec (Culver City, CA) in May 2014.
Please read it if you are interviewing with Symantec. The worst company I have ever interviewed with. Please think before accepting the offer. I got the first random call from them and was asked to give the interview. I was told the its Software Engineer in Test position. These were the exact word. Cleared that round and they schedules second phone interview 2 days later. They called me and told its QA position and asked me some QA related questions. I cleared that. They want to call me for onsite interview . It was Thursday and they asked me to come onsite on Monday. Everything was on phone. They didnt mail me till Saturday. Heights of irresponsibility. I emailed them back and asked. They said they wont be able to conduct on Monday. So they will reach me back. I mailed them twice but no reply. One week passed away. Then I asked them to schedule it on next wednesday. They said they will mail me the details. No email again till tuesday, the day before my interview. Again I mailed them and asked. They said they are working on it. How pathetic. Tomorrow is my interview and they are still working. Next day they scheduled my interview on Thursday. I went for the interview. I got to know that the position has changed and they will be interviewing me for the Software Engineer position. Great! At the last moment they change the way they want. It was ok for me. They took the first 2 rounds which were not the technical rounds. They just discussed the position. There were going to be 6 rounds. 2nd round was taken by the manager and he said he is sending the interviewer for the third round. Then a person came in and said they are looking for a strong developer so they cannot move forward. I was shocked. What was that. I told him that , I have not yet been tested on my coding skills . How can you judge without testing him. Actually there were no open position. They were just fooling me. Its the worst company I have ever interviewed and would not suggest anyone.
- Accepted OfferAverage Interview
I applied online. The process took a week. I interviewed at Symantec (Culver City, CA).
interview with HR, then phone interview with a Developer and finally 1-1 interview with 4 engineers
- Detail java questions Answer Question
Helpful (1)Accepted OfferPositive ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at Symantec (Culver City, CA) in March 2014.
- Declined OfferNeutral ExperienceDifficult Interview
I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2 days. I interviewed at Symantec (Culver City, CA) in March 2014.
1. Pre-screening by HR recruiter 2. Phone Interview with hiring manager 3. Non-Technical Interview 4. Technical Interview 5. Hired
- Interviewers prepared and compiled questions from all network and VM related topics. The questions based on scenario, and you need to describe the steps of troubleshooting and fix. Sometimes, they also ask about Linux and DOS commands such as like diskpart Answer Question
Reasons for Declining
Got a better offer from other team
Helpful (1)Declined OfferPositive ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied through a recruiter. I interviewed at Symantec (Culver City, CA) in February 2014.
The recruiter worked quickly to set up a phone screenings and an onsite interview. Everything was pretty standard in terms of questioning. Coding exercises, basic demonstrations and verbal descriptions of software solutions was chiefly the way to go. The team that I interviewed with was very supportive too. Overall, it was very pleasant.
- Nothing really worth mentioning. =) Answer Question
Reasons for Declining
Basically, my desired compensation was not matched. Pretty disappointing but no hard feelings about it all.
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