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No Offer – Interviewed in San Jose, CA Oct 2010 – Reviewed Nov 9, 2010
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next was a databases sql round ( thats where my experience is so I guess interviewer asked me what I know)
Next roun algos - wanted best solutions
array with duplicates . Remove thme in one pass
array with numbers find all pairs that add up to 50
swap 2 number s( use Xor method)
regex for ip address
next was a linked lists round
last was perl tough coz i didnt know perl too weelll
looked for syntax and also very specific things
Interview Question – Hashes of hashes Answer Question
Accepted Offer – Interviewed in Cupertino, CA Jan 2008 – Reviewed Sep 5, 2010
Interview Details – Several rounds of interviews, first 2 rounds were phone based then I was invited onsite for 2 days of interviews. I think the total people I met were about 8 or 10. Most of the interviews were technical in nature except with 2 people who felt more to be personality oriented.
Interview Question – implement a search algorithm that is best fitted for millions of small entries View Answer
Negotiation Details – flexible, don't go for first offer, ask for more and they will counter with more than initial but less than you asked but it all depends how bad they need you.
No Offer – Interviewed in Overland Park, KS Apr 2010 – Reviewed Aug 26, 2010
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extensive online application, with submission of cover letter and resume
Hr screening 30 minutes by phone
non-hiring manager (later found out a senior manager as the hiring manager was a newbie manager) 60 + minute phone interview, EXCELLENT interviewing style and interpersonal skills. Basically I was a perfect fit for the position and company culture and told me I would be on the short list.
30 minute interview with hiring manager, asked questions you would find by google'ing 'interview questions' and although I answered 'by the book' ie correctly there was just no synergy between us. on 3 followup calls a continuation of obvious lack to sync between us lead to form letter.
I would not hesistate to apply with symantec again or advise anyone else against it. Corporate culture seems great and it has good and current products.
Accepted Offer – Interviewed in Los Angeles, CA May 2009 – Reviewed Aug 24, 2010
Interview Details – The interview includes 3 1:1 interviews.
Interview Question – Add two numbers in 2 operations View Answers (2)
No Offer – Interviewed in Mountain View, CA Feb 2010 – Reviewed May 27, 2010
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I first heard of Symantec's New College Graduate Program in September of 2009. I was set to graduate in December of 2009, and a friend of mine within the company brought to my attention Symantec's NCG Program, which they offer specifically for both their Human Resources and Finance departments. My degree is in Business Administration, however it is not specifically a finance degree. I was extremely interested in the position because I knew I was interested in finance, however I was not entirely sure what specific function within the finance realm would be a proper fit for me. Another friend of mine within the company, who actually works in the finance department, was able to put my resume on the desk of the person in charge of the NCG Program for finance. Within roughly three weeks, I received a call from a Symantec recruiter requesting an initial phone interview. This phone interview was fairly casual, and I believe this interview had the objective of gauging my overall interest in the program, and where I would see myself long-term after the program was completed. Basically, the program lasts two years and has two rotations; a participant in the program works in one specific function under finance for one year, than rotates to another function the following year. The general idea is that the program member uses this time to build connections within the department, and learns what financial function they feel is the best fit for them.
After I completed the initial phone interview, within a week I received an email from the recruiter I spoke with, requesting an in-person interview at Symantec's headquarters in Mountain View, CA, within two weeks.
This second interview I participated in included seven other possible candidates. After a brief introduction by the program director, the eight of us were split into separate private rooms, where each of us were to be interviewed by six different managers in the finance department, for thirty minute periods. Going into this interview, all candidates were informed two days prior of their interview schedule, i.e., what manager we would speak with and at what time. The process lasted a little more than three hours; each of the candidates received a fifteen minute break at the halfway point of the interview process.
Each of the six managers were responsible for focusing their interview on specific attributes. I can't remember exactly what these attributes were, but they were along the lines of team building skills, analytical abilities, personal strengths, etc. However, most of the managers I interviewed with did not focus heavily on the attributes they were assigned to gauge. In fact, three of the managers I interviewed with started the conversation with asking if I had any questions for them, which caught me a little off guard. However, it made the interview process far more comfortable. After five to ten minutes speaking with each of these managers, our interviews began to feel more like informal conversations.
The best advice I can offer if you're preparing for this interview, is to not over think what you may be asked. Focus on the simple, generic questions that are typically asked in an interview. For example, one of the questions that I was asked was,"why you instead of the person in the other room?" I went into this interview memorizing every critical financial figure, every key ratio, that I could get my hands on. I memorized their mission statement, and learned as much as I could about Symantec's current business strategy. In the end, I did not discuss even one of these key figures. Ultimately, what I feel these managers are looking for is simply someone who is going to be a good fit for Symantec's culture; from what I understand, it can get relatively "cliquey" at Symantec, and they clearly want someone who can navigate through the politics of it all. All of the candidates, including myself, were well qualified for the position; it really boils down to character attributes and personality traits.
Overall, I liked all of the managers I interviewed with; real intelligent people that, for the most part, had good senses of humor. Unfortunately, I did not receive an offer for the position. The position was to be awarded to only one of the eight candidates, so it was fairly competitive. It only took about twenty-four hours for them to let me know their decision.
Accepted Offer – Interviewed in Mountain View, CA Jul 2008 – Reviewed May 24, 2010
Interview Details – This was a fairly standard Silicon Valley software engineer interview. First, a general chat with the recruiter about past experiences and my skillset. Then, an interview with several engineers who asked more technical questions about data structures and algorithms. As part of the interview, I had to write code (C, Java, or pseudo-code) on the whiteboard or a piece of paper.
Interview Question – Explain how a TCP/IP connection is established. Answer Question
No Offer – Interviewed in Cupertino, CA Mar 2010 – Reviewed May 4, 2010
Interview Details – Submitted an online application. Several weeks later received a call from HR for a phone screen. Went well, so he set up a phone interview with the hiring manager. Spoke with the hiring manager for about an hour. She was able to describe the job, her position and my role very well. A lot of back and forth questions on both sides. Interview may have run late, she had to leave for a meeting. I followed up with an email summary of our conversation, which in a nice way, made it pretty clear I was well over qualified for the job. I expressed interest in working at Symantec where ever they saw a good fit for me. Never heard anything back from the hiring manager or HR.
Accepted Offer – Interviewed in Mountain View, CA Jan 2008 – Reviewed Apr 8, 2010
Interview Details – I had a phone interview first. They asked questions based on my resume - things like what I had worked on and whether I was comfortable with the tools that they used. This was followed by an in-person interview with their documentation managers. The interviews were more detailed and covered the specifics of my background and experience.
Interview Question – What was the most difficult situation that you faced at work? Answer Question
No Offer – Interviewed in Santa Monica, CA Nov 2007 – Reviewed Dec 22, 2009
Interview Details –
After passed one hour long of the phone interview from hiring manager, I was given two hours to write the program of the generic Hashtable implementation. I got the chance of two days long of on-site interview
with 8 persons afterword. Many technical questions were asked in some area like bit manipulation, but tons of the behavior questions by a director were really annoying. I failed on those behavior questions.
Interview Question – What kernel development experiences did you have? Answer Question
No Offer – Interviewed in Sep 2009 – Reviewed Nov 9, 2009
Interview Details – Initial phone interview with the recruiter, next phone interview with the hiring manager, followed by in-person and phone nterviews with executive management. There were a total of 6 interviewers. There was behavioral interviewing along with questions about project accomplishments and challenges. The average interview time per person was 45 minutes. Please be prepared with specific stories highlighting leadership skills, project management challenges, team management expertise and process strengths. The interviewers were prepared with specific questions but friendly and the interview experience was amiable.
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