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Symantec Principal Software Engineer Interview Questions & Reviews

Updated Apr 14, 2014
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Principal Software Engineer
Mountain View, CA

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 1 week - interviewed at Symantec in March 2014.

Interview Details – It was a 5 hours in person interview. One hour for each interviewer. Questions were basic data structures and algorithms. I didn't get the offer because I didn't prepare and I stumbled on a couple of questions or maybe they were too picky on the candidates because the position has been available for a while.

Interview Question – They did ask something not related to the job but from your resume so make sure you know whatever you put on your resume   Answer Question


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Principal Software Engineer
San Francisco, CA

I interviewed at Symantec in January 2014.

Interview Details – Applied through linked-in. Recruiter contacted next day because of my profile matches with their requirement. He explore about my details and project work also gives any idea about compensation what he can offer at the end of the process. then he schedule next telephonic interview with Hiring manager(Dir of Software Dev). Interview with him as very good and positive , he asked mainly about the current project work and few questions related to team management .then he scheduled three interview with him Technical team in Toronto 1. With Senior Dev 2. Dev Manager 3.Architect.

questions mainly on .net C# , multithreading and database and design pattern nothing much difficult.

All interviews went well, after three days he asked me for an onsite interview at San Francisco office.

He scheduled three interview with
1. QA Manager.
2. Senior Manager.
3. Principle Software Manager & Tech lead.
4. Lunch with hiring Manager.

They only understand my current architecture of the project and few basic questions like what is abstract class.

All interview again went well with very positive experience, only weird thing is that they didn’t asked tough questions and gives me very positive vibes , asking about my visa status and joining time etc.

After a week when I asked HR he replied that not selected.

Interview Question – nothing was difficult and unexpected.   Answer Question


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Principal Software Engineer
Mountain View, CA

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 1+ week - interviewed at Symantec in September 2011.

Interview Details – After short phone interview Symantec invited me for on-site interview.
Booked a hotel in 5 minutes walk distance from the HQ. Had 6 interviews during 2 days with different team leads and technical directors.
During the interview it was wide range of questions including technical and abstract questions, code examples, puzzles, whiteboard coding, etc.

Reason for Declining – Smaller salary comparing to what I had.


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Principal Software Engineer
Lindon, UT

I applied online and the process took 6 weeks - interviewed at Symantec in February 2011.

Interview Details – I had two telephone interviews each of around 40 minutes and was then invited to an in person interview. The in person interview was conducted by the hiring manager and two senior technical staff where I was asked the normal gambit of software engineering questions and given white board coding exercises. I was also given a written test complete on my own in about 45 minutes. Total on site interview time was around 3 hours.

Negotiation Details – The hiring manager called me with a verbal offer, slightly over what I had asked for. So I was happy to accept the verbal offer. They then did a full background check, financial, criminal, employment, and education and took up references. Only after the background check was complete did they give me a written offer. So, there was actually three weeks between the verbal and written offers.


Accepted Offer

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Principal Software Engineer
Pune (India)

I interviewed at Symantec in January 2010.

Interview Details – Mostly puzzles and past experience related questions. Managerial round too was almost like a design round

Interview Question – Gave a use-case to design in an area not familiar to me   Answer Question


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Principal Software Engineer Interview

Principal Software Engineer

I applied through a recruiter and the process took a day - interviewed at Symantec in November 2011.

Interview Details – very thorough. 2 phone screens, followed by 2 half days of in person interviews with 2 people for an hour each. First 1/2 day all technical, very in depth, second 1/2 day soft skills, ending on a presentation you have to give of your choosing.

Interview Question – algorithm to build a fibonacci suite   Answer Question


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Principal Software Engineer
Toronto, ON (Canada)

I applied through a recruiter and the process took 6 weeks - interviewed at Symantec in November 2010.

Interview Details – Asked one design question for web proxy, and data structure question. C++ test on laptop. Asked for a short presentation on a topic. Then the usual behavioural questions, "Tell me about a time . . ."

Interview Question – The C++ questions. You need to know C++ syntax in detail. There's no compiler, just an editor to enter responses.   Answer Question


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Principal Software Engineer Interview

Principal Software Engineer
Pune (India)

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 5 days - interviewed at Symantec.

Interview Details – For technical hiring
Round 1> Telephonic round which is also the screening round. in this breadth is seen rather than the depth.
Round 2> Logical and technical puzzle is given and analytical skill of the candidate is judged.
Round 3> Technological mastery is probed here by going in depth of technology. Sometimes candidate is even asked to write pseudo code.

Interview Question – Its unethical to disclose the questions asked during hiring here. The questions are sometime open ended with no right or wrong answer. Sometimes they are technical in nature where candidate is required to put his experience and knowledge together at work.   Answer Question


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Principal Software Engineer Interview

Principal Software Engineer

Interviewed at Symantec

Interview Details – - Telephonic rounds with technical questions
- In-person interviews with several people from the team, all technical
- In-person interview with hiring manager

Interview Question – Design a web site for a multi-player chess game.   Answer Question

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