VMware Interview Questions

Updated Aug 24, 2015
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    Accepted Offer
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    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2+ weeks. I interviewed at VMware in August 2014.

    Interview

    I was contacted by a recruiting firm for this position. After I was selected as a candidate, I was scheduled to be interviewed by one of the senior managers in the team over the phone primarily because he is to be away on his vacation the following week. This interview went fairly smooth with a great discussion on the job scope, and I thought we had a great rapport. Next, I was scheduled to interview with another manager in the team and one of the key collaborating group members at Palo Alto office. Both of these face to face interviews went very well, and I felt that there's a great match between the job and my expertise and skill set. Immediately after the second face-to-face interview, I had a phone interview with a senior group manager located outside of California. This phone interview also went very well, and I felt that the team and I had a great fit. A few days later, the recruiter scheduled a final interview with the director of the team over the phone as he was visiting India at the time. Primarily due to the signal quality of the phone connection, I had difficulties hearing him. I got the sense that he was feeling the same way about our interview. I also sensed that his expectation for the person in this role was rather unclear to me, and I started feeling uneasy about my fit to the position. The day after this final phone interview I contacted my recruiter to communicate my reservation, but he said that all the interviewers liked me, and I was to be offered the contract position after my background check, and basically said that I am the best candidate they have ever interviewed over the last 6 months. In retrospect, I should have requested another interview with him to clarify his expectation.

    Interview Questions

    • A direct question from the final interviewer, "Can you really do this job?" had a very negative sounding connotation, and surprised me.   1 Answer

    Negotiation

    It was all done by the recruiter, who is very good in communicating with me. He was very trustworthy, and pleasant to work with.

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    Product Marketing and Product Management Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Declined Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at VMware (Palo Alto, CA) in August 2014.

    Interview

    I found that VMware is hand-cuffed by EMC. Periodic hiring freezes. In late July and August, I was contacted by four different VMware recruiters, based on internal referrals. Two were recruiting for corporate management roles. Two for product marketing and product management. Did phone screens and several hours of campus interviews. Two offers made. Then one VMware recruiter called back and asked to move a proposed August start date to October. I declined. Since September, three of four recruiters have left for VMware for start-ups (Docker, Puppet). At the center of delay is EMC. Hedge funds want to spin-off VMware and Pivotal Software. Now EMC is an acquisition target (HP, Cisco).

    Interview Questions

    • Can VMware effectively partner with networking companies in some markets, and compete against them in other markets?   Answer Question

    Reasons for Declining

    They asked to move my start date five weeks to October.

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    Technical Support Engineer II Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4 weeks. I interviewed at VMware.

    Interview

    I was contacted by a VMware recruiter about a week after submitting my application. There was an initial phone screening with a verbal skills test. I answered a series of questions related to Windows administration, general networking and technology, and a few command line questions. There was some confusing wording on a couple of the questions, but when the recruiter saw that I was getting to the point he gave me little hints to help compensate for it. I only missed one or two of these questions, after which time I was told that a Skype interview would be set up and that I would be contacted with further details. The next day I had an "in-person" scheduled over Skype for the following week. The interview began with an introduction from the hiring manager, followed by questions from two Senior TSE's. Questions were regarding ESXi, vSphere, storage, and network, as it relates to datacenter connectivity and VMware products, particularly. They ranged in difficulty, and when I got to the point where I did not know an answer I would let them know. There were a few about Windows administration, but not many, and a few general questions just to gauge my experience. This process went well and I was able to answer most of their queries without any issue. This took a little over 40 minutes and it was slated for 30. In speaking with the hiring manager, I was told that I should sell myself and let him know just why I was their guy. This was easy since I believe in the company and their products, and had with me a natural enthusiasm from the hiring process as a whole. I was asked questions about customer service and how I had handled accounts in the past, and was also asked how I might be viewed by my current co-workers, boss, and clients. When it was my turn to ask questions, I was sure to hit on every point of interest about the company or culture that I had. I kept a prepared list that I referred to. I was sure to engage the manager in his own realm of expertise so that I could learn more about him and the company. This portion took a little over an hour. The entire interview was scheduled to be an hour and a half, so when the manager had to go it was because of overlapping schedules. I asked if I could follow up and if I had answered everything as fully as I could. I was given an email address and told that I would be in touch with their decision. I also followed up with the recruiter to let him know if they chose someone else that I would still be interested in any other positions they had, be it something suitable for my experience. After about a week and a half I was contacted by a recruiter at the local office where I would be working and was told that I was selected out of the candidates to join the team. I was extended an offer, pending background check. I did try to negotiate salary, but was told that the offer was well thought out on their part based on my experience. I agreed with this (only having asked for a little more out of protocol) and accepted the offer. The background check took about 8 days to complete. It was exactly 4 weeks from the time of the Skype interview to my first day. VMware culture is wonderful and it is truly a great place to work!

    Interview Questions

    • "What does APD mean?" Something about, "Name an interface that allows for applications to communicate with web based content or software"... the answer is API, but the question is more strangely worded.   1 Answer

    Negotiation

    I followed standard negotiation protocol and asked for a bit more, though not above a certain percentage. I was told the offer was well though out based on the position and my experience. I happily agreed and accepted.

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    Process Optimization Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at VMware in July 2014.

    Interview

    The hiring process was conducted through a recruiting firm and all interviews were scheduled through them directly. There were a total of two interviews, both over the phone. The first interview was a basic "why do you want this" and "what is your experience" with the woman who would be my manager. She seemed extremely new to management (this might have been her first interview) and didn't conduct the interview professionally at all, so it was a breeze. My second interview was conducted by the director of the department, who was much more professional. He only wanted to know why I wanted the job. One question and the interview was over. About 30 minutes later they called with an offer.

    Interview Questions

    • The questions were very standard. "Why do you want this job" and "Walk through a process improvement you have performed."   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    I raised my price slightly and they countered with something appropropriate right off the bat. I accepted their first counter offer.

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    Senior Program Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at VMware (Palo Alto, CA).

    Interview

    The interview process process started with a recruiter and then a hiring manager interview. Both went well as as expected. Was asked to interview and they moved the timeframe forward by four days because they wanted to get me in and do a face to face. Once the four interviews were completed with one on the phone, the hiring manager asked me to speak with two others via phone and wanted to know when I could start.

    Interview Questions

    • The most difficult was the fact that no one had explained the organizational structure, where they fit, and how what they did woudl intersect with the person playing this role.   1 Answer
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    VMware Project Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer

    Interview

    Hiring process with very easy back in the old days as I worked with the VMware team. The hiring process was more of an internal move between EMC and VMware

    Negotiation

    No negotiation

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    Escalation Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer

    Interview

    several rounds of interview and scenario based questions - prepare to have at least 7-10 interviews spanning several days. Technical background a must but not in-depth technical knowledge is essential

    Interview Questions

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    Staff Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Palo Alto, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at VMware (Palo Alto, CA).

    Interview

    Phone screen interview. On-site interview - 5 hours, engineers and managers. You can have follow up phone interviews after that as well. Interview with HR. HR is negotiating the offer. They are not in the rush, it's not recommended to take the first offer. Some folks had like a 6 months negotiation back and forth.

    Interview Questions

    • Know your staff, there are many experienced folks, be prepared to talk about what you have on your resume. Coding questions standard for industry.   1 Answer

    Negotiation

    They are not in a rush, products are not treated as mission critical. You can negotiate over a couple of months, if you have time. Be patient. It's not recommended to negotiate on your own, it's better to come as a part of acquisition.

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    Senior Product Marketing Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at VMware (Palo Alto, CA) in June 2014.

    Interview

    First contact with recruiter to set up a phone interview. Went well. we connected each other. She recommended me to have a phone interview with the hiring manager. I talked with a Sr Product Marketing Manager. Call lasted 30mns. I asked a lot of questions to see if I can fit in the organization. Three days later I received an email from recruiter that they were not selecting me for the next stage. Reason: not skill set wise.

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    R&D Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Bellevue, WA
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at VMware (Bellevue, WA) in June 2014.

    Interview

    I had applied online and a recruiter reached out to me after 3 or 4 weeks. In addition to the R&D management position I had applied for, he also wanted to gauge my interest in another tech lead position that he had forwarded along in his mail. There have been few other posts regarding the poor manners and attitude of VMware recruiters. I'd have to second that. First of all, the recruiter tried to sell me this another tech lead role in Palo Alto and went in great lengths to impress me on the kind of A+ star talent they recruit. I declined on his offer since I was already solidly on management leadership role and it did not make sense to make a U turn even though I had all the skill sets and experience to fit into the tech lead role as well. He downplayed the management position I was interested in claiming it to be a "lesser priority" role than the tech position. Next, without checking on my availability, he fired off an impromptu phone interview and took up the next 30 mins asking me various tech questions on topics ranging from C++ programming to OS level concepts - threading etc, to networking. Well, I pretty much easily answered every single question asked and the recruiter was like wow, this was the first time I have had someone answer with such promptness and confidence. In spite of this, I was kinda surprised by the attitude of the recruiter to "assess" without a heads-up. Now that he had a great impression of my solid tech skill sets, he said he would immediately forward my application to the director of the group. NOTE: Next came the unethical part of interview. He wanted to know my marital status by asking "if there would be others apart from me who would relocate if offered the job". Lol, what a devilish way to not directly ask personal details! Even though I knew this was none of his business, I answered that my family would relocate as well. This was the last question. 1 week later, I checked back with the recruiter on the status of my application and he said that they would not be moving forward on my application. I was plain irritated and disappointed by the company and its recruiting process. If they are not interested, why reach out to me in the first place and waste my time in interviewing and selling me other positions as well? I was reading other reviews on VMware interview and few others had also mentioned something about recruiters asking personal questions such as marital status. It leads me to think if there is something unethical going on potentially discriminating applicants on marital status? On the whole, very negative impression of the company and its recruiters.

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