VMware Interview Questions in Palo Alto, CA

Updated Sep 1, 2015
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    Marketing Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at VMware (Palo Alto, CA) in March 2015.

    Interview

    I applied for the role online through the VMware Careers Site, and received a phone call from a recruiter (Michelle) within two weeks of applying. Had a general 20-min phone screen, in which the recruiter asked about my background and made sure we aligned with respect to salary range. About a week after that, I had another 30-min phone screen with a member of the team, and then I was brought in the next day for a full day of 30-min back-to-back interviews with the entire team, including the Director. On the day of the onsite, I was immediately greeted with some awesome VMware swag (including VMware pajamas, which were amazingly comfy!), which was really thoughtful and nice. The questions were largely behavioral and asked about why marketing @VMware as well as my background, ideas, and what cross-functional experience I had that could add value to the team. I would definitely recommend reviewing all the VMware blogs and YouTube videos to understand why their technology is disruptive as well as the company's emphasis on its values/culture. Overall I was very impressed by how incredibly fast the turnaround process was, the thoroughness and kindness with which the recruiting team answered my questions and accommodated my schedule, and the incredible career growth opportunities at VMware. Everyone I talked to was extremely passionate, fast-paced, nice, transparent, and very smart--I ended up taking the offer happily.

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    Lead Business Systems Analyst Interview

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

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 3+ weeks. I interviewed at VMware (Palo Alto, CA) in March 2015.

    Interview

    Telephonic interview followed by half day personal interviews within a week or 2. Interview depends on individuals who take the interview . Some are nice , some are arrogant , some are condescending, some are confused and some want to confuse you.

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    • If 1 = 2 what would you do kind of questions   1 Answer
    • Pure technical one   1 Answer
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    Staff Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at VMware (Palo Alto, CA) in March 2015.

    Interview

    Interviewed for a Windows Developer Position. Had a phone screen on basic windows kernel calls and driver development . Onsite interview went over projects I worked on and Windows Kernel mode and user mode concepts .

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    Marketing Consultant II Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Palo Alto, CA
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a staffing agency. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at VMware (Palo Alto, CA) in February 2015.

    Interview

    I was contacted by a recruiter and had less than twenty four hours to get ready for the digital marketing division's request to interview. I quickly made arrangements and made the drive out from SF area. The interview was with three people. People were nice enough, though their were problems with the job put forth. The agency switched it with another job and once I arrived, I was told it was not a marketing job at all. There were apologies for the late notice to prep as well. There was nothing remarkable about the company, and it all seemed like such a mediocre experience. I couldn't tell who was telling the truth in regards to the last minute notice, as both parties blamed each other (not a good sign).

    Interview Questions

    • Do you have any questions for us?   1 Answer
    • Note: the interview with each person was for about 20 minutes. I interviewed with three total.   Answer Question
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    Technical Marketing Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at VMware (Palo Alto, CA) in February 2015.

    Interview

    The recruitment process was simple and painless. The recruitment team kept me well-informed of each step of the process. I was impressed by how well-acquainted the recruiter was with the business unit that I eventually joined. Every experience may be different, but I had the initial phone screener, then a discussion with multiple groups that I would be interacting with (i.e. Engineering, Product Management, Marketing), and eventually my hiring manager.

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    Director Business Development Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 4+ months. I interviewed at VMware (Palo Alto, CA) in January 2015.

    Interview

    Phone interview first HR recruiter and hiring manager, then after set up phone interviews (3) with senior member and asked to come down to HQ for f2f with senior leaderships (4)... All above process took 4 months.

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    Technical Account Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience

    Application

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

    Interview

    Seamless. Everyone I talked with was amazing and really smart. It was very well done. the first interview was with an internal recruiter, then I talked with a couple of what I later found out were soon to be peers, of course i ended the process with my direct report and her manager. It was not easy by any means but well done and I was updated as the process moved into an offer. The offer was awesome.

    Interview Questions

    • If you were an animal what kind of animal would you be?   1 Answer
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    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 4 weeks. I interviewed at VMware (Palo Alto, CA) in December 2014.

    Interview

    Went through two technical rounds of interview and a background / behavioral interview. All three interviews were done over the phone. The first interview was more of a general technical question, and the second one was specific to my role at VMware.

    Interview Questions

    • How would you go about coding an auto-complete feature for a search bar? Describe the data-structures and methods, etc.   Answer Question
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    Senior Member of Technical Staff Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Palo Alto, CA
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2 days. I interviewed at VMware (Palo Alto, CA) in October 2014.

    Interview

    VMWare has a very professional interview process. Their recruiters are top notch and will always keep you in the loop as to where you stand. They are also very friendly as well. With other companies sometimes you never hear back from anyone. First there is an initial technical phone screen interview which lasts about 45 minutes or so. If you pass the phone interview they invite you onsite where you will be interviewing with at least three people. Each interviewer has one technical programming question which you are expected to code on a white board. This lasts around 45 minutes per interviewer. You may get a fourth interviewer added into the mix if they still don't have a good feel about you. (Most likely it's because you got 2 thumbs up and 1 thumb down) Be prepared to go back and study CS fundamentals because this is what they are looking for. stacks/hashtables/binary trees...etc as well as sorting algorithms such as mergesort/quicksort. If it's a "VMware hiring event" you have been invited to, you will encounter as little as three other candidates up to twenty who are interviewing at the same time. So don't be surprised with that. Overall the experience was very positive.

    Interview Questions

    • Given an array of integers write a function so that all the even numbers are on the left side of the array and all the odd numbers are on the right side of the array.   2 Answers
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    Product Marketing and Product Management Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate 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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