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Accepted Offer – Interviewed in Palo Alto, CA Nov 2010 – Reviewed Mar 27, 2013
Interview Details – VMware only hires the top engineers in the industry, and their interviewers really knew their stuff. If you're confident you're among the top in the field, there's nothing that can prevent them from hiring you. Just come well-prepared.
Interview Question – No questions appeared too difficult for me because I was prepared. I would advise to interview at other companies before VMware just to gain experience. VMware doesn't ask you puzzles or give you coding problems that will take more than 10 minutes to solve. However, if you just feel lucky and decide to give it a try, you won't pass. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – The salary was so good that I didn't have to negotiate. They were flexible on the start date.
Accepted Offer – Reviewed Feb 10, 2013
Interview Details –
First round is usually a Phone interview. After that there is usually 3-4 rounds of technical interviews by various members of the team. Most rounds involve answering various technical questions and then writing some pseudo code or actual code. After those rounds you will be asked to wait for 2-3 days to know the result.
If successful, HR will talk numbers.
Interview Question – This was for a Web team w/in VMware. One of them asked about writing an algorithm that de-duplicates contacts in an address book. And then asked to improve the algorithm Answer Question
No Offer – Interviewed in Palo Alto, CA – Reviewed Aug 1, 2012
Interview Details –
Number of interviewers: 5
Position being interviewed for: Salesforce.com and web development
Back to back interviews for 45 minutes with different members of the team.
Most of them claimed to have interviewed several candidates whom they did not approve and they did not hesitate to keep reminding about the same during the interview (not a nice thing to hear from an interviewer before he/she has had a chance to interview you).
It was senior position but the expectation was that one would memorize each and every API name and method signature, etc and actually write perfect code. Any solution that used straightforward APIs were shot down and met with comments that some of the solutions offered are redundant. Long story short, unless you respond with code that is according to their design strategy (which by the way an outsider would not know) and methodology and design pattern and algorithm, your answer/solution is "not right".
2-3 days after the interview, I was informed that they changed their position requirements altogether. It was obvious that the persons interviewing had a "my way or high way" attitude when it came to accepting solutions to their design questions. Too narrow viewpoint in an industry where there is always more than a hundred ways of solving a given problem.
Interview Question – How do you reverse print a string. After answering the same by providing an out of the box API, the next unexpected question was "What if it does NOT exist". While and 2nd alternative was provided, it was pretty much shot down as being not acceptable. View Answers (2)
Accepted Offer – Interviewed in Palo Alto, CA May 2012 – Reviewed Jul 28, 2012
Interview Details –
It was long series of interviews consisting of 1 1-11.5 hrs long telephonic interview and then 9 on-campus technical interview. All the interviews including one of the manager and director were completely technical in nature. The interviews were of 1 to 1.5 hrs each and they utilized every possible second of interviewing. It was a long running day and all the questions were deep down in to technologies. The questions consisted of data structures, alogorithms, java, spring, hibernate, databases, design etc.
After 7+ years of graduation, i was asked to explain the graduation final year project. I never expected it. Also in between the questions, there were few question which related to mathematics. The interviewer was quite supportive and would provide hints as welll to arrive to the final answer/solutions during the process.
Overall a great interview experience, although i was extremely exhausted with long running day and very short breaks and that too long spaced ones. This was one of the tiring interview more because i wanted to complete everything on the single day.
Interview Question –
Clone a linked list with following scenario:
1) The data of every node in the link could be a pointer to another node in the link.
2) The clone should create the exact structure/graph as of original. View Answer
Negotiation Details – I got the called very next morning about the offer and they made decent offer as i already told them about the existing offer. The benefits were pretty good and they had offered great RSU.
Accepted Offer – Interviewed in Palo Alto, CA Nov 2011 – Reviewed Jun 24, 2012
Interview Details – About one-hour phone screening comes first. The next step was an assignment to develop a small application in Java and show OOD / OOP, coding style, documentation with the class diagram, and ant script to compile / run the application. Finally, the five-hours interview with five very smart senior developers. To pass the interview really need to know the technology and need to show that you know it.
Negotiation Details – Not sure how much room is there for negotiation.
No Offer – Interviewed in Palo Alto, CA Jan 2012 – Reviewed Jan 7, 2012
Interview Details –
One of the interviewer was looking at his mobile phone while I was explaining on whiteboard.
Other two guys were friendly.
Manager paid for the lunch in cafeteria.
Discussion with manager uncovered that what they were looking for was just a coder and I wanted bigger role than that. So, we did not find fit and hence no offer.
Interview Question – Depth First Search algorithm and code in C to "print" values of node in a tree. Answer Question
No Offer – Interviewed in Palo Alto, CA Jul 2011 – Reviewed Aug 10, 2011
Interview Details –
The interview started with the phone screen, was asked few C++-related questions.
Then got invitation for on-site.
People seem to be very nice, not trying to overppower you or show off unnecessary.
Very reasonable and adequate.
Recruiter was very polite and professional at all times.
Really liked the company and the campus.
Accepted Offer – Interviewed in Palo Alto, CA Jun 2010 – Reviewed Jul 9, 2010
Interview Details – I have to say it was the best interview experience I ever had so far. The phone screen with the recruiter was just basic chat about the position followed by 2 very basic coding questions. The onsite consisted of a group of 8 people including the hiring manager. The people I met are very knowledgeable about what they do and are patient enough to give me time to respond to the coding questions. There were a couple of brain teaser questions but I pulled off ok. Lunch with the hiring manager at their Cafe was nice (but you have to pay for yourself:). I interviewed on Friday, an offer came in the next Monday. But the annoying thing is that the background check took almost a week to complete, it was a very deep check. I'd recommend check yourself before apply with VMware.
Interview Question – I can't say anything because I signed the NDA and I am going to start soon. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – I was able to negotiate but not much. Mainly because the offer itself is a great package and the base is higher than what I am making now. I accepted the offer.
Accepted Offer – Interviewed in Palo Alto, CA Mar 2008 – Reviewed Mar 24, 2009
Interview Details – The interview and hiring process took a long time. I was contacted almost immediately by a recruiter after I sent my resume via email. He phone-screened me and then I didn't hear from him for about a month. I had a subsequent phone screen with the hiring manager which lasted about 45 minutes. A few days later, I interviewed on campus from 11 am - 5 pm. I met with about 5 people and was taken to lunch (and interviewed during lunch). The people were all very nice and forthcoming about their experience at the company. After the interview, I waited for a few WEEKS before receiving a call from the recruiter. He had not returned any of my emails in the meantime (I emailed him once or twice to see about the status).
Interview Question – I wasn't asked anything that I considered difficult. One thing all the interviewers asked was: "Do you have any questions about VMware?" They really want you to be curious about the company and to ask questions about it and the products you'll be working on. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – I went back and forth with them maybe 3 times before accepting the offer.
Accepted Offer – Interviewed in Bangalore (India) Oct 2012 – Reviewed Oct 5, 2012
Interview Details – One Telephonic round, 5 face to face technical rounds on next day, and one HR round for salary negotiation and about company.
Interview Question – Interview was on data structures, algorithms, OOPs concepts, Designing. One design question was, designing an elevator in a skyscraper - finding use cases and identifying the patterns and writing the class diagram and relations, failure modes and analysis. Answer Question
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