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Principal Software Engineer Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate
No Offer
Positive Experience
Difficult Interview

Application

I interviewed at EMC in August 2015.

Interview

It was for 5 hours with 8 members. Most of them asked about algorithms and design questions.also some behavioral questions and some SQL programming concepts. Asked about some object oriented programming concepts and uml design questions.

Interview Questions

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    Principal Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. I interviewed at EMC.

    Interview

    Phone interview with a lady who seemed to be a novice at interviewing. It seemed like she was on the call to show how she was smarter that the candidate she was interviewing. I hate it when interviewers start using interviews as a platform to show off rather than trying to understand if the candidate brings any value to the team.

    Some really tricky find the bug in the code kind of questions and questions around system security and encryption. The position for which I had applied did not mention system security experience as a requirement and I clarified that I had no past experience working on system security. Despite that she kept on asking me questions related to it and I could only give high level answers.

    Never heard back on the interview feedback. Wasn't expecting to hear anyways. In fact, at one point I wanted to say goodbye on the call since it didn't seem to be going anywhere.

    Interview Questions

    • What are the different ways to ensure that the message sent on the network is secure?   Answer Question

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    Principal Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 6+ weeks. I interviewed at EMC.

    Interview

    Telephone interview followed by direct face to face interview with the team. Presentation of past work. Exhibited tools I have worked with. Hiring Director was very knowledgeable and understood the details of past work.The position was in storage division and past experience was in security industry. Yet the emphasis was on looking at how my release engineering skills are valuable.

    Interview Questions


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    Principal Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at EMC (Seattle, WA) in March 2014.

    Interview

    One technical phone interview (coding). And 5 interviews onsite - 3 technical, 2 culture fit. I.e. Typical coding, design and culture fit based interviews.
    The interviewers are friendly...

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    One technical phone interview (coding). And 5 interviews onsite - 3 technical, 2 culture fit. I.e. Typical coding, design and culture fit based interviews.
    The interviewers are friendly...

    Power(x,n)
    Design patterns
    Restaurant design


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    Principal Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 4 weeks. I interviewed at EMC.

    Interview

    Interview with 4-6 team members and managers, sometimes individually for half an hour and sometimes a panel of 2-3. Questions are directed at understanding candidate experience and abilities, sometimes detailed. Expect some duplication of questions as each mini-interview may ask some of the same warm-up questions...

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    Principal Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Seattle, WA
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2 days. I interviewed at EMC (Seattle, WA) in March 2013.

    Interview

    Contacted by recruiter by email. Set up initial phone screen with hiring manager. The hiring manager asked me to pick a project from the resume which I find most exciting and explain it to him. Then, he asked a technical question to design data structure and algorithm to implement API's that interface between the user file system and the native file system.

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    Principal Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 6+ weeks. I interviewed at EMC (Seattle, WA) in March 2012.

    Interview

    Initially there were phone screenings. A lot of time on the white board going through technical problems. There were multiple people that questioned me. Afterwards there was a lot of follow up to put together a job package that actually made sense for me.

    I was recruited so I may have had a different treatment than others.

    Interview Questions

    • I was ask how to encode a tree structure in as few bits as possible.   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    It went on for about a month and I was brought back in to talk with more managers at my request.


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    Principal Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at EMC (Santa Clara, CA) in December 2011.

    Interview

    Couple of interview sessions. First interviews with senior engineers and hiring manager. Senior engineers asked programming related questions and domain related questions. Hiring manager about the culture, working style and domain interests. The hiring process does take a long time taking to the offer level and looks typical for an established company.

    Interview Questions

    • C programming question of reversing a string array.   1 Answer

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    Principal Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at EMC in July 2011.

    Interview

    1 round of interview for 7 hours as I came from out of town.

    Interview Questions


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    Principal Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at EMC (Dallas, TX) in March 2011.

    Interview

    I was interviewed by two different people. The first person had me at a whiteboard working on an algorithm problem. I had to move all the 0s in the array to one end. The second person had me write a C++ class that represented a string on a pad of paper.

    Interview Questions

    • It was for a C++ position so the second person asked me basic C++ design questions.   Answer Question

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