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VMware Systems Engineer Interview Questions

Updated Apr 22, 2017
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Systems Engineer Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate in Chicago, IL
No Offer
Negative Experience
Average Interview

Application

I applied through an employee referral. The process took 3+ months. I interviewed at VMware (Chicago, IL).

Interview

HR Screen, multiple interviews with team, presentation, addition interviews, being ignored, no feedback on next steps or of no longer in consideration, calls out of blue for more, more being provided no response, over and over, finally lost all interest as not the type of company where I would want to work.

Interview Questions

  • Using this to warn anyone considering VMWare to stay far away.
    Horrible treatment of those going through process. I had multiple interviews yet zero information from HR or Hiring Manager. Constantly went dark only to reach back out and ask for more time. HR wouldn't respond to status and never did. If you value yourself don't apply here, they have zero respect for you or your time. Choosing to not hire someone is absolutely ok, not letting them
    know after two plus months of interviews is very unprofessional.  
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    Systems Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 3+ weeks. I interviewed at VMware.

    Interview

    The recruiter was awesome to work with during the process. Very professional and responsive. Nothing is worse than being in the dark and that was not the case. Moved along fairly quick. Several phone interviews followed by an onsite.

    Interview Questions

    Negotiation

    The offer was very strong and fair based on market and past experience.


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    Systems Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at VMware (Chicago, IL) in June 2014.

    Interview

    I responded to a recruiter's post, she did a quick phone screen. A few days later I had a more in-depth phone screen. Not long after that I had a first phone interview with the hiring manager. The second interview was also phone, we got straight to the point and talked about salary. I had an offer shortly after.

    Interview Questions

    • They were primarily interested in what projects I had done implementing VMware technology and how I handled customer interactions   Answer Question
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    Systems Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 7 weeks. I interviewed at VMware (Austin, TX) in May 2014.

    Interview

    I found this job on all the boards (Monster, Brass Ring, etc). They said they had "hundreds" of resumes submitted. I phone interviewed first with a member of the team (who would become my peer). Then I met him in person. Then I had a call with his peer. Then I had a call with the hiring manager. Then I had a call with that manager's manager. I also had a call with the salesperson aligned with the role. Then I had a face to face meeting with the VP of the group, the whole team, and another salesperson.

    It was between me and one other candidate, and I took the initiative to meet with the most senior member of the team and a few others. I was told that it pushed me over the edge and got me the offer.

    Interview Questions

    • Senior VP asked me detailed questions about where I thought the market for certain products was headed. I had lots to say, and I felt that I nailed it.   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    I tried but got nothing more than the original offer. Recruiter said "so should I tell the hiring manager that you aren't exactly over the moon about the offer?". I was convinced to take it when I carefully considered the total offer, including stock, benefits, etc.


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    Systems Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Philadelphia, PA
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4 weeks. I interviewed at VMware (Philadelphia, PA) in July 2013.

    Interview

    Good discussions with VMware recruiter, and local SE manager lead to on-site interview with SE Manager and a few account reps. Interview questions were the normal, how do you overcome objections, how resources do you use. After several weeks of hearing nothing, was told I wasn't being offered the position, but may be contacted in the future.

    Interview Questions

    • How do you deal with a customer wanting to go in depth on a product you know little about - 5 minutes before the meeting?   Answer Question

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    Systems Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3+ weeks. I interviewed at VMware (Denver, CO) in March 2012.

    Interview

    One phone interview by recruiter, then two different people (networking specialist and a storage specialist) that conducted phone interviews with technical questions (mostly non-VMWare related). Finally I had one in-person interview where I met with my future manager and some technical lead engineers which all asked questions regarding customer interactions, difficult technical situations and time management.

    Interview Questions

    • troubleshooting a small network, describing RAID levels   1 Answer

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    Systems Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Reston, VA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 8 weeks. I interviewed at VMware (Reston, VA) in January 2011.

    Interview

    Phone screening followed by a number of in-person interviews. Interviews start with relevant experience and background. Looking for a fit both technically and personality wise, especially good verbal communication skills. After technical interviews expect to interview with team members who will be looking for how well you will integrate into the team.

    Interview Questions

    • Can you whiteboard a sample customer presentation?   1 Answer

    Negotiation

    You get what you can negotiate for within the range of what the hiring manager is authorized to extend. Typically this revolves around starting title, base salary, and stock incentives.


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    Systems Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Cork (Ireland)
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. I interviewed at VMware (Cork (Ireland)) in April 2017.

    Interview

    The interview process consisted of three phases. First one: Telephone interview. Sedond stage: Online assessment (personality test and skills). Third one: Assessment day in their Cork Facilities ( group activies and one to one interview).

    Interview Questions

    • Telephone questions where about qualifications and skills (like languages spoken). Then knowledge of the company and their products.   Answer Question
    • Online tests like any other online test. Continue the sequence, words relation, math operations   Answer Question
    • One on one interview:
       - Work experience
       - Tell me about a time you had a problem during a project and how you resolved it
       - What would have happened if you didn't solve this problem
       - Tell me about a time you had to work with someone you didn't like. And how did it go?
       - Tell me about a time you where in disadvantage respect your pair and what did you to overcome the situation.
       - What are your weaknesses. What are you doing to improve?  
      Answer Question
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    Systems Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Burlington, ON (Canada)
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at VMware (Burlington, ON (Canada)) in May 2014.

    Interview

    Multiple interviews. Depending on the pressure to fill in the spot you will have more or less than 4 interviews. HR co-ordinator, Technical Manager and or other Systerm Engineer, Other technical managers, Business or Sales concepts.
    So you had to whiteboard and present your topic of choice. answer some technical questions about why this or that works this way and then talk about how the technology helps companies.
    Not difficult.

    Interview Questions

    • How can you reduce capes and opex with out technologies   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    offers were quite competitive!


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    Systems Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 1+ week. I interviewed at VMware (Montreal, QC (Canada)) in December 2012.

    Interview

    I did 5 interviews in 2 weeks, a lenghty process but quick. Very porfessional interview process, the technical interview was done by one peer of mine. I did a few interviews on the phone because the team is very distributed. a few in person with direct managers and peers

    Interview Questions

    • Have you ever done face to face customer calls   1 Answer

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