Since my college days I have been thinking of getting interviewed with VMWare. Luckily I got a chance recently for the first time. I was very excited when I received a call from VMWare HR. (Surprise!!). When the HR called me, she asked me for a time to schedule the first telephonic, apart from asking for a time slot, I was asked some technical questions as well, like Differences between threads and process, different ways of initializing a thread in Java, differences between stored procedures and functions etc. I think I was able to answer all of them well, at the same time I asked my self, is that really HR or Hiring manager 🙂
The main things that are concentrated in my interview process with VMWare are:
1. Multithreading/Synchronization/race conditions
2. Core Java
3. Serialization concepts
4. Design Patterns
5. Algorithms and coding
6. Trouble shooting
etc. are the ones to mention
Over all I had one telephonic, 3 face-to-face interview and 3 telephonic interview with people from Palo Alto. It was truely an amazing experience. The people are really good and the HR used to provide updates very quickly, I mean to say even before I think of giving them a call I used to get a call from them about the status.
Result : Offer!!
After a considerable amount of time TW got back saying my assignment has been accepted by the interview panel and asked me to come over to their office for face-to-face interview discussion.
In the office I had the following rounds:
1. First one is a code pairing round. In this round you will be asked to explain your assignment logic and then you would be provided with an extension to the problem you solved. The good thing I have done is I took care of the extension already in my submitted solution :). The one who took the interview was awesome at design. Was giving me pointers every time on how the design can be improved. Enjoyed this pairing round.
2. Then you have a aptitude test which contains 11 questions [one question has 2 parts]. The questions need a lot of concentration [seriously]. You will be given 2 sample questions with solutions at the beginning of the test. Solve them to get an idea of the questions. I scored a 11/11 here [I asked the HR for the score].
3. Next you have a interview panel discussion. Here I was interview by 2 people. This one went really well. They wanted me to be very clear at every point I said so as to make sure I know what I am speaking.
4. The last one, here you will be given 50 questions which you need to answer in 12 mins. You will be said some rules before the start of the test. You do have negative points.
If the things go well, you meet the GM. You will have a discussion with him. Finally you will be asked to take a predictive index survey.
Overall, the interview experience is very good. People are good, interview process looked a bit different/unique compared to a traditional process. They said they would roll out an offer!
I have applied to ThoughtWorks (TW) from their job portal. The process starts with a Coding Assignment (will explain details in a while). If they are satisfied with your solution, they would invite you onsite. In the office you have a written test, one code-pairing round, then an interview panel discussion, then a written test and if things go fine you meet the General Manager.After all these things you will be asked to take some predictive index survey. Thats it!! 🙂
Let me explain things a bit in detail.
1. Coding Assignment:
After the resume screening, the HR will get in touch with and mail you the assignment problem and gives you enough time to send them the solution.
You will be sent two coding problems : One is the famous “Mars Rover” Problem and the other is “Sales Taxes” Problem. You can solve any one of the problems. I choose to solve the Mars Rover problem since it looked a bit interesting to me. [I am not pretty sure if solving both the problems has any advantage!].
Since I was kind of very occupied with my work, I worked over the Mars Rover problem on a friday night and mailed them the solution.
Things to consider when you are working on the assignment:
1. The problems given for the assignment can be solved using procedural programming in just 1 or 2 hours may be. But TW wants you to give more focus on the Design aspect.
2. Have a proper packaging structure, Exception handling, Test cases, boundary conditions. Importantly a proper documentation of the code. This should be something like you can ship it [I made this up :P]
PS: Everything I said here is from my perspective.