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Symantec Interview Questions & Reviews

Updated Apr 16, 2014
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Software Quality Assurance Engineer Interview

Software Quality Assurance Engineer

I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Symantec in March 2012.

Interview Details First I got the chance to speak to two students currently on placement with the company, who were there to relax me and answer any questions I had. This was not part of the interview.

I was then taken in for my interview with one line manager and one senior manager. They asked me questions about my CV along with a few others, but nothing particularly difficult. They explained the available roles to me and asked which I would be most interested in.

Interview Question – No unexpected questions. Just be sure you are able to go into depth about your CV.   Answer Question

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Technical Support Engineer Interview

Technical Support Engineer
Reading, England

I applied online and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Symantec in September 2011.

Interview Details Three interviews :
- 10 technical questions of general unix/windows knowledge
- technical questions about different scenarios where troubleshooting is required
- social skills and motivational with two hiring team managers

Interview Question – Major and minor numbers for storage arrays   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – No negotiation because the salary is pretty much standard for the job role

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Senior Director Interview

Senior Director
London, England

I applied through a recruiter and the process took 5 weeks - interviewed at Symantec.

Interview Details Telephone interview, 1st round f2f interview with HR, 2nd round panel interview with recruiting manager and peers, 3rd round f2f interview with manager's manager

Interview Question – None - pretty standard interviews covering experience to date, competency based questions and motivation to join   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – Back and forth 2-3 times before we agreed on the basic salary

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Senior Support Engineer Interview

Senior Support Engineer
Reading, England

I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Symantec in November 2011.

Interview Details I was contacted by HR and schedulled 3 interviews:

-(1:1) Technical concepts: OS (Solaris)
-(1:1) Networking (UNIX/Solaris solving technical concepts)
-(1:2) Support and background experiece solving technical problems.

First two weren'tt too difficult and in the last one difficult increased (two interviews, questions about work habits, face problems, ...)

Interview Questions

  • tell me a especial problem you face a how you solve it (method you follow)   Answer Question
  • how do you act with your work mates in critical situations ?   Answer Question
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Principal Mobile Engineer Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate

I applied through a recruiter and the process took 1 week - interviewed at Symantec in February 2014.

Interview Details I was contacted by a recruiter and she setup the interview pretty fast. Had an initial phone screen and then invited onsite. Had an algorithm question, a few process related questions and such. The questions were very easy and the people talked very positively, as if I would be asked to join the next week. Anyhow the recruiting manager got back to me after a couple of weeks saying they were looking for people with more expertise in relevant area.

Interview Question – No difficult or unexpected questions   Answer Question

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Software Development Intern Interview

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Interviewed at Symantec

Interview Details Had one phone screening and one six hour interview on-site.

Interview Question – Generate a superset given a set of elements.   Answer Question

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Frontend Engineer Interview

Anonymous Employee
Culver City, CA (US)

I applied online and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Symantec in March 2014.

Interview Details The process took a month. I was initially pre-screened by a person in Mountain View who later scheduled a phone interview with a Frontend Engineer. The phone interview was about 45 minutes. We talked about my previous experience and later she asked me a series of Javascript and jQuery questions. Basic questions like what is closure, variable hoisting, DOM manipulation questions. The onsite interview lasted 6 hours with six different 6 engineers. Some engineers were not asking too many technical questions and just wanted to get a feel for you. Some were very technical. Come prepared with Backbone.js and AngularJS knowledge.

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Principal Software Engineer Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate
Mountain View, CA (US)

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 1 week - interviewed at Symantec in March 2014.

Interview Details It was a 5 hours in person interview. One hour for each interviewer. Questions were basic data structures and algorithms. I didn't get the offer because I didn't prepare and I stumbled on a couple of questions or maybe they were too picky on the candidates because the position has been available for a while.

Interview Question – They did ask something not related to the job but from your resume so make sure you know whatever you put on your resume   Answer Question

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Director Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate

I applied through a recruiter and the process took 1+ week - interviewed at Symantec.

Interview Details Worst ever I saw. People don't know how to interview for a director position. For example: They ask the commands in a technical interview for a director position. The interviewer's motto is to fail the candidate. I suggest them to have a feedback review for the interviewer.

Interview Question – What is the command to copy a file from local directory to Hadoop environment ( In an interview, a senior architect asked interviewer for a position of Director).   View Answer

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Easy Interview

Senior Solutions Specialist Interview

Anonymous Employee

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 5 days - interviewed at Symantec in November 2010.

Interview Details A recruiter contacted me to go through the initial "smoke" test. Then I spoke with the position's manager who was mostly checking my personality. Spoke with a technical consultant next who quizzed me on the product I would be working with. Then finally interviewing with the customer the position was assigned to.

Interview Question – Did not receive any difficult or unexpected questions. The overall interview process was a breeze for me because I was a referral from another employee.   Answer Question

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