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Senior Member of Technical Staff Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate
No Offer

Application

I applied through a recruiter. I interviewed at Salesforce.

Interview

Recruiter reached out to me on LinkedIn. Spent a whole day, I thought I was on the bubble. Didn't get the job because I didn't "pass the test" so to speak. But no word on which test either then or later. The overall experience was a big turnoff.

Interview Questions

  • Given a regular English dictionary, and a word to start with (e.g. "head"), you can only change one letter a time, but every change has to be a word in the dictionary (e.g. head -> heal) What is the quickest way to an end word (e.g. "tail")?   2 Answers

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  1. Helpful (2)  

    Senior Member of Technical Staff Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 1+ week. I interviewed at Salesforce.

    Interview

    Recruiter, manager, remote programming test, team panel interview by skype, in person interview, VP interview.

    Recruiter was awesome, she was on top of everything and took me 1 week to complete everything.

    Interview Questions

    Negotiation

    I was able to get what i asked for.


  2. Helpful (3)  

    Senior Member of Technical Staff Interview

    Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA (US)
    Accepted Offer
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 8 weeks. I interviewed at Salesforce (San Francisco, CA (US)).

    Interview

    Several stages:

    System design: how to design a back end system (with scaling scenarios)

    Algorithms: graphs and trees

    Programming: Java fundamentals and collections

    Architecture: explain a system you built

    Databases: ways to address performance and scaling

    Work history and culture seemed to be addressed during each stage of the interview.

    Interview Questions

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    Senior Member of Technical Staff Interview

    Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA (US)
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 3+ months. I interviewed at Salesforce (San Francisco, CA (US)) in August 2012.

    Interview

    I was contacted by an external recruiter who arranged several informal interviews. When it was decided to proceed for a specific job, I had a technical programming exam which was evaluated for style and sophistication. They then flew me to San Francisco for a day of interviews.

    Throughout I was very impressed with the professionalism and courtesy. Relative to other very big companies I interviewed with, salesforece.com was by far the best.

    Interview Questions

    • The programming exam was fairly large and had many ways of doing it. I chose to spend time on the design and proper Object Oriented design of my code and never actually got an executable going. Nevertheless the quality of my code impressed them enough to invite me to in person interview.   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    The base salary was firm, but I negotiated a starting bonus of approximately 10% of my annual base, and increased the initial RSU stock grant by 20%.

    They were also very flexible with starting date.


  4. Helpful (5)  

    Senior Member of Technical Staff Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Francisco, CA (US)
    Declined Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at Salesforce (San Francisco, CA (US)) in August 2009.

    Interview

    The interview process itself is OK. The problem I am having is a few days later their HR called and told me most of the panel members have very positive opinions toward me and she "just need to collect a couple more feedback". And couple days later she said the group I originally interviewed with "had just lost the headcount", and "whether I would consider an opportunity at another group". Seems I was the candidate B for that group and candidate A had just accepted an offer. If that's the case why got my hopes up while in fact a guy was in front of me? Also the group manager I had lunch with had an annoying habit of staring at me constantly.

    Interview Questions

    • a 2 hours programming exercise with a simple file system command simulator   Answer Question

    Reasons for Declining

    Has another offer. Does not want to consider another group at salesforce and more delays.


  5. Helpful (3)  

    Senior Member of Technical Staff Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Francisco, CA (US)
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    The process took a week. I interviewed at Salesforce (San Francisco, CA (US)) in July 2009.

    Interview

    This is a special interview where part of the team I have met before had a good impression of me so they invited me back for a full interview, with a different set of people on the panel. There is a two hour programming tests where you are expected to build a Java class that can satisfy the requirement as specified on a 4 page document. Advice to test takes please do not spend too much time on reading the requirement at the first time, since most likely you will need to come back and review it again. The problem might look simple but it could take the full allotted 2 hours to finish it. My 1:1 sessions started after the programming tests. I had 5 interviewers plus another person taking me for lunch(no interview questions but not sure if part of evaluation).

    Interview Questions

    • What kind of communicator are you, "mellow" or "aggressive"?   Answer Question

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    Senior Member of Technical Staff Interview

    Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA (US)
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at Salesforce (San Francisco, CA (US)) in May 2011.

    Interview

    Phone screen by a recruiter. Followed by a phone interview with the hiring manager. I was then invited to give a presentation and was interviewed by 4 people.

    Interview Questions

    • You're on vacation and you need to provide your boss with input for a presentation to the CEO. What do you do?   Answer Question

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    Senior Member of Technical Staff Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Francisco, CA (US)
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through other source. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Salesforce (San Francisco, CA (US)) in March 2016.

    Interview

    I had 2 rounds of phone interview with this company. A recruiter contacted me via LinkedIn and the process started. The first round was a list of java questions asked by a recruiter. I found that a bit strange as she could not quite catch my answers and was typing it verbatim. I had a 2nd round of phone screen with the hiring manager. It was a pleasant experience. I liked the way some questions were targeted around situations and behaviors like how did you resolve a difficult problem etc. There was one algorithmic question for which I had to answer over phone. Collab Edit would have been more effective as they can see what ure typing. But this was over phone you had to explain the algorithm. Next I had a Remote Programming Test. The interviewer was on a got-to meeting. She gave me a zip file that had the problem statement. The write up was about 2 pages long with inputs, conditions and expected output etc. She dint go over the problem with me. She said, go through it and ask me if you have questions. Your time starts now, I will need your code in exactly 2 hrs. It took me a while to understand the problem, the conditions and figure an algorithm. The question was about building an installer that had components dependent on one another. You cant install a component unless its dependents are installed. Likewise you cant remove a component, if there is another component dependent on it. The problem wasn't hard but certainly it was challenging to produce clean code in the given time. I started the algorithm and debugged my APIs as and when I built. I ran out of time to hook up with the given input etc. I couldn't finish it , couldn't comment my code well or review the APIs etc. I was not selected for the next round. I dint get a proper feedback from them either....except that my code doesn't match their job role.

    Interview Questions

    • Nothing was difficult in terms of the interview questions as such. The rpt test could have been better where the interviewer ran over the problem first with me and then started the clock. I lost time in understanding the question myself. A 10-20 extra minutes would have helped me produce cleaner code. In fact, I spent an extra hour after the interview and completed it incl testing with the given inputs and conditions.   Answer Question
  8.  

    Senior Member of Technical Staff Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 4 weeks. I interviewed at Salesforce in February 2016.

    Interview

    I was referred by a Salesforce employee, spoke with a recruiter in a few days. A day later I received both an email and a call from a R&D technical recruiter and was invited to a tech meet up where I met with hiring managers. I took the 2 hour remote programming test and was scheduled for my on site the following week. The recruiter got back to me a day later. Very efficient!

    Interview Questions

    Negotiation

    I didn't negotiate.


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    Senior Member of Technical Staff Interview

    Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA (US)
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through other source. The process took 7 weeks. I interviewed at Salesforce (San Francisco, CA (US)) in June 2016.

    Interview

    I applied through a friend to employee referral. Had 4 rounds: basic object oriented design questions with recruiter, technical phone screen with the hiring manager, remote programming test and finally an on-site interview. The on-site interview consisted of 4 45 minute sessions (design & testing process; data & sql; object-oriented design; algorithms) with team members and an hour lunch with the hiring manager. Everyone I spoke & met with was very nice - the sessions felt more like technical discussions with colleagues than being grilled over a set of questions. The overall process was slow, but communication was excellent - I always knew what was going on when.

    Interview Questions

    • Design a set of tables for a particular data set, write queries for returning results & updating.   Answer Question

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