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Updated 12 Nov 2014
Updated 12 Nov 2014
19 Interview Reviews

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    Systems Administrator, Managed Hosting Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 1+ weekinterviewed at SoftLayer.

    Interview Details

    I applied through a very aggressive recruiting firm that they use. I was more than qualified for the position, however he seemed hesitant to submit me at the higher range of the salary range they were seeking.

    Once I had the initial phone screen with the HR person, it was your typical HR questions. The she immediately scheduled me for a phone interview with the hiring manager.

    I spoke to him the next day, and answered every question correctly. At the end of the interview he said he wanted to get me in for an in-person interview. I reminded him that I was not in the area, and he said that would be no problem. He told me he would still continue on with the next step of getting me another interview over a video conference. 2 hours later, I received a text message from the recruiter telling me they passed on me. Seemed odd after the conversation I just had with the hiring manager, but if this is the way the manager and the company does business, I want no part in it.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview
  2.  

    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX (US)
    Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX (US)
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at SoftLayer in November 2014.

    Interview Details

    Applied and took about 2 months, got an email and scheduled an interview. Interview was a 20 min Behavioral one with easy questions. They stressed that the job will be a hectic one with new projects occurring one after the other.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  3.  

    Server Build Technician Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA (US)
    Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA (US)
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at SoftLayer in June 2014.

    Interview Details

    I applied on the official IBM website and got a voicemail on my phone three weeks later stating I am a potential candidate for the position. I scheduled an appointment one week later.

    They ask the normal top 10 questions with the remaining time allocated for questions of your own for the interviewer. They explained how the business operated along with a typical workday during the interview.

    Keep in mind that this position is an entry level position so pay may not be as high as you anticipate, but the job has a lot of capacity for learning new things. My impression was that this is a great place for growth as a new graduate into the workforce.

    Soon after the interview, they conduct some background checks based on another application you have to fill out. Another couple of weeks of waiting after submission, I received an offer.

    Interview Questions
    Reasons for Declining

    Shift hours not to my liking. Cannot change once your preference is submitted during the interview. When offered the position, I was told I could not change to a different shift, but the option may be open down the line.

    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Storage Administrator Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Dallas, TX (US)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Dallas, TX (US)
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2+ weeksinterviewed at SoftLayer.

    Interview Details

    I was approached by the HR recruiter for a position from this company in Linkedin. Then there was a phone interview and an in-person interview. They seemed very friendly and exhibited very cool personality and work culture seemed very laid back. This is a very promising company that was purchased by IBM in 2013. The interview was fairly technical and they seems to be interested in recruiting technically strong candidates.

    Interview Questions
    • How to troubleshoot NFS related issue ?   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    This was the only concern I have. They are offering 15000 less than the average market salary. I was hoping they would give a nice pay as they are NOW AN IBM COMPANY. But I did not negotiate as this is in Ideal location for me right next to my home and Dallas cost of living is considerably low and the job profile is very very interesting.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Abuse Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took a dayinterviewed at SoftLayer.

    Interview Details

    None. They took me off the streets with no prior experience in this field.

    Interview Questions
    • None. The interview was mere formalities given my prior experience and intelligence.   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
  7.  

    Customer Support Technician Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Houston, TX (US)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Houston, TX (US)
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 5 daysinterviewed at SoftLayer.

    Interview Details

    This was a short panel interview with a manager for the department and a team manager. Questions focused on technical knowledge and soft skills for managing interactions with customers.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Dallas, TX (US)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Dallas, TX (US)
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took a dayinterviewed at SoftLayer in March 2013.

    Interview Details

    Basic phone screen for interns - overviewed data structures, object oriented programming. No coding required.

    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Cst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Houston, TX (US)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Houston, TX (US)
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took a dayinterviewed at SoftLayer.

    Interview Details

    Three managers will interview you and ask you different questions regarding hosting. The interview is fairly short and to the point. They need bodies in the call center to support their terrible service.

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    They going to pay you what they want to pay you, no negotiation
    Accepted Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX (US)
    Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX (US)
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2+ weeksinterviewed at SoftLayer in January 2012.

    Interview Details

    Got a call through oncampus career fair. Went to onsite for the interview. 3 people started interviewing me about my projects on resume and experience and my work on Webservices in PHP.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Server Build Technician Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Santa Clara, CA (US)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Santa Clara, CA (US)
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took a dayinterviewed at SoftLayer in September 2011.

    Interview Details

    Got my call back for an interview about 6 months after applying completely out of the blue. Just one 20 minute interview with the Site Manager at the time. Very laid back interview, he was more interested in talking about my computer and gaming hobbies than anything related to the work or my technical background. It was in and out, and pretty unlike any interview I have done. Didn't hear a thing from them for about a month then again out of the blue got a call with the job offer.

    Interview Questions
    • The only real unexpected part of the interview was that in his opinion I was over dressed for the interview. Was sort of bizarre...   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    I was told there was absolutely no negotiations, the offer was take it over leave it.
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview

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