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Principal Software Engineer Interview

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

Application

I applied through an employee referral. I interviewed at Dell Technologies (San Jose, CA (US)) in July 2013.

Interview

Met 5 engineers, including the hiring manager, for about 4 hours. Each person gave a programming question in addition to other questions related to resume and experience. The programming questions were mostly based on algorithms.

Interview Questions

Negotiation

not much. I mentioned my bottom line beforehand and they met it.

Other Interview Reviews for Dell Technologies

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    Principal Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Portland, OR (US)
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 6+ weeks. I interviewed at Dell Technologies (Portland, OR (US)) in October 2014.

    Interview

    It was a day of interview with multiple 45 minute sessions. Interview went very well and both parties appeared very interested. Looks like they ran into some hiring freeze issue later on and hence asked me to wait some more time. In the mean while I found some other opportunity.

    Interview Questions

    • All questions are related to my resume and the target job.
      A storage related job interview.   Answer Question

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    Principal Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX (US)
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3+ months. I interviewed at Dell Technologies (Austin, TX (US)) in July 2011.

    Interview

    I had three rounds or interview, with hiring manager, with second line manager and with the team. The interview questions were related to my experience, technical, and HR. .

    The whole process took three months. The interview process was very fast in the beginning but then it lagged three months until a job offer.

    Interview Questions

    • What are the issues when talking over I2C.   1 Answer
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    Principal Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Oklahoma City, OK (US)
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied in-person. The process took 4 weeks. I interviewed at Dell Technologies (Oklahoma City, OK (US)) in January 2012.

    Interview

    Dell has a rigid technical peer review where everyone is asked the same questions followed by a manager interview. The interview is generally fairly simple but does help weed out those that do not belong.

    Interview Questions

    • What is the thing you are least good at, and what have you been doing to fix that.   Answer Question

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    Principal Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Raleigh, NC (US)
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Dell Technologies (Raleigh, NC (US)).

    Interview

    2 technical rounds and 4-5 rounds of meeting with team and execs. The technical rounds mostly is making sure you know what you put in your resume. Basics of networking and virtualization are also asked.

    Interview Questions

    • Java, Database and scripting questions   2 Answers

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    Principal Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Positive Experience

    Interview

    Contacted by recruiter. Two zoom interviews with live video chat and screen sharing.
    First round coding interview test driven development with pair programming implementing a data structure.
    Second round system design. Worked through an ecommerce site design.

    Interview Questions


  6. Helpful (1)  

    Principal Engineer - Software Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Richardson, TX (US)
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 days. I interviewed at Dell Technologies (Richardson, TX (US)) in April 2019.

    Interview

    I applied for a Principal Software Engineer via linkedin and got a initila screen call from HR.This was basic interview regarding where about and experience and salary range.HR explained that they have 2 positions senior and principal and would accomodate accordinly based on interview which made sense to me.They didn't give an option for me to give my available time and mentioned they would call at this specific time.I agreed as it was a holiday for my company and didnt bother much.This is the funny process,i have 12 years of software development experience and am a Lead my self and have never experienced such a kind of conversation before untill this.I have interviewed and got interviewed before so i have experience on those grounds too.Initial call was at 8:30 , Manager called at 8 45 am and said he got side tracked ,didn't even mention anything about it.So ignored moved on

    Interview Questions

    • Manager:Tell me about experience.
      Me:Have 12 years of experience in XXX technology stack.Within 15 sec of conversation he said we dont need that.Well excuse me ....i was shocked i did except him to atleast view my resume before the call.My instinct were already hinting this is not a kind of job i want to deal with or team i want to join but moved on.
      Me:Ok so i know i kept these questions for last but what do you need for your position??He kind aaa started braging about his desktop application etc etc.Ok great.
      Me :Ok so what are expecting from this role.Can you explain a little more.He kinda didnt like this question.He started to ask some tech questions without any concern .Ok at this point i was about to abort and wanted to just end this conversation but an interview my self i moved on to ethics.
      Manager:do you know about garbage collector .Explained him what my experience gave me all these years and he was not satisfied .I tried my best .He asked me explain the code to write garbage collector .You heard me correct but may be this may be acceptable as it depends on teams , work and projects.I was at frank that i never had to code that as the framework handled it .He was not convinced and started asking why my experience dint give a chance to code , i tried my best to explain and yet he was not convined and started explaining that he graduated in 90s and all that they learnt was c ++ and at thjis point he started pisiing me off, i tried to counter attack with answers.I mentioned how i didnt code that and yet the product i work generates millions of dollars.
      Manager:At this point i cant move to next step.
      Me:Well this job description dont match my interest either.
      silence and i thanked him for calling thats it.

      If you applying for an desktop related teams please be advised that you learn basic c++, though the description asks you for .net c# java ,etc.Dont even waste time.Desktop application jobs are for people who want to spend their life in multi threading and dont want to hear a thing.   Answer Question

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    Principal Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Bengaluru
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a staffing agency. The process took 2+ weeks. I interviewed at Dell Technologies (Bengaluru).

    Interview

    First of all, I had a telephonic call from the HR asking about my expertise, experience on different skills,availability etc. Then I received a call from the technical team after 2 days and there was a telephonic interview for 45 minutes. Post that, I had a face to face technical round for about an hour at the Bangalore office. I was told to wait for 30 minutes and then they put me to the management round on the same day. I had a first review with Senior manager and then he forwarded me in another 45 minutes to Senior Director for the Business Unit. Everything went well and I was done fore the day. They contacted me after couple of days and informed me that they are working on the offer process, which took about 2 weeks.

    Interview Questions

    • They asked my previous project architecture, product capabilities and challenges that i faced while working on that company.   1 Answer
    • They asked technical questions on my skill set and gave me some requirements and asked me to provide a solution for the given problem.   1 Answer
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    Principal Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Bengaluru
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2 days. I interviewed at Dell Technologies (Bengaluru) in November 2017.

    Interview

    I have applied through internal referral. I got the interview call within 2 days. Since the position is for senior position i had high expectation on the interview process. I have reached the venue on time but interview was commenced only after 45 minutes delay. Once interview started they have asked to write c programs for linked list operations. For all the 3 questions, i gave the correct logic and wrote program for 2 questions. For 3 rd question, i could not able to complete the program though i was aware of the logic. And my interview lasted for hardly 30 minutes.

    Interview Questions

    • How to find the middle node in linked list.   1 Answer
    • There is a linked list like a0->a1->a2......->an->b0->b1->b2.......->bn.
      Need to form linked list like a0->b0>a1->b1->a2->b2->...........an->bn   1 Answer
    • If you were given pointer to a node of a linked list and you don't have a head/start node pointer, and you need to delete the node for which the pointer is given. How will you achieve this?   1 Answer

    Dell Technologies Response

    26 Feb 2018 – candidate and employee experience team

    Thank you for sharing your experience with us.


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    Principal Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Bengaluru
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 days. I interviewed at Dell Technologies (Bengaluru) in June 2015.

    Interview

    Hiring process is professional and ethical.

    It takes a day or two for the entire process to get completed

    HR is cordial and keeps the candidate informed of the developments.

    Interview consists of around 4 technical rounds and then one manager and one HR round.

    Overall the process is transparent.

    Interview Questions

    • Mostly pertains based on the experience mentioned and related to the future job.   1 Answer

    Dell Technologies Response

    3 Jul 2017 – candidate and employee experience team

    Thank you for sharing your experience. We look forward to your arrival.


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