VMware is a billion-dollar virtualization, cloud computing, and enterprise software company headquartered in California. The company was the first to virtualize the Microprocessor 8086 architecture commercially. It offers a wide variety of technology products and services, also through its acquisition of several smaller technology companies.
VMware hires for several technology roles, with software engineer and developer roles being the most common. Given the number of engineers who apply for these roles, landing an offer requires a solid prep strategy and implementing it to the T.
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This article on VMware interview questions covers questions asked at VMware’s software engineering interviews. We’ll cover:
The interview process at VMware is similar to that at FAANG and tier-1 companies. Recruiters essentially test your approach to problem-solving and your ability to solve complex coding problems by applying the right concepts.
The interview process at VMware lasts about 20-40 days from your first interaction with the recruiter to landing an offer. Here’s what you can expect as far as the process is concerned:
This is the first round where a recruiter will contact you to essentially figure out if your profile meets the role’s requirements. In order to get contacted by a recruiter, make sure your LinkedIn profile has the right keywords so that LinkedIn’s bullion algorithms can locate your profile when recruiters are hiring for software developer positions.
You’ll be asked general questions about your experience and skills, following which your Technical Phone Screen round will be scheduled.
This round tests your technical problem-solving skills with a problem or two on core data structures. You will be asked to brute-force the problem solution and write code on a shared doc. The interviewer may even modify the problem to include additional elements and test your approach.
If your performance in the technical phone screen is satisfactory, you’ll be invited to the on-site interview.
The on-site interview has three main rounds: the coding round, the design round, and the behavioral round.
Each of these rounds typically last 30 minutes. The coding round will involve solving a problem or two around algorithms and data structures. You could be asked to code on a whiteboard if you’re invited to the on-site campus.
The design round evaluates your ability to build arbitrary, scalable systems with low latency. You’ll also be asked questions about cloud computing, database management, and network protocols in this round.
Finally, the behavioral round tests if you are the right cultural fit. Recruiters test your reaction in workplace situations and understand your attitude and behavioral traits in general.
Note: Behavioral and design rounds are more important for senior developer roles, such as Engineering Manager and above. In contrast, the coding round is more important for junior and mid-level developer roles.
In this section, we’ll look at VMware interview questions across four main categories:
VMware’s coding interview questions essentially fall under the following topics:
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Design interview questions are meant to gauge your approach to solving the given design problem. The focus here is not so much on the result but on your thought process and ability and ideas to create scalable systems with low latency, capable of reaching millions of users.
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Performing well in the behavioral interview is extremely important. Preparation is the key, as you can often be caught off-guard if you are unprepared in behavioral interviews. Here are some behavioral interview questions you can expect:
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<h3>VMware-related Interview Questions
Below are some questions pertaining to VMware’s products/services that you can expect at the on-site interview:
Tech interviews at tier-1 tech companies can be tough and daunting. But a good prep strategy and lots of hard work can get you over the line. Here are some tips to help you with your prep.
Getting used to coding on a whiteboard is important during the on-site. Whiteboard coding brings out your analytical thinking abilities and your general approach to problem-solving. By practicing, you can recall and apply concepts in a faster and more refined fashion, putting you ahead of your competition.
Mocks are a super important way to polish your interviewing skills. More so, you can target and improve areas where you’re found to be weak (through insightful feedback). While practicing mocks, make sure you practice with hiring managers and technical leads from FAANG and leading tier-1 companies to get the right feedback and incorporate it during your on-site interview.
Cracking technical interviews at tier-1 companies isn’t an easy task. It requires a solid prep strategy and being absolutely consistent with it. Given the vastness of topics to cover, giving yourself enough time is crucial. Giving your interview if you're underprepared is definitely not going to cut it.
Ideally, give yourself about 10-12 weeks to prepare if you want to give it your best. During these 10-12 weeks, make sure to practice as many coding problems as possible and classify problems based on inherent patterns. This will help you solve complex problems in the interview by applying pre-existing patterns in the problems you’ve already practiced and solved.
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