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Organization : Symantec
Position : Associate SQA Engineer

Symantec Interview Process

I applied at Symantec for the post of Associate SQA Engineer through an employee referral and the process was done in a day only. I was then interviewed at Symantec. The hiring process at Symantec comprises of four rounds - Telephonic Interview and three Face to Face Interviews.

Round 1 - Telephonic Interview
Before the interviewer started asking me questions, he confirmed about my comfortable section. They are looking for people proficient in C++ or Python. I told him that my C++ was strong. Thus, the questions that were asked from me circled around C++ only. There were questions on storage classes, inheritance, virtual functions and polymorphism. The questions were basic and nothing unexpected was asked. Of course, I am pretty good in C++ but you have to be as well.

Round 2 - First Face to Face Interview by Tech Lead
In this round, the questions were based on software testing majorly. I was given a situation at first. Then the following questions were asked from me:
Q1. How to approach this being a tester?
Q2. Can you differentiate between Severity and Priority?
Q3. Given a phone, tell a defect where the severity is low but the priority is high.
The round was moderately difficult but the interviewer was nice.

Round 3 - Second Face to Face Interview by Hiring Manager
In this round of interview, most of the questions were asked again on testing, but some questions came from linked lists as well. Some of the questions that I remember:
Q1. What is Agile Methadology?
Q2. Differentiate between Hang and Crash.
Q3. Who is Scrum Master?
Other than these technical questions, some questions were based on me as well. The hiring manager asked me to tell about my old project. He inquired if I ever had a dispute with my manager previously. The interview was good oeverall.

Round 4 - HR Interview (Third Face to Face Interview)
There was nothing major in the HR interview round. Mostly, the package was discussed and negotiated. Then, I was told in detail about the company and what all facilities are provided to the employees in their company. Some questions were asked on myself and my family. But all that was very basic. Nothing technical or difficult was asked in this round.

How to crack (get into) Symantec Interview

I can't really tell you a sure shot thing that you can gulp down to crack the Symantec Interview. But, surely if you have read my experience in the process, you will get the basic idea about the sort of questions that can be asked from you and the topics which you have to choose.

Other than that, let me tell you that Symantec is looking for professional people. You can be rejected in the first round itself if you are not honest with them. If they ask you about your strong area, you name it. If you try to be diplomatic, it won't help. Like I told you that they are looking for people proficient in C++ or Python. So you must be awesome in any one of them.

The face to face interviews will judge you on the educational level as well as on the confidence level. Again, if they ask anything, be truthful. Lying or being diplomatic will throw you out of the hiring process for sure. The technical questions that they ask you are not difficult and thus you need not be afraid. Just prepare your best.

In the HR interview, you can negotiate the offer and you must. Why waste any opportunity that has been thrown at you. Grab it and do your best. Who knows, you might even get your desired salary or more than that.

Last but not the least, all the very best for your interview at the company.

Thanks Anmol for sharing the details of your interview.
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