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  • Dell is known for their inclusive and engaging culture, but there have also been reports that the company and its culture tend to be dated and are in need of updates.
  • The compensation for these roles is average for the industry.
  • The company is stable and well established and has been described as a great place to build a career.
Interview Process

The interview process for a software engineer at Dell takes 2-3 weeks on average.

Stage 1: Phone interview with recruiter
Stage 2: Phone interview with the hiring manager.
This interview consists of technical and background questions as well as data structures and Java programming questions.
Stage 3: Onsite interview
The onsite interview includes thorough coding, whiteboard, behavior, and lunch interviews with multiple team members. The various levels of technical questions involve coding on arrays, bit manipulation, OS, linked lists, stacks, queues, OOP concepts, and design patterns. There are behavioral and situational questions, as well as resume based questions about past projects. The candidate also gets information about Dell processes and the overall flow of the office.

The interview process usually takes 2-3 weeks.

Stage 1: Phone interview with recruiter
Stage 2: Phone interview hiring manager
Stage 3: Video interview with 3 teams
This final round is 3 different interviews with 3 teams. The first one is all about the candidate's experience and behavioral questions, the second one is about the candidate's programming skills, and the third one is about how the candidate would contribute to the company.

The interview process usually takes 1-3 weeks.

Stage 1: Phone screen
Stage 2: Project presentation with panel interview
Stage 3: Live problem solving exercise.
The questions are about user research and testing, metrics used, how problems and solutions are identified, and explaining the design process.

The interview process for a product manager at Dell can take from 2 weeks to 2 months.

Stage 1: Phone screen with hiring manager (45 min)
Stage 2: Onsite interview
The onsite consists of with 5 interviews, each one lasting 30 min. Most of the questions are focused on the candidate's skill set and capability in expressing complex ideas and "selling" them to people.

Interview Questions
  • Demonstrate knowledge of object-oriented design principles.
  • Examine the code sample, find what's wrong, what will the output be, and how should it be fixed?
  • What packages and what languages are you most familiar with?
  • How many basketballs do you need to fill the room?
  • Reverse a linked list.
  • What is the difference between an interface and abstract class?
  • Hardware/networking low-level detail based questions
  • What is a hash map?
  • How do you implement a set test driven development?
  • Knowledge of AngularJS, OOPs, Java, Mongodb.
  • Basic pointer swapping function (what will this print out?)
  • Write a program that swaps two strings.
  • Print value of nodes in a tree.
  • Implement a distributed lock for large-scale cluster.
  • Write a C language to implement read lock and write lock.
  • What experience do you have with XML/MongoDB?
  • Find a number in sorted rotated array.
  • Add and delete elements in a linked list.
  • Fibonacci series questions
  • Implement stacks using queues.
  • Find the number of 1s in a binary representation of a number.
  • Sort elements of a stack using 2 stacks.
  • Find factorial of a number using recursion.
  • Find the missing number in an array between 1 to n.
  • What's the difference between a sealed class and an abstract class?
  • What do you know about multi-threading?
  • What is dimensionality reduction?
  • What is indexing in database?
  • How did you validate your solutions with users?
  • Tell me about how you built relationships with your stakeholders.
  • Can you analyze current market trends and opportunities for Dell for a Product X?
  • Make a pivot table in Excel and explain the report.
  • Prepare a 2-3 pg business proposal under a set situation, that includes certain strategic and tactical details.
  • What does cloud computing mean?
  • Provide an example of a use case scenario?
About Dell


Dell's mission is to be the most successful computer company in the world at delivering the best customer experience in markets we serve. In doing so, Dell will meet customer expectations of:

  • Highest quality
  • Leading technology
  • Competitive pricing
  • Individual and company accountability
  • Best-in-class service and support
  • Flexible customization capability
  • Superior corporate citizenship
  • Financial stability


It's the way we do business. It's the way we interact with the community. It's the way we interpret the world around us -- our customers' needs, the future of technology, and the global business climate. Whatever changes the future may bring, our vision -- 'Dell Vision -- will be our guiding force. So, Dell needs full customer satisfaction. In order to become the most successful computer company, they need the newest technology and loyal customers.

Customers: We believe our customer relationships are the ultimate differentiator and the foundation for our success.

Winning Together: We believe in and value our people. We perform better, are smarter, and have more fun working as a team than as individuals.

Innovation: We believe our ability to innovate and cultivate breakthrough thinking is an engine for growth, success, and progress.

Results: We believe in being accountable to an exceptional standard of excellence and performance.

Integrity: We believe integrity must always govern our fierce desire to win.

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