Frequently Asked Questions

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What happens to my resume when I submit it to your database?
Our applicant tracking system sends you an automatic message that tells you we have your resume. Our recruiters review all new resumes daily. If there is a match, we send your resume on to the hiring manager. If they are interested in you, the recruiter will contact you for a phone interview. If that goes well, you will be invited in for in-person interviews onsite.

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When should I expect to hear from you?
If there is a match and the manager has requested we contact you for an initial phone screen, you may hear from us within two weeks or less of your resume submission. If you haven't heard from us in three weeks, please assume your application has been unsuccessful this time. We try to get back to everyone. We receive over 20,000 resumes a month. We wish we had the bandwidth to respond to all applicants who were not a match at the time, but time and volume prevent us from doing so. The good news is that your resume is kept on file and will be reviewed again if a good match comes up.

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Any suggestions for my resume?
A recruiter's dream candidate resume is one that reflects the key skills and qualifications as described in the job description. Read the job description and make sure you add the skills you possess that match the qualifications. It's that simple.

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How long should my resume be?
The purpose of the resume is to get you invited in for an interview, period. lt's your advertisement to the hiring team that you have what we need. If you write your resume specific to our job requirement with supporting work history, the length does not matter. If you can get all the requisite employment history on one page, then one page is perfect. However, the concept of a "one-page" resume is gone with snail mail and faxed resumes.

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I hear keywords are important. Are they, and how should I add them?
Yes, keywords are important. Applicant tracking systems and our recruiters search by keyword. If you have followed our guidance above, you will automatically use keywords in your resume.

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How should I dress for an interview?
The style of dress at NetApp is as comfortable as our culture, so you can wear something that is business casual for your interview. We will evaluate you on your technical skill set, communication style, and culture fit, not on the way you dress.

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What's the interview process?
You will most likely have a phone interview with someone in Staffing first, which may be prefaced by a questionnaire. If this interview goes well, your recruiter will advocate on your behalf for an interview with the manager. If the manager approves, you will be invited for an in-person interview with the recruiter, hiring manager, and team. We try to arrange for this first interview to be onsite for a three- to -four-hour block of time. If that interview goes well, you may be invited back for other rounds.

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How many rounds of interviews do you usually have?
It depends on the job role and level. You may speak to as few as four and even more than 10 people. We do our best to keep the interview team as small as possible.

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How do I know my personal information is secure?
NetApp takes your privacy seriously. There are people at NetApp who are solely responsible for protecting the privacy of our users. Read the NetApp Privacy Policy.

When you browse and/or apply for jobs on the Careers portion of our Web site, your application and any additional information you provide may be used to assess your skills and interests against career opportunities at NetApp and for reporting purposes as may be required by U.S. law. We use your information to communicate with you and inform you of career opportunities. Entities acting on behalf of NetApp with which we share your information will be bound by terms of confidentiality and this privacy policy.

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I'm graduating soon. How do I search and apply for jobs at NetApp?
To learn about the many roles for new college graduates, visit University Recruiting. Be sure to check out available opportunities at Job Search and submit your resume. Want to meet a NetApp employee in person? Check out our recruiting events and see when we'll be on campus.

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Does NetApp hire applicants on a visa?
Yes. NetApp will consider qualified applicants who are currently on a visa.

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I do not have a resume. Is one required?
This link Submit resume/CV lets you submit your resume. If you don't have a resume, you can create a profile, even if you're not applying for a specific job. We'll consider you for jobs that match your skills. However, eventually you will need a resume as the introduction interviewers have to you.

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Great Interview Tips

Take an active role
The two-way interview question-and-answer conversation demonstrates your active role. Remember, your job interview questions can help you determine if this is the right job for you. The research you did earlier on the company should form a basis for some of your job interview questions to ask. Here are some guidelines:

  • Focus on the job, the company, products, services, and people as you pose job interview questions.
  • Create a job interview question to ask to gather information about your potential peers, people who will report to you and to whom you will report.
  • Ask for bios for the people who will interview you.
  • Write your list of job interview questions to ask prior to the interview and take them with you.
  • Divide your job interview questions into interest questions about the company and qualification questions regarding duties and responsibilities.
  • The most important job interview question to ask if you are sincerely interested in the position and are satisfied with the job interview question and answers is to ask for the job. That may be the difference in getting an offer.

Great sample questions to ask in the interview
As a prospective employee, be prepared to know what job interview questions to ask of your prospective employer. See samples below:

  • What kind of person are you looking to hire for this position? Do I meet your requirements?
  • How would you describe the working environment at the company? The culture in this particular organization?
  • When do you expect to make a decision on the candidate for this position?
  • What are the next steps from here?

Be prepared for Behavioral Interviewing
NetApp utilizes the behavioral interview technique to evaluate a candidate's experiences and behaviors in order to help determine a candidate’s potential for success.

In preparation for answering behavioral-based interview questions – know yourself. Honestly assess your skill set and work experience and develop explanations for any weak points. You will be asked questions that will require you to recall a past or current situation that can illustrate your potential to handle a situation that may occur while working at NetApp.

The typical format of a behavioral-based interview question is one in which the interviewer will ask you a question, and ideally, you should briefly describe the situation, what specific action you took to have an effect on the situation, and the positive result or outcome.

  • Explain the situation (task or problem): Describe the situation that you were in or the task that you needed to accomplish. You must describe a specific event or situation, not a generalized description of what you have done in the past. Be sure to give enough detail for the interviewer to understand.
  • Action you took: Describe the action you took , keeping the focus on you. Even if you are discussing a group project or effort, describe what you did -- not the efforts of the team. Don't tell what you might do, tell what you did.
  • Results you achieved: What happened? How did the event end? What did you accomplish? What did you learn?

Here are some tips for how best to prepare for behavior-based interviews:

  • Identify two - four examples from your past experience where you demonstrated top behaviors and skills that employers typically seek.
  • Your examples should be a combination of positive situations that started out negatively but either ended positively or you made the best of the outcome.
  • Use fairly recent examples.
  • Be ready to explain what motivates you to leave your current employer.
  • Be ready to explain gaps in time of employment or why you have had several jobs for a short period of time.

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