University FAQ

    How do I apply to a university grad or internship role at NetApp?

    If you are interested in applying to a university grad or internship position at NetApp, please submit your resume online on our careers Web site. If you attended an on-campus recruiting event and handed a hard copy resume to one of our NetApp recruiters or managers, you must also submit your resume online. Our recruiters will be able to review all resumes submitted online for open positions.

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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 carefully 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. Your resume is 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 or school projects, the length does not matter. If you can get all the requisite employment history on one page, then one page is perfect.

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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/phone screen*. If that goes well, you will be invited to a NetApp site for an onsite interview*. If you are attending a university that is not near a NetApp site, we will discuss the option of flying you in for an interview to meet the hiring manager and team face to face.

    • *Phone interview/phone screen details: If your resume has been selected for an open position, a recruiter will contact you to set up a phone interview. You may be asked more specific questions related to your coursework, projects, work/volunteer, or internship experience. If you are applying for a technical position, you will be expected to have questions related to your technical skill set.
    • *On-site interview details: If you pass the phone interview, you will be invited onsite at one of our NetApp locations for an in-person interview with the 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 as many as 10 people. We do our best to keep the interview team as small as possible.

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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.

    For most university grad or internship roles, we recommend for a nice shirt and slacks for males, and a nice blouse and slacks or skirt, whatever is more comfortable and reflects your personality, for females. We want you to feel comfortable during your interview, so don’t go out and buy that typical “business suit” that may be itchy or too stiff that you will never wear again.

    As a last resort, we suggest that it is always best to “ask your recruiter.” They know what is expected for the organization.

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    After I’ve interviewed for a position at NetApp, how long can I expect to wait to hear about an offer?

    The interview process can take anywhere from two weeks to one month, depending on the timing of our hiring process. If you are selected by a hiring manager for the position, the recruiter will contact you to extend a formal offer. You will have the opportunity to discuss the offer details with the recruiter in order for you to make an informed decision.

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    If I do receive an offer from NetApp, what are the next steps?

    If you accept the offer with NetApp, you will partner with your recruiter and hiring manager to decide on a start date. We will provide you with a hard copy offer, full benefit details, and more information about your first day at NetApp. We host an orientation on your first day to help provide you with a more comprehensive view of your benefits, company information, as well as an opportunity to meet with other new employees.

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    I’m graduating soon. How do I search and apply for jobs at NetApp?

    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 On-Campus Events and see when we'll be on campus. If we will not attend your campus, you should apply directly online to a position that is of interest to you.

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    I’m interested in an internship at NetApp and won’t be graduating for at least another year. How do I search and apply for internships at NetApp?

    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 On-Campus Events and see when we'll be on campus. If we will not attend your campus, you should apply directly online to a position that is of interest to you.

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    Does NetApp hire applicants on a visa?

    Yes. NetApp will consider qualified applicants who are currently on a visa. Students attending university on an international visa will be required to show valid work authorization for the United States.

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    I do not have a resume. Is one required?

    We do required every candidate to submit a resume online. If you do not have a resume, you can go to our Job Search page to complete your profile. 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.

    Throughout your recruiting process at NetApp, we strive to provide you with a positive, respectful, and engaging experience. We want you to feel as comfortable and confident about accepting a position at NetApp as we do in offering it to you.

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    Successful Suggestions from Our Very Own NetApp Recruiters

    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, people, and culture of the company as you pose job interview questions.
    • Create a job interview question to ask to gather information about your potential peers and to whom you will report.
    • 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 sample below:

    • What kind of person are you looking to hire for this position?
    • 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 experience, whether it be with school projects, internships, or other work experience. 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. This situation can be from a previous job, university school project, a volunteer experience, or any relevant event.

    Action you took:

    • Describe the action you took and be sure to keep 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 to four examples from your past experience where you demonstrated top behaviors and skills that employers typically seek.
    • Your examples should be a combination of totally positive and situations that started out negatively but either ended positively or you made the best of the outcome.
    • Use fairly recent examples. If you are a university grad or still enrolled in a university program, use examples from your current university education and internship/work experiences.

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