Interviewing at Dell

Get ready to shine.

Your big day is just around the corner. Your qualifications are a match to our needs and your well-structured and detailed resume is impressive. Now it’s time for us to meet up and discuss the position and what you can bring to the role. Through a conversation with you, we’re striving to learn if you’re a good match for the company. And that’s a little bit of everything: how you’ll fit in with your team, whether you identify with our values and where you see yourself professionally now and in the future. There’s a lot for us to talk about, and don’t forget that this is your chance to interview Dell, too.

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Our competency-based philosophy

At Dell, we believe that a candidate’s recent past experience is the best indicator of future success. So, we design our interviews as a conversation, focusing on your experience and how it relates to the opportunity at Dell.

Our competency-based interview questions are designed to elicit responses from candidates, which give details about the work they have done, the way they have completed that work and the environment in which they worked.

Here’s what to expect when interviewing with Dell.

  • Step 1: Telephone screening conducted by a recruiter
    • The recruiter gathers basic information such as work history and salary requirements.
  • Step 2: Technical/functional interview with subject-matter expert
    • We ask specific competency-based interview questions here to determine an applicant’s technical/functional expertise.
    • The interview is generally conducted by a subject-matter expert in the field, for example, product marketer for a product marketing role or treasury expert for a finance/treasury role.
  • Step 3: On-site/team interview with leaders and peers
    • Conducted in a series of one-on-one meetings or in a panel interview setting.
    • At this stage, we ask competency-based questions to measure the candidate’s overall fit with the team and company.
    • It is vital that a candidate be a fit for Dell’s core competencies:
      • Engage…
        • Customer first: act with the customer in mind.
        • Personal effectiveness: listen, take ownership, be a role model, grow and learn.
        • Engage others: provide direction, development and inspiration.
      • Execute…
        • Inclusive: think globally, value diversity, collaborate and consider the impact.
        • Decided: be courageous, contribute, provide/solicit input and take action.
        • Simplify: focus on what matters most, streamline workflows and strive to be effective.
      • Excel…
        • Drive strategy: know the business, look ahead and plan for the future.
        • Innovate: be creative, take smart risks and continuously improve.
  • Step 4: Final interview conducted by the hiring manager or director
    • This also includes competency-based interview questions and ensures that all candidate questions are answered.

Ultimately, we’re always seeking out the right person for the position, and we invest time and resources in making the best choice.

Tips for your Dell interview

Even though Dell has a very structured approach to our interviews, no two interviews are the same. Nor is there a magic formula for acing the interview. There are, however, a few basic tips that can help you better communicate with your interviewer. Study up, apply your knowledge and you’ll definitely wow us.

Complete the application prior to starting the interview process

This helps us streamline the entire process. All of your current information is in one place. It simplifies things, and, as an added bonus, organizational skills are very impressive.

Double-check that all your information is complete and accurate

Misinformation can derail a promising application. So, go back to your resume and profile one more time to scan for typos and update your contact information. Always be truthful about the skills, abilities and experiences you present on your resume.

Speak clearly and audibly

We know you’re nervous, but try to relax. Speak a little louder and more slowly than normal — but not so slow that we think you’re a robot.

Make eye contact

Nothing says you’re engaged with the person in front of you more than making eye contact. It communicates respect for the speaker and is a strong display of candidate confidence. Keep it natural, though — you don’t want to stare your interviewer down.

Take a moment for composure

A few moments of silence after you’ve been asked a challenging question is more than OK. It’s expected. It shows you’re taking the time to think and compose a response that directly addresses the question.

Present concrete examples of your capabilities

Stay away from responses that require abstract explanations. Focus instead on providing concrete examples of relevant professional experiences you’ve had and the results yielded from your influence or actions.

Avoid unrelated topics

The golden rule of interviewing is to stay on track. Don’t meander with your answers. Be specific. And only bring in additional information if it’s relevant to the question and your ability to do the job.

Prepare a few questions

There is always time in each interview for the candidate to ask questions. And whether you have questions often directly indicates your level of interest in the position. So, take the time to formulate a few questions about the specific position, the company or the experience of working at Dell.

Dell Cork Offices

Dell Cork is located in the City Gate Park complex — City Gate Park, Mahon, Cork — directly across from Mahon Point Shopping Centre. Reception can be contacted on +353-212064000.

By car: If you are coming from Dublin take the M8 towards Cork and then take the 2nd exit onto N25 and take the Mahon exit to City Gate Park. Coming from Cork take the N8 and then turn right onto Custom House Street/N27. From Kerry head south of the N22, continue to N25 and take the Mahon exit.

Drive towards Mahon Point, turn left at the first roundabout and go down the ramp into the building underground car park. Visitor parking is allocated outside the entrance clearly signposted with a Dell logo. From here take the entrance lift to the lobby of the building.

By train: To reach our Dell office from Kent Train station it is recommendable to take a taxi to the office, the journey is roughly 20 minutes. Taxis are available outside the entrance of the station.

By bus: Routes 202, 215 and 219, all service the City Gate Park.

From the airport: The nearest airport is Cork Airport which is located approximately 10 km from the office. The journey time is approximately 15 minutes. You can locate the taxi rank outside the main terminal building.

Dell Dublin offices

Dell Dublin office is located in Dell Innovation House, Cherrywood Science & Technology Park, Cabinteely, Dublin 18 — just off the N11/M50 between Cabinteely and Loughlinstown. Reception can be contacted on +353-12795000.

By car: On the N11 southbound — take the exit for Dun Laoghaire/Cherrywood and from the M50 southbound — take exit 16 for Cherrywood/Loughlinstown. There is visitor car parking outside reception.

By train or tram: You can get a train from Connolly, Pearse, or Tara DART stations to Shankhill DART Station. There is a commuter bus from Shankill DART Station which will drop you into the Science and Technology park.

You can also get a tram from St Stephen’s Green, green line LUAS stop to Brides Glen which is a 3–5 minute walk from the office.

By bus: Cherrywood is serviced by the 46C and the 7 Dublin Bus services.

From the airport: The nearest airport is Dublin International Airport International airport which is located approximately 42 km on the M50 from the office.

Dell Limerick Offices

Dell is located at the Raheen Business Park, Limerick. Our offices are about a 10 minute drive from Limerick city centre just off the M20. Reception can be contacted on +353-61304091.

By car: If you are coming from Cork take the N20/M20 to Limerick and take Exit 3 to Raheen Business Park. Coming from Limerick take the Dock Road towards Foynes (N69) and if you are coming from Dublin take the N7/M7 until exit 30 and then take the M18, signposted Cork, follow the signs to bring you to the M20 and then take exit 3 to Raheen Business Park.

By train: The closest train station is in Limerick City Centre, if you arrive by train you will need to take a bus or a taxi to reach the office.

By bus: Raheen Business Park is served by the number 304 bus that runs every 15 minutes from Sarsfield St, Limerick and stops a 3–5 minute walk from the office.

From the airport: The nearest airport is Shannon International Airport which is located approximately 30 km from the office. Come through the City Centre and then follow dircections as above.