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At Rubrik we prefer to hire those with an education in computer science or another related field. Walk me through your post-secondary education and training.

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The interviewer will likely have an idea of your education background from your resume. What they are asking is for you to take a few minutes to bring the experience to life for them! What was your major? Did you receive any special academic recognition? Discuss the strengths gained during your post-secondary training and how those skills will be used in your new position with Rubrik.

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26 Rubrik Interview Questions & Answers

  • 1. At Rubrik we prefer to hire those with an education in computer science or another related field. Walk me through your post-secondary education and training.

      How to Answer

      The interviewer will likely have an idea of your education background from your resume. What they are asking is for you to take a few minutes to bring the experience to life for them! What was your major? Did you receive any special academic recognition? Discuss the strengths gained during your post-secondary training and how those skills will be used in your new position with Rubrik.

      1st Answer Example

      "I completed my Bachelor of Applied Technology from Carnegie Mellon University in 2004. During that time I specialized in Data Management and Analysis. I graduated with a 3.99 GPA, one of the top in my class."

      2nd Answer Example

      "I recently completed my Diploma in Information Technology. I also have a great deal of on the job training and certifications, all listed on my resume. One of the biggest take-away's from my post-secondary experience was learning how to manage my time while working on multiple projects successfully. I perfected my multi-tasking skills and look forward to bringing those to work for Rubrik."

      Community Answer

      "I got my bachelor's degree in finance and then worked as a financial analyst. I often wrote some SQL and was familiar with the relational database, such as Postgres in my previous job. Personally, I am very interested in programming. So I joined the applied data science program at SJSU to learn more about computer science. Besides, at the same time, I joined a Bootcamp to study the data structure, algorithms, and operating system. I accumulated some experience in developing cloud-related applications and their deployment on the cloud through internships and course projects."

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      Chad Wilson

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      Chad Wilson Reviewed the Above Answer

      Great! Your answer demonstrates a continued commitment to education and training and a genuine desire for knowledge. If you have completed the data science program at San José State University, be sure to include that in your response. Consider also elaborating on the internships you have completed, as this will provide the interviewer with additional details on your direct experience.

  • 2. What would you consider your technical specialty?

      How to Answer

      Do you have any particular areas of interest or ability? Talk to the interviewer about your strengths and be sure to highlight any specific skills that you excel in. It's a great idea, if you can, to highlight particular skills that may be listed on the company's job posting/job description. If there is a related area of interest where you'd like to expand your skills, you can mention those as well.

      1st Answer Example

      "Computing and Network Communications has always been a solid area for me. I have a big interest in how network communication improves our daily lives and our overall business efficiency. I see that you are looking for team members who are experts in network communications which is what caught my eye when I first saw your job posting."

      2nd Answer Example

      "I have been focusing my career on becoming a cloud integration specialist although I do have cross-platform app development expertise as well."

      Community Answer

      "I think I have established strong data analysis skills in my previous job and in the data science program. Moreover, I have accumulated some experience in developing cloud-native applications. And I was lucky to get familiar with some cutting-edge technologies, such as Docker, K8s, Vmware and etc."

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      Chad Wilson

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      Chad Wilson Reviewed the Above Answer

      This is a great start! You have provided the interviewer with an overview of your particular areas of interest. However, I suggest rewording your opening sentence to avoid the phrasing "I think", which can be interpreted as a lack of confidence. I would also suggest connecting your response back to the position you are applying for by linking one of your technical skills to the company's posting/job description. I have offered an example below:

      "I believe I have established strong data analysis skills in my previous job as a financial analyst, as well as through my courses in the data science program at SJSU. Moreover, I have accumulated valuable experience developing cloud-native applications, and I am highly proficient with cutting-edge technologies such as Docker, Kubernetes, and VMware. I noticed in the job posting that you require a candidate for this role who is familiar with WMware in particular, and am looking forward to the opportunity to contribute in this area. "

  • 3. We seek to hire highly ambitious people. Where would you like your career with Rubrik take you?

      How to Answer

      Have you researched Rubrik enough to know how their internal hierarchy works? Do they have a variety of departments and management levels, offering you choices when it comes to carving out your career path? Talk to the interviewer about your career ambitions specifically related to this role and their organization.



      1st Answer Example

      "One of the reasons I was so excited to interview with Rubrik is because of the endless growth opportunities you appear to offer your high performing employees. My biggest ambition is to be awarded a management role in the next 3-5 years."

      2nd Answer Example

      "What interests me most about your company is that there are so many options when it comes to career growth. Ideally, I would like to earn my way into a team lead role, then a division manager position in the digital management department. Eventually, a CDO (Chief Data Officer) level role would be ideal. Of course, I understand that this will take many years of dedication and hard work."

      Community Answer

      "I believe I am a motivated person. I love to learn new things and new skills. As far as I know, Rubrik is growing fast and the technologies Rubrik uses are cutting-edge. I would like to join such a company that grows fast. In the first two years, I would like to ramp up quickly, get assigned tasks done with high quality, and hopefully get my first promotion. After that, my ambition is that I can become a functional leader of a project, who can be individually responsible for a major component of a project."

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      Chad Wilson

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      Chad Wilson Reviewed the Above Answer

      Your passion and ambition are evident in this response. Good job! The interviewer will undoubtedly be impressed that you have established attainable goals to focus on and work towards. To strengthen your response, consider referring to a specific job title that you aspire to, which will demonstrate to the interviewer that you have thoroughly researched the company and understand the internal hierarchy.

  • 4. This role with Rubrik is highly technical. What is your understanding of this position and the responsibilities that come with it?

      How to Answer

      Assure the interviewer that you bring a full understanding of the technical requirements attached to this particular job. It is essential that you research the role and thoroughly consume the information provided in the company's job posting/job description. Keep your answer to the point.

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  • 5. In your opinion, what has been the biggest advancement in technology this past year?

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      Display to the interviewer that you have an invested interest in the technology industry by discussing your thoughts on recent advancements. Be sure to include how you stay up to date on industry changes and new technology.

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  • 6. Tell me about the most interesting project you have worked on this year and the biggest thing you learned from it.

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      Discuss with the interviewer one of your recent projects that particularly piqued your interest. Did it stretch you professionally? What was the biggest takeaway for you from that particular project?

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  • 7. At Rubrik we take pride in our ability to stay one step ahead of our competitors. How will you contribute to this trend?

      How to Answer

      It is critical that you research Rubrik and their most vigorous competitors, before your interview. What does Rubrik do best, and who is trying to do it better? Speak openly with the interviewer about your ability to work competitively and how you plan to contribute to their continued success.

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  • 8. Looking at our products and services, what do you think we do better at Rubrik than any of our competitors?

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      Before your interview, be sure to research Rubrik and any awards or recognition they have recently received. In their industry, and competitive space, where do they stand out? Be sure to speak positively about the organization's recent achievements to show that you are interested and engaged in their work.

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  • 9. At Rubrik we take privacy and confidentiality very seriously. Are you willing to sign a non-disclosure agreement, if hired?

      How to Answer

      Signing a non-disclosure agreement is quite common in the software and technology industry. If hired, you will likely become privy to trade secrets, pending patents, and other innovative projects that must remain confidential. Talk to the interviewer about your willingness to sign an agreement. If you are currently under non-disclosure or non-compete agreement with your present employer, now is the time to discuss that.

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  • 10. We consider research to be the backbone of what we do at Rubrik. Do you think it's important to conduct research before beginning a project or would you rather jump right in?

      How to Answer

      Talk to the interviewer about your work habits and the way in which you prefer to approach a new project. If you have a sense of how Rubrik prefers to approach their work you should discuss that method. For instance, if the interviewer tells you that they prefer extensive research before beginning a project, that is your queue to talk about your excellent research skills.

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  • 11. I would like to have a full understanding of your experience and portfolio. What types of industries have your previous projects been involved in?

      How to Answer

      The software and technology industry is all-encompassing, and it is essential for the interviewer to have a full understanding of the sectors and types of projects in which you bring experience. Be sure to highlight any projects or clients mainly related to Rubrik as that may pique the interviewer's interest!

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  • 12. Tell me about your greatest work related accomplishment.

      How to Answer

      Talking about your most significant accomplishment will give the interviewer a firm idea of where you place your values. It will also show the interviewer more about your personality, how you like to be motivated, and how to coach you in the future. It is okay to brag a little bit when answering this question. Show that you are proud of yourself and your career accomplishments!

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  • 13. Working at Rubrik, you will experience changes on a regular basis. When have you had to change a major component of your project due to new information being presented?

      How to Answer

      Being able to swivel the focus of your project is a necessary skill for your success in most careers. Talk to the interviewer about a time when a significant change occurred on a project. How did you handle the implementation of the new information?

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  • 14. At Rubrik we value organization. Tell us about a time when you were particularly effective on prioritizing tasks and completing a project on schedule.

      How to Answer

      An interviewer needs to hear that you have a plan in place to keep yourself organized. Start off by mentioning that you are typically an organized person. From here, dive into a recent time-consuming project that you were involved with.

      You might say, 'I recently was involved with a project that required 30 hours of my time in a two week period while I was also in the middle of several other projects.'

      Tell the interviewer that you started off by ensuring you had your schedule mapped out before you dove into your workload. Discuss if you made a to-do list, updated your calendar, or created a color-coded agenda. Share whatever organization method worked for you! Next, tell the interviewer how you prioritized the work. You may share that each day you sat down to determine the urgent needs for that day and marked them with a letter A. Perhaps you identified anything that would be nice to get done that day with a letter B. And, maybe you just left everything else that could wait for another day unmarked. Tell the interviewer how you diligently stuck with this plan for the duration of the project and how it allowed you to complete the project on time without any stress successfully.

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  • 15. If you could start your career over again, what direction would you take?

      How to Answer

      A hiring manager will be able to tell a lot about your personality by learning about your other career interests. If you could do anything over, what would you do, and why?

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  • 16. Who would you say inspires you?

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      Your life's inspiration can come from a book, a mentor, your family, a celebrity, author - literally anyone! Talk to the interviewer about who has inspired your life and why.

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  • 17. What experience do you have using team-based messaging applications?

      How to Answer

      There are many options for communication software and messaging applications. Give the interviewer a brief overview of the apps you are experienced in and assure them that you can learn their internal system, should it be new to you.

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  • 18. Culture fit is important to us at Rubrik. How would you describe your personality?

      How to Answer

      Personality and character are two very different things. The interviewer is looking for more information on your traits vs. your integrity. This answer could include buzzwords such as introverted, energetic, and confident.

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  • 19. We encourage innovation at Rubrik. When have you created a new product or service?

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      Using your creative mind, have you ever introduced an employer to a new product or service opportunity? Talk to the interviewer about a time when you have created a new product or service.

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  • 20. At Rubrik we seek to hire leaders. Tell me about a time when you took the initiative to improve work related procedures.

      How to Answer

      Have you ever taken the opportunity to present your employer with potential change? Talk to the hiring manager about a time when you took the initiative in the workplace.

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  • 21. What do you think you will like about this role with Rubrik?

      How to Answer

      The interviewer wants to hear what you are looking forward to learning and experiencing in this new position. Talk about what excites you! Share how this position will challenge you and help you grow. New opportunities are a chance for you to demonstrate your skills.

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  • 22. How do you keep up-to-date on new technologies and trends in this industry?

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      One way that a potential employer will gauge 'fit' is by ensuring that you are passionate about your particular industry. Show the interviewer that you are passionate about your industry by openly discussing how you stay on top of industry trends.

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  • 23. Have you ever broken a confidentiality agreement?

      How to Answer

      Companies will have confidentiality agreements for a variety of reasons. These could be to protect their trade secrets or to ensure that you do not bring clients over on the occasion that you leave their company. Talk to the interviewer about your thoughts on confidentiality agreements.

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  • 24. How do you define success?

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      What does success mean to you? Tell the interviewer how you see success and be sure to tie your answer into the success that you plan to bring to this particular position, should you be offered the role.

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  • 25. We want to hire people at Rubrik who have the desire to lead others. How many people did you supervise at your last position?

      How to Answer

      Discuss with the interviewer your level of responsibility in your current position. If you have managed larger teams than you currently are, you can also discuss that particular role from your work history.

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  • 26. What are your salary expectations?

      How to Answer

      The best way to discuss your salary expectations is to use your current earnings as an example. Be open, and honest. Transparency is the best choice when salary based questions arise.

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