Juniper Networks is a $5.3 billion revenue company that aims to power connection and empower change. Juniper Networks is a subject matter expert in AI networking, Cloud, and Connected Security. They design, build, and sell tech solutions to a variety of large, global companies. Specific solutions provided include IT networking, service providers, cloud operators, security, and software & SaaS. Example customers Juniper Networks serves include all of the Forbes top 10, the world’s most prominent cloud providers, and most of the largest global banks.
This article will share what to expect in a Juniper Networks interview and how to crack the interview.
How To Prepare For A Juniper Networks Interview
Juniper Networks is not a traditional consulting company like McKinsey, Bain, or BCG. As such, the interviews and the preparation needed for the interviews differs from the preparation you need for the MBB firms. Specifically, for Juniper Networks, you should think of the interview in two parts:
- Part 1: Behavioral interview that you may get at consulting firms; here it is important to prepare stories that speak to different qualities you need to succeed at Juniper Networks (e.g., leadership) and to know your stories inside and out; for Management Consulted’s guide to behavioral interviews, please click here
- Part 2: Questions that speak to Juniper Network’s business model and industry; this is the area that is materially different than interviews for consulting companies as Juniper Networks is a technical and highly specific company
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Juniper Networks Interview Process
The Juniper Networks interview process is similar to the interview process for other consulting firms. Similar to other consulting firms, you can expect:
- Recruiting screen: Similar to other consulting firms, you may have a quick HR screen to understand more about your background and why you are interested in Juniper Networks. To crack this interview, it is important to have your elevator pitch down and to be able to clearly articulate why you want to work in technology and at Juniper Networks, specifically
- First and second round interviews: Juniper Networks’ first and second round interviews reflect the first and second round interviews at other consulting firms. Specifically, you can expect to have behavioral and technical questions with different members of the hiring team. These questions will be with increasingly senior people at Juniper Networks.
Juniper Networks Case Interview
Per past employees, there are not formal “cases” at Juniper Networks that you may see at other consulting firms. However, there could be “simulations” that in some ways mirror case interviews. For example, the hiring managers may ask you shorter-form questions that may mimic projects you encounter at Juniper Networks. Questions you could be ask include:
- What are Juniper Networks’ growth drives
- How does Juniper Networks make money?
- What can you see from Juniper Networks P&L?
Juniper Networks Phone Interview
The Juniper Networks phone interview is one part of the interview process. Generally, a phone interview will be saved for the HR phone screen given a phone interview is the least “personable” type of interview.
Juniper Networks Video Interview
You may experience a Juniper Networks video interview. Generally, these video interviews will be for the first or second round interview. However, in a post-COVID world, Juniper Networks’ video interviews are fewer and farther between. Instead, you can expect Juniper Networks’ in-person interviews to replace Juniper Networks’ video interviews.
Juniper Networks Interview Tips
Juniper Networks interview tips are similar to interview tips at other consulting firms. Interview tips include:
- Clearly know why you want to work at Juniper Networks and be able to articulate it well.
- Network with Juniper Networks employees ahead of time.
- Understand Juniper Network’s business model.
- Be calm and speak at a steady pace.
- Understand the dress code and dress accordingly.
Juniper Networks Interview Questions
Juniper Networks interview questions include business “simulation” questions and behavioral questions. The business simulation questions are noted above and can include questions like:
- How does Juniper Networks make money?
- What is Juniper Networks’ margin structure?
Juniper Networks behavioral interview questions are included below.
Juniper Networks Behavioral Interview Questions
The Juniper Networks behavioral interview questions are similar to behavioral interview questions at other consulting firms. Types of behavioral interview questions you can expect at Juniper Networks include:
- Why Juniper Networks?
- Why do you want a career in technology?
- Tell us about a time you were a leader.
- Tell us about a time you handled adversity.
- Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
- What is something you completed professionally that you are proud of?
- Tell us about a time you failed.
While these questions may seem challenging, you are in luck because the fit interview is the interview you have the most control over. Specifically, you can prepare your stories for the fit interview well in advance, so you can be confident in your answers. When preparing stories, it is important to use the STAR method (situation, task, action, result). To see Management Consulted’s guide to fit interviews, please click here.
If you are interested in technology, Juniper Networks may be a place for you. The Juniper Networks interview differs from consulting interviews. While you will encounter behavioral questions in both interviews, the Juniper Networks interviews will not have a formal case. Instead, you can expect more business simulation questions. To prepare for a Juniper Networks interview with an ex-MBB consultant, please click here.
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