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Updated Jul 15, 2014

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Hardware Design Engineer Interview

Hardware Design Engineer
Santa Clara, CA

I applied online and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Imagination Technologies in May 2014.

Interview Details – Phone interview followed by onsite interview. Entire process took a whole month. Asked to present on the topic of video compression techniques, then followed by questions and discussion. Afterwards, they asked me about past experiences, and many other technical questions. They were very professional and reasonable.

Interview Question – Asked to talk about video codecs.   Answer Question


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Digital ASIC Designer Interview

Digital ASIC Designer
Bristol, England (UK)

I applied online and the process took 3 days - interviewed at Imagination Technologies in July 2014.

Interview Details – I applied and was invited for a phone interview 2 days after. Although on the website it mentions that more generic questions are asked during the telephone interview, it was quite technical!

Interview Question – You will be asked about flipflops, shift registers and could even be given a stream of binary bits to work through a specific circuit.   View Answer


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Video Codec Engineer Interview

Video Codec Engineer

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 1+ week - interviewed at Imagination Technologies in November 2013.

Interview Details – Got to appear for the Online C test through employee referral. It was followed by a telephonic interview (technical interview). The questions were mainly based on project work and C algorithms.

Interview Question – Linked List Algorithms: Finding duplicate, check if it is circular,
Also, a lot of questions related to project work.
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Hardware Design Engineer - Summer Placement Interview

Hardware Design Engineer - Summer Placement
Kings Langley, England (UK)

I applied online and the process took 3 months - interviewed at Imagination Technologies in March 2014.

Interview Details – Applied online, followed by a phone interview with basic technical questions, which led to a face to face interview on site

Interview Question – A tricky problem about shift registers   Answer Question


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Hardware Design Engineer Interview

Hardware Design Engineer
Kings Langley, England (UK)

I applied through a recruiter and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Imagination Technologies in January 2014.

Interview Details – The interviewing process begun from a telephone interview, where basics about boolean algebra, registers setup and hold time, and questions about frequency limitations were asked. After this, a face-to-face interview was scheduled (the transportation expenses were paid by them).
The face-to-face interview itself went well; the interviewer was a nice person, always kind and thoughtful. He asked to design a 4-bit circular shift using flip-flops, with "0001" pattern. After this, he asked to implement a state machine using those filp-flops... A second problem was to implement a state machine and identify the states for a road cross semaphores.
Final problem was to find a solution for a spinning disk, where a rotation direction and speed is required to be known.
The last part of the interview consisted of showing my personal projects and asking question about the job.

Interview Question – Implement a combination-logic circuit for the state machine.   View Answer


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Summer Internship - Software Development Interview

Summer Internship - Software Development
Kings Langley, England (UK)

I applied online and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Imagination Technologies in January 2014.

Interview Details – After applying in late December and completing an online C test I heard back from them within a month to arrange the interview. Along with the date of the interview they also informed me they would pay any expenses for travel etc. and promptly did upon arrival at reception. The whole interview took about an hour and 45 minutes, and comprised of two sections. The first was technical and was taken by 3 people. During this time they asked about university subjects and experiences as well as what I could bring to the table. They asked about experience with C and some detail on previous work before giving me a simple C question involving references to a memory location which using bitwise operations I was required to alter a specific bit in. This part of the interview took the majority of the time.
The second part of the interview was with a very friendly man from HR, and involved many of the expected interview questions. What are your job interests, why do you want to work for this company etc.

Interview Question – Asked about specifics on projects completed years ago, which sadly, I could remember very little about.   Answer Question


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Graduate Design Engineer Interview

Graduate Design Engineer

I applied through a staffing agency and interviewed at Imagination Technologies.

Interview Details – Contacted by a recruitment agency that referred my details to Imagination. All communication from there on was through the agency, who would seem to relay my messages to the company in question. I was given a days notice for the telephone interview wherein they wanted to know my knowledge about the company with a technical follow-up, ending with questions about my CV. The technical part requires you to know about basic digital logic, some design problems, computer architechure and a unique design question.

Interview Question – A couple of the computer architecture questions threw me off.   Answer Question


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GPU Graphics Platforms and Tools Software Team Lead Interview

GPU Graphics Platforms and Tools Software Team Lead
Pune (India)

I applied online and the process took 5 days - interviewed at Imagination Technologies in October 2013.

Interview Details – Applied online and received confirmation call from HR. For software positions imagination always asks the candidate to take online C test. The test question difficulty changes as per your ability. If you answer correctly usually a difficult question will pop and vice versa. Cleared the test and was scheduled for a telephonic round. Telephonic round was a complete mess. The interviewer seemed to be the linux person and had absolutely no idea how to interview non-linux candidates. Lot of pauses during the interview as the guy struggled to create questions that can be asked. Considering the role & skill set desired the interview was quite partial (only Linux) and did not cover questions on all the topics mentioned. Rather it covered only hypothetical questions (perhaps faced by interviewer on the job) which didnt have single answer and required brain storming on the white board. Fairly poor interview process...

Interview Question – JD as mentioned

Role: A leading position working on cutting edge GPU firmware technologies. You would be involved in maintaining and development of GPU firmware and hardware abstraction layer (HAL), while leading a team to deliver features and fixes to customers. You would be single point contact for all HAL activities from the India design center.
Background: As a part of PowerVR Graphics, you would be working with some of best teams distributed across various geographical locations. This will bring you in contact with current and future generations of GPU/3D hardware targeted at mobile phone and other embedded devices.
Opportunity
Working in Services (Platforms and Tools), you will have some or all of the following opportunities
Coordinating with cross functional teams in different geographic locations.
Working with Tier1 customers to deliver quality software
Required Skills:
Excellent C programming skills
Firm grip on Data Structures and Algorithms
Knowledge of assembly programming
Familiarity with Operating System concepts
Team leading experience
Desired Skills:
Understanding of micro kernel architectures
Project planning and execution,
Linux Device Drivers
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Graduate Hardware Design Engineer (MIPS Team) Interview

Graduate Hardware Design Engineer (MIPS Team)
London, England (UK)

I applied through a staffing agency and the process took 2 months - interviewed at Imagination Technologies.

Interview Details – 3 rounds of interviews:
A phone interview with an engineer, followed by a skype interview with the same person.
I was then invited to an on-site interview at London, Kings Langley (travel expenses reimbursed) where I met the person in charge of the MIPS team.
All interviews had technical questions, mostly on digital design and CPUs.

Interview Question – - Phone interview: Firstly, general questions on CV, projects, etc... Then, questions about logic and digital design: Setup/Hold time, pipelining, CPU, MIPS, ...
- Skype interview: Questions on different possible implementations of FIFOs, how to design a circuit generating a certain sequence of 4-bit numbers (the sequence was showed through skype)
- On site interview: Review of CV, design questions: design a system capable of detecting wether a disk is rotating clockwise or anti-clockwise. Questions about synchronizers. ...
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Graduate ASIC Designer Interview

Graduate ASIC Designer
London, England (UK)

I applied through a recruiter and the process took 2 months - interviewed at Imagination Technologies in June 2013.

Interview Details – Got contacted by a recruitment firm. I first had a phone interview with 2 people, mainly based on my resume. Then I got 3 pages of exercises to fill and send back 72 hours later. Then I got invited to an on-site interview. I spent 2 hours and a half doing exercises on a white board with 4 engineers. They were nice and helpful. It ended by a 1 hour HR interview, fairly simple.

Interview Question – Very theoretical questions about FF level design.   Answer Question

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