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D1DR Process Engineering
Hillsboro, OR

I applied online and the process took 5 weeks - interviewed at Intel Corporation in July 2013.

Interview Details – Applied online at - screened for Phone interview (about 1 hr: both technical questions + behavioral questions) - given an offer for on-site interview right at the end of the phone interview - scheduled for on-site within 10 days - on-site was day-long - 9 AM to 4 PM..consisted of 2:1 ( 9-10 am) with potential colleagues + 1:1 (10-11 am) with Group Leader + 45 mins PhD thesis pppt. + 15 mins questions_answers + 12-1:30 PM (lunch + ppt by Intel about benefits + overview of D1D ramp etc) + Fab Window Tour + 2-3 PM (2:1 interview: HR + technical) + 3-4 Pm (1:1 with Area Manager)...ended at about 4 PM....

Interview Question – Questions were basically from my PhD thesis: graphene devices . lithographic fabrication + etching + plasma generation
1.Describe about your research. What kind of photoresist was used? How does dry etching (RIE etch) works.. the setup. Any proble m during research and approach to solve. etcs.
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D1DR Process Engineer
Hillsboro, OR

I applied online - interviewed at Intel Corporation in October 2012.

Interview Details – I applied for several different positions in Intel. When I almost left my hope with Intel, I received an email from a hiring manager as he was interested to proceed with a telephonic interview. Telephonic interview continued for 45 minutes. Two persons interviewed me. Questions were mainly based on my thesis. I tried to answer my best and I received an email of invitation for site visit at Hillsboro, OR after 1 month (as the hiring manager was out on vacation for a month). Onsite interview started at 9 AM and continued till 4 PM. Onsite consisted of 4 interviews(two interviews were 1:1 and rest of two were 2:1) in cafeteria (each one hour) and one hour thesis presentation. During the lunch time the HR presented benefit information and after lunch they took me to Intel's fabrication plant. My interview was all technical in the morning and HR in the afternoon. The day ended by the interview with area manager who mainly explained different job functions in Intel.
         I was satisfied with my onsite interview. I received an email next week. They wanted to know about my visa/OPT status. They also wanted to know if I ever held H1B/J1/L1 visas? I answered immediately. No response on the second week. I received one more email from Intel on third week. They asked me about my EAD validation period and on the fourth week I received the official offer letter of employment. Salary was more than what I expected. I accepted the offer. HAPPY :D

Interview Question – Questions I was asked during the onsite interview:
1) Tell me a difficult situations you faced during your research work and how did u solve it.
2) They asked me to name any characterization tool which I had hands on experience during my research work. I told Scanning Electron Microscopy. So, they asked several related question like : What is the working principle of Scanning Electron Microscopy? How electron optics work? What is the function of scan coils in SEM? How electrons can used to make image? Why the interaction volume is pear shaped? What is the relationship of accelerating voltage and interaction volume? When do we need to use low voltage mode and why? How image is magnified in SEM, is it by changing working distance/objective lens strength or something else?
3) My research work was based on thin film deposition and corresponding characterization. So they told me to draw two plots of film thickness versus RPM of spin coater one at the center of wafer and other at the edge. They also asked few more questions on Bragg's law and lattice plane indexing as I did some X-Ray diffraction work.
4) I was asked several times whether I broke and fixed any instruments or not? I was also asked whether I made any experimental set up on my own? I designed a furnace using LabView and some other control systems. I mentioned this. I guess this gave me an edge.
5)They also asked few fundamental questions from Metallurgy (since I got my phd in Metallurgy) like what is crystal? What will happen if two dislocations meet inside the crystal? How will it affect the strength/hardness of the materials?
6) HR questions were not so difficult, like, Have you ever had any conflict with your colleagues or advisor? They were looking for real life examples rather general statements from me.What do you want to improve about yourself? Why Intel? etc.
  Last of all, I will recommend that problem solving is the key word. Be prepared to demonstrate your problem solving skills as they asked me many a times about my problem solving skills.
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