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Updated Jul 1, 2014
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Senior Process TD Engineer Interview

Senior Process TD Engineer
Phoenix, AZ

I applied through an employee referral and the process took a day - interviewed at Intel Corporation in May 2013.

Interview Details – First I got an email to schedule a phone interview. Then I had a phone interview. The person who interviewed me was nice. Then I got an email for an onsite interview. They really took care of me very well while I was in Phoenix, AZ for the onsite interview. The interview was all day long and did not seems very stressful to me. There were quite a few one-on-one interviews. But in the end, it was all good.

Interview Question – There was a technical question related to my job.   Answer Question

Reason for Declining – I had other options

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Senior Hardware Design Engineer Interview

Senior Hardware Design Engineer

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 6 months - interviewed at Intel Corporation.

Interview Details – Phone screen followed by technical interview spans the whole day.

Interview Question – what are the weakness?   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – Not really

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PTD Senior Process Engineer Interview

PTD Senior Process Engineer

Interviewed at Intel Corporation

Interview Details – Contacted for phone interview which lasted about 30 minutes asking various questions about research and fundamentals of instrumentation I use. Conversation ended in request for onsite interview the following week which started at 8am with a 45 minute interview followed by a one hour presentation on my work, followed by 45 minute technical interviews until about 5:45 and another 45 minutes with the hiring manager. Most engineers were young, working at Intel for anywhere from 6 months to 5 years, but mostly in the 2-3 year range. Certainly the "fresher" the employee the more enthusiastic they were.Questions were generally technical with lots of "do you have any questions?" I think they largely are trying to gauge your interest in the position, considering it's a big jump from research to process engineering/optimization. The more senior employees lacked much of the enthusiasm and tended to ask more practical questions, see below.

Interview Question – All the technical questions were pretty straight forward. If you know your field, it shouldn't be a problem. Some of the interviewers have no interest in leading you/helping you out, which can be a pain if their question is not very clear. The most difficult question: an inspection tool is flagged as generating particles on a wafer. The tool has numerous chambers and the wafer gets charged when chucked. I was asked how I would determine which part of the inspection process was generating particles, whether charging itself caused particles or if the particles were generated on the way in or out. After answering this, he reframed it in such a way as the particle source was ambiguous, making me come up with a means of isolating the real source. I couldn't figure this out on the fly and he explained his logic to me. I tend to process things in my head, but they're looking to hear how you would work through the problem.   Answer Question

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Senior Process Engineer Interview

Senior Process Engineer
Chandler, AZ

I applied through an employee referral and the process took a day - interviewed at Intel Corporation in March 2012.

Interview Details – I submitted my resume in the system, and I got a phone interview with an engineering in 30 minutes regarding my research. After I passed a phone interview, I got on-site interview. There are three other candidates with different engineering backgrounds. We took turns to interview with 4 team members and finally got an interview with a hiring manager. After all interviews were done, and we presented our research to the team members. It was a day-long process.

Interview Question – Difficult questions were coming from the current technical issues they had been experiencing in the process. Basically, how can we dispose polymer in the packaging process when certain sets of devices and conditions were given? The velocity of a dispenser and the amount of polymer are key outcome while varying temperature, viscosity, and configurations of polymer. You have to know about the relationship between viscosity and force and the characteristics of polymer. Another important thing that you should remember is how temperature is affecting the shear force of polymer. There are rare happenings of brimming over the die package specification. You should know about why it is happening, how you can handle it, and what might be the solution techniques at least in a brief format.   Answer Question

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Senior Process Engineer Interview

Senior Process Engineer
Aloha, OR

I applied online and the process took 5 months - interviewed at Intel Corporation in February 2014.

Interview Details – Applied online for a process engineer position in Oct and I was contacted in Jan for a phone interview.

Phone interview was 30 mins with half of it being the hiring manager explaining the organization and the position and the 2nd half of it being related to my PhD work. Nothing unexpected. Mostly soft techanical questions, no behavioral questions. At the end of the phone interview, I was invited to an on-site interview.

On-Site was from 9:30 am - 3:30 pm with 3 panel interviews (1 behavior, 1 technical and 1 with higher up manager), 1 hour for lunch with current engineers and 1 hour campus tour. The panel interviews were with 2 engineers each. The behavioral interview was pretty straight forward with alot of question similar to those posted on Glassdoor. Techanical was pretty straightforward, I brought handouts with my PhD work and explained it and had to explain some situations where I had to do X or Y.

Final interview with the area manager was pretty straightforward, alot of similar questions to the ones asked earlier. Campus tour was nice.

Overall the on-site interview was very straightforward and casual as it could be.

Interview Question – Nothing really unexpected. What would you do if your knew your boss was doing something wrong (technically) at work?   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – I heard back from the hiring manager about a week later and was offered a position. The package was really good and competitive for a RCG PhD student. I didn't really negotiate my base salary but I was able to have a flexible start date (since I'm still trying to wrap everything up with my PhD work) and get particular vacation days for pre-existing stuff.

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Senior Engineer Interview

Senior Engineer
San Francisco, CA

I applied through a recruiter and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Intel Corporation in January 2010.

Interview Details – Went through recruiter for initial interview. General questions on programming experience and examples of work. 2 more interviews with senior team and reason why i felt to be a good fit at intel.

Interview Question – What salary are you looking for?   Answer Question

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Senior Design Engineer Interview

Senior Design Engineer

I applied online and the process took 1 week - interviewed at Intel Corporation.

Interview Details – It contain few basic and advanced questions

Interview Question – Fab concepts   Answer Question

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Senior Process Engineer Interview

Senior Process Engineer
Hillsboro, OR

I applied online and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Intel Corporation in October 2011.

Interview Details – Full Day interview from 8.30 to 4.30 pm followed by a 40 minute presentation

Interview Question – Random Chemistry questions and general lifestyle habits etc.   Answer Question

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Senior Process Engineer Interview

Senior Process Engineer
Hillsboro, OR

I applied through college or university and the process took 3 months - interviewed at Intel Corporation in October 2013.

Interview Details – I went to an info session at my university. I am a PhD candidate in chemistry. I submitted my resume after the info session to the recruiter, and he gave me a call back that night to schedule for a campus interview the next day. During the campus interview, there were two recruiters. They asked about my expected graduation date (which is ~1 yr and 3 months from the date of the interview). They said that they were hiring for people who are graduating within a year from that date, and while they still interviewed me, they said to contact them back in a few months to remind them. At this point, I thought okay, I'm not qualified time-wise. During the campus interview, they asked about the basic idea of what I do in my PhD work, whether or not I have been in charge for an instrument in my research group and what my tasks were. They asked whether I am more comfortable doing wet chemistry or dry chemistry, if I've ever worked with high vacuum, etc. One of the behavioral questions they asked is what I did when I had a conflict with my supervisor and how I feel about working long hours. They also told me about some of the expectations for this position (including being on-call etc). I came out of the interview feeling very neutral (I wasn't sure whether it went well or not since my PhD background is not too relevant to what process engineers do and the fact that my tentative graduation date conflicts with their hiring time frame). The next day after the campus interview, I got a phone call from the recruiter asking if I'd be interested in a second on-site interview at Hillsboro in 2 months. I thought I wasn't considered this round due to my faraway graduation time, but he said there's a leeway so I got a second interview. I was surprised the process was very quick.

2 months later, during the on-site interview which started at 9 am, I was greeted with the first group leader host who I assume put together the schedule for my interview day. He explained to me for 45 mins about the brief history of Intel and the technology. This was followed by my 45-60 min presentation on my PhD work in front of two senior process engineers. Followed by a 1-hr interview by a different group leader in the cafeteria. I went to lunch with the same 2 process engineers who attended my research seminar. This is when I asked them what they really think about their jobs, the pros and cons, and some advice for me. I tried my best to ask them every concern I have regarding the job position and Hillsboro/Portland location. After lunch, I met with the area manager and a different group leader again in the cafeteria. The atmosphere was very casual. Some of the questions they asked are again, what I did in my PhD, what tools I've been in charge of and if I ever had to fix it and what I did, and strangely no behavioral question. Not really any technical question either. In fact, a lot of times the interviewers asked me if I have questions for them. At last, I met again with the first group leader host who asked me how I'm doing and if I have other questions...overall the interview experience was very casual and pleasant although I found it confusing that they weren't asking me a lot of questions (I did a lot of the asking). Again, it's not clear to me whether the interview went amazing or just okay. The group leader host told me I should hear back from them within 2 weeks. I thought I wasn't going to hear back from them after a week of waiting, but I got an offer letter exactly 2 weeks later from the HR.

Interview Question – What do you say to your advisor when you don't meet his/her expectations in terms of your research/experimental goals for the week? How did you deal with it?
Explain to me what instruments/tools you are/were in charge of during your PhD. What did you have to do to maintain the instruments? Did you ever have to fix it yourself?
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Negotiation Details – In the offer letter I got, the benefits are good. The base salary is really high (higher than my expectation but within the upper range that I was going to negotiate for), but the number they gave me was NOT negotiable. I heard it's based on some calculations they have based on the tier of school you come from and your background (and maybe also how much they really want you to join Intel).

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Senior Process Engineer Interview

Senior Process Engineer
Hillsboro, OR

I applied through college or university - interviewed at Intel Corporation in October 2013.

Interview Details – A person from Intel came to our college campus to give a seminar/information session about Intel. He previously had mentioned that he would be accepting CV/Resume's after his session. This is how I got to meet him and give him my CV in person. After a week of the information session, I got an email from the same person asking if I would be available for a phone interview. After exchanging a few mails we decided on a date and time. On the day of the interview, there were two people asking me questions. One was the same person I spoke to in campus and the other whom I have not met before. They both were very friendly and spoke very casually asking me questions about my thesis work and the equipments that I have used for my thesis work. After nearly 40 minutes of questions that comprised of technical aspects of my research, behavioral and details of my past research experience, they asked me if I would be interested to visit them for an on-site interview. I have scheduled the interview in a few weeks.

Interview Question – Describe to me briefly about your research in two minutes!--This one was particularly hard not because I do not know my own research, but its hard to express all the intricate details of 5+ years of work that I have done in 2 minutes!   Answer Question

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