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Updated Jan 12, 2014
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Interview Details – I applied online. They gave me two phone interviews of two positions. The first one is logic design position, the questions are all about computer architecture: branch predictor, forward, pipeline, what is cache, cache coherence, etc. For the first interview, I was asked about more than 15 questions. Lucky, I spent 3 hours reading the CA book before interview. For the design verification interview, I haven't prepared at all since I didn't know that it was a verification position, all the questions about programing were not answered well. It has been three weeks since the interview, I received no responses.

Interview Question – For the design verification interview, I haven't prepared at all since I didn't know that it was a verification position, all the questions about programing were not answered well.   Answer Question

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Design Verification Engineer
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I applied through an employee referral and the process took 1 week - interviewed at Marvell Technology in July 2013.

Interview Details – Referred by the employee in the group. It takes only 1 week to proceed. Most people are nice. The interview takes 8 hours including 1 hour for lunch. You must be prepared.

Interview Question – FSM, timing issue, perl   Answer Question

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Design Verification Engineer

I applied online and interviewed at Marvell Technology.

Interview Details – 1 telephonic interview followed by 2 on site interviews.

Interview Question – Verilog Design and verification related   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – No negotiation

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I applied online and the process took 2+ weeks - interviewed at Marvell Technology.

Interview Details – Phone interview.

Interview Question – 1 is heavier than the other 5 marbles among 6 mables . given a weight to find the heavier one.   View Answers (2)

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Design Verification Engineer
Santa Clara, CA

I applied online and the process took a day - interviewed at Marvell Technology in August 2011.

Interview Details – Initial phone screen (2) by hiring manager + junior employee (<3 years out of college).
Manager asks conceptual and higher level questions. Junior employee asks coding questions (dictates a piece of code and asks questions on that (SystemVerilog)
Have to fill out online profile and NDA before going onsite.
Onsite interview start with meeting HR person who collects compensation information and asks questions like why you left each of your previous employers, why you are applying now, what other companies you are talking to, what factors you will use to decide the offer etc. Later met with hiring manager (heads design+verif), 1 design engineer and 2 verif engineers (junior+senior).
Hiring Manager asks high level questions: e.g where will you place coverage collection for stimulus applied to DUT (monitor Vs driver)
Junior verif person asks more coding questions and Behavioural interview (how to deal w/ diffcult person, failures in past etc)
Design engineer asks some Verilog question and how to test a particular design.
I give all of them an A for the interview.
Other Sr Verif engineer was extremely challenged even to speak couple of sentences in English. He just thrust a piece of paper in front of me typed with a couple of questions. They had non standard terminology and despite repeated requests to explain the terms refused to do so. He kept repeating "just read the question and answer it". After some time I figured out what was the question and gave the answer. He claimed the answer was wrong and asked me to try again. After I came back I googled and found that my answer was correct. He could have moved on to additional questions and had a better/larger sample to make a decision, but stuck with the 2 questions throughout the 45 minute interview. This person should have been trained and lacked basic communication/interview skills in English.

Be prepared for coding questions (some code w/ bug in it etc) regardless of how experienced you are.

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I applied online and the process took a day - interviewed at Marvell Technology in March 2011.

Interview Details – There were total 5 ppl included the HR. And it took about 5 more hours. Each interviewer took about an hour to talked with me, and all the questions are technical based. Some of them from my project experience and some of them are design aspect and some of them are from verification field.

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  • Describe your task and what you achieved in your project?   View Answer
  • how to balance the pipeline stage to achieve any specific time period?   View Answer

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San Jose, CA

I applied online and the process took a day - interviewed at Marvell Technology in January 2010.

Interview Details – The position was for a mixed signal design verification engineer. It was a pretty tough interview. They asked everything from software to hardware possible in the resume. Methodologies for verification, software concepts related to simulator design. Data structures. Analog concepts from DACs to PLL's and verilog-A concepts....

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  • Transfer function of a simple VCO   View Answer
  • question on packet transfer inside of test bench from generator to driver... (system verilog concepts)   Answer Question

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I applied through college or university and the process took a day - interviewed at Marvell Technology in August 2010.

Interview Details – Had one phone interview and was called for an on-site interview after that. There were seven 1:1 interviews that day. Most of the interviews were basic communication/networking/software and resume based. The people who took my interview were very nice and it was a good experience for me - my first on-site interview. Its been over a month now and haven't heard back. Tried contacting HR (via email and phone) and was told they''l get back after asking the main recruiter for the group and again haven't heard back since then. Communication with HR has been quite bad. The least they could do is inform me about the status, even if it is a reject.

Interview Question – You have seven stones and a weighing scale. Six of the stones are equal in weight and one is lighter. How will you figure out which one is lighter ? Minimum tries required to do so ?   View Answers (4)

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Design Verification Engineer

I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Marvell Technology.

Interview Details – phone interview

Interview Question – TDM (time division multiplexing) working and its corner cases .. FIFO questions   Answer Question

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