Mentor Graphics
3.6 of 5 227 reviews
www.mentor.com Wilsonville, OR 1000 to 5000 Employees

Mentor Graphics Interview Questions & Reviews

Updated Mar 20, 2014

Getting the Interview 

36%
31%
15%

Interview Experience 

27%
45%
27%

Interview Difficulty 

26 candidate interviews Back to all interview questions
Relevance Date Difficulty
in
1 person found this helpful

No Offer

Neutral Experience

Average Interview

Corporate Marketing Engineer Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate

I applied through college or university - interviewed at Mentor Graphics in January 2014.

Interview Details – The first round was a telephonic interview taken by two people. Couple of questions on my resume and others were about what interested me the most about the position, why the company etc. I was asked to interview for another round the next week. I presented an academic project to around 4-5 people over the internet. Again was asked questions on my resume and behavioral questions. Haven't heard back from them. It has been more than a month.

Interview Question – There weren't any in particular but they did grill me about my resume a lot!   Answer Question

Was this interview helpful?  
Yes | No
Flag Interview  |  Add Employer Response

No Offer

Neutral Experience

Average Interview

Senior Software Engineer Interview

Senior Software Engineer
San Francisco, CA

I interviewed at Mentor Graphics in September 2013.

Interview Details – 2 Phone interviews
6 Onsite interviews

1 Take home problem

Interview Question – Mostly C Questions regarding Trees and Algorithms. C++ STL
Given a sample code and have to find the output. etc
tcl related questions
  Answer Question

Was this interview helpful?  
Yes | No
Flag Interview  |  Add Employer Response

No Offer

Positive Experience

Systems Administrator Interview

Systems Administrator
Santa Clara, CA

I applied online - interviewed at Mentor Graphics in February 2011.

Interview Details – Good folks, friendly and polite

Was this interview helpful?  
Yes | No
Flag Interview  |  Add Employer Response

No Offer

Neutral Experience

Senior Software Engineer Interview

Senior Software Engineer

I applied online and the process took 1 week - interviewed at Mentor Graphics.

Interview Details – Phone interview followed by onsite interview

Interview Question – produce-consumer problem   Answer Question

Was this interview helpful?  
Yes | No
Flag Interview  |  Add Employer Response

No Offer

Neutral Experience

Average Interview

Embedded Software Engineer Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate
Mobile, AL

I applied online and the process took 1 week - interviewed at Mentor Graphics in October 2012.

Interview Details – Got a phone call from the company's HR to set up phone interview. The phone interview was conducted by one of their team member. Questions about C, memory management, executable file format and some questions about resume. I passed and got the onsite. The interview lasted about 5 hours including talking with different team members. Questions about embedded system concepts, C compiler and preprocessor, interrupt handling, cache ...
The interview was quite informal and the interviewers seemed not ready to ask questions. But they were very friendly.

Interview Question – Given a continuous block of memory, design a fifo data cache with the interface get_data() and put_data().   View Answer

Was this interview helpful?  
Yes | No
Flag Interview  |  Add Employer Response

No Offer

Negative Experience

Average Interview

Intern Interview

Intern
Huntsville, AL

I applied through college or university and the process took a day - interviewed at Mentor Graphics in July 2012.

Interview Details – The interview was unorganized and my interviewers didn't seem ready to give an interview. After an introduction, a random employee was asked to interview me with no preparation. He asked questions and got the terminology wrong, then wondered how I didn't know the answer. I was also asked what my dream company to work for is, as if it would be this one rather than a Silicon Valley company.

Interview Question – What is the purpose of abstract data types?   View Answer

Was this interview helpful?  
Yes | No
Flag Interview  |  Add Employer Response

4 people found this helpful

No Offer

Neutral Experience

Average Interview

Rotational Emulation Engineer Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate
Fremont, CA

The process took 7 weeks - interviewed at Mentor Graphics in October 2010.

Interview Details – Was contacted by the recruiter who set up a phone interview. Almost all questions were based on the projects on resume. Got a positive feedback from the recruiter within a few days, but took a long time to schedule an on-site interview. On-site interview consisted of 8 rounds with 8 different employees. All of them except for 1 asked interesting and very related questions.
C / C ++ --- Tested OOPS concepts with a sample code.
Verilog / VHDL -- Basic design questions.
Circuit Design questions.
Project related questions.
Logical puzzles ---- Extremely Vague !!!
No response for almost a month following the interview. Had to repeatedly mail the recruiter to get a response. Turned out to be a reject .. But was a good learning exp. Helped me crack the on-site interview for my dream job elsewhere.

Interview Question – C ++ code to test OOPS concepts.   Answer Question

Was this interview helpful?  
Yes | No
Flag Interview  |  Add Employer Response

No Offer

Negative Experience

Very Easy Interview

ATME Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate
San Jose, CA

I applied online and the process took 2 days - interviewed at Mentor Graphics in June 2010.

Interview Details – Call from HR to discuss the position and the background. (I dont know why they read out stuff that we already have gone through at the time applying). HR says next round coming up. No reply for 2 weeks. HR calls and says be ready for a technical phone interview. Some engineer calls and goes through my resume for the 1st time while on the call ! Says you may not be a match for our department and asks whether why my resume was directed to their unit. Still goes ahead with the interview and says skills and resume are very impressive. Havent heard back since 3 months. They cant even flush out a reject mail !!

Interview Question – OOP   Answer Question

Was this interview helpful?  
Yes | No
Flag Interview  |  Add Employer Response

No Offer

Negative Experience

Difficult Interview

Director, Product Marketing Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate
San Jose, CA

The process took 2+ months - interviewed at Mentor Graphics in January 2010.

Interview Details – Cordial initial contact. Clear job description.
Phone screen, then meet-for-coffee screen, then small-team lunch screens.
Then, grueling multi-day, 6 people/day, 1on1 interviews.

Interrogation on Technical knowledge.
No interest in operational excellence, or matching passion to areas of contribution.
No feedback on presented 100-day plan.

Rather long drawn-out process, with no clear time-frame for a decision.
Stopped process to pursue other opportunities.

Interview Question – Some interviewers clearly wanted a only a high-level strategic-thinking person, who could then build mind-share with different groups to get dotted-line resource assignment so that all tactical and logistic execution can be accomplished.

Other interviewers wanted a hands-on tactical person to execute direction from a Sr strategic decision maker, without additional resources.
  View Answer

Was this interview helpful?  
Yes | No
Flag Interview  |  Add Employer Response

No Offer

Positive Experience

Average Interview

Staff Software Engineer Interview

Staff Software Engineer
Wilsonville, OR

I applied in-person and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Mentor Graphics in October 2009.

Interview Details – There is not much to say. The interviewer were all professionals. The one thing that caught me by surprise was the online IQ and personalty tests. Make sure your are rested and that you will not get interrupted when you take the test because you are on a clock. In hindsight, I think I might have been to honest with the personality test. It was the first time I was taking one. Next time I will lie a little.

Interview Question – What do you do in case of a conflict ?   Answer Question

Was this interview helpful?  
Yes | No
Flag Interview  |  Add Employer Response
RSS Feed Embed
Interviews for Top Jobs at Mentor Graphics

Worked for Mentor Graphics? Contribute to the Community!

Mentor Graphics Videos

Loading...

Mentor Graphics – Why Work for Us?

Mentor Graphics® is a leader in electronic design automation software. We enable companies to develop better electronic products faster and more cost-effectively. Our innovative products and solutions help engineers… Full Overview

Provided by employer [?]

The difficulty rating is the average interview difficulty rating across all interview candidates.

The interview experience is the percentage of all interview candidates that said their interview experience was positive, neutral, or negative.

Your response will be removed from the review – this cannot be undone.

Glassdoor is your free inside look at Mentor Graphics interview questions and advice. All 26 interview reviews posted anonymously by Mentor Graphics employees and interview candidates.