I applied through an employee referral and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Qualcomm CDMA.
Interview Details – It is difficult to break into the hiring process at Qualcomm because so many people apply. The best ways to improve your chance of getting hired: try to get an internship while you are still in college. They offer many opportunities for engineering interns, and the experience will help you no matter where you go after college. If not a new grad, be sure the key words in your resume are the right kind for the job you want. Prepare extremely well for the interview process. You will likely talk to 6 to 8 people, and will likely be called back for another round before being hired. Because it is a large company with many positions hiring, the process is cumbersome and can take far longer than you think it should. Do your best to get business cards or at least the full names of the people who speak with you. Send thank you notes after the interview, by paper or email, and it is OK to inquire a week or two later to the HR representative about how the process is going. You can also ask where they are in the process while you are interviewing. You will interview with people from more than one department, and will get technical questions and experience/personality questions. If you are an electrical engineer, you should be able to describe basic circuits, and may get some very in depth questions, so brush up on what you should know as an engineer in your field! Learn something about Qualcomm technology so that you can ask good questions. Any engineering interviewee will get some technical probing. Know as much as possible about what Qualcomm does, how CDMA works, what kinds of technologies are used to make Qualcomm products and where Qualcomm products are used. If you have some work experience already, emphasize what you have accomplished and what your role was in different projects at your current or previous jobs. You want to sound like someone who can be cooperative, creative, hard-working, take initiative, have good judgement, solve problems, keep company goals in mind, etc. Think about how to describe how you have done these things in detail before you go for the interview. Some people at Qualcomm are very detailed interviewers with lots of interviewing experience, so expect it and be prepared. You will not likely be given a personality test, drug test, or IQ test of any kind.
Interview Question – Most difficult questions will be probing of previous experiences and where you have shown leadership. This is a company that wants to hire leaders at every level. Know what you will say when asked what your areas of least and greatest strength are. The best type of weakness or least strength can be something that is actually a strength, it depends how you word it :) For example, "I don't have patience sometimes when people say they will do something and then they don't do it." Your are saying impatience is a weakness, but really you are showing that you are the type of person who does what he says he will do and expects the same from others. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – Not a huge amount of negotiation possible, but a few thousand can be gotten.
I applied online and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Qualcomm CDMA.
Interview Details – First they carried out telephonic interview. The telephonic interview was mainly based around Real Time OS concepts, C programming. After telephonic interview got call for onsite interview.
Interview Question – Can variable be declared with "Const" and "Volatile" quantifier ? Answer Question
I applied online and the process took 1+ week - interviewed at Qualcomm CDMA in December 2012.
Interview Details – One hr and 4 technical interviews. I did well in 4 technical interviews which were around MAC and PHY layers: OFDM, ARQ, Queuing theory, IP/TCP. Some questions to test how I think. Overall, I like they way they ask. They are very supportive and open.
Interview Question – I did well on all questions. Got job offer after 2 days of the on-site interview but I declined. Answer Question
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Qualcomm CDMA in October 2012.
Interview Details – Applied through a reference at QCT. First round was a phone interview which was mostly C with couple of OS related questions. Was called for an on-site interview. Was interview with around 40 candidates that day. It was 4 rounds. One engineer asked questions based on my project. 2nd engineer asked me questions based on Microprocessor architecture. Other 2 engineers asked me write programs on white board based on Linked Lists. Was able to answer most. I received an offer after a week. They were responsive in emails with them. Interview arrangements like Flight, Hotel and Car was smooth. The team looked promising since they were working on the new LTE technology. Most of the other interview candidates seemed fresh out of college.
Interview Question – Explain how an interrupt works inside a microprocessor. Questions related to Program counter, registers, stack and timing. Answer Question
Reason for Declining – I got a better offer and a job I liked better.
I applied through a recruiter and the process took 1 week - interviewed at Qualcomm CDMA in September 2012.
Interview Details – 6 Round of interviews in Site
Interview Question – Questions on CDMA, MIMO, Stochastic Process, Probability, Signal Processing Answer Question
Reason for Declining – Got another offer from qualcomm in QCT Modem System
The process took 3 days - interviewed at Qualcomm CDMA in June 2012.
Interview Details –
Hiring Process has three telephonic interview.It's usually taken managers and senior design engineers in the team. No 1:1 interview for intern positions. The interview was not grilling.
Basic digital design questions
(1) Set Up and Hold Time Violations and how to fix those violations.
(2) Delays in ICs
(3) About the overall deign flow of IC
(4) Some Concepts of Low Power Implementation
(6) About a sequence detector / state machines
(7) How to size transistors in actual IC design involving many transistors (not the logical effort in text book)
(8) Design of Flip Flop.
Asked about my projects in my resume.
Negotiation Details – Interview was for intern position in Low Power Implementation Team
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 5 days - interviewed at Qualcomm CDMA in May 2012.
Interview Details – Prepare to be interviewed in a round table, ~7-8 engineers will fire off questions. A Manager will be there as well to see how well you manage questions, and deal with pressure. Interview lasts 2-3 hours. Recently they have liked to hire people who are team players rather than pure independent folks.
Negotiation Details – The offers given are done on a computer, you can "accept" or "deny". Negotiate first with the hiring manager, because afterwards the computer system will only allow you to accept or deny the job. HR will refuse to negotiate and tell you it's a final offer. It's very difficult to adjust your pay to the market afterwards when you are an employee, don't make the mistake to wait and discuss about pay, do it before the rate goes to HR.
I applied online and the process took a day - interviewed at Qualcomm CDMA in April 2012.
Interview Details –
The phone interview lasted only half an hour.
1. What is the difference between tcp and udp.
2. What is virtual memory
3. What is static variable
4. How to change a string to integer
Interview Question – Socket programmimg Answer Question
I applied through a staffing agency and the process took 1 week - interviewed at Qualcomm CDMA in March 2012.
Interview Details –
Phone Interview -
Was asked computer architecture questions about bit handling and manipulation,
About previous experience,
And about school projects.
Interviewer walked me through one of the puzzle questions, which I thought was unusual, but kind.
Interviewer also described the position in exact detail, to avoid confusion.
Felt fairly confident after the interview, as I answered every question.
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