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Updated Jun 30, 2014

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Software/Systems Test Engineer Interview

Software/Systems Test Engineer
San Diego, CA

I applied online and the process took 1 week - interviewed at Qualcomm in June 2014.

Interview Details – I was contacted by email and set up a phone interview a few days later. I spoke briefly with the hiring manager about my past experience then he began to ask technical questions. The questions related to object oriented programming despite that the job description did not ask for that skill and my resume did not say I had it. I don't really understand why they contacted me and I assume there must be some miscommunication between HR and the hiring manager. I was quite disappointed by the experience as I had previously thought highly of the idea of working for Qualcomm.

Interview Question – When would you use a class in object oriented programming?   Answer Question

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Human Resources Consultant Interview

Human Resources Consultant
San Diego, CA

I applied online and the process took 4 days - interviewed at Qualcomm in November 2012.

Interview Details – Recruitment was fine, friendly and set up the process. Onsite for three interviews in total. Interview with panel of peers was most difficult, they were clearly testing the waters. I appreciated my interviews with the Directors much more than the consultant level employees. Excellent casual work culture, enjoyed the experience.

Interview Question – Was grilled in a panel interview with 5 peers.   Answer Question

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Intern Engineer Interview

Intern Engineer
San Diego, CA

I applied through college or university and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Qualcomm in March 2013.

Interview Details – Submit Resume through online. Contact after 3 weeks. Call me to setup an interview onsite. People are nice. Interview questions are very basics for an electrical engineer. Asking basic EE questions

Interview Question – Nothing unexpected. All big company asked the same questions   Answer Question

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Senior Analyst Interview

Senior Analyst
San Diego, CA

I applied online and the process took 6 weeks - interviewed at Qualcomm in May 2014.

Interview Details – Initial phone interview with human resources coordinator
2 phone interviews with hiring manager
In-person interview with a staffing specialist to begin the on-site interview process
In-person interview (panel style with 4 directors, 1 manager, 1 VP); lasted 1 hour; informal in nature

Interview Question – Started inview asking if I had any questions
Pop-psychology questions were strange
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Verification Engineer Interview

Verification Engineer

I applied through a recruiter and the process took 1 week - interviewed at Qualcomm.

Interview Details – This was an interview for a contract position. An hour long technical phone interview was set up in very short time. The interviewer called the specified time, he was prompt. Mainly discussed the resume and go over past projects.

Interview Question – Covered the resume.   Answer Question

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Analog RFIC Engineer Interview

Analog RFIC Engineer

I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Qualcomm in March 2014.

Interview Details – Notified by email, took several days to schedule phone interview.

The interviewer seems make no preparation at all and ask random questions:

1, Describe how the signal spectrum changes through receiver chain of Direct-Conversion Receiver and Heterodyne Receiver, and compare their advantages and disadvantages
2, Give the expression of wt of a MOSFET and derive its relationship with dimensions
3, Name the specs of receiver blocks: LNA, Mixer, VCO, etc

Interview Question – All basic RFIC and RF system concepts   Answer Question

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CR&D LTE Research Intern Interview

CR&D LTE Research Intern
San Diego, CA

I applied online and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Qualcomm.

Interview Details – The process consisted of 2 rounds,a screening and a technical round.
The screening process was fairly simple,general discussion about background, such as tell em abut yourself. The interviewer discussed about the company in detail, and the responsibilities in this position.
The next round was technical, fundamental questions in digital communications, MIMO, channel coding, diversity, modulation

Interview Question – Very conceptual questions such as why source coding before channel coding?   Answer Question

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Product Test Engineer Interview

Product Test Engineer
Austin, TX

I applied through a recruiter and the process took 3 months - interviewed at Qualcomm.

Interview Details – This was one of the strangest (and worst) interviews I have ever had. I was initially contacted by a recruiter in Feb., and told they would contact me the next week. I didn't hear from them until late April, when I was contacted again by recruiting. I proceeded to do a phone interview with a hiring manager (who was apparently not the hiring manager for the actual position). That interview was composed of a few technical questions, and wasn't too difficult. All the questions were related to the job and my background. The job had been posted as being available in Austin or San Diego, and I inquired about the location. The hiring manager responded that he wasn't sure where the job would be located. The location was important to me because I live in Austin and am not willing to move to San Diego.

After that, I was invited to their Austin office for in-person interviews. I was told that there would be 4 hours of interviews, consisting of 4 people for 45 minutes each, and 1 HR person. I ended up interviewing with only 2 people and the HR person. The two people that I interviewed with apparently were not hiring managers (they really didn't take the time to explain who they were). Both of their interviews were 100% technical. The questions ranged from easy to difficult, although the difficulty would be relative depending on your experience and background. It seems they actually were not looking for a product/test engineer, but an analog test engineer. I don't have a lot of analog background, so those questions were difficult for me. Both interviewers acknowledged they realized it was not a big part of my background. Both also asked me if I was willing to move to San Diego, and I said I was not. The location of the position, it seems, was still up in the air. I was really surprised that neither of these people asked any behavioral questions at all, or even "Why do you want to work here?". One guy didn't even tell me his title until I managed to squeeze in a question about it. Speaking of which, they left no time at the end of the interview for me to ask any questions of my own. Not impressive.

After these two folks, I met with the HR person. After her, I was supposed to meet with the hiring manager. However, during my talk with her, the hiring manager notified her that he already thought that I wasn't a good fit, that I did not have the skill(s) they were looking for. All that without ever meeting me. At that point, I told her that was fine and we could end the process right then. To her credit, she felt bad and said that she felt it reflected badly on them (which it does).

What this tells me: 1) They hire for skills alone, not personality or character, or other traits. They don't care about one's ability to learn. They couldn't have cared less about me as a human being. I've always been of the opinion that skills can be taught, but character can't. 2) They were not very organized - they couldn't even decide where this position would be located, but were interviewing anyways. 3) By not giving me any time to ask my own questions, they let me know that they were not interested in finding a mutual fit - just in finding a body that had the skills they apparently needed.

Interview Question – Given an array of 10 numbers, all 0 or 1, write code to turn the 0's to -600 and the 1's to 600 without using any if/then or switch statements.   View Answers (3)

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Low Power Design Implementation Interview

Low Power Design Implementation
San Diego, CA

I applied online and the process took 4 weeks - interviewed at Qualcomm in May 2014.

Interview Details – They were extremely organized with respect to the interview process and everyone on the team was very nice and respectful. Asked basic questions on digital design as well as some advanced topics. Interview was very long and tedious with 8 people asking questions back to back. Even if you dont know the answer, try your hardest and let the interviewer know your thought process.

Interview Question – One interviewer gave a puzzle to solve, which was actually kind of fun.   Answer Question

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College Graduate Software Engineer Interview

College Graduate Software Engineer

I applied online and the process took 2 months - interviewed at Qualcomm in October 2013.

Interview Details – Applied online. Recruiter contacted me after about 3 months. Initial phone screen and onsite interview thereafter. Phone interview was scheduled for about an hour. Few behavioral questions, few about work experience and technologies familiar with. Questions usually based on the projects you did. Most questions on algorithms, code efficiency and data structures. I messed up a little with algo questions so didn't get through.

Interview Question – Algorithm questions   Answer Question

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