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Qualcomm Embedded Software Engineer Interview Questions & Reviews

Updated Mar 15, 2014
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San Diego, CA

I applied online and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Qualcomm in August 2013.

Interview Details – After the telephonic interview, I was asked for an on-site interview. The on-site interview had 7 back to back interviews. All the interviews are in different building locations and that was the biggest challenge. Some interviewers were late or were missing from their offices, so the interviews time had to be extended. I had no breather in-between those interviews as I had to literally run to catch up the other interviews on time. Overall a very bad experience.

Interview Question – Find a software bug from a code snippet. The code had something to do with malloc and calloc.   Answer Question

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Embedded Software Engineer
Boulder, CO

I applied online and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Qualcomm.

Interview Details – After submitting my resume, I received an e-mail stating they were interested. The phone interview wasn't too bad, it lasted about 1 hour and focused mainly on technical programming questions. The on-site interview was pretty intense. I interviewed with 4 different people where they grilled me on technical questions. They are mostly interested in data storage and retrieval; hash tables, binary search trees, etc.

Interview Question – Given a list from 1 to 100, name all the different ways you can determine if there are duplicates. Which is the most efficient?   Answer Question

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Embedded Software Engineer

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

Interview Details – Applied different positions 2 months ago. Received an e-mail for setting up phone interview. Phone interview lasted an hour. Most of the questions were from my background and there was only a simple technical question or at least that's what I thought. Wrote the solution in under a minute. He kept asking more and more questions in detail also made me solve it using another way. I explained him how post increment works yet he just didn't understand and kept arguing. Finally, he noticed a bug which he didn't find at first look and his tone just went down. Overall this was a waste of time on my end with all the time I spent studying only to argue what I told was true. On the other hand the HR (for once) didn't keep me waiting for an answer more than a week.

Interview Question – How post increment works.   Answer Question

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Boulder, CO

I interviewed at Qualcomm in June 2013.

Interview Details – Applied online. Invited for a phone interview after 2 months.

Interview Question – Questions about RTOS   Answer Question

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I applied online - interviewed at Qualcomm in August 2013.

Interview Details – Lots of questions on operating systems

Interview Question – finding the direction of a rotating disc   Answer Question

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Embedded Software Engineer
San Diego, CA

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

Interview Details – two phone call interviews and followed by an onsite.

Interview Question – about mutex and semaphore.   Answer Question

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Embedded Software Engineer
San Diego, CA

I applied through a staffing agency - interviewed at Qualcomm in January 2013.

Interview Details – its easy question
and only depend on phone interview for contract position.
explain your self.
 Past all experience and most depend on your resume.

Interview Question – why qualcomm you think so its perfect for you. then he just round up reallly well   Answer Question

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Embedded Software Engineer
San Diego, CA

I applied online and the process took 6 months - interviewed at Qualcomm in June 2013.

Interview Details – Hiring process is very general. It consists one phone interview and an on-site interview.
The procedures are not well managed, but you will at least hear the feedback from HR (unlike other companies which let you hang forever.) The only thing that I do not like is that they have switched 3 HRs and 2 Hiring staff in between your interview setup, on-site arrangement, on-site greeting, and feedback to your interview. So, the last hiring staff has no really feedback for me other than hire or decline due to the reason that she is not working directly with the team that I interviewed with.

The phone interview was delayed; the interviewer does not know my background (never see my resume) before start.

The onsite interview is not very organized. The same questions will be asked repeatly. I believe this is because the interviewers are randomly selected and never conduct a plan before interview the candidates. The interviewers are asking general questions, but they might not like your answers if it is from textbook. They want you answer their questions based on your personal experiences (which you might not even experienced in your work.)

Interview Question – Brain Teasers: questions are not hard if you are calm.
Engineers are not familiar with your resume, so one of the engineer asked me what do you think I should question you (like what do you believe is your strength and where should he start this interview.)
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Embedded Software Engineer

I applied online and interviewed at Qualcomm.

Interview Details – It was good except for the one guy who keep asking bus related questions. My answer wasn't making him happy.

Interview Question – How to code kernel accessible by multi-tasks without wait.   Answer Question

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Embedded Software Engineer
San Diego, CA

I applied online and interviewed at Qualcomm.

Interview Details – Initial phone technical interview consisted of simple C programming features and keywords (static keyword, caching, etc). On-site interview offer followed up in less than two weeks. They paid for ticket and hotel. The interview consisted of a number of one-on-one sessions with members of different teams.

Interview Question – Linked list manipulation, big/little endian conversion   Answer Question

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