Qualcomm Interview Questions in Santa Clara, CA

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    Verification Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 5 weeksinterviewed at Qualcomm (Santa Clara, CA) in October 2013.

    Interview

    it was a nice interview. location in santa clara

    Interview Questions

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    RF Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    No Offer
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at Qualcomm (Santa Clara, CA) in April 2013.

    Interview

    1 hour of phone interview and about 5 hours of onsite interview

    Interview Questions

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    DSP Firmware Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at Qualcomm (Santa Clara, CA) in January 2013.

    Interview

    Applied on their career website. First was the phone interview where they asked about my projects and some basic questions. Called onsite at Santa Clara where i had 6 interviews.

    Interview Questions

    • questions were pretty simple like create a linked list of n nodes, some puzzles   Answer Question
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    Systems Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    No Offer
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took a weekinterviewed at Qualcomm (Santa Clara, CA) in December 2012.

    Interview

    I had a phone interview. The interviewer was nice and tried to help my answers. The questions were basic and not so difficult to answer as listed below:
    1. Explain about your most recent work.
    2. How would you estimate the time of arrival of a waveform.
    3. Explain about coherent bandwidth
    and some more questions I do not remember now. Although my application was rejected immediately due to my poor answers, the interviewer gave me a lot of encouraging comments.

    Interview Questions

    • How would you estimate the time of arrival of a waveform.
      A desirable answer might be to say "apply correlator".
       
      Answer Question
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    Systems Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Qualcomm (Santa Clara, CA) in February 2012.

    Interview

    Questions were asked on bit manipulation like set or clear a bit ,how to change endianness of data, how to detect number of bits set in a byte....
    ,string manipulation like reverse a string and how would a find first occurrence of a character.... ,asked basic queue functionalities like enqueue and dequeue funcion.and how to insert a node in doubly linked list.....
    Also other questions were on resume and projects that I did...

    Interview Questions

    • how would you detect whther the stack is growing towards lower addresses or higher addresses   Answer Question
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    Software Engineer - USB Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    The process took 1 dayinterviewed at Qualcomm (Santa Clara, CA) in October 2011.

    Interview

    Interview was very tough, expect to know every basic and tiny little of 'C' programming, i guess i did not study well, so i did not clear the phone interview

    1. say u have 3 files, and a header file which has a static variable declaration in it. you include the header file in the 3 files.. what happens... u get any error or what would happen to the system, and from here on the question flow continues.

    2. say you have a 32 bit system, and structure with char, int and double variables. what is the size of structure. again from here on question continues on memory alignment. how is alignment usually performed. and how do you force the structure to have the exact size removing the alignment.

    3. program to find little and big endian(yes it was only phone interview) - well this is just 1 line expression anyways..

    Interview Questions

    • 1. say u have 3 files, and a header file which has a static variable declaration in it. you include the header file in the 3 files.. what happens... u get any error or what would happen to the system, and from here on the question flow continues.

      2. say you have a 32 bit system, and structure with char, int and double variables. what is the size of structure. again from here on question continues on memory alignment. how is alignment usually performed. and how do you force the structure to have the exact size removing the alignment.

      3. program to find little and big endian(yes it was only phone interview) - well this is just 1 line expression anyways..
       
      Answer Question
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    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 1 dayinterviewed at Qualcomm (Santa Clara, CA) in September 2011.

    Interview

    Contacted by the recruiter who set up a phone interview. Was asked questions on network device driver and c programming questions like static global vs static etc. Mac header for 802.11. Did not go very well as I do not experience with network device drivers. After 2 days I got a reject mail from recruiter.

    Interview Questions

    • Static global function in C, explain mac header for 802.11   Answer Question
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    Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Qualcomm (Santa Clara, CA) in June 2011.

    Interview

    Was contacted and asked to meet one person. Subsequently went in spent most of a day meeting 5 people.

    Their interview process seems to be structured for someone who is not very senior. They ask a lot of very basic questions on digital design, DSP, communications.

     Found that most of the interviewers had a lot less experience and so their perspective is very limited. Out of the 6 people met, in total three seemed to adapt to the level of the person being interviewed while the others stuck to the type of questioning for a mid to junior level person and not the type of interview someone with more than 2 decades of experience would expect. Some of them did not seem to understand the topics they were asking questions on and failed to understand things when alternate solutions were proposed or it was pointed out what they were saying is incorrect.. Sent one of them excerpts from text books subsequently.

    For a senior person, I woud have expected them to discuss past work experience, and get into technical discussions of past projects and how it relates to what they do, chip architecture, etc. They stuck to mostly simple questions such as synchronization, FIFOS, state machines, C syntax, PERL syntax, etc. Only two or three of them seemed to a have broader perspective, the rest seemed to be run of the mill with no idea as to how conduct a proper interview.

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    Whats A TCP Three Way Handshake? Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through a staffing agency. The process took 4 daysinterviewed at Qualcomm (Santa Clara, CA) in April 2011.

    Interview

    I was contacted by the staffing agency who was working with the employer. They found me on dice.com and forwarded my info the hiring manager once we discussed the particulars of the job including salary, bonus eligibility, relocation assistance, years of experience, etc. I interviewed on the phone with the hiring manager and another person who would've been my peer.

    Interview Questions

    • What is a TCP three way handshake?   1 Answer
    • Name a few benefits of using GPMC.   1 Answer
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    Senior Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    The process took 1+ weekinterviewed at Qualcomm (Santa Clara, CA) in February 2011.

    Interview

    I was referred after attending a talk and asking the speaker for open positions. The speaker forwarded my resume to the BARD team in Santa Clara. A phone interview was set up quickly after that.
    The phone interview was only about my research - what my PhD dissertation is about, how long it took me to implement some features, how much code I had to write.

    No additional technical questions.

    Interview Questions

    • What part of the compiler toolchain did you use to implement your optimizations? How much code did you have to add?   Answer Question

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