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Samsung Austin Semiconductor Interview Questions & Reviews

Updated Jun 24, 2014
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Entry Level CORP Engineer Interview

Entry Level CORP Engineer

I applied online and the process took 5 weeks - interviewed at Samsung Austin Semiconductor.

Interview Details – I received an email to set up a phone screen with SAS about 2 weeks after I applied online. This was only about 10 minutes and consisted of 3 behavioral interview questions. I was asked to come on-site for an in-person interview at the end of the phone call. As others have noted, this is a two-day process. The first night is for an information session where we went over the benefits and what could help us in the interview (for instance, be detailed). We then had dinner with some of the SAS employees in order to ask questions. Everyone here was really nice and welcoming (and seemingly honest).

The next day, you either had a morning or an afternoon slot set up for a little over 4 hours. This includes lunch, two panel interviews, a tour of the fab, and a leaderless interview. The order is variable for each person. All of this has been explained to you in emails - they even tell you the beginning question for each of the panel interviews so you can prepare an answer. This all seems very basic and they really seem to want you to do well. The leaderless interview is a fun little exercise where you try to accomplish something with your teammates. I was worried about it but it was much better than I expected. Again, all of the interviewers were nice and even joked around with me which made the process much less stressful.

I got a phone call 6 business days after the interviews so you will know one way or another very quickly.

Interview Question – Tell me about a time when you were not successful on a project.   Answer Question

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Corp Engineer Interview

Corp Engineer
Austin, TX

I applied through college or university and the process took 2 months - interviewed at Samsung Austin Semiconductor in May 2014.

Interview Details – Initially applied for an entry level Systems Engineering position but was told about CORP by a recruiter as the recommended way to enter SAS. Started out with an on-campus interview, was invited at the end of the interview to come on-site with about 20-30 other candidates from other universities. On-site starts with an info session about SAS and benefits, then a sort of social dinner at a local restaurant with some Samsung engineers and executives (none of whom will be involved in the hiring process so just use the time to ask questions).

Interview process really starts next morning with yet another info session at breakfast, this time about Samsung in general. There are three interviews: two panel interviews staffed usually by one HR person and two engineers and a leaderless interview staffed by one HR and one engineer. There is also a facilities tour led by an engineer. The order in which these happen depends on when you get called out of the waiting room after the morning info session. I had all of my interviews before the tour.

One of the panel interviews was about why I wanted to work at SAS and some behavioral questions. The other panel interview was about my senior design project and the design and development process behind it. The leaderless interview was done with a small group of other candidates as a test of teamwork.

Interview Question – Describe a time in which you used a skill you learned in school to solve a problem out of school.   View Answer

Negotiation Details – Didn't negotiate, offer was more than I needed right out of college.

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Entry Level CORP Engineer Interview

Entry Level CORP Engineer
Austin, TX

I applied online and the process took 1+ week - interviewed at Samsung Austin Semiconductor in May 2014.

Interview Details – Very short interview process. First night was a informal meet and greet dinner with managers. The dinner was not judged and most managers were not hiring managers. The next day, there are only two 30 minute interviews and one team building exercise. The rest of the time was presentations and a tour of the facility. One interview was more technical about your experience while the other was behavioral. Both are very easy if you have good interviewing skills.

Interview Question – How do you raise team morale   Answer Question

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Engineer I Interview

Engineer I

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 1 week - interviewed at Samsung Austin Semiconductor.

Interview Details – I went thru a typical entry level interview. which consist of panel interview with engineering manages and HR rep. asked about typical semiconductor process and behavior interview questions. Got a phone call after 2 days about an offer. All entry engineers get the same pay.

Interview Question – need basic knowledge in semiconductor process   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – All entry engineers get the same offer

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Corp Engineer Interview

Corp Engineer

I applied through college or university and the process took 2+ weeks - interviewed at Samsung Austin Semiconductor in March 2014.

Interview Details – First, a phone interview where the recruiter asked me some very basic questions. I was then invited to an onsite interview immediately on the phone. They take you out to dinner and the interview is the following morning. The onsite interview included a panel interview with HR, another panel interview where I presented my senior design project, and a team interview.

Interview Question – If there was a more efficient way to do something and your supervisor instructed you to complete the task using a method that is obviously less efficient, how would you handle the situation?   Answer Question

Reason for Declining – SAS seems to hire a large class of engineers, but manages to have very high turnover rates. They have a reputation for working there incoming engineers long hours and sometimes on odd shifts.

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Entry Level CORP Engineer Interview

Entry Level CORP Engineer
Austin, TX

I applied through college or university and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Samsung Austin Semiconductor in March 2014.

Interview Details – Applied through my school's recruiting page for engineers. Within a week received emails from HR requesting a phone screen. Set it up for the following day. At the end of the screening I was invited to the 2-day interview process. Day 1 was a briefing of the interview process followed by dinner with many of the younger engineers and a few managers. Day 2 gave a more detailed briefing of SAS and what they actually do followed by the actual in person interviews. Two individual panels and a group panel.

Individual panels - one was all about my senior design project; the other asked about team related situations.
Group panel - simple observation by engineer and HR as they watch your team do a team building activity.

Interview Question – Describe a time you motivated someone outside of school?

Assume you're given 3 days to do a task you know takes a week (5 days) to do, how do you finish the task?
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Negotiation Details – Didn't negotiate. Better offer than other companies. More than I will need fresh out of college.

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Engineer III Interview

Engineer III
Austin, TX

I applied through a recruiter and the process took 2+ weeks - interviewed at Samsung Austin Semiconductor in July 2011.

Interview Details – Worked with a recruiter. Lined up my interview on a particular day. Samsung flew me out to Austin, provided me a rental car, hotel, and meals. The day of the interview they had a number of interviews lined up. In the morning they provided a simple breakfast during which time you started filling out an application. Then came the first interview. That interview did not go well, nor do I remember much of it - it was with a team I didn't care for. After that was another interview with a team I was interested in. The mood of that interview was much lighter and friendly. Though they asked difficult questions, it wasn't an interrogation. For lunch Samsung provided a nice spread and had interviewers join us so we could ask more relaxed questions. Following lunch I was invited on a field walk where I got to see many interesting things and peaked my interest to work for Samsung. Overall, the atmosphere was friendly and professional after that first interview.

Interview Question – Explain in detail a process improvement that you personally developed and how did that improvement turn out?   View Answer

Negotiation Details – I told the recruiter the salary I was looking for. They offered me $1,000 less than my offer. Since I had over-shot my original offer, I accepted. From interview to offer to acceptance took five days tops.

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Senior Process Engineer Interview

Senior Process Engineer
Austin, TX

I applied online and the process took a day - interviewed at Samsung Austin Semiconductor.

Interview Details – Group interview. one hour per group. Usually total of two groups. First group usually peer and immediate team leads and engineers, second group upper managers and MTS. Almost no technical questions at all, lots and lots of behavioral questions. Such as tell me a time where a project when wrong and what did you do? and etc How would you contribute to our team? how would you implement and integrate new things? What do you do when you are very stressed.

Interview Question – What would you do facing an impossible deadline?   Answer Question

Reason for Declining – Highest turn-over I have seen. People last only few months. Engineers during the interview were stressed and expressed that they are overloaded. From what I gathered, people have no personal life/. work hard but Koreans get all the credits.

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Facilities Engineer Interview

Facilities Engineer
Austin, UT

I applied through college or university and interviewed at Samsung Austin Semiconductor.

Interview Details – basic questions ask about my resume, especially my senior project

Interview Question – ask about my senior project and it takes me some time to explain it   Answer Question

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PM Tech Interview

PM Tech

I applied through a recruiter and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Samsung Austin Semiconductor in September 2013.

Interview Details – Interview was simple for. Question of who you are, your pass experience and what do you want

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