Samsung Austin Semiconductor Interview Questions

Updated Mar 25, 2015
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    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

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

    Interview

    The process was very simple and straight. The questions were non technical. They asked about my previous projects as an undergrad, what types of conflicts I had to overcome, times when I failed and how I reacted to those failures, my previous work history, and lastly; why do you want to work at Samsung?

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    Process Engineer II Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4 weeksinterviewed at Samsung Austin Semiconductor (Austin, TX) in February 2015.

    Interview

    An area process engineer initially screened me on the phone for 20 or more minutes, basically focusing on my experience and asking some specifics about job roles I had held in the past. He then encouraged me to ask questions about the company and the area he worked in. He was very professional and straightforward when answering my questions. The phone interview was very positive. The HR representative called me within four days to schedule an onsite interview.

    Interview Questions

    • There were two panels of four engineers/managers that interviewed me. The questions mostly pertained to my past experience as I had 16 years job related experience. Technical questions were related to defect knowledge and an equipment question to draw a rough sketch of a process control I loop parameter in block form. A few behavioral questions concerning working in a team environment. They were interested in my ability to mentor and train younger engineers and my style of training. I was given the opportunity to ask questions about the area to which I applied and the hiring manager asked what I considered to be the definition of an 'ideal' manager.   1 Answer
    • Draw a rough block diagram of a pressure control loop system in a process vacuum tool.   1 Answer

    Reasons for Declining

    I received another offer from a company in the city I was living in at the time. Rather than relocate, I decided to stay put as my wife also had been hired for a full time position in her field of expertise. However, I was leaning heavily toward Samsung as their offer and compensation were excellent! The professionalism of the HR representative and engineering staff was definitely a step function better than any of the other companies that I applied and interviewed with. They left a strong impression upon me and I would have eagerly dived into their problems as they presented a strong team approach to problem resolution.

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    Corp Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Declined Offer

    Interview

    Starts out by information session and then a dinner. The second day consist of being interviewed by to different panels of supervisors, group project and tour of the facility. The question consist of behavioral questions and some technical to figure out how you approached the problem and solved.

    Interview Questions

    • What would be the best area for you to work in. Hard to say coming out of college and not knowing exactly which area you want to focus on right away. The CORP helps you to figure out which area is best for you but to answer it during an interview is difficult.   Answer Question
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    Corp Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Austin, TX
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3+ monthsinterviewed at Samsung Austin Semiconductor (Austin, TX) in October 2014.

    Interview

    -Applied through the career center at the university. Be sure to include a cover letter, resume, and transcript. Also be sure to link in your LinkedIn account through your samsung career account.
    -Received an email a couple of weeks later from a recruiter about a possible phone interview. In the email they asked several questions about your GPA, availability, expected salary, and if your legally allowed to work in the U.S.
    -Had a phone interview a week later basically asking the same questions. Recruiter asked why you wanted to work at SAS and if you have done any research in semiconductor materials.
    -Had interview 2 months later onsite at SAS. The first day consisted of a group presentation about the company and employee benefits. We then drove down to a restaurant to eat dinner with several current engineers and executives. Be sure to ask questions and ask for some advice. Really good people to talk to and are very helpful.
    -Second day actually consisted of onsite interview itself. Two panel interviews with first panel about your senior design project and the other behavioral questions. Be sure to include lots of real life examples for each question asked. Then was given a tour of the FAB and continued over the employee benefits. Then the last part of the interview was a group interview. Each group was tasked with a project and had to show teamwork. The interview concluded from there.
    -Received a phone call a week later and accepted offer.
    -The interviewer were really nice and were really happy to answer any questions during the interview process.

    Interview Questions

    • 1. Tell me about you design project.
      2. Tell me about a time you used your engineering knowledge to solve a problem outside of school.
      3. Tell me about a time when you were in a difficult situation. How did you handle it?
      4. Tell me how you would learn something in 5 days.
       
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    Negotiation

    Didn't need to negotiate. Very fair and competitive pay.

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    Design Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer

    Interview

    Simulation language syntax for Hspice and verilog A. Circuit characters. Timing, power trade off in design. C++ and script syntax. Data structure question for hash sorting, binary search, link list and black red tree.

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    Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Austin, TX
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at Samsung Austin Semiconductor (Austin, TX).

    Interview

    During the interview process, each candidate interviews first with one of the 3-4 recruiters at the company for 30 minutes. The recruiter will collect all paperwork, then answer questions about benefits. After that, the interviews are "Panel type" where 3-4 people will meet with each person for one hour. Expect there to be at least 2 of these. After that, the recruiter will call and make an offer if the team likes you. Background/Drug Screen, Hire date.

    Interview Questions

    • Describe in as much detail as possible the most technical thing you understand.   1 Answer

    Negotiation

    They make an initial offer very close to what the final will be. There isn't much room to negotiate.

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    Entry Level CORP Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 5 weeksinterviewed at Samsung Austin Semiconductor.

    Interview

    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 Questions

    • Tell me about a time when you were not successful on a project.   Answer Question
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    Senior Process Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at Samsung Austin Semiconductor (Austin, TX) in June 2014.

    Interview

    Got a call from the recruiter to set up and interview. The interview process was very efficient. The interview was short -- half an hour with the recruiter, and two 45 minute panels of three interviewers each. 5/6 interviewers were managers, only one was an engineer and he was not doing the job I was being interviewed for. They asked a lot of behavioral type questions, not terribly difficult technically. They are looking to see if you're the type of person who is going to hang around late, come in on weekends, and answer your phone at night. The impression I got from the questions asked were that most of the criticisms on glassdoor were spot on -- they don't want to implement your ideas, they'd rather tell you what to do and have you do it, they want people who will work all the time, they use odd systems that are difficult to learn and navigate. The recruiting department was refreshingly professional compared to other companies I have dealt with during my job search.

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    Reasons for Declining

    The offer was mediocre and they were not willing to negotiate. It was not worth the time and stress involved to take the job IMO.

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    Engineer I Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took a weekinterviewed at Samsung Austin Semiconductor.

    Interview

    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 Questions

    Negotiation

    All entry engineers get the same offer

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    Entry Level CORP Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Austin, TX
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 1+ weekinterviewed at Samsung Austin Semiconductor (Austin, TX) in May 2014.

    Interview

    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.

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