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Software R&D Engineer Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
Interviewed at Synopsys
Interview Details – I submitted my application through their career portal and process took 1 month. Got a phone interview of about 2 hours, two rounds. First round about hardware and VLSI, second on software.
Interview Question – Write netlist by hand. Answer Question
Intern Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied through college or university and the process took 2 months - interviewed at Synopsys in April 2014.
Interview Details – I applied for the intern position at the campus career fair. I got a mail after 2 months regarding the internship position available at synopsys. I had a phone Interview scheduled after 2 days. The interviewer was friendly and made me comfortable throughout the interview. The interview started with the pleasantries followed by discussion on the projects from my resume. Later few questions on concepts of C++, setup & hold time, DRC & LVS and scripting.
Interview Question – There was lot of emphasis on basics of C++(Object oriented programming ), scripting and working on linux environment. Answer Question
Marketing Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied online and the process took 6 weeks - interviewed at Synopsys in October 2013.
Interview Details – After applying online I was contacted and went through three phone interviews with three different people, each one ranging from 40 minutes to an hour and 14 minutes. From there I was invited to interview in person, with one person I had previously spoken with, and one person who I had yet to meet. Everyone was very straight forward, relaxed, and informative. It was a good experience.
Interview Question – Nothing tricky; straightforward questions with straightforward responses pertaining to my experience and how I would handle scenarios. Answer Question
CAE-Entry Level Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied through an employee referral - interviewed at Synopsys in August 2013.
Interview Details – The interview had 3 rounds (2 phone interviews and an onsite interview). I talked to the Hiring Manager over the phone for an hour in the first round where he asked me about my background and my experience. He was very impressed with me and passed me on to the 2nd round. In the 2nd round I got a call from a CAE manager in the Taiwan branch and it lasted for about 40 min which was a technical interview. I got an email after a couple of weeks saying that I was not selected for the onsite interview.
Interview Question – What do you know about the Physical Implementation of an IC? Answer Question
Technical Intern Interview (Neutral Experience; Difficult Interview)
I applied online - interviewed at Synopsys in August 2013.
Interview Details – One Phone interview - Regular basic verilog questions, Some OOP concepts, System Verilog questions - 40 min
One Onsite with 3 people in the panel - Overview of all the projects and work expirences in the resume , Verilog questions in depth, System verilog questions in depth.
Interview Question – Simulation and Synthesis mismatches Answer Question
R&D Engineer Interview (Neutral Experience; Difficult Interview)
I interviewed at Synopsys in March 2013.
Interview Details – They sent an email to let me know the details of the job requirement and position. We set up a time for the phone interview. The first round of phone interview was conducted by the team lead and went on for about 30 minutes. Then the second round of phone interview was scheduled within the next hour. This was conducted by two members of the team.
Interview Question – Questions were mostly programming related. I was asked to write codes over the phone, which was difficult for me, considering my hardware background. Answer Question
Very Difficult Interview
Senior CAE I Interview (Negative Experience; Very Difficult Interview)
I applied online and the process took 3 days - interviewed at Synopsys in March 2013.
Interview Details – Got a phone call from a hiring manager who asked me to come interview for this position. I told him that I am only a recent graduate, and might not be a fit for this senior role upon reading the position description. He still insisted for me to come in.
I came in after 2 business days, and we didn't even talk for more than 20 minutes before he admitted that this position was a bit too "senior" for me (as I have alluded to him in our first conversation), and he told me at the spot that he cannot move me forward. Even though it was a waste of my time, but at least he was polite and courteous during the duration of the full interview.
I would suggest to their hiring manager to get better assessment skills for screening , since it was obvious that the specific hiring manager I talked to had difficulty weighing my skills over the phone, and believed I was a fit for this senior role.
Interview Question – Digital System Design Questions that required years of experiences to answer. I didn't even know how to begin to answer the question Answer Question
Software Engineer Interview (Neutral Experience; Average Interview)
I applied online and the process took 4 months - interviewed at Synopsys in July 2012.
Interview Details – I had 3 phone calls. The first one was about my resume and the second one after a month was the first interview about data structure and c++ programming. The third call again after a month was about graph theory. Still i am waiting for their decisions although the last interview was more than a month ago.
Interview Question – They asked me about some tricky card questions that needed probability knowledge. Answer Question
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