I applied online - interviewed at ARM Holdings in February 2014.
Interview Details – After a competency based telephone interview, I got invited to a face2face in Sheffield. I got interviewed by two nice gentlemen. They asked me abot CMOS circuits, Verilog and Memory management and Scheduling Algorithms.
Interview Question – The CMOS bit was pretty hard as I did not have the best of knowledge. Answer Question
I applied online and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at ARM Holdings in February 2014.
Interview Details – Applied online and had a telephonic interview. Interview was very good and pleasant. The guy asked questions regarding my previous work experience, what I particularly did during my internship. He was interested in how many teams I have worked so far. Also he explored which challenging job I have done so far and what challenge I find in job for which I am applying.
Interview Question – How instructions are executed in assembly language? How data is transferred between cpu and cache? Why we need cache, why we don't use main memory? Why cache size is kept small? Answer Question
I applied online and the process took 3 months - interviewed at ARM Holdings in January 2014.
Interview Details – The process started with an initial application - which is submitted online, it asks for basic questions, CV and a cover letter.
I was then invited to a telephone interview, which lasted for 40 minutes and once again was more focussed upon my why I applied, my CV and cover letter. A few technical questions were asked about System Verilog and verification, but they were quite basic.
I then received an invitation to the assessment centre, they took about 2 weeks to reply to my telephone interview. The assessment centre lasted for a whole day, it had two group exercises and an individual interview - which lasted 1.5 hours. Quite a few technical questions were asked during the interview, including, computer architecture, C programming language, System Verilog, and verification/testing. Overall all of these questions tested my basic understanding and weren't too technical or required quite in-depth analysis. The group exercises were quite fun and basically tested my communication and group work skills.
I am still waiting to hear my response but the whole process was a bit lengthy, however the company was quick in contacting and all the employees I met were quiet friendly.
Interview Question – Develop a C algorithm to solve arbitration in bus Answer Question
I applied online and the process took 2+ months - interviewed at ARM Holdings in October 2013.
Interview Details – Four interviews. First one on the phone, two in person with Director, one with HR.
Interview Question – Pre-work required in advance for all interviews Answer Question
Negotiation Details – Fair.
I applied online and the process took 2 months - interviewed at ARM Holdings in October 2013.
Interview Details – Interview, AC, 1:1 interview
Interview Question – They will tell you who the interview is with, do check profiles on LinkediIn If the guy worked half of his life for Oracle, he will ask database question. Nothing to worry tho as you should know what a primary and foreign key is. He also asked why would a table had no primary key. Every table should have a primary and if haven't it's a wrong design.
Project management - do know traditional model and spiral model.
Other question - something what went exceptional well and you are proud of.
Something that went teribly wrong
Why are you passionate about IT? Answer Question
Very Difficult Interview
I applied online and interviewed at ARM Holdings.
Interview Details – I applied through a job website (don't remember which) and after a few days they asked me to book a time for the phone interview. The interview was mostly technical, except a couple of standard questions (why you want to work for us etc.), and very difficult to an IT graduate or someone with experience in IT. They actually want you to be IT illiterate because the answers are what people who have no clue about IT would answer. When I tried to answer with technical solutions they always said "yes, but suppose you can't do that" or "suppose you don't have that". No matter how many right answers I gave them, they always wanted a specific answer. I got rejected within several days with the pretext that I could work on my answers to technical questions. If you have no idea about IT or you use your computer only as a user give it a shot, but if you have a bit of experience in IT I suggest you forget about all the things you know before the interview or try your luck with random answers.
Interview Question – Most questions were ok, but the right answers were not for IT. Answer Question
I applied through a recruiter and the process took 2+ weeks - interviewed at ARM Holdings in August 2011.
Interview Details – Many phone interviews, many face to face interviews and just one offer :)
Interview Question – a lot! :) Answer Question
I applied online and the process took 6 months - interviewed at ARM Holdings in March 2012.
Interview Details – I applied for this job almost two years ago, when I graduated as an MSc in Micro-electronics Design with distinction.
First, they will give you a telephone interview and ask some simple questions such as digital circuit design stuff. Then they need you to do an on-line test before you go to the assessment centre.
ARM head-quarter has this assessment centre for graduates every month in order to hire the talented into the company. After arrival at 8:00 they will briefly give introduction of the company by the head of R&D. Then one senior engineer would show you some clever designed machine base on Logo mind-storm kit and arm processor that solves magic cube automatically, essentially to make promotion for arm processor.
Then group interview starts. In my case they put candidates in group of 4, asking them to discuss and design an app (from back-end to front-end) for travel. Then the group is asked to present the work in front of all. There're senior guys from a mixture of departments following up the performance of each candidate from start to finish.
The second round group interview starts after tea break, and in my case we are assigned into group of 4-5 people (different from the previous one) to design the algorithm for some race car (again based on arm processor), and then the car is put on to a track that has sensor for timing. Nothing else is provided except an Lenovo Thinkpad with Internet connection, the race car, and the interconnection cod. To win this round, the 4 or 5 of candidates need to collaborate really well. It's best for the candidates to search from the Internet of the coding style, rather than to start everything from scratch. Besides, collaboration is definitely needed. Although possible, it is not recommended that one man single-handedly finish the research-design-test phase. The goal is better to be accomplished through division of labour because this is the time to show both your talent and your teamwork. Similar to the last round, senior guys from different departments will follow up the performance of each candidate from start to finish.
Lunch is provided at noon (Dominos pizza), and there are single tech-interviews for each candidate.Each candidate is picked up by two (or one) senior engineers from the target department and the venue of the interview is typically in the departments building. In my case the interview was more like a chat and I was briefing my MSc project (the front-end to back-end design of a RISC processor) to two senior guys. Occasionally they would ask questions to the detail of the project, and some basic questions on microprocessor design as well. The interview last for 2 hrs, and during the interview you will also go through a quiz on digital VLSI design (HDLs, timings, systems etc).
As a summary, as an international student in the U.K., whether you're hired or not really doesn't depends on whether you're good enough but on whether they have the spare places for work visa and whether the department you apply really needs new blood. In my case, I managed to answer all (most, if not all) the questions in the tech interview and our group ranks the first in the race car competition. After nearly 4 months I got an rejection (man if you don't want to hire me please give me the notice earlier. It is a shame if you just keep me waiting until someone from uk or eu who fits this role showed up) . By the time when the rejection letter arrived, I had long started as a PhD student. On the contrary, another student from local who applied for a software position got the offer immediately(3 days after the interview), despite the fact that he couldn't answer most of the questions. So who knows what these large companies are thinking.
Interview Question – Not very difficult as long as you gained a solid background and the required knowledge in your undergraduate/master study. Just don't be nervous. Answer Question
I applied through a staffing agency and the process took 2 months - interviewed at ARM Holdings in August 2013.
Interview Details – 4 rounds of interviews. 1. Screening of CV 2. Detailed technical discussion 3. Manager round 4.HR round
Interview Question – What is your ideal role? Answer Question
I applied online and the process took 6+ weeks - interviewed at ARM Holdings in June 2013.
Interview Details – Initial Interview (half an hour) consists of trivial questions about the resume.
Second round (one and half hours) consists of pure technical questions based on the desired skills of the JD. Interviewers are patient, helpful and give hints when stuck. Questions are molded more as practical scenarios and not as pure theory. They begin with very basics and then incrementally move on to advanced cases. They would try to see your application knowledge in the more complex questions towards the end.
Third round is pending but they said it would be pure HR if selected
Interview Question – To design a model of a hardware device which can be used to debug values taken by the PC (program counter) in a processor. Trick was that the PC values are 32 bit but buffer space was limited. Answer Question
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