Altera Interview Questions

Updated Jun 14, 2015
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    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took a weekinterviewed at Altera (San Jose, CA) in June 2012.

    Interview

    I got the interview call through employee referral program. The screening interview was onsite, no phone screening interview. The interview lasted for about an hour. Interviewer told me about position and the team. He asked me a couple of questions on C programming and then asked me to write two programs mentioned below.

    Interview Questions

    • An array contains some random positive and negative numbers. Arrange array elements such that all positive elements are on left side, don't care about negative elements. Number of operations allowed - O(n)   3 Answers
    • Reverse the linked list.   1 Answer
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    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 1 dayinterviewed at Altera (San Jose, CA) in February 2012.

    Interview

    Was for intern position so asked basic stuff about digital design and verilog. gate level based implementation.

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    IP Engineering Interview

    Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 1 dayinterviewed at Altera (San Jose, CA) in June 2011.

    Interview

    I was referred by my friend. After which hiring manager called me for phone interview. It went well. I was then called for on-site interview:

    - On-site interview went for ~ 5- 6 hrs.
    - Interviewed by 4-5 individuals.
    - questions were mostly technical, touching on these areas:
    - ASIC Implementation flow.
    - What projects you worked on, describe how you implemented the chip/design.
    - TCL related questions. (like lappend etc..)
    - How will you analyze and fix setup time, hold time.
    - Routing using higher metal layers.

    Interview Questions

    • How will you arrange FPGA IPs on die and connect those.   Answer Question
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    Senior Member of Tech Staff Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Jose, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took a weekinterviewed at Altera (San Jose, CA) in June 2011.

    Interview

    Everyone had different view and was looking for different skills. I had to ask the hiring manager, what is the position and what is the role. I was told particular role and When I joined I found out my role to be slightly different. It did not match exactly hat was told to me. In six month they had re-org and I found out that I was pushed to non-technical job. Ultimately I left the company.

    Interview Questions

    • Can you join within a week, before even discussing the offer?   Answer Question
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    Engineering Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Jose, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 1 dayinterviewed at Altera (San Jose, CA) in May 2011.

    Interview

    I was asked just basic questions on my resume. I discussed my experience and the courses I took at my University.

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    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Santa Cruz, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2 daysinterviewed at Altera (Santa Cruz, CA) in May 2011.

    Interview

    First phone interview was thorough, and had me solve a couple of problems. In person interview was good had several different people pose problems to solve. The workplace is pretty laid back, but people work hard.

    Interview Questions

    • There are several problems that are asked to test your problem solving skills, not so much specific knowledge.   Answer Question
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    Design Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Milpitas, CA
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 1 dayinterviewed at Altera (Milpitas, CA) in March 2011.

    Interview

    The interview consisted of basic digital design questions and questions from the projects described on the resume. The on site interview consisted of 4 rounds. Since the position was for IP core development, verilog was the main area of interest.

    Interview Questions

  9. Helpful (1)  

    Software/Design Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    The process took 2 daysinterviewed at Altera (San Jose, CA) in March 2011.

    Interview

    Phone interview. Was asked about interests, college projects, coursework. Was asked to describe a project I had worked on, as well as experience with software/hardware/IP

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    Advanced Design Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Jose, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 4 daysinterviewed at Altera (San Jose, CA) in March 2011.

    Interview

    Phone interview followed by on site. Lots of rounds of interviews. At the end there will be a presentation to see how well you communicate.

    Interview Questions

    • They will ask you digital design questions that are tricky and tough to solve in 45 mins. They dont expect the correct answer but expect you to go in the right direction in solving the problem.   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    I didnt since I was an NCG. But you need to get one or two offers and then negotiate.

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    Senior Member of Technical Staff Interview

    Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Declined Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 3+ monthsinterviewed at Altera (San Jose, CA) in January 2011.

    Interview

    3 month process. Phone interview first, then first round face to face. Long pause (2+ months). More interviews. No technical questions.

    Interview Questions

    Reasons for Declining

    Fit was not good

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