Altera Interview Questions

Updated Apr 1, 2015
Updated Apr 1, 2015
111 Interview Reviews

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    Design Engineer Interview

    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took a 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

  2.  

    Advanced Design Engineer Interview

    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
    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.

  3.  

    Senior Member of Technical Staff Interview

    Declined Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
    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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    Senior Software Engineer Interview

    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    The process took a dayinterviewed at Altera (San Jose, CA) in July 2010.

    Interview

    Applied online, received a call from the hiring manager a few days later. Spoke w/ the hiring manager for a quick phone screen and we determined that I probably wouldn't be a good fit for the company. The challenges of working on the team sounded interesting, but I didn’t have the proper background for it. The interviewer was more interested in my college coursework and my choice in text editors than what I’ve done professionally. This felt a little short sighted, but it’s where the interview went for most of the time. My impression of the company is that it sounds like a typical large scale engineering business with lots of layers and lots of process.

    Interview Questions

    • How would you recursively count the leaves on a binary tree?   1 Answer
    • Tell me about your college coursework, what did you take, what did you learn   Answer Question
    • do you prefer emacs or vi   Answer Question
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    Senior Software Engineer Interview

    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through other source. The process took a dayinterviewed at Altera (San Jose, CA) in May 2010.

    Interview

    I initially received information about some available positions with this company through a contact at an FCCM conference. I provided this contact with my resume and research statement, and he forwarded my information to the team managers. A team manager contacted me through email to set up a phone interview. The interview with the manager went okay, but he didn't seem familiar with several components of my research. After discussing my research, he asked me to construct several algorithms for binary trees. I answered all the questions correctly, but for two of the questions he had to clarify some of what he said because I misunderstood what he was referring to.

    Interview Questions

    • After I gave him a solution to construct an algorithm to count the leaves in a tree (which was correct), he asked me to do the problem again another way.   1 Answer
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    Member of Technical Staff, Design Engineer Interview

    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 3 daysinterviewed at Altera (San Jose, CA) in March 2010.

    Interview

    Interviewer very polite and helping. I was asked below questions.
    "
    Describe circuit operation of level shifter & mux.
    Basic question on PERL & spice modeling
    Relation between threshold voltage & temperature.
    Why do you want to leave your current job and want to work for altera.
    "

    Did not receive any reply after on-site interview.

    Interview Questions

  8.  

    Senior Member of Technical Staff Interview

    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at Altera (San Jose, CA) in February 2010.

    Interview

    Multiple interviews with low-level engineers, high-level individual contributors, and some executive management. Likely depends on the job.

    Interview Questions

    • As a former employee of the company, I had a lot of 'why do you want to come back to Altera?' and 'do you plan to leave again?',   1 Answer

    Negotiation

    Salary was fine, had to push hard for a signing bonus. RSU grant was very good.

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    Engineering Interview

    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    The process took a weekinterviewed at Altera (San Jose, CA) in September 2009.

    Interview

    Not too difficult interview. Basic questions.

    Interview Questions

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    Vice President of Marketing Interview

    Accepted Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 4 weeksinterviewed at Altera in April 2009.

    Interview

    Interview with Sr. VP. Had an interview with CEO. Cold fish who couldn't have been more bored

    Interview Questions

    • Please completely re-vamp something you were not hired to do and have no experience to do while completely alienating the people you where hired to please   Answer Question
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    Product Engineer Interview

    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through other source. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at Altera (San Jose, CA) in January 2009.

    Interview

    Objective and convenient.

    Interview Questions

    Negotiation

    Think about your future manager if he had enaugh experience to work with.

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