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Broadcom Software Engineer II Interview Questions & Reviews

Updated Apr 1, 2014
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Anonymous Interview Candidate
San Jose, CA

I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Broadcom in January 2014.

Interview Details – Directly onsite: As I already had 3+ exp in Netwoking Industry
Was interviewing for Data Center Asic group
5 (1-1) technical Interviews:
1. Difference between C and scripting Languages
2. No of 1's in a number
3. Replacing bits in a 32 bit number
4. Programming question where I had to use offset macro
5. How does a packet traverse in a switch (describe various tables used)
6. Semaphore implementation
7. How does a switch decide if to switch / route the packet (MYMAC and Ip address)
8. ARP, ICMP working
9. static keyword use

Lot of focus on Networking and OS, overall good experience and folks were good to talk with.

Interview Question – how does semaphores work on multi-core machines   Answer Question

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Software Engineer II
Sunnyvale, CA

The process took a day - interviewed at Broadcom in August 2010.

Interview Details – Had 1:1 interview with 5 persons. The last one being the HR. The interviewers were cordial. Since the position was for Development in C, questions were from C programming, data structures, bit wise operators, Linux networking, Linux OS internals.

Interview Question – Brief description of Network Drivers in Linux. Top half and bottom half handlers.   Answer Question

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Software Engineer II
Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)

I applied through a recruiter and the process took 4 weeks - interviewed at Broadcom in December 2011.

Interview Details – I was approached by an external recruiter cooperating with the company, who organized phone interviews, traveling and the face to face interview. The telephone interview lasted about an hour, half of the time I was introduced to the company by a manager, the other half were questions about motivation, skills, background and career aspirations. The second interview in the office was mostly concerned with technical details and questions, also included a programming test.

Interview Question – Technical: How to read words from a buffer in an endian-safe way?   View Answer

Negotiation Details – Fair.

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