Cadence Design Systems Interview Questions

Updated Jul 5, 2014
Updated Jul 5, 2014
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    Senior Member of Technical Staff Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  San Jose, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Jose, CA
    Application Details

    I applied through other source. The process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Cadence Design Systems in February 2010.

    Interview Details

    3 phone interviews
    Onsite interview with 6 person
    Very tough interview process
    Grilled properly!

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    No Negotiation
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  2.  

    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  San Jose, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Jose, CA
    Application Details

    I applied online - interviewed at Cadence Design Systems in May 2013.

    Interview Details

    The 1st interview started by going over my CV and asking about my skills and expertise. The 2nd interview was on digital logic design and algorithmic problems. The last one was specifically about the position which was logic synthesis.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  3.  

    Finance Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  San Jose, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Jose, CA
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Cadence Design Systems in August 2009.

    Interview Details

    Hiring was over 10+ years ago. It was very quick, approximately two weeks.

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    Very easy, approximately two days.
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Senior Embedded Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  San Jose, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Jose, CA
    Application Details

    I applied through a staffing agency. The process took 1 week - interviewed at Cadence Design Systems in March 2012.

    Interview Details

    Phone interview with the hiring manager

    Interview Questions
    • What you see yourself in 5 years, do you want to move up to the manager position.   View Answer
    Reasons for Declining

    Too low

    Declined Offer
    Average Interview
  6.  

    Software Engineering Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    very relaxed conversation with manager. no stress really.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
  7.  

    Senior Member of Technical Staff Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Pittsburgh, PA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Pittsburgh, PA
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2 months - interviewed at Cadence Design Systems in July 2013.

    Interview Details

    Interview was very detail oriented about C++ & OOP programming knowledge, 6 hours of interviews, 2 interviewers at a time for 1 hour a piece. Lots of writing code on whiteboards and answering obscure trivia about languages. They were also very interested in past work I had done working with the OpenAccess Database and the SKILL language.

    Interview Questions
    • An unexpected question was: "You and I are playing russian roulette and I load two bullets into a 6 chambered revolver in adjacent chambers. I go first, and nothing happens. Now you can either pull the trigger as is, or spin the chambers for a 'random' chance. What do you do and why?"   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    Negotiations were simple, they gave me a first offer, I countered and they submitted to all requirements except vacation. They would not budge on vacation, but increased the offer 8% and double the relocation package.
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview
  8.  

    Member of Technical Staff Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    HR found the resume from monster can emailed me the job information. scheduled an interview with the manager. Then an easy on-site interview. the whole process is smooth. They really need to fill the position.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
  9.  

    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Chelmsford, MA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Chelmsford, MA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 5 days - interviewed at Cadence Design Systems in May 2012.

    Interview Details

    1 Telephonic round. Questions mainly on resume. Related to spice simulation and virtuoso software. Some basic skills and about the project i was working on.
    Interview depends on type of position. For intern position, it is not hard and mostly single telephonic round. Know your resume very well. Cheers!!

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  10.  

    Product Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 3+ weeks - interviewed at Cadence Design Systems.

    Interview Details

    was never formally interviewed by Cadence. The manager hired me used to work in the same company in my previous job. So we know each other very well. Also, being educated as an electrical engineer, I was very familiar with Cadence's product and line of business. So I took the opportunity to join and moved on to negotiation of salary.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
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    Senior Member of Consulting Staff Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  San Jose, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Jose, CA
    Application Details

    I applied in-person. The process took a day - interviewed at Cadence Design Systems.

    Interview Details

    I was never formally interviewed by Cadence. The manager hired me used to work in the same company in my previous job. So we know each other very well. Also, being educated as an electrical engineer, I was very familiar with Cadence's product and line of business. So I took the opportunity to join and moved on to negotiation of salary.

    Negotiation Details
    Cadence internal recruiter contacted me by phone to negotiate about salary, I was able to negotiate up by about 1% of the original offer. I'm please with the process. My advice to anyone get into this phase is that: Don't be shy, ask what you want.
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview

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