I applied through an employee referral and the process took 7 weeks - interviewed at Cree in July 2013.
Interview Details – First step was extensive questionnaire that takes place of HR phone screen but is much more intensive. Second was phone interview with supervisor engineer, followed by Skype presentation interview one week later. Skype presentation was disappointing because it seemed rushed. Really the point of it was to have them review the ppt and provide revision suggestions for the in person interview. Finally an in person interview was scheduled. HR was flexible and accommodating to fly me down within the week.
As far as interview process goes, it is a full day with a revolving door of different engineers and managers. An important quality to convey is communication skills. One positive aspect is that they do not expect prior process knowledge, but rather admit that you will learn everything you need on the job. One negative aspect is there is a bit of arrogance amongst managers. My primary contact informed me before the last person scheduled that they would pass on an offer and gave me a review of my interview performance. I was a bit taken aback by that but I guess it was informative, but a little embarrassing.
Overall despite being denied an offer, I regard the interview process as a positive experience. They demand more than other companies but it is useful to see yourself perform in different arenas.
Interview Question – The estimation/thought process questions get tiresome after a while (e.g. how many tennis balls could you fit in this room, but worse than that). Answer Question
Interviewed at Cree
Interview Details – Met with Cree at a career fair. Representatives present were not familiar with technology side of the business. Short interview over the phone with no follow up.
Interview Question – Description of technological processes. Answer Question
Very Difficult Interview
I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Cree.
Interview Details – HR had me fill out a questionnaire the day after I applied. I had an initial phone interview with the hiring manager a week later. He asked a few basic questions about how LEDs work and about my previous experience. Next I had a 30 minute skype presentation on a technical project. A week later I flew out for an on-site interview. I didn't find anyone to be rude or disrespectful, but everyone asked very detailed and sometimes absurdly difficult questions. The questions never stop either. They took me out to lunch and dinner and they continuously asked technical questions while we were eating. They seem to care more about how you approach and answer the questions than if you know the correct answer. Their offer arrived the day after I interviewed.
Interview Question – You're in the middle of nowhere and your car dies with the keys in the ignition. What do you do? Answer Question
Negotiation Details – Your offer will be based on the salary range you put in your questionnaire.
I applied online and interviewed at Cree.
Interview Details – The interview process was long and hard, but it really helps in understanding the company and its employees.
Interview Question – how many barbers will it take for a town of 1 million people Answer Question
Negotiation Details – The terms were acceptable, no need for negotiations
Very Difficult Interview
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Cree.
Interview Details – I had an informal phone discussion with who was later my hiring manager. Next I was told to write a 30 minute in depth presentation about a project that I had worked on in school (I was a new graduate). Next I gave Skype presentation of my project. I was then flown in for an in person interview where I was asked heavily detailed questions about my project as well as the machines that I used.
Interview Question – Highly detailed questions about how an SEM works and about why I made my decisions over the course of my project. Answer Question
I applied online and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Cree in May 2013.
Interview Details – Applied online. Contacted by the hiring manager one week later for a phone interview. Two weeks later was invited to an onsite interview. 1 presentation about my PhD research, followed by 4 rounds of interviews, each lasted for about 30 mins. Overall good interview experience. No offer was extended.
Interview Question – Which direction is North? How do you determine? Answer Question
Interviewed at Cree
Interview Details – Phone interview and Questionarre.
Interview Question – Several on LED's. Need to be well versed in what they do. Sounded more like a PHD job. Answer Question
I applied through college or university and the process took 3 days - interviewed at Cree in March 2013.
Interview Details – HR was pretty good in responding to communication and gave me an initial screening questionnaire. Screening questions were on behavioral and prior work experience based.
After this HR quickly put me on an phone interview with hiring manager (Research Scientist) in their RTP location at Durham, NC.
Phone interview was schduled for 30 minutes but went on for 1 hour. Easy questions asked. He intially briefed on what kind of work happens at the RTP and distinctly told functions about the scientists and engineers.
Simple questions like, 1) ice cube in a glass of water (floating and fully submerged)
2) Describe an LED
3) Band gap of semiconductors
4) What do you know about moCVD process?
Interview Question – Estimate the number of flat tyres in the US in a year? View Answers (2)
I applied through college or university and interviewed at Cree.
Interview Details – I applied through the campus recruiting, and in a week I got a 25 questionaire. After I sent it back, I got a phone interview with an HR. It was basically asking you the normal question such as why this company. However, after this interview, I was rejected.
Interview Question – Everything is expected, however, I didn't do well on that. Answer Question
I applied online and the process took 2 months - interviewed at Cree in March 2012.
Interview Details – It starts off with a quick phone interview with someone from HR. This is very light hearted and asks you mainly about if you would be comfortable working long hours and living in Raleigh. Be careful on the interview (and all following phone interviews) because everything you say that may bring up some concern will be noted and brought up numerous times during the in person interview.
The technical interviews were not too challenging. They mainly consisted of explaining previous work experience and projects you worked on. They will ask you every detail about it and if you say something that you are not completely sure you can explain then tell them that because they are very smart and will bury you in a hole that is hard to get out of.
The in person interview is an EXTREMELY LONG PROCESS. There are about 8 1:1 interviews, a presentation, and lunch with some managers and the questions never stop.
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