Cypress Semiconductor Interview Questions

Updated Feb 13, 2015
Updated Feb 13, 2015
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    Software Engineer Co-Op Interview

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    Difficult Interview
    Accepted Offer
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    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took a weekinterviewed at Cypress Semiconductor (Beaverton, OR) in April 2009.

    Interview

    Short, informal phone interview which went well enough that a formal interview was scheduled for later. Interview and hiring process for co-ops is difficult, but is not as grueling as the full hiring process. Interview questions are generally designed to measure practical knowledge as well as gauge how well you handle difficult new situations.

    Interview Questions

    • If you drop a rock out of a boat, does the real height of the boat rise or fall?   Answer Question
  2. Helpful (9)  

    Design Engineer and Above Interview

    Accepted Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 4+ monthsinterviewed at Cypress Semiconductor (Seattle, WA) in January 2009.

    Interview

    I'm writing this as a former Cypress hiring manager for over a decade. I've conducted hundreds of interviews for Cypress.

    Getting your resume in the door:

    Cypress does not usually advertise or use recruiters. Both of these require CEO approval which is hard to get.

    The best way to enter Cypress is from campus as an NCG (New College Grad.) or through an employee referral.

    Process:

    Cypress does not have the usual req system which exist in other companies. It is called an ATR (authorization to recruit) and is merely permission from the division Exec. VP to attempt to hire.

    All ATRs will show up in an external hiring portal. If you are lucky, you may actually see this online.

    The hiring manager will prepare a set of questions for that position and recruit 5 to 7 interviewers. There will be at least 3 to 4 one on one interviews and one group interview called a "wolf pack." This is to generate fear and stress in the candidate to see if they will survive under pressure.

    Each interviewer is assigned a "hard skills" domain and "soft skills" domain for the interview but they are not restricted to those and may ask almost anything relevant or irrelevant.

    Soft skill questions are linked to the publicly visible "core values" on the Cypress website.

    The one on one interviews will be either on the phone, or face to face at Cypress. For some candidates, Cypress might conduct the interviews offsite but this is rare.

    The wolf pack is almost always on site.

    On completing the interviews, the hiring manager will over the next few days make a series of calls for reference checking. In addition they will forward the completed "offer book" to HR which will in turn forward to central HR in San Jose. Once a week, all offerbooks and their perceived impact are presented to the CEO for review and if there is money available, the offer may or may not be made that week. This process will continue until the money becomes available, or the candidate gives up. The best case is 3 days and the worst case can be months. Hiring managers will pretend that they are in control of this process, but the reality is that it all depends on the political equation between the division EVP and the CEO.

    The CEO, T. J. Rodgers is very proud of this process and has described it in some articles under the term "hiring auction."

    Unlike other companies, where hiring dollars are made available up front, Cypress schedules it at their convenience and expects candidates to wait. The money for hiring is usually made available by laying off staff at "high cost" regions and hiring is usually in "low cost" regions.

    Interview Questions

    • The technical questions depend on the domain. Most candidates stumble on the core value questions if they haven't done their homework.   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    It took several weeks at my level. It is shorter at junior levels. At mid levels you may be able to get a joining or relocation bonus. You can also ask for RSUs instead of stock. If you play hardball, and the hiring manager is desperate since they spend a lot of time on this, you might be able to get a better deal. Remember that all decisions are made at the CEO level so you have to help the hiring manager with information which they can use to get it approved. Be prepared to wait for long periods without any information on the process.

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    Product Engineer Interview

    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    The process took 2 daysinterviewed at Cypress Semiconductor (San Jose, CA) in January 2009.

    Interview

    The phone interview is pretty easy.
    Cypress interview has two main components which are important:
    1. Interviews on tech skills: They have 3-4 interviews on tech skills. They ask lot of real world problems on their products. They are mostly looking for logical approach rather than the best solution. The wolfpack interview has 3 people who ask questions in a rapidfire manner for 1 hour. This is a test for stress and its okay to ask for thinking time and to formulate answers carefully. This demonstrates good grasp of technology as well as ability to work under pressure.
    2. Interview with questions on estimation:
    Questions such as how many gas stations are there in SF or how many McDonalds exist in US. The key here is to explain the thinking process and to ask clarifying questions to the interviewer and working with them to get to a well-thought out solution

    Interview Questions

    Negotiation

    They do not negotiate much.
    While considering an offer, take more time to decide on it and ask for more time to decide on it. This makes negotiation easier

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    Business Unit Director Interview

    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 1+ weekinterviewed at Cypress Semiconductor (San Jose, CA) in January 2008.

    Interview

    wolf pack interviews are common - rapid fire questions. busines roles are very technical in nature as well.

    Interview Questions

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    Junior Test Engineer Interview

    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took a dayinterviewed at Cypress Semiconductor (Hsinchu (Taiwan)).

    Interview

    The interview was conducted in English and Chinese by Philippine, Indonesian, and Taiwanese superiors. Basically, most questions were about your personality and the reason why you wanted to join this company and this position. Furthermore, since the job title is test engineer, they asked about your experience of programming.

    If you are with a good knowledge of C++ and positive personality, you would be their ideal choice.
    BTW, the whole process was very smooth and friendly.

    Interview Questions

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    Software Engineer Senior Interview

    Accepted Offer
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    Difficult Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2+ weeksinterviewed at Cypress Semiconductor (Bangalore (India)).

    Interview

    I had got the interview call from HR through the online job portals.
    The first round was a telephonic round.
    The second round was a face to face manager round for screening.
    The third round was a face to face wolf pack round-3 people in panel-technical for 1.5 hrs
    The forth round was manager round.
    The fifth round was director round.
    Then i had to wait for 2 weeks to get the offer.

    Interview Questions

    • nothing difficult. But the unexpected was that in director round, some technical questions were asked related to GPS.   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    while joining the company, they will give very good hike.

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    Applications Engineer Interview

    No Offer
    Difficult Interview
    No Offer
    Difficult Interview

    Interview

    Written round
    1) 10 DEC basic very easy
    2) 10 AEC network analysis, clampers, switch related problems, rc ckts, adc/dac
    3) 5 MC basic very easy
    4) 5 C programming pointers, functions, structures, unions, did only 1 question on functions.

    Interview rounds

    1) 3 on 1
    2) 4 on 1
    3) 4 on 1
    4) 1 on 1

    Next round: Will be telephonic

    Interview Questions

    • Questions on Projects: should have been thorough it. Give an appreciative explanation, not equation based. To be confident, should be prepared.
      Analog questions: VCO construction schematic, Relaxation oscillator schematic, Instrumentational Amplifier vs non-inverting amplifier regarding input impedance.
      How to change the speed of a fan depending on the temperature of the room
      Temperature sensors, motors, driving a fan.
      analog signal+potentiometer.......MC board.....pwm signal to drive a dc motor. What are the blocks inbetween ?
      Communication protocols: SPI I2C CAN USB UART USRT. MUST HAVE STUDIED !!!!
      infinte loop, char c goes from -128 to +127
      network, infinite resistance stair
      printf("%d%d%d",i,i++,++i) o/p
      Are you placed in other companies ? where ? Will you take that ? Why Cypress now that you are alreaddy placed in that company ?
      What is the most difficult situation you have faced in your project ? how did you overcome it ?
      Higher studies ? yes or no

      Talk about yourself.
      C programming, about constructors, static variable initialization within a function.
      Bit operations in C should be known.
      Conversion from binary to grey in 3 steps.
      Structure vs Union
      BCD Binary
      Filters FIR IIR

      Darlington pair
      LEDs
      8051
      interfacing LED and Switch
      Why do you write 1 to make it an input pin ?
      transistors
      is source and drain of mosfets exchangable ?
      a question from written paper

      Hr round
      resume based
      puzzle, three boxes apple orange apple+orange labelled wrong how to determine the right one with least number of picks
      adc dac architectures
      about the projects on your resume
      be thorough with resume
       
      Answer Question
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    Applications Engineer Interview

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

    Application

    I applied through college or university – interviewed at Cypress Semiconductor.

    Interview

    Written test, 2 rounds of interview - 1 hour each, HR interview, telephonic interview

    Interview Questions

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    Operations Analyst Interview

    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took a dayinterviewed at Cypress Semiconductor (Pilani (India)) in August 2013.

    Interview

    CGPA-8 and no gap between engineering and Masters. afterwards a aptitude to shortlist for interview.

    Interview Questions

    • Make sure u are well versed with your post, i mean u know ur role beforehand and prepare for it...aptitude is easy but interview is not. i was asked how much interested in business i m and to define various business related terms like forecasting and a clear knowledge of supply chain management.   1 Answer
    • why do you want to change ur field from engineering to business...make sure u prepare for this question well !   1 Answer
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    Operations Analyst II At Bangalore, India Interview

    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took a dayinterviewed at Cypress Semiconductor (Pilani (India)) in August 2013.

    Interview

    They had a criteria of shortlisting students. The criteria were CGPA >8, no work experience and one more, which was not disclosed.

    Aptitude Test : After the initial shortlisting, an aptitude test was conducted with basic questions relating to common sense. We had to solve 30 questions in 15 minutes. Negative marks for unattempted questions and wrong answers. It contained a section on verbal aptitude also.

    1st round of interview: Was conducted by the manager who came on campus. This interview was general in nature with basic HR questions.

    2nd round of interview: It was a wolfpack round with 4 to 5 professionals in top level positions interviewing via skype from bangalore. I was also interviewed by the business operations director of the company. The questions ranged from SCM, Lean Production, Method Study, Quality Control etc. This interview went for around an hour.

    Referrals: They asked for two referrals. They only release the offer after obtaining satisfactory reports from the references.

    People were very friendly with the interviewees. They made us very comfortable with the process. Professionals who talked from Bangalore said that most of the people who join Cypress are with them for long periods of time. Overall, it was a good interview.

    Interview Questions

    • I was asked, what excites you about SCM?   1 Answer

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