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Intel Corporation Software Engineer Interview Questions & Reviews

Updated Jun 19, 2014
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Folsom, CA

I applied through a recruiter and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Intel Corporation in August 2010.

Interview Details – The interview process is somewhat of a joke. Compared to Google/Microsoft/etc. it is incredibly easy. I had zero programming questions though talking with coworkers this is not the norm. Some of my coworkers got questions such as implement Fibonacci. Most interested in asking questions about drivers/OS primitives (semaphores, threading, etc.)

Interview Question – There wasn't any difficult questions.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – Don't take initial offer. They will low ball you.

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I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Intel Corporation in June 2014.

Interview Details – Applied online October 2013 and called for a phone interview in May 2014 (So don't lose hope). 20 min phone screen. Called for on-site which was 4 rounds 1v1 each 45 min- 2 tech and 2 behavioral. Interviewers were very cool and very helpful too. It was a fun and pleasant experience on my side.

Interview Question – Varied behavioral questions. Technical focused on oops concepts(explain 4 pillars of OOP with examples). Was asked to write code to print the largest number in an unsorted integer array of infinite size. Although the position was for C#, they were cool about me coding in java.   View Answer

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Hillsboro, OR

I applied through college or university and the process took 1+ week - interviewed at Intel Corporation in July 2013.

Interview Details – Systems software knowledge will be tested thoroughly. be familiar with x86 architecture. Be confident and truthful. Most people are friendly, very smart and warming. One of the best places to interview and to work for!

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I applied online and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Intel Corporation in May 2014.

Interview Details – Applied online for several positions at a smaller Intel facility (~100 people). Took about 6 weeks for them to contact me by email saying they were interested. I then had a 30 minute phone screening which was primarily discussing my background. I was not asked to solve any technical problems. I heard back within a couple days that they wanted me for an onsite interview. Onsite interview was 4 hours long and consisted of meeting 6 people, two managers, two team leads, and two engineers. Mostly discussed my background and quizzed me on it. Engineers had some design questions for me. Notably not asked any algorithms questions. Finally I took a written test where I had to analyze and write some different code fragments. Was not difficult.

Interview Question – I always have difficulty answering the more personal questions - "What makes you frustrated at work" The technical part of the interview was not challenging for me because I had a strong background in the material.   View Answers (2)

Negotiation Details – Yes successfully negotiated 6% increase to base. I was contacted by an HR person who went over the original offer with me. It was an okay offer, about market rate maybe a little above. Before hand I did a lot of reading online about how/when to negotiate salary, so decided to try out the techniques I had been learning. I asked for an additional 6% to base pay, HR said she had to talk it over with the hiring manager. 36 hours later she got back to me saying the increase was approved. Wonder if I could have asked for even more? Anyway I'm happy with what I got.

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Santa Clara, CA

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Intel Corporation in September 2012.

Interview Details – Interview process include an initial interview and one day on-site. For the on-site you will have 4~5 technical interviews, and having lunch with the prospect manager.

Interview Question – I am asked to print out all the possible letter combinations on telephone pad when you punch in a 7-digit number.   View Answer

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Folsom, CA

I applied through a recruiter and the process took 2 months - interviewed at Intel Corporation in May 2012.

Interview Details – Was selected in RUSH hiring event which is for recent college graduates. Since I had graphics courses in my resume, I was called by 3 different teams for interviewing on the same day for graphics software engineer positions. One of the teams finally selected me :)

Interview Question – No such question comes to my mind. Since I was applying for graphics developer positions, most of the questions were focused around graphics pipeline.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – I accepted the first offer. I did not negotiate.

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Folsom, CA

I applied online and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Intel Corporation in March 2014.

Interview Details – Had a phone interview with many small questions related to computer architecture, operating systems and programming. Then offered onsite interview.

Onsite interview was with 5 different people. Each kind of tried to cover different topics. Again questions came from computer architecture (i/o, memory hierarchy etc.), operating systems (cache consistency, virtual memory etc.), programming (c,c++,assembly). Last interviewer asked more general questions what would you do if you were in this case, what do you think about future of computers etc.

Interview Question – Not about being difficult but they kind of tried to focus on and ask about things that I haven't mentioned in my resume or told them on phone interview such as virtualization, assembly programming etc. If you were looking for someone who already have experience with all of those you shouldn't have invited me for onsite. Or at least do not take them into account and look whether I can learn them or not.   Answer Question

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I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Intel Corporation.

Interview Details – Initial Phone Call interview- Basic questions about your projects and then covered concepts of operating systems, computer architecture and driver development.
Selected for onsite interview.Total of 6 rounds of interview.Each interviewer making sure covering different topics -os,computer architecture, Intel Architecture, Synchronization techniques, data structures- programming.
Took out for lunch and had a series of HR questions and generic technical questions related to resume and background.
Reimbursed airfare,hotel.

Interview Question – Gave a Modeling problem.Interrupt scenario and its consequences.   Answer Question

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Folsom, CA

I applied through college or university and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Intel Corporation in February 2014.

Interview Details – Applied for full time position at a university career fair. They were very interested in my PhD background. They gave me a phone interview after few days. The interview was one hour. I was asked about CS topics like: OS, Computer Architecture, Algorithms. After that I was offered an onsite interview.

Interview Question – OS:
Preemptive scheduling
Critical section
Deadlocks, semaphores, testandSet
Assembly (function return)
Interrupts table

Computer Architecture:
atomic instruction
Virtual memory
TLB
Numa, MSI
Caching

Algorithms:
Trees
Linked list
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Chandler, AZ

I applied through college or university and the process took 2+ weeks - interviewed at Intel Corporation in January 2011.

Interview Details – I was called after leaving my resume with them at a job fair. Never thought of Intel as a software company, but they sought me out and after a frank phone call with my future boss, was given a plane ticket to visit in person. Loved the area and they focused on my general knowledge and personality on a series of 1:1 interviews, very low key and comfortable. Was given an offer a few days after.

Interview Question – Most difficult problem you have encountered and how you worked to overcome it? Also, when have you done this in a group setting?   View Answers (2)

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