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Updated Apr 4, 2014
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Anonymous Employee
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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Anonymous Interview Candidate
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?   Answer Question

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

Interview Details – Apply through employee referral. Overall if was good

Interview Question – Behavioral questions   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – Yes

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Anonymous Employee
Santa Clara, CA

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

Interview Details – Just kind of called out of the blue. They didnt really interview me on much just asked basic c questions. Kind of easy to tell you the truth. If you have taken any sort of class in c your golden.

Negotiation Details – Nothing.

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Anonymous Interview Candidate
Sacramento, CA

I applied through college or university and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Intel Corporation in January 2014.

Interview Details – Submitted resume in on campus career fair. one week later, phone screen. No further information yet.

Interview Question – Most of question about OS synchronization, mutex, semaphore, interrupt service routine, I/O handler, MSI cache coherence protocol.   Answer Question

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Software Engineer
San Jose, CA

I applied through college or university and the process took 2+ weeks - interviewed at Intel Corporation in April 2012.

Interview Details – Phone call and then two rounds of on-site

Interview Question – Synchronization (Semaphores and Monitors):   View Answer

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Chandler, AZ

I applied online and the process took 2 days - interviewed at Intel Corporation in June 2009.

Interview Details – Applied online; Phone call from hiring manager (behavioral interview); Phone call from 5 developers (technical interviews); Easier than software company interviews, questions involving knowledge of OOD/OOP, and specifics about C# .NET and Java; Knew more about programming than the interviewers themselves; Taught them all a thing or three

Interview Question – What is a delegate? Very tough. What is abstract class? Again, very tough. How to encapsulate variables? Please.   Answer Question

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