MathWorks Interview Questions in Boston, MA

Updated Jul 22, 2014
Updated Jul 22, 2014
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Applications Support Engineer Interview Interview

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

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeks - interviewed at MathWorks in June 2014.

    Interview Details

    First-round was a 5-question pre-recording video interview and second-round was on phone. Topics include linear algebra, calculus, C, C++, Java and web services.Waiting for the call. In java, What is oop, encapsulation, function overriding etc, Difference between JRE and JDK, Why java platform independent, what is final and abstract class in java?

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Applications Support Engineer Interview

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

    I applied online. The process took 5 weeks - interviewed at MathWorks in June 2014.

    Interview Details

    There was the initial screening on video call, then a technical interview fr 45 mins. Later an HR call and then an onsite interview. The onsite interview was a technical one for two hrs.It consisted of all coding questions of Java, C++, web development ,general logic and math questns

    Interview Questions
    • All questions were unexpected. Nothing was common with other interview questions   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Difficult Interview
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    Desktop Support Interview

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

    I applied online. The process took a day - interviewed at MathWorks.

    Interview Details

    Had a phone interview with the Hiring Manager First. Then Interview with HR, and all members of the Support Team for about a half hour for each member on site. Even though they did not hire me, I had to interview with everyone and was on site for more than 4 hours, 2x with HR with a questionnaire.

    Interview Questions
    • How you proactively improve a system process   View Answer
    No Offer
    Difficult Interview
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    Applications Support Engineer Interview

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

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at MathWorks in May 2014.

    Interview Details

    Step 1 : A phone screening, it includes all basic HR questions that others have posted as well.
    Step 2 : A technical phone interview, that included basic math, OS and 3 languages of your choice (I chose C, C++ and Java).
    Step 3 : An onsite Technical interview, lasted for about an hour. The interviewer was very friendly and asked similar questions as they asked in the telephonic interview.
    Step 4 : 2 HR rounds in the end, 1 hour each. They ask very basic questions, so if you know your projects and the complications they had, you are good to go.

    Interview Questions
    • There were no difficult questions, but you need to be thorough in your answers.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Applications Support Engineer Interview

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

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2+ months - interviewed at MathWorks in January 2011.

    Interview Details

    HR will call you first, then schedule a technical interview call. If you clear the tech call, you're invited on campus for a full day of interviews - technical, behavioral etc.

    Interview Questions
    • What is xxxxxxx (forgot the exact term) control? This was a Control Design and Analysis question.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    They told me upfront that there is no room for negotiation. So I did not negotiate.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Associate Software Engineer Interview

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

    I applied online. The process took 2 months - interviewed at MathWorks in May 2014.

    Interview Details

    I applied online through their website and got an E-mail for a HR interview after a few days. It was a video interview and I could take it anytime in the next couple of weeks.
    The interview was recorded and they asked me five questions. I was given 20 seconds to prepare my answer and 2 minutes to record it immediately after that.
    Questions:
    Why do you want to be a part of the EDG program?
    What qualities and skills make you perfect for the job?
    Give an example of a time you had work on multiple projects and how did you approach it?
    What is your cumulative GPA?
    F-1 opt start date and work authorization in USA?

    I got a mail couple of days later for the next phone interview. I am waiting for the result of that one.

    Interview Questions
    • Give an example of a time you had work on multiple projects and how did you approach it?   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Applications Support Engineer Interview

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

    I applied online. The process took 3 days - interviewed at MathWorks.

    Interview Details

    Submitted my resume online and got an email two days later scheduling the first (HR) interview. The HR interview questions were pretty much the same as the ones described in Glassdoor (5 behavioral questions). Then they set me up for a technical interview which was pretty detailed. You can find 85% of the questions in Glassdoor. Def. expect new questions though. My understanding from the whole process was that you can get the job ONLY if you are "very" good at control or embedded systems. This means you really needed to have accomplished number of projects related to these subjects. And this is because the competition is pretty intense as MathWorks is a very good company.

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    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Applications Support Engineer Interview

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

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeks - interviewed at MathWorks in May 2014.

    Interview Details

    First got a video interview invitation, and everthing was mentioned here.
      Then after a week there was a technical phone interview, and as far as I can remember, all questions were repeated and I think I had all right answers. Two days later I found my status became "match not ideal at this time".
      Everything was so templated. The phone call was 20 minutes late than scheduled and the guy sounded not patient and got the wrong topic for me(I chose signal and he gave me control, which appeared to be he wasn't paying attention at all). And of course, don't try to get any feedback, you would only get a templated thank you letter after you were rejected. Anyway, the compensation wasn't that good.

    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Applications Support Engineer Interview

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

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeks - interviewed at MathWorks in May 2014.

    Interview Details

    There was standard questions for video HR interview.
    1. why mathworks?
    2. why this position?
    3. How you manage multiple responsibility.Give me an example.
    4. Are you eligible to work in united states? Do you need sponsorship? if you are on student visa then are you on OPT?
    5. What is your Cumulative GPA?

    Interview Questions
    • Each question has two minutes to answer.You will get few minutes to prepare for your answer.   View Answer
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  11. 17 people found this helpful  

    Applications Support Engineer Interview

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

    I applied online. The process took 5+ weeks - interviewed at MathWorks in January 2014.

    Interview Details

    Most people have explained what the procedure is. Here go my $0.02.

    Step 1: Applied via their website on Dec 26th, 2013.

    Step 2: Got an email within a week asking to complete a video interview. 5 question asked were: tell us more about yourself, why this position at mathworks, future aspirations, research experience, what are you looking for in a job. Answers were very straightforward. This is a very easy interview.

    Step 3: Got an email in another week asking for a phone interview. One can have an interview in engineering or computer science specialities. I selected engineering and in that control theory (other options were signal processing and embedded systems).

    Step 4: Got the phone call. They asked a lot of questions on math, C++, general programming, MATLAB and controls. math and matlab questions were very ordinary.
           - find the velocity of a body after 5 sec. if the acceleration is so and so and initial velocity is so and so.
           - find a determinant of a matrix, what is a singular matrix, find eigenvalues
           - f(x) is given, f(0), f(3) are given, find integral(f) at x = 5.
           - what is @ function in matlab for, what is ~ for
           - how to plot in 3D in matlab
    So nothing out of the ordinary. Most people have repeated the questions that I got.

    Control theory questions were easy and got only 2-3 questions.
           - what happens if the poles move to right, left, up and down on a pole-zero plot.
           - find poles of a state-space system.

    C/C++ and programming questions were not to my liking as I have done programming enough to make robots do what they do.
           - what is the difference between ++i and i++ (this was easy). What other language has a similar syntax but different meaning (no idea).
           - what is static for in C.
           - data structures (I messed up on this one too).
           - pointers
    And a few other questions that I do not even remember now.

    Step 5: I was not expecting a call given that my C++ part and the programming part of the interview were such mess. But I guess they make some concessions for PhD's. So I got a call from them on Jan 13th and scheduled my college day interview for Jan 31st. They booked the tickets that same day.

    Step 6: At Natick. General "we are this and that" type presentations. And then there was the technical interview. That guy was a kid really. He asked some math questions,
           - find the area of a rectangle inside a parabola (he asked it wrong and I had to correct it and get the right questions out of him).
           - decay rate of a material, write it in equation (this also he asked wrong had me working it out with him :) )
           - plot df/dx of a function f(x) which he drew on board.
           - some other really easy math questions which other people have discussed.
    Programming and C++ questions were again a headache
           - types of classes
           - inline function (who the hell knows)
           - calloc, malloc
           - sorting algorithm
           - character arrays and pointers, integer pointers
    Matlab was easy again. Nothing out of the ordinary.

    Control theory was decent.
          - Write transfer functions of schematics, add this block to the schematic and write TF,
          - Routh-Hurwitz,
          - final value theorem, steady state values of TF.

    Then came the HR interviews. Typical ones
          - describe an occassion when things did not go according to plan
          - when you handles more than two assignments
          - when you had to take help from your colleagues
          - when you helped colleagues
          - when you had disagreement with colleagues, advisor, collaborators and vice versa
          - are any other job offers, interviews in the pipeline.

    Overall C/C++ and programming were my nemesis. I did not expect anything this time as well. But they did extend me an offer. But after being there and talkig to folks there about the nature of work, had me down on not pursuing this position. So I declined the offer on the grounds that I am not seeking this employment at this time anymore. Hopefully my review will be helpful to others though.

    Interview Questions
    Reasons for Declining

    Not the type of work I am interested in after a PhD.

    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

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