Microsemi Interview Questions

Updated Jun 16, 2015
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    Applications Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 5 weeksinterviewed at Microsemi (Austin, TX).

    Interview

    I applied online, it took about 4 weeks before I first got contacted by HR for screening. Questions were very generic and straightforward. Few days later, I received an email for a phone interview with the hiring manager. The interview went well and questions were not specific to the technicality of the role per say, but more about soft skills and problem solving, i.e. interacting with internal and external stake holders

    It was a good interview and the hiring manager sounded very reasonable. I simply didn't pursue it further as I learned that it was intended more for junior / new grad

    Interview Questions

    • Can you describe a situation where you had to deal with an upset customer and did you approach that?   Answer Question
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    DSP Algorithm Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4 weeksinterviewed at Microsemi (Austin, TX) in April 2015.

    Interview

    I applied online. Got a call from HR , screening and set up a telephonic interview with hiring manager after few days. Hiring manager explained me all job description and wanted to know my experience and skills. After he finished, he immediately scheduled another telephonic interview after 30 minutes! with a Sr. engineer in his group. The engineer just went down my resume , asked about my work and achievements, certifications etc nothing too technical. After a week, I got call for onsite interview for next week. They flew me to Austin.

    Onsite was very technical in nature. I have total 9 different 1:1 interview with 2 managers, 1 HR, 3 system engineers, 3 DSP experts etc. one C code test, DSP written test, Embedded programming test etc. I did good in it except 1 or 2 questions. They shown be their lab and the projects they were working on. The interview was very laid back and chilled. I nearly about answered everything whatever they asked. In between they took me to lunch. At lunch they asked me some behavioral questions like what I like to do? what inspires me? etc. I honestly didn't find anyone particularly intimating. I did pretty good. The job was interesting and I knew I will be a good fit in it. In fact after the lunch, the hiring manager started to show me around apartments where I can live around. I got a feeling I got through. In the end I felt I did pretty good.

    ALAS its been more than 5 weeks no call or reply from them. It was a huge blow for me!

    TWIST:
    There is a small twist in here. After 2 week I emailed a follow up to the hiring manager about the update. The same day I received a call around 9:30 PM night I failed to pick up. So, when I called back a lady picked she said something (1-2 seconds) and immediately hanged the phone. I couldn't hear her properly what she said. So, When I called back it went to voice mail and it said that she was same lady from Microsemi who booked my flight. So, I sent a voice mail to call back if there was any necessary information for me. I never got any reply ever after that. Its still a mystery what was that call for and why she called at night?

    Interview Questions

    • Easy C coding interview like bit manipulation, inline functions, void, static, some embedded C programming, simple DSP quesions like ideal low pass filter, DFT, FFT, Z transform, adaptive signal processing, LMS algorithm etc. What is racing? Q notation? watch bits? I didn't find any questions to be tough.   1 Answer
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    Test Operator Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Bend, OR
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3+ monthsinterviewed at Microsemi (Bend, OR).

    Interview

    phone interview, month later call to come for personal interview, 2 months later asked if I wanted the job, week later ask for references, another week later urine test, finally date set to start work. Entire process 3 or 4 months! From applying to getting hired and starting work.

    Interview Questions

    • Can you communicate with Engineers?
      Have you written any specs?
      Are you willing to work OT?
      How do you handle conflict?
       
      1 Answer
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    Marketing Director Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Aliso Viejo, CA
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 daysinterviewed at Microsemi (Aliso Viejo, CA) in December 2014.

    Interview

    I had a several phone interviews scheduled, two took place. One was supposed to happen, but did not call or email that they had to postpone. In reality, they had the position posted for months, and is still posted so I'm not sure if they really know what they want. I would not work for this company based on their interview process.

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    Design Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Beverly, MA
    No Offer
    Negative Experience

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ weeksinterviewed at Microsemi (Beverly, MA).

    Interview

    Phone interview with hiring manager with a huge ego. I've had these kind of interviews before, and it's always the same. The people who know the least always try to make themselves look smart, when they really aren't. They know some narrow area, and ask you ridiculous questions that are impossible to answer on the phone without a whiteboard. The smartest people I know in the area Microsemi is in could turn this manager into mincemeat in a nanosecond, but they themselves are the nicest people in the world with no ego. One time I found out later that the super-know-it-all-windbag person who interviewed me (back when Wang was extant) had lied on his resume and had no EE degree -- he had learned "EE" at a hippie commune -- no lie! Apply here if you want an arrogant self-promoting pompous windbag for a boss.

    Interview Questions

    • Questions that would take a few hours to answer at the whteboard, but instead were asked over the phone with a one minute answer expected   Answer Question
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    RF Engineering Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer

    Interview

    Phone and onsite interview followed. The onsite interview include 1 ENGR manager, 2 design ENGRs, site director and HR. It took few hours to complete the interview. The offer is given after almost 4 months.

    Interview Questions

    • RF basic, cascade p1dB analysis   1 Answer

    Negotiation

    None

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    Software Validation Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at Microsemi (Austin, TX) in April 2014.

    Interview

    I applied through a job fair at my university. I received phone call saying they wanted to set up a phone interview. I did the phone interview, which was with the HR rep, and she then scheduled me for a phone interview with the engineering manager. This was a more technical 30 minute interview about my technical background. He said I would hear back from the HR rep about whether they wanted to schedule me for an in person interview but I have not. All 3 phone calls happened in a matter of 5 days or so, and they started about a month after the job fair.

    Interview Questions

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    Logic Design Intern Interview

    Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 1 dayinterviewed at Microsemi (San Jose, CA) in January 2014.

    Interview

    The interview lasted for almost 3 hours wherein i had 2 rounds. The first was a simple basic electrical engineering interview and the 2nd round was purely about logic design questions in deep.

    Interview Questions

    • Was given a program with lot of syntax and logical errors and was asked to debug manually within 15 min.   1 Answer
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    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Microsemi in November 2013.

    Interview

    Initial phone screening with the supervisor of the team. This is mostly behavioral and about what's on your resume - so be sure to know and perhaps prepare answers concerning your resume. Since he is the supervisor, it was decided right at the end of the phone call that onsite interviews will be arranged. For the onsite interviews - about 5 total, one with the HR rep, one is a mini C test, the rest are behavioral and experience interviews. The HR rep is very nice and engaging and the C test is not intimidating as the tester helps a lot along the way.

    Interview Questions

    • Question: is there anything else you want to say to convince me? (something along those lines)   3 Answers
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    Software Coop Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Austin, TX
    Accepted Offer

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2 daysinterviewed at Microsemi (Austin, TX).

    Interview

    I had a phone interview for about 35 minutes and an on-site interview for 4 hours.

    Interview Questions

    • What are the differences between pass by value and pass by reference.   1 Answer

    Negotiation

    They were very specific about coop pay rate. Not much negotiation.

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