National Instruments ELP Engineer Interview Questions

Updated Mar 18, 2015
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ELP Engineer Interview

Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
Declined Offer
Positive Experience
Difficult Interview

Application

I applied through college or university. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at National Instruments (Austin, TX) in October 2011.

Interview

Went to my schools engineering career fair and talked to the recruiter about possibilities for a full time engineering position. I was called later that evening informing me of my next day campus interview. The first interview, 2nd interview is at the HQ in Austin TX, was pretty straight forward. Behavioral based questions, leadership questions, and a technical question. The technical question was a coding question, being an electrical engineer I was familiar with what they were looking for. The interview itself is very relaxed, the recruiters do a great job of making sure you clearly understand the question. About 3 weeks later I was contacted that I would be flown to Austin for the 2nd round (final) interviews. NI takes care of all travel, meals, and hotel room costs. NI even gives you a pier diem. The 2nd interview is an all day event, very tiring, there were 5 interviews and you are asked to give a technical presentation based off of previous engineering work. You interview with the 3 groups you are most interested in, a general interview (behavioral), and a technical interview. The most difficult part about the day is the technical interview, it is timed as all the interviews are, the questions build in difficulty. However the engineer leading the technical interview helps you out a bit. After the interview you are given a pier diem and taken out for a night on 6th street. NI definitely sells you on the "cool" factor and they do a really good job at it. NI is a cool place that does a lot of interesting and innovative things. The workplace is really laid back, there is no dress code, and they are all about college pride. 2 weeks later I got a call that I had been selected for an ELP position and the official offer came in the mail that week. They don't negotiate the offer, but are willing to give you a time extension to think it over.

Interview Questions

  • Technical first round question had to do with finding the missing number in an array from 0 to 100.   1 Answer

Reasons for Declining

Greater benefits/pay from my other offers.

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    ELP Engineer Interview

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

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 1 dayinterviewed at National Instruments (Austin, TX) in October 2011.

    Interview

    On campus interview which I got through the university job fair. It was broken into two parts. First part was filled with typical behavioral interview questions and lasted approximately 20 minutes. Second part was a "technical section" which had two questions. You were not asked to solve a differential equation or anything like that, but it did require some basic computer knowledge as well as knowledge of your discipline (Mechanical Engineering for my interview). Advice I would offer is to just be yourself and answer truthfully and there really is no way to "study" for the technical section.

    Interview Questions

    • Name a time when you were working in a team and there were two separate conflicting ideas. Describe how the situation was resolved.   Answer Question
    • Given a large array of random numbers (some positive some negative) how would you organize those numbers more efficiently? *hint: using computer programming   Answer Question
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    ELP Engineer Interview

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

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 1 dayinterviewed at National Instruments (Austin, TX) in September 2011.

    Interview

    Met the recruiters at a career fair. Was called the next day about an on campus interview. The interview was more relaxed than some and was very technical.

    Interview Questions

    • Describe how you would find a specific number in a string of numbers.   Answer Question
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    ELP Engineer Interview

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

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 1 dayinterviewed at National Instruments (Austin, TX) in March 2011.

    Interview

    I applied online through my university career assistance center. The interview had to be rescheduled on the phone, but this was not a problem; they made it very simple and worked well with my schedule. This was only the first interview in the process (there is one on my school's campus, then the next is on the NI campus). The interviewer was really nice and calm. I would advise all interviewees to be nice and calm, too!

    Interview Questions

    • Technical - hardware: Question about ADC, amplification   Answer Question
    • Technical - software: Question about arrays in C   Answer Question
    • Behavioral: Talk about a time you did something from start to finish   Answer Question
    • Behavioral: Talk about a time you went out of your way to help someone   Answer Question
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    ELP Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Austin, TX
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 3+ monthsinterviewed at National Instruments (Austin, TX) in December 2010.

    Interview

    I met NI at the career fair, but was out of town for their on campus interviews. So, I started with a phone interview that lasted a little over 1/2 an hour and used an interactive internet site so the interviewer could see what I was drawing/typing. That interview was half behavioral and half technical, but nothing was too hard it was more about my thought process. About two weeks later, I heard back and had been accepted for an on site interview. They had several dates to choose from, but because of my schedule I had to wait about 2 months. Once on site, NI did a fantastic job of showcasing Austin. The hotel was nice, and there were plenty of fun activities planned for the whole weekend. For the actual interview day, it was a full day on site. There was a behavioral, technical, historian (like the typical HR interview only more involved), and two interviews based on the departments you chose, and finally a 10 minute technical presentation. Though the process was long, it was worth it and they interview a lot of great candidates. I heard back within the promised 2-4 weeks with an offer, and I know people that got declined also heard back. All in all, the interview process is a really great framework to understand what you will be doing, and I don't feel that there will be any surprises when I start.

    Interview Questions

    • We all drop the ball sometimes, name a time when you were overwhelmed and let something slip through the cracks and it impacted your project. How did you handle that?   Answer Question
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    ELP Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Austin, TX
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 4 weeksinterviewed at National Instruments (Austin, TX) in October 2010.

    Interview

    Good interview, both technical and behavioral questions. Interviewed originally on campus than later onsite in Austin, TX. There were multiple on-site interviews with various groups at NI. Overall, it was a good experience.

    Interview Questions

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    ELP Engineer Interview

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

    Application

    The process took 1 dayinterviewed at National Instruments (Austin, TX) in September 2010.

    Interview

    I got the interview by attending a career fair and giving the representative my resume. The interview was one on one and lasted for about an hour. The questions were broken up into four behavioral questions and then two technical questions. The behavioral questions were standard “How did you handle this situation?” questions. The technical questions were geared more to see how you think more than what you know.

    Interview Questions

    • If there is a dumb (on/off) air conditioner in a room along with a computer that has all the needed software, how can you tell the air conditioner to turn on and off to keep the room at a set temperature?   1 Answer
    • There is an array with 100 slots (0-99) and you have an unordered list of 100 numbers, how can you output the number not included in the array?   1 Answer
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    ELP Engineer Interview

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

    Application

    The process took 1 dayinterviewed at National Instruments (Austin, TX) in September 2010.

    Interview

    I got the interview opportunity during career fair for the ELP program. The first round interview was hold the next day for 15 minutes. Only two questions were asked. One technical question regarding ADC and one behavioral question. The interviewers were really friendly and tried to lead me to the answers.

    Interview Questions

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    ELP Engineer Interview

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

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 1 dayinterviewed at National Instruments (Austin, TX) in February 2010.

    Interview

    It was a one on one interview and consisted of two parts. There was a behavioral section as well as a technical section. The behavioral consisted of questions such as tell me about a time when... The technical section was more difficult and consisted of a programming question as well as a hardware question.

    Interview Questions

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    ELP Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at National Instruments (London, England (UK)) in February 2015.

    Interview

    I applied online through GradCracker, uploaded my C.V and Cover letter. Application was very easy, before you apply make sure you read the requirements and if you actually qualify to enroll. After Application, i was sent a confirmation and was letter invited for a telephone interview.

    Interview Questions

    • just be yourself. Questions were based on my C.V, The name of my Uni, My favourite Module and why i Choose the module. Was also asked what do i know about the company and its products.   Answer Question

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