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Intern Interview (Neutral Experience)
Interviewed at Qualcomm
Interview Details – I find out this job by school career center's Newsletter. I apply by send my resume to the recruiter's email. It took one week to get the phone interview. This position is locate at Boston instead of San Diego.
The interview is easy and it took about one hour. Basic question about transistor and the project I did.
Interview Question – Basic question about explain what makes an transistor. Answer Question
Senior Software Engineer Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied online and the process took a day - interviewed at Qualcomm in June 2013.
Interview Details – Interview process consists of two steps - phone screening and on-site interview. Phone screen was performed by two people and each session was 30 mins long. Primary objective of phone screen was resume review and verifying whether the person knows what they claim on their resume. Phone screen was done by engineers and all their questions were pertaining to my resume only.
Onsite interview process started with the HR email asking for possible interview dates. Once the dates are finalized the travel arrangements are managed by Balboa travels and they help book accommodation, rental car and flight tickets.
The on-site interview started with HR representative. Basically discussed about my resume, salary expectations and relocation assistance. This was followed by interviews by folks from management level - Director or Senior Director. Discussion was primarily about cellular communication and the difficulties in designing software for cellular base station. This was followed by a lunch break which was handled by an engineer. He talked to me about how a day looks like in Qualcomm and explained about the various perks offered by the company. After lunch i had two intensive technical interview session. All questions were about C programming and embedded software design. Emphasis was on function pointers and writing code with minimal memory footprint.
Interview Question – Questions related to sorting - stable or unstable sorting. View Answer
Reason for Declining – The start date required by the team was well before my course completion date.
Internship Interview (Neutral Experience; Average Interview)
I applied through college or university and the process took 2 days - interviewed at Qualcomm in August 2013.
Interview Details – online test followed by tr and hr.online test consisted of questions on aptitude,C, Digital electronics on flipflops,questions like ADSL,technology used in dish tvs,.In interview round questions were asked on latch and flipflop etc.,.
Interview Question – how can u weigh an odd ball among 8 balls using 2 steps(odd ball heavy or light is not given) View Answers (2)
Software Engineer Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Qualcomm in July 2014.
Interview Details – Very good process. I was supposed to work as a contractor for Qualcomm. The hiring manager from Qualcomm directly called me to set up an interview. I was a referral candidate too. @ hours telephonic interview and I was extended the offer letter
Interview Question – Very silly questions like : What are the storage classes in C ? They asked OS related stuff, and a bit about Linked lists. Rest all questions were related to C, Data Structures and projects from my resume. Make sure you know your resume well. I had taken up Wireless Communications in my 2nd semester and was asked questions on that like : What did youlearn ? Explain in brief..etc.. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – I went thru a Qualcomm approved vendor. Negotiated my salary from $32/hour to $35 / hour.
Senior Software Engineer Interview (Negative Experience; Average Interview)
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Qualcomm.
Interview Details – The Interviews were not easy, not difficult. Some standard programming questions like DFS, BFS, etc. If you have prepared for other companies, this one will be an easy pass.
I think the most problematic part of the interview process was the salary negotiation. I had a good offer from their competitors and the team was not even close to that figure. They didn't increase a single $ after me informing them about the salary figures. I was very interested in their work, but they gave me such a bad offer which I couldn't accept in any case.
Also, I think the overall company is gone weird especially the HR. I submitted a reimbursement and 3 months later they send me a check with $50 deducted explaining no reason. The interview reimbursement was within the range that they told me and was < $200 for three days of interview. The HR has lost its way. I am sure others will face the same after they get an offer.
I would rate the entire process as very poor.
Interview Question – Nothing much. Answer Question
Reason for Declining – Compensation was bad.
ASIC Design Engineer Interview (Neutral Experience)
Interviewed at Qualcomm
Interview Details – Phone interview followed by onsite. Total process took about a month. Phone interview for 45 min. Onsite interview was lengthy with 6 different people for 1 hr each. Got the offer in 2 weeks after the onsite interview.
Interview Question – Questions on Flip-flops, tristate buffer, logic design Answer Question
Multimedia Power Management Interview (Neutral Experience)
Interviewed at Qualcomm
Interview Details – 1. Phone call interview. Basic quesitons about Linux power management. Very basic: cpufreq, cpuidle, suspend and resume.
2. Phone call interview from USA. Basic questions like before. This is English conversiaion.
3. Onsite review, still basic questions about power management. You should be very professional to basic professional. QC focus on how to analysis an issue. Just show your ideas.
Interview Question – How to power saving on multimedia use case? Answer Question
Verification Interview (Neutral Experience; Average Interview)
I applied online - interviewed at Qualcomm in July 2014.
Interview Details – Applied the job on mid of June, and I received the phone interview notification on mid of July. A senior engineer set up a phone interview and he covered something about my resume. Most questions are about system verilog, he would give some hints if you answered part of questions.
Interview Question – Covered resume and some systemverilog questions Answer Question
Program Analyst Interview (Neutral Experience)
I applied through a recruiter and the process took 4 weeks - interviewed at Qualcomm.
Interview Details – will have the phone interview precreen first then determine on-site interviews. You will have the chance to meet up the people you are going to interact with in the future if you get hired. Very talent team members
Interview Question – how much do you know about Qualcomm and please give some example how you perform your previous job. How did you describe yourself. How do you consider yourself being a great program analyst Answer Question
Interim Engineering Interview (Positive Experience; Difficult Interview)
I applied online and the process took 3 months - interviewed at Qualcomm in November 2013.
Interview Details – I applied to Qualcomm, USA through the website. I got an interview call about 2 months after the application. Questions were focused on my resume and basic stochastic and probability. I got another interview call, similar set of questions. I was told the work description in San Diego office. Then 2 weeks later i had two interviews lined up with the Bridgewater office for a research intern. All four of my interviews went pretty good. After 2 weeks , I got an offer from the Bridgewater office and i accepted it. The entire process took about 3-4 months.
Interview Question – Suppose i choose two random variables uniformly distributed between [0,1]. What is the probability distribution of the maximum of the two random variables? View Answer
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