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Human Resources Consultant Interview (Neutral Experience)
I applied online and the process took 4 days - interviewed at Qualcomm in November 2012.
Interview Details – Recruitment was fine, friendly and set up the process. Onsite for three interviews in total. Interview with panel of peers was most difficult, they were clearly testing the waters. I appreciated my interviews with the Directors much more than the consultant level employees. Excellent casual work culture, enjoyed the experience.
Interview Question – Was grilled in a panel interview with 5 peers. Answer Question
Senior Software Engineer Interview (Positive Experience; Difficult Interview)
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 7+ weeks - interviewed at Qualcomm in February 2014.
Interview Details – This interview was for a computer vision engineer and I worked with the HR department to schedule a phone interview.
The phone interviewer asked me about LoG function, Corner Detection and time complexities of the same. He seemed very capable and accomplished from his knowledge.
I was invited for an onsite interview and I had five rounds of onsite interview including a lunch interview.
Round 1: Hard interview with a principal engineer who knew his stuff. He asked questions about OpenGL, OpenCV, Homography, SIFT in gory detail.
Round 2: I spoke a little about myself and then I was asked to develop algorithm and code to find index of a number in a 2D array which was sorted in ascending order both horizontally and vertically.
Round 3: Lunch interview - a lot of questions about OO design, I was asked to print numbers in hexadecimal, I was asked about overhead of a class (including methods).
Round 4: The hiring team lead asked a bunch of behavioral questions. Then he asked a couple of easy questions. One to twiddle nibbles in a number, another to insert a string within another.
Round 5: The last interview was on computer vision and I was asked about RANSAC, k-d tree, SIFT, homography etc.
On rounds 2, 4 and 5 I explained about my PhD topic the other interviewers were not interested much.
Interview Question – How do you calibrate a camera to find extrinsic parameters? Answer Question
Negotiation Details – I negotiated on the salary and got what I expected. I would recommend candidates to negotiate much more.
Very Difficult Interview
Technical Writer Interview (Positive Experience; Very Difficult Interview)
I applied through a recruiter and the process took 4 days - interviewed at Qualcomm in December 2010.
Interview Details – The interview process was really well tailored to select for critical thinking and problem solving rather than learned skills. The interviewers were clearly very technically skilled but still more concerned with creativity.
Interview Question – I was presented with a stack of one dollar bills and told to sort them, with no further explanation. Answer Question
Embedded Software Engineer Interview (Negative Experience; Average Interview)
I applied online and interviewed at Qualcomm.
Interview Details – Began with a phone screen interview which was all technical for about 45 mins to an hour. Called for on-site interview with 5-6 rounds. My first interviewer did not show up on time and the whole interview process was delayed by an hour and half. All the interviews after that were standard. But the interviewers were thoroughly unprofessional. They almost seemed disinterested in taking my interview and were making faces. Looking at their computer screen while hearing my answers and asking me questions.
Interview Question – No unexpected questions as such. I was asked a questions on details of MP3 format which were a little difficult. Answer Question
Reason for Declining – I had a better offer from another company. Also, I was very unimpressed with the team in general and the whole interview process. If they cant even conduct an interview properly, I can only imagine the quality of work they might be doing.
Intern Engineer Interview (Neutral Experience; Easy Interview)
I applied through college or university and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Qualcomm in March 2013.
Interview Details – Submit Resume through online. Contact after 3 weeks. Call me to setup an interview onsite. People are nice. Interview questions are very basics for an electrical engineer. Asking basic EE questions
Interview Question – Nothing unexpected. All big company asked the same questions Answer Question
Senior Software Engineer Interview (Positive Experience; Difficult Interview)
I applied through an employee referral and interviewed at Qualcomm.
Interview Details – joined full time from consulting - not much to discuss.
most of the question are related to Networking and Wi-Fi
asked basic programming concepts and extensive questions on previous projects
Interview Question – more question on TCP layer and routing algorithms Answer Question
Senior Analyst Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied online and the process took 6 weeks - interviewed at Qualcomm in May 2014.
Interview Details – Initial phone interview with human resources coordinator
2 phone interviews with hiring manager
In-person interview with a staffing specialist to begin the on-site interview process
In-person interview (panel style with 4 directors, 1 manager, 1 VP); lasted 1 hour; informal in nature
Interview Question – Started inview asking if I had any questions
Pop-psychology questions were strange Answer Question
Verification Engineer Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied through a recruiter and the process took 1 week - interviewed at Qualcomm.
Interview Details – This was an interview for a contract position. An hour long technical phone interview was set up in very short time. The interviewer called the specified time, he was prompt. Mainly discussed the resume and go over past projects.
Interview Question – Covered the resume. Answer Question
Software Engineer Intern Interview (Positive Experience; Difficult Interview)
I applied online and the process took 2 days - interviewed at Qualcomm in March 2013.
Interview Details – Applied online, recruiter reached out, set up 2 phone interviews: first being knowledge-based questions about C, static variables, recursion, stack frame and function calls, efficiency of sort algorithms. Second phone interview was 2 coding questions: first was a strange bit shifting problem involving unsigned ints, second was one I had seen before involving linked lists.
Interview Question – Anything asked about C in the first interview. View Answer
Analog RFIC Engineer Interview (Negative Experience; Easy Interview)
I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Qualcomm in March 2014.
Interview Details – Notified by email, took several days to schedule phone interview.
The interviewer seems make no preparation at all and ask random questions:
1, Describe how the signal spectrum changes through receiver chain of Direct-Conversion Receiver and Heterodyne Receiver, and compare their advantages and disadvantages
2, Give the expression of wt of a MOSFET and derive its relationship with dimensions
3, Name the specs of receiver blocks: LNA, Mixer, VCO, etc
Interview Question – All basic RFIC and RF system concepts Answer Question
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