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Updated Jul 8, 2014
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Engineer Intern Interview

Engineer Intern
San Diego, CA

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 1 week - interviewed at Qualcomm in February 2013.

Interview Details – I had two interviews with two people from the same team. They work on different area, and I finally got to work with the later person given me the interview. Both interviews start with introducing my research topics and experience listed on my resume. They interrupt during my description for detailed questions. No technical questions were asked.

Negotiation Details – Internship, did not negotiate.

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Staff Engineer Interview

Staff Engineer
San Diego, CA

I applied online - interviewed at Qualcomm in November 2010.

Interview Details – Multiple people will take your interview one on one. It is grilling procedure and then they decide the outcome. If you are good only then you would get in

Interview Question – Logical questions are difficult. Engineering questions are regular.   Answer Question

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SerDes Verification Interview

SerDes Verification
Raleigh, NC

I applied through a recruiter and the process took 6+ weeks - interviewed at Qualcomm in April 2014.

Interview Details – Got a phone call first. Basic concentration was on testbench experience, work experience, how u develop an tb, uvm/ovm basics, testplaning basics, pci express knowledge, work exp

i did very well but they took >30 days to get back. invited for an onsite interview.
it lasted for 6 rounds
first round: Clock domain crossing issues, how to solve, what to do if it's a bus, design a fsm, divide by 2,3 behavioural codes using shift registers, meta stability, how u solve, how u model it in env
2) CDC, pcs layer, pci express school project, phy layer questions how u implement in behavioural modeling, tb architecting questions, CDC fifo questions, block level model. why 8b/10b encoding in pcie, how signalling is done, ltssm questions
3) SV, basics, verilog basics, delays waveforms, timing, fixes, other stupid questions which didn't make much sense. his answers were very theoretical not a practical applications.
4)same questions from previous rounds. more concentration on how pcie device works, various layers, test planing, tb development, execution related questions, more technica questions
5) lunch. behavioural, my experience in varuos senarios
6)same questions from prev rounds. my environment questions, uvm, sv questions, perl codes, pll questions, phy related questions

good interview process. grilled every aspect. but decioson making is insane. i did extremly well but they still didn't get back and i had another offer. team members were very nice

Reason for Declining – very slow process and had better job and offer

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College Graduate Software Engineer Interview

College Graduate Software Engineer

I applied online and the process took 2 months - interviewed at Qualcomm in October 2013.

Interview Details – Applied online. Recruiter contacted me after about 3 months. Initial phone screen and onsite interview thereafter. Phone interview was scheduled for about an hour. Few behavioral questions, few about work experience and technologies familiar with. Questions usually based on the projects you did. Most questions on algorithms, code efficiency and data structures. I messed up a little with algo questions so didn't get through.

Interview Question – Algorithm questions   Answer Question

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Intern-MAC/Phys Layer Interview

Intern-MAC/Phys Layer
San Diego, CA

I applied online - interviewed at Qualcomm in December 2013.

Interview Details – I had two phone interviews for the same position.

Interview Question – In the first interview he asked prob question such as taking balls from bowl and joint gaussian. and basic communication about shadowing, flat fading, doppler spread. He also asked about proportional fairness scheduling.
The second one asked from MIMO and LMMSE and waterfilling. and also she asked from my research.
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Software Engineering Intern Interview

Software Engineering Intern
Austin, TX

I applied through college or university and the process took 3 months - interviewed at Qualcomm in March 2014.

Interview Details – Met through a college career fair. I heard back a few weeks later and started the interview prices. Depending on your recruiter, you sometimes have to stay on top of things and keep asking about interviews, especially if you're looking for one on campus. That said, my recruiter was exceptionally nice and helped with any questions I had.

Interview Question – Really just a few of the typical CS interview questions (I think it was the counterfeit coin question and maybe a few basic questions about C).   View Answer

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Senior Software Engineer Interview

Senior Software Engineer
San Diego, CA

I applied online and the process took 1 week - interviewed at Qualcomm in March 2010.

Interview Details – I had a telephonic interview for internship with the group. A second phone interview followed. The group was still small and the manager contacted me directly. The questions were all on the hard ware side and dealt with computer architecture including data hazards (RAW, WAR, WAR), CPU pipeline etc.

Interview Question – CPU pipeline stages and a question related to specific scenarios involving data hazards.   Answer Question

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IT Project Manager Interview

IT Project Manager
San Diego, CA

I applied in-person and the process took a day - interviewed at Qualcomm in May 2010.

Interview Details – I was interviewed for over 8 hours.

Interview Question – How do you monitor the budget in a project?   Answer Question

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Engineering Intern Interview

Engineering Intern

I applied online and the process took 3 days - interviewed at Qualcomm.

Interview Details – Awesome interview process. Really went smoothly. Got a call from recruiter on Wednesday and had two interviews on Friday over the phone. Got an offer within two hours. It was really quick and enjoyed the interviews.

Interview Question – Very specific Java questions.   Answer Question

Reason for Declining – Got a better offer.

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Hardware Test Engineer Interview

Hardware Test Engineer
San Diego, CA

I applied online - interviewed at Qualcomm in April 2014.

Interview Details – Pro-Telephone Interview went well. I was asked about different items on my resume.

Con- Even though I had to big projects which would have really benefited the company I did not get an in-person interview. Should have known since the Interviewer seems like he didn't understand what I was saying.

Interview Question – C/C++ programming questions which weren't really hard.   View Answer

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