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Updated Feb 23, 2015
Updated Feb 23, 2015
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    Software Engineer/Compiler Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 5 weeksinterviewed at Qualcomm.

    Interview Details

    I had phone interviews with two different managers, both lasted about an hour. Phone interview was based on my PhD thesis, basic compiler theory and basic C++. Then I was called for an on-site interview at San Diego. I had to give a talk in front of the interview panel. Then I met 5 managers, including 1 lunch interview. Finally met the HR which was just about overall experience, expected salary etc.

    The 1:1 interviews were mixed. They did not look very prepared or organized. I had to switch between rooms for one 1:1. One interviewer seemed bored and uninterested, working on other stuff while I was answering questions. He/she also assumed I am from a specific country which I am not. This interviewer looked very unprofessional to me. The lunch interviews are awkward and IMHO a bad idea. My final two went exceptionally well. The director was nice and encouraging. But I got no offer at the end, which was expected given the majority of my interviews were not great.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
  2. 8 people found this helpful  

    Senior Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed 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 Questions
    Reasons for Declining

    Compensation was bad.

    Declined Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview
  3.  

    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    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 Questions
    • Basic question about explain what makes an transistor.   Answer Question
    No Offer
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    ASIC Design Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    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 Questions
    • Questions on Flip-flops, tristate buffer, logic design   Answer Question
    Declined Offer
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Staff Software Engineer II Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took a dayinterviewed at Qualcomm in August 2014.

    Interview Details

    Telephone Interview - Applied on linkedin - sent connection request to recruiter and team members. Got an interview invite after 2 weeks. 45mins interview. I didn't perform very well. they asked my projects and then gave some programming questions and on probability.

    Interview Questions
    • Probability questions : Consider a triangle with 3 vertices and 3 edges with a person standing on the midpoint of each edge. Now if these 3 persons start moving towards a nearest vertex, find the probability of their collision   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Digital ASIC Design Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Raleigh, NC
    Anonymous Employee in Raleigh, NC
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at Qualcomm in August 2014.

    Interview Details

    Started with a Recruiter contacting me via LinkedIn. An exchange of resume lead to a phone interview with the hiring manager and a technical team member. The phone conversation went well, conversation flowed, questions were discussed both technical and leadership, and what is sometimes a 15 minute planned conversation went on pleasantly for an hour. An invitation for an on-site interview was extended. Travel planning went smoothly, all via email. My hotel was just down the road from the offices, so I had no problem arriving early to the interview. The start time had been delayed multiple times, so each meeting was very short, clipping discussions and making design-on-the-fly tasks very difficult. Lunch with the hiring manager and another team member, was very nice, pleasant and relaxed, even though more technical questions came up in the conversation. I submitted my trip expenses, and was informed in a confirmation email, that it could take up to 90 days for reimbursement. I'm still waiting, and it's been 80 days.

    Interview Questions
    • Given a white-board diagram of a block with a FIFO, and verbal description of the block's inputs & outputs, write on the withe board the Verilog or SystemVerilog for the design. I had 15 minutes. Why would you want someone who goes straight to code, with no planning? That usually results in spaghetti code that has to be rewritten.   Answer Question
    • White-board diagram of a block with one input pin (+ clock), and one output pin. The input is a serial stream of data. The output =1 whenever the pattern "0110" has been seen on the serial data. Everything is synchronous to the clock input. Write the Verilog. Given the shortened time constraint for the interview, diagram the design solution. In addition to what you come up with, write a bubble diagram for an FSM solution.   View Answer
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Program Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 4 weeksinterviewed 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 Questions
    • 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
    Accepted Offer
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Senior IT/Network Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took a dayinterviewed at Qualcomm.

    Interview Details

    Qualcomm has a fairly stringent interview process. Should you make it past the initial screen of being chosen from the large pool of applicants, you are then asked for a phone interview. Following this point, there are multiple on-site interviews. My interview started off with the two staff members giving an overview of the company, the actual questions were fairly brief (10-15mins) and then I was asked if I had any questions, for which I went fairly in depth and talked for another 15 mins until their conference room time ended. I felt the interview went great and received a similar feeling from the interviewers, however several days later I received a form letter from recruiting stating they were not moving forward with me as a candidate.

    I was a little taken aback by this, as I felt the interview went very well and thought I would get the chance to 'prove myself' further in the in-person panels. Upon emailing the interviewers asking for feedback on what may have went wrong during our phone interview so that I could better myself for further opportunities, I received no response back....which was a little disappointing.

    I feel that this is one of those companies where you really do need to know somebody on the inside to get a direct hire, or start off with their internship program, which at this point in my career is not a feasible option.

    Interview Questions
    • All of the questions were straight forward and consisted of common networking trivia.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Average Interview
  10.  

    Verification Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Application Details

    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 Questions
    No Offer
    Average Interview
  11.  

    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Diego, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Diego, CA
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed 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 Questions
    • 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.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

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