Qualcomm Senior Software Engineer Interview Questions & Reviews

Updated Aug 18, 2014
Updated Aug 18, 2014
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Senior Software Engineer Interview

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

I interviewed online. 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 Questions
  • Questions related to sorting - stable or unstable sorting.   View Answer
Reasons for Declining

The start date required by the team was well before my course completion date.

Declined Offer
Positive Experience
Average Interview

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Senior Software Engineer Interview

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

    I interviewed through an employee referral. 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 Questions
    Reasons for Declining

    Compensation was bad.

    Declined Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Senior Software Engineer Interview

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

    I interviewed through an employee referral. 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 Questions
    • 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.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Senior Software Engineer Interview

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

    I interviewed through an employee referral - 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 Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Senior Software Engineer Interview

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

    I interviewed online. 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 Questions
    • CPU pipeline stages and a question related to specific scenarios involving data hazards.   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Senior Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I interviewed through a staffing agency. The process took 2+ weeks - interviewed at Qualcomm.

    Interview Details

    Telephone, but not info u get on phone. Whole day interview

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    Bad.. not much negotiation
    Accepted Offer
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    Senior Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Application Details

    I interviewed through a staffing agency. The process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Qualcomm in April 2013.

    Interview Details

    Got a call from manger and he started questioning on my CV. It went pretty well. He then started asking some questions related to server side testing. Phone interview lasted for about 45 mins. He then told that one of is another manager will also call me. After couple of days i got a call from other manager he also asked some generic questions on server testing. Actually i did not prepare according to ob description for the interview

    Interview Questions
    • I don't have server side experience, he told the same thing and expected some scenarios on server testing   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Senior Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Santa Clara, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Santa Clara, CA
    Application Details

    I interviewed online. The process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Qualcomm in April 2013.

    Interview Details

    One phone interview and then onsite interview. First I gave a presentation on my thesis onsite. Several difficult questions were asked during my presentation. Next, seven (1:1) interviews. I really enjoyed the interview process. I guess they are looking for: 1) Skill set -- how it matches to their projects, 2) Motivation and Passion towards the projects, and 3) Team Player: how well you mingle with the team members.

    Interview Questions
    • How well your ideas (thesis) fit into Qualcomm research projects? I think that this is really very difficult question to answer.   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Senior Software Engineer Interview

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

    I interviewed online. The process took a day - interviewed at Qualcomm.

    Interview Details

    very fast on offer decision
    after ohone interview, onsite interview is one week later and almost gave me offer just after interview ....

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    You can negotiate on salary and sign on. However, company hs its own rule and I did not get much change
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Senior Software Engineer Interview

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

    I interviewed online. The process took 3 months - interviewed at Qualcomm in July 2011.

    Interview Details

    8 rounds + 1 Telephonic interview

    Each round ~= 1 hour

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview

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