I applied through a recruiter and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Qualcomm in February 2013.
Interview Details – Started with a phone interview. It was pretty smooth and manager asked me a couple of technical questions (related to C basics and wireless basics) which were easy. He already told me that I will be invited to onsite on phone. After a couple of days later HR contacted me to invite for an onsite interview.
Onsite interview started with an HR and followed with 5 more people (including 3 different groups). Even though HR told me that it is enough to convince 1 of those groups I don't think it is true. In my opinion among the all interviewers there are 1-2 key people. Therefore do not listen(focus) HR too much since the most important thing is the ability of convincing the main manager!!! She might tell you that I will score you high and try to put you a position but indeed she cannot do anything unless the main manager approves!. Its most probably to make you relax.
The onsite process was pretty good except 1 person. 1 person cross his legs and started to eat an apple with a rude way and it affected a bit my concentration.(made me a bit nervous). I think some people needs to be careful about how to treat candidates since it was really rude in Qualcomm. Being the interviewer does not mean that you can behave in rude way! However, the rest of the guys were ok. With one of them I had lunch during interview and it was pretty good. But again I don't believe it is not that important to convince a regular interviewer as long as the main manager not approves you! What I mean about regular interviewer is, by the time you will be onsite interview, HR will give you a interview schedule notebook. In there you will see your interview calender. Look at that schedule. If you see the people with the headline "manager" focus on those guys. The rest of them (like staff, engineer etc are just for formality. This is what my experience was.
In my case out of 5 people 4 of them went very good and 1 person went bad. Normally I was expected an offer from 1 or 2 different team but I could not able to get. I think the one which went bad affected other teams. He was the manager. In this case I don't understand the reason why I interviewed with other interviewer. If hiring process depends only on that person (manager) what is the point of interviewing with other 4 people?
One other issue about Qualcomm is unfortunately there is a political issues running in background. I am afraid there is a community of a country which they are dominant and I believe (and heard) they have more advantage. Even I heard this from several friends which they are from that country. This is not a fair situation too. Anyway, I believe I did my best for overall. I know there are many people joined QTC with a standard skills. If you know someone inside, I believe the rest will be detail.
One last thing. By sharing these, my aim is not accusing or insulting people or the company. I am just writing my experience. I had onsite interview with QCT more than once and being invited to onsite does not mean that you get the job. You can rejected in a situation which you believe you deserve the position. If you rejected do not loose your concentrate and keep fight! Believe me there are many people working there who does not deserve and there are many people also rejected who deserve to work there! Its up to you to prove this by working hard!
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