Silicon Laboratories Interview Questions

Updated Oct 14, 2014
Updated Oct 14, 2014
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    Design Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Austin, TX
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Austin, TX
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 4 weeksinterviewed at Silicon Laboratories.

    Interview Details

    First had a phone call with the hiring manager. He asked a couple of basic IC-level design questions over the phone. Then I had another phone call with another member of the team. He also asked some basic questions on EE fundamentals (RLC networks, etc). After these two interviews, they flew me out to Austin for an on-site interview. This interview is not for the faint of heart. I met with 10 people over the course of 8 hours. This included one non-technical meeting with an HR person and a lunch outing with one person. The remaining 8 meetings were technical interviews. These interviews included meeting with very technical people including distinguished engineers and fellows in the company. The questions were very IC-design-level focused. Make sure you know all of your IC fundamentals: current mirrors, diff pairs, noise analysis, miller compensation, etc. The questions were some of the hardest I've ever had in an interview, but it seems like they don't expect you to actually know 100% of the answers. I was made an offer about a week after the interview.

    Interview Questions
    • What happens when you have a diff pair with a current mirror load on top and a tail current source on the bottom, and you sweep one of the diff pairs gate voltage (VX) from 0 to VDD while holding the other's gate voltage at VDD/2. Plot the two branch currents vs the gate voltage.   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    There is definitely room for some negotiation if you have other offers. Can't hurt to ask.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  2.  

    Embedded Developer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took a dayinterviewed at Silicon Laboratories.

    Interview Details

    I got a call from Silicon labs. He started to ask me from the very basics of Electrical Engineering and Programming like what is a hexadecimal no., What is dBm and dB. Difference between both.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
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    Applications Engineer-mcu Prod Div Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Boston, MA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Boston, MA
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2+ weeksinterviewed at Silicon Laboratories in May 2014.

    Interview Details

    Applied on linkedin. Was contacted by a recruiter in a week and scheduled a phone interview on the next day. They basically asked questions from my projects that I mentioned on my resume. And also about different tools that I have used. And there were questions like, what problems did you face when doing this particular project, how did you deal with it etc. They asked me about all the projects on the resume which were relevant to the role. It was not so difficult.

    They flew me to Boston for an onsite after 2 weeks. Had 5 rounds - all technical. It started off with a tour of their office and different engineering teams working there. The rounds were on RF concepts, PCB Design, Power System Design, C Programming and Wireless Networks.

    It was a good experience overall, except that I did not have PCB Design experience. And that was the reason they said, they wouldn't move further in the process.

    Interview Questions
    • I found questions on Power System Design a little tricky, as I have very less idea on it.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Applications Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    got an on-campus interview, the manager is nice, after going through my resume, he asked he for details of my favorite experience on the resume. Then he asked me to illustrate the data structure of a cards shuffling mechanism.

    Interview Questions
    • illustrate the data structure of a cards shuffling mechanism.   Answer Question
    No Offer
  6.  

    Digital Design Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    On campus interview, then phone interview. Process is slow

    Interview Questions
    • How to find if a chip has hold or setup time violation in a lab?   Answer Question
    No Offer
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    Analog Circuit Design Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    Made the application and got the On-campus interview opportunity

    Interview Questions
    Declined Offer
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    Aisc Design Entry Level Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university – interviewed at Silicon Laboratories in October 2013.

    Interview Details

    on campus interview

    Interview Questions
    • all easy ones, like set up/hold time, draw NAND NOR on transistor level, blocking vs. non-blocking, also asked questions about projects on resume. all easy question. People are very nice also!! My friends were also asked about adder types, and wrote some easy verilog designs   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Easy Interview
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    Summer Internship Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took a weekinterviewed at Silicon Laboratories in October 2013.

    Interview Details

    It was an on campus interview, that took place when I just got to united states for one month. But I can tell it was a fairly easy interview though lots of the interview questions I haven't study yet. The interviewer is nice and encouraging. The process is nearly 30 min.

    Interview Questions
    • He asked me to write VHDL code. But it is not that hard   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Applications Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Sunnyvale, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Sunnyvale, CA
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at Silicon Laboratories.

    Interview Details

    one on campus interview about some general questions for the resume, and then my intern manager give me a call and ask more in detail with my undergrad courses projects and relevant MCU and application based questions

    Interview Questions
    • discuss in detail about one of my undergrad project, It has been a long time   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Product Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at Silicon Laboratories.

    Interview Details

    Phone screen first with hiring manager. Next step was a dinner meeting with management and peers! Then on site formal interviews all day. Expect to get asked lots of technical questions, even for marketing positions.

    Interview Questions
    • Ohm's law question. (I guess it is good to check even the basics.)   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    Salary low ball, but almost anything is negotiable if they decide they want you enough. Except vacation.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

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