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- No OfferPositive ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Western Digital (San Jose, CA) in March 2015.
from 9am to 5pm, start with an hour presentation, then 2 one on one section with director and manager, lunch with hiring manager, in the afternoon 4 one on one section with engineers mostly technical question and stuff on your resume
- what do you think of HHD in the future Answer Question
- Accepted OfferPositive ExperienceEasy Interview
I applied through an employee referral. The process took 3 days. I interviewed at Western Digital (San Jose, CA) in March 2014.
I had one phone interview. It was about 30 mins and mainly a behavioral interview. The only technical aspect of the interview was when they asked me about projects that I had worked on. The rest of the interview consisted of my future manager asking about myself and my education. He began with going over my resume and asking questions about what was on there and then the conversatons grew from there.
- Tell me about one project that you were really passionate about. 1 Answer
- Accepted OfferNegative ExperienceDifficult Interview
I applied through a recruiter. The process took 1+ week. I interviewed at Western Digital (San Jose, CA).
Emails, interview, not a lot of technical questions
was no negotiation phase
- No OfferPositive ExperienceEasy Interview
I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2+ weeks. I interviewed at Western Digital (San Jose, CA) in June 2013.
2 rounds of phone interviews. First round is a behavioral interview. The second one is technical. Mainly about the projects on my resume. Many innovative problems around different projects.
- How do you implement your filter into an communication system? What type will choose and why? Answer Question
- Accepted OfferNeutral ExperienceEasy Interview
I applied online. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at Western Digital (San Jose, CA) in June 2013.
There was an initial phone interview with the hiring manager, followed by an on-site interview. During the on-site interview, I talked to the hiring manager, another manager, the recruiter, and several future coworkers. Each person took around 30 minutes. I was shuttled in, interviewed and shuttled out in the same day. We went out to lunch in between. The recruiter was a little sketchy and indirectly asked for some information that I did not think was appropriate. It gave me some pause to think about what kind of a place this was.
- Are you okay with working long hours? Answer Question
- Accepted OfferPositive ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied through other source. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at Western Digital (San Jose, CA) in April 2013.
8 1:1 interview each lasts 30 minutes. No presentation, no lunch. Very smooth process and very nice people. All tech questions are related to my resume. So make sure you can say a few things for everything you put in there. Strangely not many behavioral question.But if you have prepared, its defiantly going to help.
- Say my background does not match 100% to The job. 1 Answer
Did not negotiate.
- Accepted OfferPositive ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied through college or university. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Western Digital (San Jose, CA) in March 2013.
Informed by one of my class lecturer that there's an opening in WD. Send out my resume and receive a phone from hiring manager. He asked some skills and experiences that I have (C,C++,Linux, Control theory) then processed with an on-site interview in San Jose. Interview took half day and I was met with 8 manager + 1 HR. My knowledge about C, C++ programming, servo control theory was deeply tested.
- Write a C function transfer a char string contains 0-9 into int Answer Question
Helpful (3)Accepted OfferPositive ExperienceEasy Interview
I applied through an employee referral. The process took 1+ week. I interviewed at Western Digital (San Jose, CA) in May 2012.
Interview process started with a phone screen with a technical manager (above ~25 people). After a few questions about my background, he gave me information about the department and some hard drive overview information. One week later, I was flown to San Jose for my on-site interview, which consisted of seven 1:1 interviews with engineers and technical managers followed by an informational interview with HR to discuss benefits. Interviewers seemed very interested in my background and technical/design experiences. Some asked me technical questions (mostly textbook-based about strength, stiffness, material properties, frequency analysis), some asked about my background and projects, some asked me some "puzzlers," and all asked what I was interested in doing if I join the group (CAD, testing/qualification, or analysis).
- What are stress and strain? How can you calculate beam deflection under loading? How can you calculate resonant frequency of a mass-spring system? Answer Question
New grad, so not much room to negotiate. Got relocation money and temporary housing.
Helpful (2)Declined OfferPositive ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied through college or university. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at Western Digital (San Jose, CA) in July 2011.
All day interview, lots of fundamental mechanical engineering questions on beam stress, heat transfer, and fluids. A few straightforward puzzle-like thinking questions which weren't too bad and could be worked through relatively easily. They just wanted to see the thought process. Also showed me a bunch of mechanical components and asked questions about how they are made, what they do etc. Took me out to lunch too which was really nice.
- Classic heat transfer question on adding cream to coffee immediately or after a few minutes Answer Question
- No OfferNeutral ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied online. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at Western Digital (San Jose, CA) in June 2011.
I submitted my resume and was contacted by the hiring team and asked to appear for a phone interview. This was a scheduled phone interview with 5 employees, including 2 engineers, 2 managers, and 1 director level manager. During the interview, they all traded spending time asking questions. Many questions were asked more than once, however, each person had a different piece of information that they really wanted to find out more about.
- Please describe the design process through a project that you have worked on from initial concept to final design. Answer Question
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