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Coherent Interview Questions

Updated Aug 6, 2018
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  1.  

    Test Technician Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Santa Clara, CA
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3+ months. I interviewed at Coherent (Santa Clara, CA) in April 2016.

    Interview

    The interview was ~ 3 hours. It breaks into several sessions. In each session, I was assigned to talk with 1-2 interviewers with different background: marketing, technology (optical / mechanical), and production / manufacture, etc. They asked me some questions about my research / coursework in school, and some basic background about ultrafast lasers (mainly, femtoseconds laser). Everyone was nice and friendly.

    Interview Questions

    • -Why do you think you are a good fit?
      -Some basic questions about ultrafast lasers: how do you achieve mode-locking in your pico-second/femtosecond laser?   Answer Question

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    Firmware Engineering Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at Coherent (Santa Clara, CA) in April 2012.

    Interview

    I went through a series of interviews (4 I believe), with various people from the team I'd be working with. No real technical questions, most people just wanted to discuss relevant experience on my resume and my goals and interests.

    Interview Questions

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    Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Hartford, CT
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at Coherent (Hartford, CT) in June 2012.

    Interview

    Applied to online through their website. Received a call for the first round/screening interview. Most questions were based on projects and course works. Also had few technical questions. About a month later received an email to schedule on-site interview.
    Had to do ~45min technical presentation on my coursework/projects and thesis in front of approx. 15 people. Had quick plant tour and lunch with employees.
    Then 5 2:1 interview each lasting about an hour. Most questions were based on my experience and resume although some of them asked me more technical questions.
    FYI, if you are given an option to choose either drive or fly there, choose to go there by plane. I drove about 5 hours to get there but they didn't reimburse.

    Interview Questions


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    Senior Product Marketing Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied in-person. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at Coherent (Santa Clara, CA) in April 2011.

    Interview

    the interview process was quick and very informative. Good HR recruiting team on board that knew about the company and was able to talk about culture, business, products, services, etc.... hiring manager was informative on the position and company culture. All my questions were answered.

    Interview Questions


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    Senior Staff Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at Coherent (Santa Clara, CA) in May 2013.

    Interview

    After a phone interview, two lunch meetings with hiring manager and his boss, and a formal interview with hiring manager and four directors of the business unit. Interview was casual

    Interview Questions

    • What is the book you read lately   1 Answer

  6.  

    Senior Electrical Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Santa Clara, CA
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at Coherent (Santa Clara, CA) in May 2009.

    Interview

    small group 1:1, then production manager introduction

    Interview Questions


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    Senior Financial Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at Coherent (San Jose, CA) in April 2013.

    Interview

    Free flowing open communication between business unit controller. The questions are direct and not to difficult. Be prepare to talk abut your experience directly related to the role. The BU controller had proper tone and easy to talk to.

    Interview Questions

    • What interest me about the role   1 Answer
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    Senior Financial Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at Coherent (Santa Clara, CA) in May 2011.

    Interview

    2 people interview about the role. Questions relating about my experience and manufacturing. Not to many technical questions. Some of the management in other areas oversell the position but it turns out a reporting machine position.

    Interview Questions

    • Traditional question about experience and overcoming difficult situations   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    Depends on the manager


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    Senior Mechanical Design Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer

    Interview

    On site interview with hiring manage and potential peers.

    Interview Questions

    • Describe a solution that was novel and how you came about solving this solution.   Answer Question

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    Senior Optical Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    The process took 3 days. I interviewed at Coherent (Portland, OR) in December 2009.

    Interview

    A group interview, mostly going over resume and work experience. 2 technical questions that weren't too difficult. People were nice, up beat and encouraging. Not a firing line.

    Interview Questions

    • Technical question relating to the splitting/combining of two laser beams with slightly different wavelengths.   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    Not much negotiation room. A little on signing bonus/salary, but other perks were not. Vacation is week at 2 weeks/year.


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