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Cypress Semiconductor Interview Questions in San Jose, CA

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  1. Helpful (6)  

    Financial Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Jose, CA
    Declined Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 5 weeks. I interviewed at Cypress Semiconductor (San Jose, CA) in September 2016.

    Interview

    One phone interview and one onsite interview. The onsite interview included two 1:1 interviews, each 30 minutes, as well as a 30 minute panel interview, and an individual debrief/conversation with the hiring manager. The process takes quite a while for only having two rounds.

    Interview Questions

    • Can you describe how you would go about designing a process workflow? How would you ensure its accuracy and completeness?   Answer Question

  2. Helpful (1)  

    New College Grad Interview

    Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. I interviewed at Cypress Semiconductor (San Jose, CA).

    Interview

    Lengthy - multiple interviewers, including 3 people at once. Keep energy up. Visit the web site and know something about the products. Read and understand core values plus good to check out CEO blog. This is a very culture driven company.

    Interview Questions

    • Tell me about a time when you failed to deliver to schedule on something you committed? What was it, what did you do about it?   1 Answer

    Negotiation

    Short


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    Co-Op Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at Cypress Semiconductor (San Jose, CA) in April 2013.

    Interview

    Very lengthy and difficult set of interviews, pasted the whole day. They seems to progressively get harder as the day progressed. Was a combination of what I had done to technical questions which I had to explain/draw using a whiteboard.

    Interview Questions

    • Describe the unique features of the PSoC? An application use case and draw up how they would fit on a PSoC - how would you go about implementing them..   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    Did not want to negotiate.


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    Product Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Jose, CA
    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took a week. I interviewed at Cypress Semiconductor (San Jose, CA) in February 2013.

    Interview

    first round: phone interview behavior questions, bala bala bala nothing special
    2nd round: technical interview basic and easy
    last round: on-site interview, whole day long. from 7 am to 6 p.m.
    there are basically several 1-to-1 technical interview sessions. they ask very detailed technical questions, which are not hard but quite basic and fundamental.

    The wolf pack is a little bit worse. But one can ask time to think. they just want to know details of one's background. No technical questions are really really hard.

    They asked some of tricky, harsh questions just to put you in awkward positions so that they can see your reactions. They know you cannot answer 100% certainly. Just be gentle and very carefully about what you know and what you don't. When giving estimations, be sure to mention it's an estimation.

    They also ask questions to test your IQ, but they are really easy.

    During the interviews, they are also trying to find people with cypress core values, be sure to read these core values. If you don't like these core values, don't come.

    except all these interviews, they also do products demo, HR introduction and you got a chance to see and talk to the CEO and all other VP. Be careful, every one of them talk very quickly.

    Overall, think quick and act quick. If one has solid knowledge and graduates from Top 20 Engineering schools, I cannot understand why one cannot pass the interviews unless one does not match the desired skills.

    Interview Questions

    Reasons for Declining

    they offer a low base salary, bonus up to around 10k, relocation fee and interesting stock options.

    By estimation, one may earn up to 85k before tax(excluding the stocks). However, Cypress is harsh and requires a lot of devotion. 85k is not interesting when one is doing 1.5-2 persons' work.

    But be alert if you are a foreigner, they offer great package such as green card sponsorship. Generally, they start the process 1-2 years after one starts to work. But it can be shortened to 6 month - one year.

    Anyway it's not enough for me to give up my determined plan. If they offers 10k more, I will accept the offer.


  6. Helpful (4)  

    Product Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Jose, CA
    Declined Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at Cypress Semiconductor (San Jose, CA).

    Interview

    2 phone interviews and on-site Interview conducted on-site at the Cypress HQ for about 4 hrs. First interviewer was kind of non-professional and was a bad listener, was just interested in asking text book questions that he knew about. Rest of interview process including wolf-gang was professional and pretty good and interesting.

    Interview Questions

    • Most technical questions related to industry experience. E.g. which application and why would it prefer SRAM over DRAM. What is the fastest clock speed on ATE system I worked. Behavioral questions like: Example of how did you settle conflict w/ your supervisor, one thing you don't like about your current job etc   Answer Question

    Reasons for Declining

    Salary offered for the position was tremendously low and uncompetitive, almost to the point of insulting. HR from India conducted the hiring process, was frequently late on scheduled time for call reflecting a careless and unprofessional attitude.


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    Applications Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Jose, CA
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at Cypress Semiconductor (San Jose, CA) in August 2012.

    Interview

    first, I response on job website. no response.
    second, 1 month later, this same job title on website again, I sent application again.
    phone interview first.
    then on site interview
    on site interview:
    1. you are first given a packet about company's management philosophy(this is just like a "self promote" of T.J.XXXX, the ceo of this company, which has worked for company maybe 20 years, this is strange, micro-management, tread his self as management god, rest of people are just stupid)
    2. group interview

    Interview Questions

    • some basic text book questions about capacitor??? what else, nothing impressive.
      asked some software question? the funny part is: the asker don't show their intention what he exactly want your answer, after few conversation, finally, understand he want to ask. This company is weird, from T.J.Rice(????, can't remember it exactly) to low-level staff, feel very strange.  
      Answer Question

  8.  

    Operation Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Jose, CA
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at Cypress Semiconductor (San Jose, CA) in May 2012.

    Interview

    Questions are easy. The interviewer is from the department which i applied, he asked some professional questions.

    Interview Questions


  9.  

    Senior Business Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Jose, CA
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at Cypress Semiconductor (San Jose, CA) in May 2012.

    Interview

    Phone screen interview and 7 back to back onsite interview. Very rigorous process and interview is based on behavior and technical based rounds. Case studies and data analytic skill is required. Be strong with the resume and list of work done in your college . College Projects and any intern experience is vital

    Interview Questions


  10.  

    Co-Op Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 1+ week. I interviewed at Cypress Semiconductor (San Jose, CA) in April 2012.

    Interview

    The interview was for a Co-Op position for technical marketing.

    The first step was a phone interview. It started with general questions, and then narrowing down the focus to PSoC. I had some prior experience so I was asked about the projects I had done. They dug deeper into that and asked varied questions on general MCU components.

    On the marketing side, were general questions which tested how good I was at getting the complete picture and my marketing skills.

    I was then asked to develop a business case, and also a simple PSoC project, and had to submit it in a few days.

    This followed with another phone interview similar to the first one, but taken by another person.

    Interview Questions

    • There is nothing in particular that was difficult. I was tested on general concepts. They were looking for quick-thinking, flexible and smart people, who are also familiar with Cypress products.   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    It was fixed already.


  11. Helpful (1)  

    Electrical Engineer - Design Interview

    Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at Cypress Semiconductor (San Jose, CA) in December 2011.

    Interview

    A day long interview with 5-6 engineers, a few manager and two vice presidents. The interviews were very engineering data based. The interview included a group called the "wolf pack"

    Interview Questions

    • What impact does the width of the nMos gate have on the performance of the transistor.   1 Answer

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