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Software Engineer Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Diego, CA
Declined Offer
Positive Experience
Difficult Interview

Application

I applied online. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at Qualcomm (San Diego, CA) in January 2010.

Interview

As part of the recruiting event Destination Q, I flew to San Diego to participate in interviews. There were three technical interviews focusing on: C/C++, RTOS, and Problem Solving. The interview experience depended entirely on who you were fortunate (or unfortunate) enough to get. Some interviewers were phenomenal while another was absolutely terrible. San Diego is a beautiful area, though, and should be considered.

Interview Questions

  • How would you limit access to memory between multiple processors?   Answer Question

Other Interview Reviews for Qualcomm

  1. Helpful (1)  

    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Diego, CA
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ weeks. I interviewed at Qualcomm (San Diego, CA) in July 2008.

    Interview

    I had a phone interview on simple C and C++ . The interviewer basically looked into if I know wat i am talking.

    After that I had an online test..They sent me a ssample program and wanted me to mail it in 30 minutes.
    It was on reversing the bits of a number.

    I was invited for an on site interview . The interview went daylong...may be 5 in total (including lunch interview).

    It was on C, C++ and data structures and OS concepts.

    I am not a CS major and all though I kept OS on my resume, I dont know much abt it and I didnt perform well in 2 interviews.. Although the rest of the interviews were good.

    But the interview was not tough at all. Know all that u keep on ur resume.

    Interview Questions

    • If 4 ants start on four sides of a square at the same time in either direction... whats the probability that they wont collide?   3 Answers

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    Software Engineer Interview

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

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at Qualcomm (San Diego, CA) in January 2010.

    Interview

    Submitted my resume through my University's online recruiting system. Received a call a couple months later to participate in their Destination Q recruiting event. Interview consisted of three interviews. One was on Operating Systems, another C programming concepts, and the last one was general problem solving and critical thinking. The interviews were fairly easy for the most part and the interviewers really nice. I was surprised because I was expecting much more difficult interviews.

    Interview Questions

    • If you have a variable i decalred as "int i" that gets incremented in an interrupt handler, how would the graph look as a function of time and the value of i?   2 Answers

    Reasons for Declining

    I did not like that the interviews were entirely technical. It felt like I was just a number to them instead of a person. The HR people also seemed kind of stuck on themselves. Qualcomm is a good company, but the work didn't sound as interesting as my other offer and their offer was not nearly as competitive salary wise with such a high cost of living in San Diego.

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    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Santa Clara, CA
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took a week. I interviewed at Qualcomm (Santa Clara, CA) in December 2009.

    Interview

    I had an on-site interview with GPS team. Interviewed with 6 people, including 2 managers, 3 Sr. engineers and 1 HR person. Each took about 50 minutes. Very technical. Was tested with wide range of questions including OS, C, boot sequences, and microcontroller architecture. Interviewers are all very nice. Imo too nice that sometimes you thought you did better than you really performed.

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    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at Qualcomm in January 2009.

    Interview

    I had several phone interviews with Qualcomm for their embedded firmware engineer positions but failed to score an on-site one mostly because I wasn't very prepared for their technical questions. So make sure you got the basics down before applying. As much as I remember, those interview questions cover lots of C fundamentals such as pointers, function pointers and function calls, as well as other computer science knowledge. Good luck!

    Interview Questions


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    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Diego, CA
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Qualcomm (San Diego, CA) in August 2009.

    Interview

    Phone interview

    Interview Questions


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    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Diego, CA
    Declined Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 days. I interviewed at Qualcomm (San Diego, CA) in February 2009.

    Interview

    This is supposed to be a great place to work? Employees have a cocky attitude overall. Interviewers gave the impression that I should have felt I was about to be admitted into heaven. Seemed overly concerned with where I got my degree - even though I've been working in the industry for over 15 years. Company is advertised as being open, laid back, and rewarding, but one wouldn't know it from the interview process!

    Interview Questions

    • Why did you choose to apply for this position at Qualcomm?   1 Answer

    Reasons for Declining

    See above.


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    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Diego, CA
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at Qualcomm (San Diego, CA) in November 2009.

    Interview

    My skill sets match perfectly with their wireless system jobs but got selected for some software position interview. Have a feeling that either their HRs are not doing their job or they are bluffing on their career website. Anyways, I got 6 technical interviews, 4 from the group I am interviewing with and two outsider engineers. Questions are typical CS questions. They value skill sets rather than potential. Guess only Microsoft will consider people from Mechanical or Philosophy major as SDEs.

    Interview Questions

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    Software Engineer Interview

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

    Application

    The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at Qualcomm (San Diego, CA) in November 2009.

    Interview

    Gave my resume at job fair. Was later called up and offered to be flown out to their college candidate weekend event (Destination Q) without a phone screen.
    Event as weekend-long and consisted of a several different social events in addition to the recruiting events. There were 3 hour-long interviews: One on C++, one on "problem solving", and one on operating systems. Talking to others, the questions seemed to vary significantly based on interviewer. Was called around a week later to be told about the offer.

    Interview Questions

    Reasons for Declining

    1. Compensation was poor compared to another offer I had.
    2. I decided that I didn't really want to work in the area of low-level systems software, which is essentially the only available area for software engineers there.


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    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Diego, CA
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 1+ week. I interviewed at Qualcomm (San Diego, CA) in April 2007.

    Interview

    Phone interview was easy. A few things from resume. Some CDMA protocol questions. A few questions on algorithms ie. list of arrays one number is missing describe the algorithm to find the number. How to do it in O(n). Got the one site interview.
    On site interview was a little tough. 6 interviewers and took about 6 hrs including lunch.

    Interview Questions


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