Altera Interview Questions

Updated Sep 3, 2014
Updated Sep 3, 2014
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    Senior Applications Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  London, England
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in London, England
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 5 days - interviewed at Altera in April 2010.

    Interview Details

    I went through the recruitment process using an agent. Arranging the interview was easy and efficient, time, location etc etc.

    The company had just one interview which was beyond what one would considerable reasonable. It was over 5 hours from 10 am to 5 pm, with 30 minutes for lunch. It involved being interviewed by 6 different interviewers. The first interviewer was non technical (the manager), the 4 in the middle were engineering staff, all technical followed by a final HR interview. Non of the interview was difficult, fairly easy, the engineering staff and management were not trained in interview techniques and it came across as muddled and overly simplistic and unnecessary with allot of duplication and waffle.

    The correct client can be decided in 5 minutes for an expect in his/her field, this company completely lacked any idea of how to spotting good talent

    Interview Questions
    • The most difficult question was related to timing closure of an FPGA.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    It was easy, the agent told me the salary they would likely accept and I got it plus a large amount of stock options and relocation expenses.
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview
  2.  

    IP Design Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 1 week - interviewed at Altera.

    Interview Details

    First was a phone interview where some fairly basic questions were asked, mostly on video processing (what the job was focused on) in hardware. Issues that might be encountered such as bandwidth, optimization of look-up tables for functions (such as sine), etc. Second was a number of face-to-face interviews, covering my motivation and, more importantly, my RTL skills.

    Interview Questions
    • Lots of issues dealing with RTL design of FSMs, BRAM, and the like. Also issues on interacting with DRAM.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Austin, TX (US)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Austin, TX (US)
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Altera in September 2012.

    Interview Details

    I had applied through an employee and got a call in 1 month time
    Phone Interviews-5 in total including HR interview in the end
    3 technical interviews from managers of different teams
    Interview was of average difficulty[on the easier side],mostly on basic C[keywords],structure,inheritance in C++,OS,computer Architecture
    Process took 2 weeks

    Negotiation Details
    Did not negotiate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Senior Member of Tech Staff Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  San Jose, CA (US)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Jose, CA (US)
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 1 week - interviewed at Altera in June 2011.

    Interview Details

    Everyone had different view and was looking for different skills. I had to ask the hiring manager, what is the position and what is the role. I was told particular role and When I joined I found out my role to be slightly different. It did not match exactly hat was told to me. In six month they had re-org and I found out that I was pushed to non-technical job. Ultimately I left the company.

    Interview Questions
    • Can you join within a week, before even discussing the offer?   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
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    Hardware Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Interview Details

    received an email from Altera and asked for my available time for an in person interview. I had two 1-1 interviews each for half an hour. Each asked only one question but added more condition to the initial question after answering the previous question.

    Interview Questions
    • the timing diagram, c coding of an average question and writing the corresponding verilog code   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Systems Software Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    Multiple technical interviews, no behavioural interviews.
    Asked me to write code in any language I want on a whiteboard.
    Then hardware questions... most are easy but one tripped me up. Didn't get an offer

    50 words limit lol please

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
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    Software Development Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Altera in May 2014.

    Interview Details

    I had 2 phone interviews. Each about 45 minutes long. The interviews were strictly technical. First interview was about algorithms and data structures. There was 2 problems and several follow up questions. Nothing particularly difficult. I wasn't perfect at the first interview but managed to pass it. The second interview was very different. There was a lot of questions, problems, and follow up questions from different areas: network protocols, computational geometry, C++, design patterns etc. The question were very interesting.

    Interview Questions
    • The most difficult thing was the speaking communication. May be because of the big geographical distance (I'm from Russia, they're from Canada). The quality of phone connection was terrible, especially at the second interview. Because of that I was completely disoriented and overwhelmed and wasn't able to think clearly and carefully. The questions themselves weren't very difficult. There was only a single (may be two) question that I couldn't answer correctly in principle.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Staff Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Altera.

    Interview Details

    There are two rounds of interviews, both technical. First round you will meet two persons and talk with them for half an hour each. Usually the first person will ask sort search or other typical algorithm questions, the second will ask graph DFS or BFS. I think in the second round you will meet at least 4 people.

    Interview Questions
    • Programming questions. How to find the only singular integer in an array consist of random pairs of integers.   View Answer
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  10.  

    Senior Member of Technical Staff Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  San Jose, CA (US)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Jose, CA (US)
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Altera in February 2010.

    Interview Details

    Multiple interviews with low-level engineers, high-level individual contributors, and some executive management. Likely depends on the job.

    Interview Questions
    • As a former employee of the company, I had a lot of 'why do you want to come back to Altera?' and 'do you plan to leave again?',   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    Salary was fine, had to push hard for a signing bonus. RSU grant was very good.
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
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    Advanced Design Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  San Jose, CA (US)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Jose, CA (US)
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 4 days - interviewed at Altera in March 2011.

    Interview Details

    Phone interview followed by on site. Lots of rounds of interviews. At the end there will be a presentation to see how well you communicate.

    Interview Questions
    • They will ask you digital design questions that are tricky and tough to solve in 45 mins. They dont expect the correct answer but expect you to go in the right direction in solving the problem.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    I didnt since I was an NCG. But you need to get one or two offers and then negotiate.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

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