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Updated 23 Feb 2015
Updated 23 Feb 2015
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    Staffing Specialist Interview

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

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at Qualcomm.

    Interview Details

    two onsite interviews plus three phone interviews, a little repetitive but it was good to get access to lots of different people to ask them questions. Had to speak with people in the US so those interviews were in the evening but that was fine. covered my general background, industry knowledge, most difficult hires, dealing with line managers,strengths, weaknesses

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
  2.  

    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took a dayinterviewed at Qualcomm in July 2011.

    Interview Details

    Telephonic-->F2F--> HR

    There was some mis-communication between HR and tech manager. She passed on the wrong profile. Manager just asked me what happens when mobile is turned on.

    Interview Questions
    • What happens when mobile is switched on   View Answer
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview
  3.  

    Interim Engineering Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Farnborough, Hampshire, South East England, England
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Farnborough, Hampshire, South East England, England
    Application Details

    The process took 2 daysinterviewed at Qualcomm in March 2010.

    Interview Details

    Very technical interview; high emphasis on the skills required for the job; C/C++ and Assembly questions

    Interview Questions
    • Programming puzzles in C, which I was then asked to translate to assembly   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Senior DSP Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Farnborough, Hampshire, South East England, England
    Anonymous Employee in Farnborough, Hampshire, South East England, England
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3+ monthsinterviewed at Qualcomm in November 2009.

    Interview Details

    Applied online, called on phone interview within 2 weeks. The phone interview was from my would be manager who said the interview would take 30 minutes. Instead, we talked for 1 hour, 20 minutes.

    Two weks later I get notice from some person at Qualcomm to tell me I need to have two more phone interviews with people in SAN DIEGO. WTF? I mean the job is in the UK so why do tech people in San Diego need to talk to me?

    Anyway, talk to people in San Diego. First person calls a bit late, interview runs 45 mins instead of the allotted 30, which makes me late for the next call, and the next interviewer huffily blames the lateness on me. Both San Diego interviews were technical but amounted to mostly me explaining how to multiply two fixed point numbers and minor uninteresting C specific type questions. Nothing is said about the actual job..

    Invited to onsite interview in the UK.
    The in person interview was very technical with details not very relevant to the position. They asked me again how to multiply floating point numbers. You'd think that they'd know how to look it up by now! Then they asked me "what's a Q15 representation?" all questions that were rather too specific and irrelevant to a comms DSP position. Then I got a written test, with questions involving deciphering what a piece of code was doing. The piece of code was computing x raised to the power n but it was programmed in a very weird, obfuscated, inneficient way involving taking modulo of n to determine whether n was odd or even, etc (lots of unnecessary steps) that made me worry that that was the way they actually wrote code at Qualcomm. They also asked me what is j raised to the power j and when I answered "It is sqrt(minus one) raised to the sqrt(minus one) " they didn't like the answer.

    They did not describe to me what the job entailed, nor gave me time to ask questions or look much at the real work they were doing other than a very cursory, superficial "lab tour".

    Two weeks later, they said "they wanted to move forward with the offer".

    Then silence. Two weeks after that I wrote to ask what was going on. They claimed they wanted to discuss the offer by phone. I asked "what offer since you haven't sent me one". They were adamant on only discussing things verbally, nothing was ever written.

    After a month I finally got an informal "offer" by email, detailing salary, but being nonspecific on other benefits including stock option price and vesting period and bonuses, thus giving me no real way to seriously evaluate the offer due to lack of details.

    Interview Questions
    • Analyze a piece of code which was incredibly badly written   View Answer
    Reasons for Declining

    Compensation level was too low. Interviewers seemed too concerned with irrelevant, obscure details of implementation as opposed to big picture, important fundamentals and DSP and communications theory. Incompetent HR also made me wary of ever working there. But especially compensation offered was WAY too low for such a supposedly successful "top 100 companies to work for" company.

    Declined Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview
  6.  

    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took a dayinterviewed at Qualcomm in January 2007.

    Interview Details

    After applying I received a reply in one week for on site interview.
    Overall the interview was pretty much technical. Questions ranged from regarding university project till the actual communication theory. I will advise to study your communications related modules properly before the interview.
    Also the background of the company is important but I think it depends on whom is interviewing. I was interviewed by only engineers and hence wasn't really asked as much house keeping questions as I would had normally been.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Application Details

    I applied online – interviewed at Qualcomm.

    Interview Details

    Phone Interview. I got a mail from the recruiter asking if I was interested in their circuit design intern position. I replied promptly for the same and got 2 phone interviews setup for the same day. The interviews were set 5 hours apart.

    Interview Questions
    • What are setup and hold times?
      Write a verilog code for D flip flop.
      Explain your standard cells library project.
      How does threshold voltage, interconnect resistance and capacitance vary wit temperature.
       
      Answer Question
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    PHY Verification Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter – interviewed at Qualcomm.

    Interview Details

    I had a telephone interview with the PHY verification manager. He was very rude. Called me 12 mins late and never mentioned about it. No sorry nothing. He was in a hurry from the begining. Asked me if I know DSP. That was his first question. I have not mentioned DSP any where in my resume. Then after 10 more mins of conversation he said HR would get back to me. Personally I would not like to work work under such a manager.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
  9.  

    VI and DVT Interview

    Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA (US)
    Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA (US)
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2 daysinterviewed at Qualcomm in February 2015.

    Interview Details

    i got a call from the team at the time specified. They asked me questions about my academic projects and about the languages i know. I explained to them about my projects and towards the end i asked them what my role would be. They told me that it was related to testing.

    Interview Questions
    • tell me about your academic projects   View Answer
    • which languages are you comfortable with?   View Answer
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  10.  

    Software EngineerInterview Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took a dayinterviewed at Qualcomm.

    Interview Details

    One online test, one technical round and one HR round. The online round covers the basics of OOPs and IQ. 15 questions in IQ, 10 in logic and reasoning and 15 in OOPs. In the Interview process, straight questions are asked but all basics of programming is necessary.

    Interview Questions
    • Nothing difficult, just basics of OS, algorithms and Compilers   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  11.  

    Associate Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    The process took 2 daysinterviewed at Qualcomm.

    Interview Details

    First aptitude test then communications and comprehension task including extempo. After that technical round and finally HR round. Technical round lasted for about an hour. HR interview was 15-20 mins long.

    Interview Questions
    • HR related questions like "Tell me something about yourself" and then technical questions   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    Stay calm and confident.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

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