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Hardware Engineer Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
Interviewed at Altera
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 Question – the timing diagram, c coding of an average question and writing the corresponding verilog code Answer Question
Software Development Engineer Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied online and 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 Question – 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
Staff Software Engineer Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied through an employee referral and 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 Question – Programming questions. How to find the only singular integer in an array consist of random pairs of integers. View Answer
Software Engineer Interview (Neutral Experience; Average Interview)
I applied online and the process took 2+ weeks - interviewed at Altera.
Interview Details Applied online
Interview Question – Questions were mainly open-ended. One of the interviewers had difficulty understanding my answers and kept repeating the same thing over and over.
During the second round of interviews, one of the interviewers told me that they only have few openings and are not likely going to hire anyone. Which seemed absurd. Why ask for a second round of interview if you are not hiring! Answer Question
Software Engineer Intern Interview (Positive Experience; Difficult Interview)
I interviewed at Altera in March 2013.
Interview Details Applied online, received interview a week later. Then I went to the Toronto office to have my interview. I was directly interviewed by my future manager and director. I had two 1-to-1 interview. One is about hardware and one is about software. About 2 weeks after the interview and received call from my manager about the offer. I accepted it.
Interview Question – Give a two dimentional array of registors that contains intensity value. It is feed to you one registor per cycle. How to design a hardware using FPGA to calculate the average of the 9 registors including 8 that locate right beside the center one. View Answer
IP Design Engineer Interview (Positive Experience; Difficult Interview)
I applied through college or university and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Altera in September 2012.
Interview Details through school recruitment event: contacted to have lunch with several managers, then 1-on-1 interviews in series.
Interview Question – graph traversal Answer Question
Engineer Intern Interview (Neutral Experience; Difficult Interview)
I applied through college or university and the process took 1 week - interviewed at Altera.
Interview Details Received interview from Altera by handing my resume to a representative at a career fair at university - I felt getting an interview is highly based on marks. It was about a 1 h and 30 min interview, with three different people - the whole interview is technical. The first person asked questions about digital logic, the second person about software and the last one was more challenging questions about digital loic.
Interview Question – Asked question about creating a digital logic circuit that would describe a signal that was periodic - very open ended and difficult Answer Question
Intern Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied online and the process took a day - interviewed at Altera in July 2013.
Interview Details It's their Toronto location where I applied. Applied through their website and got email to come for a first state interview time. Two persons interviewed me, both for ~half an hour. They ask both software and hardware questions in the first stage interview to see where the person fits well. Not sure if there are second/more stages interview for interns.
Interview Question – Hardware: Build a digital circuit that outputs '1' when input is fed with 256 or more consecutive '1's
Software: Write a function for a binary tree which prints all the values stored in the nodes Answer Question
Hardware Engineer Interview (Neutral Experience; Difficult Interview)
I applied in-person and the process took 1 week - interviewed at Altera in February 2013.
Interview Details I got a on-site interview with two interviewers. One asked hardware questions and one asked Software questions.
Interview Question – 1) 3-bit gray counter using D-flip flop
2) basic questions about CMOS transistor level
3) Reverse a linked-list in C++
4) write an algorithm for a problem Answer Question
Software Engineer Interview (Neutral Experience; Average Interview)
I applied online and the process took 1 week - interviewed at Altera in February 2013.
Interview Details Within one month after only applying, got a email to arrange first round in-personal interview. During interview, meet with two interviewers. Each one gave a test on algorithm.
Interview Question – find a missing element in array B compare to array A. View Answers (2)
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