Altera Interview Questions

Updated 22 Apr, 2015
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    Design Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee
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    Application

    I applied through college or university – interviewed at Altera.

    Interview

    The first round of interview had two sessions: hardware and software. Generally, there are 3-4 rounds of interviews before the final offer is made. Hardware questions dealt with basic digital design concepts (timing, design of counters). Software questions dealt with algorithms.

    Interview Questions

    • Design of a Gray counter, Setup and Hold time violation conditions in a circuit given.   Answer Question
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    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Toronto, ON
    Accepted Offer
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    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
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    Application

    I applied through college or university – interviewed at Altera (Toronto, ON).

    Interview

    Initial selection for interview is primarily based on GPA (relevant past experience also may come in handy). The interview comprises of 3, 30 min. technical interview segments based mostly on software and a bit of hardware if you have indicated interest in hardware. Based on your overall performance, they will either reject you, hire you or call you in for another round of interview more specific to the team you might be under consideration for.

    Interview Questions

    • timing analysis, component level diagram to achieve a mathematical operation (hardware)
      Recursive algorithm, optimization problem and a high level design problem (software)
       
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    Advanced Design Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Toronto, ON
    Accepted Offer
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    Difficult Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Altera (Toronto, ON) in November 2014.

    Interview

    Two rounds of interviews. First round contained two interviewers. First interviewer asked one big algorithm development question. Second interviewer asked several smaller software, algorithms, and digital hardware questions.

    Second round consisted of 6 different interviews with different managers from different teams. Questions ranged from software, digital hardware and transistor modelling. Most emphasis was on software and algorithms.

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    • Given an array of stock prices throughout a day, develop and algorithm that finds the optimal point to buy and sell the stock given you can only buy and sell once.   2 Answers
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    Software Engineering Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON
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    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Altera (Toronto, ON) in October 2014.

    Interview

    I sent and received all correspondence through email, and was contacted about a week or two after I gave them my resume. I was invited to an on-site interview (Toronto office). The office was quiet, casual-ish. The people I ran into/observed were friendly, polite, and helpful. The building itself had a very 'serious business' vibe though.

    Interview Questions

    • Considering I was interviewing for a software position, I did not expect to have to answer hardware questions (which was my mistake, in retrospect). Interview consisted of 2 back-to-back 1/2 hour sessions with different employees.   Answer Question
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    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON
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    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university – interviewed at Altera (Toronto, ON) in October 2014.

    Interview

    First round has 3 interviews.
    1 math software question
    1 datastructure software question
    1 High Level Hardware design question to implement arithmetic operations

    Math question:
    int func(double reference, double target,int& m, int& n)
    Choose integers m and n such that it gives an output in integer such that
    target is closest to reference as possible.

    Data Structure software question
    See below

    High Level Hardware Design

    Design a hardware that does the function below

    f(n) = 3n +1 if n is odd
    n/2 if n is even given adder blocks and multiplication block

    Interview Questions

    • Software Question:
      Design a data structure such that, given a key, output the values.
      Given values, output all key with this values
       
      1 Answer
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    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took a weekinterviewed at Altera in October 2014.

    Interview

    I applied through the university website and I got personal interview for this position. The interview was 1:1 interview. Without any behavioral questions, I was asked for a number of technical questions such as how to implement gray code by logic gates, and how to perform a computation on two sets of data stream.

    Interview Questions

    • You are just asked for technical questions without any behavioral questions.   Answer Question
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    PEY Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Toronto, ON
    Accepted Offer
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    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
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    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at Altera (Toronto, ON) in October 2014.

    Interview

    I submitted my resume at UofT's career fair, get contacted after 2 weeks. (I think they order the interviews based on GPA. If your GPA is less than 3.5, it's not likely that you'll get one interview)
    I got a message for second interview a week from the first one.

    Interview Questions

    • Pick a thing and describe how it works   1 Answer

    Negotiation

    No negotiation, the pay is competitive between HW companies.

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    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Employee
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    Interview

    1st round have three interview question
    Most difficult is the software question, it ask to find the biggest sum of a path in a tree which has n children and n depth.
    second question is ask to has the longest path in BST
    three question is bowling question. the bowling ball has width of n and each pin has different score. The question ask compute c code to find the best way to hit the pin to achieve the highest score.

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    • Most difficult is the software question, it ask to find the biggest sum of a path in a tree which has n children and n depth.   1 Answer
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    Hardware Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee
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    Difficult Interview
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    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Altera in September 2014.

    Interview

    I applied through career fair. One week later I was invited to interview. It took place in September 2014 at Altera company. There were two 1-1 technical interviews. The first one was about hardware and the second one was about software. The software ones were the hardest ones. I sugesst anyone should be completely prepared for the interview.

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    New Grad Employee Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON
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    Application

    I applied through other source. The process took 1+ weekinterviewed at Altera (Toronto, ON) in September 2014.

    Interview

    Initially, an email was sent out to the UofT IEEE group informing people of positions available at Altera. I expressed interest, and submitted my resume, and was called in for an interview. Initially I was taken out to lunch nearby for the people to get to know me (including myself, there were four of us). Afterwards we returned to the office where I went into a series of three one-on-one technical interviews, each asked by a different person (the second one was asked by one of the people I went out to lunch with, but other than that, they were different people from before). Each one lasted a certain length of time...I don't remember exactly, but I'll estimate between 20-30 minutes, at which point they needed to wrap up (regardless of the candidate's progress on the problem).

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