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Interim Engineering Interview (Positive Experience; Difficult Interview)
I applied online and the process took 3 months - interviewed at Qualcomm in November 2013.
Interview Details I applied to Qualcomm, USA through the website. I got an interview call about 2 months after the application. Questions were focused on my resume and basic stochastic and probability. I got another interview call, similar set of questions. I was told the work description in San Diego office. Then 2 weeks later i had two interviews lined up with the Bridgewater office for a research intern. All four of my interviews went pretty good. After 2 weeks , I got an offer from the Bridgewater office and i accepted it. The entire process took about 3-4 months.
Interview Question – Suppose i choose two random variables uniformly distributed between [0,1]. What is the probability distribution of the maximum of the two random variables? View Answer
Software/Systems Test Engineer Interview (Negative Experience; Average Interview)
I applied online and the process took 1 week - interviewed at Qualcomm in June 2014.
Interview Details I was contacted by email and set up a phone interview a few days later. I spoke briefly with the hiring manager about my past experience then he began to ask technical questions. The questions related to object oriented programming despite that the job description did not ask for that skill and my resume did not say I had it. I don't really understand why they contacted me and I assume there must be some miscommunication between HR and the hiring manager. I was quite disappointed by the experience as I had previously thought highly of the idea of working for Qualcomm.
Interview Question – When would you use a class in object oriented programming? Answer Question
Senior IT/Network Engineer Interview (Neutral Experience; Average Interview)
I applied online and the process took a day - interviewed at Qualcomm.
Interview Details Qualcomm has a fairly stringent interview process. Should you make it past the initial screen of being chosen from the large pool of applicants, you are then asked for a phone interview. Following this point, there are multiple on-site interviews. My interview started off with the two staff members giving an overview of the company, the actual questions were fairly brief (10-15mins) and then I was asked if I had any questions, for which I went fairly in depth and talked for another 15 mins until their conference room time ended. I felt the interview went great and received a similar feeling from the interviewers, however several days later I received a form letter from recruiting stating they were not moving forward with me as a candidate.
I was a little taken aback by this, as I felt the interview went very well and thought I would get the chance to 'prove myself' further in the in-person panels. Upon emailing the interviewers asking for feedback on what may have went wrong during our phone interview so that I could better myself for further opportunities, I received no response back....which was a little disappointing.
I feel that this is one of those companies where you really do need to know somebody on the inside to get a direct hire, or start off with their internship program, which at this point in my career is not a feasible option.
Interview Question – All of the questions were straight forward and consisted of common networking trivia. Answer Question
Server Engineer Interview (Negative Experience; Difficult Interview)
I applied online and the process took 4 weeks - interviewed at Qualcomm.
Interview Details I applied through a job portal. First Round was a Telephonic interview, then there were multiple onsite interview rounds All the rounds concentrated more on to data structures and algorithms. Compilable code was expected. Questions evolved based on the previous answers.
Interview Question – Find the number of occurances of a substring in a string Answer Question
Software Engineering Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied online and the process took 2 months - interviewed at Qualcomm in March 2014.
Interview Details I applied online to Qualcomm some time in February 2014, and heard back a month later.
I hate two interviews that were a mix of technical and behavioral questions.
The technical questions were centered around C++ or Java. The interviewer was flexible and let me answer based on the language that I preferred. There were some general questions about data structure, heap and stack, and other algorithm based questions.
I found the behavioural questions to be fairly detailed. It included experience working with teams, experience with existing code bases. and debugging methods.
Interview Question – How would you debug a piece of code without access to a debugger or an IDE? View Answer
Systems Analyst Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied online and the process took 2+ months - interviewed at Qualcomm in March 2012.
Interview Details it was an easy process. But they took a long time to decide. It was lengthy at times....I did not get updates on a regular basis, which was frustrating.it was an easy process. But they took a long time to decide. It was lengthy at times....I did not get updates on a regular basis, which was frustrating.
Interview Question – why are you switching job View Answer
Negotiation Details – easy
Engineer, Senior Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied through a recruiter and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Qualcomm in August 2012.
Interview Details It was well planned by HR. However at the time they were on a hiring spree so everything was wrapped up quite fast in my case, interview to offer in 1 month.
There were three onsite interviews in a day in Hyderabad. They were of ascending hardness. At the end was a formal discussion with HR.
Negotiation Details – HR increased my relocation and sign on bonus by 50% upon negotiations.
Software Engineer Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied online - interviewed at Qualcomm in June 2012.
Interview Details I applied online and got an email from their HR to set up a phone interview. The interviewer was actually the person I will be reporting to if I get an offer. It was a technical round and he asked me C, C++, Linux questions. After few days I was informed that I was selected for the onsite interview. It was an all day process from 10am-5pm.. I had by 4-5 technical rounds and 1 HR round. I received the offer letter after 1 week.
Interview Question – All the questions were the standard ones expected in interview. Answer Question
Reason for Declining – Visa issues..
Associate Engineer Interview (Neutral Experience)
I applied through college or university and interviewed at Qualcomm.
Interview Details A technical test conducted online consisting of IQ, technical and coding based question followed by a technical interview with questions based on resume and past coursework.
Based on that I was given an intern position and we were expected to perform well and an exit interview was conducted by senior HR
Interview Question – What is a signal? View Answer
SCM Engineer Interview (Positive Experience; Difficult Interview)
I applied online and the process took 2+ weeks - interviewed at Qualcomm in February 2013.
Interview Details Phone Screening -- Not too technical! for an hour
Onsite interview - The whole day interviews with 6-8 people.
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Interview Question – How the revisions of each file will be stored in the backend for different version control systems? Answer Question
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