Qualcomm Interview Questions in San Diego, CA

Updated Aug 26, 2014
Updated Aug 26, 2014
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  1.  

    Intern Interview

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

    I applied online. The process took 1+ week - interviewed at Qualcomm in February 2014.

    Interview Details

    For me the hiring process involved only two phone calls. I was contacted by a recruiter and I scheduled my interview to be taken two days later. The first call was a technical one which asked me concepts of Operating systems, algorithms and networking. The call lasted for more than 45 minutes although it should end in 30 minutes. The second call was a mix of HR questions and technical questions. One week after the call only, they were impressed and offered me to come on board.

    Interview Questions
    • In the second phone call I was asked to name my favorite language for programming, which I gave as C. So followup on that question, the person asked me to give solution so that when they write programs for like adding numbers, they should provide generic datatype, and it should support future datatypes which may be introduced later. For that I had taken almost 15 minutes and thought I would not be able to pass that.   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    No I was not able to negotiate as they had strict policy to give same benefits to each and every intern.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  2.  

    Software Engineer/Compiler Engineer Interview

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

    I applied online. The process took 5 weeks - interviewed at Qualcomm.

    Interview Details

    I had phone interviews with two different managers, both lasted about an hour. Phone interview was based on my PhD thesis, basic compiler theory and basic C++. Then I was called for an on-site interview at San Diego. I had to give a talk in front of the interview panel. Then I met 5 managers, including 1 lunch interview. Finally met the HR which was just about overall experience, expected salary etc.

    The 1:1 interviews were mixed. They did not look very prepared or organized. I had to switch between rooms for one 1:1. One interviewer seemed bored and uninterested, working on other stuff while I was answering questions. He/she also assumed I am from a specific country which I am not. This interviewer looked very unprofessional to me. The lunch interviews are awkward and IMHO a bad idea. My final two went exceptionally well. The director was nice and encouraging. But I got no offer at the end, which was expected given the majority of my interviews were not great.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
  3.  

    Senior Software Engineer Interview

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

    I applied online. The process took a day - interviewed at Qualcomm in June 2013.

    Interview Details

    Interview process consists of two steps - phone screening and on-site interview. Phone screen was performed by two people and each session was 30 mins long. Primary objective of phone screen was resume review and verifying whether the person knows what they claim on their resume. Phone screen was done by engineers and all their questions were pertaining to my resume only.

    Onsite interview process started with the HR email asking for possible interview dates. Once the dates are finalized the travel arrangements are managed by Balboa travels and they help book accommodation, rental car and flight tickets.

    The on-site interview started with HR representative. Basically discussed about my resume, salary expectations and relocation assistance. This was followed by interviews by folks from management level - Director or Senior Director. Discussion was primarily about cellular communication and the difficulties in designing software for cellular base station. This was followed by a lunch break which was handled by an engineer. He talked to me about how a day looks like in Qualcomm and explained about the various perks offered by the company. After lunch i had two intensive technical interview session. All questions were about C programming and embedded software design. Emphasis was on function pointers and writing code with minimal memory footprint.

    Interview Questions
    • Questions related to sorting - stable or unstable sorting.   View Answer
    Reasons for Declining

    The start date required by the team was well before my course completion date.

    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Senior Software Engineer Interview

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

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Qualcomm.

    Interview Details

    The Interviews were not easy, not difficult. Some standard programming questions like DFS, BFS, etc. If you have prepared for other companies, this one will be an easy pass.

    I think the most problematic part of the interview process was the salary negotiation. I had a good offer from their competitors and the team was not even close to that figure. They didn't increase a single $ after me informing them about the salary figures. I was very interested in their work, but they gave me such a bad offer which I couldn't accept in any case.

    Also, I think the overall company is gone weird especially the HR. I submitted a reimbursement and 3 months later they send me a check with $50 deducted explaining no reason. The interview reimbursement was within the range that they told me and was < $200 for three days of interview. The HR has lost its way. I am sure others will face the same after they get an offer.

    I would rate the entire process as very poor.

    Interview Questions
    Reasons for Declining

    Compensation was bad.

    Declined Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview
  6.  

    Software Engineer Interview

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

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Qualcomm in July 2014.

    Interview Details

    Very good process. I was supposed to work as a contractor for Qualcomm. The hiring manager from Qualcomm directly called me to set up an interview. I was a referral candidate too. @ hours telephonic interview and I was extended the offer letter

    Interview Questions
    • Very silly questions like : What are the storage classes in C ? They asked OS related stuff, and a bit about Linked lists. Rest all questions were related to C, Data Structures and projects from my resume. Make sure you know your resume well. I had taken up Wireless Communications in my 2nd semester and was asked questions on that like : What did youlearn ? Explain in brief..etc..   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    I went thru a Qualcomm approved vendor. Negotiated my salary from $32/hour to $35 / hour.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  7. 5 people found this helpful  

    Software/Systems Test Engineer Interview

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

    I applied online. 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 Questions
    • When would you use a class in object oriented programming?   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview
  8.  

    Systems Analyst Interview

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

    I applied online. 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 Questions
    Negotiation Details
    easy
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  9.  

    Software Engineer Interview

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

    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 Questions
    • All the questions were the standard ones expected in interview.   Answer Question
    Reasons for Declining

    Visa issues..

    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  10.  

    Embedded Software Engineer Interview

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

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 7+ weeks - interviewed at Qualcomm.

    Interview Details

    Got interview chance from internal referral. The entire process (from phone interview to onsite interview, and then got offer) takes about 1.5 month. One phone interview, and one onsite interview with 7 interviewers (6 technical interviewers and 1 HR).

    Interview Questions
    • How would you design an elevator system.
      Follow up, is there any problems (from a embedded system point of view) you should prevent and how will you prevent it in your design.
        View Answer
    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  11.  

    Human Resources Consultant Interview

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

    I applied online. The process took 4 days - interviewed at Qualcomm in November 2012.

    Interview Details

    Recruitment was fine, friendly and set up the process. Onsite for three interviews in total. Interview with panel of peers was most difficult, they were clearly testing the waters. I appreciated my interviews with the Directors much more than the consultant level employees. Excellent casual work culture, enjoyed the experience.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience

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