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Post subject: Interview Experiences Posted: Mon Jul 16, 2007 4:00 pm
Joined: Sun Aug 03, 2003 2:02 pm
Location: Erie, PA
latest "Kirt's Cogitations" article, I discussed some of the issues involved with interviews, from both the
employee's and the employer's perspective. You can read it here:
In it, I included a couple examples of
situations I have encountered over the years, and more will be added to the list in this thread after a few of you
contribute your experiences. In looking through some of the other postings here on the Employment Fourm, there is
a wide variety out there - some humorous, and some downright enraging.
Please use this thread to post some
of the interview questions you have asked or had to answer during your career. Please do not mention the names of
people or companies. We will appreciate anything you care to offer.
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Post subject: Posted:
Tue Jul 17, 2007 8:35 am
Joined: Tue Jan 06, 2004 1:51 pm
I had an
interview a couple years ago and all the people I talked to except my manager were engineers. My handle here is FL
Techie for a reason - I'm a technician not an engineer (althoughI'd like to pay of one). Most of the guys acted
like I was an engineer looking for a job and were kind of disgusted when I couldn't answer their questions. It
felt like they were purposely trying to make me feel like an idiot. They wasted a vacation day for me. I never
even contacted the place once I finally got out the door. That was a very unfair thing they did to me.
Post subject: Posted: Tue Jul 17, 2007 10:26 am
Joined: Tue Jun 26, 2007 10:27 am
Location: Dallas, TX
I interviewed with a major
company a few years ago for an IC Design internship position. It was supposed to be my first interview with them
and so it wasn't going to be quite as in depth as they would have liked. I submitted my resume to them but was
rejected for the interview. I was a little in shock because at the time I had a 4.0 GPA after 2 years of graduate
school. The night before the interview, I was contacted by their HR and they basically said how much they were
looking forward to meeting me and talking about potential opportunities . . . blah, blah. I informed them this was
news to me since they rejected me for an interview, but they assured me this was a mistake. I then scheduled the
interview and asked what the interview would cover (technical, behavioral, combination, etc.). The HR person told
me it would be a 30 minute behavioral interview.
I show up 15 minutes early to the interview and they
immediately have me fill out 30 pages of paperwork which they say was "necessary" interview material. Before I
finish, I am whisked away to my first interview. When I questioned why this was my first interview, they said I
would be having another interview after this one was complete!!?? I was baffled. The next hour was brutal because
the interviewer basically tried to show me how smart he was rather than finding out if I was suitable for the
position . . . much the same as the next interview. After speaking with other interviewees and some of my
professor's and friends at other universities, I realized that this company was not for me and I really did not
appreciate the 30 minute behavioral interview which turned out to be a 90 minute dissertation defense.
Post subject: Posted: Tue Jul 17, 2007 10:30 am
Sat Aug 30, 2003 6:43 pm
While I have have the good fortune
(sometimes not so good) to have worked for the same company for over 15 years, there is one particularly memorable
interview experience from my university senior year. Two interviewers ask me to work the same circuit equation,
and both had agreed upon the same wrong answer prior to my having arrived. The first fellow seemed to delight in
my "wrong" answer, that is until I demonstrated that in fact I was correct. He took it well, surprisingly, and the
remaining time with him was comfortable. The gent he handed me off to was not warned of the mistake and he
gleefully pointed out his superior knowledge when I again answered the question incorrectly. I never challenged
him, figuring the better reward would be to let him be told of his ability to play the buffoon in front of an
ignorant school boy. Needless to say, I searched elsewhere for employment.
Post subject: Posted: Tue Jul 17, 2007 3:10 pm
Joined: Tue Jun
06, 2006 10:10 am
Great article Kirt. I interviewed a couple months ago for an IC designer
position and most of the time was spent talking about general topics on simulation and testing. No equations to
work out or drawing of block diagrams or anything like that, I was surprised to be honest. It seems the company
had already decided that they wanted me prior to the onsite. I ended up not taking the offer they made not because
of anything they did or did not do, I just decided that I generally did not feel comfortable with the environment.
You've probalby hac that feeling that things just did not feel right. Again nothing bad about the people or
company, it just feel like me. The HR guy was a little perturbed, but the section manager completely understood
and thanked me for my forthrightness.
Post subject: Posted: Tue Jul 17, 2007
Joined: Fri Aug 26, 2005 8:25 am
If you want to see
real-time interview data, look at the Qualcomm thread on this forum (Employment). There must be a couple hundred
posts. In a nut shell, Qualcomm must be an arrogant bunch, but they get away with it - must be a really great
place to work. I wouldn't fit there - could live under the pressure to perform to such a high level all the time.
Gald some of you can though.
Now back to me nap