Shefali Dutta’s NXP Semiconductor Interview Experience

“Shefali Dutta” who was interned at NXP Hardwaretalks about her interview experience and some other tips to prepare for placement season. Check out what she says about the placement season.

Her Interview was taken by UnsaidTalks Interviewer: “Vidushi”

Profile offered: Software and Design Engineer

Job Location: Noida/Bangalore

Branch and Graduation Year: EIC – 2022

Cgpa Cutoff: 7

Interview Difficulty Level: I would rate it to be 6. (1-very easy, 10-very difficult)

Here are the questions we asked Shefali Dutta to know about her interview experience.

Question 1: Introduce yourself to our readers.

Answer: Hello everyone, I would like to thank UnsaidTalks for giving me this opportunity to talk about my experience. I am currently in the fourth-year Electronics and Instrumentation Control department from TIET. I am pretty disheartened that this would be my last semester but at the same time pretty excited about what is to come next.

Question 2: Describe Your written test experience specifying the number of rounds, details of each round, and type of test platform (online – amcat, hackerearth, etc / offline)

Answer: There was 1 round of online test in which questions related to Digital, Analog were asked. NXP conducted the online test which comprised both objective and subjective questions. Objective questions were based on basics of electronics like K maps, Q-M method, Counters, and 1 or 2 logical reasoning questions. The subjective part played as the foundation of the evaluation scheme, two questions of subjective were based on state and circuit diagrams, and some questions based on circuits related to CMOS, PMOS, and Om-Amp were asked. One question related to STA was asked and a question on Sequential detector which comes under FSM was asked. Online test made us shackle our minds to remember what we studied in 1st year and 2nd year or we studied throughout. It tested how much of a grasp we had on our basics. It was held on the platform Talent Decrypt.

Question 3: Describe your all technical interviews specifying the number of rounds and details of each round (if any) (please share coding questions if possible)

Answer: There was only one round of technical interview of 45 minutes. STA(Static Time Analysis) is of prime importance to the NXP corporate. Basic Digital Electronics was asked. One should know how do circuits work. Different types of multiplexers were asked. One should know how to design differential amplifiers, magnitude comparators, look ahead adder, subtractor, shift registers, counters. Conversions between the flip flops and latches are of prime importance. FSM(Finite State Machines ) is also important. In analog questions on topics like BJT biasing, FET biasing, CMOS, PMOS, Op-Amps were asked. Basics of programming like finding the output of a program also give an edge over other candidates. Scripting languages like VHDL, Verilog should also be learned. In this round, questions based on the answers you give in the subjective test were asked.

Question 4: Describe your all HR interviews specifying the number of rounds and details of each round

Answer: No actual video interview for HR. A telephonic call came for the HR round of interview. Questions like how keen are you to join the company, have you applied for other companies before this, what are your future plans … these questions were asked

Question 5: What were the key factors for your selection?

Answer: 1. I had good command so, I was pretty confident about my answers.
2. I was considerate of the fact that I am short on time. I was considerate of my teammates.
3. I was honest.

Question 6:  According to you, what role do extracurricular activities as well as participation in societies play?

Answer: I have been a part of many societies ever since my 1st year. I worked with many people who have different ideas and approaches. This is what I think actually helps to crack an interview because when you work with different people who have different ideas, different approaches to the same problem, you actually understand a lot about someone else’s perspective which might be better than yours. If you have a habit of being individualistic, working alone, and not getting involved in anything rather than studies, you do miss out on learning about other person’s perspectives which is something every company looks for. Societies help you socialize a lot and build networks.

Question 7: Any Other Advice you would like to give to your juniors?

Answer: 1. Have command over all your subjects
2. Self-study is very important.
3. Be punctual with your schedule.
4. Do practice questions from the books.

Question 8: Any Other tips for the technical interview round?

Answer: Interact with your interviewers, they are there to help you. Do not give up on any questions. If you are posed with a problem to which you cannot find a solution, ask your interviewers they will give you a hint.

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