Top 30 Applied Materials Interview Questions
Question 1 of 31
At Applied Materials we want to hire those with at least a basic understanding of semiconductors. Why are some semiconductors made of silicon?
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Question 2 of 31
Applied Materials uses some well-known software programs. Which automation software solutions you are accustomed to using?
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"You mention in your job posting that you are looking for someone with experience in Software ABC. I have worked with Software XYZ which is very similar. The functions are essentially the same and since I am an expert level user in XYZ. I am confident that I will be a fast learner when it comes to ABC and your other internal programs."
There are many automation software solution options. Some are for the masses and other organizations may have proprietary software.
When asked about your exposure to these types of programs it is important to remember that most of them function the same because the desired outcome is always similar. If you know one, you should be able to more easily understand another.
Avoid focusing on what you don't know and focus on what you DO know. Assure the interviewer that you can learn their system quickly.
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Question 3 of 31
Explain Statistical Process Control (SPC) to me.
Question 4 of 31
We want to ensure that Applied Materials has the best inventory over our competitors. Have you ever made a suggestion on a product line or item?
Question 5 of 31
Do you have any formal education or training in the semiconductor field? How does that training relate to what we do at Applied Materials?
Question 6 of 31
We strive to be the best in our industry. What do you think Applied Materials could improve on?
Question 7 of 31
At Applied Materials we like to hire those who are natural leaders. When have you taken on a leadership task in the workplace without being asked?
Question 8 of 31
The product standards at Applied Materials are highly regulated. Do you consider yourself meticulous and detail-oriented?
Question 9 of 31
We try to hire people who want to stay with Applied Materials long term. What are your long term career plans and how do we fit into your plans?
Question 10 of 31
What is the biggest difference between Intrinsic and Extrinsic semiconductors?
Question 11 of 31
Time management is the key to productivity at Applied Materials. How do you manage your time?
Question 12 of 31
If Applied Materials offered you the position, when would you be available to start?
Question 13 of 31
How have you had to adapt your work style to fit the team's objectives?
Question 14 of 31
We value strong tenure at Applied Materials. Why were you fired or let go from your last job?
Question 15 of 31
Tell me about a time that you were asked to collaborate on a project with a colleague whom you did not necessarily see eye-to-eye with. How did you ensure that you got along well and met your deadline?
Question 16 of 31
What is your current salary?
Question 17 of 31
Sometimes we come across unique problems at Applied Materials. What makes you a great problem solver?
Question 18 of 31
What is your definition of hard work?
Question 19 of 31
We want to hire motivated leaders at Applied Materials. What do you find to be the most difficult aspect of leading your current team?
Question 20 of 31
It is important to us that Applied Materials maintains a healthy and collaborative work environment. What kind of people do you enjoy working with?
Question 21 of 31
Do you think honesty is always the best policy?
Question 22 of 31
We are asking for 8 years of industry experience and you have just 5. Why do you think you are qualified for this position with Applied Materials?
Question 23 of 31
What do you think you will like about this role with Applied Materials?
Question 24 of 31
Give me an example of a time when you had to be extra diligent in order to meet a deadline.
Question 25 of 31
When have you used an inventive method to stretch company resources beyond the normal level?
Question 26 of 31
What skills did you learn in your last position that will help you in this new role with Applied Materials?
Question 27 of 31
What type of work environment do you dislike working in?
Question 28 of 31
Tell me about an error or mistake you made because of a breakdown in communication from you or one of your team members.
Question 29 of 31
What are your strengths?
Question 30 of 31
What are your weaknesses?
Question 31 of 31
Tell me your favorite, and least favorite, aspects of your current or most recent position.