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Top 30 Applied Micro Circuits Corp. Interview Questions

At Applied Micro Circuits Corp. 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 Micro Circuits Corp. 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."
"I am most accustomed to using Applied Materials automation software. Primarily, it's function is to coordinate process and people so that we can optimize our resources. I am a fast learner and am confident that I will learn your internal solutions very quickly."
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.
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"I don't know"
"If you do not know the answer: "I am not confident on the exact purpose of SPC; however I believe it may be a way of controlling industry standards? I would love to learn more if you would give me the opportunity."
The interviewer is testing your basic industry knowledge. The better you understand a topic, the more clearly you should be able to answer a question like this. Keep your answer concise. "I don't know" is never a good answer. You should be transparent with the interviewer that you are unsure of the answer but offer any piece of knowledge that you may have. If you know the answer: "From my understanding, SPC is an industry wide standard for measuring and controlling the quality during the manufacturing process."
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Question 4 of 31
We want to ensure that Applied Micro Circuits Corp. has the best inventory over our competitors. Have you ever made a suggestion on a product line or item?
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"I made a recommendation last month that we try a new line of parts after one of our particular vendors shorted us on inventory. The vendor that I suggested was newer to the industry but their customer service was impressive and their pricing was more competitive. We gave them a shot and it worked out really well for us, resulting in cost savings, a better product, and happier customers."
"I consistently make well-researched and well-backed suggestions to my current employer. They have a great open door policy which I like to utilize as often as possible. If I can be a help when it comes to process and product suggestions, then I feel that I am helping my company to be more profitable as well."
An engaged employee will notice when changes are required. They make recommendations and suggestions they feel will benefit the organization. Have you ever taken the lead by making a recommendation to your employer? Talk to the interviewer about a time when you made a suggestion in the workplace.
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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 Micro Circuits Corp.?
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"Although I do not have formal post-secondary training in the semiconductor industry, I do bring 10 years' experience in the field, with hands on training. Is there any particular formal training that you would like me to take before starting with Applied Micro Circuits Corp.?"
The interviewer would like to know how your post-secondary education and training relates to a career with Applied Micro Circuits Corp.. Assure the interviewer that you have a keen interest in the semiconductor industry by mentioning any formal, or informal, training you have completed. You can also include any self-training as well! Give an answer that will show off your drive to learn more about this industry.
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Question 6 of 31
We strive to be the best in our industry. What do you think Applied Micro Circuits Corp. could improve on?
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Question 7 of 31
At Applied Micro Circuits Corp. we like to hire those who are natural leaders. When have you taken on a leadership task in the workplace without being asked?
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Question 8 of 31
The product standards at Applied Micro Circuits Corp. are highly regulated. Do you consider yourself meticulous and detail-oriented?
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Question 9 of 31
We try to hire people who want to stay with Applied Micro Circuits Corp. long term. What are your long term career plans and how do we fit into your plans?
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Question 10 of 31
What is the biggest difference between Intrinsic and Extrinsic semiconductors?
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Question 11 of 31
Time management is the key to productivity at Applied Micro Circuits Corp.. How do you manage your time?
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Question 12 of 31
If Applied Micro Circuits Corp. offered you the position, when would you be available to start?
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Question 13 of 31
How have you had to adapt your work style to fit the team's objectives?
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Question 14 of 31
We value strong tenure at Applied Micro Circuits Corp.. Why were you fired or let go from your last job?
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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?
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Question 16 of 31
What is your current salary?
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Question 17 of 31
Sometimes we come across unique problems at Applied Micro Circuits Corp.. What makes you a great problem solver?
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Question 18 of 31
What is your definition of hard work?
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Question 19 of 31
We want to hire motivated leaders at Applied Micro Circuits Corp.. What do you find to be the most difficult aspect of leading your current team?
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Question 20 of 31
It is important to us that Applied Micro Circuits Corp. maintains a healthy and collaborative work environment. What kind of people do you enjoy working with?
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Question 21 of 31
Do you think honesty is always the best policy?
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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 Micro Circuits Corp.?
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Question 23 of 31
What do you think you will like about this role with Applied Micro Circuits Corp.?
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Question 24 of 31
Give me an example of a time when you had to be extra diligent in order to meet a deadline.
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Question 25 of 31
When have you used an inventive method to stretch company resources beyond the normal level?
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Question 26 of 31
What skills did you learn in your last position that will help you in this new role with Applied Micro Circuits Corp.?
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Question 27 of 31
What type of work environment do you dislike working in?
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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.
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Question 29 of 31
What are your strengths?
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Question 30 of 31
What are your weaknesses?
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Question 31 of 31
Tell me about a project you worked on where a conventional approach was not suitable.
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About Applied Micro Circuits Corp.

Applied Micro Circuits Corporation (also known as AppliedMicro or AMCC or APM) is a fabless semiconductor company designing network and embedded Power Architecture (including a Power Architecture license), and server processor ARM (including an ARMv8-A license), optical transport and storage solutions.

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