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If Emulation and Verification Engineering offered you the position, when would you be available to start?

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  1. 1.

    If Emulation and Verification Engineering offered you the position, when would you be available to start?

      Make sure before an interview; you have a start date in mind for the new employer. Come prepared to answer this question affirmatively, whether you need to give two weeks to your previous position or can start right away.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "As a professional courtesy, I would like to give my current employer two weeks' notice. I could start anytime after that."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "I am currently unemployed; however, I have a long weekend trip planned from the 12th to the 15th. I would be thrilled to start the Tuesday after that."

  2. 2.

    We try to hire people who want to stay with Emulation and Verification Engineering long term. What are your long term career plans and how do we fit into your plans?

      Discuss with the interviewer your longer-term career plans and how they fit into the career path being offered by Emulation and Verification Engineering SA. Assure the interviewer that you are looking for a longer term fit.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I am looking for a long-term career path which is one of the reasons I applied to work with Emulation and Verification Engineering SA. I like that you have opportunities for advancement within your team and that you offer professional development coursework. If hired, I would seek to work my way into a leadership role with Emulation and Verification Engineering SA."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "This position aligns nicely with my career goal of continued growth in the semiconductor industry. The role is in my comfort zone, but a new enough approach that will intrigue me, and the company size is adequate to support growth. I would love to, in the longer term, find myself working in a leadership position at Emulation and Verification Engineering SA."

  3. 3.

    What are your weaknesses?

      This question is a pervasive one, but it continues to throw people off. This question is not the best time to talk about your communication challenges with your partner or how you need to work on your golf game. Instead, focus on your professional life.

      What is a skill or quality that you are proactively working to improve? Whatever example you give, be sure that it is not a critical skill that will raise red flags to the employer. It's best to focus on a non-core skill when discussing your weaknesses.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "Although I am an Intermediate level user in Excel, I found that I was not up to date on some of the great functions offered by the program. I decided to enroll myself in an advanced Excel course. That course starts next week! I look forward to being an expert user soon."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "This is super cliche, but it's also true. I am not good at delegating to others. When I become submerged in a project, I don't like to give away any of the control. While this can be good, it can also definitely inhibit the outcome of the project and my growth as a team player and individual. I am currently working on this, as I know it is a deficit."

  4. 4.

    Explain Statistical Process Control (SPC) to me.

      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 an appropriate answer. You should be transparent with the interviewer that you are unsure of the solution 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."

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "From my understanding, SPC is an industry-wide standard for measuring and controlling the quality during the manufacturing process."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "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."

  5. 5.

    The product standards at Emulation and Verification Engineering are highly regulated. Do you consider yourself meticulous and detail-oriented?

      Product standards should be high! Be sure to address with the interviewer how important the small details are to you. The interviewer would like to see that you have a keen interest in the details. Give an example of a time when your attention to detail saved the company from an expensive error or a safety issue.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "After researching Emulation and Verification Engineering SA I could see that your organization has a keen eye for the details. I, too, am a detail-oriented person. Two months ago, during our quarterly audit, I noticed a couple of discrepancies that ended up saving my company $45,000. My supervisor was very thankful for my keen eye and ended up making me the inventory lead for future audits."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "Yes, at this point in my career, I do consider myself detail-oriented. My attention to detail is a point that I have been working on a lot this past year. I am meticulous but, in the past, have pushed my documentation back a little bit. It's something I am conscious of and continually working on."

  6. 6.

    What are your strengths?

      Which personal advantages make you excellent at your job? Strengths can be skills or qualities that help you overcome difficult circumstances or accomplish challenging tasks.

      In a work context, your strengths will help you to complete your to-do list, understand client needs, and help you to apply what you have learned in your training. Talk to the interviewer about a couple of your strengths and why those will help you to be successful in this role.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I think my strengths are in my perceptiveness and ability to be observant of the needs of others. These strengths are part of what makes me an excellent performer in a client facing role."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "Here is a list of strengths that you may have:

      - Strong enthusiasm in the workplace
      - Trustworthiness and honesty
      - Adaptability and versatility
      - Patience
      - Determination and diligence
      - Leadership and teamwork"

  7. 7.

    Give me an example of a time when you had to be extra diligent in order to meet a deadline.

      Are you determined to complete your tasks on time or do you frequently miss deadlines? Talk to the interviewer about your ability to act diligently on the job.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "Last month I had a client who made a lot of additional and last minute changes to our project. Despite the changes, our deadline remained the same. Our project lead was becoming increasingly stressed that we would not meet our deadline so I agreed to stay late three nights that week to ensure that all expectations were met."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "I am always diligent when it comes to deadlines. However, once I remember having an abnormally large order from a regular client once. I was a little stressed about making sure it was perfect, but I was confident, and we met our deadline with no issue."

  8. 8.

    What do you think you will like about this role with Emulation and Verification Engineering?

      The interviewer wants to hear that you are looking forward to learning and growing in this new position. Talk about what excites you! Share how this position will challenge you and help you to grow. New opportunities are a chance for you to demonstrate your transferable skills.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I am looking forward to gaining more experience in the semiconductor industry, and I look forward to applying my engineering education in a more structured corporate environment. I believe that Emulation and Verification Engineering SA is an industry leader where I can successfully grow my career."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "You deliver a product/service that makes a difference in the lives of your clients. (Insert organization mission statement or values). This is that type of organization I admire and want to be a part of."

  9. 9.

    Do you think honesty is always the best policy?

      Is honesty always the best policy? Talk to the interviewer about your thoughts on honesty in the workplace.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "Sometimes full disclosure can damage someone's self-esteem, and reality isn't always best expressed in full and can be self-indulgent based on the person's intention. In those instances, honesty isn't always the best policy."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "Honesty is always the best policy. Often, it is just a matter of how you communicate and deliver your message so managing this with each situation is critical to building honest and trustworthy relationships."

  10. 10.

    Do you have any formal education or training in the semiconductor field? How does that training relate to what we do at Emulation and Verification Engineering?

      The interviewer would like to know how your post-secondary education and training relates to a career with Emulation and Verification Engineering SA. 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.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

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      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "Although I do not have formal post-secondary training in the semiconductor industry, I do bring ten 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 Emulation and Verification Engineering SA?"

  11. 11.

    Sometimes we come across unique problems at Emulation and Verification Engineering. What makes you a great problem solver?

      Employers want to that you have a methodical approach to problem-solving. Consider the skills and qualities that help you successfully face problems. Perhaps you have a keen eye for detail. Maybe you can see opportunity when others can only focus on the issue. Share your strengths as a problem solver, and your ability to come up with innovative solutions.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I am a great problem solver because I do not allow stress to cloud my judgment and mute my creative side. I am a keen observer with a great memory which allows me to recall unique solutions or ideas."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "I believe I am a great problem solver because I am sure to gather as many facts as possible, I look at the problem and its potential solutions from multiple angles, and I am not afraid to make a creative decision, that might seem off the beaten path."

  12. 12.

    Time management is the key to productivity at Emulation and Verification Engineering. How do you manage your time?

      The interviewer would like to know more about the types of tools you use to stay on task and meet deadlines. Discuss how you prioritize when everything demands your attention at once. Think about the ways you manage your projects and daily tasks.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I manage my time by exercising the idea of 'time-blocking.' This process means that I won't incessantly check my email; instead, I will allow myself to return emails in 30-minute time blocks, four times per day. Setting calendar alerts and personal deadlines for myself has also helped a lot."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "I manage my time best by using a select few programs dedicated to project and time management. My favorites are Freedcamp and Trello. Because I am technically savvy, I also utilize Google calendar every day."

  13. 13.

    We want to hire motivated leaders at Emulation and Verification Engineering. What do you find to be the most difficult aspect of leading your current team?

      The interviewer is trying to learn more about the challenges you currently face, as a leader. If hired, this information will help the company to know where you could use additional training, encouragement, or education.

      Every leader has an aspect that is challenging for them. Share your most challenging aspect of leadership but also highlight the steps that you take to alleviate or overcome that challenge.

      One common challenge for leaders is the need to terminate an employee. Another problem could be continually motivating unengaged employees. A big challenge could also be sourcing and utilize the best hiring resources to shave down your time spent on reading resumes.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "One challenge that I face as a leader is to avoid frustration when employees show continued disinterest in our company's education opportunities. My current company has an amazing program available for continued education, yet only about 32% of our employees take advantage. To alleviate this frustration, I am starting a company-wide recognition program for all employees who explore this option with our company."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "I find the most difficult part of leading my current team is to maintain a positive mentality throughout the entire group. We have a couple of individuals who try to drag the team down when it comes to morale. It's always hard to combat that, but I do my best by reinforcing all positive behaviors."

  14. 14.

    What is your current salary?

      A potential employer will often base their offer on your current salary. You should be transparent about your most recent earnings and be prepared to back up any salary requests.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I am currently earning a base salary of $78,000 plus a car allowance of $900/month and health benefits. I am looking for a competitive salary in my next position."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "I am currently making $100,000 per year with two bonus opportunities. I am looking for compensation that is aligned with the role and provides an opportunity for growth."

  15. 15.

    At Emulation and Verification Engineering we want to hire those with at least a basic understanding of semiconductors. Why are some semiconductors made of silicon?

      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 an acceptable answer. You should be transparent with the interviewer that you are unsure of the solution but offer any piece of knowledge that you may have.

      If you know the answer: "From my understanding, some semiconductors are made of silicon because the semiconductor can then be used at much higher temperatures; for electronics, for example."

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "From my understanding, some semiconductors are made of silicon because the semiconductor can then be used at much higher temperatures; for electronics, for example."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "If you do not know the answer: "I am not confident on why some semiconductors are made of silicon; however, I do believe that silicon is good for higher heat so perhaps that is why? I would love to learn more if you would give me the opportunity."

  16. 16.

    Emulation and Verification Engineering uses some well-known software programs. Which automation software solutions you are accustomed to using?

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  17. 17.

    We want to ensure that Emulation and Verification Engineering has the best inventory over our competitors. Have you ever made a suggestion on a product line or item?

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  18. 18.

    We strive to be the best in our industry. What do you think Emulation and Verification Engineering could improve on?

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  19. 19.

    At Emulation and Verification Engineering 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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  20. 20.

    What is the biggest difference between Intrinsic and Extrinsic semiconductors?

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  21. 21.

    How have you had to adapt your work style to fit the team's objectives?

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  22. 22.

    We value strong tenure at Emulation and Verification Engineering. Why were you fired or let go from your last job?

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  23. 23.

    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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  24. 24.

    What is your definition of hard work?

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  25. 25.

    It is important to us that Emulation and Verification Engineering maintains a healthy and collaborative work environment. What kind of people do you enjoy working with?

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  26. 26.

    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 Emulation and Verification Engineering?

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  27. 27.

    When have you used an inventive method to stretch company resources beyond the normal level?

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  28. 28.

    What skills did you learn in your last position that will help you in this new role with Emulation and Verification Engineering?

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  29. 29.

    What type of work environment do you dislike working in?

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  30. 30.

    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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  31. 31.

    Tell me about a project you worked on where a conventional approach was not suitable.

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