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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?
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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."
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Top 30 Emulation and Verification Engineering SA Interview Questions
1.
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."
2.
Emulation and Verification Engineering uses some well-known software programs. Which automation software solutions you are accustomed to using?
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 understand another more easily.

Avoid focusing on what you don't know and focus on what you do. Assure the interviewer that you can learn their system quickly.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"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."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"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."
3.
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."
4.
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?
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 suggested the workplace.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"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. With that said, their customer service was impressive. Their pricing was competitive as well. We gave them a shot, and it worked out well for us, resulting in cost savings, a better product, and happier customers."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"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."
5.
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?"
6.
We strive to be the best in our industry. What do you think Emulation and Verification Engineering could improve on?
A great organization will always be open to improvement and innovation. The interviewer would like to know if you have suggestions for improvement; however, they are indeed not asking you to reinvent their wheel.

The worst thing you could do here is to speak negatively about the company without any constructive feedback or recommended solution. If you do have a suggestion, keep it light and be sure to end your remark with a positive comment.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I think that you are doing an impressive job at Emulation and Verification Engineering SA and I look forward to coming to work with you. If I could make any suggestion, I would suggest more updates on the company blog. I believe your vendors and distributors are interested in what Emulation and Verification Engineering SA has to say and where you are taking the company in the future!"
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I enjoy what you do at Emulation and Verification Engineering SA, and how you do it. If anything, I would suggest a bit more advertising on more modern platforms such as social media and through collaborative endorsements."
7.
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?
Most companies want to know that they are hiring someone who can grow with their company, show initiative, and be an excellent example to others. Talk to the interviewer about a time, big or small, when you took the initiative to go above your regular duties and set an example of leadership for your co-workers.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"Last month when our supervisor was out unexpectedly we had a couple of temporary employees not show up for their assignment. We were short-handed, and volumes were high. I decided to step up for the team, like a leader would do, and offered to work a double shift so that last-minute overtime was not expected of my team members. I enjoy setting an example of teamwork while maintaining a positive mindset."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I will often take new hires under my wing, unasked. I believe that it helps with retention when new employees feel like others are interested in their success."
8.
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."
9.
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."
10.
What is the biggest difference between Intrinsic and Extrinsic semiconductors?
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.

If you do not know the answer, it is essential that you make an educated guess. "I don't know" is never the right 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, Intrinsic semiconductors are made from very pure materials where Extrinsic semiconductors are made with trace impurities."

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I don't know"
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I am not confident on the difference between Intrinsic and Extrinsic semiconductors. I have worked with Extrinsic semiconductors which I know contain some impurities so perhaps Intrinsic semiconductors are made with only pure materials? I would love to learn more if you would give me the opportunity."
11.
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."
12.
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."
13.
How have you had to adapt your work style to fit the team's objectives?
The interviewer wants to hear that you are open to change and are adaptable. Think about the times when you have had to learn a new computer system, change your email organization approach, change how you update your calendar, re-worked your daily routine, or times when you have had to change your approach to meeting a goal. These are all great examples for this question!

Start off by telling the interviewer your usual work style in this area, and share how you changed this work style to meet the team's objectives. Be sure to mention that you didn't mind the change, and you were happy to accommodate this change to help the team reach its goal.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"Typically, I like to begin my day by listening to voicemail, checking emails, and making a to-do list for the day. The goal of this particular team was to increase staff communication, so we decided to start each morning with a team huddle instead. This meant that I was unable to kick-off my day with my usual morning routine. I was happy to meet for the team huddles because I understood that they were helping us meet our goal of improving communication."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"My current team is more junior, and they require constant communication - more than I am naturally inclined to provide. For this reason, I have had to adapt my communication style to include more touch-points in the day. I have learned a lot from having a greener team, and appreciate the opportunity to expand my working style."
14.
We value strong tenure at Emulation and Verification Engineering. Why were you fired or let go from your last job?
Being terminated does not have to be an embarrassing or shameful thing. Be open and honest with the interviewer regarding your dismissal. Be sure to let the interviewer know that you can provide positive references despite a previous termination.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I was terminated from my last position due to my inability to relocate to the new plant that my company was opening. It was unfortunate, but I am confident that I will find the right fit again shortly. Despite my termination, I can provide you with strong work references."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I lost my position due to the company being acquired by a larger competitor. It was disappointing because I was hoping to stay with that company for a long time. With that said, everything happens for a reason, and I am excited for a fresh start with Emulation and Verification Engineering SA."
15.
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?
Getting along with different personalities is especially vital in the workplace. Explain that you can be flexible and hear someone out even if you don't agree with them. Showcase your ability to learn from others when you may not wholeheartedly agree with their perspective or approach.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"Recently we received a project from a client that required my department to collaborate with a rival department within marketing. It was up to me to ensure that everyone worked smoothly together. The other departments' manager and I decided to start with a team building night out, and that helped a lot. Once everyone was able to find common ground, we could focus on the task at hand."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I had an issue with my manager a few years ago because we disagreed on the course of action to take on a project that was going sideways. The discussion started to heat up, so I quickly let her know that I thought it was best we think about our course of action overnight, and book a formal meeting to discuss the challenges. We scheduled a meeting for the following day and were able to resolve the issue. In the end, she told me she appreciated my conflict management skills, my professional awareness and personal maturity surrounding the situation."
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