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At GLOBALFOUNDRIES we want to hire those with at least a basic understanding of semiconductors. Why are some semiconductors made of silicon?
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1.
At GLOBALFOUNDRIES 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.
GLOBALFOUNDRIES 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."
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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."
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We want to ensure that GLOBALFOUNDRIES 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."
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Do you have any formal education or training in the semiconductor field? How does that training relate to what we do at GLOBALFOUNDRIES?
The interviewer would like to know how your post-secondary education and training relates to a career with GLOBALFOUNDRIES, Inc.. 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 GLOBALFOUNDRIES, Inc.?"
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