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  1. 1.

    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."

  2. 2.

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

      If you have an expense account or resource allowance, it is very respectful to the company to be as thoughtful with that allowance as possible. Talk to the interviewer about a time when you have been able to stretch company resources.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I have recently implemented a schedule that allows for ride-sharing rewards which have cut down on our company's fuel expense by $9000 per month. I am quite proud of this initiative because it is not only financially responsible but also environmentally friendly."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "I am always looking for ways to reuse resources and cut back on spending. Most recently, I introduced a recycling program that rewarded our employees for making choices that re-purposed extra materials."

  3. 3.

    What do you think you will like about this role with NXP Semiconductors USA?

      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 NXP Semiconductors USA, Inc. 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."

  4. 4.

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

      Culture fit is a critical factor when looking for a new position. Talk to the interviewer about the types of personalities that you best work with. Be sure to remain positive and avoid using this as an opportunity to speak poorly of previous colleagues.

      Rachelle's Answer #1

      "I best enjoy working with individuals who are driven, positive, energetic, and take accountability for their work. I do have the ability to work with a large variety of individuals; however, these are the ideal traits I would see in future colleagues."

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "My favorite people to work with are individuals who are passionate about their trade and want to make a difference for their company on a daily basis. Those who take pride in their work always have my utmost respect."

  5. 5.

    At NXP Semiconductors USA 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."

  6. 6.

    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."

  7. 7.

    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."

  8. 8.

    We try to hire people who want to stay with NXP Semiconductors USA 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 NXP Semiconductors USA, Inc.. 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 NXP Semiconductors USA, Inc.. 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 NXP Semiconductors USA, Inc.."

      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 NXP Semiconductors USA, Inc.."

  9. 9.

    We strive to be the best in our industry. What do you think NXP Semiconductors USA 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 NXP Semiconductors USA, Inc. 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 NXP Semiconductors USA, Inc. has to say and where you are taking the company in the future!"

      Rachelle's Answer #2

      "I enjoy what you do at NXP Semiconductors USA, Inc., 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."

  10. 10.

    We want to ensure that NXP Semiconductors USA 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."

  11. 11.

    NXP Semiconductors USA 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."

  12. 12.

    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."

  13. 13.

    Do you have any formal education or training in the semiconductor field? How does that training relate to what we do at NXP Semiconductors USA?

      The interviewer would like to know how your post-secondary education and training relates to a career with NXP Semiconductors USA, 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 NXP Semiconductors USA, Inc.?"

  14. 14.

    At NXP Semiconductors USA 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."

  15. 15.

    The product standards at NXP Semiconductors USA 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 NXP Semiconductors USA, Inc. 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."

  16. 16.

    What is the biggest difference between Intrinsic and Extrinsic semiconductors?

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  17. 17.

    Time management is the key to productivity at NXP Semiconductors USA. How do you manage your time?

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  18. 18.

    If NXP Semiconductors USA offered you the position, when would you be available to start?

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  19. 19.

    We value strong tenure at NXP Semiconductors USA. Why were you fired or let go from your last job?

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  20. 20.

    What is your current salary?

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  21. 21.

    Sometimes we come across unique problems at NXP Semiconductors USA. What makes you a great problem solver?

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  22. 22.

    What is your definition of hard work?

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  23. 23.

    We want to hire motivated leaders at NXP Semiconductors USA. What do you find to be the most difficult aspect of leading your current team?

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  24. 24.

    Do you think honesty is always the best policy?

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  25. 25.

    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 NXP Semiconductors USA?

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  26. 26.

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

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  27. 27.

    What skills did you learn in your last position that will help you in this new role with NXP Semiconductors USA?

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  28. 28.

    What type of work environment do you dislike working in?

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  29. 29.

    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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  30. 30.

    What are your strengths?

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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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