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Interview with Intel, How should I prepare?

  1. Nov 13, 2006 #1

    I'm finishing my M.Sc. degree in physics, my focus being on string theory, and I have an interview with Intel in 3 weeks. The position involves improving the efficiency and performance of their microprocessor chips. I want to come to the inerview prepared.

    I know a lot about Quantum Mechanics, QFT etc. but almost nothing about the engineering side of it, circuits and electrical engineering. I was told that I will be interviewed by their engineers and asked questions and such. What should I know, what should I learn?
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  3. Nov 13, 2006 #2
    you could try to study some simple circuits and EE type stuff if you really are clueless, but my advice is just to go in and do what you do. If they want you to know something specific, they can tell you that and you can learn it. At the interview, they just want to be floored by shear brilliance.
  4. Nov 13, 2006 #3
    You also have to think this is your first interview of many your going to have with them, so they arn't going to ask you everything all at once. It will probably be several little interviews.
  5. Nov 13, 2006 #4
    Intel hires string theorists?

    Congrats on getting an interview. You might want to study up on basic circuits, electronics, and semiconductor/solid-state/device physics, the last one being the most important I would think.

    just worry about the very basics
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  6. Nov 13, 2006 #5


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    Does the position involve advancing process technology, or advancing architecture and design techniques?

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  7. Nov 13, 2006 #6
    They didn't hire me yet:smile: .
    A lot of the techniques in Quantum Field Theory apply to solid state physics too, so it's not that far fetched. I chose string theory because it's interseting and hard, probably wasn't the smartest career move though.

    They didn't tell me, but I'm guessing process technology. What the hell do I know about circuit architechture?
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    Then I'd advise you to stay completely away from basic circuit theory -- unless you don't even remember how voltage and current work -- and study semiconductor fabrication or device physics instead.

    At a minimum, you should probably know the MOSFET inside and out.

    - Warren
  9. Nov 13, 2006 #8
    Present yourself as you are. Intel wants you for wants on your resume. The interview is used to prove that you didn't lie on your resume. If there is nothing about circuit design on your resume, they won't expect you to know anything about it.

    Shine up all the skills that you presented on your resume. Don't bother with anything else.
  10. Nov 13, 2006 #9
    That's a good point, IL. If you didn't put stuff like "circuit design" on your resume, chances are they won't ask you about it.

    I hope you didn't lie. :rofl: Though having a master's in physics certainly shows you can solve problems.
  11. Nov 13, 2006 #10


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    get a good nights sleep. and prepare some questions fot them, like what is their rewards plan.

    this is a 2 way street, you are grtefukl they are interviewing you but you are also offering them somehting, your talent and hard work. so they should be a good fit for you as well.
  12. Nov 13, 2006 #11
    whatever you do, do not wear a funky costume. i've heard of people wearing cat costumes and other nonsense to get the interviewers attention. thats a big no-no

    i've never actually had an interview, but try not to seem nervous. you shouldn't be totally relaxed and putting your feet on desks or anything, but just try not to seem too worried when you talk to them
  13. Nov 14, 2006 #12
    If I was an interviewer and someone showed up in a cat costume.... :rofl:. I'd tell them petsmart may be a better fit for them. Wear a suit to an intel interview, for sure. Or at least nice dress pants and a dress shirt.
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