FAQs

Prepare and Succeed: Qualcomm Interview FAQ

You probably have questions. Get answers and insights here.

When you’re selected for an on-site interview, a member of the recruiting team will guide you through the process, from online application docs and trip arrangements to pre-interview prep.

Expect at least two technical interviews either our campus, virtually or over the phone. Spontaneity and improvisation are great, but the better you’re prepared, the more confident you’ll be—and that’s a real advantage.


Here are a few tips to help you gain an edge through the interview process:

  • Research successful interviewing techniques and preview common questions. Think through your responses, then practice (yes, out loud) to enhance your communications skills.
  • Do your homework. Study our website to learn about Qualcomm and our industry. Showing your interest in our world is always impressive.
  • Have a few personal stories in mind that demonstrate your problem-solving skills. Be prepared to talk about your coursework, your role on projects and your work experience.

And some general pointers you probably already know, but just in case:

  • Be punctual. It’s a fundamental sign of respect.
  • Ask questions. Interviews are a dialogue. We enjoy being asked questions that show genuine interest in our company.
  • Be buttoned up. Pack extra resumes, pens and a notepad.
  • Be buttoned up, part two. Yes, we have a casual workplace, but dressing appropriately always makes a better first impression.
  • And finally, send (or email) a thank you note. Expressing your interest in the position and appreciation to the hiring team for their time can never hurt. Your recruiter can forward your message along to the team.

Getting Started

How do I apply for a position at Qualcomm?

Step One: Create an Account

Qualcomm's online system allows you to apply to open positions and track positions you’ve applied for. Select “Create Account” to begin.

Provide an email address and password to officially establish your account. You can then start applying for positions on the site and track the status of your applications.

 

Step Two: Search for Jobs and Apply

After you establish an account, search our database of open positions by location, job category and keyword. When you locate a position for which you may be a fit, select Apply.

Begin by uploading your resume under Quick Apply and complete the remaining steps to apply to the position. Your resume will be available to the talent acquisition specialist for consideration.

A Qualcomm representative will contact you if your qualifications are a good match for our opportunities. Please keep in mind that submitting your resume authorizes Qualcomm to use your personal information for recruitment purposes.

New User? Get started and apply today. Returning User? Just log in to your profile and check your application status in the Candidate Home / My Submitted Applications.

How is the information in my account used and does it remain confidential?

The information in your account always remains confidential to Qualcomm. It will only be shared with members of our talent acquisition department and with the manager who would be overseeing the position(s) to which you have applied. The information will be used to keep in contact with you regarding your interest in our positions, and to evaluate your skills and experience against the requirements for the positions in which you have expressed interest.

I've applied to a position. What happens next?

Your resume will be reviewed against the position's requirements. If it is determined that there is a match, a member of our talent acquisition team will contact you to schedule an interview.

Is there a limit to the amount of jobs I can apply to?

No, you may apply to as many positions as you’d like.

What are the steps in your hiring process?

After an initial screening of your resume by a member of our talent acquisition team, qualified resumes are forwarded to the hiring manager for review. The manager will then request interviews to be set up with those determined to be a good match. A series of interviews, including telephone, on-site and/or virtual are conducted. Based on the results of these interviews, an offer for employment is extended to the most qualified applicant.

What do I do if I need an accommodation during the hiring process?

If you are an individual with a disability and need an accommodation during the application/hiring process, please call Qualcomm's toll-free number found here for assistance. If your country is not listed, please reach out to your recruiter. Qualcomm will provide reasonable accommodations, upon request, to support individuals with disabilities to be able participate in the hiring process. Qualcomm is also committed to making our workplace accessible for individuals with disabilities. Qualcomm is an equal opportunity employer and supports workforce diversity.

Have a question for one of our departments such as talent acquisition, public relations, research and development, ventures or investor relations? Start here.

How do I request for my profile on the Careers website to be deleted?

To submit a potential deletion request, please visit this page: https://www.qualcomm.com/site/privacy. You will find a link to make this request under the section labeled "Your Choices." Following this, you will receive an email from "OneTrust Privacy." Please review this email and follow any instructions accordingly.

Interview Process

What will help me to be best prepared for my interview?

Qualcomm is all about innovative solutions. Have a few examples in mind of how you’ve solved particular problems or demonstrated creativity and resourcefulness.

Qualcomm has a comprehensive website with information about our culture, our history and more. Take a few moments to review it; you’ll probably find some interesting facts that will make great conversation starters. We also suggest taking some time to research the department/business you’ll be interviewing with. This will help you to understand the specifics of the team and relay your experiences more relevantly.

And of course, prior to your interview it’s always a good idea to review the job description. Be prepared to talk at length about your resume and experience, as well as professional goals and career aspirations.

A recruiter has contacted you because you've been selected for an interview. What happens next?

Scheduling

Given our large volume of interviews, candidates are often contacted via email to arrange the logistics of the interview. Our talent acquisition coordinators will do their best to accommodate your schedule and book your travel/hotel if necessary. If you have any questions during this process, contact telephone numbers are listed on all email correspondence. Feel free to give us a call.

Interview Process

Interviews at Qualcomm traditionally comprise a phone interview, followed by one or two onsite/virtual interviews.


Onsite Interview

Our onsite interview format is a series of individual 45-minute meetings with various members of the hiring team. This method is designed to give candidates a 360-degree view of the department and the role.

Virtual Interview

Our virtual interview format is a series of individual 45-minute meetings with various members of the hiring team. We use multiple platforms including Zoom, Microsoft Teams, HireVue, etc.

Interview Format

Interview styles vary from group to group and change significantly depending on the role you are seeking and the teams with whom you are meeting. The majority of interviewers aim to get a grasp of your technical skills while also asking questions to get to know who you are and how you communicate. In addition to technical questioning, some interviewers utilize behavioral interviewing methods. In this case, you should be prepared with some concrete examples that illustrate situations when you have successfully solved problems or performed memorably.

Occasionally, groups will opt for a panel interview that will include several members of the company interviewing you collectively. Your scheduler and recruiter will be able to clarify if this will apply to your interview.

When will I hear back from my recruiter after I've interviewed?

We aim to get back to candidates within two weeks of an interview, and a reasonable expectation timeline should be outlined during your onsite recruiter meeting. Feel free to reach out to your individual recruiter if you have questions in the interim. All interviewed candidates will be notified directly with an interview outcome regardless of whether they are selected or not.

Application Process

How can I talk to someone about my resume and job interests?

If we find that you’re a good match with Qualcomm’s requirements and qualifications after you have submitted your resume, you will be contacted directly by a member of our talent acquisition team. At that time, we will be more than happy to discuss your resume and job interests. While we would like to speak to everyone that has an interest in working at Qualcomm, the volume of resumes does not allow us to perform this courtesy.

How do I apply for positions in other countries?

All Qualcomm openings worldwide are posted on our “Search for Jobs” page. Simply search by your criteria. The same application process is used for positions in all locations.

When can I update my account?

You may update certain aspects of your account via the “Update Contact Information” section. You can access and make changes to your password-protected account at any time. You may upload a new version of your resume whenever you apply to additional roles at Qualcomm.

What are the eligibility requirements to work for Qualcomm in the U.S.?

We consider all qualified candidates, regardless of citizenship or visa status.

Do I have to complete the entire profile?

We don’t require you to complete all fields at the time of applying to a position, but we strongly recommend you do so. The more information you submit the better the chance that we will find your resume while searching our database.

How long after applying to a position can I expect to hear from Qualcomm?

Upon applying to a position, your resume is immediately entered into our database and made available to recruiters who specialize in the areas matching your skills, strengths and areas of interest. We strongly encourage you to apply for positions that you are qualified for and interested in. A recruiter may contact you if an open position matches your skills and background.

How can I submit my resume/CV via email?

If your resume is sent via email, the chances of our talent acquisition team finding a match for you are dramatically reduced. Therefore, we encourage you to directly apply to our open positions on our Careers site. This way, your resume/CV will be available to many hiring managers and recruiters, instead of just the ones who receive it via email.

How can I change my email address in my profile?

To change your email address, log into the profile using your old email address and password. Click on “Account Settings” and update your email iID.

How can I be sure that my application has been received?

When you apply for a position, you will see a congratulations message on the screen.

What is a Job Alert?

Job Alerts are a great way to be notified about new positions available at Qualcomm.

How can I create a Job Alert?

Log in to your Account and click on “Job Alerts” followed by “Create a Job Alert”. Enter your criteria and click on “Ok”. You can choose to be notified either Daily or Weekly. You can return to this section at any time to add new Job Alerts or edit/delete existing Job Alerts.

What benefits am I eligible for?

Qualcomm has a generous and comprehensive benefits package that you will be eligible for as a regular, full-time employee, and we also offer great benefits for interns.

Do I have to be a U.S. citizen to apply to U.S. based positions?

We consider all qualified candidates, regardless of citizenship. However, please recognize that in order to work for Qualcomm, you will need to show proof of your legal right to work in the U.S. In addition, if you are a citizen of a country that is included on the U.S. list of restricted, sanctioned or embargoed countries, your employment will be contingent on you receiving authorization from the U.S. government. Qualcomm will apply to the U.S government for authorization for you to have access to Qualcomm's technology and/or products prior to your employment.

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