23 of the trickiest questions you’ll have to answer if you want to work at Intel

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Intel is huge. The company, which once made watches, almost certainly made the processor powering your computer. You can also find its chips in your new iPhones, and it has its eyes set on wearables and drones.

But if you want to work for the company that was named one of the World’s Most Admired Companies, you will have know the company well and answer a some tough questions first.

We’ve put together some of the most interesting and trickiest Intel interview questions posted on Glassdoor.


“Please talk about a time when a client was not happy/satisfied with work that you provided them. What do you think caused the dissatisfaction and how did you resolve the issue?” – Program Manager candidate

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“Tell me about a time where you were working in an unsafe environment.” – Manufacturing Technician candidate

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“Describe a time you disagreed with your manager and how you resolved the situation.” – Process Engineer candidate

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“Develop an algorithm that calculates the angle between the minute hand and hour hand on a clock.” – Software Developer candidate

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“Tell me about a time where you were working against a deadline and had to balance multiple projects at once.” – Manufacturing Technician candidate

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“Identify these elements/compounds: H, C, Hg, Si, H2O2, KOH.” – Manufacturing Technician candidate

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“A gas canister weighs 100 lbs empty, and 200 lbs full. It’s sitting on a digital scale. You need to program the scale to alert you when the canister is 80% and 90% empty, respectively. At what values (in lbs) do you program the scale to alert you?” – Manufacturing Technician candidate

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“Do you know any history of Intel?” – Intern candidate

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“What is the process you use to troubleshoot problems? Please give an example.” – Senior Process Engineer candidate

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“Give an example of a time where you had to take a preventive action against things that hadn’t gone wrong but could very soon do in the way you carried out your experiments.” – Process TD Engineer candidate

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“You have two cups, one that can hold up to 5 quarts of water and the other 3 quarts. Get me to 4 quarts of water.” – Systems Validation Engineer candidate

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“(There are) two cups, isolated to the surroundings. There are small piece(s) of ice and some hot water in identical amount for each cup. In one test, ice goes first and then hot water. In other hot water goes first and then ice. In which test does the ice melt sooner?” – Process Engineer candidate

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“How would you explain your research to your grandmother?” – Integration Device Yield Engineer candidate

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“Given a basic description of a machine/tool and a scenario (i.e. this readout isn’t working), how would you go about fixing it?” – Process Technology Development Engineer candidate

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“Name a time when you’ve been part of a team that has failed.” – Finance candidate


“What is Intel doing that you are excited about?” – Accelerated Leadership Program candidate

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“Who are Intel’s competitors and how can we differentiate against them?” – Intern candidate

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“When the task is impossible to finish within the given deadline, what should you do?” – Software Engineer candidate

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“Why is your GPA not a 4.0?” – Process TD Engineer candidate

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“What would you say if you run a program and it crashes unexpectedly?” – Core OS Software Engineer candidate

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“Tell me an accomplishment which you are proud of.” – Product Development Engineer candidate

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“If you wanted to determine if one product is better than the other, what would you do in detail?” – Process Engineer candidate

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“If you had to convince your manager to make an investment of $1 M and there is no room in the budget – how would you do so?” – Finance Analyst candidate

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