AeroVironment Interview Questions

Updated Apr 12, 2015
Updated Apr 12, 2015
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    Software Engineer Interview

    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at AeroVironment.

    Interview

    Sent in the application via email and the recruiter sent me a questionnaire to fill out regarding my relevant experiences. The hiring manager contacted me a month later after reviewing all the applications to set up a phone interview. They requested my transcripts a week later and I received an offer letter soon after.

    Interview Questions

  2.  

    Technical Writer Interview

    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter – interviewed at AeroVironment.

    Interview

    I was contacted on LinkedIn by a recruiter. First, I had a phone interview with multiple managers and human resources. I then had with an in-person interview with a panel that included the people from the phone interview as well as representatives from related departments. The whole process was friendly and efficient, and human resources contacted me promptly at each step.

    Interview Questions

    • How I would apply my experiences to the position, etc.   Answer Question

    Reasons for Declining

    Compensation package

  3.  

    Machinist/Technician Interview

    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through other source. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at AeroVironment.

    Interview

    I sent my resume and cover letter in; two days later an application came in the mail with a handwritten note stating, "Please fill this out so we can schedule an interview." (This was in the pre-email days.) Interviewed with one manager a few days later and we both agreed that it went well. When I didn't hear anything within a couple of weeks, I called and my interviewer said that they weren't ready for me yet, but to please keep in touch. An offer finally came two months later! Spent many great years there before getting caught in one of AV's great purges that have, sadly, become commonplace.

    Interview Questions

    • I can't really think of one. We just discussed what the company had done, what it planned to do, what I had done, and what I planned to do. Very low stress, the way interviews should be.   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    I told them my salary requirements, they said that they certainly weren't unreasonable, and the offer was actually over what I'd asked for.

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    Contracts Administrator Interview

    Declined Offer
    Declined Offer

    Application

    interviewed at AeroVironment in May 2014.

    Interview

    Applied online, was contacted several days later by HR via phone and asked several questions regarding the position. I must of answered HR's questions to their satisfaction because they scheduled a phone interview for the next day with the a manager in another department.

    I found this manager had a pompous tone about him, as did the HR person who called the day before. They both came off with their line of questions almost arrogant. When the manager asked for examples about certain scenarios that I have used my experience in or where I have applied it at, at other positions, he seemed as if my experience (20 years experience working in Forbes 500 companies) was not grandiose enough for him or the position. After only asking me 3 questions...he said was tired of talking and asking questions...and wanted to let me ask questions. Which I did. He never really answered any of my questions, instead he kept going in circles and repeated the same jargon over and over. When I asked if he had more questions, he seemed to get a second wind of pretentiousness. He then questioned my education (I was finshing my BA degree online) and if this "job" was just a "stepping" point and did I "even" see this as something more long term. After I got over the gall of his question, I answered, that I was indeed looking for long term (why else was I applying? Duh?) To which he replied, "Well, I am going to touch base with HR and compare notes and HR will get back with you."

    Interview Questions

    • Is this job just a stepping point for you? Just to grow and go? Or do you want a long-term job.   Answer Question

    Reasons for Declining

    This interview left a really bad taste in my mouth. If they act like this during a phone interview, I can only imagine what they would be like to work for....No Thanks! Then after reading the employee reviews....I'm really glad I went with my gut on this one.....

  6. Helpful (3)  

    AeroMechanical Engineer II Interview

    Declined Offer
    Declined Offer

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at AeroVironment.

    Interview

    Good overall.

    Reasons for Declining

    Didn't like the vibe.

  7.  

    Program Manager Interview

    Accepted Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through other source. The process took 5+ monthsinterviewed at AeroVironment.

    Interview

    Took WAY too long to get hired. Made contact in August, had phone interview in September, then a second phone interview in October, when I was asked in for a face-to-face. Heard nothing for two months after, then got a call in December to start in January. Through it all, the AV recruiter was very helpful and supportive.

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  8. Helpful (1)  

    Product Management Summer Associate Interview

    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2+ weeksinterviewed at AeroVironment (Monrovia, CA) in April 2013.

    Interview

    I had an initial round of screening with a questionnaire regarding the industry analysis, research into competitors businesses, and my recommendations to enter adjacent markets for their different lines of businesses. Next, I had an in-person interview with the hiring manager and the department head to discuss elaborately my experience, my understanding of the position and my perception or direction I would take to fulfill the requirements.

    Interview Questions

    • How would you solve our current business problem in terms of pushback from the customers, etc. Who are the stakeholders involved, and how would you reach out to them and what can you say to convince them and bring them on board?   Answer Question
  9. Helpful (3)  

    Software Engineer Intern Interview

    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took a dayinterviewed at AeroVironment (Simi Valley, CA) in August 2008.

    Interview

    Applied online. Received call a few weeks later to set up a phone interview. Interviewer was very friendly. He asked mostly about my technical background but not specific technical questions. Asked about team experiences.

    Interview Questions

    • Have you heard of real-time operating systems? What do you know about them?   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    Not much of a negotiation for interns. They pay interns based on college credits taken.

  10. Helpful (1)  

    Engineer Interview

    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took a dayinterviewed at AeroVironment (Simi Valley, CA) in June 2007.

    Interview

    The part of the interview that seemed to have the biggest effect on the company was real project experience. Taking in some hardware and examples of previous projects helped them see that I was serious with my school projects and hobbies. They were happy to discuss these as primary interview tools, which put the ball in my court, rather than just running through the standard interview questions - also it made me feel like I would stand out in their book.

    Also, we did a group design project in the interview, to see how I thought through problems, what I considered important, what I considered risky, etc. The interviewers were all contributing to the task, but just noting what role I gravitated toward (leader, follower, etc.) to see if I was a good fit for their team.

    Interview Questions

    • Tell us about a technical, personal project you've worked on lately.   Answer Question
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    COnfidenial Interview

    Declined Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview
    Declined Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online – interviewed at AeroVironment.

    Interview

    I applied for one role that matched my experience and qualifications, but interviewed for another once my salary expectations were known.

    The HR Manager was cold and off-putting; didn't seem to care and managed to maintain distance. Email communication was fine, but in-person was a different matter.

    The phone interview went well, I thought. Though my background wasn't specific to the role, the manager just connected with what I knew and did at previous companies.

    The in-person interview was the worst I've ever been a part of. Some people were 5-10 minutes late while one popped in later at the end. There was no clean-cut method to one of their specific processes; they just seemed to wing it without any analogous or parametric backup. One one guy seemed to care, while one, when pinged, didn't have a single question to ask. The interview was full of typical management speak.

    Interview Questions

    • Why do you want to work here?   1 Answer

    Reasons for Declining

    It's quite sad. I had high hopes for this place, but the management were career bosses in self-validation roles. I can validate the opinions of fellow minions. I assume this is not the company it once was.

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