General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Interview Questions & Reviews

Updated Aug 7, 2014
Updated Aug 7, 2014
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  1.  

    Project Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee  in  Huntsville, AL
    Anonymous Employee in Huntsville, AL
    Application Details

    I interviewed online. The process took 2 weeks - interviewed at General Atomics Aeronautical Systems in July 2014.

    Interview Details

    I initially almost declined the interview because HR wanted me to provided 5 references to fill out a lengthy survey about me within 24 hours. I felt like this was kind of ridiculous considering I hadn't had the interview to see if the job was a good fit. It found it off-putting. I was able to get 5 references _ 2 have to be current or past supervisors. It was a headache for these high-level managers to fill out the survey which included 2 essay questions within 24 hours.

    The interview was a panel of 3 men. One was the office mgr, a retired Army COL. The other two were project managers. They were friendly enough. One said "the person who WINS this position will..." which I found to be a red flag, considering I feel like the interview is as much about me seeing if I want to work for a company as it is about them selecting me. I feel any quality employee with self-esteem would feel this way. The interview had a slight flavor of wanting me to grovel for a job.

    Anyway, the main interviewer wasn't hostile, but asked questions in a rapid fire manner and always had a sort of "prove it" follow up question. By about halfway through the interview I had decided I didn't want to work there. I had several opportunities on the table, as do most engineers in this town who are good at what they do. The travel requirements pretty much sealed it for me that I wasn't going to be interested. I made it pretty clear at the time the level of travel required would be a problem for me.

    Also, when I asked the main interviewer when they would be making a decision, he said 5 weeks in the future. So, they expect a candidate to get 5 reference surveys completed within 24 hours and they aren't making a decision for over a month?? They were currently funded, btw.

    I don't think they will get quality people working for them if they treat candidates this way. They will find people, but not the best people. This manner of interviewing will weed out the best people. Also, please refer to the completely inappropriate nature of the questions below. Enough said. Amazing. Dodged a bullet!

    Interview Questions
    • "This is a position where you will be the ONLY FEMALE, is that a problem for you? I mean, it's really a boy's club, will that be a problem for you? What I'm saying is that you will DEFINITELY BE THE ONLY WOMAN when you work this position, would that be a problem for you?"   View Answer
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview
  2.  

    Department Assistant II Interview

    Anonymous Employee  in  Palmdale, CA
    Anonymous Employee in Palmdale, CA
    Application Details

    I interviewed online. The process took 6 days - interviewed at General Atomics Aeronautical Systems in August 2014.

    Interview Details

    Applied on line. Was contacted by HR 5 days later to schedule a phone screen with Recruiter.Was told by her that she sends all feed back from candidates to Hiring manager, and its up to the mgr to decide if they want a face to face interview., If hired,will have to go through security clearance ( fingerprints ) which can take 5 to 6 weeks to get back, plus would be required to pass a drug screen.

    Interview Questions
    • Describe a time where you made a mistake at work, what happened and how did you resolve it?   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  3.  

    Technical Writer Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Application Details

    The process took 1+ week - interviewed at General Atomics Aeronautical Systems.

    Interview Details

    Applied online and received a response for a follow up phone interview next day. The interview was short and very rushed. I felt like they were just going through the motions and had already selected someone for the position.

    Interview Questions
    • Experience as it relates to this position in 2 minutes   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Systems Test and Qualification Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee  in  Poway, CA
    Anonymous Employee in Poway, CA
    Application Details

    I interviewed online. The process took 2+ weeks - interviewed at General Atomics Aeronautical Systems.

    Interview Details

    Was brought in to interview as part of a mass-interview weekend event. Did a rotation through 3 1-on-1 interviews which all felt rushed as they were trying to keep to the schedule. Do not think it lasted more than an hour total. It seemed like it was the first time 2 of the interviews had even seen my resume. All three had different interview styles.

    First: Questioned experience and relevancy to the position, slow questions.
    Second: On point, rapid fire questions picking apart the resume.
    Third: General experience & Conversation.

    Interview Questions
    • Was asked to describe, in detail, the functionality of a common avionics data bus.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
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    Project Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee  in  Poway, CA
    Anonymous Employee in Poway, CA
    Application Details

    I interviewed online. The process took 2 months - interviewed at General Atomics Aeronautical Systems in April 2014.

    Interview Details

    Telephone interview followed by an in person interview. The interviewers were very friendly and put me right at ease. The questions were not what I expected but also not so hard as to be unanswerable.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  7.  

    Manufacturing Engineering Interview

    Anonymous Employee  in  Poway, CA
    Anonymous Employee in Poway, CA
    Application Details

    I interviewed online. The process took 3 months - interviewed at General Atomics Aeronautical Systems in May 2014.

    Interview Details

    Interview Detail: Applied for the job that was posted in February, 2014. HR contacted me for onsite interview to have a panel of interviewers. The position was still listed for couple of days prior to my interview date. I checked it again on my interview date and the position was not listed. Interviewers were late for 15 minutes. No big deal. They asked me bunch of technical and behavior questions and answered them all with ease. They keep grilling me on my 14 years work history. Most of them are short term contract works. I felt they were giving me the run around and already made their decisions.

    Interview Questions
    • How you certified Lean Six Sigma? No, I don't any formal training in the Lean Principle, but I have used it on my last three jobs.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview
  8.  

    Program Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee  in  Poway, CA
    Anonymous Employee in Poway, CA
    Application Details

    I interviewed through an employee referral. The process took 3 months - interviewed at General Atomics Aeronautical Systems in February 2014.

    Interview Details

    HR process slower than Vermont Maple Syrup in Jan. HR rep tried like the dickens to lowball salary expectation out of the chocks during first phone interview. 'Reduced expectations' commensurate with my experience with HR Dept: the initial HR 'greeter' had no idea why I was there, and after finally figuring out who I was supposed to meet, I got to sit for 20 minutes past interview slot waiting for HR rep who told me, "Sorry, I was on a phone call".

    HR will send out 'ref requests' with a 'cover letter' to the recipients signed on your behalf. Not that I mind a letter going to my refs, but if I didn't write it, it shouldn't have my name on it...it is a 'cheesy' letter to boot.

    I hope the Predator can make time on target better than the 'first impression crew' at GA.

    (they failed their interview)

    Interview Questions
    • very standard HR questions ("Why do you want to work here?")   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview
  9.  

    Avionics Technician II Interview

    Anonymous Employee  in  Palmdale, CA
    Anonymous Employee in Palmdale, CA
    Application Details

    I interviewed online. The process took 4 weeks - interviewed at General Atomics Aeronautical Systems in November 2013.

    Interview Details

    It was a rather standard interview. Applied and got a call from HR couple of weeks later. Basically I was told the process would have several steps. The first was an online test. The test covered basic electronic theory, general aircraft, and basic math. You are told not to look anything up while you do the test which is important. The second part was a phone interview with HR. They asked standard questions. Why this job, tell me about such and such system, have you used tech manuals....etc.

    After the phone interview I was contact by HR again about coming in for an interview. I let them know when i was available and they set everything up. GA-ASI paid for the plane, hotel, rental car, and also a per diem for each day.

    The on site interview process is a bit lengthy. Mine was from 7 am to around lunch. You check in and go to HR first thing. While there you are handed a packet about GA-ASI with various information (benefits are really nice) and you speak with the HR person while they get a feel for you. After a couple minutes of that you will be given another test that has the same types of things as the online test. This is to make sure you didnt cheat on the online part. You MUST pass this test in order to proceed with the rest of the interview process.

    The test is reviewed by the actual hiring authority and you are told go or no go. If you pass the test they will walk you to the next part of the test. The next test is simply a install of a dummy part and ops check where you follow a tech manual. If you have worked on any aircraft this part is easy. The hardest part is wondering if things like not having a station to break your torque wrench is an oversight or they want to see if you know to do it.

    If you pass this the next step is the interview with the hiring authority. During this he brought in another person so it was two people. The interview was very regimented. They had a couple of sheets of questions and asked questions from the sheet. Questions were things like, describe a time you had to do something where you were being told to do something but you know you shouldnt, tell me about a time you had a conflict with a co worker and how did you resolve it.

    I did not get a job offer, afterwords I was escorted back to HR and then left. A weekish later I got an email telling me I was not selected.

    Interview Questions
    • What conflict did you have with a coworker and how did you resolve it   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  10.  

    Human Resources/General Atomics Interview

    Anonymous Employee  in  San Diego, CA
    Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Application Details

    I interviewed through a staffing agency - interviewed at General Atomics Aeronautical Systems in April 2013.

    Interview Details

    Stuck on what they want to hear. Nice company and place to work. Tough to get in.

    Interview Questions
    • It was straight forward. They did not hear true answers however.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview
  11.  

    Systems Engineer I Interview

    Anonymous Employee  in  San Diego, CA
    Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Application Details

    I interviewed online - interviewed at General Atomics Aeronautical Systems in December 2013.

    Interview Details

    Applied online - about 3 months later, was contacted to set up a telephone interview. Just went through resume and asked questions about it, and seeing how it would fit with the job description

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview

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