General Atomics Aeronautical Systems
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www.ga-asi.com Poway, CA 5000+ Employees

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Interview Questions & Reviews

Updated May 13, 2014
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Aircraft Planning and Documentaion Interview

Aircraft Planning and Documentaion

I applied online and the process took 9 months - interviewed at General Atomics Aeronautical Systems.

Interview Details – My process from start to finish took about 8 months. The HR recruiter seemed over worked and was extremely hard to get a hold of. I had more luck contacting my supervisor to be. Things should be better now but don't expect to much. They did offer a relocation assistance package which really helped so that is a plus and something to ask about.

Interview Question – I wouldn't expect anything outside the generic HR questions. Do a google search and just reference some Q&A there.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – Nothing I was basically told take it or leave it.

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Staff Engineer Interview

Staff Engineer
Poway, CA

I applied online and the process took 4 weeks - interviewed at General Atomics Aeronautical Systems in March 2014.

Interview Details – I applied through the company website for an engineering position and was contacted by a hiring manager a week later. I received a phone call at home in the evening and we chatted a bit on the skills listed in my resume. He said he would get with HR to coordinate a trip out there the following week for a job fair on their campus. HR moved quickly within a couple of days to schedule the trip. HR also set up an additional position interview with one of the other programs there so I was just expecting two interviews. I asked the HR rep on the phone about the interview format which they replied there would be two panels. They didn't know much about the positions advertised though.

I studied up on the company, products, and customers that would help in what questions I would ask and answer. I expected to be there only a couple of hours but stayed over four hours. The first two screening interviews were panel interviews with four managers each. As it turned out they were competing programs and talked a lot about their programs and asked general questions. There were a couple of situational questions and a lot of questions on my experience. All the discussions were very friendly. These folks would have been my direct managers for either position offered. They answered my questions just fine but there wasn't enough time all my questions. They seemed to appreciate the challenging questions I presented to them. The responsibilities described by each sounded challenging and interesting as they were revealed during the discussions.

They kept moving me around to additional interviews up the chain of command. Everyone there seems very nice and personable including HR escorting us around. Both programs seems quite interested in the capabilities I would bring to their organization so that was very positive. Both indicated they were short handed which was a concern.

The buildings looked very new and the inside layout was typical of other engineering facilities. There was no opportunity to see the rest of the facilities or talk with potential co-workers as the event was on a Saturday. Based on the brief interaction we had a good rapport and I thought the company culture would be fine and typical of other engineering companies of that size. I had to fly home that afternoon so I didn't have any time to see the area.

Another manager called me a few days later to further discuss which of the two programs I would prefer so I knew that both groups were interested in extending an offer. HR contacted me the next day with an offer with a small bump from my previous position and a generous relocation package. There was no negotiation on the starting salary.

Interview Question – While discussing any past experiences and knowledge they would consistently dive deeper to see how much I really knew.   View Answer

Reason for Declining – This was a very difficult decision but I had a competing offer that I felt was a better fit overall.

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Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

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Quality Engineer Interview

Quality Engineer
Poway, CA

I applied online and the process took 3 months - interviewed at General Atomics Aeronautical Systems.

Interview Details – Online application, called a month later. Interview with the HR Rep, which was easy and went well. Interview with Manager and Peer from group. Much more detailed, but also went well.

Interview Question – Lots of GD&T questions   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – You take what they offer

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Accepted Offer

Neutral Experience

A&P Technician Interview

A&P Technician

I applied through a recruiter and interviewed at General Atomics Aeronautical Systems.

Interview Details – Was indepth.

Interview Question – None. Be honest.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – They offered. I accepted.

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Accepted Offer

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Difficult Interview

Field Avionics Technician Interview

Field Avionics Technician
Palmdale, CA

I applied through a recruiter - interviewed at General Atomics Aeronautical Systems in January 2010.

Interview Details – GA in-house recruiter contacted me based on my resume, which was posted online. I took a 10 question skills test (online) which I had one hour to complete. I was then given a phone interview after which I was invited to their facility for a face-to-face interview, which was at 7AM - a little early in my opinion. The interview was around 4 hours long, during which I was grilled in-depth about technical issues, fair enough. At the end I was offered a job for a sub-standard wage, but with a promise of the ability to make much much more by deploying to war zone areas.

Interview Question – Why do I seem hostile?   View Answer

Negotiation Details – I negotiated for a non-deploying position

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Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Easy Interview

Pricing Analyst Interview

Pricing Analyst
Poway, CA

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at General Atomics Aeronautical Systems in December 2012.

Interview Details – There are single interviews and panel interviews. I have always felt at ease during the interview process here.

Interview Question – Discribe a challenging workplace scenario and how you resolved it.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – A challenge.

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Intern Interview

Intern
Poway, CA

I applied online and interviewed at General Atomics Aeronautical Systems.

Interview Details – Received an initial phone screening with basic questions regarding interest and availability. This was followed by a video interview about three weeks later with three engineers who asked mostly behavioral questions and probed projects listed on my resume. Received a call later that day saying they wanted to move forward in extending me an offer. Took a drug test and passed a background check before official offer was extended.

Interview Question – General behavioral questions   Answer Question

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Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

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Mechanical Engineer I Interview

Mechanical Engineer I

I applied online and the process took 2 months - interviewed at General Atomics Aeronautical Systems.

Interview Details – I applied through their online job site. About 1.5 months later, I received a phone call to schedule an initial phone screening from an HR recruiter. The phone screening was mostly about my experience and general qualifications, nothing too difficult. After the phone screening, I was invited for an on-site interview.

The on-site interview consisted of 1 interview with the HR recruiter, 1 interview with a prospective team member or supervisor, and then 1 interview with the hiring manager. Again, the the interviews were mostly about my experience. They didn't quiz me on engineering equations or give me a creative thinking question like some companies like to do. The position I was interviewing for involved a lot of interaction with different groups. Because of that, I talked about my philosophy on cooperation and workplace interaction. What I said seemed to resonate with the hiring manager.

The day after, I was called and conditionally offered the job. GA then required me to submit 5 references, with at least 2 being a supervisor/manager. I also had to take a drug screening test. After submitting all of the necessary references and passing the screening, I was fully offered the job. This secondary process took about 2 weeks.

Tips for future applicants:
If you currently have a job, make sure to be on good terms with your supervisors and coworkers, you'll need 5 of them to submit reference letters, which is a lot. Most places only require 1-3 references.

Interview Question – There was no particularly difficult question. Just make sure to highlight how your experience, personality, work philosophy, goals, and education is relevant to the job.   Answer Question

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Graphic Illustrator Interview

Graphic Illustrator
San Diego, CA

I applied through a recruiter and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at General Atomics Aeronautical Systems in December 2009.

Interview Details – Very systematic, overall pleasant.

Interview Question – Is there anything in your past that would keep you from obtaining a security clearance (seems like a very loaded question.)   View Answer

Negotiation Details – They asked me what my ideal starting salary would be, then gave it to me.

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Accepted Offer

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Engineer Interview

Engineer

I applied online and interviewed at General Atomics Aeronautical Systems.

Interview Details – Meet with HR, then meet with department manager. Manager ask about background then proceeds to ask a serious of technical questions. Some required reciting equations. Some are basic concepts related to engineering. Then meet with potential lead who proceeded to ask similar questions.

FYI, this has changed and is now a panel interview.

Interview Question – None of the ones I was asked were unexpected or particularly unexpected.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – No negotiations. HR called, offered me the job at a certain salary and I took it.

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