General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Interview Questions & Reviews

Updated Aug 15, 2014
Updated Aug 15, 2014
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    Software Developer II Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  San Diego, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Diego, CA
    Application Details

    I interviewed online. The process took 2 months - interviewed at General Atomics Aeronautical Systems in April 2011.

    Interview Details

    Starts with phone interview, then you're brought in for an in-person interview with various department managers and possibly some of your potential team members. Expect to be there for ~6 hours and to interview with between 6 and 9 different people, depending upon the job you're applying for. The questions are rarely planned in advance so expect a LOT of redundancy between your interviewers.

    Interview Questions
    • For technical positions you can expect to get at least one interviewer who will attempt to test the bounds of your knowledge and experience by asking some obscure question or providing an improbable scenario.   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    Waited 6 weeks to receive a low-ball offer letter which I rejected. Another two weeks passed before an appropriate offer letter reached me which I then accepted.
    Accepted Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview
  2.  

    Aircraft Planning and Documentaion Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I interviewed online. 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 Questions
    • 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.
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Staff Engineer Interview

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

    I interviewed online. 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 Questions
    • While discussing any past experiences and knowledge they would consistently dive deeper to see how much I really knew.   View Answer
    Reasons for Declining

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

    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Quality Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Poway, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Poway, CA
    Application Details

    I interviewed online. 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 Questions
    Negotiation Details
    You take what they offer
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
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    A&P Technician Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I interviewed through a recruiter - interviewed at General Atomics Aeronautical Systems.

    Interview Details

    Was indepth.

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    They offered. I accepted.
    Accepted Offer
  7.  

    Field Avionics Technician Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Palmdale, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Palmdale, CA
    Application Details

    I interviewed 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 Questions
    Negotiation Details
    I negotiated for a non-deploying position
    Accepted Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview
  8.  

    Pricing Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Poway, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Poway, CA
    Application Details

    I interviewed through an employee referral. 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 Questions
    • Discribe a challenging workplace scenario and how you resolved it.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    A challenge.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  9.  

    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Poway, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Poway, CA
    Application Details

    I interviewed online - 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 Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Mechanical Engineer I Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I interviewed online. 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 Questions
    • 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
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Graphic Illustrator Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  San Diego, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Diego, CA
    Application Details

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

    Interview Details

    Very systematic, overall pleasant.

    Interview Questions
    • 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.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

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