General Atomics Interview Questions

Updated Apr 19, 2015
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    Technical Writer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
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    Difficult Interview
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    Application

    I applied online. The process took 6 weeksinterviewed at General Atomics (San Diego, CA) in March 2015.

    Interview

    Comprised three sections. First, I spoke with a representative of HR. This was a pretty standard interview. Highlight your resume, why are you interested in our company, here are our benefits, etc. Second, I spoke with a panel of members of the Technical Writing department. We went over my resume in detail, they had me give a brief technical presentation (no slides), and reviewed writing samples. Third, I went into an office and looked at schematics to describe an assembly process and reviewed a set of instructions for errors.

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    • Where do you see yourself in five years?   1 Answer
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    Avionics Interview

    Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    No Offer
    Difficult Interview
    No Offer
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took a weekinterviewed at General Atomics (New York, NY).

    Interview

    Online interview is 3 parts. 2nd part is mostly aptitude. Failed 2nd part so 3rd part will not commence. Found it difficult since most questions were unrelated to avionics. Part 1 is basic conditions to the job. 3rd part is more technical

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    Instructional Designer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
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    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
    No Offer
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    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 4 daysinterviewed at General Atomics (San Diego, CA) in November 2014.

    Interview

    I had applied initially online, but did not hear anything back. I then found out who the recruiter was through LinkedIn and sent an "InMail". Shortly thereafter I got a call to schedule an in-person interview. After a brief meeting with the recruiter, I met with a panel of three including the department manager and two team members. Interview questions were mostly job-related, some behavioral, i.e., tell us about a time when....

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    • What are a few questions you would ask of a SME?   1 Answer
    • How many projects are you accustomed to juggling at one time?   Answer Question
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    No Offer
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    Application

    I applied online – interviewed at General Atomics in November 2014.

    Interview

    Phone Interview - Recruiter made sure that I was aware of the location of the job, she made sure that I understood the length and cost of my commute. She asked basic legal questions to determine my eligibility. Then she asked a couple of more in-depth questions, listed below. She was able to answer my questions about this position, and also answered questions about another position for which I also applied. She was friendly and non-robotic.

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    • Tell me about a time you made a mistake and
      Tell me what sets you apart from other applicants
       
      1 Answer
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    Department Assistant II Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Palmdale, CA
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 6 daysinterviewed at General Atomics (Palmdale, CA) in August 2014.

    Interview

    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.

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    • Describe a time where you made a mistake at work, what happened and how did you resolve it?   Answer Question
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    Financial Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Poway, CA
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
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    No Offer
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    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at General Atomics (Poway, CA) in August 2014.

    Interview

    Interviewed with 4 managers and site Finance director. Interview took half a day. Everyone was very polite and nice. Seems like a very good company to work for. Although I didn't get the job, I appreciated that HR personally called me back to let me know. I will be applying again to this company. They required 5 references for this position.

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    • Give an example when you worked with a difficult team member.   Answer Question
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    Technical Writer Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    The process took 1+ weekinterviewed at General Atomics.

    Interview

    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
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    Project Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Huntsville, AL
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at General Atomics (Huntsville, AL) in July 2014.

    Interview

    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?"   1 Answer
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    Average Interview
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ weeksinterviewed at General Atomics (Poway, CA).

    Interview

    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
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    Manufacturing Engineering Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Poway, CA
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3+ monthsinterviewed at General Atomics (Poway, CA) in May 2014.

    Interview

    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.

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    • 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

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