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Updated Feb 27, 2014

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Test Engineer Interview

Test Engineer

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

Interview Details – Inital HR phone interview. Received a phone call with a formal invite for on site interview. Before the interview I had to submit 5 professional references to answer an online survey. The interview consisted of a 30 min HR interview, a 30 min with Senior Engineer, 30 min with a panel of 4 Managers and a final 30 minute interview with the Project Manager. The Interview consisted of a lot of questioning but mostly your typical HR related questions such as - Goals in 1, 5 years, Preferred Work environment, Discuss a difficult time in job and how you dealt with it, What you can bring to the company, favorite hobby, What you like about the position/company, just to name a few. I was told I would hear feedback within 1-2 weeks. After 3 weeks I contacted them to get an update that they were still in the interviewing process and I would be informed one way or another. 2 months later the position was removed from the site and I didn't hear from them.


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Software Developer I Interview

Software Developer I

I applied online and the process took 1 week - interviewed at General Atomics in August 2013.

Interview Details – I applied on their website and got an email for an initial phone interview later that week. The man interviewing me asked some pretty technical questions. The team I was interviewing for wrote the autopilot system for their UAV's. The programmers need to know C programming as well as how aircraft fly to be able to understand how the coding would affect the aircraft mid-flight.

Interview Question – Asked how a plane turns, how memory is allocated in C, Stack, Heap, Pointers. Not asked about actual code in this interview.   Answer Question


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Security Suppost Specialist Interview

Security Suppost Specialist
Poway, CA

I applied online and the process took 3 months - interviewed at General Atomics in July 2013.

Interview Details – Initially applied online and got a call from the recruiter about one month later. She called and executed the screening interview where she also asked my salary expectations. Next, she scheduled me for a phone interview with the hiring manager. After that, she sent me a survey link to send to five references and set up the in person interview with two hiring managers and the recruiter. The recruiter explained benefits, hiring process, and asked a few general questions (i.e., worst and best previous management style, why do you want to work for GA). Next, I met with one hiring manager who basically told me more about the department and position. After that, I met with the hiring manager that I originally had the phone interview with. Overall, this seems like a great company to work for with wonderful benefits and a high potential for growth, but unfortunately I did not have what they were looking for.

Interview Question – Pretty standard questions for the position I was applying for.   Answer Question


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Easy Interview

UAV Specialist Interview

UAV Specialist
Poway, CA

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

Interview Details – Hiring process was long. From start to final about three months. After initially telling me that a job offer was coming and after a few "awaiting final offer signatures" email correspondences, HR backed out citing a department restructuring and competency changes in the requirements. This I assume is code for we're divulging that information. My HR contact fought for me to stay in the loop but was told that the head HR manager/executive nixed my offer letter. Communication adequate but I felt I was led by the nose. Very poor show.

Interview was easy, nice people nothing difficult or mentally challenging. Was assigned a project by the top interviewer and spent a a few evenings putting together the required information.

HR departments, in most companies, have too much influence in the decision making process. I believe you need to leave it up to the department leads rather than folks who have no idea of what's required. If the department likes you they should have the last word. The tell tale sign in my interview was when the director said, "If HR makes you an offer take it." So even if they want you some HR bean-counter has the last word.

Interview Question – No real difficult questions   Answer Question


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Software Developer Interview

Software Developer

I applied online and interviewed at General Atomics.

Interview Details – Phone Interview. Recruiter could not tell me if its was discussion only with manager , or will be a technical interview with a Panel. There were 3 people (including manager). No Introductions from their side except their names. Seemed rude & unprofessional. Manager asked me to introduce my background . Once I was done, asked the team to ask questions. There were very specific product related questions down to program / Functions , flag variables level. Answered tons of the questions correctly, & for some I explained the approach not specific answer. Not sure if the interviewer was a contractor trying to save his job.. For someone with many many years in the industry, I have never seen such specific questioning. Seemed more like they were going thru motions to eliminate. Manager told me that recruiter will get in touch with me , although I doubt it.

Interview Question – What is the field flag value in order exit.   Answer Question


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Difficult Interview

Engineer Interview

Engineer

I applied online and interviewed at General Atomics.

Interview Details – Called me in for an interview. There was no phone interview, which was odd. I don't want to say what kind of engineer since i am not sure yet if they are going to make an offer.
I first went to the HR building which was down the street from the building i would be working at. Talked to the HR lady who was about 10 minutes late. She spent the whole time about how wonderful it was to work there and that no one has been laid off ever and how excellent this guy was that was going to be interviewing me, and how great the benefits are etc.
SHe asked what I was making and i told her, and her first question after that was "If we were to offer you that, would you take it?"

I explained that I have an offer pending from another company so it would have to depend on what that other offer was. These people will clearly try to lowball me if they were to make an offer.

Then i got to get back into my car and drive to the other building which was about a mile away. Some lady met me up front and took me to a conference room, gave me a written test to fill out, came back in an hour and picked it up.
5 minutes later a guy who i am assuming was a senior engineer walks in and proceeds to tell me in great detail what the questions on the test that i got wrong were, and basically seemed like his main point was to prove how smart he was. He didn't seem at all interested in my experience or what I had to say.
Asked me some other questions and went on his way. I did pretty darn good on the quiz, i got 16 right out of 19.

i waited about 20 minutes alone in the room twiddling my thumbs and eventually another older gentleman walks in and asks me some other questions about what i worked on and completely was apparent he was reading my resume for the first time. On his way out he gets my name wrong.

10 minutes later, the woman who escorted me walks in and tells me that the other guys who were going to interview me had to go to a meeting, and that I was done for the day.

Never heard back from them until I got an offer from another company and let GA know that i got an offer and wanted to give them a chance, but they said "it was a tough decision but we decided to move forward with another candidate".
Hmm, k , suit yourself.

A simple phone interview could have prevented me from wasting my time.

Interview Question – SOme op amp circuit that you learn in college and quickly forget   View Answer


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Average Interview

Composite Technician Interview

Composite Technician
Poway, CA

I applied online - interviewed at General Atomics in October 2012.

Interview Details – phone call to set up interview time and date

Interview Question – Why are you applying here with all your experience?   Answer Question


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Avionics Technician Interview

Avionics Technician
Palmdale, CA

I applied through college or university and the process took a day - interviewed at General Atomics in January 2012.

Interview Details – There were a few steps to go through but overall it was very painless.
     1. They called to setup a phone interview.
     2. Phone Interview (Very basic questions ie. tell me about yourself, your experience, rate your skill level).
     3. Online Skills Test (They give you a week or so to complete it.. 2 part test with theory, safety, general math and competency questions ie. which way does the slash go in a web address? This way // or that way \\)
     4. Fly you out to the company (Very nice all expenses paid trip)
     5. Onsite test (Many if not all of the questions come from the previous online test, so pay attention and study)
     6. Practical Exercise (Install a piece of equipment onto a test bench,. Don't sit anything down! FOD! Test it. Write down your results.)
     7. 2 on 1 interview (This is VERY long (1hr+) and the interviewers play off each other, they have a script, and EVERY question starts with "Tell me about a time..." so have plenty of stories available. Also, they asked me to describe something very difficult in great detail. I tend to think things are only difficult if you let them be, bit a good answer. This was my last question, and the first time it had ever been asked it and I flubbed it.)

The company seemed VERY laid back, not a suit, a tie, or a button down in the whole place. I wore a suit and felt very out of place. I'm not sure if business casual is right answer but maybe this a better question to ask your recruiter.

I wish you well, and happy interviewing.

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Neutral Experience

Easy Interview

Security Assistant Interview

Security Assistant
La Jolla, CA

I applied online and the process took 5 days - interviewed at General Atomics in April 2012.

Interview Details – After applying for a position I was qualified for, a recruiter contacted me from GA 3 days later to review my resume over the phone. We spoke for about 15-25 minutes about each work experience I had from various employers. I did not feel that the recruiter fully reviewed my resume as he would often repeat the same question "and you've worked there for 2-3 years?". Long story short, the recruiter did have the decency to call me back and say they chose someone else to move forward and that they would keep me notified if anything else came up.

Interview Question – Tell me a little about your experience at so and so...   Answer Question


1 person found this helpful

No Offer

Neutral Experience

Easy Interview

Engineer Interview

Engineer
Poway, CA

The process took a day - interviewed at General Atomics in February 2012.

Interview Details – Spoke to an HR person who basically went over my resume to make sure everything was correct. Talked a lot about the culture of the company. Asked if I had any questions. Asked what my schedule was like to arrange a follow up interview on-site but never heard back from her.

Interview Question – What made you interested in working here?   Answer Question

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