QinetiQ Interview Questions & Reviews
Getting an Interview
No Idea Interview (Neutral Experience; Easy Interview)
I applied through a recruiter and the process took 1+ week - interviewed at QinetiQ in February 2013.
Interview Details – Had a phone screen with a very excited recruiter who had received my resume from a recruiter friend of mine. Within a week, I met with a business development director who was staffing a program for a potential win. He gave me the thumbs up, and then I interviewed with the program director. The site where the business development director was located seemed very sullen and dark and had very few employees in the office (not a surprise). The administrative assistant who was dressed in sweatpants and a hoodie (surprising for corporate attire) seemed to be bored and had left me in the lobby for 30 minutes past the expected interview start with no explanation. I would not describe the place as having any energy at all and seemed to be very sad.
The program director interviewed me at a grocery store that was down the road from the business development director's site. He had gotten himself a cup of coffee at their Starbucks kiosk before I arrived but did not ask me if I wanted to get any refreshments for myself, and quickly launched into the interview. He asked odd questions that led me to believe he thought I was going to try to take his job if I was hired. He told me he liked to work from home and did not go into the office unless it was necessary. I can say for sure that I was never interviewed for a professional IT job at a grocery store before.
I'm not sure for which position I was being interviewed since my resume went directly from recruiter to recruiter. The business development director asked questions about a task lead position but that seemed to be far below my skillset and experience, also having been a director for 5 years.
Seems like the company is a collection of companies that have come together but there is no real direction or cohesiveness. I would have liked to work on that program and do like the client that they support at that location. Would have been a wonderful commute as well. Happy employee? I could have been!
Interview Question – The second interviewer asked me whether I wanted to run a few programs (his job) or did I want to just be on a program. I wasn't sure how to answer the question because I've run large organizations far above his pay grade in the past. Answer Question
Weapons Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied online and interviewed at QinetiQ.
Interview Details – Very straight forward with a video interview using launch pad. Took 3 months from application to assessment centre.
Interview Question – What area of science are you most interested in? Answer Question
Weapons Division Interview (Positive Experience)
I applied online and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at QinetiQ.
Interview Details – Assessment centre at the Farnborough site. All day event comprising of group exercises, individual tests (numerical and written) and an interview. Really well organised day with a tour of the site at the end. The hiring managers present were were not all from the same division, but were all easy to talk to and gave interesting answers.
Interview Question – Why are there focus points of sound around the weapons test site? Answer Question
Graduate Software Analyst Interview (Neutral Experience; Average Interview)
I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at QinetiQ in September 2012.
Interview Details – Application was with CV via their website, was invited for interview in aberporth wales. I prepped for a few days cramming answers to competency based questions and didnt end up receiving any, questions where strictly software based on software lifecycle and different techniques/terminology. Fresh out of university I feel i would have breezed this interview of if I had prepped for the correct type of interview, none of the questions were particularly tricky i was simply rusty having not actually practiced software since graduating 2 years previously.
Such a remote location, they were friendly and one of the interviewrs dropped me to the nearest town in his fancy car, shame they never got back to me even after i requested feedback.
Interview Question – What is white box testing? View Answer
Research Scientist Interview (Negative Experience; Difficult Interview)
I applied online and the process took a day - interviewed at QinetiQ in December 2011.
Interview Details – Applied for a specific position on the QQ website, so my CV was sifted and I was offered an interview. On digging for information I was one of 3 candidates. I was informed by HR that the interview would be a 1 hour competancy interview. On arrival I was shown into a conference room with a place for 3 interviewers with pencil and paper. I then realised it wasn't JUST competency. I was grilled on science and HR and general interview type Qs, and given a tour of the QQ site. I was informed by email after 3 weeks (having been told it would only be 2) that I was unsuccessful, and on replying I asked for feedback and informed them of my misinformation regarding the interview type. I have since heard nothing back. Very poor.
Interview Question – This is a very male oriented environment, will that be a problem for you? Answer Question
Engineering Management Interview (Positive Experience; Easy Interview)
I applied online and the process took a day - interviewed at QinetiQ in February 2010.
Interview Details – Applied online for the position and got a direct email inviting me for the interview. There was ample time given from when I was contacted to the time the interview was scheduled.
Was requested to bring some documents such as passport, bank statement, recent ID and educational credientials as a form of identification. The interview was at the company's HQ. A Line manager and a rep from HR presided. The interview was clearly set out to explore my experience and qualification. A few questions were asked to ascertain personality and also knowledge.
They were quite professional in dealing with me, but I was surprised for such a reputable firm there was no mention of reimbursing expenses for making a trip to their HQ for an interview. Was worse considering they only sent an email to deliver the bad news.
Interview Question – Name one moment you were least proud of in your career, what happened? Answer Question
Graduate Interview (Neutral Experience; Difficult Interview)
I applied online and the process took a day - interviewed at QinetiQ in December 2009.
Interview Details – Competency based
Sales Manager Interview (Positive Experience; Difficult Interview)
The process took 5+ weeks - interviewed at QinetiQ in September 2009.
Interview Details – found the joboffer and responded quickly, first telephone nterview with the recruitment company, second telephone interview with the sales manager who was previously in charge for the region, third interview face to face including detailed presentation of the first 90 days at the company.
interview process tooks too long, to much delay, postponed phone calls and meetings another issue was that I had only one contact within the company.
Interview Question – How much experience do you have working with public and government services? View Answer