Sandia Interview Questions in Albuquerque, NM

Updated Mar 1, 2015
Updated Mar 1, 2015
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    Mechanical Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Albuquerque, NM
    Anonymous Employee in Albuquerque, NM
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at Sandia in February 2015.

    Interview Details

    First had two phone interviews with different hiring managers in related departments. The in person interview was about 6 to 7 hours long. The first part was an interview with a hiring manager outside the department I was interviewing with. Then I gave an hour long presentation on my graduate research. Then a 1 hour panel with about 4 interviewers and a bunch of 1:1 interviews, a short tour of the department's lab, and a lunch interview. Overall, the interview was pretty standard for engineers just getting out of graduate school and applying to national laboratories. The rejection phone call came within the time period they projected. I was disappointed that the hiring manager stated he was unable to give feedback to me because of some corporate policy.

    Interview Questions
    • What was one major problem or hurdle you had to overcome in graduate school? They also asked about teamwork and leadership experience.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
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    Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Albuquerque, NM
    Anonymous Employee in Albuquerque, NM
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at Sandia in July 2014.

    Interview Details

    Interview day began with an HR briefing. Was picked up by group admin. assistant and taken to site for interview. Later, there was a team interview that included a person from outside the hiring group or its principle customers. The intent was to ensure the candidate could fit in well in other areas and was a cultural fit. There were five behavior-based questions.

    Interview Questions
    • Tell us about a time when you had a customer with an impossible request or need. How did you handle it.   View Answer
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Research Scientist Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Albuquerque, NM
    Anonymous Employee in Albuquerque, NM
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 4 weeksinterviewed at Sandia in September 2013.

    Interview Details

    Applied for position in August 2013. Received a phone call about 3 weeks later, and was interviewed on-site in September 2013.

    I was interviewed by 3 panels of 2 people each. First was the hiring manager and a manager from another department. The hiring manager was a young guy, and came across very immature. I answered the questions honestly and with enthusiasm, which they responded positively.

    The next panel was a pair of interviewers who recent joined the group. One of the people was someone I had actually gone to school with. The other individual simply stared at me with a odd look for the entire hour. Aside from that, it went okay.

    The last panel was a pair of interviewers who had been at Sandia for 10+ years each. They were pretty nice, but kept trying to emphasize they weren't government employees and there was no way they could be furloughed.

    The following week, a government shutdown occurred, and I was informed by the HR contact that they HAD been furloughed. One week later they emailed me saying I was a fantastic candidate, but had decided to cancel the position. I contacted the hiring manager several times when the government shutdown ended, and did not get a response.

    Interview Questions
    • So....you applied online? You must have been the only person to do so. (I should have realized at that point they either were just fishing for resumes or already had an internal candidate in mind)   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
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    Quality Engineering Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Albuquerque, NM
    Anonymous Employee in Albuquerque, NM
    Application Details

    The process took 2 daysinterviewed at Sandia in May 2012.

    Interview Details

    Initially spoke with recruiter at a career fair. Applied online. Phone interview with hiring manager. Brought on-site for two days of intense interviews. Consisted of hour-long interviews with a variety of people from the hiring organization and outside the organization. Also had a group presentation and round table Q&A with area managers. All of the staff were excellent people who would be great to work with. Excellent benefits, great work culture, nice location.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Master's Fellowship Program Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Albuquerque, NM
    Anonymous Employee in Albuquerque, NM
    Application Details

    The process took a dayinterviewed at Sandia in August 2011.

    Interview Details

    Met with 5 interviewers that day all asking about my background, what I did over the summer (I was just fresh off an internship with them), and asked if I had any questions. Not really any technical questions, all were personal queries. Interview also consisted of a free lunch. The hiring manager said to expect a decision to be made by the next month. Here I am 4 months later left hanging, wondering if they even care to finish the interview process. I even emailed the hiring manager twice. The best I ever got was, "corporate still hasn't released the amount of candidates they could hire, we'll get back to you later". Not cool.

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    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview

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