Sandia Interview Questions in Albuquerque, NM

Updated Jul 29, 2015
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    Research Scientist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Albuquerque, NM
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3+ months. I interviewed at Sandia (Albuquerque, NM).

    Interview

    It was a full-day interview, which involved meeting with about 10 future colleagues, managers, directors, human resource, etc. The candidate was also required to give a one-hour research talk on a relevant subject area. The meetings with the technical people included technical discussions on several research topic areas.

    Interview Questions

    • Describe your work experiences   1 Answer
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    Senior Member of Technical Staff Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Albuquerque, NM
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2 days. I interviewed at Sandia (Albuquerque, NM).

    Interview

    Interview process usually starts with a technical presentation such as PhD or Master's research projects, followed by interviews with several members of your technical group. At least one of these is usually from outside your research area and will ask you about broader themes such as the research community, research processes, conferences etc. The interviews are usually very relaxed with the emphasis on you explaining ideas or research areas you are familiar with rather than question-based driving toward a single "correct answer." My experience was that staff were really trying to explore you thoughts and ideas. Knowledge of current research questions and themes helped considerably at this gave the interviewer and me something concrete to discuss. There was ample opportunity to ask the interviewers questions about the laboratories, the culture, the area (New Mexico) and research at the laboratory. I never felt that anyway was being hidden and I was encouraged to be open about what things I wanted to ask etc.

    Interview Questions

    • What area did I think the laboratory did not perform well in or an area where the laboratory could improve. This is difficult because of the obvious problem of being too critical. My experience here was to be open, explain that there are on-going challenges which require continuous improvements and explain how you could help there or what interests you bring to extend this in novel ways. The interviewer seemed very receptive to this conversation and was very supportive in exploring them.   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    Did not negotiate, felt the laboratory offered a good benefits package up front with opportunities for promotion in the future.

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    Senior Member of Technical Staff Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Albuquerque, NM
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3+ months. I interviewed at Sandia (Albuquerque, NM) in October 2014.

    Interview

    Timeline: the hiring process took almost three months. I was contacted for a phone interview two weeks after applying to the position online through Sandia's career website. The onsite interview was confirmed one week later, and took place four weeks after the phone interview. A verbal offer was extended seven weeks after the onsite interview. This longer than usual timeline was due to the holiday season and vacation. Communication and feedback were excellent throughout. Phone interview: this was with an engineer with experience in the position and lasted about 30 minutes. It was very straightforward and casual: we discussed my interest in the position, qualifications, experience, biggest challange(s) and success(es) in my Ph.D. work, some details about how the group is composed, and life in Albuquerque. Onsite interview: this was a full day, lasting from 8:30 - 4:30. First was an hour-long HR briefing with a few other interviewees at Sandia that day. I was then escorted to the group's building and gave a one hour seminar (50 minutes presentation, 10 minutes Q&A) on my Ph.D. research. This was surprisingly well attended by about 15 Sandians, about half of whom were not interviewing me later on but were just interested (this seems to reflect the atmosphere of the lab - learning and growth are definitely parts of the culture). The rest of the day consisted of a 30 minute 1:1, a 2 hour lunch with managers, two 1 hour 1:1s, and a 1 hour 8:1 group interview. Overall there was great balance between personal, technical, and behavioral discussions. I was given opportunities to show my expertise, sell my character and skills, and ask questions. All of the interviewers were positive and eager to both hear and talk about my fit within the group. I felt like they were selling Sandia to me as much as I was selling myself to them (what a relief this was!). The group interview was the toughest part, but that was expected: thinking out loud is hard for me in front of a group of people, but they understand it is stressful and helped me through parts where I struggled. Overall: the entire process was a great experience. Logistical details were handled well and travel was easy.

    Interview Questions

    • Most questions were about my research and I felt comfortable answering them after spending 5 years doing just that. There were a few unpredictable off the wall questions, the kind where sharing them does no good because they are random problems designed to see how you think.   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    Salary offer was higher than anticipated. I accepted without negotiating.

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    Department Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Albuquerque, NM
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at Sandia (Albuquerque, NM) in August 2014.

    Interview

    A short list of candidates was generated based on written answers to a set of questions provided. The short listed candidates were interviewed by a team consisting of other managers and staff in the department. Rapid fire questions seeking responses to situations encountered were asked. The top two candidates were interviewed one-on-one by hiring senior manager.

    Interview Questions

    • How will you apply your technical skills and prior work experience to this position   Answer Question
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    Computer Science Graduate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Albuquerque, NM
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3 days. I interviewed at Sandia (Albuquerque, NM) in June 2014.

    Interview

    Very informative and very good. I was nervous at first but then I studied up on it. I would recommend this opportunity to anyone. Sandia is a great place to work. I love it here.

    Interview Questions

    • Write a program that takes in a string and reverse the string?   1 Answer
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    Recruiting Specialist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Albuquerque, NM
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 5+ months. I interviewed at Sandia (Albuquerque, NM).

    Interview

    Applied and wasn't contacted for over a month. I was then called in for an interview which was all day. It consisted of briefings on benefits, meeting the team, interview., and lunch.

    Interview Questions

    • It was definitely more of a conversation. I did not feel stumped on any questions   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    I told them the salary I had at my current position and they raised the initial offer by $7000

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    Embedded Systems Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Albuquerque, NM
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at Sandia (Albuquerque, NM).

    Interview

    There was a phone interview first and then an in-person interview with the manager of the department. It was pretty easy. They just asked some technical questions to gauge whether I had enough knowledge to perform the job and explained what types of projects their department generally worked on. The interviewer was very friendly and not at all stressful.

    Interview Questions

    • There wasn't really anything too difficult. I applied for a job that I knew I would excel in so there weren't any problems.   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    The offer was generous. No negotiation required.

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    Nuclear Engineering Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Albuquerque, NM
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took a week. I interviewed at Sandia (Albuquerque, NM) in March 2014.

    Interview

    Met with my project manager via word-of-mouth from professors at my University. I did not have exact experience (computational and electrical engineering), but demonstrated where I have learned skills that I was not strictly taught in school and made clear my eagerness to learn and apply what was required.

    Interview Questions

    • Do you have experience with Monte Carlo computation codes or methods?   1 Answer
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    Computer Science Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Albuquerque, NM
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at Sandia (Albuquerque, NM).

    Interview

    It was just a behavioral interview. Asked questions about my resume and my interests. Not hard at all. If they choose to hire you the paper work is a nightmare because they have to do an in depth background check.

    Interview Questions

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    Internship Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Albuquerque, NM
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied in-person. The process took 5+ months. I interviewed at Sandia (Albuquerque, NM) in December 2013.

    Interview

    I applied online after speaking with a representative at a University fair. They contacted me with a questionnaire regarding basic skills a couple of months later. I returned the questionnaire. About a month later I interviewed. I was told that I would hear back in a couple weeks and when I didn't I assumed I wouldn't get an offer. I didn't hear back until mid-February when I was offered a position.

    Interview Questions

    • How would you reverse a linked list?   1 Answer

    Negotiation

    No negotiation

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