Sierra Nevada Corporation Interview Questions

Updated Mar 18, 2015
Updated Mar 18, 2015
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    Human Resources Administrator Interview

    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Sierra Nevada Corporation.

    Interview

    The recruiting team at SNC is phenomenal! I worked with Mike who helped me through each step of the process with such enthusiasm for the company I would have been devastated not to get an offer! Mike was open and honest about the position and responded to all of my concerns with the highest professionalism. I was most impressed with how available Mike was during the process and how he made me feel like a part of the team right from the start. The team had me in my desk 2 weeks after my first phone interview.

    Interview Questions

    • There were no questions I found difficult or unexpected, the interview team asked questions I felt were appropriate for the position and helped explain some of my daily tasks during the interview to assure I was ready for this position.   Answer Question
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    Manufacturing Engineer Interview

    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter – interviewed at Sierra Nevada Corporation.

    Interview

    I contacted the recruiter who set up an phone interview for me. Then there was the on site one on one with 6 people which includes PM, Chief Engineer, Test Engineering manager, HR, IPT lead and Director. Two of them weren't there so I had another phone interview a couple of days later.

    Interview Questions

    • Nothing really difficult. Mainly it was me talking about my past experience. HR had some behavioral questions.   Answer Question
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    Mechanical Design Engineer I Interview

    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at Sierra Nevada Corporation (Louisville, CO) in April 2014.

    Interview

    Met the recruiter at a career and connected with him via LinkedIn as requested. After connection on LinkedIn we discussed what my skills and job desires were, then he directed me to apply to a certain posistion. After applying, I recieved an interview within a couple weeks. The interview involved my potential supervisor and teammates. It lasted about an hour and also involved a tour. After the interview an offer was extended to me about a week later over the phone with discussion and confirmation of a salary. The official offer was sent a few days after my verbal acceptance.

    Interview Questions

    • What has been your biggest failure so far in your career?   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    There was no negotiation due to my lack of experience.

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    Engineering Manager Interview

    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied in-person. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Sierra Nevada Corporation (Denver, CO).

    Interview

    ok

    Interview Questions

    Negotiation

    take it or leave it

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    Systems Engineer Interview

    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 6 weeksinterviewed at Sierra Nevada Corporation in March 2014.

    Interview

    Initial screening call with a talent specialist before they brought me in for an on-site interview. I had help from an acquaintance so I believe I skipped the phone interview phase. On-site involved a one-on-one with my potential manager then an interview with three senior engineers/managers. I also had a brief interview with two directors in another program for a second position. The trip lasted a little over three hours, including meeting with HR.

    Interview Questions

    • Standard questions about background and experiences, including to get an understanding of motivation and willingness to take on new challenges and responsibility.   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    SNC requires a response to their offer within 48 hours and would not extend this deadline.

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    Software Engineer Intern Interview

    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at Sierra Nevada Corporation (Sparks, NV) in March 2014.

    Interview

    I talked to a recruiter at a job fair, and about a month later I got a call asking to set up an interview time. I was brought in on a Monday from 8:00am-1:00pm and met with a Senior Software Engineer, other Software Engineers, and upper level management (I didn't expect to meet with people that high up on the chain of command, but they seemed genuiniely interested in what I was interested in, had studied, etc.).

    I generally just talked with each person I met with about my employement history, what I learned from those positions, projects I had worked on at school, what I am interested in, etc. There were no questions like "how do you detect a cycle in a linked list" etc. I assume because my resume and GPA spoke for itself.

    After the interview, I was offered a position about two weeks later and started a couple weeks after that.

    Interview Questions

    • An interviewer asked about the Fast Fourier Transform, but not as an interview question, he was just excited that I knew what it was and could talk about it. He asked how I would address a particular problem with the FFT, which was easy to answer.   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    As a fresh-out-of-college employee there was not much negotiation to be done.

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    Engineering Interview

    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at Sierra Nevada Corporation in March 2014.

    Interview

    Within 2 weeks, I heard back from HR. I finished the application process through the "career" section on their website. Shortly after that, they contacted me and set up a date/time phone interview. There was only 1 interviewer present. About a week later, they told me that I got the position.

    Interview Questions

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    ASO/FSE Interview

    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 5 daysinterviewed at Sierra Nevada Corporation (Hagerstown, MD) in January 2014.

    Interview

    Was Quick And simple, interviewer made me feel comfortable, and unrushed. I was interviewed by Two different people, i don't really know if it was a mistake, or on purpose, so be prepared to answer the same questions again. If anything requires verification, be prepared to email it to the interviewer, so make sure if say your experienced with something, your ready to prove it quickly.

    Negotiation

    There was 0 negotiations about pay, or expectations

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    Mechanical Engineer Interview

    Accepted Offer
    Average Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral – interviewed at Sierra Nevada Corporation.

    Interview

    Like many employees here, I was referred by a friend. I interviewed onsite and was given an offer right away. Everyone seemed very friendly.

    Interview Questions

    • My interview was semi-technical, but really more of a skills assessment. I don't remember any particularly difficult questions.   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    They were very unyielding in my attempt to negotiate vacation - I was only asking for the same vacation I had at the time with another company, but they stuck me with 2 weeks. They gave me my asking salary, but in hindsight it was pretty low.

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    Program Manager Interview

    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 6 weeksinterviewed at Sierra Nevada Corporation (Centennial, CO) in October 2013.

    Interview

    A contact helped me get started with the process/application, and I was contacted within two days from submitting the application and resume. I had an initial interview approximately one week later, and then had a hiring interview approx three weeks after that via webcam and phone (The ISR Division of SNC is based in Centennial, CO). Part of the delay was determining how to conduct the interview, as I was not in the continental US. Normally, a third interview could be conducted on site, but I did not do this due to being OCONUS. I received initial clearance and drug testing paperwork about one week later. It took 1-2 weeks after that to negotiate the verbal offer, and I received the written offer another 1-2 weeks after that. Overall process took 5-6 weeks.

    Interview Questions

    • I was asked standard program management questions; nothing difficult or unexpected. I did review 3-4 websites with program management interview questions (some had possible answers.)   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    I received what I asked for plus a sign-on bonus. I did ask to forego a benefit in place of additional bonus and recieved a partial concurrence.
    SNC already has a great benefits package and fantastic corporate climate. I'm excited to be part of the SNC family.

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