Alion
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Marine Engineer Interview

Marine Engineer
Washington, DC

I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Alion in September 2010.

Interview Details – Applied for the position online and received a call a week later from an HR rep. She asked if I was still interested in the position, which I was, and set up an interview with one of the Engineer Leads on the contract. I met with the Team Lead a few days later at the location where I would be working. The interview was very informal, he asked for a copy of my resume, I presume he was looking at it for the first time. He asked about my course curriculum in school and we just talked about the position. I wasn't quizzed on anything or didn't have to answer any of the standard HR type questions. After the interview I recieved a call back a day or two later asking if I would be interested in another entry level engineer position. I said sure, the team lead of this contract called and told me about the contract and day to day work load and asked if I was interested. A couple days later HR called with an offer for 2nd position and I took it.

Negotiation Details – No negotiations. I was fresh out of college and had no relevant experience to leverage any negotiations.

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Technical Writer/Editor Interview

Technical Writer/Editor
Washington, DC

I applied online and the process took 5 days - interviewed at Alion in August 2011.

Interview Details – I was mostly asking the questions.

Interview Question – I was mostly asking the questions.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – Recommendation for interviewee: Don't forget to bring your formal documents to the interview. And it's OK to negotiate for a higher salary.

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Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Very Easy Interview

Software Design Engineer Interview

Software Design Engineer
Norfolk, VA

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 2 days - interviewed at Alion in October 2009.

Interview Details – Referrals are very helpful. My "interview" was hardly even a 30 minute discussion over the phone where my resume was simply read back to me and a few questions asked about it. Most of the others hired since me had more rigorous interviews but mine was more like a brief discussion and I had an offer the same afternoon. It helped a lot that I already had a security clearance also.

Negotiation Details – There was none. Their original offer was much in excess of my current one and we both knew it so it was very straightforward.

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Positive Experience

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Acquisition Analyst Interview

Acquisition Analyst
San Diego, CA

I applied online and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Alion.

Interview Details – Found the job posting on their website and submitted my resume. Received an email from the recruiter about a week later. She set up a time for a phone call the following day which was easy and quick. She asked the usual questions in an initial phone interview.

After my conversation with the recruiter, I was sent a bunch of forms that make up their application. This was a bit tedious but it is what it is. Once I got those back to her, she set up a time for me to speak with the hiring manager.

The position I was applying for was in San Diego and the hiring manager and recruiter were both in DC. But either way, the phone interview with the hiring manager was painless. He had me explain my resume, asked how I could apply it to that position, and then asked if I was okay working on a contract. The position was a contingent hire for a contract at SPAWAR. At the end of the phone call, the hiring manager said they would send me a contingent hire offer letter.

After a few weeks, I still had no offer in my email and despite emailing the recruiter multiple times, I was ignored. Finally, about a month after the interview, I heard back from the recruiter who asked if I was still interested and that they wanted to move forward. At that point I had accepted another position though.

Overall, easy interview process but not very responsive.

Interview Question – N/A   Answer Question

Reason for Declining – Better offer elsewhere.

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Program Analyst Interview

Program Analyst
Washington, DC

I applied through a recruiter and the process took 4 days - interviewed at Alion in November 2012.

Interview Details – Great interview, but they lowballed me, and offered a "fresh out of college" wage, for a high level position- the interviewer was nice enough, and the job looked challenging, but I clearly articulated my salary range beforehand, and they wasted my time anyway. Alion is a great company, with a great benefits package, but their offer bordered on insulting- times are hard and there's a recession, but that's no reason to take advantage of qualified people

Reason for Declining – Salary offered was half of current salary

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Accepted Offer

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Marine Engineer Interview

Marine Engineer
Boston, MA

I applied online and the process took 1 week - interviewed at Alion in October 2011.

Interview Details – I learned about Alion from my college's career services department. I filled out the application online and received a call a few days later to schedule a phone interview. I did the phone interview and a few days after that, I received a job offer. It was a very fast and efficient interview process.

Interview Question – Fairly typical interview questions asking about technical experience, job history and teamwork skills.   Answer Question

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Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Very Easy Interview

Cognitive Science Associate Interview

Cognitive Science Associate
Mesa, AZ

I applied through college or university and the process took 5 days - interviewed at Alion in October 2011.

Interview Details – Initially started with a contact through my university, and then progressed to a phone interviews before getting into the in person interview. The process was smooth and rather fast.

Minor difficulties in the actual hiring process due to being a remote worker, and several time zones away from H.R. but nothing that wasn't resolved in a few days with persistance.

Interview Question – Describe your research experience in detail.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – Negotiation went better than expected, as they are actively looking for individuals with my qualifications I received more than I expected. I was able to negotiate for more than my previous internship by several dollars.

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Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Very Easy Interview

Senior Program Manager Interview

Senior Program Manager
Killeen, TX

I applied through other source and the process took a day - interviewed at Alion in May 2011.

Interview Details – Company culled me resume from Career Builder, called me on Wednesday to see if I was interested and available for an interview. Went to an interview on Friday, was made an offer that afternoon, started working 2 weeks later.

Interview Question – Technical grasp of the job   View Answer

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Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

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Project Manager Interview

Project Manager
Washington, DC

I applied online and the process took a day - interviewed at Alion in May 2011.

Interview Details – I spoke with managers concerning the client's expectations and the complexity of the position.

Interview Question – What is the most complex activity in your current position?   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – Yes.

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No Offer

Neutral Experience

Average Interview

Engineering Interview

Engineering
Arlington, VA

I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Alion in August 2010.

Interview Details – I did not go well

Interview Question – What is your 5 year goal   Answer Question

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