Alliant Techsystems Interview Questions

Updated Jun 3, 2015
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    Scientist IV (Propellant Aging) Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Bacchus, UT
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at Alliant Techsystems (Bacchus, UT) in March 2015.

    Interview

    I applied to ATK because I previously interned at the Rocket Center location for 2 summers during my undergrad. I received an email rather quickly from the department manager. Since I'm in my final year of receiving my PhD in Polymer Chemistry, I informed him that I would not be able to start until December (I applied in February). He said that the start date wasn't a particular problem (I'm assuming this is due to the role of the position), and that they were "excited looking through [my] resume". After a few unsuccessful attempts at a phone interview, we finally talked (about 2.5 weeks later). The phone interview lasted about 1 hour, as I was somewhat familiar with the company. We talked about the conference I recently attended, the specifics of the job. It was an initial screening. I didn't hear anything back (he was on a business trip for a week and a half). I had to keep checking in with him via email. The whole experience, though a bit frustrating because of the timeline, felt promising toward employment. About a month after the process started, I was informed that someone internally applied for the position (with 15 years experience) and that they were no longer considering me. It was kind of a let down.

    Interview Questions

    • General screening questions. Asked about my research, topics in my research group. General science discussion. Most of the time we talked about the company. I asked questions about location, living, the area, the others I'd be working with and their backgrounds. We knew some of the same people from the time that I'd interned at a different location.   1 Answer
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    No Offer
    Easy Interview

    Interview

    Applied via ATK careerlink, received phone screening questions, these were essentially basic questions asking specific details about the position I had applied for, and how my experience correlated. I then undertook two phone interviews. Interviews were very basic, essentially explain each milestone on my resume, in great detail. Was then informed they were going with a candidate with more experience in the direct field. Process took 2 months.

    Interview Questions

    • General questions related to position, none unexpected or difficult.   Answer Question
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    Pfogram Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Mesa, AZ
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 1 dayinterviewed at Alliant Techsystems (Mesa, AZ) in November 2014.

    Interview

    It was a board type meeting with various members from leadership, HR, etc. Met as a group, spoke freely, asked various questions about work history, etc. The ATK team was dressed very casually, odd for an interview process.

    Interview Questions

    • various about work history   1 Answer
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    Program Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Beltsville, MD
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ monthsinterviewed at Alliant Techsystems (Beltsville, MD).

    Interview

    I submitted an application on line and was contacted by the recruiter in about 2 months for a phone interview with the hiring manager. This went well and an in-person interview was scheduled about a month later. From submission to offer was about 4 months.

    Interview Questions

    • I had 4 individual interviews and the questions were general in nature for this level of position   Answer Question
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    Design Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Salt Lake City, UT
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at Alliant Techsystems (Salt Lake City, UT) in October 2014.

    Interview

    On campus, standard behavioral questions, prepare to ask intelligent questions yourself. Really great intelligent people interviewed me, I did not feel nervous because they make it very comfortable. Prepare to understand the nature of their business, have a clean look.

    Interview Questions

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    Analysis Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Clearfield, UT
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online – interviewed at Alliant Techsystems (Clearfield, UT) in October 2014.

    Interview

    After submitting your resume online, if they're interested, they'll call you for a possible phone interview, or move directly to one on-site structured behavioral interview. The interviewer will often offer a tour of the facilities after the interview. The questions are highly standardized that often starts with: "Tell me about a time when you X". X being "dealt with a insurmountable challenge", "deal with management", etc. The interviewers like stories. You'll need to take a drug test (they have a zero tolerance for drugs), in addition to filling out an online form where they'll ask an outside firm to check your education, criminal record, and previous employer(s) (basically background check). After you're hired, they may conduct additional background checks if you need access to the classified programs.

    Interview Questions

    • The most difficult question is what are your weaknesses. The interviewer will often dig deeper and expect a candid response. What they're looking for are: are you cocky or arrogant? do you have a hard time following orders? do you play well with others? how do you deal with conflict? do you get bored easily? A lot of employees have either left, been fired, or been laid off in the past -- now that the company is rebuilding after 2008, they want to avoid future problems.   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    They'll give you a phone call and e-mail you a salary/wage and a packet describing the benefits. The benefits is: take it or leave it (you can't decline to benefits in order to get more salary). Since this is a large company, pay is highly standardized, basically a cut-and-paste from websites like salary.com. HR are the ones who put together the offer, if you want to negotiate, they're nice people and will work with you. You have about three business days to call them back after they make the initial offer.

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    Project Engineering Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university – interviewed at Alliant Techsystems.

    Interview

    Spoke with the recruiters at a campus career fair. They called me that night to schedule an interview the next day. After about 2 months I got a couple calls from different groups within the company, just trying to see where would be the best fit for me in the company. Got an official offer a week or two later.

    Interview Questions

    • Very typical behavioral questions. Nothing difficult or out of the ordinary.   Answer Question
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    Quality Assurance Specialist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online – interviewed at Alliant Techsystems.

    Interview

    The first time I attended a four week training course. I scored 100% on all the tests and was hired within two months of completing the course. I volunteered for a layoff several years later. In 2005 my old job was available but it was on the defense program side. I was offered the job because of my prior experience.

    Interview Questions

    • It wasn't really a question. When I arrived for the interview the second time I found out i was being interviewed by three managers. Once they found out my experience. two managers told the other manager I was a perfect fit for his department.   Answer Question
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    Engineering Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at Alliant Techsystems in February 2014.

    Interview

    Met the recruiting team at career fair, got offered an interview on the spot for the next day. Interview was 1:1, ~45 minutes long, fairly laid back. Mostly behavioral related along with questions about my resume. Never heard from them again after being told I'd get a call in two weeks, even after sending a follow up email. They kept mentioning that a requirement was to be able to live in Utah, apparently they have a high turnaround due to their location.

    Interview Questions

    • A time you dealt with a difficult individual, customer service example, why you want to work for ATK   Answer Question
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    Process Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Magna, UT
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at Alliant Techsystems (Magna, UT).

    Interview

    I applied for the job and it took about 2 months before a call for an interview came. I was flown out to Utah for an on-site interview, they were very accomodating. I was told to arrive just before lunch and was treated to lunch on-site. I had lunch with other candidates and also several managers. After eating lunch, we were split into groups and taken on seperate tours. After the tour, a panel interview took place. The questions were pretty standard behavioral questions, nothing too surprising.

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