Bettis Laboratory Interview Questions

Updated Jul 17, 2015
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    Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Pittsburgh, PA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at Bettis Laboratory (Pittsburgh, PA) in July 2015.

    Interview

    I applied for about 14 different positions at Bettis throughout my final year of my graduate degree (Nuclear Engineering), as Bettis is a leader in nuclear design and engineering and seemed like a good place to work from what little information I could find about them. I was contacted via phone about 2-3 months after applying online for the specific positions the hiring managers were contacting me about to bring me in for an interview. They offered to pay for all expenses for the interview and brought me to a hotel in Pittsburgh were they had brought about 40+ other people (over 2 days) in to interview for various positions. It started out with a presentation about Bettis, and they did an excellent job at selling the company, very appealing work environment overall. Then they had us go to various hotel rooms which they took the beds out of and replaced with a desk and chairs and whichever managers had scheduled an interview with us (most people had 2-3) would come in at scheduled times to talk with us for 45 minutes. The interviews were more so discussions than they were technical or difficult interview, I'm guessing that they brought us in because we have the credentials to work at the lab, but the interviews are more so to see where we would be a good fit. Both interviews I had were very enjoyable discussions, I would have loved to work for either, but I also got to rank which group I wanted to work with so that would be taken into account as well if I were to be brought on. Talking with other interviewees afterwards, they all had similar experiences. If I got an offer, I would almost for sure take it. One word of caution though, all of the jobs at Bettis (I think) require some sort of security clearance, which means if hired, you will need to wait a few months before you can start working, so if money is an issue, they will not be very helpful in between the job offer and you getting your security clearance and being able to work.

    Interview Questions

    Negotiation

    No option to negotiate

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    Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    The process took 3+ monthsinterviewed at Bettis Laboratory.

    Interview

    When offered an in-person interview, I asked the recruiter if I could stay a day or two after to explore and learn more about the area, as the area is more of a draw for me than the job itself. They offered a shuttle service from the airport, I said I had wanted to rent a car. That request was met with "on your own dime", well okay, whatever. I went through their travel agency to book a flight and the agent wouldn't expand the travel dates (even though I offered to cover the hotel) because it "wasn't authorized" by the recruiter. Frustrated, I didn't fiddle with it. I would have driven there if I had time... Anyway so the interview.... They schedule like 20-30 other interviews simultaneously with you offsite in a hotel so be prepared to be crammed into a little conference room for the orientation. Weirdest venue for an interview ever. They also give you a huge packet of paperwork(harbinger of things to come?) and let you know it will be over half a year before you could get a security clearance and start working there. I will say though, I kept an open mind and in the end of the orientation was rather impressed with the company. Then we we're sent to a little hotel room to function as our own interview location. Okay. Weird again. Towards the end of the interview I felt rather impressed and welcome on the team. If I get an offer, I will probably accept it.

    Interview Questions

    • Tell us about a time in which a customer changed their mind about what they wanted during the development process. how did you react?   Answer Question
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    Entry Level Electrical Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 1 dayinterviewed at Bettis Laboratory.

    Interview

    I applied online after the company participated in a Fall college career fair (September-October). I got a phone interview in early to mid January. This was very easy going! They asked about my technical writing skills, leadership, etc. Then I got a call to travel done to stay in a hotel a week and a half later. I stayed in a Hampton Inn near Waterfront mall (paid for by Bettis). Everything for the interviews happen at the hotel. The morning started by watching a presentation at 7:30 with interviews starting at 9:00. There were about 20-25 people at the event being interviewed for different positions. I had a total of six interviews, each being 40 minutes long. These took place in a hotel room that was assigned to you. The interviewers came to you. The "interview room" only had a table, a few chairs, and some lamps. All interviews were very easy going. Each started by telling me what they did and what their group did. Then they went through your resume and asked you about what is on it. Mine was school projects, capstone design project, extra-curricular activities, etc. After all of your interviews, you are asked to rank the interviews based on which you would rather work with. This is great because interviews go both ways. You are also interviewing the company to see if it is a great fit for you. They take your input into consideration. Employment is subject to the passing of a urine drug test and security clearance.

    Interview Questions

    • Talk about projects you have done. It was more conversational than a Q & A.   Answer Question
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    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at Bettis Laboratory.

    Interview

    Online application submitted; about 1-2 months after initial application, a phone call will be received to ask about additional qualifications. If you satisfy initial questions, you will be asked to come to a location to interview directly for the position. You will then have a 2-3 week period before hearing feedback from the company.

    Interview Questions

    • How would you address a co-worker incorrectly evaluating a situation?   Answer Question
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    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience

    Application

    I applied online – interviewed at Bettis Laboratory.

    Interview

    Applied online. Received a call a week or two later. Initial phone screening questions, nothing too difficult. Seems difficult to be able to move forward from the phone screening, as no hard-hitting or quality questions are asked at all.

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    Entry-Level Mechanical Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Pullman, WA
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took a weekinterviewed at Bettis Laboratory (Pullman, WA) in October 2013.

    Interview

    First made contact with company at career fair. I discussed openings in the company and duties required for the positions. Was asked to interview the next day. Started by meeting with HR and discussed security clearance check and what happens next if offered a position. 30 minute interview, very easy going with 2 representatives from Bettis.

    Interview Questions

    • How would you respond if a technician was pushing a solution or plan forward that you believed to have an error/mistake?   Answer Question
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    Career Fait Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer

    Interview

    Basic Questions, very easy going review. Made me feel at ease.

    Interview Questions

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    Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter – interviewed at Bettis Laboratory.

    Interview

    There were two interviews that were pretty difficult and required you to be quick on your feet. Overall the interviews went well, and all of the people were pretty nice.

    Interview Questions

    • They asked about my problem solving process if there was a leak in a pipe.   Answer Question
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    Associate Electrical Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online – interviewed at Bettis Laboratory in September 2013.

    Interview

    I applied for the aforementioned position via the official website for Bettis. Almost three months later, I received a phone call from a hiring manager asking if I was still interested in the position. We had a short interview over the phone and then a week later I was contacted to come in for an interview. My flight, hotel, and transportation were booked by Bettis and I was on my way. On the day of the interview, I met with an HR rep and two managers, each individually. Each session lasted about 30-60 minutes. After the interviews, I was taken to the airport. I flew in the night before and left immediately after the interview.

    Interview Questions

    • The majority of the questions were behavioral. They want to see how you handle yourself in certain situations.   Answer Question
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    Associate Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in West Mifflin, PA
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online – interviewed at Bettis Laboratory (West Mifflin, PA) in July 2013.

    Interview

    Applied online. A month later, I received a call from the hiring manager. He discussed about the position and asked a little bit about my work experience. A week later an HR representative scheduled me for an on-site interview. They paid for my hotel and transportation. At the interview your HR rep will meet you first and discuss about the company, benefits, security clearance, etc. They will also give you forms for the drug test, physical exam, info about the relocation, etc. But these forms are to be filled out only when you have been extended an offer and you accepted the offer. Then you will have your picture and fingerprints taken just in case you will get an offer, this is to speed up the application process. After that, you will meet with the interviewer. My interview took about an hour with just the hiring manager, he discussed about their current projects and the things that the position will work on. As he discuss the project he asked me things on how am I going to solve those problems, it was mostly about how will I attack and solve a problem. There were some awkward moments when the interviewer didn't have anymore questions for me because HR scheduled the interview for an hour and a half and we pretty much covered everything in the interview in just about an hour. After that they will tell you the usual yadda yadda we will call you in two weeks. Then a car will be waiting outside of the company to take you back to the airport. I suggest you get in touch with them in two weeks because I believe they really don't contact the applicant if he/she didn't get the job.

    Interview Questions

    • Just review the job description and concentrate on the things that you have done before that relates to the preferred qualifications of the position. They are mostly interested in how you are going to solve a problem than the behavioral stuff. Also, if you can bring a sample of your previous work/projects that would really help.   Answer Question
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