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Program Manager Interview (Negative Experience; Very Easy Interview)
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 3 months - interviewed at General Atomics Aeronautical Systems in February 2014.
Interview Details – HR process slower than Vermont Maple Syrup in Jan. HR rep tried like the dickens to lowball salary expectation out of the chocks during first phone interview. 'Reduced expectations' commensurate with my experience with HR Dept: the initial HR 'greeter' had no idea why I was there, and after finally figuring out who I was supposed to meet, I got to sit for 20 minutes past interview slot waiting for HR rep who told me, "Sorry, I was on a phone call".
HR will send out 'ref requests' with a 'cover letter' to the recipients signed on your behalf. Not that I mind a letter going to my refs, but if I didn't write it, it shouldn't have my name on it...it is a 'cheesy' letter to boot.
I hope the Predator can make time on target better than the 'first impression crew' at GA.
(they failed their interview)
Interview Question – very standard HR questions ("Why do you want to work here?") Answer Question
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Program Manager Interview (Positive Experience; Very Easy Interview)
I applied through an employee referral - interviewed at General Atomics Aeronautical Systems in April 2009.
Interview Details – As soon as I heard I had an interview, a friend that works their said I was hired as long as I don't do something crazy at the interview. He was right fastest easiest interview ever.
Interview Question – Where do you expect to be in five years. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – None, they said take what I am offered or find another job. Really!
Program Manager Interview (Neutral Experience; Difficult Interview)
The process took 3 months - interviewed at General Atomics Aeronautical Systems in May 2009.
Interview Details – HR initially told me I was not qualified. I spoke with a hiring manager who indicated I had just the right background (the same as his background). HR fought me every step of the way. HR at GA-ASI is the worst I have ever dealt with.
The interview was with 5 individual hiring managers in series. They are all looking for a particular niche to fill what they are missing and questions revolve around production knowledge and management style. How you deal with people etc.
Something to note with GA, your personality is a major driver to the hire/no hire decision. You need to be able to get along with people. No egos (fighter pilots). This will sink you faster than anything. High EQ individuals will do well especially if you can read your interviewer.
Interview Question – How would you gauge your management style View Answer
Negotiation Details – There was no negotiation. The HR rep made this a take it or leave it offer. I checked with the hiring manager because I felt the offer was low. He indicated there was no opportunity to negotiate salary.
Note: This was an internal transfer.
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