General Atomics Interview Questions

Updated Apr 19, 2015
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    Program Manager III Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
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    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at General Atomics.

    Interview

    1. Phone interview with a recruiter. Recruiter asked general questions. They also worked with the hiring manager to schedule an in person interview.
    2. In person interview began with a review of the company and benefits by the recruiter. I was provided with a schedule of interviews. I interviewed with the direct hiring manager and two of their direct reports. First interview seemed like the individual was selling the company to me. Second interview was with the hiring manager. I felt like they were trying to see if I fit in with the culture, organization and if I was a match to work with the manager. Third interview was with an individual that asked me the the what would you do in this scenario questions.
    3. I was offered the position within a week of my in person interviews.

    Interview Questions

    • Tell me about a time you had an issue with a co-worker or peer. How did you handle it?   Answer Question
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    Engineer I Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
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    Accepted Offer
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    Application

    I applied online – interviewed at General Atomics.

    Interview

    Phone interview (1st round). HR was very nice. She asked basic questions over my resume. She also asked me about my background. The phone screening only took around 10 minutes. I asked her what a normal day in this job was like. She was very helpful in describing it. The next step is a video teleconference interview, which I am waiting on.

    Interview Questions

    • Describe a time when you had conflict?   1 Answer

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    Technical Writer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
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    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 6 weeksinterviewed at General Atomics (San Diego, CA) in March 2015.

    Interview

    Comprised three sections. First, I spoke with a representative of HR. This was a pretty standard interview. Highlight your resume, why are you interested in our company, here are our benefits, etc. Second, I spoke with a panel of members of the Technical Writing department. We went over my resume in detail, they had me give a brief technical presentation (no slides), and reviewed writing samples. Third, I went into an office and looked at schematics to describe an assembly process and reviewed a set of instructions for errors.

    Interview Questions

    • Where do you see yourself in five years?   1 Answer
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    Test Engineer I Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Rancho Bernardo, CA
    Accepted Offer
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    Difficult Interview
    Accepted Offer
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    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at General Atomics (Rancho Bernardo, CA).

    Interview

    Received a screen call from one of the lead engineers in the group and answered very basic questions. I was brought in about 2 weeks after the initial screen. I was first interviewed by an HR recruiter who asked very basic questions about my career goals. From there, we went to an interview room where I was administered a written exam and given 45 minutes to complete it. Questions involved identification of basic discrete components, op-amp formulas, digital components, and power systems concepts. Some questions were very easy, some were difficult. After that, i was interviewed (non-technical) by a lead engineer from the TE group for about 15 minutes. Waited an hour, then was interviewed by a manager from the field engineering group. He opened up some schematics for a flight board and pointed out various circuit components (mostly op-amp based) and asked me to identify them. This lasted about 15 minutes. Waited another hour, and my final interview (non-technical) came from the manager of the group. The entire interview process lasted from 8am to 1pm. They gave a tour of the facilities following the interview. Received an offer 2-3 weeks later, and accepted.

    Interview Questions

    • Identify various Op-Amp based circuits on a schematic.   Answer Question
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    Avionics Tech Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Los Angeles, CA
    Accepted Offer
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    Difficult Interview
    Accepted Offer
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    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online – interviewed at General Atomics (Los Angeles, CA) in February 2015.

    Interview

    First you have to pass the Phone interview. Then Practical Test. Then Person-to-person interview which its pretty hard but its not really about knowledge more about personality. Ask you to describe any kind of avionics systems of aircraft that you used to work. What if?? questions.. most of the questions is about how you dealt with situations happened to you before.

    Interview Questions

    • Talk Alot of yourself and systems. Practice to describe any kind of system specially avionics that you used to work before.   Answer Question
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    Software Developer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Diego, CA
    Accepted Offer
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    Average Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took a weekinterviewed at General Atomics (San Diego, CA) in February 2015.

    Interview

    The interview process is pretty straightforward. I only had one phone interview which was both technical and behavioral. The manager I spoke to was friendly and seemed pretty laid back and was actively trying to keep the interview professional and yet seem like a conversation at the same time. A few days later, HR reached out to me and said that they'd like to continue the process which involved me sending in 5 references and them doing a background check on me. After everything checked out, they said they'd extend an offer to me sometime in the middle of March and my offer would be contingent on my GPA and a drug test.

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    Technical Writer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral – interviewed at General Atomics.

    Interview

    Interview lasted from about 10-4pm. Rotated between a small panel, a tour of the manufacturing facility and finally a meeting with the Director of the department. Very well-rounded evaluation for knowledge, company fit and candidate engagement. To-the-point, thorough, but not grinding. It's a long day by design. If you are looking for a "placeholder" job, they will figure that out. Employee retention is high, so they are ensuring that you are right, because they hire for the long term.

    Interview Questions

    • Director expected me to draw out systems from an aircraft I had not flown in over 2 years.   Answer Question
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    Engineering Intern III Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 5+ monthsinterviewed at General Atomics.

    Interview

    Took 2-3 months for HR phone interview where they asked about my resume and a few behavioral questions, next week was a phone interview with hiring manager where a few basic fundamentals were asked (recommend having your resume, job description and pen and blank piece of paper ready) and then scheduled a on-site interview the following month. It was about five hours and was with several people involved in different levels of development.

    Interview Questions

    • Was required to assemble a twelve piece gear system from a supplied drawing, solve a FBD and was questioned to establish my ability for three dimensional visualization of parts (had to draw them after).   1 Answer
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    Avionics Interview

    Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    No Offer
    Difficult Interview
    No Offer
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took a weekinterviewed at General Atomics (New York, NY).

    Interview

    Online interview is 3 parts. 2nd part is mostly aptitude. Failed 2nd part so 3rd part will not commence. Found it difficult since most questions were unrelated to avionics. Part 1 is basic conditions to the job. 3rd part is more technical

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    Mechanical Engineer II Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Poway, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at General Atomics (Poway, CA) in December 2014.

    Interview

    Overall process was quick, given the holiday break in between the process (would have only taken 3 weeks but the holiday schedule and my busy schedule stretched it out 2 months). Began with a 15 minute HR phone screen followed by another 30 minute phone screen with the engineering lead the following week just before the holiday closure.

    I was contacted two weeks after the holiday break to schedule an onsite interview where I was then tag-teamed by HR and 3 engineering managers, consecutively (about 30-45 minute interviews each). Finally, after feeling a little mentally fatigued I was given a facilities tour which was actually pretty awesome!

    Each of the one-on-one interviews were completely different. Most questions were extremely technical, while some really grilled on work ethics and personality. Everyone seemed extremely professional while still being approachable and friendly.

    Offer was fair. Was asked for background check and told to wait until it was completed before

    Interview Questions

    • Disclosing technical questions would give an unfair advantage to the next candidate that I did not have. I will say that they their strategy is good at separating real engineers from paper pushers. Best advice, ask enough during the phone interview about the job so you are not caught by surprise with their questions.   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    No negotiation. Any hints at steering the conversation that way was dismissed with an "in is what it is" attitude.

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