I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at General Atomics in September 2010.
Interview Details – Pretty standard interview it seems for the engineering world. Met with an HR rep first and discussed the usual perks and got a little tour of the campus. Met with several Program Managers to discuss interests and previous experiences and talked about their projects. Then met with the Director of the group and discussed the group in general, and which project interested me the most.
Interview Question – Didn't really have any difficult or unexpected questions Answer Question
Negotiation Details – They offered a salary that was more than I was expected, and I took it, though I feel I could've asked for me.
I applied online and interviewed at General Atomics.
Interview Details –
Called me in for an interview. There was no phone interview, which was odd. I don't want to say what kind of engineer since i am not sure yet if they are going to make an offer.
I first went to the HR building which was down the street from the building i would be working at. Talked to the HR lady who was about 10 minutes late. She spent the whole time about how wonderful it was to work there and that no one has been laid off ever and how excellent this guy was that was going to be interviewing me, and how great the benefits are etc.
SHe asked what I was making and i told her, and her first question after that was "If we were to offer you that, would you take it?"
I explained that I have an offer pending from another company so it would have to depend on what that other offer was. These people will clearly try to lowball me if they were to make an offer.
Then i got to get back into my car and drive to the other building which was about a mile away. Some lady met me up front and took me to a conference room, gave me a written test to fill out, came back in an hour and picked it up.
5 minutes later a guy who i am assuming was a senior engineer walks in and proceeds to tell me in great detail what the questions on the test that i got wrong were, and basically seemed like his main point was to prove how smart he was. He didn't seem at all interested in my experience or what I had to say.
Asked me some other questions and went on his way. I did pretty darn good on the quiz, i got 16 right out of 19.
i waited about 20 minutes alone in the room twiddling my thumbs and eventually another older gentleman walks in and asks me some other questions about what i worked on and completely was apparent he was reading my resume for the first time. On his way out he gets my name wrong.
10 minutes later, the woman who escorted me walks in and tells me that the other guys who were going to interview me had to go to a meeting, and that I was done for the day.
Never heard back from them until I got an offer from another company and let GA know that i got an offer and wanted to give them a chance, but they said "it was a tough decision but we decided to move forward with another candidate".
Hmm, k , suit yourself.
A simple phone interview could have prevented me from wasting my time.
Interview Question – SOme op amp circuit that you learn in college and quickly forget View Answer
I applied online - interviewed at General Atomics in November 2012.
Interview Details –
I was called for an impromptu phone interview while at work (I took a break to take the call), and was interviewed on the spot by the Hiring Manager and the Lead. They went over my experience, where I am currently employed which also most directly pertained to their need. It was about 20 minutes and went very well. I really liked the guys I spoke to. I was informed by email I'd get a call from the HR/Recruiter later that day.
The next day I got the call from HR. She instantly went over the resume again, which was fine. She went over their very extensive benefits package, which is impressive. However they could not match my current pay, much less top it. I have really good benefits now though I must admit GA's were better. I essentially said I needed to at the very least make what I make now, and have relocation or a bonus (some kind of motivation to take the position). The HR person then talked about overtime being "10% of the pay" and that would help. Personally I loathe OT, I work it when needed (have made 4k this year in OT) but that was not a selling point to me. She kept talking about the great bennies and it was San Diego. I mean great, it's a nice city. However, I lived in Cali for 6 years and I specifically left it because it is over priced. So that also was not a selling point. The fact I was expected to leave my current better paying job in a less expensive area for their job was an odd play. GA gave me zero motivation to want this position other than the good vibe I got from the people I would have been working for and learning some new tech.
I told her if they could do something, a bonus or anything if I was offered the position I'd come down for an in person visit (on my dime no less). In a week I got an email invite for the in person visit, but never a response to my initial compensation questions. I called and was told I was still the "lead candidate" but they wanted to explore local people first. I can respect that. I was told I would be called with an update, which I never was and they re-posted the position 2 weeks later. Sadly, GA are taking advantage of the economy. I had the qualifications they desired but they wanted to give me entry level pay. A shame because they really had everything else going for them and I would have done it if not for the low compensation offered.
Reason for Declining – Low compensation that did not match my current pay, no bonus or relocation offered and expected me to pay for the flight down to visit the facility.
I applied through a recruiter and the process took a day - interviewed at General Atomics in December 2008.
Interview Details – Interviewed with entire Neutral Beam management, toured facility answered questions with at least 5 individuals talked to existing staff. Discussed duties and requirements for the position in relative high detail. Discussed training options due to position is not a mainstream job, unless you have done the job before you will have to be trained for the position.
Interview Question – Why should we hire you for this position View Answer
Negotiation Details – No negotations
I applied online - interviewed at General Atomics in October 2012.
Interview Details – phone call to set up interview time and date
Interview Question – Why are you applying here with all your experience? Answer Question
I applied through college or university and the process took a day - interviewed at General Atomics in January 2012.
Interview Details –
There were a few steps to go through but overall it was very painless.
1. They called to setup a phone interview.
2. Phone Interview (Very basic questions ie. tell me about yourself, your experience, rate your skill level).
3. Online Skills Test (They give you a week or so to complete it.. 2 part test with theory, safety, general math and competency questions ie. which way does the slash go in a web address? This way // or that way \\)
4. Fly you out to the company (Very nice all expenses paid trip)
5. Onsite test (Many if not all of the questions come from the previous online test, so pay attention and study)
6. Practical Exercise (Install a piece of equipment onto a test bench,. Don't sit anything down! FOD! Test it. Write down your results.)
7. 2 on 1 interview (This is VERY long (1hr+) and the interviewers play off each other, they have a script, and EVERY question starts with "Tell me about a time..." so have plenty of stories available. Also, they asked me to describe something very difficult in great detail. I tend to think things are only difficult if you let them be, bit a good answer. This was my last question, and the first time it had ever been asked it and I flubbed it.)
The company seemed VERY laid back, not a suit, a tie, or a button down in the whole place. I wore a suit and felt very out of place. I'm not sure if business casual is right answer but maybe this a better question to ask your recruiter.
I wish you well, and happy interviewing.
I applied online and the process took 5 days - interviewed at General Atomics in April 2012.
Interview Details – After applying for a position I was qualified for, a recruiter contacted me from GA 3 days later to review my resume over the phone. We spoke for about 15-25 minutes about each work experience I had from various employers. I did not feel that the recruiter fully reviewed my resume as he would often repeat the same question "and you've worked there for 2-3 years?". Long story short, the recruiter did have the decency to call me back and say they chose someone else to move forward and that they would keep me notified if anything else came up.
Interview Question – Tell me a little about your experience at so and so... Answer Question
The process took a day - interviewed at General Atomics in February 2012.
Interview Details – Spoke to an HR person who basically went over my resume to make sure everything was correct. Talked a lot about the culture of the company. Asked if I had any questions. Asked what my schedule was like to arrange a follow up interview on-site but never heard back from her.
Interview Question – What made you interested in working here? Answer Question
I applied online and the process took a day - interviewed at General Atomics in April 2012.
Interview Details – I only did the phone interview and did not make it past that. They asked very specific questions about C memory management (static variables, heap, stack, what does the operating system do when it calls a function). In addition they asked about serial interfaces and baud rate and how that translates to characters per second. They also asked about controls, in particular transforms (Laplace in particular) and wanted an in depth review of PID control.
Interview Question – What does the operating system do when you call a function? View Answers (3)
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