General Dynamics Electric Boat Interview Questions

Updated Mar 23, 2015
Updated Mar 23, 2015
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  1.  

    Hydrodynamics Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at General Dynamics Electric Boat.

    Interview Details

    Applied online, called up the next week. Asked to come up, hotel was arranged for me and they offered a flight but I drove(they payed for gas). Went to the HR office, checked by security, tour of shipyard was very cool. Bused over to New London office and met in the lobby by the engineer who was interviewing me. He took me back to his office. He was a engineer supervisor, and asked me mostly questions about my resume and transcript. He told me about his past projects but over all it seemed he did not have much of a plan for the interview. We didn't hit it off and i knew he would be the one to make the final call. He said our time was up and took me to meet the department manager who wasn't in his office. He took me then and put me in a conference room with a younger engineer(5 years at EB) We talked, he already had a copy of all my documents and had highlighted the things he was interested in but did not have many questions for me. We had an interesting conversation about how he does his work and what tools he used. Then the Manager came it, He took me to his office were he started to ask me about my resume but we mostly talked about unrelated stuff such as his boat. Finally i went to lunch with a 1 year engineer from my school. Lunch was on EB and good, the Lunch interview was very causally but definitely still was an interview. I was never told explicitly what I would be doing if they gave me the job so it was hard to tie myself into their work, i mostly had to work of generality and guesses.

    I read through all the interviews on this site and wrote the questions down. It was good prep but most of all know your resume and be able to turn any weaknesses in your resume/job history/ Transcript into strengths or learning experiences.

    Also be prepared to lead the interview(I had to though some people on this site did not have to)

    Interview Questions
    • Supervisor asked me about each thing on my resume
      5 year engineer asked me about a project I had on my resume
      manager asked what my favored class was
      Lunch interview asked no real questions
       
      View Answer
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  2.  

    Engineer I Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took a dayinterviewed at General Dynamics Electric Boat.

    Interview Details

    First I went in for a tour of the shipyard. Then you get processed through security. From there you are sent to HR where you wait for your interview. The interview went very well, one of the easiest interviews I have been on. They just went over my resume, I do not recall any technical questions pertaining to the job asked at all. Everyone was extremely nice, seems like a great place to work. Be prepared to go over your resume and talk about your background.

    Interview Questions
    • What can you bring to EB?
      Why do you want to work here?
       
      Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  3.  

    Entry Level Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university – interviewed at General Dynamics Electric Boat.

    Interview Details

    The initial interview was not too stressful, and the interviewer was very personable. The interview lasted approximately 45 minutes, upon which the interviewer will explain the next step in the hiring process, depending on how the interview went. Overall it was a positive experience that I felt was informative for both myself and the interviewer.

    Interview Questions
    • The interviewer will go over your resume almost line by line, so be prepared to answer to any of your experiences. There were also a number of questions asking about times you've worked in a team or have been a leader.   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Electrical Engineer I Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Groton, CT
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Groton, CT
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 4 weeksinterviewed at General Dynamics Electric Boat in February 2015.

    Interview Details

    I spoke to EB at a career fair at the university. The people were friendly and the work seemed interesting. I received a phone call after about 2 weeks to schedule an interview for 2 weeks later.

    The interview process was fun. The company only held one round of interviews. All the interviews took place on that day which was a little overwhelming. The day starts at 7:45 with a security clearance. They take your finger prints and give you a badge. A few others were being interviewed that day but it seemed like it was for different positions. At about 8:45, we were given a tour of the shipyard. This was the best part because it really gives you a sense of what the end product of your work would be.

    After the tour, the interviews begin. I am pretty sure the number of interviews you sit in depends on how many departments want to interview you. I had a total of 5 interviews.

    The first interview was in the same locality with 2 engineers for about 30-45 mins: one older and one closer to me in age. After this interview, they walked me to the bus which took me to the new england site for my second interview. This was with 2 engineers also, both older but seemingly did different work from each other. It was a little weird because they were interviewing me for a position that I did not have the academic background for. Still, they were very friendly. This lasted about 30 mins also.

    The next 2 "interviews" were less formal. One was with a principal engineer where we just really had a conversation for about 20-25 mins. We spoke about politics, our own backgrounds, and hobbies. It was the best part of my day so far. The guy was so down to earth and I was very comfortable. It was cut short as I had to get to lunch. Another engineer took me to lunch in their cafeteria (which is pretty awesome). This was really informal and we just spoke about likes, company culture, etc. This is the best time to ask questions and get a feel for the culture.

    The last interview turned out to be my favorite. After lunch, I sat with another engineer for an hour. We spent 50 minutes talking about everything. We spoke about our experiences and I got to tell him about how I work and my strengths and weaknesses. He told me about his work and the position he was interviewing me for. He spent the last 10 mins doing a quick rundown of my resume.

    Overall, its a great experience. Most of each interview was just to see how you are as a person. There aren't really many behavioral questions, but just questions about experiences on your resume and then follow ups about them. Each departmental interview asked some technical questions but nothing in depth. They just want to see if you have any knowledge or background in the department they work for (I was asked if I had taken any networking classes. I hadn't. Then they asked me about a networking experience I had listed as a bullet for my design project on my resume. Literally, it was just one bullet. I explained why I made the choice to choose a specific technology and the type of topology I used.). If you can show that you're not just someone looking for a job, show some interest in the work they do, throw in some info from their website, and confidently speak about anything on your resume, you'll be fine.

    Interview Questions
    • Tell me about yourself.
      If someone was hard to work with, how would you handle it?(this was a bit of role play)
      Have you taken any ______(fill blank with the department's specialty) classes?
      Why EB?
      What are your goals?
       
      Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  6.  

    Engineer I Interview

    Anonymous Employee in New London, CT
    Anonymous Employee in New London, CT
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 4 weeksinterviewed at General Dynamics Electric Boat in February 2015.

    Interview Details

    Applied to the position online after being referred to it by a friend. Received a call 2 weeks later asking to schedule an interview. Paid for my travel and a nice hotel room the night before. Arrived at 8 AM, after going through security I received a tour of their shipyard and manufacturing facilities. Took a shuttle to New London from Groton to meet with a manager in the department I applied for. Interview was about 45 minutes long. Asked questions about my engineering background, my history in school, what classes I had enjoyed, what projects I had worked on. Explained the position thoroughly. Pretty standard, less formal than I expected. I then was taken to lunch by a current engineer in the department, whom I talked to about the workplace culture, the surrounding area, etc. An overall positive experience and it seemed like a great place to start a career.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Engineering Specialist Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at General Dynamics Electric Boat in December 2014.

    Interview Details

    I was initially contacted through LinkedIn by a recruiting company that is contracted by General Dynamics. After submitting an application and my resume, I was invited about a week later for an on-site interview. All travel (airfare, hotel, rental car) was prepaid by EB. I attended a hiring event on a Saturday with approximately 20 other people. After badging and check in, I met with an HR rep who verified my application information and gave me a benefits packet. I waited for about 45 minutes for my interview with a single supervisor from the department I was applying for. The interview took less than an hour, and was more of a casual discussion of the expected work and my experience. Afterwards there was a tour of the shipyard. Finally after the tour I had a summary meeting with the HR rep where I asked about the benefits and work schedule, and I was I my way back to the airport.

    Interview Questions
    • Tell me about your previous and current work experience.   Answer Question
    Reasons for Declining

    Although I was excited about the work and the opportunity at EB, the offer was a 6% decrease from my salary with my current employer. When I mentioned this to the HR person I was told that it was "the best we can do." Combined with the need to relocate my family and the increased cost of living, it was impossible for me to make this career move.

    Also, it took just under two months to hear back after my interview, although it was over the holiday season.

    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  8. 4 people found this helpful  

    Engineer I Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter – interviewed at General Dynamics Electric Boat in November 2014.

    Interview Details

    Apparently I didn't actually apply for this position. I previously interviewed at GDEB for a different position, and 2 weeks later they called me for another interview, this time paying for the hotel (around 150 miles single trip). Hotel was a Marriott, which was nice, but bring earplugs since the AC is located next to the bed (at least in my room) and goes off quite loudly. Went to the employment office at 7:30 in the morning, and waited until 9 before we went on the tour of the Groton site, and then we got on the new london bus. Talked with a senior manager for the first interview and then he had a slightly less senior engineer show me what they do, and then a young engineer (actually a classmate of mine) took me out to lunch, then I got back on the bus. After getting back to the employment office the HR rep in charge of the hiring apparently got on the same bus I got off and went to New London, so I didn't get the exit interview. The lady at the front desk gave me a reimbursement sheet and said I could leave.

    The hiring process after the interview was a complete disaster however. 3 weeks in and didn't hear anything, so I called the HR rep. No one picked up, and she didn't respond to my email either. Tried again 2 days later, no go. Tried a week later, still no one picking up. Emailed the lady at the front desk, she told me to call the HR Rep. No one has picked up or responded to my voice mails, and the interview seems like a dream after 5 weeks. Which is quite similar to what happened with the first interview I had with GDEB; I actually asked the lady at the front desk to ask the HR rep for that position to get back to me, and she still didn't respond until I called her 5 weeks in. Thanks a lot.

    Interview Questions
    • What have you been doing since you graduated, other than job searching?   View Answer
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Groton, CT
    Anonymous Employee in Groton, CT
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at General Dynamics Electric Boat in November 2014.

    Interview Details

    The interview process took 4 hours including tour. They paid for trip expenses and lunch. They are a very large company. The building in New London was very nice with a large cafeteria. I was actually amazed how nice the place was.

    Interview Questions
    • All technical questions related to electrical engineering. I didn't get asked one behavioral question.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  10.  

    Mechanical Engineer I Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Groton, CT
    Anonymous Employee in Groton, CT
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took a dayinterviewed at General Dynamics Electric Boat in November 2014.

    Interview Details

    Gave resume at career fair, then applied online, got an email requesting an interview, emailed to setup interview, showed up at 7:00 AM on the day of, waited for a security badge, did a shipyard tour, then had an interview and lunch in New London, followed by filling out a questionnaire with HR before departure.

    Interview Questions
    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Engineer I Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Groton, CT
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Groton, CT
    Application Details

    I applied online – interviewed at General Dynamics Electric Boat in September 2014.

    Interview Details

    Submitted application and then a week later received an email. Interview was the Saturday after. Stayed at a hotel and then arrived at the office at 6:45. Submitted my passport and had fingerprints taken. Then waited for a shuttle at HR to go to new london. At new London they gave us a very tiny tour and split us into groups for the interview. I had two employees interview me at the same time which I thought was for the same position. After they took us back to Groton for a tour there and finally taken back to HR. They had us all complete exit interviews and then called each one of us down. I was offered on the spot two positions ffrom which I could choose. Took about two months before I received temporare clearance.

    Interview Questions
    • None of the questions were technical. They were all the same questions as in other places. Behavioral.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    Didn't really negotiate. It was higher salary then I expected.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

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