Getting an Interview
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- Accepted OfferPositive ExperienceEasy Interview
I applied through college or university. The process took 3+ months. I interviewed at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (Columbia, MD) in February 2012.
I applied to APL through the Johns Hopkins advance scholars program. About two months after I applied I was contacted by a department supervisor. He "interviewed" me. It was more of him describing the project that he was working on that I might be able to help out with. He told me that he wanted to hire an intern if he was able to get enough funding. The next week I got an offer.
- I was surprised that my interviewer / eventual boss did not want to know more abou tme. Answer Question
No negotiation - salary based on amount of experience/ year in school.
- Accepted OfferNegative ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied through an employee referral. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (Columbia, MD) in November 2008.
Had to give a technical presentation, which resulted in a lot of hard technical questions from the audience. Multiple interviews by technical staff and managers in multiple groups. Lots of the time was spent by the interviewers "selling" their group or project. In retrospect, having worked here, it became clear that those "selling" the hardest were the least desirable groups to work in, and they have trouble getting the best people. There was one interview by an HR person, who really didn't do a good job describing the work environment, and frankly asked a lot of intrusive personal questions.
- Very difficult question on the assumptions which allow the use of kalman filtering on a data stream coming from a missile. Answer Question
No negotiation was possible. Pretty much "take it or leave it."