MDA Corporation Interview Questions & Reviews

Updated May 3, 2014
Updated May 3, 2014
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    Word Processor Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Richmond, BC (Canada)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Richmond, BC (Canada)
    Application Details

    I interviewed through an employee referral. The process took 3 weeks - interviewed at MDA Corporation in March 2014.

    Interview Details

    3 interviews. First - phone interview with HR that lasted an hour. Asked me about my perception of company, what I wanted our of the company, why I wanted position. Had chance to ask questions.
    Second - in person with prospective boss and HR (same person who interviewed me). Interview + 1 hour test. After test, prospective boss discussed company culture, what the day-to-day experience would be like, and own experience with company. Afterwards, was debriefed by HR, who answered any further questions.
    Third - in person with prospective boss' boss, prospective boss, and HR. Got results back from test, boss' boss briefly asked why I wanted to work in said position. More context about company and was told next contact would be to make an offer.

    Interview Questions
    • The one hour competency test was quite difficult. I was not expected to know how to do everything, nor did I, but it is still daunting to come out of an exam and then be interviewed.   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Antenna Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Quebec, QC (Canada)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Quebec, QC (Canada)
    Application Details

    I interviewed online. The process took 1+ week - interviewed at MDA Corporation in October 2013.

    Interview Details

    Submitted CV to generic website. A few weeks later, the director called me for a phone interview and decided then to invite me for a personal interview. HR contacted me a week later to arrange travel.
    The interview was scheduled with 1 HR person,1 manager, and 2 technical staff and was set to occupy a morning. I found the interview process straightforward. It went well enough that I got a tour in the afternoon and positive feed back from the manager.
    Overall, it was a very positive and professional process.

    Interview Questions
    • "What question would you have liked me to ask?"
      "Who are you most and least favorite comedians?"
        Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    The offer was a bit less than I had hoped for, which was a 30% cut coming from the US to Canada. Ouch, but that was expected.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  3.  

    Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Brampton, ON (Canada)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Brampton, ON (Canada)
    Application Details

    I interviewed through other source. The process took 3 months - interviewed at MDA Corporation.

    Interview Details

    One interview with line manager, team lead and HR

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    My salary expectations were too low. They offered the higher hand of my bracket and I didn't have enough experience to ask for more
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Mechanical Design Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee  in  Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Anonymous Employee in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Application Details

    I interviewed online. The process took 1 week - interviewed at MDA Corporation in March 2012.

    Interview Details

    I submitted my application online (back when we had to directly send cover letter + resume to an HR email address, unlike now) and received a phone call the next day. I'll preface my description of the interview process by saying that: a) I hadn't applied to a specific job because I was overqualified for everything that was posted on their website (in terms of education, not experience), and b) I'm convinced I was contacted by mistake... or that the HR person didn't read my cover letter at all and just saw the word "design" somewhere on my CV, assuming I was a good candidate.

    That being said, my phone "interview" was with the mechanical design manager. He called on time and seemed a bit confused as to why he had gotten my CV from HR, but asked me a few questions to get to know me, as well as my motivations and goals. My background didn't really fit with what they were looking for, but he was interested to meet me nonetheless. I assumed (wrongly) that this would be an informational interview and we setup an appointment, 2 days later.

    Before the interview, I was greeted by the HR person and he led me to a very small room, without windows, decorated in some sort of 70's fashion. The first part of the interview was with 2 people from the mechanical design group (manager and a senior designer). They sat down and said: "So today, we'll interview you for a mechanical design engineer position". At that point, I realized I wasn't there for an informational interview, but for a real one and I should've read more carefully the job descriptions on their website...haha. They first asked questions about myself and my CV (basic, easy questions), then they moved on to more technical/behavioural questions. "What are the main tasks of a mechanical designer?", "What do you do if you can't reach a solution with the electrical and structural engineers?", "What is the biggest issue for composite materials in space?", "Where do costs come from when budgeting for a specific project?", etc. The interviewers were nice and patient, giving me time and hints to answer questions if needed, but they ended up replying to their own questions if my answers were incomplete.

    The second part of the interview was with the HR recruiter. He read questions from a list and wrote down my answers. He was very friendly, though, so it didn't feel like a chore at all. Most of these questions were typical (strong/weak points, what would your friends say about you, would you be willing to work over-time, how's your English, what salary do you expect, etc).

    On the same day, I was also supposed to meet with people from the manufacturing and structural analysis groups, but only the manager from the latter showed up. He took one quick look at my resume and asked "Why are you here? You don't fit at all." That was... strange, to say the least. After 5 minutes, he wished me good luck and suggested other companies I should apply to.

    After my interview, I clearly felt like I didn't fit there at all, so I wasn't surprised when I never heard back from them. (The end of the story if that they called me again a month later to schedule a second interview with people from the manufacturing group, saying that I didn't get an offer for the mechanical designer position because they were looking for a senior designer (considering my education).)

    Interview Questions
    • If you were on a soccer team, which position would you play?   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Richmond, BC (Canada)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Richmond, BC (Canada)
    Application Details

    I interviewed online. The process took a day - interviewed at MDA Corporation in August 2008.

    Interview Details

    Phone interview with their recruiter first.
    Interview with a group of upper management people.
    They will go through your transcript with you and ask you why you got the grade you did, it is very insulting.
    There is not test, but they will ask you questions that will test how you solve problems.
    Interview process take about 1-2 hours.
    Offer will be sent within the week.

    Negotiation Details
    They do not negotiate with new grads.
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview
  7.  

    Product Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Application Details

    I interviewed online. The process took 2 weeks - interviewed at MDA Corporation in April 2012.

    Interview Details

    Got a call from HR to come in to meet the hiring manager. Met with the hiring manager and HR contact. Outside office seems very formal but the interview itself was very relaxed and easygoing. It felt more like a conversation than an interview.

    Interview Questions
    • What are you proudest of in your current role?   Answer Question
    • What is a typical day like for you in your current role? What activities do you focus on?   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Junior Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Richmond, BC (Canada)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Richmond, BC (Canada)
    Application Details

    The process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at MDA Corporation in August 2010.

    Interview Details

    The interview consisted of a 1-hour interview with a HR representative followed by a 1.5 hour technical panal interview by two team leads.

    The HR interview mostly consisted of explaining the benefits that MDA offers, the security clearance requirements (a background check will be run after first week at work), and the assignment (contract) employee process. There were a couple of 'HR-style' interview questions as well, e.g. "describe yourself in three words".

    The technical interview consisted of some general algorithm questions that were first asked to be described and then coded. There was also an example program where one had to find all the errors. None of the questions were that hard.

    Interview Questions
    • Write a function that reverses the order of words in a sentence.   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    They tell you that everyone is in fixed salary bands per MOSIS level. This is for the most part true, particularly for M2 (entry-level) positions - it is possible to negotiate for no assignment (contract) term or a slightly higher salary if they want you, though.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  9.  

    Project Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Application Details

    The process took 1 week - interviewed at MDA Corporation in October 2010.

    Interview Details

    found online posting on my accounting organization website, applied online, was contacted for an initial 1 on 1 interview, after several days, offered another interview with a panel of stakeholders who were current team members of project team. very relaxed but they there was plenty of work to keep busy. also flexible with remote access if unable to commute, i have kids. big plus!!

    Interview Questions
    • behavioural questions asking for specific examples on how conflict was handled in my current job when crap happens, budget not met, etc...   Answer Question
    Declined Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Mechanical Design Engineer for Space Antennas Interview

    Anonymous Employee  in  Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Anonymous Employee in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Application Details

    I interviewed online. The process took 3 months - interviewed at MDA Corporation in March 2010.

    Interview Details

    About 2 months after applying for a position posted online (advertised on a University job board), I was contacted by email with the intent of arranging an interview. The interview was a phone interview and lasted for about 40 minutes to 1 hour. The individual interviewing me would be my colleague in this position and was open about the job expectations and the work environment. However, specifics about the project were kept secretive. I found the interviewer to be professional and courteous. It was explained to me that I would be contacted for an in-person interview should I be selected upon review of the phone interview. The interviewer was also frank with me about my chances of being selected for such an interview.

    Following the phone exchange I was contacted by an individual from human resources to arrange an in-person interview. This occurred less than two weeks after the phone interview. I was asked to provide some personal information and travel arrangements were made for the interview to Montreal. Flight tickets were provided by MDA, while I was required to get transportation to and from the airports.

    At the office I was interviewed in a medium-size meeting room just past the employee entrance. I was first interviewed by a member of human resources, someone other than whom I had been in correspondence with via email, in a one-on-one interview. This interview consisted mostly of a lot of standard questions such as "What are your strengths?" I attempted to answer these politely and with enthusiasm and stress the relevance of my skills and experience to the position. The interviewer was polite, but seemed intent on sticking to the script so that questions and answers did not necessarily flow very well. I was asked my salary expectations but not given any number and asked what kind of accommodation I would require for relocation. I was told that the benefits were very competitive but not given specifics beyond 80% medical, dental coverage guaranteed.

    Following the one-on-one interview I was interviewed in the same room by two individuals who were team/department leads. They discussed the position a little bit more in depth but remained secretive about the details. I was grilled about my experiences and about things that I would have to consider for the position. If I brought up a technical skill in my work experience, I was asked to demonstrate it by quickly explaining how something worked. The interviewers were friendly and encouraging, and seemed understanding of my need to think a bit before answering. They asked me if I had reservations about relocating and why I was interested in the company. They would talk a lot during the interview as well, to the point of answering their own questions if I didn't provide a satisfactory answer. This was a bit annoying, since I would ask for a question to be clarified and they would then answer it as part of the clarification and then move on to the next question. This interview lasted for a little over an hour. Near the end of it, the section chief came in to the interview. He asked a few questions that had been asked before. It was only about five minutes or so until the other two left.

    The last part of the interview consisted of a one-on-one interview with the section chief lasting about 15 minutes. He did not clarify the organizational structure or the work but instead asked me questions about them, such as "As the mechanical designer, why do you need a thermal analysis engineer?" or "As the mechanical designer, at what point of the design do you involve the stress engineer?" Hints to the answers to some of these questions were provided in the previous interview where the interviewers had briefly explained the workflow of the organization. The interviewer did not assist with the answers and did not indicate whether they were acceptable or not, although occasionally the interviewer would expand on a point I made in the interview.

    At the end of the interview I was tired and glad it was over. I never felt like a dialogue was established and felt that my performance had steadily degraded with each interview. The last correspondence I had with the company was two months ago and I was informed that no decision had been made regarding me and the position and that I was still open to consideration. I expect that they have rejected me but have not formally told me so and likely will not.

    Interview Questions
    • Why does the stress engineer need the thermal analysis engineer?   Answer Question
    • Describe how the mechanical designer interacts with the other engineers in the group while working on a project.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview
  11.  

    MIS Programmer Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Application Details

    I interviewed online. The process took 2 weeks - interviewed at MDA Corporation in June 2008.

    Interview Details

    After an initial phone interview I was scheduled for a Panel Interview consisting of three IT guys. I was mostly asked about my current job. Also, I was asked how I would prioritize tasks, strengths, weakness. I was also asked some basic SQL questions: What does a LEFT JOIN do? Have you used Stored Procedures?

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

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