I applied in-person and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at MIT Lincoln Laboratory.
Interview Details – Phone interview, technical presentation and face to face interviews
Interview Question – Wht the neck tie? Answer Question
Negotiation Details – 1 month of background checks
I applied through college or university and interviewed at MIT Lincoln Laboratory.
Interview Details – I got the interview through on-campus recruiting. They had me present my graduate work (essentially my thesis defense) to the group, and I met with several interviewers including the group leaders. No particularly challenging or unusual interview questions. I think the interviewees with a background in the same area that my group works in get much more difficult questions.
Interview Question – None really. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – Definitely try to negotiate!
I applied online and the process took 3 months - interviewed at MIT Lincoln Laboratory in March 2013.
Interview Details –
Applied online. Received an email three months later asking availability to interview on-site. Scheduling was coordinated with HR, who paid for airfare, hotel, and rental car. However, HR would not explicitly state who would be conducting the interview on the other end, so it was not possible to research whom might be interviewing you.
As part of the interview, I was asked to give a seminar on a topic of my choice, which should last about 45 minutes + time for questions / discussion.
During the interview, I first met with an HR rep, who went over benefits with the company. Next, I met briefly with the group manager, before starting my seminar. Following the seminar, I spoke with two other members of the group for about 30 - 45 minutes (one for lunch in the cafeteria), and the assistant group manager for about 15 minutes. The interview itself lasted about 4 hours.
I wasn't asked technical questions per se, but a general working familiarity with techniques for image processing, and pattern recognition were expected. For example, being able to communicate familiarity with Bayesian classification, SVM, etc. Other general questions include the kind of work you would be interested in.
Prior to this interview I had previously done four on-site interviews for full-time positions and this one appeared to be the least scheduled (in terms of itinerary and number of people to meet). Everyone seemed to be really busy and did not have much time to meet.
After a week I received an email from the HR rep I met with on-site stating that the group does not have further interest in my candidacy and will continue to interview other candidates as they see fit.
Interview Question – For me, I was asked to name authors and algorithms from published literature who research object tracking from multiple viewpoints. Not being my area of study, the best I could do was state where I would go to look for topics on the subject, and named a review paper that I was loosely familiar with. Answer Question
I applied through college or university and the process took a day - interviewed at MIT Lincoln Laboratory.
Interview Details –
- Submitted resume at career fair - told to apply online (yadda yadda)
- on-site interview arranged via career center
- *no* behavioral questions - spent full 45 min discussing my research
- am I authorized to work in the US?
- was told HR is slow, but to get in touch if I got another offer (??)
Interview Question – Describe a problem that you solved with your graduate work Answer Question
I applied online and interviewed at MIT Lincoln Laboratory.
Interview Details –
I submitted my resume online at their site. Within about 3 weeks someone from HR emailed me asking about my interview availability, because one group was interested in my resume. She was very efficient, and we had an interview set up within the week, scheduled for two weeks from that day.
About one week before the interview, the same HR person emailed me to say that there were now four groups interested in interviewing me, and asked if they could book a hotel room for me to stay two days and interview. She was very conscientious of my travel, and ended up booking the hotel for two nights and paying for a rental car, and my meals.
It turned out that only three groups were available over those two days, so I will be going back later this month for the fourth.
9am - met with HR person, got security badge. Asked me a little about why I chose my graduate school, when I'll finish, and if I have any other job interviews. Went over benefits
10am - gave a 1 hour seminar on my thesis research. There were about 15 people in attendance, and I got a lot of technical and broad questions, both during and after my presentation
11am - met with 1st group leader and associate group leader
12pm - met with 2 technical staff of 1st group for a lunch interview. They kept asking me questions while I was trying to chew, but were really awesome people in terms of their personality, so it didn't really feel like an interview, just a conversation
1pm - met with 1 technical staff of 1st group
2pm - met with group leader of 2nd group, went over what his division did. This guy was weird
3pm - met with an assistant group leader and another technical staff of 2nd group. These two were weird as well.
4pm - met with 2 more technical staff of 2nd group. These two were obnoxious cheauvanistic jerks, and are the reason I would turn down an offer from this group
4:30pm - debreifed with HR person, he told me where to go the next day
9am - Showed up at a different building that the HR person told me to go to, and no one had any idea I was coming there. There was a flurry of people confusedly talking to each other and looking for my folder. Finally found the group leader of 3rd group, who was great, and the assistant group leader, who was perhaps the biggest a-hole I have ever met in my life. He was looking at his phone while I was answering his questions, would ask me something and be obviously not listening, and then ask me something that I had just talked about. Had no idea what my name was: he asks while looking at my publication list, "who is this person you co-authored all your papers with?" and I say "....um, that's me."
The group leader then took me on a quick tour of the labs, and talked way longer than he was allowed, so everyone else was calling and yelling at him to hurry up and give him the candidate.
10am - met with 2 technical staff from 3rd group, who were awesome. They asked me a random question about my resume that had nothing to do with the job, just something they were curious about that I'd done.
11am - met with 2 more technical staff from 3rd group, one was nice, the other kept saying "I'm not at liberty to discuss that," which he obviously loved that fact.
11:30am - debriefing with HR person, asked me which group I liked the best, talked about the rest of the process. He said it sometimes takes groups a really long time to make a decision. Then, when I got an offer, I'd have 30 days to give a response.
out by noon
Interview Question – I really felt that all of the questions were straightforward, mostly about specifics of my research. One guy asked me about a specific algorithm I had tested and discarded in my research, and since I had ruled that algorithm out, I kind of forgot how it worked. View Answer
I applied through college or university and the process took a day - interviewed at MIT Lincoln Laboratory in December 2011.
Interview Details –
Brief HR overview, followed by seminar followed by a series of 1:1 interviews. People asked a lot of really good technical questions and all seemed to genuinely love their jobs.
Advice for others: Put a good seminar talk together and be prepared to ask technical questions about it.
Interview Question – Some of the technical questions about my seminar caught me slightly of guard. Answer Question
I applied online and the process took 2 months - interviewed at MIT Lincoln Laboratory.
Interview Details –
Applied online. Got a technical phone interview about 2 months later. 2 weeks later, flew out for an onsite interview, which consisted of a technical presentation and 4 one-on-one interviews.
Overall, know your resume, and know your field. You will be interviewing with some of the top people in the field, and they will catch you if you try to BS.
Interview Question – Specific question involving some of the background I based my presentation on. View Answer
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