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Helpful (6)Accepted OfferNegative ExperienceDifficult Interview
I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at MITRE (McLean, VA).
Grueling. Extended. Painful. Interview process began with a series of 1-1 interviews with 6 different senior execs. Then advanced to 4 group interviews with different department heads and their technical leads who wanted to play "stump the candidate". At any point any single interviewer had veto power to kick you off the short list. To say you felt like an ant under a magnifying glass would be an understatement.
- How will your past work experience ensure that you are not a failure at MITRE? Answer Question
OK, headhunter handled salary negotiations successfully.
- Accepted OfferNeutral ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at MITRE.
Multi-phased interview process as in phone screen, panel interview, technical staff interview, HR interview, and management interview. Most candidates that are sought are those that are experts in their respective fields and are able to perform as an individual contributor and in a consultant role. Panel interview also includes a presentation which is a focus on the candidate's presentation skills, ability to communicate, and showcasing a mastery of their expertise.
- Questions can come from a broad range of areas. 1 Answer
Know who you are an what you have to offer. Keep in mind if you challenge the negotiation be prepared to state your case.
- Accepted OfferPositive ExperienceEasy Interview
I applied in-person. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at MITRE (McLean, VA).
I quit MITRE some years ago and decided to return after getting a taste of work at a start-up. I had to find a project leader who needed my skills and then help them find a manager who would hire me. Bottom line: MITRE managers don't work very hard to find people to fill their needs. Rather, they simply wait until someone applies. When someone does apply, the candidate has to be a near-perfect fit for an open slot. That is, candidates are rarely assessed for potential long-term contribution.
- how much money do you require? 1 Answer
- No OfferPositive ExperienceEasy Interview
I applied through an employee referral. The process took 6 weeks. I interviewed at MITRE (Bedford, MA) in December 2014.
Recently interviewed at Mitre. Met with over a dozen people, lasting most of the day. HR did a very nice job of coordinating a well organized schedule. I interviewed with a good mix of members, some who have been there for 20+ years as well as a few who have been at Mitre for just a few years (5+). Overall the experience was very pleasant, haven't come across such a wide array of very talented people yet very humble. Almost all of the discussions were either around my resume or walking me through the nature/type of work they do. They have a good training facility, with an opportunity to continually learn on pretty much anything. Liked their lab and its open layout. Had a joint interview with two managers, very down to earth personality and they came across as a team as well as excellent colleagues. Key take ways for me are, excellent group of people, opportunity to work on diverse technologies and continually learn.
- I have a pretty diverse background/experience and was asked a few times what kind of work I wanted/liked to do at Mitre Answer Question
- Declined OfferPositive ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied online. The process took 7 weeks. I interviewed at MITRE in December 2014.
About a week after submitting my online application, I was contacted for a phone interview. The phone screening lasted about 25 and was with two supervisor-level individuals. They asked about my experience, told me a lot about the company and the project the position would be with, and asked why I was looking for a new job. At the end of the interview, they asked for a writing sample. About one week after sending the writing sample, I was contacted for an in-person interview. The interview was with the two individuals I spoke with on the phone and one other person who called in. Questions were about my experience, working style, and where I see myself in 5 years.
- What are three words that your co-workers would use to describe you? Answer Question
Reasons for Declining
Was not interested in the specific project I would have worked on.
- Declined OfferNeutral ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied online. The process took 3+ months. I interviewed at MITRE in November 2014.
About 2 months after submitting an application online, I was offered via email a 30-minute phone interview with a member from my prospective department. Several days after conducting that, I was offered an on-site interview for the following week. Due to scheduling conflicts I was unable to accept that, so I proposed a later date, which the company accepted. Upon arriving on-site, I spent about 15 minutes with an HR representative, during which she summarized the company's benefits and asked about my salary expectations. After that I gave a 45-minute presentation to four out of the five people who would later conduct 45-minute 1-on-1 interviews with me and the one person with whom I had lunch (who also, oddly enough, was the same gentleman that phone-screened me). Two of the 1-on-1 interviews focused on my academic knowledge, two focused on my previous work, and one focused on very little. Each interviewer, though, spent a good chunk of time selling the company.
- How would you design a digital QPSK signal whose envelope was constant over time? Answer Question
Reasons for Declining
The financial incentives the company offered, which are primarily relocation-centric, didn't address my current situation and I didn't feel that the salary differential between my current job and the offer reflected the nominal promotion in salary band.
- Accepted Offer
I applied through an employee referral. I interviewed at MITRE.
Three different on-site interviews with different departments. Different department has its own capacity and interest for hiring. End up being there multiple times. Each or all can give you an offer, and in case you have more than one offer you get to choose. But this can be a really long process, e.g. my case, three on-sites.
- Not difficult, but time intensive. And you will need to prepare a technical presentation in the end. Answer Question
Helpful (1)Accepted OfferPositive ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at MITRE.
One round of interviews with multiple managers. Interviews were back to back. The first was with an HR representative, followed by several 30 minute interviews with managers. There was a fairly long period between when I applied, and when I was contacted for an interview; at least a month. They were interviewing a number of people for a number of roles all at once in order to staff up. Everyone I met with was friendly and inviting during our discussion.
- They provide a theoretical scenario, which you must analyze and develop a course of action, on the fly. Answer Question
No room for salary negotiation, but believe it was a fair offer.
Helpful (1)Accepted OfferPositive ExperienceEasy Interview
I applied online. The process took 5 weeks. I interviewed at MITRE (McLean, VA) in October 2014.
I applied for the position through MITRE's website. I received a call from the hiring manager about three weeks later. It was a very informal and friendly discussion that probably lasted about twenty minutes. The following day I received a call from HR to schedule an in-person interview with a panel. I was told who would be on the panel and that first I would meet with someone from HR. I was given three dates and times to choose from. Later that evening I received confirmation of date and time. I was also provided information on MITRE, including benefits and directions to the facility. I was told to plan for three hours. I arrived at MITRE ten minutes before the interview time and the HR Recruiter was already waiting for me in the lobby. Very friendly and determined to put me at ease. We went over basic information and a couple of easy questions. Example: what did you find most challenging about your job? I was also asked my salary expectations and she expressed a little concern at the salary I made prior to retirement. I then met with panel members. It was a friendly collegial environment. Lots of laughing. At the conclusion of the interview, the department head accompanied me back to the lobby and we spoke another five minutes before I left. The entire interview, including HR, was about an hour and a half. Two days later I was told they would like to pursue making an offer but first I needed to provide a letter from my former employer's legal office confirming there was no conflict. About a week later I was called by the HR Recruiter and verbally told the offer. I was told I would get a written offer once they received the letter and their legal department approved it. The letter was provided to MITRE later that afternoon. Five days later I was provided an offer in writing.
- None, more of a conversation and selling me on the company. One question was what would I do if my boss told me to do something I disagreed with. 1 Answer
There was no negotiation. Salary offered exceeded my expectations and was actually higher that my salary prior to retirement.
Helpful (2)Accepted OfferPositive ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied online. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at MITRE.
Submitted resume online and relieved a call from HR a week later. After a phone screening, I was invited to come in for an in-person interview. I met with the entire team and was very impressed by their professionalism and personalities. These were very smart people who did not exhibit workplace stress indicators and were thrilled to be at MITRE. They all spoke passionately about the company. I was asked questions about my education and previous government contracting experience - typical stuff. Everyone was very friendly and dare I say it, this was a FUN interview. I felt like I was talking to old friends. After sending thank-you notes, I received a call about a week later to offer me the position. There was no room to negotiate on salary, which is admittedly below market. However, the ability to grow quickly and work/life balance supersedes salary in my opinion.
- I was repeatedly asked why I was leaving my current government contracting position, so make sure you have a good, non-disparaging answer for this question if you're coming from another company. Also be prepared to answer why you want to work for MITRE specifically. Answer Question
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