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NASA Interview Questions & Reviews

Updated Jun 26, 2014
All Interviews Received Offers

Getting an Interview  

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No Offer

Negative Experience

Difficult Interview

Co-Op Interview

Co-Op
Clear Lake, TX

I applied online and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at NASA in November 2013.

Interview Details – Submitted application via email, heard back around 3 weeks later with a phone call to set up a time for a videoconference interview. I was instructed to download specific software to use for the interview. The videoconference interview was with a group of four people from HR and Communications departments. Pretty normal softball questions asked: "Why do you want to work here?" "What do you want to contribute?", etc. Barely asked about prior work experiences.

Interview Question – Asked for specific reasons why college GPA was "on the low end" of the range they had suggested on application.   Answer Question


Accepted Offer

Neutral Experience

Engineering Interview

Engineering

I applied online and the process took 3 months - interviewed at NASA.

Interview Details – Letters of recommendation, transcripts, several essays and short-answer questions--afterwards selected for a phone interview. Interview lasted about 30 minutes, and it was super casual--more like a conversation then question/answer question/answer, I think they're trying tell how well they would be able to work with you, because they already know your technical qualification from your resume.

Interview Question – What do you expect from a job at NASA?   Answer Question


Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Very Easy Interview

Program Analyst Interview

Program Analyst

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at NASA.

Interview Details – Easy - government is about who you know and get in at the right time (when there wan't a hiring freeze). I got a one on one interview with a manager who was in need of an intern and I go the position

Interview Question – There were no questions about my experience. They needed people in the office so they spent most time telling me what I would be doing.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – No negotiations and they usually don't accept counter offers


Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Average Interview

Electronics Technician Interview

Electronics Technician

I applied online and the process took 3 months - interviewed at NASA.

Interview Details – Applied on USAJOBS.gov, resume was chosen by the automated selection system and reffered to the hiring official, interviewed 2 months later, recieved offer letter and hired 2 weeks following the interview.

Interview Question – Caeer background, electrical theory, and technical questions. Nothing too difficult.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – You receive an offer letter then you can either accept the initial offer or counter. If you counter it usually takes an addtional few weeks while the offer is routed and approved.


Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Average Interview

Contract Specialist Interview

Contract Specialist
Houston, TX

I applied online and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at NASA.

Interview Details – Transparent interview process. Straightforward approach where you're asked about education and experience that would help you succeed at the job. Multiple panel type interviews and a peer guide who will also give an opinion that HR will weigh. Phone interview will proceed in person interview. It is important to be honest and personable. Working in a collaborative environment is a required ability and will be looked for at all levels.

Interview Question – What is the biggest failure that you've even had professionally? What was the failure? What was the result? How did you handle it? How did it make you better today?   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – Had another offer that I used as leverage. Otherwise, not much negotiation on GS pay scales.


Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Average Interview

Consultant Interview

Consultant
Pasadena, CA

I applied online and the process took 2+ weeks - interviewed at NASA in June 2010.

Interview Details – Sent in my resume and had a follow up phone interview.

Interview Question – Pretty standard questioning.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – None.


Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Average Interview

Software Intern Interview

Software Intern

I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at NASA in March 2012.

Interview Details – Applied online through the OSSI solar page. Got an email from a recruiter a week after my submission. Conducted a 45-minute phone interview with the recruiter. Recruiter talked about details of potential intern position.

Interview Question – Describe a project that you are most proud. Explain why and what was the biggest obstacle to overcome?   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – Was able to push back start time of internship since university operates on different term process


No Offer

Positive Experience

Easy Interview

Co-Op Interview

Co-Op

I applied through college or university and the process took 6 days - interviewed at NASA.

Interview Details – Applied at school job fair, interviewed a few days later. Standard behavioral interview. Very personable. Not difficult.

Interview Question – Greatest weakness   Answer Question


Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Easy Interview

AST Interview

AST

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 3 months - interviewed at NASA.

Interview Details – One day, three interviews

Negotiation Details – Standard government pay schedule


Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Easy Interview

Engineering Intern Interview

Engineering Intern
Kennedy Space Center, FL

I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at NASA in May 2013.

Interview Details – I went through a program called EntryPoint! for disabled people and was able to get two interviews and two positions at Kennedy Space Center

Interview Question – Wasn't very difficult, they just wanted to know why they should hire me. Other than that they just asked me about my experience on various projects.   Answer Question

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