Naval Research Laboratory Interview Questions

Updated Jun 18, 2014
Updated Jun 18, 2014
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    Research Physicist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    I worked here as a National Research Council post-doc first. NRL does most of its hiring from the post-doc pool. At the end of my postdoc, they asked me if I wanted a job. I said yes. It took about 6 months to fill out the paper work, which included them filing a "fake" posting on USAjobs and me "applying" for the position.

    Negotiation Details
    There was no negotiation. Everything is set by Congress.
    Accepted Offer
  2.  

    Computer Scientist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 6+ monthsinterviewed at Naval Research Laboratory.

    Interview Details

    Interview is very easy if you are really qualified. If you are not...don't bother.

    Interview Questions
    • Describe uncertainty in a mathematical/scientific way.   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    They told me what the job paid and I said Ok.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  3.  

    Research Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Washington, DC
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Washington, DC
    Application Details

    I applied through other source. The process took a dayinterviewed at Naval Research Laboratory.

    Interview Details

    After sending my resume to the division's email twice, I heard back from the superintendent about a potential opportunity. They flew me out there for a visit/interview, which mainly consisted of me giving a presentation, and meetings with the different groups and a tour of the facility the rest of the day.

    Interview Questions
    • Questions about my presentation related to my research.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Engineering Spacecraft Design Coop Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Washington, DC
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Washington, DC
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took a dayinterviewed at Naval Research Laboratory in October 2011.

    Interview Details

    Virginia Tech has an on-campus interviewing program that I applied to, but first met with the recruiter at our school's career fair, Engineering Expo. I attended their information session in the morning and signed up for the interview slot that followed.

    Interview Questions
    • Describe in more detail your project, research, and other engineering experience.   Answer Question
    • Explain what other hands on experience or technical knowledge do you have.   View Answer
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    NRC Research Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Washington, DC
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Washington, DC
    Application Details

    I applied through other source. The process took 4+ monthsinterviewed at Naval Research Laboratory in August 2011.

    Interview Details

    Contacted potential advisers, who were very helpful in writing a proposal to the NRC. When NRC scores were posted, I was invited for a visit where I gave a talk and met with several staff members who were interested in my work and other post docs/former post docs who can tell me about the program and my advisers. Returned home and waited a month or two before the hiring decision was made.

    Negotiation Details
    No negotiation
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Electronics Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Washington, DC
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Washington, DC
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at Naval Research Laboratory in November 2010.

    Interview Details

    Recruited straight from undergrad, did not do a co-op as many others had. I was told initially that they wanted me and had a spot, but soon after they lost funding for it. I worked elsewhere for a year, got tired of it, and asked the recruiter (also my future boss) if they had funding for me. After a few weeks and a preliminary background check, I was asked to come in for an interview.

    Interview Questions
    • None really, but there were 8-10 people in the room all asking about my research experience as an undergrad and what I could bring to their projects. So no particularly hard questions, just a somewhat intimidating experience.   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    No negotiation, they offer a standard starting salary by major, degree, and department
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  8.  

    Computer Science Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Washington, DC
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Washington, DC
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took a dayinterviewed at Naval Research Laboratory in December 2009.

    Interview Details

    I received a call about a week after applying. I spoke on the phone with my future employer about my resume, and the interview consisted of no other questions or skills tests. I was summarily offered a position for the winters and summers that I accepted.

    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Research Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied in-person. The process took 6+ monthsinterviewed at Naval Research Laboratory.

    Interview Details

    I reached out to my current supervisor directly after meeting with one of his postdocs during a professional meeting. I was invited to the lab to give a seminar and interview with other scientists at the facility. After my interview I was recommended to apply through the NRC Research Associates Program, which, as far as I'm aware, is the only way to obtain a postdoc at the lab. The process was quite involved, involving a proposal for what I would be researching at the laboratory. Once accepted, the last hurdle involves obtaining a security clearance, which is also rather involved. In the end, there is some great work being done here and the salary far surpasses that of university postdocs. I have recommended colleagues to apply.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer

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