I applied through other source and the process took 4 months - interviewed 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
I applied through college or university and the process took 2 months - interviewed 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 Question – 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
Very Difficult Interview
I applied through college or university and the process took 6 months - interviewed at Naval Research Laboratory.
Interview Details – Interview is very easy if you are really qualified. If you are not...don't bother.
Interview Question – Describe uncertainty in a mathematical/scientific way. View Answer
Negotiation Details – They told me what the job paid and I said Ok.
I applied through other source and the process took a day - interviewed 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 Question – Questions about my presentation related to my research. Answer Question
I applied through college or university and the process took a day - interviewed 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.
Very Easy Interview
I applied through an employee referral and the process took a day - interviewed 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.
I applied in-person and the process took 6 months - interviewed 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 Question – Propose a project to research during one's tenure. Answer Question
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