Orbital Sciences Interview Questions

Updated Aug 31, 2014
Updated Aug 31, 2014
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    Principal Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Chandler, AZ
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Chandler, AZ
    Application Details

    I applied online - interviewed at Orbital Sciences in May 2012.

    Interview Details

    The interview process and questions were well formulated. I thought the actual hiring process took too long. However, this may have been possibly due to the added on background check agency and the length of time taken by them to complete the check.

    Negotiation Details
    I negotiated but to no avail.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  2.  

    Business Operations Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Phoenix, AZ
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Phoenix, AZ
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Orbital Sciences.

    Interview Details

    I applied online and got a call about a week later. I set up an interview within three days. I interviewed with 3 people who would be my potential managers. I was alone with the first interviewer for about 20 minutes, I was alone with the second interviewer for about 50 minutes, and the third interviewer joined in for an additional 25. They called me six days later to offer the position and I accepted.

    Interview Questions
    • Where do you think the U.S. stands internationally?   Answer Question
    • How might you need to interact differently with engineers than business people?   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    No negotiation
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  3.  

    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Orbital Sciences.

    Interview Details

    I applied online and about a week later was called to schedule an interview. Due to time conflicts I was not able to interview in person however they allowed me to do interview over the phone. Two people conducted the phone interview. There was a very quick turnaround so I only did one interview.

    Interview Questions
    • If we were to ask one of your professors/former employers about your strengths and weaknesses, what would they say?   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Associate Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Chandler, AZ
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Chandler, AZ
    Interview Details

    I interviewed at the Chandler AZ place. I spoke with a variety of groups. First an HR representative (went over benefits package), then Dave Weddle (Engineering Manager). Then I lost track of who I met, because there were so many, and the email I got only listed two names.

    I got a tour of the facilities, and spoke with some people about systems and some people about components, then with another manager. They all asked about my resume, and questions about what kind of job I wanted (how I wanted to specialize). That was tricky for me, because as a soon-to-be college grad, I don't have the experience to have picked a specialty. Several asked me how I deal with conflict. They were the most interested by the projects I listed on my resume (they were all class projects, since I have no job experience).

    A couple times, I was shown a circuit diagram and asked to talk about it. I pointed out the components whose symbols I recognized. They highlighted certain areas and asked me to discuss them. Some I got and some I didn't, but in all cases I tried to articulate my thought process aloud.

    The process took four hours, although I'd expected it to be three. I was told that I could expect to hear from HR within a couple weeks.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
  6.  

    Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university - interviewed at Orbital Sciences.

    Interview Details

    Applied for an internship during college. Phone interview with manager was short. Asked background questions and courses taken in college

    Interview Questions
    • None. Was asked to expand on certain parts of conversation.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    Did not try to negotiate, but certain interns got fringe perks for interning(ie, moving costs covered)
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  7.  

    Principal Manufacturing Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Dulles, VA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Dulles, VA
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 5 days - interviewed at Orbital Sciences.

    Interview Details

    Interviewed with the Director of Manufacturing Operations, Director of Manufacturing and the Manager of Engineering.

    Interview Questions
    • Do you think it will be difficult to transition from commercial manufacturing standards to NASA standards?   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    They made me an offer but I refused. They then made a counter offer which I accepted.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  8.  

    Configuration Management Data Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Dulles, VA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Dulles, VA
    Application Details

    I applied through other source. The process took 4 days - interviewed at Orbital Sciences.

    Interview Details

    HR contacted me via telephone and scheduled the interview. I was sent an email containing a job application to complete prior to the interview. The time I requested was was not a problem for the hiring manager. The interview time was only 1.5 hours. The hiring manager and I had prior co-workers in common. With my background in mechanical design and drafting made it easy for us to have a discussion that flowed with no excess question on my behalf.

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    No negotiation was needed.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  9.  

    Senior Program Financial Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2 days - interviewed at Orbital Sciences.

    Interview Details

    Typical interview process, phone interview and then in person interview with hiring manager, peer and Director

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
  10.  

    Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through other source. The process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Orbital Sciences.

    Interview Details

    Informal, met hiring manager for dinner

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Average Interview
  11.  

    Engineering Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Orbital Sciences in February 2012.

    Interview Details

    I actually had a few phone interviews with the company. A lot of the interview was going over my resume and asking about various highlights of it. Nothing too technical in the interview, just mostly trying to illustrate that I'm competent as a potential hire.

    Everyone I spoke with was super friendly and more than willing to answer all of my questions. The interview process was definitely pleasant and I eventually got my internship

    Interview Questions
    • Explain the troubleshooting process that you typically go through.   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

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