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Rockwell Collins Systems Engineer Interview Questions

Updated Nov 23, 2014
Updated Nov 23, 2014
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Systems Engineer Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate
Anonymous Interview Candidate
Interview Details

This was a job interview for System Engineer and I was interviewed by engineers. They were thorough and went through behavorial questions quickly, since they wanted to get through the interview in an hour and were more interested in the technical questions. They pushed hard fpr the right technical answer, but when I came to a point that I didn't know it anymore, they switched gears before it became uncomfortable. Sounded like they were nice, and didn't have a pecking order, wanted someone who's smart and willing o ask questions. Were open to my questions and seemed to be nice guys to work with.

Interview Questions
  • Q: What does the angle between two poles (and the origin) on a root locus plot represent?   View Answer
Accepted Offer

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    Systems Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    Instead of technical questions only behavioral questions were asked for 30 minutes. And after interview they said apply online for the position u like. But they were very cool and friendly in interview.

    Interview Questions
    • When did you give negative evaluation to peer in project and why   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Systems Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Cedar Rapids, IA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Cedar Rapids, IA
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took a weekinterviewed at Rockwell Collins.

    Interview Details

    Everyone was extremely nice and welcoming, as well as very interested in what they had to do. I had an onsite interview in Cedar Rapids, and felt very much like a tight knit group that were passionate about their product. The complex is big, but everyone seemed to know each other. The process itself was long, but I expected it to last most of the day. About 6 hours of questions about technical and behavioral question, most of which were your typical "name a time when..."

    Interview Questions
    • Name a time when you had to convince team members to be motivated   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Systems Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    First contacted them during career fair on campus, scheduled an interview for the next day. First interview was an even mix of technical and behavioral questions. A couple of weeks after the first interview received an email from a manager requesting a phone interview. The phone interview was mainly technical questions and expanding on resume information.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
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    Systems Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at Rockwell Collins.

    Interview Details

    Seemed to be very informal, much more about personality than experience or knowledge. It was mostly just conversation about semi-related topics. Easy interview.

    Negotiation Details
    Tried to negotiate, but was told take it or leave it.
    Accepted Offer
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    Systems Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Cedar Rapids, IA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Cedar Rapids, IA
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at Rockwell Collins in September 2012.

    Interview Details

    Recruiters were very well acquainted with the discipline and various engineering specialties needed to completely describe the requirements for the position and understand my skill set. Throughout the interview process everyone was responsive polite and engaging. I never felt like I was in a "process". Thorough notes were taken and passed to the hiring manager, so I never had to repeat myself about goals, desires or prerequisites. Application paperwork was not onerous, took me about 30 minutes to complete.

    Interview Questions
    • The most difficult part of the interview was translating between my experience and the Rockwell Collins vernacular. The company has a very strong corporate culture, and some of their terminology was difficult to decipher from context.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    The recruiter was able to candidly indicate which parts of the offer were flexible and which could not be modified.
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
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    Systems Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Cedar Rapids, IA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Cedar Rapids, IA
    Application Details

    I applied through other source. The process took a dayinterviewed at Rockwell Collins in October 2011.

    Interview Details

    The people were amazing and very nice, got an interview at a career fair, they liked me, emailed me and asked me if I would fly in for a second interview, to which i was much obliged. Interviewed with team managers who really liked me and they were quite hospitable

    Interview Questions
    • What was a time you had a member of your team that wasn't very motivated and what did you do about it?   Answer Question
    Reasons for Declining

    I didn't want to live that far from my family in the SE united states

    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Systems Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Cedar Rapids, IA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Cedar Rapids, IA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3 daysinterviewed at Rockwell Collins in March 2011.

    Interview Details

    I was flown to Cedar Rapids. Once in Cedar Rapids, I took a company provided rental car to the Marriott. All food and travel expenses were reimbursed by Rockwell. The next morning we had a welcome breakfast with a company overview. After that there were 4 sessions of interviews/or tour. I had 4 interviews, but most other participants had 1-2 interviews. Each hiring manager drove us to their site. All questions were HR based-- with some questions about past projects. Other than being able to "talk technical" that was the end of the technical aspects. Each hiring manager showed us their labs and their area. During the evening there were snacks and drinks with each of the hiring managers-- jeans/polo-- is acceptable. The next day was a bus tour of cedar rapids. Overall, the interview was easy, but 4 interviews made for a very long, demanding day.

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    Not really negotiable, but offer was higher than I was expecting. If you decide within 2 weeks you qualify for a signing bonus.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Systems Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Cedar Rapids, IA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Cedar Rapids, IA
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2 daysinterviewed at Rockwell Collins in November 2010.

    Interview Details

    First contact was through the university career fair. I waited in line, presented my resume and spoke with a representitve for about 15 minutes, which was slightly longer than the other companies I spoke with. That evwning I received a call at roughly 8pm to schedule aan interview the next day. The next day the person I interviewed with was not the same person I spoke with on the day prior. They had 4 or 5 interviews going at a time in a large room, while most of the other second day interviews I attended only had two or three. The next step was accepting an invitation for an onsite interview. Naturally they paid for hotel' flight anf rental car. The onsite consisted of, for me, 4 job interviews for 4 different position. each interview was one hour 45 minutes, totalling about 7 hours, but some interviews were a bit shorter. I received an offer, contingent on background and drug test, about a week later. Overall very few technical questions, most consisted of how you communicate and work with people and how you would evaluate ssomething (systems specific)

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Systems Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Cedar Rapids, IA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Cedar Rapids, IA
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took a dayinterviewed at Rockwell Collins in March 2010.

    Interview Details

    Secured the interview through a Georgia Tech career fair. The interview was an all-day long event, and consisted of talks with 3 departments. Filled out paperwork and listened to presentation about Cedar Rapids area during breakfast. The actual interview process began shortly thereafter. Interviews consisted of behavioral and technical questions, but were mostly technical. I was caught off guard when the very first group I interviewed with asked me to go up to the whiteboard and teach them something from a technical subject of my choosing. Fortunately I was able to pull something out of my head quickly. I came to expect this from the next groups I talked to after it happened a second time (and yet a third time later in the day). They also like to quiz you on the spot. One of the one-on-one interviews consisted of a printout of a short 50-line c code program, and the interviewer asked me to determine what its resultant output was... normally I wouldn't be bothered by this, but the code was full of tricks... coding practices a good coder would never use.
    If you interview with them, be prepared for on the spot quizes and spur of the moment requests to go up to the whiteboard. Be sure that you don't "inflate" your credentials in your resume. They may quiz you on work history, school projects, courses, etc... but that's to be expected. They especially liked to ask questions pertaining to what was learned in (a) given course(s).

    Interview Questions
    • Go to the whiteboard and teach us something from a technical subject of your choosing.   Answer Question
    • We have people of many faiths and diverse backgrounds working for the company. How would you work with and communicate effectively with people in such an environment?   View Answer
    Reasons for Declining

    The offer was terrible. I have a 4.0 from a top 10 graduate engineering program with 7 years experience (albeit, 4 years as an intern) in the field (related to what I would be doing at Rockwell Collins) and all they offered me was 64k. When I told them I would need more than that, they countered with 67k with a 3k signing bonus. I politely declined their offer. Don't expect to get a competitive salary at this company, that is, unless perhaps you are an SME.

    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

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