SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory
SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory Interview Questions & Reviews
Getting an Interview
Management Interview (Positive Experience)
I applied online and the process took 4 months - interviewed at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory.
Interview Details – Submit your resume online. Phone interview (technical/non-technical), on-site interview (panel), presentation, management interview. It's hard to find your way around SLAC, be sure they give you a map when your interview is scheduled.
Interview Question – They made me do a presentation. Not sure if all positions are required to do a presentation. Be ready to show how your experience maps to SLAC's need Answer Question
Procurement Specialist Interview (Positive Experience)
I applied in-person and the process took 5 months - interviewed at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory in July 2009.
Interview Details – Panel interview where I was questioned on my background, education, work experience and knowledge of FAR
Interview Question – Having to identify specific sections of the FAR and other government regulations in responses to questions. View Answer
Finance Interview (Neutral Experience; Easy Interview)
I applied online and the process took 4 months - interviewed at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory in November 2010.
Interview Details – Phone screen, then in person interviews - 3 months after applying online.
Interview Question – All situational/review of resume Answer Question
Negotiation Details – Definitely negotiate, they definitely low-ball initial offers
Administrative Associate Planning Office Interview (Negative Experience)
I applied online and interviewed at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory.
Interview Details – interviewed with one. Person who seemed to think she was in charge of the process was rude, lacked knowledge and she was late. She told me no hire for the department would happen if she didn't like the candidate. I felt like I was interviewing for a high school club.
Interview Question – She asked me how I recovered from "blond moments" View Answer
Engineering Interview (Neutral Experience; Average Interview)
I applied through an employee referral and the process took a day - interviewed at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory in April 2010.
Interview Details – The main office called me to come in for interview. There were 3 people I talked to. One supervisor, one management person, one Checker. The checker was the hard part with 5 questions about drafting. I got 3 out of 5 but I said I did not know the other 2 instead of guessing and they seemed to like that. All other questions were easy about where I worked before. You need to bring nice, pretty, clean and complete drawing examples of your work. ;-)
- How do you show two surfaces to be flat to .002 in the same plan View Answer
- show one hole not thru with flat bottom. View Answer
Negotiation Details – No negotiating just one offer except or not.
Staff Scientist Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied online and the process took a day - interviewed at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory in October 2009.
Interview Details – It is a regular type of academic interview. Give a presentation on what you have done, answer questions, then go to lunch with your potential group members. In the afternoon, one on one interview with the group members. References and presentation performance are the key to succeed in the interview.
Interview Question – What will you do if you feel the current field is not promising? Answer Question