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SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory Interview Questions

Updated Oct 12, 2014
Updated Oct 12, 2014
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    Accelerator Systems Operator Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online – interviewed at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory.

    Interview Details

    Applied online and received an email from the hiring manager to set up a phone interview. The interview was very pleasant, and the interviewer seemed genuinely interested in my work. There weren't many classic interview questions; he mostly mentioned something I put on my resume and asked me all about it. Afterward I was told it'd be two weeks to finish the rest of the phone interviews, talk with references, and select candidates for on-site interviews. It's now been over 7 weeks, and the hiring manager hasn't returned any of my phone calls or emails attempting to follow-up with the position. I've just assumed at this point that I wasn't selected for an on-site interview, and the hiring manager isn't bothering to send me a, "I regret to inform you..." email. Maybe it's all for the better, since the reviews of management and working conditions at SLAC that I've read here on Glassdoor are somewhat appalling. Perhaps he just saved me from a terrible job.

    Interview Questions
    • None; very straight forward and he let me do most of the talking.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Management Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 4+ monthsinterviewed 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 Questions
    • 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
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
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    Mechanical Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Menlo Park, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Menlo Park, CA
    Application Details

    I applied in-person – interviewed at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory in December 2010.

    Interview Details

    First had an interview over the phone with one person. Then went thru a number of interviews with a few individuals and a group of engineers. Most of these were very technical. The atmosphere was very relaxed and welcoming. A lot of technical questions on my background and experience as well.

    Negotiation Details
    Negotiated 4 weeks of vacation from the start.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Finance Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Menlo Park, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Menlo Park, CA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 4+ monthsinterviewed at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory in November 2010.

    Interview Details

    Phone screen, then in person interviews - 3 months after applying online.

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    Definitely negotiate, they definitely low-ball initial offers
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Procurement Specialist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Menlo Park, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Menlo Park, CA
    Application Details

    I applied in-person. The process took 5+ monthsinterviewed 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 Questions
    • Having to identify specific sections of the FAR and other government regulations in responses to questions.   View Answer
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Administrative Associate Planning Office Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online – 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 Questions
    • She asked me how I recovered from "blond moments"   View Answer
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
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    Engineering Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took a dayinterviewed 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. ;-)

    Interview Questions
    • 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.
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
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    Staff Scientist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took a dayinterviewed 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 Questions
    • What will you do if you feel the current field is not promising?   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

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