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    New Professional Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  San Diego, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Diego, CA
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    interviewed at SPAWAR Systems Center in January 2014.

    Interview Details

    Very self-confused organization. Asked for every imaginable piece of personal information to compile their 'file', and then pretty much disappeared into a black hole. It would appear that the hiring process is more geared towards keeping SPAWAR personnel busy than actually looking for qualified individuals. The whole experience had a nice 'data mining' feeling to it.

    Interview Questions
    • What questions??? They do not bother to even pick up the phone and chat with a prospective candidate.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview
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    Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    Sent resume over and received a call three months later. Then I had a phone interview with multiple people. It wasn't bad at all, but I had good industry experience which helped

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
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    New Professional Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  San Diego, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Diego, CA
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 7 months - interviewed at SPAWAR Systems Center.

    Interview Details

    Took an unreasonably long time. HR office computer crashed and lost all resumes that had been submitted via on-campus recruiting system. It was only through repeated follow up emails from me that I was given an interview by the information assurance division head. Interview was awkward since the senior division head was not normally a part of the recruiting process, so she had never conducted an interview before. After the phone interview, it took another three months for the full-time offer to arrive. Things improved a lot in the last five years, but then they went drastically backwards when President Obama removed the hiring vehicle that allowed the New Professional program to operate. Now everyone must apply through USAJOBS, which is a black hole.

    Interview Questions
    • N/A -- we had a conversation, and there were no difficult or unexpected questions.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    There is no negotiation for a government position.
    Accepted Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview
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    New Professional Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  San Diego, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Diego, CA
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2 days - interviewed at SPAWAR Systems Center in January 2011.

    Interview Details

    I initially interviewed on a college campus at the completion of my phd. I was asked to a second interview at the SPAWAR center, which included an oral presentation. After giving the presentation, they pawned me off on a newly hired employee for a tour and to go to lunch.

    Then, they didn't have any interviews scheduled for me! The director of the new professionals program finally called this new hire that got roped into giving me a tour and we met him. He spent 5 minutes on his cell phone to try and get in touch with the people he wanted me to interview with, but no one answered there phone.

    Needless to say, I was not impressed with this facility. It seems like they have terrible management system, even for government standards. I never heard from them again, and have since accepted a great job at a major research company.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview
  6.  

    New Professional Program Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  San Diego, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Diego, CA
    Application Details

    The process took a day - interviewed at SPAWAR Systems Center in February 2010.

    Interview Details

    It was a very easy interview, that basically assesses your personality and makes sure you're not crazy or weird. Non-technical, so they only ask about job experience, school, etc. The bad part was waiting to hear back... took them almost 2 months to tell me their young professional program was full.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Engineering Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  San Diego, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Diego, CA
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at SPAWAR Systems Center in February 2008.

    Interview Details

    My college recruiting set up the interview. I was contacted shortly thereafter but clearence took over a month

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    There was no negotiation, wages were firm
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  8.  

    New Professional Program, Electrical Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  San Diego, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Diego, CA
    Application Details

    The process took a day - interviewed at SPAWAR Systems Center in October 2009.

    Interview Details

    My interview was 1:1 at my college campus. I got it at a career fair and he scheduled me last minute for an on-campus interview. There was another employee there for monitoring purposes or something, but he didn't speak and I was given the impression that he wasn't an interviewer. I was asked all typical HR questions, some having to do with my most recent job (retail, completely unrelated field to engineering) but wanted to make sure I answered the behavioral questions tactfully. No technical questions asked, which I've often heard. I interviewed on-site for the same position last year, and was railed with technical questions (didn't get the job). If they decide they want me this time, I believe I will be called for another on-site interview where I take some sort of engineering exam. This is a gov't job that would require security clearance, so there's a strict background check...

    Interview Questions
    • Describe a situation that required to be adapative   View Answer
    • Describe a situation where you had a problem with one of your employees that you needed to resolve.   View Answer
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Software Developer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Virginia Beach, VA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Virginia Beach, VA
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2 days - interviewed at SPAWAR Systems Center in June 2009.

    Interview Details

    Started the interview with the project leader. There were only a few general questions about technical skills. I was then toured around the small building which held around 10 scattered employees. The dreary environment seemed miserable, and so did the drones who work there. People were working in make shift cubicles, far away from one another. The building and equipment appeared to be old too. The applications people were using seemed specialized and old too. A second interview with someone higher up would have been the next step. Overall a depressing environment, and uninteresting work.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Electrical Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took a day - interviewed at SPAWAR Systems Center in February 2010.

    Interview Details

    Had a 45 minute 1:1 interview when they visited campus my final year of undergrad. Interview was pretty standard, asking about why I was interested in the job and what I thought I could offer the company. I thought the interview went really well, but they said I would only hear back soon if I didn't get the job. The only negative part of the experience, besides not getting the job, was that I waited 4 months to hear anything, even though I attempted to make contact.

    Interview Questions
    • What is the one thing that you are the best in the world at?   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  11.  

    New Professional Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took a day - interviewed at SPAWAR Systems Center in October 2010.

    Interview Details

    dropped off my resume at the jobs fair and got an on-campus interview a few days later. the interview itself was chill, mainly personality/type of worker questions. no technical. was told i would be contacted a month later but haven't heard anything back (it's been a few months). this isn't surprising as i heard it takes quite a while from the beginning of the process until you actually start working there.
    you know exactly how much they'll pay you as well. pretty decent for a government gig.

    Interview Questions
    • What are you strengths? Tell me about a technical challenge you've had and how you've overcome it.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview

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