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No Offer – Interviewed in Arlington, VA Jan 2010 – Reviewed Jan 27, 2010
Interview Details – I was referred to SRA by a friend who informed me that the company was looking for people to fill a few positions available. They forwarded my resume to HR and I received a call back from an HRM less than a week afterwards basically going over the job description, salary requirements, etc. After the initial conversation, the HRM set up a panel style telephone interview with 6 people on the other end including who would be my direct supervisor, his boss, and other related individuals from the team. I found the interview questions to be quite pointed and relevant to the job – there wasn’t anything out of left field. The interviewers were very friendly and seemed well prepared in terms of questions and follow ups.
Interview Question – How well do you work under pressure? View Answer
No Offer – Interviewed in Fairfax, VA Oct 2009 – Reviewed Dec 16, 2009
Interview Details – Phone Interview went well, positive attitude about a job offer
Interview Question – The questions asked were expected. No questions threw me off guard. Interviewing panel was professional and courteous, but yet asked challenging questions to ensure my knowledge. Answer Question
No Offer – Interviewed in Jul 2009 – Reviewed Oct 23, 2009
Interview Details – Interviewed for a very large government agency that SRA had a contract with. First contact was a phone screen and then a two hour interview. The process was formal on their end but very lacking on mine. No information was given to me to prepare for the interview, nor after the interview was any status relayed. I did find out on my own how it went and was very positive. However, I think you can tell a lot from the hiring process, and being in limbo with no communication is not for me and so I am thankful the position did not work out.
Interview Question – Please describe your background with this technology. Answer Question
Declined Offer – Interviewed in Altoona, PA Sep 2009 – Reviewed Sep 24, 2009
Interview Details – It only went as far as one interview because that was enough for me to know I wouldn't want to work with the interviewer as my program manager. He was late to the interview and seemed very rushed and unprepared. The interview questions were extremely technical in nature and he fired them off in rapid succession so I could hardly get a word in edgewise. Come prepared to know various port numbers and their related services/protocols. Also make sure to have answers to general questions about how buffer overflows, SQL injections, and XSS attacks work. Also know how to explain the three way handshake.
Reason for Declining – The interviewer would have been either my boss or my bosses boss. He did not seem personable or courteous. I wasn't even told what position I was interviewing for until the end of the interview when he finally asked me if I had any questions.
Declined Offer – Interviewed in Washington, DC Sep 2008 – Reviewed Sep 15, 2009
Interview Details – SRA seemed to have friendly and intelligent employees. However, this was my first interviewing experience with a government/defense contractor and decided the field wasn't a good fit for me at the time. If you are familiar with government contracting, then I would likely recommend SRA. If you are not, then ensure you are able to visit a client site before making your decision. Both sites I visited relegated the consultants to basements where four developers shared a small cubicle.
Interview Question – What are seven possible clauses within a SQL SELECT statement? View Answer
Accepted Offer – Interviewed in Washington, DC Mar 2008 – Reviewed Jul 20, 2009
Interview Details – 2 phone interviews, first one with HR and then one with the group I was interested in working for. Behavioral and fit questions. Nothing too tricky. Each 45 minutes - an hour in length. The 2nd interview was mostly trying to sell me on the firm, whereas I had to sell myself in the first.
Interview Question – Describe a time when you faced a difficult team member. Answer Question
Accepted Offer – Interviewed in Arlington, VA Mar 2008 – Reviewed May 9, 2009
Interview Details – The process requires you to interview with two levels of management, generally a site lead and project/program manager. This can really help you if the interview with the lower manager doesn't go as well as you planned or they aren't quite sure of your capabilities, which is what I experienced. I clicked with the project manager because we had similar backgrounds and he could verify my abilities through a mutual network of people. The recruiters are well-organized and are generally on time to meet you and ensure that you aren't left alone while waiting on the interview team. I only went through one round of interviews and was offered a position the next day.
Interview Question – The first interviewer frequently questioned what he perceived to be my lack of experience. View Answer
Negotiation Details – For contracts that need immediate fill, they will offer a sign-on bonus to start quickly. Great if you're unemployed or willing to burn bridges with your old employer.
No Offer – Reviewed Dec 6, 2012
Interview Details –
THE WORST RECRUITING PROCESS I HAVE EVER HAD. I had a terrible time with the recruiting process at this company and I have done final rounds at almost 10 companies as a senior in college. The recruiter was terrible in scheduling a time for me to come in for the final round and I had to change my other offer deadlines to come in. After my interview, I never heard back from them and assumed I didn't get the position. On top of that, I wanted to get reimbursed for travel costs and I emailed/called my recruiter for 2 weeks before I finally called SRA and was told she was no longer with the company. No one informed me of anything and I am still having problems getting reimbursed. The interview was fine. A lunch with new hires, and then three more generic behavioral interviews. A lot of "why government contracting".
Ultimately, it's not worth it. They were not an exciting company and then I basically paid over $100 for a terrible experience
Interview Question – Why government contracting Answer Question
Declined Offer – Reviewed Oct 12, 2012
Interview Details – Got called for interview for the next morning. Met with team leader and two other people. Team leader asked most of the questions with one other person asking a few questions Pretty standard interview questions--strengths, weaknesses, etc. Many questions that were just to make sure that I was comfortable performing the job duties. (ex. "Are you comfortable working some overtime?" etc.)
Interview Question –
Do you prefer learning by hearing, seeing or doing?
Tell me of a time of a failure or setback and how you reacted. Answer Question
Reason for Declining – Salary offered was low.
Accepted Offer – Reviewed Jul 26, 2012
Interview Details – Panel interview with 7 interviewers asking questions simultaneously. Questions are phrased in a way to judge the individuals character and what skill sets they can bring to the team. Only one interview is conducted and then an evaluation is done to determine how qualified each applicant is for a given position. Once an offer is extended a background check for govt. clearance is required before start date.
Interview Question – Must understand the company and who it provides services to. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – Little negotiating
Pros: An opportunity to do a lot of different types of work, great people who have been there for many years, gives back to the community frequently, engages younger employees effectively, good salaries for entry level college grads. – Full Review `
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