I applied online and the process took a day - interviewed at Sandia.
Interview Details – There was a phone interview first and then an in-person interview with the manager of the department. It was pretty easy. They just asked some technical questions to gauge whether I had enough knowledge to perform the job and explained what types of projects their department generally worked on. The interviewer was very friendly and not at all stressful.
Interview Question – There wasn't really anything too difficult. I applied for a job that I knew I would excel in so there weren't any problems. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – The offer was generous. No negotiation required.
I applied online and the process took 7 months - interviewed at Sandia.
Interview Details – I got a phone call about 6 months after I applied to the internship. The mentor what the first person I talked to. about two weeks later I got called by the manager of the department and had another 30 min chat with him. about a week later I had another sudo interview phone call and got offered a job over the phone at the end of the call.
Interview Question – none I just chatted with both interviewers. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – no negotiation set rate depending on level of education and credits taken ect....
I applied online and interviewed at Sandia.
Interview Details – I talked to someone at a Career Fair who directed me to apply online. I then received a call about 3 months later and got an interview. I got an offer about a week later and started about a month after that.
Interview wasn't too complicated but did last all day. I was taken on a tour of the labs and spoke with different managers that I would interface with. Only about 1 hour of the day was an actual interview.
I applied online and the process took 2 days - interviewed at Sandia.
Interview Details – Just like any high level scientific position. You give a talk about past work. A talk about future plans. And then meet with ~10-15 current staff scientists to discuss both their endeavors and your plans.
Interview Question – What's one thing in your life you regret? Answer Question
Negotiation Details – I asked for a sign on bonus and got one added.
Very Easy Interview
I applied online and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Sandia.
Interview Details – It was just a behavioral interview. Asked questions about my resume and my interests. Not hard at all. If they choose to hire you the paper work is a nightmare because they have to do an in depth background check.
Interview Question – None really. Answer Question
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 3 months - interviewed at Sandia.
Interview Details – informal communications lead to applying through a job post on the main page, a phone interview, and then an extensive background check and transcript submission process
Interview Question – i can't remember any difficult or unusual questions Answer Question
Negotiation Details – student rates are set. negotiations involved type of work i was interested in
I applied online and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Sandia in January 2012.
Interview Details – Submit bid for position. Will be selected for interview, maybe a second interview. After selection, will go to a orientation that will explain the remaining sequence of events. Will be sent an offer, and after acceptance will report to work.
Interview Question – There was not a specific question that was difficult. But the questions were more related to situational experiences and how you would handle these situations. They were timed, so if you went down the wrong track, you lost time in giving the most informative information required. Answer Question
Very Difficult Interview
I applied through college or university and the process took 4 months - interviewed at Sandia in April 2013.
Interview Details – Initial communication took place at a career fair on a university campus; a former colleague of mine was actually there working the career fair and helped me to get my foot in the door. I was called back for a one hour behavioral interview on campus the next day. A few weeks later, I received a phone call from a manager who was interested in bringing me out to interview on site. I had to fill out an application for a specific position there, which is sort of a formality, but legally necessary. I don't remember if it was before or after the on site interview, but I also had to fill out paperwork for a background check and provide contact information for both personal and professional references; they did contact everybody that I listed and asked questions about my qualifications and character. For the on site interview, Sandia paid to fly me out to Albuquerque and paid all travel/lodging expenses while I was there. The on site interview process involved me giving a one hour open seminar on my area of research and then interviewing with at least 15 individuals from several departments at various levels of authority over the course of two days (there was no standard test of my skills in my field, but the interviews were clearly meant to evaluate that, among other things); they also had me meet with HR to go over the benefits package that their employees receive. For two days straight, I was constantly in meetings, being shuffled from person to person, giving presentations, explaining my work, asking them questions, going on tours, and being shoved into impromptu rushed social situations with my potential future peers. The on site interview process was mentally and physically exhausting (after the first day, I returned to my hotel room, sat down in a chair, and instantly fell asleep right there with my suit still on and everything). About a week later, I received a phone call saying they were interested in extending an offer to me. My GPA was below their minimum for hiring, but I had medical reasons for my temporary poor performance, a former colleague working there who could vouch for me, and now a department interested in hiring me, so they decided to try to make an exception. Their GPA requirements are very real, and getting an exception is not a simple process; they actually had to appeal to somebody several rungs up the ladder to approve making me a hiring offer. I was lucky to have a connection in the right place to help initially get my foot in the door and an acceptable reason for some anomalous grades, and I made a good impression, so they were willing to go through this process for me; however, in most cases, they just won't bother if you don't meet the numbers. It's not them being discriminatory elitists; it's just a hassle and a gamble to pursue somebody who doesn't meet the numbers that are in their rule book due to the bureaucracy of the place. Once they got approval to extend an offer to me, I was sent a job offer / hiring package in the mail. It included instructions for getting a drug test done (necessary if accepting the job) and starting the security clearance application process.
Reason for Declining – I honestly would have loved to accept the offer (it was a dream job with a great salary), but I had to decline for personal/family reasons. It was one of the hardest decisions I've ever had to make. If circumstances had been different, I definitely would have accepted.
I applied through college or university and the process took 5 days - interviewed at Sandia in April 2011.
Interview Details – I had phone interviews with the department manager and with two of his staff members. The interviews consisted of very basic technical questions along with questions about projects I've worked on.
Interview Question – No difficult questions. Answer Question
I applied through college or university and the process took 5 days - interviewed at Sandia.
Interview Details – I had an on-campus interview with two current employees. I believe I got good idea of what working there would be like, both daily and long-term. The engineers were professional, sincere and welcoming, and they asked me some technical questions; it was a very fair evaluation on both sides.
Interview Question – What would you do if your proposal is met with an absolute, definite, complete rejection. Answer Question
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