I applied online and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Space Exploration Technologies in February 2014.
Interview Details – Applied online and received a phone call from HR about 2 weeks later. They were very careful to screen for prior knowledge of the company and willingness to commit significant hours compared to most jobs. After passing the HR screen, I was connected with the hiring manager for this position. The phone interview consisted mostly of high-level questions regarding how my experience is applicable to SpaceX. Very few technical details at that point. Since the manager liked me, they invited me on-site. The on-site interview was very challenging and enjoyable. I had to do a lot of self-reflection because they ask you to describe your most substantial accomplishments to date in great detail. The focus is on YOUR role in anything that is on your resume. Most of the folks were personable, but also looked as if they were working 70 hour weeks all the time. The interview begins with a presentation to a panel who then each interviews you one on one. Finally, after being well liked in the on-site interview, my credentials were reviewed by the executive team and I was approved for an offer. Overall, a fun but challenging interview and fantastic facility to tour.
Interview Question – How can you apply statistical process control to a low volume product such as rockets? Answer Question
Reason for Declining – I received a dream Ph. D fellowship at the same time. The clear lack of a social/family life for everyone working there was also a factor.
I applied online and the process took 3 months - interviewed at Space Exploration Technologies.
Interview Details – took me 3 month to get the phone call
Interview Question – technical question regarding ME & EE Answer Question
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Space Exploration Technologies in February 2013.
Interview Details – I had received a phone interview. It was very technical with principals based in Mechanical Engineering. These ranged from optimizing the cross section of a beam, to discussing buckling load, to some brain teasers. My resume was briefly looked over but I did not get a chance to talk much about it.
Interview Question – The most difficult question the question on buckling which I had not learned yet. For that reason the interviewer asked me to piece together the equation for buckling load from intuition. Answer Question
Reason for Declining – I received another more tempting offer.
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I applied online and the process took 3 months - interviewed at Space Exploration Technologies in October 2013.
Interview Details – I approached their desk at a career fair, and then applied online. After 2 - 3 weeks, they contacted me for interview for the mixed-signal electrical team.
The phone interview was difficult, I talked with an engineer who grilled me on fundamental circuit questions. I was really out of it and did not correctly answer many of them. I felt like crap after I ended the phone interview and did not expect to get an offer.
It's been 3 months since, and I have not heard back. I assume I didn't get the offer. I'd say this was a positive experience IF they had at least taken the professional time to tell me that I did not get the offer.
Overall I would not recommend this company. They expect great people but treats them with low pay and lack of professionalism.
Interview Question – They will dig deep into EE questions about projects that you talk about. Answer Question
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 1 week - interviewed at Space Exploration Technologies in January 2014.
Interview Details – I was referred by my co-worker because he knows a recruiter at SpaceX. I immediately called the recruiter and we touched base on my background and why SpaceX. Phone call lasted about 30 minutes. Towards the end, I was told that I would be contacted by the current Talent Acquisition Coordinator for a quick phone screen.
Next day, I spoke with the Talent Acquisition Coordinator for a brief 15 minutes, talked mostly about my experience in this position, volume I handle, etc. Nothing out of the ordinary. Towards the end of the conversation, I was asked to come in for an in-person interview.
For such an entry-level position, I was surprised at the amount of people on the panel I had to speak with. I was scheduled to speak with 7 people on the Recruiting team, lasting about 3.5 hours. After my 4th interview, my recruiter came in and told me that they have decided to move forward with one of the other candidates (they already had two other strong candidates in the running) and that the only way I could've captured their attention was if I had done a stellar job in presenting myself, which I thought I was doing. My recruiter gave me a heads up during our initial contact that there were already 2 other candidates, so I wasn't totally surprised. It's just a debbie downer when I thought I was doing a great job, only to find out that they have already made up their mind.
Interview Question – Questions were ordinary: why SpaceX, background, the amount of volume I handled, etc. They're just very tough critiques and like to see that you go "above and beyond" Answer Question
I applied online and the process took 1 week - interviewed at Space Exploration Technologies.
Interview Details – Contacted for a phone interview. The phone interview was a technical interview with one of their engineers.
Interview Question – Several technical engineering questions across multiple disciplines. Answer Question
I applied online and the process took 4 weeks - interviewed at Space Exploration Technologies in December 2013.
Interview Details – After applying online, I received a call from HR a week later saying that they liked my resume and would forward it to the hiring managers.
Some time later I got another call from HR to schedule my 1st technical Interview. A week later I had the interview, which ended up lasting 60 min. A couple days later I was contacted by HR again to schedule a 2nd technical interview. The second interview lasted about 40 min. I was told that they wanted to add me as a member to one of their sub-teams working on Dragon. Just two days after that, I received a call from HR saying that I did not get the position.
Overall, I felt like the whole process went really well, except for some minor things. I thought that the interviews themselves went extremely well, as I was able to answer almost all of the questions that were asked, and both interviews ended with the interviewers saying they really liked me. Their questions were entirely based on my resume, but were very technical in nature. The structure of the interviews were very laid back, alternating from me asking them questions, to asking me really technical questions based on very specific things on my resume.
I was surprised when I heard that I didn't get the position, since the interviews went so well. I tried inquiring why, but as is usually the case, I never heard back. Since it was a last minute interview for the Spring, I felt like the applicants may have all been competing for the final spots.
I'll definitely be applying again! Regardless of their decision, they were very professional and made sure not to waste my time. This was one of the better interview experiences I have ever had.
Interview Question – Questions that were outside my engineering field. Interviewers knew that ahead of time, but were more interested in my thought process. For example, a non AeroEng. being asked about more complex celestial mechanics problems. Answer Question
I applied in-person and the process took 4 weeks - interviewed at Space Exploration Technologies in November 2013.
Interview Details – Fast and direct. If you are indeed qualified, their staff will not waste time. A decision will be provided within 2 weeks after the interview. I scheduled an on-site interview only several days after expressing interest, and the recruiter was very clear about the documents required and the presentation I needed to give on the day of the interview. I gave a 20 minute presentation and then had 5 different one-on-one interviews with propulsion engineers.
Interview Question – Do your homework on SpaceX engines. Know the specifications of SpaceX engines, e.g. chamber pressure, thrust, fuel type. If you are interested in SpaceX you should know these things. Answer Question
I applied through college or university and the process took a day - interviewed at Space Exploration Technologies in July 2012.
Interview Details – Two phone interviews: an initial one on a generic topic and your interest, followed by a more specific one. Questions range from fundamental all the way to really advanced concepts.
Interview Question – Actually, all questions were relevant and sort of expected for the particular area that I wanted to work in. Answer Question
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