I applied through a recruiter and the process took 1+ week - interviewed at ViaSat in August 2013.
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I have submitted my resume to ViaSat website with no results. I got a ViaSat recruiter contact information by networking and applied online and submitted my resume for that position to the recruiter. I got a confirmation for phone interview with Program Manager (PM) within days of my submission.
The interview started with good greetings but from there it got strange. The PM did not know or was curious about the Project Management (PMI) Institute which it is a nationally recognized institue for PMs across all industries.
ViaSat has large number of positions available in almost every department. Many of these positions are open for long periods of time. How does a company survive its operations if so many critical positions are open for so long? So is there is immediate need for these positions or is it a pool candidates to hire-as-you-go practice?
Interview Question – Tell me about your Scrum Master experience? When did I get my certification? Tell me more about the "scrum-like" experience? View Answer
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 1 week - interviewed at ViaSat in June 2013.
Interview Details – Hiring Manager interview went well. Next interviewer was a recent graduate in computer engineering and asked 3 pages of test questions, mostly related to programming, which is what she knew, not integration and test engineering. She didn't ask about my experience and how it relates to their systems. She and next interviewer asked questions about the code they knew rather than the code I knew, even though the job description named several scripting languages. I expected more engineering questions, but it was almost all software programming questions. I could explain in English but they wanted straight definitions. Other question they wanted answers literally out of Wikipedia. Clearly most of the interviewers were recent college graduates with only a few years of experience and none of their experience was of substance. Just plain lab rats who wanted more lab rats and not someone who could possibly think outside the box. Too bad. 5 interviewers 45 min each.
Interview Question – What's a mutex? I answered it wrong. She went on to next question. I asked the answer. When she said "mutually exclusive" I said I can explain what mutually exclusive means. She said never mind and wasn't interested in letting me explain the definition. Odd to me that they wanted someone with a rote memory rather than an engineer who knows how to think. Answer Question
I applied online and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at ViaSat in June 2013.
Interview Details – Phone Interview with Recruiter who was very nice asked why I wanted to work for the company. 2nd Interview was with the Hiring Manager who was also very nice wanted to know also why I wanted to work there and had questions regarding my experience. 3rd interview onsite 4 hrs long with 3 Managers and the Director. I was disappointed I did not get the position and found out through my contacts that someone with Telecommunications experience got the position which makes sense. Awesome to see 3/4 who interviewed me were women.
Interview Question – Describe a situation where you experienced conflict and how you handled it. Answer Question
I applied online and the process took 1 week - interviewed at ViaSat.
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1 phone interview with HR
1 technical phone interview
4 onsite interview on the same day
Interview Question – How to troubleshoot a GPS Satellite in Europe Answer Question
Negotiation Details – They sent an offer 3k below my asking price and added stock to "compensate".
I applied through other source and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at ViaSat in February 2013.
Interview Details – Phone screen by HR, Phone interview by hiring manager, in-person (1-on-1) interviews with management/team.
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 3 months - interviewed at ViaSat in February 2013.
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Sent a resume to a friend inside. Had a phone interview after a couple of months. Went extremely well. Had a face to face interview about a month later. Most went well. In depth questions, some tough. The lead whom I had the phone interview with gave a totally different vibe than on the phone. I knew I had lost when they yawned in the middle of the interview.
After that loooooooong arduous process, it took them less than an hour to send me a rejection interview. Seemed a big waste of time. I thought that's what the phone interview was for, to save time.
Interview Question –
Had to explain in detail how I would solve a board bring up.
Usual code test <yawn!> Answer Question
I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at ViaSat.
Interview Details – Applied for the Company,got a phone interview over general cuestions later on got a phone call for a personal interview with a human resources person then the hiring supervisor and a mfg engineer and finally my future supervisor's manager.
Interview Question – Are we hiring a body or a brain? What? no,just kidding! View Answers (2)
Negotiation Details – What were you able to negotiate? What advice would you give others considering an offer?
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 1+ week - interviewed at ViaSat in November 2012.
Interview Details – First spoke with an engineer on the phone, then a recruiter. Later invited for in-house interview. Interview was fairly standard, though the dress code was very casual (I was overdressed in sport coat and tie). Interviews are less for a specific position than for fit with company and culture. The HR recruiter was highly enthusiastic.
Interview Question – What management books have you read recently? Answer Question
I applied online and the process took 2+ weeks - interviewed at ViaSat in July 2012.
Interview Details – It was great. The phone interviews are of two kinds, one of which is HR and the second one is technical. Then if you did well, they will call you on site.
Interview Question – Find the nth to the last element in the linkedlist. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – Not Applicable
Very Easy Interview
I applied through college or university and the process took 1+ week - interviewed at ViaSat in May 2012.
Interview Details – I was emailed if I wanted to apply, and I did. Then I had a phone interview that took place. It consisted of a 1 on 1 with a single question, as well as going over my resume.
Interview Question – How would you find the first non repeating character in a string? View Answer
Reason for Declining – I had a better offer from another company
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