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General Atomics Interview Questions

Updated Sep 21, 2017
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  1.  

    Systems Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Diego, CA
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at General Atomics (San Diego, CA).

    Interview

    I applied online and was contacted for a phone interview about a month later. After that, I was scheduled for an in-person interview 2 weeks down the road.

    I thought the interview went well. It was supposed to be with 3 interviewers but one didn't show up. It lasted about 90 minutes and didn't get too technical. Had more "describe a situation when..." type questions, in addition to general descriptions of the position. At the end they said I would hear back within a week.

    2 weeks later, and they were "waiting on a proposal." 4 weeks after that, I was informed that the position had been cancelled. Disappointing end to a 3 month process, but what can you do?

    Interview Questions

    • How would you handle a situation where two experts are giving you different solutions to the same problem?   Answer Question
    • Describe a time when you had to work with someone who was being unreasonable.   Answer Question

  2.  

    Department Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Diego, CA
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at General Atomics (San Diego, CA).

    Interview

    I was contacted over the phone, and offered an interview. The three tiered interview was scheduled and sent to me via email. The HR rep backed out (and never interviewed or spoke with me as she said)the day of which left me with only two interviews that day. First I met the team I would be working with where they explained a very different role than I applied for online and expected basic requirements not listed in the description. I was caught a bit off guard seeing as the job description was quite different than the position being offered. The whole 'entry level' thing seemed to be a mislabel. I then met with the manager for the role who was in a similar boat, asking me to write computer coding on a white board after I very clearly noted that I can use a computer but have no knowledge of the inner workings or technical experience.

    Interview Questions

    • Whats the most recent project in which you used pivot tables in?   2 Answers
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    Project Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Palmdale, CA
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at General Atomics (Palmdale, CA) in September 2017.

    Interview

    The most archaic and disrespectful treatment. Their interview process method makes no sense and a waste of everyone's time. They send a link to the candidate to fill out and request 5 references before the candidate has a chance to go to an interview. While I was gathering my references, they decided to reject me although they request references. The only interview I had was with some 'firing squad' pre-screener recruiter who doesn't want the candidate to ask questions. Right now, I'm kissing the ground and thanking God, I didn't go to work for this firm.

    Interview Questions


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    Proposal Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at General Atomics (San Diego, CA) in August 2017.

    Interview

    I went through two (brief) phone screens with the initial HR recruiter and then hiring manager. After this, I received an email stating that they were interested in speaking further with me in person. I was then flown out to California, where I was put up for a night right around the corner from their office. They were willing to work with me through this process to find the best day and time to fit my schedule and offered a few different options. During the actual interview, I met with three different people, including the HR representative, the hiring manager, and a manager from a different department that would be working closely with me. Each time slot was carefully managed and prepared for, and was a good amount of time with each person- not too long but not too short. They were all willing to answer any questions I had or speak to me again if anything else came up. It was all a positive experience as far as interviews go!

    Interview Questions

    • Tell me why you want to work for our company.   1 Answer

    General Atomics Response

    Sep 6, 2017 – Systems Administrator

    Thank you for taking the time to leave your review about your interview experience with General Atomics and affiliated companies


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    Software Developer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Poway, CA
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at General Atomics (Poway, CA) in August 2017.

    Interview

    The only positive part of the interview process was the HR/travelling part. The actual software panel of 3 that interviewed me were a little unprofessional and condescending. First I was scheduled for an hour interview with them and then another hour for an assessment but the interview abruptly ended when two of the interviewers left in the middle while I was writing my code on the board by saying "oh we have to go to this thing" and the 3rd interviewer did the same thing shortly. I didn't even get to take the assessment. It just seemed they were uninterested the whole time even though I was answering their questions well and politely. The HR representative was very kind and on time, but the technical interviewers need to be more professional and at least pretend like they care.....Maybe it was just this team I interviewed with that were being like this so I can't speak for the whole company but overall negative experience. I've never had interviewers leave before completing the entire interview, shows complete unprofessionalism.

    Interview Questions

    • A bunch of coding problems that weren't hard but they expect you to have perfect syntax while writing on a white board.... which I thought was weird, I always thought how you would go about implementing something was more important than syntax so just make sure you know exact syntax..   Answer Question

    General Atomics Response

    Sep 6, 2017 – Systems Administrator

    Thank you for taking the time to leave your review. We appreciate the feedback and regret that you had this experience with General Atomics and affiliated companies. We will share this information... More


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    Associate Project Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at General Atomics in August 2017.

    Interview

    It was the standard two step process, phone then in-person interview. Phone interview was nothing out of the ordinary, just gauging qualifications. Flew out to the in-person interview a couple weeks later. First talked to HR about benefits, then talked to a panel that consisted of people I would work with, and then spoke with the hiring manager at the end. It was a mix of technical and ability questions, both to determine knowledge level and figure out how you solve problems. I found the entire process very professional and I got along great with the team. Unfortunately, they came back with an offer that was WAAAAY below my minimum amount for the SD area and would not budge. I hate for it to be about money as everything else was fantastic, but there was no way I could live with my family on that offer.

    Interview Questions

    • Hiring manager asked me to write out a flow chart for a previous platform I had worked with. Nothing too difficult and he didn't care about the technical information so much as my ability to convey information and think on my feet.   Answer Question

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    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at General Atomics.

    Interview

    The first step was a phone interview asking me simple technical questions. If you pass that, then they invite you for an onsite interview. The whole process was fairly quick.

    Interview Questions

  8.  

    Strategic Supplier Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Poway, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at General Atomics (Poway, CA).

    Interview

    Applied online, call back within a week by HR rep for setting up phone interview the following day with hiring manager and 2 others via 30 minute conference call. HR scheduled onsite interview about 2 weeks after phone. Requires a background check and at least 3 recommendations via web tool-must be previous coworkers, managers, or professors.
    Onsite had hiring manager, HR rep, and 5 other employees from the Strategic Sourcing group. 1 hour interview, about 20 questions that were prepared and round table questions. Questions were both technical and behavioral- relating to supplier management, coworker interactions, explain how you would handle X, what type of processes are involved in building X, etc.
    After interview- HR called one time and said they needed a week, called back and said they were interested and would need a few weeks to prepare the offer. Overall process took 3 months to get an offer from submitting for role and obtaining offer letter. Great on boarding so far!

    Interview Questions

    • Describe what happens during a bed of nails test in the circuit board production process?   Answer Question

  9.  

    Sensor Operator Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at General Atomics in July 2017.

    Interview

    The initial interview was a short phone interview. She asked mostly standard HR questions and qualifications questions and discussed the position. The process was very easy and took less than 30 minutes.

    Interview Questions

    • How would you handle conflict with another employee?   1 Answer

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    Electronics Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Adelanto, CA
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at General Atomics (Adelanto, CA) in July 2017.

    Interview

    Interview process took months. Started off with a simple 15 minute phone interview in June with an HR representative. Before the phone interview, I was emailed a link to which I had to send to 5 references and make sure they completed the survey reference within 24 hours. After a couple weeks I was finally scheduled to interview with 2 engineering managers at the Adelanto site. The managers were friendly but it was clear they were looking at my resume for the first time. They asked for a couple minutes while they read my resume and circled a few things. The interview was mainly personality questions, few technical questions. The interview lasted about 45 minutes. After the in-person interview I had to keep emailing HR every week to try to figure out the status of application. I was eventually told my application was a finalist but was put on hold until around September. I contacted HR in September and was told the position was closed for an unknown reason.

    Interview Questions

    General Atomics Response

    Sep 18, 2017 – Systems Administrator

    Thank you for taking the time to leave your review. We appreciate the feedback and regret that you had this experience with General Atomics and affiliated companies. We encourage you to reach out in... More


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