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National Renewable Energy Lab Interview Questions

Updated Sep 14, 2018
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  1. Featured Interview

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    Engineer I Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Golden, CO
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. I interviewed at National Renewable Energy Lab (Golden, CO).

    Interview

    The overall interview process was easy and very well co-ordinated.Three rounds of interview. Initially,phone screen with HR,then skype interview and in the end onsite interview.The onsite will have 4-5 one to one interview.

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    Contract Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Golden, CO
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at National Renewable Energy Lab (Golden, CO) in June 2009.

    Interview

    My efforts were focused on obtaining more contract work in my area of expertise. I was able to secure this interview through positive word of mouth from other contract supervisors that I was currently working with. I spoke with this person a few times over the phone before we met in person.

    Interview Questions

    • Given your level of experience, are you willing to (and how much) put in your own time to come up to speed on this topic?   1 Answer
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    Internship Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took a week. I interviewed at National Renewable Energy Lab.

    Interview

    I applied online and getting the HR phone about 1 week.
    They asked some questions about technology background.
    He said it will take 15 minutes but it only took me 5 minutes.

    Interview Questions

    • Give three programming languages that you most familiar with, and how long do you use it.   Answer Question

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    Internship Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at National Renewable Energy Lab.

    Interview

    Was contacted by recruiter after which set up 30 minute phone interview. Questions mainly dealt with my quantitative research experience and I was asked to recall specific projects I had worked on and specific details such as which data set I had used. Interview was very nice.

    Received a follow up call a couple days later offering me the position and received both an offer letter and was required to take a drug test/background check. After proceeding with the on board process I was out of nowhere called and told that they could no longer offer me the position and offered a vague "funding issues" explanation. This was such an unbelievably unprofessional experience, I would never experience a place with such a good reputation to do something like this.

    Interview Questions

    • Can you recap a specific research project you worked on?   Answer Question

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    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at National Renewable Energy Lab (New York, NY).

    Interview

    Phone interview with recruiter going over basic questions (typical). If you pass that, then phone interview with manager(s) from department you would be working at. I had interview with 3 managers. No in person interview for the internship stage.

    Interview Questions

    • They asked me if I wanted to go to grad school, why I wanted to work at NREL, and some catalysis questions   Answer Question

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    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Golden, CO
    No Offer

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at National Renewable Energy Lab (Golden, CO).

    Interview

    They didn't tell me who I'd be interviewing with, and it ended up being a whole team, including the team leader.

    Interview Questions

    • The recruiter kept saying they wanted people passionate about the environment, but the interviewer asked if I could be more unbiased and measured about the subject, which surprised me.   Answer Question

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    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Accepted Offer

    Interview

    Applied in February, interviewed in April after accepting another internship elsewhere. Interview was over the phone, highly informational, a few hard questions aimed at assessing interest in working in the field, and questions about my education and background as well as academic publications.

    Interview Questions

    • Asked to explain in detail current research. I was not tested on knowledge of policy or analytic capability   Answer Question
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    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at National Renewable Energy Lab in November 2014.

    Interview

    I was being interviewed for system advisor modeler intern position. They asked about previous experience with data analysis and coding. Also was asked to submit a technical writing sample.They also ask about how well you can communicate with non technical people the findings of your research. Also asked to describe what is my understanding of the product they are developing. Overall the questions were predictable.Only reason for not getting the job must be that they found someone who was a better match to the position. Like someone who had more experience with data analysis or coding.

    Interview Questions

    • How well can you communicate technical outcomes of your research with nontechnical audience?   Answer Question

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    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Golden, CO
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at National Renewable Energy Lab (Golden, CO) in April 2015.

    Interview

    HR called me to ask if I am still interested about this position, followed with another call asking some behavior questions. Then 3 researchers set up a remote meeting, asking me to do a presentation. without asking any technical questions. Basic questions regarding my background, interests, and coursework. The person will also describe to you their project and gauge your interest in it. Did I use FEM in my thesis?

    Interview Questions

    • Basic questions regarding my background, interests, and coursework. The person will also describe to you their project and gauge your interest in it. Did I use FEM in my thesis?   Answer Question

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    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at National Renewable Energy Lab.

    Interview

    Submit 2 letters of reference, resume and transcript. Also, you have to include why you are interested in the field of renewables, etc. You will get contacted quite late. It took about 2 months for me to receive the offer. In many cases there will be a straightforward phone interview, although in my case it was simply email correspondence.

    Interview Questions

    • I was not interviewed. Simply offered the position. Many of my intern coworkers were interviewed but it was straightforward experience related questions.   Answer Question

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    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at National Renewable Energy Lab.

    Interview

    Phone interview taken place to see if I was a good fit for the specific research project. Basic questions regarding my background, interests, and coursework. The person will also describe to you their project and gauge your interest in it.

    Interview Questions

    • Can you tell me about your previous intern experience at xxxx?   Answer Question

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