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Sandia National Laboratories Interview Questions in Albuquerque, NM

Updated Jan 19, 2017
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  1. Helpful (2)  

    Systems Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Albuquerque, NM
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at Sandia National Laboratories (Albuquerque, NM).

    Interview

    Did a phone interview with the hiring manager and was invited out to interview in person. Interviewed with 6 people at one time in a conference room. Everything was congenial and professional and the atmosphere was friendly. Most of the interviewers read somewhat typical questions from a script.

    Interview Questions

    • Do you have a problem working on nuclear weapon programs?   1 Answer

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    Postdoctoral Researcher Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Albuquerque, NM
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at Sandia National Laboratories (Albuquerque, NM) in December 2016.

    Interview

    Applied in February, but position closed due to internal problems. It reopened and then I received an email from the person who would be my supervisor to apply. I did, and then a phone interview was scheduled. During the phone interview, discuss some work ethics, the nature of the project, the goals of the project, my contribution in lab, salary range, etc. I wrote a quick email in thanks and waited two weeks. About one month later, I was scheduled to fly in for on-site interview. I gave a seminar and then met with 11 people that day from different departments.

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    Fire Protection Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Albuquerque, NM
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at Sandia National Laboratories (Albuquerque, NM).

    Interview

    I had a very positive experience over all. Truly the biggest part of the interview was the 15 minute presentation that was required. No less than ten and no more than 15. Laying out the details of my education and describing 20+ years of work experience in relevance to the position was tough with the time limit. With that said....they need to stick to that format. It gave me an opportunity to highlight my skill set, education and ability to communicate all in one setting. They were professional, polite, open minded and just plain nice. After meeting the team it just increased my desire to work there.

    Interview Questions

    • Are you willing to further your education towards obtaining a Masters and seek PE certification?   1 Answer

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    Member Systems Engineer (Research & Development) Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Albuquerque, NM
    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ months. I interviewed at Sandia National Laboratories (Albuquerque, NM) in August 2016.

    Interview

    Applied online in May. Received phone call in July to set up an interview in August. Had Face-to-Face Interview in August.

    Half day series of interviews. Started with 30-45 minute technical presentation (did mine on project from grad school) in front of a couple department managers (including hiring manager) and staff members. Followed by panel interview with dept managers (including hiring manager) and staff members. Followed by interview with out-of-center department manager. Finally, lunch with hiring manager and a couple of staff members.

    Interview Questions

    • Questions during 30-45 minute presentation. Mostly behavioral, past experience, and resume/cover letter questions. Try to answer questions in STAR format (Situation or Task, Action you took, Results you achieved).   Answer Question

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    Postdoctoral Appointee Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Albuquerque, NM
    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at Sandia National Laboratories (Albuquerque, NM) in July 2016.

    Interview

    The interview was an formal meeting with staff members followed by technical presentation for 40 minutes. The event was a whole day , I had an opportunity to interact with most of the members in the energy storage program at Sandia.

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    Clerical Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Albuquerque, NM
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4 weeks. I interviewed at Sandia National Laboratories (Albuquerque, NM) in April 2016.

    Interview

    I was interviewed by 3 ladies. They had a document of prepared questions that mainly asked about your skills and other behaviors. I enjoyed the interview and it was not a difficult process. The most difficult part is waiting for the background check to be complete (which takes 6-8 weeks).

    Interview Questions

    • How do you stay organized?
      What are your strengths?
      What do you know about Sandia's Internship Program?  
      1 Answer

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    Mechanical Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Albuquerque, NM
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3+ months. I interviewed at Sandia National Laboratories (Albuquerque, NM) in September 2015.

    Interview

    Informal phone interview to describe the job specifics. Then a phone interview with the department manager. Next, an onsite interview where they flew me out to ABQ; this took all day (basically exposing me as much as possible since I lived so far away). This consisted of a 1 hr panel interview and several small interviews and tours from 7am-4:30pm, along with lunch with the manager. Everyone was extremely friendly and receptive. Overall, a great experience.

    Interview Questions

    • Nothing terribly difficult, mostly resume and school project questions.   Answer Question

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    Senior Member of Technical Staff Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Albuquerque, NM
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at Sandia National Laboratories (Albuquerque, NM) in July 2015.

    Interview

    They asked very relevant questions regarding my technical expertise, my skills working on a team, and my work ethic. I knew from the interview exactly what I was getting into. I was treated with respect and they catered questions appreciative to my experiences to gauge my effectiveness.

    Interview Questions

    • How would you resolve a dispute between yourself and another member of your team.   Answer Question

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    Business Support Professional Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Albuquerque, NM
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at Sandia National Laboratories (Albuquerque, NM).

    Interview

    I was flown into Albuquerque for a one-hour interview. I found it strange that they flew me in for just one hour, because it was a management position which typically involves multiple interviews. After the interview, I discovered I was the token external candidate, so they could freely hire their preferred internal candidate. If that wasn't bad enough, I also discovered that the interviewers already had a congratulatory lunch planned for the internal candidate on the day I was there. I had wanted to work at Sandia for a long time, but this experience soured me on ever working there.

    Interview Questions

    • What is the biggest challenge you see for coming on board?   Answer Question

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    Research Scientist Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Albuquerque, NM
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3+ months. I interviewed at Sandia National Laboratories (Albuquerque, NM).

    Interview

    It was a full-day interview, which involved meeting with about 10 future colleagues, managers, directors, human resource, etc. The candidate was also required to give a one-hour research talk on a relevant subject area. The meetings with the technical people included technical discussions on several research topic areas.

    Interview Questions

    • Describe your work experiences   1 Answer

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