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US Navy Nuclear officer Interview Questions

Updated Jan 29, 2018
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    Nuclear Submarine Officer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 6+ months. I interviewed at US Navy (Washington, DC) in January 2014.

    Interview

    We are sent to D.C. for a series of technical interviews with Naval Reactors, and then we spend about 2 minutes interviewing with the Admiral to ensure you will fit with the community.

    Interview Questions

    • A series of calculus and physics problems and some circuit analysis questions in the technical interview.   Answer Question

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    Nuclear Submarine Officer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at US Navy (Washington, DC) in December 2014.

    Interview

    2, 1-hour technical interviews with technical experts. The interview process is more a way to gauge your problem-solving abilities. They will push you until you can't answer to see how you respond to stress.

    Interview Questions

    • How far will this bouncy ball bounce if I dropped it off this table?   Answer Question
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    Nuclear Propulsion Officer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 10+ months. I interviewed at US Navy (Washington, DC) in August 2014.

    Interview

    Two hour long technical interviews in Washington DC then a 5 minute interview with a 4 star admiral. The interview process is to ensure that you can pass nuclear power school and make sure you have what it takes to become a nuclear propulsion officer.

    Interview Questions

    • How to calculate various physics and electrical problems.   Answer Question

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    Nuclear Officer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 4+ months. I interviewed at US Navy (Washington, DC) in February 2017.

    Interview

    The first Interview I had was on the phone in order to prepare for the interviews that were to come. Once I passed, I was invited to fly to D.C. to continue the interviewing process where I met with 2 different people who previously were in the NUPOC program. Some people who might have messed up in one of their 2 interviews ended up having 3 interviews. At the end, I met with the admiral who made a final decision on whether I was to be hired or not.

    Interview Questions

    • I was asked several calculus questions (related rates, optimization). There were also a few physics problem that had to do with trajectory. I also had an electrical engineering problem and a problem that involved solving several differential equations in the context of a chemical reaction.   Answer Question

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    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. I interviewed at US Navy.

    Interview

    2 hour long Tech interviews and 1 short face to face with the director of Navy Nuclear Propulsion. The technical interviews drove my acceptance into the program. This was an all day interview with a study day leading up to the interview. Expenses were paid in Washington D.C.

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    Nuclear Submarine Officer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at US Navy (Washington, DC).

    Interview

    1 day at Naval Reactors. Had 2 interviews with Engineers and 1 interview with the Admiral. The Engineers asked technical questions about mathematics and engineering courses I had taken. They were all very careful to make sure I gave my best answer and I did not feel pressed for time. The interview with the Admiral was very quick. He had my transcripts and asked a couple of questions.

    Interview Questions

    • Explain something interesting from your major.   1 Answer

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    Navy Nuclear Power Officer Candidate Program Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 3 days. I interviewed at US Navy (Washington, DC) in July 2012.

    Interview

    After being selected to interview, you first get a phone interview where you have to answer math. physics, etc, problems over the phone, walking the interviewer through your process. If you pass that, they bring you in to DC where you do the same in front of more engineers. Finally, you get an interview with the Admiral who ultimately selects whether or not he wants you in the program (regardless of how well you did or didn't do on the interview). It's a very stressful day with lot's of technical problems

    Interview Questions

    • You are well briefed on the technical questions. The Admiral can throw in a random question that you aren't expecting. My hardest to explain was why I transferred colleges (but I was prepared for it).   Answer Question
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    Nuclear Submarine Officer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at US Navy (Washington, DC).

    Interview

    The interview process itself is fairly straight forward: two technical interviews from Naval Reactors engineers and a personal interview with the Admiral. There is a possibility of a third technical interview prior to the Admiral's interview if they want to see more of you. You will be paired with another prospective nuclear officer at the interviews, you'll both interview with an engineer and then switch, so if you want the inside scoop then ask them about their interview while you are waiting around for technical interview #2.

    Interview Questions

    • Technical interview questions will be based on a curriculum of math, science and engineering you already took in school. Mostly they just want to see that you can reason through a technical problem and show a process for how to solve it. Questions might be luck of the draw, but it seemed that those of us who weren't engineering majors were given easier questions than the engineers.

      Whatever you do don't try and b.s. the Admiral, I can almost guarantee that will turn out worse for you than just being straight with him. And be able to talk about whatever answer you give him (what was the last book you read, what's your hobby, what's the deal with your grades, etc.), don't give an answer just because you think it sounds good.   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    There is no negotiation, but you do sign your paperwork that day for your nuclear accession bonus if you are selected, so that's a win!


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    Nuclear Submarine Officer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Washington, DC
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 3 days. I interviewed at US Navy (Washington, DC) in August 2016.

    Interview

    After submitting copious amounts of paperwork and doing a medical examination, there was an initial technical phone interview. If you pass that one, you fly out to Washington DC for ~3 days. The last day is the interview day, where you go through 2+ technical interviews and if you pass those, you get an interview with a 4-star admiral. He gives you the thumbs up or thumbs down. I was given the thumbs down. Even though I was not accepted, I would say this experience was quite valuable and I met a lot of smart people who were more invested than I was.

    Interview Questions

    • I failed 2/3 interviews, which prompted the Admiral to ask me, why should I make you a sub officer?   2 Answers

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    Nuclear Submarine Officer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at US Navy (Washington, DC).

    Interview

    In college, my transcript was submitted to Naval Reactors (NR) in Washington DC for approval. After I was approved, I flew to DC to be interviewed by 2 engineers at NR. After being asked technical questions by 2 engineers, you meet with the 4-star Admiral (currently ADM Caldwell) and he asks you more personal questions -- Why submarines? Why did you get a D in calc? etc. Immediately after meeting with the 4-star, you get approved or rejected.

    Interview Questions

    • Physics questions on conservation of energy with friction.   1 Answer

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