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    Current Employee - Senior Mechanical Engineer in Niskayuna, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Mechanical Engineer in Niskayuna, NY
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    I have been working at Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Challenging engineering work provides a sense of self satisfaction.
    To mitigate increased stress healthy lifestyle choices added in benefiting overall physical and mental health.

    Cons

    With great engineering great stress is present at times.

    Advice to Management

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Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory Interviews

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    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3+ months. I interviewed at Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory in June 2014.

    Interview

    I submitted an application online for the position. About a month I think went by before I was contacted via email to set up an informal phone interview. During this phone interview, one of the hiring managers described the position, asked me to tell him a little about myself, what am I looking for in a job and so forth. At the end he said I would be contacted by HR to set up an onsite interview. He did warn me that this could take a while. About a month went by before I was contacted by HR to arrange an onsite interview. They send you a lot of info via email to read over, fill out and bring with you to the interview. The day of the interview - no cell phones allowed on site as noted by other reviewers. It started with signing in with a few other candidates. From there we were given a 30 min overview of the company and some highlights of the benefits. After we had our electronic finger prints taken. Next you are taken to a room where the interviews began. I had two interviews. The first round with three hiring managers, the second round with two hiring managers. Overall I felt very comfortable, and everyone was extremely pleasant. The questions asked were mainly typical interview questions, a combination of behavioral and skills questions. After these interviews I had an exit interview with HR. She asked what my salary requirements were, how I thought the interview process went, if I was interviewing anywhere else and so forth. I was very pleased with my experience. I thought I would be an excellent fit. ALL of the hiring managers asked if I could live without my cell phone by my side lol. I think it will take some getting used to, but it's not really a big deal. They did mention that they recently were given the ability to check personal email. One thing I really liked about the interview was that there were managers of all age groups, and at least three of them started in the position I was interviewing for. You do not see that as much as you should within companies anymore. They also asked what my working preference and style is. They gave me some examples of work done in each of the hiring managers areas and asked which area I thought I would fit into best. After 2 weeks and 2 days, I received a phone call offering me the position. I am currently awaiting the confirmation email to begin the investigation process! I would highly recommend considering KAPL as a place to work.

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    • How would you deal with a "Sheldon" who won't take no for an answer about buying him something he didn't really need (I paraphrased).   1 Answer

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