Interviewing At General Dynamics
Advice from Across the Table
Hiring Managers from across our business outline their top tips for candidates who make it to the interview process.
First of all, relax; we want your interview to go just as well as you do!
Use these tips as a guide to how you can prepare for your interview.
- Our interviews are behavioral based, consisting of open ended questions to evaluate your technical abilities, work experience and behavioral traits.
- Be familiar with General Dynamics Mission Systems, have an understanding of our mission and vision and what we do.
- Know the requirements of the job for which you are applying. Be able to explain how you meet and exceed these requirements.
- Find a way to fill the hiring managers need with some of your other skills. Explain this to your interviewer, don't put yourself in a box. Use every opportunity to help yourself stand out and sell your skills.
- Bring examples of any (non-proprietary) work products, writing samples, etc. that you have.
- If you are applying for a technical job such as a software or systems engineer, be prepared to answer technical questions. (i.e. software development)
- Come prepared with questions for your interviewer and make sure that you ask them.
- Turn your experience into stories. Explain how what you did in the past relates to what you can do for us.
- For Veterans: have 7-9 "success stories" that can help you explain how your military experience relates to a corporate job.
- Be on time. One of our hiring managers informed that she is always in the lobby 15 minutes prior to an interview to see when the candidate arrives.
Now what kinds of questions can you expect when you show up? Although these may not be the exact questions that you will experience in your interview with us, they can help you to gain an understanding of how to prepare for our interview process.
- What is the strongest attribute that you bring to the table?
- Describe the last team that you worked on and your role on it.
- What did you like and not like about your last company?
- For a recent college graduate, what was your favorite class and why? What was your least favorite class and why?
- What is your definition of accountability?
- What has been your biggest success story to date?
- Why do you want to work for General Dynamics Mission Systems?
- How do you ensure that what your work is the highest quality?
- How do you define project requirements and how do you make sure they are realistic?
- Explain how you reason through problems when you don't know the answer right away.
- Tell us about a time you received feedback which indicated you were not meeting expectations.
- Describe your ideal work environment.
- What work experience have you had that prepares you to be successful in this position?
For Technical Positions:
- Explain a few significant differences between the C++ and Java programming languages.
- Pick a project that you can discuss in detail and had a significant role on. Discuss the system design/architecture. What was the worst problem you had with this system and how did you fix it?
- How much reuse do you get out of the code you develop?
- Explain a time when you were able to improve upon the design that was originally requested.
- Do you want to stay on a technical career path or eventually move to a leadership/management role?