Interviewing With Us
ADVICE FROM ACROSS THE TABLE
Hiring Managers from across our business outline their top tips for candidates who make it to the interview.
First of all relax and be yourself. The interview is about us getting to know you, your skills and what you bring to our teams and organization. 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–Canada
- 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 showcase the other skills you bring to the role. Explain this to your interviewer; don't put yourself in a box. Use every opportunity to help yourself stand out.
- If interviewing for a junior role and you have limited work experience, pull on your school experience and projects.
- 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)
- Asking questions during your interview shows your interest level, come prepared with questions 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.
- Make sure you arrive for your interview with a little extra time in order to not feel rushed.
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?
• Describe a project or work product that you are most proud of in your career.
• Why do you want to work for General Dynamics Mission Systems–Canada?
• How do you ensure that your work is of 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 what you are working on in terms of personal development.
• 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 move to a leadership/management role?
We understand that interviewing requires investing time and effort from you and it can also be stressful. So we would like to take the opportunity to say thank you in advance for considering us in your career path and for giving us the opportunity to learn about your skills and experience.