Defense Industry – Interview questions (Questions a candidate may get asked)

In the Defense Industry, it’s common for human resource managers to ask general and specific questions related to the industry, company and position a candidate is applying to. Below, I’ve outlined 10 questions that are usually asked when applying for a defense job as a Collection Manager. 

General questions:

  • Tell me a time you met a tight deadline. How did you respond?
  • Tell me a time when you worked with a difficult person.
  • Tell me a time when you were in a leadership role and you had to make a decision that would affect cyber-security.
  • Tell me a time when you had to convince senior management to make a change.
  • If I were the head of the C.I.A., and you were responsible for collecting information for an ongoing crisis, how would you brief me?

Specific questions:

  • Tell me about your experience managing collection requirements.
  • How would you process a request for information/request for collection at the strategic level?
  • If an Allied Nation required information in a specific geographic location to identify counter-narcotics activity or high threat improvised explosive device (IED) areas on local routes, how would support their needs?
  • What Process, Exploitation and Dissemination (PED) methodologies are you familiar with and provide me with an example situation when you interacted with one.
  • Why should we hire you for this position?

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