Company questions – “Aerospace and Defense” Industry (Preparedness)

No matter what industry job you are looking to fill, it’s almost inevitable that you will be required to conduct an interview of some sorts (i.e. in-person, over the phone, video chat, etc.).

To prepare for a well-arranged interview in the Aerospace and Defense industry, it’s important to be prepared by conducting the necessary research on the company and the position you are seeking. Likewise, it’s critical and professional to bring a writing utensil with a notepad that has your prescribed questions written out so when the time comes you are ready to ask them accordingly. To a hiring manager, this will help you stand out from the competition during an interview. Think of it this way, it might just be your only opportunity to set you apart from other candidates in a positive light. For this reason, highly interested candidates need to ask intelligent, relevant questions and demonstrate that they understand the position for which they are interviewing.

Although there are endless questions that one may ask depending on which way the interview may go, preparedness will only bring ease to your mind prior to, during and after the interview. Being prepared will give you the opportunity to adapt to the questions you are asked by the company and allow you to assess your current skills/experience to keep the process fluid.

Here are a few questions I’ve created in preparation for my next Aerospace and Defense Industry interview. BELIEVE ME, I will be sure to get in where I fit in and CLOSE by asking for the JOB.

  • Are there clearly defined career paths for people within this business area? Where have others in this position advanced to within the organization?
  • What do you think is the most critical aspect of this job?
  • What are the intangible attributes of a candidate that you value most for the candidate that wins this position?
  • Could you describe a typical day or week in this position? The typical client or customer I would be dealing with?
  • What are the most immediate challenges of the position that need to be addressed in the first three months?
  • How will I be evaluated at your company, and how often?
  • Would it be inappropriate to ask you why this position is open?

Keep in mind – It’s just important LISTENING during the interview and jotting down notes as it is writing your own questions prior to regarding your interest in the company/position. By jotting down notes, you will be able to assess your skills/experience to align them with critical opportunity areas in the position previously outlined by the interviewer. This will allow you to formulate a strong closing to ensure the hiring manager knows you are the right candidate for the job.

Below is a few questions that one may ask at the end of the interview, before it wraps up.

  • Have I answered all your questions? Is there a part of my background you would like to discuss further?
  • Do you feel I have the qualifications for this position or do you see me fitting in with your team?

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?

Company Research: General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc.

Currently, I’m in the process of seeking new opportunities with Defense Consulting firms.  Here is a brief COMPANY RESEARCH overview I conducted on General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. to familiarize myself with who they are and what their mission entails because I would like to be a part of their team one day.  Enjoy!

Networking Email

In aspiration to seek job opportunities or potential leads from my community of network professionals, I plan to create tailored emails addressed to former colleagues within my specific industry profession.  By using direct email messages to seek help from my network, I only increase my chances of finding new opportunities in my career field.

Below is an example of an email I intend to send out to a former colleague in the Defense and Space industry.

Subject line: Corey Seamster – Professional Support Request

Good day Sir/Ma’am,

It’s your former colleague Corey Seamster, the ISR specialist!

I hope this email reaches you in good health and wellness. As you may know, back in 2013 I decided to take a break from the ISR industry and go back to college full-time to further develop my professional skills in Digital Media Strategy in Orlando, FL. With graduation right around the corner in early June, I’m seeking your support to get closer to my son Weston and get my foot back in the door of the Intelligence community.

With your remarkable professional status and industry contacts, I’m confident that you can aid my job seeking endeavors. To be clear, I’m seeking opportunities in the San Diego, CA area in the following career fields:

  • ISR Operations/Collection Management
  • Intelligence Analysis

I’ve attached my resume and also outlined a brief description of my three previous positions below for your situational awareness.

  • USMC – Attack the Network (AtN) ISR Instructor at Marine Corps Tactics and Operations Group (MCTOG)
    • Mobius Industries USA, Inc.
  • Project ACCRUE – Senior ISR Collection Manager at USCENTCOM & ISAF Joint Command supporting Regional Commands North, East, Central and Southern Afghanistan at all echelons of command
    • L3 Communications
  • Airborne Imagery ISR Collection Manager and RJITF ISR Instructor
    • Booz Allen Hamilton

Thanks for your consideration in advance and I look forward to catching up and hearing about your recent successes.

You can contact me via email, by phone or on my LinkedIn account listed below.

Corey Seamster

Defense Consultant | Media Strategist

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