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Top 25 AeroVironment, Inc. Interview Questions

At AeroVironment we seek to hire only those with aerospace experience. Are you more experienced in the private or public aerospace industry?
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Question 2 of 29
The aerospace and defense industry is ever-changing. At AeroVironment we seek to hire individuals with a keen interest in this industry. How do you stay up to date on aerospace related current events?
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"I am always interested in learning more about this industry and the changes that are taking place. It's truly fascinating. Most frequently, I read the International Journal of Aerospace Engineering. There are also a couple of blogs that I follow including www.aviationweek.com."
"Staying up to date on aerospace related events is quite easy with a couple of phone applications I have downloaded, and a few blogs that I subscribe to. I would love some fresh suggestions as well! Do you have any strong recommendations?"
The interviewer would like to confirm that you have a true interest in the aerospace and defense industry. Perhaps you read aerospace related books, follow particular engineering journals or subscribe to a blog related to this industry. Briefly share with the interviewer the ways in which you stay up to date on current events related to AeroVironment, Inc..
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Question 3 of 29
In your opinion, what is the biggest breakthrough in the aerospace and defense industry in the past decade?
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"There have been endless breakthroughs in our industry; however, I would say the one that excited me the most was the Falcon 9 Full Thrust. It's absolutely amazing to me that a partially-reusable launch system has been successfully created."
"The biggest recent breakthrough in our industry, in my opinion, was the Falcon 9 Full Thrust; however, there are so many to choose from! May I ask which was your favorite breakthrough as of late?"
The interviewer wants to ensure that you hold strong knowledge, and a true interest, in the aerospace and defense industry. If you are familiar with the industry you will know about some of the latest industry breakthroughs. Briefly discuss which one has caught your interest the most.
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Question 4 of 29
There are numerous career avenues you can take with AeroVironment. Which career path interests you the most?
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"I saw on your website that you are looking for an Engineering lead. I am not yet qualified for that level of leadership role; however, it really interests me. I would love to be considered for a role like that with AeroVironment, Inc. in the future."
"My primary goal is to become a (insert position title/goal) within the next 5 years. I am taking additional coursework to gain the required skills. Do you feel this is an achievable goal with your company?"
It is important that you fully research AeroVironment, Inc. before your interview. Be sure to research their careers section, any additional locations, and the variety of departments or business units they may have. You can then accurately assess the potential growth opportunities with AeroVironment, Inc.. Discuss your career growth and desires with the interviewer.
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Question 5 of 29
Because of the nature of business at AeroVironment we conduct background checks on employees. This includes criminal background, credit, and education verification checks. Are you willing to comply?
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"I am happy to comply with any background check required. My record is clean and I have a strong credit history. I do not participate in drug use, either. You can be assured that if you hire me for this role with AeroVironment, Inc., I will maintain a clean record."
"Yes, I am willing to comply with any background checks that you require. I understand the importance of background checks."
Most companies in the aerospace and defense industry need to be very cautious on who they hire. There is a chance that much of the information you are going to access could be confidential and dangerous if put into the wrong hands. Assure the interviewer that you are most willing to comply with any form of background check they require.
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Question 6 of 29
At AeroVironment we have some strong competitors. In your opinion, what makes us stand out from the others?
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Question 7 of 29
Our goal is to be the top rated company in our industry. After researching AeroVironment, what do you think we could improve on?
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Question 8 of 29
We are looking for specific post-secondary education for this role. Tell me about your post-secondary education and how it will help you in this position with AeroVironment.
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Question 9 of 29
Confidentiality is of utmost importance to us at AeroVironment. Are you willing to sign a confidentiality agreement, if hired?
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Question 10 of 29
Many of our industry competitors have their employees under a non-compete contract. Are you bound by any non-compete contract with your current employer?
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Question 11 of 29
How do you like to be recognized for your accomplishments?
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Question 12 of 29
Would you say you focus more on reasons why change will not work rather than adapting to new changes?
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Question 13 of 29
Have you progressed in your career as you have expected?
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Question 14 of 29
Who would you say inspires you?
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Question 15 of 29
Rate your communication skills from 1-10 with proper examples backing your given rating.
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Question 16 of 29
Looking at your resume, it seems there are certain skills necessary for this position that do not stand out. How do you think you will be able to compensate for these missing skills?
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Question 17 of 29
Tell me about an achievement you are proud of. What did you find challenging about it?
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Question 18 of 29
How do you like to encourage ideas in others?
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Question 19 of 29
If you were given a choice, which work related task would you leave for last? Why?
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Question 20 of 29
How do you think your early career will help you succeed in this position?
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Question 21 of 29
How do you define success?
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Question 22 of 29
How have you demonstrated leadership ability when you were not in a leadership role?
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Question 23 of 29
Your workload will be large at AeroVironment. How do you balance life and work?
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Question 24 of 29
How often do you think of innovations that will improve your work performance?
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Question 25 of 29
What is your current salary?
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Question 26 of 29
Looking at your resume, I see multiple gaps between employments, what were you doing during those gaps?
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Question 27 of 29
Do you believe it is possible to be a good team member yet disagree with the leader?
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Question 28 of 29
Are you actively interviewing with other companies, and are you close to offer stage with anyone?
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Question 29 of 29
How do you manage your time?
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About AeroVironment, Inc.

AeroVironment, Inc. is an American technology company in Monrovia, California, and Simi Valley, California, that is primarily involved in energy systems, electric vehicle systems, and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). Paul B. MacCready, Jr., a designer of human-powered aircraft, founded the company in 1971. The company is probably most well known for developing a series of lightweight human-powered and then solar-powered vehicles. AeroVironment is the Pentagon's top supplier of small drones ? including the Raven, Wasp and Puma models. They have signed a strategic partnership with Lockheed Martin Corp to develop their 'Global Observer' to provide "persistent airborne observation".

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