When a change occurs in the workplace do you view it positively or do you resist the change? Talk to the interviewer about how you adapt to change.
BAE Systems plc Interview Questions
Would you say you focus more on reasons why change will not work rather than adapting to new changes?
When a change occurs in the workplace do you view it positively or do you resist the change? Talk to the interviewer about how you adapt to change.
"When a change occurs I initially try to balance the pros and the cons before reacting. Overall I would say that I prefer to focus on why the changes will work. I am a positive person by nature."
"Some changes can be tougher to accept immediately than others. Once I understand the motivation or the goal behind the change, I can easily adapt."
The aerospace and defense industry is ever-changing. At BAE Systems plc we seek to hire individuals with a keen interest in this industry. How do you stay up to date on aerospace related current events?
The interviewer would like to confirm that you have a genuine 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 how you stay up to date on current events related to BAE Systems plc.
"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 to which I subscribe. I would love some new suggestions as well! Do you have any strong recommendations?"
Confidentiality is of utmost importance to us at BAE Systems plc. Are you willing to sign a confidentiality agreement, if hired?
Many companies involved in Aerospace and Defense have sensitive information. Assure the interviewer that you are a trustworthy individual who can handle being under a confidentiality agreement with BAE Systems plc, if hired.
"I am a highly trustworthy person. My background includes many years of experience working on sensitive projects. I fully understand the desire that BAE Systems plc has to protect their data and am more than willing to sign a confidentiality agreement."
"Yes, I am willing to sign a confidentiality agreement with BAE Systems plc, anytime in this process."
Tell me about an achievement you are proud of. What did you find challenging about it?
Sometimes a great achievement is completing a difficult task and overcoming the obstacles that come up along the way.
When faced with an impossible deadline and regular interruptions that cause you to have to switch gears every thirty minutes, completing a simple project can seem like climbing a mountain!
You have a couple of options for how to approach this: Discuss an example of when you overcame obstacles to achieve something great, or share a significant accomplishment or award you received and talk about what was challenging about it.
Either way, you are showing your determination and focus on reaching your goal. Think of a situation that highlights your strengths and qualities that will be helpful for the job for which you are interviewing. Try to keep it as career relevant as possible.
"One achievement that I am proud of is graduating University as an honors student while still working full time. This accomplishment showed me that I could dedicate myself to my career, and reach the goals that I set for myself. It felt great to accomplish so much and earn recognition for my dedication."
How have you demonstrated leadership ability when you were not in a leadership role?
This question challenges you to think about how you act as a leader in your daily life. Even if you're not leading a team, you can still demonstrate the qualities of a leader! You can give an example of how you coached a coworker who was having difficulty preparing for a big presentation. Maybe you gave them confidence in their strengths by encouraging them, or perhaps you offered some helpful hints. You can be a motivator and a confident communicator in any situation at work! Share how you have positively influenced others through actions you've taken to support and motivate others at work.
"I demonstrate leadership qualities every chance that I get! I believe that everyone can be a great leader if given the right environment and opportunity."
"I naturally take on a leader and mentor-ship type of role with my co-workers. In one instance, I had a new coworker who was having some troubles fitting in. I took her out for lunch and talked to her a bit about the workplace culture and semantics surrounding the various departments. I wanted her to stay and enjoy her employment with us, so I took the responsibility of ensuring she was settling in well. I believe there are always opportunities for leadership - you have to keep your eyes open."
Are you actively interviewing with other companies, and are you close to offer stage with anyone?
The interviewer is looking for answers to a few points when asking this question.
1. The company wants to know what kind of timeline is present before you are scooped up by another organization.
2. They want to know how discerning you are with your job applications.
3. They want to know the types of roles that interest you.
4. They want to hear that they are your top choice.
You can certainly discuss your search but avoid giving too many details. Give the interviewer enough to satisfy the question without revealing your entire search. Some mystery is okay here.
"I recently started my search and had found some interesting job postings related to my degree; however, your role is the position I am most enthusiastic about."
"If you are not interviewing: "I just started my search, so I am not in final interviews with any other company. I am aggressively seeking; however."
There are numerous career avenues you can take with BAE Systems plc. Which career path interests you the most?
It is essential that you thoroughly research BAE Systems plc before your interview. Be sure to examine 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 BAE Systems plc. Discuss your career growth and desires with the interviewer.
"I saw on your website that you are looking for an Engineering lead. I am not yet qualified for that level of a leadership role; however, it interests me. I would love to be considered for a role like that with BAE Systems plc in the future."
"My primary goal is to become a (insert position title/goal) within the next five years. I am taking additional coursework to gain the required skills. Do you feel this is an achievable goal with your company?"
Our goal is to be the top rated company in our industry. After researching BAE Systems plc, what do you think we could improve on?
If BAE Systems plc asks for your feedback on what they could improve on it is best to keep your answer positive and light. Be sure to start, and finish, your suggestion with a compliment on what they are doing right.
"I have conducted a great deal of research on BAE Systems plc before meeting you today. I like your branding, and your online presence is strong. If I could make a suggestion, it would be to have a confirmation email sent to all online job applicants. I found the site a bit difficult to navigate and was not sure that my initial application went through successfully. Luckily, your HR department was amazing, and they called me just a few days later for a pre-screen interview."
"If you could improve on anything, I would recommend updating the website a bit more frequently and adding a blog for aerospace enthusiasts. Aerospace and defense is a popular topic for research, and you could gain many website visitors by putting a greater emphasis on your online content."
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?
The interviewer would like to avoid any hurdles during the offer and negotiations stage that would prevent you from being successfully on-boarded. If BAE Systems plc is a direct competitor to your current or most recent employer then you should carefully review your employment contract to ensure nothing is hindering you. Be prepared to present the agreement in your late stage interview.
If you are under a non-compete contract: "I am under a non-compete contract with Company ABC; however, it specifically states that I cannot share any trade secrets or recruit any of their current employees. There is nothing in the contract hindering me from joining BAE Systems plc."
"I am under a non-compete contract with Company ABC; however, it specifically states that I cannot share any trade secrets or recruit any of their current employees. There is nothing in the contract hindering me from joining BAE Systems plc."
"If you are not under a non-compete contract: "I am free to sign any offer letter that comes my way as there is no such contract with my current employer."
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?
Most job descriptions will have a long list of requirements. Hiring managers are aware that, to find a candidate that checks ALL of the boxes, can sometimes be impossible. If you are missing some of the "nice to have" or even the "must have" skills listed in the job description, do not fret! Be open about your shortcomings and discuss with the interviewer how you plan to compensate for those.
"nice to have"
"I would be happy to clarify my experience in any skills. Could you tell me which skills you feel I am missing for this position?" (Once the interviewer responds, you can overcome that objection by better highlighting that specific experience, or discussing a related skill that you DO have.)"
If you were given a choice, which work related task would you leave for last? Why?
Often we will leave the tasks that we don't like for last, in the act of procrastination. Other times, we will mindfully move responsibility for last because we feel that it makes the most sense. Help the interviewer to determine which personality type you are by answering this question.
"If given a choice, I would leave my documentation tasks for last. I say this because I like to spend my time with my customers so anything to do with documentation during business hours - I feel takes away from my client-facing tasks. I do understand the importance of it, though."
"I would leave my email to last! I find that once I am in my email, it's a never-ending whirlwind of small replies and to-dos. For this reason, and to remain focused and productive, I will schedule my email time periodically throughout the day."
At BAE Systems plc we seek to hire only those with aerospace experience. Are you more experienced in the private or public aerospace industry?
The interviewer would like to see that you have experience in the industry; whether your aerospace experience comes from private or public entities. If the job description or job posting from BAE Systems plc points out a preference of one over the other, it is wise to focus your answer on that particular experience.
"I noticed in your job posting that you prefer to see experience in the public aerospace sector. I do have experience in both public and private; however, the most recent three years of my work experience is in the public sector."
"I can say that I have equal experience in both public and private aerospace matters. Is there a specific sector where you would prefer to see stronger experience? I would be happy to highlight that experience for you, further."
In your opinion, what is the biggest breakthrough in the aerospace and defense industry in the past decade?
The interviewer wants to ensure that you hold strong knowledge, and genuine 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.
"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 amazing to me that a partially-reusable launch system is in existence."
"The biggest recent breakthrough in our industry, in my opinion, was the Falcon 9 Full Thrust; however, there are so many from which to choose! May I ask which was your favorite breakthrough as of late?"
Because of the nature of business at BAE Systems plc we conduct background checks on employees. This includes criminal background, credit, and education verification checks. Are you willing to comply?
Most companies in the aerospace and defense industry need to be very cautious about 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.
"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 BAE Systems plc, 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."
At BAE Systems plc we have some strong competitors. In your opinion, what makes us stand out from the others?
It is essential to research BAE Systems plc before your interview. Through that research, be sure to study some of their competitors and why you feel BAE Systems plc stands out from the crowd. Visit the 'News' and 'About Us' section on the company website to find out if they have received any recent awards or accolades.
"I have seen that you have a few competitors in your industry; however, after reviewing your website, online reviews, and seeing your multitude of recent awards I feel that working for BAE Systems plc would be a real honor and great step in my career. You stand out from the crowd for refusing to bend from your company values."
"Your organization stands out in many ways. What impressed me the most was your safety record, employee tenure, and growth opportunity. When it comes to your competitors, would you agree that these are stand-out areas for you? I would love to hear more about your company's competition plan."
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 BAE Systems plc.
How do you like to be recognized for your accomplishments?
Have you progressed in your career as you have expected?
Who would you say inspires you?
Rate your communication skills from 1-10 with proper examples backing your given rating.
How do you like to encourage ideas in others?
How do you think your early career will help you succeed in this position?
How do you define success?
Your workload will be large at BAE Systems plc. How do you balance life and work?
How often do you think of innovations that will improve your work performance?
What is your current salary?
Looking at your resume, I see multiple gaps between employments, what were you doing during those gaps?
Do you believe it is possible to be a good team member yet disagree with the leader?
How do you manage your time?