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At BAE Systems plc we seek to hire only those with aerospace experience. Are you more experienced in the private or public aerospace industry?
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1.
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.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"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."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"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."
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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.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"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."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"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?"
3.
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.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"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."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"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?"
4.
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.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"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."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"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?"
5.
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.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"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."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"Yes, I am willing to comply with any background checks that you require. I understand the importance of background checks."
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