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To help you prepare for a General Dynamics job interview, here are 30 interview questions and answer examples.

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How do you define success?

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General Dynamics is one of the top companies in the world, and they want to hire people who are winners, too. What does success mean to you? Tell the interviewer how you see progress and be sure to tie your answer into the success that you plan to bring to this particular position, should you be offered the role.

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30 General Dynamics Interview Questions & Answers

  • 1. How do you define success?

      How to Answer

      General Dynamics is one of the top companies in the world, and they want to hire people who are winners, too. What does success mean to you? Tell the interviewer how you see progress and be sure to tie your answer into the success that you plan to bring to this particular position, should you be offered the role.

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      1st Answer Example

      "I define success by my ability to reach the goals that are set out for me. On a personal level, the things I wish to achieve in my life. On a work level, the targets that are set out for me as well as the professional development that I seek."

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      2nd Answer Example

      "Success is the completion of any task you set out to do or any goal that you set for yourself. Success receives interpretation in many different ways but I know I have been successful when I feel that relief and contentment only accomplishment can bring."

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  • 2. Which parts of your current position bring you the most stress?

      How to Answer

      Stress can often be a regular part of the day to day work experience. Talk to the interviewer about which areas of your career are the most stressful. Ensure that your answer does not include a factor that would make you appear unfit for the position. For instance, if you are applying to be a software engineer for General Dynamics, you should not find writing code to be the most stressful part of your day.

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      1st Answer Example

      "The part of my career that brings me the most stress is when the schedule is running behind due to lack of hustle on my teams part. I like to be on time with my schedule to ensure that my clients are taken care of."

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      2nd Answer Example

      "I currently have a couple of delinquent team members who are on the brink of termination. I have tried to save them a few times, but now the HR department has become involved. I never like to see people leave, but you cannot force others to have a strong work ethic. The turnover in our plant is currently my biggest stressor."

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  • 3. What questions do you have for me?

      How to Answer

      It's always a great idea to have questions ready for the interviewer. Review the company website and other online resources to ensure the queries you have are not mundane, or redundant. The last thing an interviewer wants to hear is a list of items you could have found the answers for from merely watching a video on their company site!

      Here are some sample questions:

      - When would you like to have this position filled?
      - How long has this role been vacant?
      - Is this a replacement search or a newly created role?
      - What is your favorite part about working here?
      - What is the company's primary goal for this position in the next 12 months?
      - Is there anything from my background and experience that I can clarify for you?
      - What do you see as the most significant change in this industry over the past three years?
      - Is there any reason why you would not hire me?

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      1st Answer Example

      "I would like to ask if there is anything in my background on which you need clarification? Also, after discussing everything today, is there any particular reason why I would not be the best fit for this software engineer role?"

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      2nd Answer Example

      "Thank you for asking! A couple of questions come to mind. What do you see as the biggest challenge the aviation and defense industry will be facing in the next 12 months? Also, what is your employee turnover rate, in this particular role? Third, could you tell me a bit about the retention plan you currently have in place?"

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  • 4. General Dynamics believes that a diverse workplace yields better results. When have you worked with a diverse group of people?

      How to Answer

      General Dynamics provides a lot of great information on their diversity and inclusion plan, on their website. You can easily see they are committed to promoting diversity across the board. One of their beliefs is that a diverse workplace yields better results than a workplace that is lacking variety. They want to know that you will embrace difference of perspectives in the workplace. Are you accustomed to working with a very large or diverse team of individuals? Assure the interviewer that you can handle an environment that offers diversity.

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  • 5. Communication is one of the biggest keys to success at General Dynamics. When have your communication skills benefitted your team?

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      General Dynamics employs thousands of people which means that communication between teams needs to be crystal clear. The interviewer would like to know how your communication skills have benefited your team in the past. Strong communication skills are required to be an active leader, whether you are in a formal leadership role or not. How have your communication skills helped your team in the past?

      If you are struggling to come up with an answer to this question, here are a few examples that should turn the gears and help you think of a time when you communicated a message that benefited your co-workers.

      - Maybe you were the first to hear of new corporate policy, and you alerted your co-workers to the new changes.
      - Perhaps you created an efficient way to streamline a process, and you informed your team about this.
      - Maybe you found a new product or service that had a benefit to your organization.
      - Perhaps you realized an error in a project, and you alerted everyone of this before it became a significant problem.

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  • 6. Tell me about a time when you undertook a project that demanded a lot of initiative.

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      This interview question allows you to demonstrate your ability to be a self-starter. Show the interviewer that you are a motivated individual by telling the interviewer about a specific time that you took the lead on a demanding project. Include details of your project timeline, which you led, or what you had to teach yourself for the project to be successful. Be sure to complete your answer by telling the interview what the outcome was.

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  • 7. When have you been asked to perform a function or complete a task in which you had little or no experience in doing?

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      The interviewer would like to know about a time when you were asked to take on a task for which you knew very little. Have you ever had to take on a responsibility or a role that you felt was over your experience level? Talk to the interviewer about a time when you have dealt with this type of situation. Include the outcome, and what you learned.

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  • 8. If General Dynamics hired you today, what would you accomplish first?

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      The interviewer would like to know that you would be ready to make an impact in their department, immediately after being hired. It's important to come to an interview with a 30-90 day strategic plan on how you would impact the business, should you be the successful candidate. Tell the interviewer what your impact goal is, should you be the successful candidate.

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  • 9. General Dynamics focus' on four fundamental values, that shape everything we do. What are they?

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      General Dynamics has a robust company ethos, based on four pillars. These pillars are honesty, transparency, trust, and alignment. On the General Dynamics website, they discuss how these four pillars drive business operations, govern how they act, guide how they treat their employees and connect with their communities. Make sure to memorize this information before your interview and discuss how your values align with these.

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  • 10. How do you feel about relocation or substantial amounts of travel?

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      Although the company began in Virginia, General Dynamics now has offices all across the USA, Canada, and the UK. Whether you are flexible or not, in regards to travel, and even relocation, it's essential, to be honest in your answer. If you are unsure, it's okay to let the interviewer know that you are open to discussions surrounding travel or relocation, in the future.

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  • 11. How do you manage your time?

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      The interviewer would like to know what tools you use to stay on task and meet deadlines. Share precisely how you prioritize when everything demands your attention at once. To start, think about the ways you manage your projects and daily tasks. Do you keep a calendar or set reminders?

      Sometimes a to-do list is helpful when organizing your time because it can help you prioritize what needs to happen next. Paying attention to which tasks require the most time and which ones bring the most value are ways you can pick and choose what needs to happen in your schedule. What are some ways you have found work best for you to manage your time at work?

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  • 12. Are you actively interviewing with other companies, and are you close to offer stage with anyone?

      How to Answer

      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.

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  • 13. Do you believe it is possible to be a good team member yet disagree with the leader?

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      General Dynamics has a stringent hiring process, and they promote and hire only the best managers. Although their management team is well-oiled, there may remain times that you do not agree with a decision or how a situation is handled. The interviewer wants to know that you can be diplomatic during times such as these.

      Show the interviewer that it is possible for you to be a good team member, yet disagree with the leader from time to time. Explain that you believe everyone is entitled to their own professional opinion, yet capable of maintaining respect for each other at the same time. Discuss that even if you disagree with the final decision your leader makes, you support the direction the team is heading.

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  • 14. What is your current salary?

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      General Dynamics may base their offer on your current salary. You should be transparent about your most recent earnings and be prepared to back up any salary requests.

      If you are currently employed: "I am currently earning a base salary of $78,000, plus a car allowance of $900/month, and health benefits. I am looking for a competitive salary in my next position."

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  • 15. Your workload will be large at General Dynamics. How do you balance life and work?

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      General Dynamics is the fifth largest defense company in the world with a multitude of clients. With a workload this busy, it is essential to keep a healthy work/life balance to prevent burnout. Talk to the interviewer about how you can maintain that appropriate balance for yourself.

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  • 16. At General Dynamics we seek to hire only those with aerospace experience. Are you more experienced in the private or public aerospace industry?

      How to Answer

      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 General Dynamics points out a preference of one over the other, it is wise to focus your answer on that particular experience.

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  • 17. How do you think your early career will help you succeed in this position?

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      Did you start working at a young age? Perhaps you have held some tough jobs earlier in your career? Many hiring managers agree that the best employees are ones with 'grit' and who have held a 'dirty job' or two in their lives. Talk to the interviewer about your early work experience.

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  • 18. If you were given a choice, which work related task would you leave for last? Why?

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      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.

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  • 19. 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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      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.

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  • 20. Have you progressed in your career as you have expected?

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      Career progression can be a touchy subject, especially if you feel that your career hasn't progressed as well as you would have liked. Talk to the interviewer about your career progression and what you would like to see in the future.



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  • 21. How do you like to be recognized for your accomplishments?

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      We all like recognition in some way for our accomplishments in the workplace. Share with the interviewer how you would want credit for your hard work. Some options can be through bonus' or financial perks, public recognition, kind words, or promotion opportunities.

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  • 22. 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?

      How to Answer

      The interviewer would like to avoid any hurdles during the offer and negotiations stage that would prevent you from being successfully on-boarded. If General Dynamics 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 General Dynamics."

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  • 23. Confidentiality is of utmost importance to us at General Dynamics. Are you willing to sign a confidentiality agreement, if hired?

      How to Answer

      If you work for General Dynamics, you may become privy to highly sensitive information. Assure the interviewer that you are a trustworthy individual who can handle being under a confidentiality agreement if hired.

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  • 24. We are looking for a specific post-secondary degree for this role. Tell me about your post-secondary education and how it will help you in this position with General Dynamics.

      How to Answer

      It is vital that you check the job posting or job description provided by General Dynamics to ensure that you have the proper educational requirements. If you do not bring the desired degree or certification, be prepared to defend your education and remind them why you are still the best candidate for the job!

      If you have the desired education: "I saw on your job posting that you are looking for candidates with a degree in Aerospace Engineering. I have my degree in Aeronautical Engineering from an accredited University. My education will be helpful in this role as it is directly related to your company's focus."

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  • 25. Our goal is to be the #1 defense company in the world. After researching General Dynamics, what do you think we could improve on?

      How to Answer

      If General Dynamics 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.

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  • 26. At General Dynamics we have some strong competitors. In your opinion, what makes us stand out from the others?

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      It is essential to research General Dynamics before your interview. Through that research, be sure to study some of their competitors and why you feel General Dynamics 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. When it comes to the defense industry, their most significant competitors include BAE Systems, Boeing, Huntington Ingalls, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, and Raytheon.

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  • 27. Because of the nature of business at General Dynamics, we conduct background checks on employees. This practice includes criminal background, credit, and education checks. Are you willing to comply?

      How to Answer

      General Dynamics employs around 100,000 people, all of whom must be background checked thoroughly. This company is the fifth largest defense contractor in the world so, of course, this is a non-negotiable. 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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  • 28. There are numerous career avenues you can take with General Dynamics. Which career path interests you the most?

      How to Answer

      General Dynamics has a multitude of opportunities within various companies and business sectors.

      Their divisions include:

      - Mission Systems
      - Gulfstream
      - Jet Aviation
      - Land Systems
      - Ordnance & Tactical Systems
      - Information Technology
      - Bath Iron Works
      - Electric Boat
      - NASSCO
      - General Dynamics Corporation
      - General Dynamics UK

      It is essential that you thoroughly research General Dynamics 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 General Dynamics. Discuss your career growth and desires with the interviewer.

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  • 29. In your opinion, what is the biggest breakthrough in the aerospace and defense industry in the past decade?

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      General Dynamics is no stranger for being in the news for their excellent work! The interviewer wants to ensure that you hold strong knowledge, and genuine interest, in the aerospace and defense industry, and that you stay up to date on industry breakthroughs. Briefly discuss which one has caught your attention the most.

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  • 30. The aerospace and defense industry is ever-changing. At General Dynamics, we seek to hire individuals with a keen interest in this industry. How do you stay up to date on aerospace-related current events?

      How to Answer

      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 General Dynamics.

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