LM On-Site Interview

<p>What is the chances that I will get the position if I am called for an on-site interview? (The company is LM for my case).</p>

<p>I mean, the company is going to cover the transportation (flight), food, and hotel expenses. So does that mean there aren't too many candidates being considered? Do they want me and just want to meet up with me? Or am I just a competitor for the interview?</p>

<p>Will they test me on skills that I learn in the classroom?</p>

<p>I've been at several on campus interviews, and it was pretty casual, so I don't know what to expect.</p>

<p>Any help would be appreciated. :)</p>

<p>I just had one for GE Aviation on Monday where they flew me out and paid for my hotel, etc. I still haven't heard back yet. I think that if they are willing to invest that kind of money in a person you have to take it as a good sign that they think you fit in with their organization. Then again, these blue chip companies do have a lot of money to throw around.</p>

<p>It's a good sign. If you do well on the interview, you'll likely be offered the position... even folks like LM don't bring in everyone who sends them a pretty resume. They like you, they just want to bring you in to make sure that you're as good in person as you were on paper and over the phone. If they're putting down cash to bring you in, they're likely interested in offering you the job, and often, the face-to-face interview is just to close the deal, in their minds... I went to interview with a major defense contractor once and they showed me where they'd already put me on the work plan for the following month...! (I didn't take the job but they made a VERY nice offer, and it was very difficult to turn it down...)</p>

<p>There are kind of two schools of thought on these sorts of interviews (of which I've had ten in the past two years, so I've got a bit of experience with these things... Hint: don't send out 100 resumes if you're at all qualified, because employers literally beat down your door...). There are interviews where they keep things really low-pressure and they're just looking to see how you interact with the people, whether you'll be a good addition to their team, and they're letting your credentials speak for themselves in terms of your technical talent. There are other interviews, however, where they call them "technical interviews"... Those can be pressure cookers. In my experience, those are either done when the managers are from foreign countries (where technical interviews are the norm, I'm told), or when the job is super-upper-eschelon. One Federally Funded Research and Development Center made me give an hour-long technical presentation to a room full of PhDs and then had me derive a finite element shape function from scratch. A different company, more along the lines of LM, just asked me cushy questions about "describe a time that you felt challenged". It varies. Just go into it calm and poised, and even if you screw up the technical parts, they understand that you're in the hot seat. If you don't completely spazz out and can keep it together ("I recall having studied that, but I haven't used it very often recently. I'm confident that given a few minutes with my notes from my finite elements course, I could derive that function for you...") then they probably won't count it against you.</p>

<p>Good luck! Have fun!</p>

<p>Thanks aibarr.</p>


and often, the face-to-face interview is just to close the deal,


I'm glad that this is encouraging. :D</p>


and then had me derive a finite element shape function from scratch.


I have heard of this story many times! That's tough .. makes me want to study everything before the interview. I'm ME and I don't even think our school has a course on FEA.</p>

<p>Yeah, thanks, I am hoping the interview will be less technical and more "character" based.</p>

That's tough .. makes me want to study everything before the interview.


<p>To be fair, I had an MS in structures from Illinois under my belt, but I have heard of this happening with BS candidates, as well. Still, I don't think they'll be quite as sadistic with you as they were with me. ;)</p>

<p>Design jobs will more often have a technical interview. Contrary to some naive beliefs (like when i first started school) many engineers get hired into 'non-design' positions.</p>

<p>I just came back from an interview with HP and it caught me off guard with a bunch of technical questions.</p>

<p>Of course, since I'm still an undergrad, the questions weren't difficult.However, it was a bit stressful to think on the spot and with the recruiter looking over my shoulder.</p>

<p>Just a heads up for anyone who reads this - know your scientists. I don't know but I'm a Mechanical Engineering major and I was asked who this aeronautical pioneer was . Unless you're really into the field, you wouldn't know!</p>

<p>Also know how to derive volumes of all shapes (from scratch) .. and your Laplace transforms!</p>

<p>At least I have some experience now ...</p>

<p>I interviewed with a few other people on my day, 6 to be exact. I got the position, as well as a person (ME major) that I met there... he happened to go to my school.</p>

<p>My other friends had an onsite interview (after a phone interview) at another site nearby and all of them got the position after being called in.</p>

<p>So, word of advice: don't do anything stupid, it's almost yours. Be sociable and communicate effectively! That's probably one of the most important things you'll need to do, otherwise the interview/conversations will go downhill.</p>

<p>The best and most important thing is to know about the position beforehand. This sounds simple, but it's something that I didn't do. The following example illustrates this. </p>

<p>During fall, after passing through the initial first round on-campus interviews for an internship with GE, I was one of two candidates who was invited to an on site at a nearby GE plant. I was completely naive at the time; as a sophomore, it was my first time getting considered by companies along the likes of GE, Shell, General Mills, Intel, and Bp. My mentality at the time was to land ANY position because these were Fortune 500 companies, etc. </p>

<p>In hindsight, I had no idea what I was interested as far as working interests went and this probably reflected in my on site interviews. Within about twenty minutes at the plant and after a tour, I had pretty much realized that a manufacturing job was not interesting to me. Of course, I did not want to admit this to myself because I was interviewing and I was eager to obtain any position. Nonetheless, I think that this reflected in my interviews and interaction with the interviewers. Most of the questions that I asked and answered demonstrated an interest more towards research, design, development (which had little to do with the position, that involved operations). At the time, I didn't realize it, but I was slowly burying my chances for employment interview-by-interview, despite leaving a positive impression on the interviewers. So in the end, GE did what was in both of our best interests by giving me the "No thanks" a few days later. </p>

<p>So there are two morals of this story: know what you want or what you are interested in, or else it will show. Secondly, don't be afraid of failure, it will take "trial and error" (for lack of a better explanation) to find out what you want (and don't want) to do.</p>

<p>This isn't from LM, but I was wondering what this message meant (this is after the on-campus interview):</p>


I have submitted my evaluation of our interview. I believe you are a good match for ____ position. Please continue to apply for jobs online. I hope you find a good match. Feel free to use me as a sounding board for career advice, reference, and advocate with future hiring managers at ___.


<p>Is this a generic message sent back to me? What does it mean? I understand the next goal is to get an on-site interview .. how does that work?</p>

<p>BTW, I got back from the LM on-site interview and was competing with 2 other candidates for the same job number. If I don't get it, will they continue to find a match for me (as of summer interns) at different locations? If they do, will I have to go to different sites for more on-site interviews if I am found as a match? I hope it's not too late either for summer interns. Also, how does it work with offers. Assuming I don't get this position, do I just hope the person who gets the offer will decline it, and thus open a position for me?</p>

<p>It means that if it were completely up to him you'd be hired. You're a good match for the job, he said so in his evaluation of the interview, and now it's up to the powers-that-be. There's lots of competition for those jobs, though, so he can't guarantee that you'll get it, but he thinks you're a strong enough candidate that you'll surely land something, so keep applying to lots of jobs on their website. The fact that he gave you his contact info and invited you to contact him in the future means that he really wants you to succeed. People don't typically do that. That's really good news.</p>

<p>At this point, it might be a good idea to contact him, thank him, and tell him that you're still very interested in the position, and that you appreciate his offer for advice in the future.</p>

<p>That's a good letter, though, and doesn't sound canned. Great job on the interview!</p>

<p>Sigh, didn't hear anything back from LM yet. The paper says that there were three names for job requisition # 43636/43637 (I made up the numbers).</p>

<p>So I guess there's 3 people competing for 2 positions, right?</p>

<p>It depends. Usually if you get the job, your recruiter may call you and give you an informal offer... something along the lines of "you did well; you got the position."</p>

<p>I interviewed in December and my recruiter called the next morning to tell me I did well and that I received the job. It all depends on your recruiter.</p>

<p>As far as being sent the offer letter... it was about 2.5 to 3 weeks until I received it. If the recruiter lady didn't call me that day, I figure she would've waited the 2.5 to 3 weeks to inform me... just before she sent out the offer on paper. So... it might be a good idea to check with your recruiter -- see if you can provide her with any supplements (recommendations, etc) to help secure the job.</p>

<p>As far as the requisition is concerned - don't be fooled. They don't keep those things updated. It's just there so you can apply. It depends on the company and the actual site where you will be working. They might bunch together all their positions (EE, ME, IE, CS) into this one requisition. I wouldn't worry too much about that.</p>

<p>Hi, undefined, if you have chance to see this post. Would you please share information where you get the summer inter opportunity?<br>
I went to LM’s web. The result is no for summer intern.</p>