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Interviews at SMA

24 Interview Reviews

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  1.  

    Associate Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a staffing agency. I interviewed at SMA.

    Interview

    A staffing agency was handling the process. I was interviewed by 2 Account Executives who both had a need. They were both looking for slightly different skills, so it was a little difficult to answer questions and cover all my bases.

    Interview Questions

    • I don't recall a very difficult or unexpected question. They were pretty standard but it became more of a dialogue where it was more conversational than a one-sided interview.   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    I didn't negotiate because the offer was far higher than I expected.

    SMA Response

    29 Mar 2017

    Thank you for taking the time to write a review and for the kind words. Sounds like you are a highly desired individual. I hope the conversational intervirew made the process a little less stressful... More


  2.  

    Associate Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Newport Beach, CA (US)
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through a staffing agency. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at SMA (Newport Beach, CA (US)) in July 2008.

    Interview

    normal but difficult

    Interview Questions

    • Give me 10 things you do to assess a companies engineering capability.   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    no negotiation

    SMA Response

    29 Mar 2017

    Thank you for taking the time to write a review. Sorry for the tough interview, but that is one way of keeping our hiring expectations very high, ultimately making our clients very happy. Welcome... More

  3.  

    Associate Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA (US)
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied in-person. The process took 4+ months. I interviewed at SMA (Irvine, CA (US)) in October 2011.

    Interview

    I contacted the company and talked with a manager. They sent me some paperwork to complete and submit. After they reviewed it the scheduled an on site meeting in Irvine, CA. Prior to the meeting, I had a phone screen interview and several conversations with personnel.

    Interview Questions

    • describe some previous project worked   1 Answer

    SMA Response

    29 Mar 2017

    Thank you for taking the time to write a review. Four months is a long time. This got us thinking about our overall hiring process. I think you will be glad to know that we have tightened up the... More


  4. Helpful (1)  

    Associate Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC (US)
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at SMA (Washington, DC (US)) in February 2017.

    Interview

    The hiring and interview process was very well organized, and quickly and efficiently conducted. The interviewers were highly experienced and that supported discussions covering general topics to complex, detail tactics, techniques and procedures. The recruiting manager was responsive to my inquiries, and move things along at a rapid pace, which saved a lot of time. Well done!

    Interview Questions

    • What experience did I have with Price-to-Win Methodology?   Answer Question

    SMA Response

    29 Mar 2017

    Thank you for taking the time to write a review and for the kind words. It sounds like the process met your expectations. Welcome aboard! - Alan Dugger, Recruiting Manager


  5.  

    Strategist Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA (US)
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at SMA (Irvine, CA (US)) in May 2017.

    Interview

    For every hundred people they interview they hire one. On-site interview with panel of employees. They ask a series of questions that pertain to process and methodologies. Overall, it was a professional experience.

    Interview Questions


  6.  

    Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. I interviewed at SMA in October 2016.

    Interview

    1 phone interview with the recruiter, 2 phone interviews with two different project managers, and then 1 in person interview. The interview was a series of questions about my experience, some questions about where i see myself and growth opportunities, and then they discussed the position and some of the work I would be doing.

    Interview Questions

    SMA Response

    30 Jan 2017 – CEO and President

    Thanks for completing a review. Please let us know of any suggestions you might have on how we can improve our interview process.

    Ajay Patel
    CEO and President


  7.  

    Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Declined Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied in-person. The process took 6+ months. I interviewed at SMA.

    Interview

    This company does not have their budget together and while they make promises, even after they make offers they retract them due to funding issues. They strung me along for 6 months after making an offer by pushing back my start date and then retracted it. Be wary.

    Interview Questions

    • How would you assist a client in researching X issue.   1 Answer

    SMA Response

    29 Mar 2017

    Thank you for taking the time to write a review and our sincerest apologies that our interaction ended this way. We took this unfortunate situation to heart and have implemented more checks and... More

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    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA (US)
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took a week. I interviewed at SMA (Irvine, CA (US)) in January 2016.

    Interview

    First was the phone interview with recruitment manager.After couple of days they asked me to come for personal technical Interview. Follow up interview with manager who explained me about the project and my role and responsibility in the project.

    Interview Questions

    SMA Response

    29 Mar 2017

    Thank you for taking the time to write a review and for the kind words. Sounds like a quick and painless process. Welcome aboard! - Alan Dugger, Recruiting Manager


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    Senior Proposal Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA (US)
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at SMA (Irvine, CA (US)) in January 2019.

    Interview

    Short but very thorough. I spoke with two VP-level personnel who each had questions and advice. The questions were extensive, and so was the advice. I found the process challenging and informative.

    Interview Questions

    • What was your toughest proposal? How did you develop it? What process steps helped you, and what processes did you modify after the fact?   1 Answer

  10. Helpful (1)  

    Senior Proposal Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX (US)
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at SMA (Dallas, TX (US)) in November 2016.

    Interview

    Very efficient and very professional. The SMA recruiter was helpful every step of the way in both providing contact information and next steps and insight into the process both for the interview and post acceptance. Each person I spoke with was extremely professional and I knew I would enjoy the possibility of working for or with them on an assignment. The process did not take that long and the last interviewer indicated he would recommend they bring me on board.

    Interview Questions

    • Why did I want to work proposals given some of the more senior roles I have played in my career?   1 Answer

    SMA Response

    30 Jan 2017 – CEO and President

    Thank you for taking the time to prepare a review. It's important to us so we can improve.
    Ajay Patel
    CEO & President


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