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You've been selected to interview at Northrop Grumman! It's an exciting, thrilling, and unnerving time. So before you begin the interview process, read through our helpful interviewing tips to learn more about what to expect, what to wear, and what different types of interviews you might encounter. We’ll even give you some sample questions to help you prepare. After all, we want you to be the hire we're looking for!

Here are some interview preparation tips straight from our recruiters...

The Phone Screen
The phone screen is a brief (usually 30 minute) informal interview used to develop the applicant pool. It is an opportunity for you to demonstrate your communication skills and personality, and for us to learn more about you as a candidate. Your goals for the phone screen should be to get the recruiters attention and generate interest so that you leave him/her with a desire to know more about you… or the sense that we HAVE to hire you, that’d work too.

The Interview
Prepare. Prepare. Prepare.

  • Know basic information about the organization. No recruiter will expect you to be an expert, but they will be impressed if you’ve done your homework. Impressing a recruiter is a good thing.
  • Evaluate the job description and identify the qualities of a “successful candidate”, then ask yourself: How do those qualities relate to my capabilities and experience? If you can’t make that link, how do you expect us to?
  • Take the time to know and understand your credentials and overall job objective and goal. We are excited and driven by our mission and want you to be if you join our team.

What to wear. You’d think this would be a no-brainer… but unfortunately it isn’t.

  • Our regular day-to-day dress code at most locations is business casual. If you are hired, that’s generally what you should expect to wear. For an interview, however, you should take it up a notch, to business formal. We want you to be you, but we want the professional version of you. If you are not sure what that means, you schools Career Services or the internet are great resources.


  • Thank you notes. They don’t have to be long or elaborate or hand written; they should be sent timely, spell the interviewer’s name correctly, and remind the interviewer why you should be hired.

For more information, download our How to Land and Prepare for the Interview guide.