Mechanical/Aerospace Engineer Pathways Fellowship at National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
over 2 years ago
When preparing for a Pathways interview, or any interview in general, I have found the following things to be extremely helpful.
Review the job description thoroughly. It is important to know as much about what the job entails, so that you can relate you answer specifically to the requirements of the job.
Perform thorough research on the company or NASA site you are interviewing for. It is important to briefly know the history of the organization, but more important to know the companies current endeavors. For example, when I interviewed for the Pathways position, I made sure to look into the specific research being performed in the branch specified by the Pathways position.
Know your strengths and weaknesses and have examples ready (engineering specific for the position I applied for). One of the questions that caught me off guard during the interview was providing a story in which I accepted a weakness of mine and overcame it through some measure. It's not that I did not have an example, but rather have one in mid and prepared before the interview. This will allow you to clearly tell the story and elaborate on details if asked.
Do not forget about your extracurricular activities, both academic and social. One of the largest advantages I had over other interviewees was organization memberships and external to class and the industry experience. This includes academic clubs, in which you express you desire to continue you education on campus. I was a member and held multiple executive positions for our Habitat for Humanity club on campus and the interviewer greatly appreciated both my involvement and leadership experience through Habitat.