The company doesn't expect you to know everything about your job position when they hire you, but they expect you to be able to learn on the job fast. Highlight any time you had to learn outside of a classroom.
Lockheed uses the STAR interview format which stands for Situation, Task, Action, and Results. An interviewer needs to be ready to showcase any work experience or school projects using the STAR format. More importantly, ensure to demonstrate that you are an excellent team player. From my experience, you are not only working with Electronics Engineers only but with multiple backgrounds from business developers, project managers, program managers, software engineers, and list goes on!
Make sure your technical background aligns with what they do. You can research and business unit and identify parallels. Technical background is the primary thing they want to see. Show passion in your accomplishments and expertise as well. Being nervous will undermine your experience.
Former College Student Tech Specialist at Lockheed Martin
about 3 years ago
Lockheed interviews tend not to be super technical in nature. Provided you’ve worked hard and set yourself apart as a student, you can be pretty confident going into an interview. One thing to be prepared for is to interview with a variety of different managers. Generally Lockheed will have you meet a few managers that all do different things, and then you get to pick which one you like most out of the ones that offer you positions. So some idea of what you’re interested in is good.
Remember that the person interviewing you is a person; so be personable. Let your professional personality show. Be prepared to talk about any team based projects you have worked on; areas in your life where you have shown leadership; and highlight any computer skills you may have. I worked in Excel everyday of my internship. If you have skills in Excel make sure to highlight them.
Current Mechanical Engineering Design Intern / Space Systems at Lockheed Martin
about 3 years ago
Research about what they do so you can ask meaningful questions. If you are a mechanical engineer, know about GD&T and Creo. Be able to answer questions about yourself. I was asked a couple of questions about 3D printing but nothing too technical. Being comfortable and conversational is key.
Lockheed Martin is known as a good place to start a career. Be prepared to talk about the other activities outside of course work: industry organizations such as STEM, how you were involved and bring up any competitions you were part of. Also bring up any volunteer activities you were a part of. The fact that you have an interview means your academic performance meets their requirements. The other activities will show you have much more to offer.
The few Lockheed Martin interviews I've had have all been oriented around my resume. Some aerospace companies ask technical questions but in my experience, Lockheed Martin is just interested in what you have on your resume. Therefore, it is imperative to fully understand your resume and to be prepared to speak about your academics, campus involvement, and work experience. It is also important to be able to apply your resume's content to the aerospace industry. They want to see that you are genuinely excited to work in the aerospace industry and that your experiences are applicable to working at Lockheed Martin.
Biggest tip: Get an internal connection at Lockheed Martin. Every intern that I worked with had some sort of connection to Lockheed Martin. That includes knowing someone who works at LM, LM being a significant recruiter at their school, and previously interning at another LM site.