National Instruments telephone interview for ELP programme

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Hi there,

I have a telephone interview with National Instruments for the Engineering Leadership Programme and I was wondering whether anyone has any experience of this and could give me any advice?
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Hi there,

I had a telephone interview at National Instruments for the ELP(placement) back in October. I don't fully remember how was it like but I thought it went pretty good but I didn't get to the next step. She will start off with your CV asking questions about your modules and which module do you like and which module you don't. I remember her asking questions about my workshop experiance at university and she started asking me about, "Boundary Layers", you might not know if you're doing computer science. I do engineering. She then move forward to your voluntary work and work experience.
She then asked me what I knew about National Instruments and their products and why I wanted to work there. There were no curve ball questions, pretty straightforward.
I met the lady who was going to telephone interview me one day before my phone interview at my careers fair, I was shocked and made good talks with her and thought it would help me but no it didnt which I felt pretty bad to be honest.

The interview lasted 30-40 minutes and I got the rejection the same day. LOL.

All the best mate,

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Hi there,

I had a telephone interview at National Instruments for the ELP(placement) back in October. I don't fully remember how was it like but I thought it went pretty good but I didn't get to the next step. She will start off with your CV asking questions about your modules and which module do you like and which module you don't. I remember her asking questions about my workshop experiance at university and she started asking me about, "Boundary Layers", you might not know if you're doing computer science. I do engineering. She then move forward to your voluntary work and work experience.
She then asked me what I knew about National Instruments and their products and why I wanted to work there. There were no curve ball questions, pretty straightforward.
I met the lady who was going to telephone interview me one day before my phone interview at my careers fair, I was shocked and made good talks with her and thought it would help me but no it didnt which I felt pretty bad to be honest.

The interview lasted 30-40 minutes and I got the rejection the same day. LOL.

All the best mate,

Armaan



Thank you! Very detailed reply I am not expecting to get through to be honest...
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Don't worry you never know. Which course do you do and what university though? Have you got any more interviews coming up?
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Don't worry you never know. Which course do you do and what university though? Have you got any more interviews coming up?
I do mechanical eng at Leeds. I haven't got any coming up, no. I didn't start applying until the end of December. How about you? What do you do and where?
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I have an interview tomorrow with National Instruments for an ELP internship as well. I'm very nervous. Have you had your interview yet? If you have, what sort of questions did they ask?

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I have an interview tomorrow with National Instruments for an ELP internship as well. I'm very nervous. Have you had your interview yet? If you have, what sort of questions did they ask?

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Hey, as Armaan mentioned above they pretty much went through my CV. First off they asked why I chose my university, what my favourite and least favourite module is and why, and then they went through my CV asking me to tell them more about random parts of it. I guess maybe just be prepared to talk about every bit of your CV cos they pin pointed really random bits of mine that I didn't think were relevant at all. They don't ask about everything in your CV though, just bits they find interesting, perhaps?! And then they ask what you know about NI, as mentioned above, and whether you have any questions. The guy was really friendly and I think they just want to get to know you. It is a really pleasant interview so don't worry, you'll be fine! Good luck
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Hey, thank you for the quick response. Thanks to you, I now have a better idea of what to expect. Cheers
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Hi, I had my telephone interview today. It went well, I'm trough to the next stage which is the online test. Not trying to compare myself here but have you heard back from them? If you have done the online test, how was it?
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Didn't make it through the online test
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What were the questions like on the technical test? Im studying mech engineering, so Im a little bit scared of how detailed the technical side is
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What were the questions like on the technical test? Im studying mech engineering, so Im a little bit scared of how detailed the technical side is
The hardest technical test I've done for any company; It drew on very specific knowledge, which I think is a bit of a stupid tactic for applicant screening.

It's not as bad as it sounds though. Basically they take on candidates from all technical backgrounds, from physics, to chemical engineering, computer science, mechanical engineering and maths. They have one huge pool of questions that cover all of those areas, and when you start the test it pulls 50 (or however many) at random. There will be a load of questions that you wont be able to answer, or that you don't even understand, and you can just leave them or make your best guess. There will be a few questions relevant to your degree though, probably on a relatively basic level, but it'll draw from your core knowledge. As long as you can answer those questions, then you'll be fine.

I'm from a physics background, and probably answer 5 or 6 questions in (relative) confidence, with a few computer science based ones from some distant corner of my brain that did A level IT. I got through though, and was invited to an assessment centre.
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