ClearanceJobs recently sat down with Carolyn Verastigue, a senior principal talent acquisition partner. With over 10 years of talent acquisition experience, Carolyn shared with us about ways to stand out to recruiters and the value that Northrop Grumman has to offer to its employees.  

The Best Applicants Stand Out to Northrop Grumman

Carolyn shared that when talking to candidates on a daily basis, the applicants that stand out are the ones who have the passion for the meaningful work that we do here. With mission critical work at Northrop Grumman, a candidate with aligning goals will shine in their responses about what they do know, as well as, in their eagerness to learn every aspect of the organization’s programs. Northrop Grumman helps protect the warfighter and that truly resonates with people who value our nation’s security. But Northrop Grumman is also on the lookout for applicants with diversity of thought. Individuals that come from different backgrounds offering their own unique perspectives and creative innovative thinking are critical because when we combine these talented individuals with the current staff, we enhance inclusivity throughout the company.

Advice for Northrop Grumman Applicants

While it’s hard to narrow down advice for candidates considering career opportunities at Northrop Grumman, Carolyn recommends that candidates use their vast networking capabilities through social media. With hiring managers active on social networks, it’s important to build that network and channel so you have an expanded touch with those hiring managers. Additionally, national chapters and groups can open up relationships. And be sure that your targeted requisitions align with your specific experience and background. When applying to roles, it is imperative that you can honestly answer “yes” to all of the basic qualification questions asked on the requisition application portal because this immediately notifies recruiters that a viable candidate has applied and puts you one step closer to hiring manager review. At Northrop Grumman, candidates at every career opportunity need to understand that this is an organization where your voice will be in high demand. Hiring managers want to hear your input and recognize that your development is seen as a greater benefit for the overall enterprise.

Diversity and Inclusion at Northrop Grumman

Carolyn emphasized that diversity and inclusion play a pivotal role at Northrop Grumman, explaining that their value is demonstrated in the conversations that take place on a weekly if not daily basis. The active open dialogue is framed in a way of, “how can we help create and maintain an inclusive environment for every single individual?” Northrop Grumman has the awareness that the company’s environment is a direct reflection of the culture, and it’s imperative to achieve outcomes that service the business and community. Practically speaking, these values play out through examples like Employee Resource Groups. Northrop Grumman has over 200 groups that promote bringing people together from different backgrounds in order to empower a diverse culture throughout the company and allow for networking, professional development, and community outreach. When it comes to hiring in keeping with the organization’s values, Northrop Grumman has specific growth targets. Talent acquisition sustains this growth by providing a diverse hiring pool of candidates and making sure workgroups are inclusive in order to leverage an array of brainpower. The environment is such that all spectrums of diversity are expected to be met. Employees come to work and contribute with different backgrounds and feel empowered in a work environment where everyone’s opinions are welcomed.

Female CEO at the Helm at Northrop Grumman

CEO Kathy Warden leads Northrop Grumman, and the fact that the organization has such a strong, diverse leadership team is a direct reflection of the company’s population.  The leadership recognizes that there is always room for improvement as they focus on how to move forward. Northrop Grumman provides an environment that creates allies and support systems for one another. Information, knowledge, and experience are wide open for discussion, as Northrop Grumman recognizes the benefit of diversity of thought. Embracing an inclusive environment is the key to Northrop Grumman’s success, and promoting innovation and creativity ensures organization goals are met.

Getting Hired at Northrop Grumman

Northrop Grumman solves the toughest problems in space, aeronautics, defense and cyberspace to meet the ever-evolving needs of our customers worldwide. Their 90,000 employees define possible every day using science, technology and engineering to create and deliver advanced systems, products and services.


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Jillian Hamilton has worked in a variety of Program Management roles for multiple Federal Government contractors. She has helped manage projects in training and IT. She received her Bachelors degree in Business with an emphasis in Marketing from Penn State University and her MBA from the University of Phoenix.