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Quality Management Chemist Interview (Positive Experience; Difficult Interview)
I applied through college or university and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Cargill in November 2013.
Interview Details – I first met the interview team at a campus recruiting event. After a few weeks I was invited to Iowa for a plant tour with other candidates from the Midwest. It was a two day event with a plant tour and a dinner for the first night and a two part interview on the second day. It was a very insightful opportunity to learn more about the operations and job function in the corn milling operations.
Intern Interview (Neutral Experience)
I applied through college or university and the process took 1 week - interviewed at Cargill.
Interview Details – Had an on-campus interview. Did not get offered an internship.
Interview Question – What is a pH?
What is the difference between organic and inorganic? Answer Question
Very Easy Interview
Associate Engineer Interview (Neutral Experience; Very Easy Interview)
I applied through college or university and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Cargill.
Interview Details – Had an on campus interview which went very well and was called a week later to have an on site interview. Process was fast and not too bad. Traveling to the site was probably the worst aspect. But asked a lot of personality and behavioral questions.
Interview Question – Just know a lot about the business and you should be fine. Also, know your strengthens and weaknesses and don't be afraid to show your personality. Answer Question
IT Intern Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied through a recruiter and the process took a day - interviewed at Cargill in September 2013.
Interview Details – Interview process was all based on personality and soft skills. Interviewers stated that hard skills can always be taught and emphasized having good soft skills and always continuing to improve.
Interview Question – On a scale of 1 to 5, how interested are you in working with Cargill long term? Answer Question
Accountant Interview (Positive Experience; Easy Interview)
I applied through other source and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Cargill.
Interview Details – Started with 20 min. phone screen then three rounds of panel interviews with two people each. Ranging from Managers of the Business Unit to people in Finance.
Interview Question – Situation based interview questions. Very friendly and easy going really interested to see how I would fit into the position. Answer Question
Quality Management Chemist (Full Time) Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied through college or university - interviewed at Cargill in October 2013.
Interview Details – I met with Cargill at my University's job fair in the fall. I applied in mid/late September. In about 1 week I received an invite for an on-campus interview. After the on-campus interview, I waited about 3 weeks before receiving an email saying there had been so many applicants and that they were still reviewing the applications. About 2 weeks later, I received a phone call with my invitation to interview at the Cedar Rapids plant in Iowa.
They arranged all travel plans accordingly and reimbursed for pretty much everything (baggage fees, food up to $25/day, etc). The interview was a 2 day interview.
Day 1: After checking into my hotel, we gathered in the lobby and hopped on a bus for a plant tour. After the plant tour, we got to do a Q&A with the chemists currently on the job. After the plant tour, we had dinner with some of the management representing nearly all the potential locations that were hiring.
Day 2: Woke up, got dressed in business formal attire, and headed down for lunch. After lunch they spent about 45 minutes going over all of the benefits, compensation, hiring and miscellaneous questions. There were two groups of interviews (one in the morning, and one in the early afternoon). The Day 2 interviews consisted of 2 two-person interviews with management from various locations. All the employees were knowledgable and very nice and easy to talk to.
After the interview, it took less than 1 week to hear back. Overall, it was a very pleasant experience. I was impressed with the time they took to go over the benefits package. Also, they stressed that the interview process was not only for them to find out if we were a good fit for the company, but it was also for us to find out if we think we would enjoy the job, seeing how it was mostly 12-hour rotating shifts on plants open 365 days/year.
Interview Question – They asked a few situational and technical questions.
Toughest technical: Describe photosynthesis.
I know this is an easy question, but I am a senior chemistry major 3 years removed from first-year biology so I got that wrong. Answer Question
Internship Interview (Positive Experience; Difficult Interview)
I applied through college or university and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Cargill.
Interview Details – Recruiters were looking for interns for the summer internship. Selected only 10 students for the intership, while only 3 were selected for the positions. Interview is very behavioral and less technical.
Interview Question – Is there anything else that you want us to know about you? Answer Question
Very Difficult Interview
Sales Representative Interview (Negative Experience; Very Difficult Interview)
I applied through college or university and the process took 1 week - interviewed at Cargill in January 2009.
Interview Details – Very odd interview questions that I felt were much too personal and had nothing to do with the position itself.
Interview Question – All o them were strange. View Answer
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