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Senior Manager, IT Infrastructure Interview (Neutral Experience)
I applied through a recruiter and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at DTE Energy in February 2014.
Interview Details – External recruiter phone screen; internal recruiter phone screen; face to face. The interview was an extremely formal STAR style interview, probably for EEOC purposes. No deviation from the script. The two interviewers were heads-down writing most of the time, without much feedback. I was talking to the tops of their heads, kind of unsettling - I didn't learn a thing about them, the organization or the challenges they face. Question asked, answered, writing furiously. You didn't know if your answers were resonating or if they thought you were insane. It's their process, but not one I am fond of. Give me a whiteboard and a case study and I would outline a solution, ask me about a time when I had too many competing priorities and I can only answer "every hour of every day, for a total of more than 40,000 times over the course of my career"
Interview Question – They asked me not to disclose specific questions, which I will respect. Remember situation-action-result structure for every answer; don't give opinions or expect much discussion. Questions appeared to have been written by committee and were all about projects you worked on - no questions that revealed leadership style/experience, business acumen or people skills despite the fact you are managing an org of 50 people. STAR interviews are fine for younger people, but they don't make much sense for senior level people as they do not give you the chance to discuss your body of work and how it is relevant to the job. I left without them having any idea how I recruit, develop and lead people, if I beat my people or whether I have any financial skills. Too bad, I would have been a perfect fit. View Answer
IT Manager Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied online and the process took 2+ weeks - interviewed at DTE Energy in February 2014.
Interview Details – Good communication through the process
Interview Question – Details on when you handled a disgruntled employee Answer Question
Business Analyst Interview (Negative Experience; Average Interview)
I applied online and the process took 5 weeks - interviewed at DTE Energy in September 2013.
Interview Details – The interview process was convoluted with HR. I was called for an interview, then asked to fill out a lengthy questionnaire application that included work, salary history and salary requirements. Then HR called for a personal interview with a panel of 4 people and a Excel business project.
Interview Question – The interview was a typical behavior based interview with fairly difficult business case analysis focused on residential power outages. Answer Question
Intern Interview (Neutral Experience; Average Interview)
I applied through college or university and the process took 1 week - interviewed at DTE Energy.
Interview Details – Was emailed within 15 minutes of submitting resume and set up interview for the following week. There was a discrepancy between the instructions I was given to get into the building which could have been a disaster but ended up with minimal impact.
Things seemed a little unorganized, departments obviously don't have great communication with each other. There were other random people walking in and out of the interview room the entire time, and another intern was taking notes of the answers which was something not expected and completely threw me off.
The ad I applied to did not have information about the job posting that I would consider to be important. (IE job posting led me to believe it was one thing and I was not really told much about the position until midway through the interview. Had I known what exactly they wanted, I would have played up that part of my background instead of glossing over it entirely.)
The department seemed nice and were willing to work around school obligations which I find to be unusual.
There were basic programming logic questions asked. As well as pertinent job experience.
Interview Question – Did not expect super in depth questions about related work experience because it was originally broadcast as an entry level internship in a broad department. Most questions related to former projects. None of the questions asked broached into the apparent real position being offered and as a result I was lectured on all the things I'd need to learn. (Again, the job ad was for a different sub department, I actually did know quite a bit of the things needed for the actual job but was never given the opportunity to talk about it) Answer Question
Senior Analyst Interview (Positive Experience; Difficult Interview)
The process took a day - interviewed at DTE Energy in September 2009.
Interview Details – I was interviewed by 2 people. The interview consisted of 30 minutes of general fit questions, and then 15 minutes of strategy questions. I didn't do well on the strategy questions. To have done better, I should have done more preparation in consulting type prep work.
I enjoyed the experience. With more prep work, I could have done better, but I think they were looking for an MBA with engineering background, since that's what they all seemed to have.
Interview Question – Would you recommend DTI to change its capital structure, and if so, how? View Answer
Senior Financial Analyst Interview (Neutral Experience; Difficult Interview)
I applied through college or university and the process took a day - interviewed at DTE Energy in October 2011.
Interview Details – I was selected as a part of the On campus interview schedule. There were 2 people who interviewed me. Initial 15 mins were behavioral questions and fit questions. Then there was a case study on whether to accept a proposal to set up a wind farm at a particular location. After that a brief description of what the job entailed and time for questions
Interview Question – Business case study on whether to accept a proposal to set up a wind farm at a particular location Answer Question