Dow Chemical Interview Questions in Houston, TX

Updated Sep 11, 2014
Updated Sep 11, 2014
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    Ph D Chemistry Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Houston, TX
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Houston, TX
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university – interviewed at Dow Chemical in August 2014.

    Interview Details

    I submitted my resume, cover letter & research description through my University career center. I heard that I got an interview within a few days of the close of the application process. The interview was about 1 week later. Prior to my interview they contacted one of my references for a letter of rec. The interview was with current PhD scientists at Dow, not HR people. I haven't heard back from them since the interview, which I'm assuming means I didn't get an offer.

    Interview Questions
    • Why do you want to work in industry? Can you tell me about a time you initiated a collaboration?   View Answer
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
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    Process Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Houston, TX
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Houston, TX
    Application Details

    I applied online – interviewed at Dow Chemical in July 2014.

    Interview Details

    I filled out an online requisition / application on Dow's website. (I happen to like Dow's job board and application process, by the way; it is quite slick and works very well.) I had to take a technical aptitude test during the application process, which I enjoyed. A couple days later I received an email saying Dow wanted to set up a phone interview with me. I responded to the email and set up a time, which was about a week later. When the interviewer contacted me, she was very nice, but she wasn't the hiring manager, therefore the answers I gave her were being recorded both by phone and by her typing my answers. She had canned questions. She was feeling me out and testing, mainly, my soft skills. She asked about ten questions, of which about half could have been answered by looking at my resume. The interview took about 30 minutes. After it was after, she thanked me and told me I could check the status of my application online, and I could also call an 800 number and inquire, but only after a period of about two weeks.

    Interview Questions
    • Canned questions regarding the time I "handled a challenging situation on the job", and "what one thing makes me stand out against my peers". None of the questions are necessarily difficult, but these are the kind of questions that are difficult to answer because it's hard to know *exactly* what any given employer is looking for.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    EHS Specialist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Houston, TX
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Houston, TX
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3+ monthsinterviewed at Dow Chemical in February 2014.

    Interview Details

    Process took about three months. Started with a phone screening that lasted about 20 minutes. About 2 months later I had a face-to-face interview with the Environmental staff (5 staff members) which lasted about an hour.
    Most of the questions where related to my past work related to Title V permitting and Federal Regs mixed with a few behavioral questions.

    Interview Questions
    • Describe a situation were you and to solve a complex problem while working together with a team.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Turnaround Maintenance Scheduler Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Freeport, TX
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Freeport, TX
    Application Details

    I applied online – interviewed at Dow Chemical in December 2013.

    Interview Details

    two part phone interview with the HR staff that ask typical question abut job opportunities and that person do not have any seance with the question just ask question with out any comment or detail so i pass the two or three question because i can not understand the question then face to face interview

    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
  6.  

    Performance Material R&D Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Freeport, TX
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Freeport, TX
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 5 weeksinterviewed at Dow Chemical in October 2013.

    Interview Details

    I was first invited to the on-campus, one-on-one, interview. The interviewer was very friendly, general behavioral questions were asked. Three weeks later, I was invited to an on-site visit at Freeport Texas. They paid for all the expenses including travel, lodging, and meals. I arrived hotel on Thursday night. I had breakfast with my host at the hotel. I made a presentation about selected topics from my PhD thesis in the morning, followed by interviews with individual Dow fellows, managers. During the presentation, I got interrupted for a lot of questions so I was not able to finish the presentation, but the interaction between us seemed fine. I had lunch with a young employee who shared a lot of experiences working in Dow with me. In the afternoon, I was interviewed by three other Dow fellows. Conversations were very friendly, some discussion about technical objectives and career in Dow.

    Interview Questions
    • What do you think you can make a Patent out of your previous work?   View Answer
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Research Scientist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Freeport, TX
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Freeport, TX
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 4 weeksinterviewed at Dow Chemical in October 2013.

    Interview Details

    Dow came to my university and held approx. 40 minute 1:1 interviews, which consisted first of a brief presentation of my research. I found my interviewer to be friendly and not especially probing on this first interview. He mostly had questions about my research, then gave me the gist of an information session I had missed the day before. He followed up a few days later by phone. A second phone conversation came a week later with another recruiter. Again, he wasn't that probing and gave more information about the company and worked with me on where within Dow I would be a good fit.
    Two weeks later, I flew out for the on-site interview. After breakfast at the hotel with my host, I went over to the lab at core R&D and gave a presentation of my research, which was well received. The rest of the visit consisted of a lab and facilities tour, lunch and several 1:1 interviews with employees at various levels, as well as the manager. These mostly went very well with a couple of exceptions. The interview with the program director made me the most nervous. I caught myself elaborating too much. I left with a good feeling overall but an offer never came and my email inquiries were not returned.
    In truth, it was my first ever on-site interview and initially I was mostly along for the ride as I wasn't in any immediate need for a job. About halfway through, I got more serious about working there but I guess the first impression I gave wasn't strong.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  8.  

    I&E Co-Op Interview Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Freeport, TX
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Freeport, TX
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 5 daysinterviewed at Dow Chemical in July 2013.

    Interview Details

    I received a phone call after having applied for several electrical and I&E jobs, Which due to my lack of Experience I did not obtain however since this is a co-op or internship they finally called me in for a 7 person panel interview. I was asked several instrumentation questions however due to the Dow strict control guidelines I can not specify which they are. I was also asked about 15- to 20 personality questions and about 20 technical questions. They took turns asking me different things.

    Interview Questions
    • Tell me about a time when you noticed someone doing something wrong. What did you do and how did that person take it or handle it?   View Answer
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  9.  

    Rotational Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Houston, TX
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Houston, TX
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2 daysinterviewed at Dow Chemical in March 2013.

    Interview Details

    Interviewers asked pertinent questions related to the field of accounting.Very comfortable, friendly and low-key. There were no brain teaser or behavioral questions. The interview was actually enjoyable. It is sometimes difficult to relax prior to an interview, but this was not a high-pressure situation at all. I was immediately put at ease by the interviewer's relaxed and friendly attitude. I have experienced other interviews where the questions are so off the wall that I struggled to come up with an answer, such as, "If you were to live your life by a specific phrase or motto, which one would it be?" Dow's interview process is not filled with this type of fluff, which is wonderful.

    Interview Questions
    • The only question that caused me pause was one regarding my long-term goals. I am getting ready to graduate and had been concentrating on my immediate goals, so it took me a minute to think about that.   View Answer
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
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    R&D Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Lake Jackson, TX
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Lake Jackson, TX
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 6 weeksinterviewed at Dow Chemical.

    Interview Details

    The interview process started with an on-campus screening type of interview, asking mostly behavioral questions.
    About 4 weeks later I was notified to set up an on-site interview in Lake Jackson, TX. Flight arrangements were made to and from Houston, TX and Lake Jackson is about an hour drive south of the city.
    The first night was a dinner with three employees, all senior technical.
    The interview process starts the next morning with a research seminar, complete with Q&A session, then followed by 4 more interviews throughout the rest of the day.

    Interview Questions
    • They were all pretty common questions; where do you see yourself in five years? what else would you like to know about the company? what is your biggest research accomplishment?   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Research Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Freeport, TX
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Freeport, TX
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took a dayinterviewed at Dow Chemical in November 2012.

    Interview Details

    This is an on-site interview for a PhD level research Engineer in Hydrocarbon R&D group. I got this opportunity from an employee referral. The process started with a 45-60 min long presentation on my own graduate research, followed by 6-7 1:1 interviews with the research scientists/engineers. It also included a dinner the night before, a lunch during the interview, a lab tour and an HR wrap-up. The whole process was from 8AM to 3:30PM.

    Interview Questions
    • Most of the questions are typical behavior questions that can be found on the internet. The interviewers asked a lot about my ability to work in a team-working and my research interests beyond my own field.   View Answer
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

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