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Dow Chemical Engineering Co-Op Interview Questions & Reviews

Updated Nov 7, 2013
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I applied through college or university and the process took a day - interviewed at Dow Chemical.

Interview Details – Dow asks the typical behavioral questions expected. One of the interviewers was really nice, but the other seemed really awkward and uninterested.

Interview Question – Describe a time when you initially failed at a project or task and whats steps you took to correct your mistakes   Answer Question

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Engineering Co-Op
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I applied through college or university and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Dow Chemical in October 2013.

Interview Details – So I spoke to them at our on-campus career fair, applied through my career center, and also applied on their website (which you are required to do in order to be considered).
I was chosen for an interview and there were two interviewers. Both who I had already seen at the info session the night before. They started off by introducing themselves, what their positions were at Dow and then they asked me the "tell me about yourself" question. After that, they go straight into the behavioral questions and they asked me either 4 or 5 behavioral questions in a 30 min interview. Some of the questions included (may not be completely accurate because this is off the top of my head):

-Describe a time when you promised more than you could achieve on a project and how you handled the shortcoming.

-Describe a time when you had to work with people from different backgrounds in order to complete a project.

-Describe a time when you didn't know the answer to something and how you sought about resolving it.

Can't remember if there was a fifth one, but after that they asked you if you had any questions to top off the interview.

Interview Question – -Describe a time when you promised more than you could achieve on a project and how you handled the shortcoming.   View Answer

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Engineering Co-Op
Midland, MI

Interviewed at Dow Chemical

Interview Details – Interview Questions were fair and the interviewer was very nice. Be comfortable moving around in the company, networking and making sure safety is your #1 priority while you are doing work

Interview Question – Questions were very typical personality and situationally based questions   Answer Question

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Engineering Co-Op

I applied through other source and the process took 1 week - interviewed at Dow Chemical.

Interview Details – I went to a National Conference. HR scheduler put me with the person that could give the most information for my major. I received the coop.

Interview Question – Why do you want to work with Dow?   Answer Question

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Engineering Co-Op
Pearland, TX

I applied online and the process took 2 days - interviewed at Dow Chemical in March 2011.

Interview Details – The interview process began with an application online. Received a phone call from a lady in HR and was asked standard behavioral questions such as describe a time when you had to face a difficult situation, how did you handle it and what were the results. This was followed by some general questions such as why Dow, team leadership qualities etc...I was told that I would be contacted in a month, it has almost been a month, sent some inquiry emails and have not heard from them yet.

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  • Describe a time you had a difficult situation, how did you handle it and what were the results   Answer Question
  • Tell me about a time when you had a conflict with a team member   Answer Question

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Engineering Co-Op

I applied through a recruiter and the process took 3 days - interviewed at Dow Chemical.

Interview Details – At school interview. 45 minute all behaviorial questioning, nothing technical. Met with 2 dow employees, they were very nice. One talked and one wrote comments down. Most relaxed interview I have ever had, great experience. First question was "Why do you want to work at dow". Got an offer email 2 days after.

Interview Question – A situation where I had to take lead of others, and the outcome that resulted.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – Did not negotiate, as an Intern I didn't feel like I was in the position to push it.

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Engineering Co-Op

I applied through college or university and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Dow Chemical in October 2011.

Interview Details – From the start, Dow Chemical was very professional. It felt like a longshot to get hired, but I figured I'd seek them out at the career fair anyway and try my best. The recruiters knew a lot about the company and had answers to all my questions about promotion, atmosphere, and tuition assistance. My GPA was on the lower end, but they didn't seem to mind and were more interested in my experiences and my personality.

Got a call a week later asking to set up an on-campus interview. The interviewer was the same man I spoke to at the career fair. He was very intelligent, young, and enthusiastic about Dow Chem. Made it seem like a great place to work.

The interview itself was very regimented. The interviewer/recruiter had a packet, and on each page was a question and space for note taking. That part went very smoothly. There was also time for us to talk about my classes, how school was going, and about Dow as well. He answered all of my additional questions and clearly knew a lot about the company and had positive things to say about what it is like being an employee.

I was told that they would get back to me within two weeks. Didn't hear anything at the end of two, so I sent an inquiry email. A week later I got a generic email response saying they were finishing up the selection process and would have a decision by the next week. So, four weeks after the interview, I got a phone call with a job offer, followed by an email with the official offer.

Advice: Be personable. It seems that they value employees that will fit in and will work well in a team. They didn't care too much about my one poor grade and focused more on what I liked to do, and what experiences had prepared me for a co-op position.

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Negotiation Details – I didn't feel the need to negotiate, since the co-op compensation is quite generous, and it seemed to be already set up for the program. However, were I being hired for a permanent position later in my career, I would see no problem negotiating pay or benefits.

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