I applied online and interviewed at Ecolab.
Interview Details –
The initial phone interview was with a person in the recruiting department. Ecolab likes to understand current compensation levels and requirements up front. The initial face-to-face interview was with the hiring manager. This interview was focused on qualifications and fit. The next rounds of interviews consisted of two 1/2 days in the office speaking with folks on the team and key stakeholders. Each interview was a little different but generally focused on skills and fit. I interviewed with 10 employee total. At this point the interviews were finished but Ecolab also required a comprehensive professional assessment for this job band, which consisted of personality profiling, critical reason/logic/quantitative tests/vocabulary tests, a business case study which consisted of timed written assignments and a live mock interview, and an interview with their 3rd party team (about 12 hours of total time).
The offer process was very long and required additional internal approvals which apparently are not granted with the initial job req. The time between their decision to make an offer and the final reply was about three weeks. Unfortunately, their final reply was to halt the offer process. No explanation was provided and none of my follow up inquiries were responded to. They went from preparing my offer package to going completely silent and unresponsive. I was disappointed in the way handled the conclusion of the process.
All that said, those interviewing with Ecolab should understand that an Ecolab offer is not a guaranteed job. I recommend you balance that fact against other potential job offers and respective decision deadlines that you may have available. I turned down a great offer in anticipation of the Ecolab offer and did not end up with either position.
Interview Question – Ecolab likes to hold all the card for compensation negotiation. I was surprised how much detail they required on current and previous compensation packages. They did not want to be the first to propose salary and bonus numbers. Answer Question
I applied in-person and the process took 2 days - interviewed at Ecolab in November 2013.
Interview Details – Had the first interview after an engineering career fair, was mostly company knowledge questions (why you want to work for boston, why this position, etc.). Was referred to a recruiter in the location I wanted and kept in contact but then they slowly stopped responding regarding that position.
Interview Question – None of the questions were too difficult. Answer Question
I applied online and the process took 4 weeks - interviewed at Ecolab in September 2013.
Interview Details – I did one phone screen and then got interview invite in person at a job fair. The phone screen was behavioral and the personal interview was a little bit more technical but nothing too much. It was more like some financial case and required some understanding about the industry - which I'm not very well prepared. I think better preparation could help you succeed, unlike me.
Interview Question – Walk through P&L of Ecolab. Answer Question
Interviewed at Ecolab
Interview Details – Everyone in the office dressed in business formal. The interview took about 2 hours. I spent one hour with a manager and one hour with his boss. One explained about the company and asked me about my resume, while the other asked me theoretical questions.
Interview Question – Tell us how you make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Answer Question
I applied through college or university and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Ecolab.
Interview Details – recruiting on campus, there were 2 back to back 30 minutes interviews. First one was behavioral, walk me through your resume, tell me of a time when you worked in a team, etc... The second one was a short technical briefing of basic finance and business concepts, explain briefly what is an income statement and how you build one, difference between balance sheet, income statement and cash flows. Then a brief case question involving the performance analysis of 2 products based on some financial information (costs, revenues and some ratios)
Interview Question – The second one was a short technical briefing of basic finance and business concepts, explain briefly what is an income statement and how you build one, difference between balance sheet, income statement and cash flows. Then a brief case question involving the performance analysis of 2 products based on some financial information (costs, revenues and some ratios) Answer Question
I applied through college or university and interviewed at Ecolab.
Interview Details – Took my resume at my college's career fair and was asked to come in for an interview. Interview was about 10 different situational questions.
Interview Question – All situational questions about showing leadership, fixing a problem, working with others, etc. These questions were all very similar so it was hard to give a different answer for each. Answer Question
I applied online and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Ecolab in August 2013.
Interview Details – Applied online and received a call 2 weeks later HR. asked alot of questions about my experience in the industry. Wanted to know how I would handle a stressful situation and what was the most rewarding thing I had ever done. A week later I had a face to face interview with the district and regional manager. Same questions but the job was postponed due to budget cuts.
I applied online and the process took 4 weeks - interviewed at Ecolab in May 2013.
Interview Details – I was contacted for a phone screen via an email from a recruiter's secretary. A phone call would have been more professional. The recruiter was very disorganized, talked randomly and scattered about a variety of topics, and overall came off as being in over her head - as if she had never interviewed anyone before in her life. At the conclusion of the phone screen she said if I didn't hear from her or the hiring manager in a week to set up a first round interview I should follow up with her via email. I did this for 3 WEEKS in a row. She responded each time that the hiring manager was traveling and it would be another week. One time she responded to my email by calling me by someone else's name, so obviously others were following up with her as well. After the 4th email she didn't respond and I gave up. Overall my experience with Ecolab was negative, the recruiter was unprofessional, and disrespectful. It takes 5 seconds to respond to an email, btw. NO ONE is so important that they should think that they don't have a responsibility to respond to correspondence. She also needs to be better prepared for conducting phone screens.
Interview Question – nothing Answer Question
I applied through other source and the process took 3 months - interviewed at Ecolab.
Interview Details –
Be Clean Sharp attentive, Expect to do a ride along! Try to do what the trainer shows you without being ask. Learn the 5 factors of clean,
3 Wash Action
5 Proper Procedures!
Have fun! If its something you're interested in ask questions, understand the word titration!
Have a Plan execute the Plan.
Interview Question – Know electricity Safety, Lock out Tag out! Always wear a Tie and white shirt, this may change after you're hired! View Answer
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