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Vehicle Engineering - Entry Level Interview

Vehicle Engineering - Entry Level

Interviewed at General Motors

Interview Details – My situation was unique because I work for a senior design team at my university for a competition sponsored by GM. Without even applying for a job I received an email when they visited my campus requesting an interview. I interviewed with one hiring manager for about 30 minutes to an hour. Three main questions were asked and they were all behavioral.

Interview Question – Explain a time when you exceeded your own expectations, what the outcome was, what you learned from the experience, and how you plan to apply what you learned in the future.   Answer Question

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Software Developer Intern Interview

Software Developer Intern
Austin, TX

I applied in-person and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at General Motors in September 2013.

Interview Details – He mostly asked me behavioral questions. He went through a list and asked me what stuff I wanted to work, front-end or back end as well as questions about projects. He also asked me about my hardest project and to tell him about a time I overcame a challenge or had to reject something.

Interview Question – The most difficult question was to tell him about a time I could not accomplish something and had to scrap it.   Answer Question

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Design Release Engineer Interview

Design Release Engineer

I applied online and the process took 6 days - interviewed at General Motors.

Interview Details – Applied online and received a call from HR the following day. Basic questions to determine eligibility, preferred salary, when I could start, etc. Was told my resume would be passed along and I would hear about an interview by the end of the week. Ended up getting a canned email saying they decided I wasn't the right fit.

Interview Question – Only talked to HR so there was nothing difficult or unexpected.   Answer Question

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Customer Issue Technical Operations Engineer Interview

Customer Issue Technical Operations Engineer
Detroit, MI

I applied through a recruiter and the process took 4 weeks - interviewed at General Motors in September 2013.

Interview Details – After applying for jobs with GM and getting rejected, I was contacted by a recruiter in MA who thought I would be a good fit for the position for which I eventually interviewed. The job is located in Detroit and would have required me to relocate, which is something I am willing to do. After I agreed to that, he mentioned how moving expenses would be fully covered. This was on a Thursday.

The following Monday, I was offered an interview and it was scheduled for that Friday. GM uses a system called HireVue which allowed me to be interviewed remotely. The hiring manager and another manager interviewed me using the STAR method; a behavioral and situational interview technique.
After the questions, the manager emailed to me some SQL and asked me to write SQL on how to join tables.
Then I was given a complex query to review and asked what information would it show. (knowing nothing about their schema, but only about what I would be supporting, I was able to discern what the query results would show). The interview process took about 1.5 hours.

Overall, the manager was impressed with my resume, skills and experience, but after almost four long weeks of not hearing anything back, I receive an email stating that I was not longer being considered for the position. During that time, the recruiter was not able to provide to me any information regarding the status of the manager's decision.

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Quality Engineer Interview

Quality Engineer
Warren, MI

I applied online and the process took 4 months - interviewed at General Motors in March 2013.

Interview Details – Interview was done on LOMINGER format by two interviewers. Both the interviewers were related to the post where the candidate will be hired. Very typical behavioral question, but at times it seemed they were rather uninterested.

Interview Question – Tell me about a time when you knew ahead of time you were on the wrong side of the politics of a situation.   View Answer

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Purchasing/Supply Chain Intern Interview

Purchasing/Supply Chain Intern

I applied through a recruiter and interviewed at General Motors.

Interview Details – Approached them for the first time at a national career fair. Although my background is in a different field, I got an interview the same day. They prepared me for the questions ahead of time. A friend approached the same booth for a different position, and was interviewed that day by OnStar. The three questions related to: learning something quickly, problem solving ability, and leadership.

Interview Question – The questions were typical behavioral questions.   Answer Question

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Associate Designer Interview

Associate Designer
Pontiac, MI

I applied online and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at General Motors in August 2013.

Interview Details – Applied online to the job posting. One week later I received a call with basic questions regarding availability, citizenship status and other similar questions. A week after that I received another call to schedule the interview. It was a two-part behavioral interview with two different managers for each part. A small test was performed to check my understanding of some of the basic functions of the position: GD&T tests with conflicting tolerances (trick question, but very simple).

It was my first interview. I think my answers were relatively good (maybe missing the WOW! factor). It was my first time using the STAR system used by many employers today for the interview process. It could have gone better.

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Entry Level Mech Engineer Interview

Entry Level Mech Engineer

I applied through college or university and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at General Motors in September 2013.

Interview Details – I approached them at a career fair and remembered most of them from last year's career fair. They instantly scheduled a first round interview for the next day. After doing well on that, they scheduled interviews for specific positions the following week. It wasn't technical at all and they were nice.

Interview Question – The questions weren't hard and were pretty standard.

How did you resolve a conflict you had with someone?
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IT Intern Interview

IT Intern
Ann Arbor, MI

I applied through college or university and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at General Motors in September 2013.

Interview Details – The process was through a career fair and onsite interview.

Interview Question – Name a time when you had a problem that you couldn't figure out and how you dealt with it.   Answer Question

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IT Position Interview

IT Position
Detroit, MI

I applied online and interviewed at General Motors.

Interview Details – When contacted for an in-person interview, I was initially asked by the HR representative (from the initial screening company that GM uses) which interview slot would be best/most convenient for me. I answered that either early in the morning or late in the afternoon would be best since I am currently employed and would need to take time off for the interview. Oddly, despite my preferences, I ended up scheduled for a timeslot in the middle of the day where I had to take off a full day off work to attend the interview.

I was also told by the same HR rep to expect a 2-part, face-to-face interview where I would be interviewed by one manager for the first period and then interviewed by another manager for the second period. After initially checking in to the lobby reception area at GM headquarters in Detroit, approximately 20-30 minutes later I was taken upstairs with a number of other individuals also present for an interview. We were placed in a room and shown a short, promotional video about GM and the new Corvette. After the video, each person was pulled from the room, one-by-one, to go to an interview room with their first interviewer. I was the last one remaining in the room, and approximately 25-30 minutes later, I was led into a room with 2 interviewers. The interview was MUCH different from what I was led to believe from the HR rep I had spoken with by telephone. The interviewers barely made any eye contact with me the entire time and furiously typed on their laptops throughout the whole interview. It was the coldest, most impersonal interview I have ever been on, and the only interview I've ever had where I did not receive an immediate offer at the end of the interview.

I honestly do not know if the interviewers were typing my responses to the questions or online messaging one another, but the interview style was very impersonal. There were no questions about why I was interested in working for the company or why I was interested in that particular position, and when I tried to enter that information into the conversation, I was immediately cut-off. I'm very intuitive, and their behavior and obvious lack of interest gave me the distinct impression that they had already selected (perhaps informally) a candidate for the position and were simply going through the motions (with as little connection, interest, and eye contact as possible) to meet a required quota of interviewing x number of candidates before a formal selection could be made.

The whole experience was very discouraging and very disturbing as I had successfully worked for a subsidiary of the company many years ago and had very positive experiences with all the GM personnel I worked with and all the GM projects I had worked on. If this interview was a representation of the "new GM," I don't think I am a good fit. I cannot imagine working in a department where the management is as detached and uninterested as they were in my interview. That's definitely not how I manage or motivate my staff at a competitor organization.

The most eye contact the interviewers made with me was at the end of the interview as I was leaving. I forced them into a handshake by making the first move (as neither of them offerred to shake my hand or thank me for coming in) and remarking that all of the vehicles I have ever owned were GM. To that, they both looked up at me and one of them stated they hoped my next vehicle would also be a GM. With that, I was led out of the room and back to the elevator. It has been months since the interview, and I still have not yet received an offer or a rejection letter.

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