General Motors Interview Questions

Updated Oct 15, 2014
Updated Oct 15, 2014
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    Industrial Engineer - Entry Level Position Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Wentzville, MO
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Wentzville, MO
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 1+ weekinterviewed at General Motors in January 2014.

    Interview Details

    The Entry Level Industrial Engineer position that I applied for was contracted out by an Engineering Temp Service. The best pro about this interview was how quick the entire process worked. I was approved for an interview on Friday, had the interview on Tuesday, and told that I would know by Wednesday if I could start the job next week. Everything else about the interview was incredibly tough. It was a panel interview with 4 engineering managers that had not glanced at my resume prior to our meeting. If they had, they probably wouldn't have agreed to interview me because I was clearly not the ideal candidate for the job. All of their questions were formed from the content on my resume. Since they had not had a chance to read my resume, most of their questions were taken out of context. For example, since I just graduated with my bachelors degree, all of my Industrial Engineering experience has been through Internships; however they were asking me for examples of my work that would be expected from an engineer with two to three years of experience. At the part of the interview that I was able to ask questions, every inquiry was answered with a pompous response. Altogether, my experience could have been better had my preparation been better.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Purchasing Internshi[ Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 4 weeksinterviewed at General Motors.

    Interview Details

    1st interview was at a career confrence at my college. I got a call a few weeks later asking me to come in for a 3 1/2 hour interview. Have not had that interview yet.

    Interview Questions
    • Tell me about a time you had to learn something new very quickly.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Average Interview
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    Senior Treasury Analyst Detroit Michigan Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 4+ monthsinterviewed at General Motors.

    Interview Details

    General Motors is moving its treasury department from NY to Detroit. Since this announcement, GM has lost over 50% of its treasury staff as most of them have families in NY and do not want to move to Detroit , MI.

    GM's strategy now is to hire locally i.e. from in and around Detroit.

    The interview process was very quick.

    I applied online and got a un-scheduled call from GM HR in 2-3 days later.

    Next there was a telephone interview with a Treasury Manager ,NY.

    Thereafter, I received an invitation to interview in NY.

    GM flies you in a night earlier and arranges for the airfare and the hotel stay. You can claim incidentals via an expense report that you submit after your interview.

    There were 9 of us at the interview. Out of the 9 , there were 5 who were clearly between 40-45 yrs old or older. The other 4 were in the late 20's early 30's. I did not get a chance to talk to all of them but it appeared that the ones who were in their 40's were either unemployed or underemployed. All but 1 was either from Detroit or grew up in Detroit before moving out after college.

    We were given a case study to be solved in 1hr 30 mins. You had to write out a memo and create a NPV spreadsheet.Thereafter, you interviewed with 3 managers and presented the case to the 4th manager.

    The process began at 8.00 am and ended by noon.

    There was 1 candidate who knew another candidate who had been hired approx a month before. From the candidates talk , it appeared that the case study was the same.

    For this position , GM is not looking to train any one on the job. They are looking for candidates who are highly experienced.

    Interview Questions
    • There were no unexpected questions but some quirky ones : Why does a Tuxedo rent less than a rental car? Which car would you buy with $ 50,000 (does not have to be a GM car)   View Answer
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
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    Test Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at General Motors.

    Interview Details

    Tell me about a time when you had to learn something new very quickly.

    No Offer
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    Vehicle Engineering - Entry Level Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    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 Questions
    • 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
    No Offer
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    Design Release Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 6 daysinterviewed 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 Questions
    • Only talked to HR so there was nothing difficult or unexpected.   Answer Question
    No Offer
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    Purchasing/Supply Chain Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter – 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 Questions
    No Offer
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    IT Position Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Detroit, MI
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Detroit, MI
    Application Details

    I applied online – 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.

    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Production Group Leader Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Defiance, OH
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Defiance, OH
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3+ monthsinterviewed at General Motors in October 2013.

    Interview Details

    I applied for the position online. I received a phone call from the talent aquisition team about two moths after I applied. A phone interview was conducted. The questions in the phone interview were very general interview questions. I was told my information would be forwarded over to the hiring manager. About a week later the same person called me back and said i had been selected to interview in person. The position I applied for was in another state. GM covered all expenses(flight,car,hotel,food). The only expense i paid was for gas and luggage. The interview was two hours in length. There were two teams of two and I spent an hour with each team. The questions were behavior styled question, tell me about a time when............

    Interview Questions
    • Tell me about a time you said something different to one person than to another, and this came back to haunt you   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Treasury Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university – interviewed at General Motors.

    Interview Details

    pretty straightforward, reasonable questions, nothing too hard. be prepared to say why GM, and why Treasury...

    Interview Questions
    No Offer

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