International Paper Interview Questions

Updated Jan 23, 2015
Updated Jan 23, 2015
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    REACH Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at International Paper.

    Interview Details

    3 day recruiting event..1 group activity, 2 panel interviews, a mill visit, job fair with different mills. Breakfast, lunch and dinner with company managers and recruits. lots of opportunity to get know more about different mills and their production.

    Interview Questions
    • Tell me a time when you had to make a quick decision. What was the outcome?   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    No negotiation...take it or leave it.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    REACH Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    On-campus interview after career fair and 3-day onsite recruiting event. The onsite event included several interviews, a team activity, speed networking, networking dinners and lunches, and a mill tour.

    Interview Questions
    • Tell about a time when you made the wrong decision at work or in a project.   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
  3.  

    Co-Op Process Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Mansfield, LA
    Anonymous Employee in Mansfield, LA
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university – interviewed at International Paper in November 2014.

    Interview Details

    Met at career fair. Interviewed via phone with plant manager and HR manager. Was asked situational questions as well as background questions. Very laid back, yet to the point. Definitely not something to be nervous about.

    Interview Questions
    • Give a situation in which you had to lead or be in charge of people that were more experienced and knew more than you.   Answer Question
    Reasons for Declining

    Actually haven't decided yet.

    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Forklift Operator Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Aurora, IL
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Aurora, IL
    Application Details

    I applied through a staffing agency. The process took a dayinterviewed at International Paper.

    Interview Details

    Interview with general manager and site manager was about an hour long asking general questions about background and experience. Not a long interview or a hard one. All in all not bad.

    Interview Questions
    • What can you bring to this company as a forklift driver?   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    No negotiations
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    REACH Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Augusta, GA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Augusta, GA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3+ monthsinterviewed at International Paper in October 2014.

    Interview Details

    Found IP online, applied and got a call back. I knew someone who recently got hired. I figured I would check to see if IP had a program for recent grads. HR and I got in touch. Then I had a phone interview. After that, IP flew me down to a very well-done recruiting event in Georgia. The next week, I got a great offer, flew down to the mill, and decided to accept.

    Interview Questions
    • Asked me to describe a time in past work experience where I messed up.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    IP salary was competitive with other companies. I really liked the on-site mill visit and the people, that convinced me to take this offer.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    REACH Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2 daysinterviewed at International Paper in October 2014.

    Interview Details

    They came to my school to do initial interviews, ~30min long. Immediately after I got invited to go to an onsite interview. At the onsite about 100 over students were also invited. I was put in a Marriott and they a whole agenda planned out for the next 2 days. The first night was speed dating and a mini career fair for all the different locations. The second day was a mill tour and two ~45 min interviews. I chose which locations I was most interested in. The next day I had breakfast and talked to employees one last night. Great experience.

    Interview Questions
    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  8.  

    Process Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Valliant, OK
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Valliant, OK
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 6 weeksinterviewed at International Paper in October 2014.

    Interview Details

    I was contacted by an HR representative and we set up a date/time for an initial phone screening.

    This section was entirely a behavioral interview with standard questions - detail a personal strength, tell us about a time in which you experienced a setback, etc. The questions were read off a list in a formal manner.

    In the callback, the initial HR representative and I set up a date for an in-person interview. The company paid for or reimbursed for all travel costs. The on-site interview consisted of a plant tour (roughly 2.5 hours), two back-to-back 3-panel interviews, a social lunch break with the small department, and finally concluded with a 1-on-1 with the senior engineer overseeing the hiring position.

    The 3-panel interviews were somewhat rushed, as the tour went long, but were on the whole behavioral interviews conducted by two sets of three senior members from the small department. The 1-on-1 was entirely informal, just a hashing out of some details of the position. By this point, it felt like IP had already offered me a position.

    Interview Questions
    • In the middle of the second 3-panel interview, a small conversation with a Chemical Engineer regarding my degree concentration (or lacktherof) spiraled into a technical question in which the terminology he was using (being 30 years my senior) and which I was familiar with (being fresh out of academia) did not match. This led to an unfortunate flub of an answer until I was able to straighten out what sort of answer he was looking for and probably did not look very confident on my part.   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Manufacturing Manager Associate Interview

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

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at International Paper.

    Interview Details

    An IP recruiter messaged me in LinkedIn to ask if I was interested in the position. I said I was, and we set up a time for a phone interview. It went well, and the regional HR manager contacted me for a plant interview. It was a panel with my boos -to- be, his boss, and the HR manager. They had a template they had to follow, but it felt more like a conversation; a very genuine one.

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    I was too excited. I didn't negotiate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  10.  

    Packer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Lexington, SC
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Lexington, SC
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at International Paper.

    Interview Details

    Applied through employee referral, I was called a week later to take a test, getting the interview was completely based on passing the test. The next day I was interviewed by a panel that asked questions based on safety and prior job experience.

    Interview Questions
    • Name a time you had to ignore a safety rule to get a job done faster.   View Answers (2)
    Negotiation Details
    No negotation
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  11.  

    Process Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Oxnard, CA
    Anonymous Employee in Oxnard, CA
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at International Paper in May 2014.

    Interview Details

    I met the HR manager at a Career Fair at my university. I chatted with her for a bit and left a resume. About two weeks later I received a call from her to schedule an interview. The first interview involved a tour of the paper mill (1 hour) followed by a panel interview with the HR manager, the lead process engineer, and the engineering manager. The questions were very standard and the interviewers were very nice. I got a call back for a second visit, which involved 3 1:1 interviews with various mangers of the company and more detailed plant tours (2.5 hours). Overall very positive interview experience. Note: do not arrive to interviews in your nicest clothes. You will be given steel toe shoe add-ons and your shoes (and person) may get wet.

    Company culture: about 100 employees, mostly men. Most employees are aged 40+.

    Interview Questions
    • What is Henry's Law? (Technical question)
      What do you think your role of process engineer will be? (Make sure to read job description carefully)
       
      Answer Question
    Reasons for Declining

    Although the paper industry is very stable and I would have received a solid pay, I was not interested in process engineering (or rather controls).

    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

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