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Design Engineer Interview (Neutral Experience; Average Interview)
I applied through a recruiter and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Newell Rubbermaid in April 2014.
Interview Details – Initially had applied to company through online sources. It took a head hunter to get a foot in the door. First phone interview was with and engineering manager. Next was an onsite interview with upper team members (one on one). The questions were not bad. Included was a CAD test which I did poorly on. The laptop I was small and the color scheme settings were difficult to deal with in a well lighted room. (you might want to bring calipers). The expense reimbursement was slow - took about a month.
Human Resources Intern Interview (Negative Experience; Difficult Interview)
I applied through college or university and the process took 2 months - interviewed at Newell Rubbermaid in March 2013.
Interview Details – Applied through campus recruiting, heard back about a month after. Asked to do a phone interview with a campus relations member in Georgia even though the internship was in MA. Interview consisted of a background screen and a description of the position. At the end of the interview they told me I was a great candidate and asked me to do a second interview with the HR Leader I would be working with. That second interview lasted about 35-40 minutes and consisted of typical behavioral questions, at the end of the interview they said I was a good fit and asked me to come in for an two hour in person interview. Before I hung up they said they would contact me to schedule it, but they failed to do so. I waited a week and then initiated my availability to which they finally replied that they would get back to me. A few days later they emailed me back and said the HR intern position was put on hold indefinitely, and I would not be moving forward in the recruitment process.
Interview Question – Explain a situation where you didn't think you would gain anything from doing something, but ended up gaining a lot in the end. Answer Question
Very Difficult Interview
Sourcing Specialist Interview (Positive Experience; Very Difficult Interview)
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Newell Rubbermaid in January 2014.
Interview Details – Talent Acquisition handled the front end of the process, and communciated very clearly the scope and reach of the individuals and the role
Interview Question – After 9 years of consistent track record, what happened in your last year to throw your resume off track? Frankly, I wouldn't have brought you in for the interview, but since you are here. View Answer
Design Engineer Interview (Neutral Experience; Easy Interview)
I applied online and the process took 2 months - interviewed at Newell Rubbermaid in November 2013.
Interview Details – I submitted my resume on a Job board and about a month after I had a phone screening with HR. A week or two later I was contacted by the hiring manager but because of "internal changes" I was contacted again shortly after by another hiring manager, and I was then invited to an on-site interview. The interview was like any other interview with the typical "tell me about yourself" and "situation-action-result" questions. They also had a skills test at the end. In my opinion, I did okay but far from my best. I would also say that there was no "chemistry" between me and the hiring manager. They ended up not giving me an offer, and I believe it was a wise decision on their part since I had been going back and forth about withdrawing my candidacy because of the missing "chemistry". However, I want to send out a warning, because I was given a written agreement where I was promised reimbursement for my travel expenses and even though I have sent several e-mails and called them a number of times to remind them of it, I still have not after 3 months been reimbursed.
Interview Question – No questions were difficult or unexpected. Answer Question
Toolroom Manager Supervisor Interview (Positive Experience; Difficult Interview)
I applied online and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Newell Rubbermaid in November 2013.
Interview Details – Went through several interviewers in one day. First interview with two individuals for about 90 minutes, second was with one individual for about 90 minutes and the third was with 8 individuals and it lasted approx. 2 hours overall the process took 5 and half hours not including the two hour long phone interviews. One of the interviewers seemed not happy about having to hiring someone and that was difficult. The process went smoothly. I answered all questions and tests correctly, according to their HR they wanted more supervisory skills. I was not offered the position.
Interview Question – Put a box in front of me containing about 30 misc. components and was asked to explain what they were and how they were used. Needless to say they were impressed I knew all of them. They indicated I was the first to know them all. Answer Question
Compensation Analyst Interview (Positive Experience; Easy Interview)
I applied online and the process took 7+ weeks - interviewed at Newell Rubbermaid in January 2014.
Interview Details – Phone screen with recruiter, phone interview with hiring manager, in person interview with team. Very corporate and structured, including form emails. The in person interview was solely to determine team and cultural fit.
Human Resources Manager Interview (Negative Experience)
I applied online and the process took 2 months - interviewed at Newell Rubbermaid in April 2012.
Interview Details – Phone Interview with recruiter. Standard procedure telling about background and asking on the job. Spoke with recruiter on the phone and conversation ending that they would be in touch for next steps. Never heard anything regarding the position again. Would have been nice to receive a letter confirming I was not being considered for the role.
Interview Question – None very basic questions why you are looking to leave current position, what are you looking for in next role, strengths. Answer Question
Supply Chain Leadership Development Program Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied through college or university and the process took 2 months - interviewed at Newell Rubbermaid in November 2012.
Interview Details – Newell Rubbermaid has a common process and were very accommodating to me while we were interviewing. There were phone interviews with the program leader and HR before you get the invite for the final round interview in Atlanta, which is with a group of the other candidates. There was a short group presentation that we put together on the spot to show the panel how we worked together and could process material. Then there were three one on one interviews throughout the afternoon. Everyone was very pleasant and nothing was out of the ordinary or too crazy.
Interview Question – Tell us about a time you failed. Answer Question
Intern Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied through college or university - interviewed at Newell Rubbermaid in March 2012.
Interview Details – I initially submitted my resume through my college's career website. I also met with some recruiters at our fall career fair who flagged my resume for consideration. I was selected for an interview, attended a presentation. My interview consisted of talking to two people who worked in an nearby office for an hour.
Interview Question – I was asked how I would go about selling Christmas trees, from start to finish. Answer Question
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