Philips Lighting Interview Questions

Updated Aug 7, 2015
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    Buyer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in San Marcos, TX
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Philips Lighting (San Marcos, TX) in August 2015.

    Interview

    I put in a online application and about a week later, I was contacted by HR. He asked me a few questions about my resume then told me that he would send the information to the manager for consideration. 2 weeks later, they invited me in for a in-person panel interview with 4 interviewers on a Friday. Interview only lasted about 45 minutes. They were a pretty tough crowd to please. I can tell from their facial expressions that they weren't very interested. On Monday morning, I sent them all follow up emails thanking them for taking the time to interview with me. None of them replied. I waited 2 weeks later and still no reply.

    Interview Questions

    • Why do you want to work for Phillips? What do you know so far about the position?   Answer Question
  2.  

    Lean Master Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ months. I interviewed at Philips Lighting.

    Interview

    First phone interview, 2 weeks later SKYPE interview with a Manager in Italy. Again after 2 weeks phone interview and then after a 2 weeks SKYPE interview!. After that personal interview. Again after 2 weeks another SKYPE interview. Waited 3 weeks for an answer, called, left a message. Finally after 4 months of initial contact got ONE line e-mail "Regret to inform that we have choosen another candidate"

    Interview Questions

    • What is your goal in next 5-10 years?   1 Answer
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    Senior Phosphor Integration Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2+ weeks. I interviewed at Philips Lighting (San Jose, CA) in November 2014.

    Interview

    After phone interview with the recruiter, there was a phone interview with the program manager. After phone interviews, I was called for personal interview at LUMILED corporation office in San Jose, CA. Personal interview at LUMILEDs went for whole day with managers of various groups and group members phosphor integration. Junior staff was really interested to know about my experience particularly in phosphor integration.

    Interview Questions

    • More than half of them asked me that with years of work experience, are going to stick this job.   Answer Question
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    Lean Expert Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3+ months. I interviewed at Philips Lighting.

    Interview

    Applied in March 2nd week, last week of March phone interview, then SKYPE interview with peer, then skype with hiring manager, skype with hiring manager counterpart!, personal interview with 4 group member, again skype interview. Total 2 1/2 months. No reply. Called HR left message. Finally 1 line regret e-mail 'Sorry we selected another candidate' what a sham & shame!

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    Recruitment Account Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 5 weeks. I interviewed at Philips Lighting (San Jose, CA) in June 2014.

    Interview

    Five phone interviews (30 minutes each) + a 2hr onsite interview with one of the HR directors and the hiring manager. HR Dir was 15 mins late, rude, argumentative & interrupted constantly during the interview. Definitely not a good candidate experience.

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    Procurement Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Tupelo, MS
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. I interviewed at Philips Lighting (Tupelo, MS) in November 2013.

    Interview

    Overall, I had a bad experience with the recruiting process. The role was based in Tupelo, MS. I got an interview for this position through a referral in the last term of my master's degree. The first interview was with the HR who asked me basic questions like why Philips, why this role, how my internship work and degree would help me contribute on the job. It was easy. The second interview was with a supply chain engineer and the plant manager at Tupelo. They asked more about my experience and projects and basic questions on procurement and operations management. These were not difficult either. The third interview was onsite. Tupelo was a pretty ordinary town. I didn't find it endearing because I'm more of a big city guy. I was honestly only going for the role, which from the description, was good. The first interview onsite was with the HR again covering basic questions. Second was with the same supply chain engineer, kind of repetitive. Then I was given a plant tour. It was good. A good thing here is to ask intelligent questions which tells them you understand what's most important to a plant. The plant was massive; I think it's the largest Philips plant in North America, atleast it was at the time I interviewed. The third interview was with a director of engineering and supply chain who came down from Boston and another guy. The questions were - how would you estimate cost of a product? Some more questions around inventory and stocking and how would you negotiate with suppliers. All was ok until the point I left and I was told they would get back to me within a week. TILL DATE THEY HAVEN'T GOTTEN BACK. It was obvious after about 2 months I wasn't selected but I was extremely disappointed by the lack of professionalism shown by the HR team. There is a lot of pressure and uncertainty in a candidate's mind and they made it the worst possible experience.

    Interview Questions

    • Negotiations with suppliers - How would you conduct a negotiation and what are the steps, once you have the product specs and costs ready? (I had no direct experience with supplier negotiation and hence the problem)   1 Answer
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    Mechanical Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at Philips Lighting in August 2013.

    Interview

    Invitation by HR via Linkedln to apply for that entry level position. She was pretty friendly talking to me about company's profile and explain job functions. Got a phone interview one week later with a senior mechanical engineer.However, he turns out to be a little impatient and even not go through my resume clearly and keep throwing bomb to me with " Do you have experience of blah blah blah " which make me feel so bad as new grad always have limited work experience in certain area. I don't want to lie but also I don't want to screw up my interview.

    Interview Questions

    • Do you have experience of blah blah blah? Which word better describe you --Designer, Project leader, Quality Control?   Answer Question
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    Applications Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in San Marcos, TX
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at Philips Lighting (San Marcos, TX) in June 2013.

    Interview

    Prescreen interview by HR personnel; I was very surprised to get the call 1 day after applying online. Phone interview with hiring manager, then invited to onsite interview with 3 people, no tour or lunch included. Heard word back from HR via phone call that I was not selected - many qualified candidates.

    Interview Questions

    • If you were to choose between a challenging, high paying job or a relaxed, lower paying job, which would you choose and why?   1 Answer
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    LED Intern Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. I interviewed at Philips Lighting in March 2013.

    Interview

    Phone interview

    Interview Questions

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    Characterization Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 6+ weeks. I interviewed at Philips Lighting (San Jose, CA) in December 2012.

    Interview

    Two phone interview, one is with a senior engineer, the other is with the hiring manager. Both of them asked mainly technical-related questions. One on-site interview, start with one hour presentation and followed by multiple one-to-one interviews. Only one of the interviewer are from the HR department, all others are engineers/managers.

    Interview Questions

    • Which structure produce a higher PL signal? Flat band Quantum Wells structures or the QWs has piezoelectric effect?   1 Answer
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