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PLC/HMI Programmer Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Indianapolis, IN
Anonymous Interview Candidate in Indianapolis, IN
Application Details

The process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Praxair in September 2010.

Interview Details

Very long and drawn out process. Initial contact is from a contracted company representing Praxair including the initial phone interview. I found that out after and it made everything make sense. Applied to the job online and later received an email to schedule a phone interview. The phone interview went very bad for me. I was barely able to hear the interviewer, and he refused to speak louder. He would ask me a technical question related to the job and my experience and when I answered he would get confused by my answers and I had to go back and "dumb down" my responses. At the end he asked me if i had any questions and he was unable to answer any question I had. He did not know the location of the facility, he did not know how many employees worked at that location, or even what product was made there. Later I received an email wanting me to schedule a face to face interview. The email was 20 minutes old when I logged into the system to schedule the interview and I received a message saying that their were no more open time slots to interview. 3 days later I received a phone call from an actual praxair employee to schedule a face to face interview. That was when i found out up until that point I had been dealing with a recruitment company contracted by praxair. I was give the choice of 1 hour time slots throughout the day so I assumed that it was to be a one hour interview so I scheduled a half day of vacation with my current employer. The face to face interview consisted of meeting with 4 different employees, one was department manager and the other three engineers. The department head explained the position to me and what the company does but did not have any real questions for me. Up until that time I had no real idea what i was interviewing for. Interviewing with the three engineers I did poorly with two of them and just ok with the third one. But my overall experience was poor. Everyone came across as very arrogant, and multiple times expressed how their group were better than the other employees of the company. They "got away" with more things, didn't have to answer to management etc. Even bragged about how they were selling 1970's technology. One interviewer insulted my education, and my work experience. Another acted like I was wasting his time by being there. It was a straight through marathon almost 4 hours of interview. I didn't realize I had been there that long until I was in my car leaving. It went straight through lunch and i was exhausted which contributed to my poor performance. I also was late returning to my current job because I did not realize how long I was going to be there. I did not get a tour of the facility or where I would work anything like that. All I saw was the parking lot, receptionist area, a staircase, 4 guys offices and the door out. To any potential interviewee don't get discouraged by the initial phone interview process and anything before the face to face, the people performing those tasks have no idea what they are asking for questions about. Also expect to have zero idea what you are actually interviewing for.
After it was all said a done I never received a phone call or heard anything from them.

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