Rio Tinto Interview Questions

Updated Feb 4, 2015
Updated Feb 4, 2015
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    Accountant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 4 weeksinterviewed at Rio Tinto.

    Interview Details

    I was presented by an outside recruiter. The interview was a 6 person panel. All the panel members were pleasant and professional. The process took about 4 weeks before an offer was made. The background check and physical were extensive. The physical took about 2 hours and was a bit excessive for an office position.

    Interview Questions
    • Trying to understand some of the technical mining jargon that was used in some of the questions.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    Very easy negotiations.
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
  2.  

    Recruiter Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Salt Lake City, UT
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Salt Lake City, UT
    Application Details

    I applied through other source. The process took 7+ weeksinterviewed at Rio Tinto.

    Interview Details

    Very long process.

    Interview Questions
    • Safety share - be sure you have an answer to a safety situation you've experienced.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    No negotiating.
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
  3.  

    Corporate IT Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Salt Lake City, UT
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Salt Lake City, UT
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 4+ monthsinterviewed at Rio Tinto in January 2014.

    Interview Details

    Applied, contacted by hr, interviewed, offer, background

    Most intense physical exam it included - blood test, urine test, hair sample, EKG, chest X-ray, eye exam, color eye exam, hearing test, full physical by doctor - I was at clinic for 3 hours

    Negotiation Details
    Small neg, not allot of room
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Graduate Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Salt Lake City, UT
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Salt Lake City, UT
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 3+ weeksinterviewed at Rio Tinto in February 2013.

    Interview Details

    1. Received an invitation for interview via HireVue, which is an online platform where you will have record yourself answering questions. Standard interview questions. 16 in total, 3 min each.
    2. Three days later, received a call for an on site interview. Had a 4-member panel interview, which was more like a chat than an interview. Was asked basic behavioural questions. However, had to start with a talk for 2 minutes about a safety aspect. Also had to explain my capstone project to the HR person in layman's terms.
    3. Had lunch with one of the interviewer and two other engineers.
    4. Taken to a plant tour.
    5. I was also given a real estate agent who took me around the city and showed me around. It was very helpful when it come to the offer accepting decision.

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    I was given a very good deal. So there was not much to negotiate.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  6.  

    Geologist (Technology and Development) Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Melbourne (Australia)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Melbourne (Australia)
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 5+ weeksinterviewed at Rio Tinto in January 2015.

    Interview Details

    One HR lady, two managers, one from the group I'd be in and one from a closely related group. It was 45min max, a mix of behavioural questions and technical questions--the technical questions were sourced mainly from my PhD research, which was highly related to the job role. Two separate questions on safety asking for examples of safety from previous jobs (my role includes field based components so this is very important to them). I skipped some of the up front process Rio typically has (eg phone interview, etc) as I was directly referred to the manager by a friend.

    Interview Questions
    • Example of safety issue you've encountered AND example of when you've made a safety decision
      Example of a time you've been in conflict
      Where do you see yourself in 5 yrs?
      Do you prefer exploration to the lab
      Several other behavioural questions I can't quite remember now...
      The technical questions were very tailored to me, I don't think they'd apply to anyone else
       
      Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
  7.  

    Mechanical Maintainer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Perth, Western Australia (Australia)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Perth, Western Australia (Australia)
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3+ monthsinterviewed at Rio Tinto in September 2014.

    Interview Details

    Online application, waited a month, contacted by phone and asked if I wanted to progress. Confirmed I wanted to, waited another three weeks and then was sent online aptitude and psych testing through Chandler MacLeod to my email. Completed testing and waited another three weeks. Was contacted and asked to attend an in person assesment centre in Perth. This consisted of a three part interview with 20 other people going for the same job. Stage one: Split up into groups of 4 and had to complete a scenario as a group. Its always different but its not important what the task is, its important how you interact with the others in your group so they can see how you will preform in a team environment.
    Stage two: Behavioural interview. Standard one on one interview with a supervisor
    Stage three: Technical interview same as above
    Three weeks later I was asked to contact a company called Verify, who preform police clearance and other validation information collections, and was then contacted by phone and asked to have a full functional medical and was informed that this was NOT a guarantee of a job offer. Twenty days later I was contacted and offered the job

    Interview Questions
    • How do you deal with conflict in the work place   View Answer
    • How do you manage targets and goals and manage time   View Answer
    • If you had to replace a conveyor drive roller, how would you do it and how would you make sure it is aligned properly   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    There wasn't one
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview
  8.  

    Operations Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Perth, Western Australia (Australia)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Perth, Western Australia (Australia)
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3+ monthsinterviewed at Rio Tinto.

    Interview Details

    I initially applied online and when I received a phone call with HR telling me I had advanced to the next stage I had actually forgotten what the job was as it had been so long since I applied (from memory around a month). I had a phone chat with HR and was given an interview date. I was interviewed by HR and two non HR employees. The interview process was well structured and contained the standard questions, i.e. think of a time you showed this skill etc. I did not hear from them for a short while (maybe 3 weeks) and then I was told I was going to the next stage which was a background check. I provided more details and did not hear back from them for another 3 weeks. The whole process was over 3 months. This length of time could be the difference between the company getting their favoured employee or not.

    Interview Questions
    • The more difficult questions are where you are required to talk about your weaknesses as there is a fine line between revealing too much and risking not getting the job or revealing none and coming off as arrogant.   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    I was asked what my salary expectations were and the letter of offer came in higher than my expectations and thus went my negotiating power. I was offered another role at another company and asked if there was any room to move in the salary and their response was no. I accepted the role based on the company and the benefits were somewhat the same with their competitor anyway.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  9.  

    Mechanical Co-Op Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    Pretty straight forward interview. They asked about previous work experience, what I knew about the company and the location that I was applying to work at, why I wanted the job and a few questions specifically related to my experience with some of the mechanical equipment on site. Initial interview was followed up with pyschometric testing.

    Interview Questions
    • Psychometric testing was involved after the initial interview   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
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    Branding and Communications Coordinator Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3+ monthsinterviewed at Rio Tinto.

    Interview Details

    I applied for this role on Rio Tinto's website. The interview process took about 3 months and was handled very professionally. My first contact with the company was with a member of the talent acquisition team who asked me a series of questions to assess my profile. I was then invited for a face-to-face interview with the hiring manager. The meeting went well and was followed by two additional rounds with other key members of the team. The last interview included a case study to assess my behavior under specific situations. Finally, the recruitment process was concluded by a series of online assessment tests.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    GM Human Resources Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    No process

    Negotiation Details
    Easy
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience

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