Tate & Lyle Interview Questions

Updated Jun 8, 2015
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    Marketing Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 4 weeksinterviewed at Tate & Lyle.

    Interview

    Standard process: phone interview, followed by two in-person interviews. I was required to write a one-page summary on the key benefits for one of the ingredients they were launching at the time.

    Interview Questions

    • Experience in the food industry was preferred. Several questions about my previous employer and my familiarity with the industry.   Answer Question
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    Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 9+ monthsinterviewed at Tate & Lyle.

    Interview

    They speak with you one on one. That was the best part. Felt like they really cared to know me. After that the ball can be dropped. It seems like they only have 3 people in their HR department, and you're playing phone tag. The length of this whole process was ridiculous.

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    Production Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer

    Interview

    on site interviewed with multiple manager and senior managment within the company as well as got a tour of the process areas that they have. Got to have lunch inbetwen session to get a to know people inbetween interview sessions. Interview was long so be prepared to talk alot and have plenty of questions to interview the people you are talking to.

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    Process Operator Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer

    Interview

    Take a 3 hour aptitude/skills test along with other applicants. Test includes math skills, thinking skills, mechanical aptitude, visual comprehension, etc. If you pass the test you will be scheduled for an interview. The interview was a few weeks after the test. The interview is usually conducted by two groups of two people, some in management, and some representing the union officials. After a successful interview a job offer is extended. There is a week-long orientation process before being placed within the plant (you have no say which department you're going)

    Interview Questions

    • The most important thing they are looking for is a familiarity or at least a commitment to a safety regime since the number one buzzword in the plant is "safety." Do not tell stories that demonstrate risky behavior, aversion to authority, etc.   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    No negotiation. Pay is per union contract.

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    Process Development Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 4 weeksinterviewed at Tate & Lyle.

    Interview

    Very friendly.

    Interview Questions

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    Process Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Decatur, IL
    Accepted Offer
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at Tate & Lyle (Decatur, IL).

    Interview

    First a college interview by two people. Followed by an invitation for a plant tour and more interviews. A total of 9+ people interviews 1:1 and as a group. Each had different questions about our experience, interest and education.

    Interview Questions

    • The question relating to the corn smell in the plant was difficult to answer because it was a smell you didn't expect.   Answer Question
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    Business Development Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Hoffman Estates, IL
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied in-person. The process took 6+ weeksinterviewed at Tate & Lyle (Hoffman Estates, IL) in August 2013.

    Interview

    This company is very slow when it comes to responding to inquiries and what-not. As you can imagine this can be frustrating for someone who is in between jobs. There are a minimum of 5-6 people in the interview process, each coming from a different cross-functional area: Marketing, Finance, Product Development, Sensory, Senior Management, etc.

    Interview Questions

    • Why you want to work here? Why should we hire you over the next candidate?   Answer Question
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    Process Operator Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Lafayette, IN
    Declined Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 1+ weekinterviewed at Tate & Lyle (Lafayette, IN) in March 2012.

    Interview

    Intimidating. Multiple people interviewed together

    Interview Questions

    Reasons for Declining

    Working hours

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    Engineering Co-op Student Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Lafayette, IN
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Tate & Lyle (Lafayette, IN) in January 2011.

    Interview

    Interview was very straightforward. Spent most of interview talking about position, no behavioral questions, just a brief analysis and questioning of what was on my resume. Got a call back the next week asking me to come to the plant to visit and make sure I knew what I was getting into. Went to plant, just had a tour, no interview. Got an offer the next week!

    Interview Questions

    • So why would you want to work in a corn processing job after working at [a major pharmaceutical company] which is very different?   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    I didn't try to negotiate, just accepted.

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    Scientist Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Plano, TX
    Declined Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 1 dayinterviewed at Tate & Lyle (Plano, TX) in February 2010.

    Interview

    I had a phone interview with the hiring manager and was invited to interview on-site. I prepared for the on-site interview and researched the company which made the interview process a lot easier. I found out after the interview that they would only reimburse me for the airfare and the hotel. I had to absorb all other costs.

    Interview Questions

    • What position do you expect to have 5 years from now?   1 Answer

    Reasons for Declining

    No relocation was offered and the salary was lower than my current salary

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