Xcel Energy Interview Questions

Updated Feb 11, 2015
Updated Feb 11, 2015
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    Project Controls Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3+ monthsinterviewed at Xcel Energy in July 2014.

    Interview Details

    The interview process was two part, an initial phone interview, then a face to face meeting. During the phone interview I was asked situational questions. I didn't realize companies still used this process as it is not the best way to gather background information. To my surprise, the face to face meeting was just more situational questions.

    Interview Questions
    • Situational questions are not difficult, they just require some thought   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Regulatory Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Application Details

    I applied online – interviewed at Xcel Energy in December 2013.

    Interview Details

    There were two interviewers who took turns asking questions. They were friendly and put me at ease. There was no time left at the end for my questions. Questions were behavioural mostly - tell me about a time when you ...

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    No Offer
    Average Interview
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    Human Resources Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at Xcel Energy in November 2013.

    Interview Details

    Started with phone interview, first interview (panel) then second interview (panel again). Both first and second interview seemed to have asked the same behavioral questions - waste of time. The second panel should have read over the initial responses and then determined from there appropriate questions to ask. This could have provided a better, more well-rounded understanding of individual's strengths.

    Interview Questions
    • The first question was about a time I disagreed with something and what I did to overcome it. I explained using the STAR technique and was then told "maybe you don't understand the question. Are you aware of the STAR technique?" Quite taken aback by each of the interviewers behaviors, rather curt, I explained again how I handled the situation as was told "maybe we should just move on to the second question." Best advice I can give to this team of individuals who choose to be part of the hiring process is to be aware of a person's strengths in their ability to overcome situations without having to be negative. Don't assume (and then sneer at the interviewee) thinking they answered the question wrong. I am now quite pleased I was not called back after the second interview after I experienced those behaviors from the individuals this organization places in leadership positions.

      I would however give praises to the panel of interviewers I met for the first round as they were highly professional and well in tuned to the process. It was unfortunate to see the second round of interviewers be less than professional.
       
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    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Electric Distribution Designer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Shorewood, MN
    Anonymous Employee in Shorewood, MN
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Xcel Energy in November 2013.

    Interview Details

    I applied online at Xcelenergy.com. I was contacted by a recruiter who asked a few simple questions regarding my experience and scheduled an interview date and time. The interview was held 3 days after the initial phone call with the recruiter. I interviewed with the hiring manager, another supervisor, and a Designer. They took turns asking questions that were of the STAR format. The interview process took approximately 30-40 minutes. Overall the experience was very good. The interviewers were really nice and professional and the facility was nice too.

    Interview Questions
    • Describe a situation where you had to deal with a demanding customer? What was the scenario? How did you handle the situation? What was the outcome? And what did you learn?   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Transmission Business Intern Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at Xcel Energy in August 2013.

    Interview Details

    The interview was fairly easy. They had basic HR interview Questions. It is based on 8 competencies: 1. Adaptability and Change 2. Business Acumen 3.Communication 4.Customer/Client Focus 5.Initiative and Innovation 6.Interpersonal Skills 7.Job/technical expertise 8.Leadership

    Interview Questions
    • Describe a time when you were asked to do things differently from how you had done them before, what was the situation, what did you do, and how did it turn out?
      Give me an example of when you had to coordinate diverse business activities. What activities/functions did you have to coordinate? How did you do this? What were the end results?
      Give me a real example of how you keep others informed of issues, reoccurring problems or when you’ve made suggestions for improvement. Are you more likely to talk to co-workers or your boss? Are you comfortable speaking up in meetings? If not during a meeting, how, when and with whom do you share your ideas or opinions?
      Tell me about an occasion when you had to work hard to meet the needs of a customer. What was the situation, what did you do to satisfy their needs, and what response did you get?
      Give an example of when you had a limited amount of time to complete a project or assignment. What was the situation, what you did to meet the timeframes, and what were the results.
      Tell me about a time when you had to collaborate with others on a project. What was the situation, what did you do assure that you worked effectively together to get the job done, what was challenging, what went well, and what was the result?
      Of your job skills, which are the most important to your current position and how did you acquire these skills? Describe a specific example of how you use these skills in your job, and how you would apply these skills to this position.
       
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    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Substation Commissioning Engineering Intern Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Golden, CO
    Anonymous Employee in Golden, CO
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took a dayinterviewed at Xcel Energy in May 2013.

    Interview Details

    The interview was pretty typical. Seven or so situational questions: "Tell us about a time you encountered a difficult problem and how you solved the problem", "Tell us about a time you were assigned a task, but were unsure of your responsibilities", "How do you handle a team member who isn't pulling their weight?"....

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    • None of the questions were technical or difficult, just situational.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Lubbock, TX
    Anonymous Employee in Lubbock, TX
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 4 weeksinterviewed at Xcel Energy in April 2013.

    Interview Details

    I applied online at Xcel.com for a job that read "Engineering Intern- Performance Testing Lab." I received a call from Minneapolis, MN 3 weeks later for a job in Amarillo, TX. That recruiter was from human resources. He set up a telephone interview the next day so that I could interview with a projection engineer by the name of Sean (last name withheld). He used STAR behavioral interview questions. As far as the technical side goes, he asked my level of expertise/skills on thermodynamics and fluid mechanics. He also asked if I had any health issues and if I was afraid of heights in excess of 250ft. He also stated that this job would get your hands dirty as it was in the field. After that, we had a little personal talk about what the job was actually about. He said we would be testing power plants in the northern New Mexico - Texas panhandle area for thermal efficiency and make suggestions as to what measures could be taken in order to increase their efficiency.

    Interview Questions
    • Evaluate your thermodynamic and fluid mechanic skills.   View Answer
    • Since you studied abroad, what do you think is the most important thing you learned while abroad?   View Answer
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Trading Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Xcel Energy in September 2012.

    Interview Details

    Two interviews, one with HR and one with hiring manager. They want to get this position filled. Highly visible position. Getting into this department is very difficult. Typically they hire people with degrees in engineering, economics and computer science.

    The interview was done in three parts. The first part was to determine if I qualified to the next rounds. These were questions to determine my knowledge about debugging lines of code, financial understanding, and expertise in Excel. The second part were questions that were behavioral questions regarding solving technical problems and data management. The last portion was more specific to the position. Heat ratio of power plant, how prices of energy determined, costs that go into prices, taking a binomial into a ratio (I think this has to do with economics), stochastics, pivot tables. This was an intense interview.

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    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    I/T Solutions Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took a dayinterviewed at Xcel Energy in August 2012.

    Interview Details

    Very standard process with a brief initial phone interview followed by an in-person interview.
    Interview questions were behaviorial in nature. Look up behavior oriented interview questions for a sample. I didn't realize it at the time, but this position was geared toward management level, or person that would be working on strategy -vs- actual technological solutions. Because of this anticipate several questions on your role in determining strategy, or how you implemented strategy improvements. This would include when your strategy was not considered popular opinion, how you implemented it despite obstacles, and its outcome.

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    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Demand Side Energy Team Lead/Sales Supervisor In Call Center Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Application Details

    I applied online – interviewed at Xcel Energy in June 2012.

    Interview Details

    Initial screening with recruiter over the phone. Normal behavioral based questions. Passed on to face to face at Xcel Bldg in Denver. Met with two gentlemen (hiring mgr and another manger) who were very easy to talk to. Standard behavioral questions. Only 1 question was geared toward DSM/Xcel. Was told down to 6 candidates at this time. Was told they would follow up by the end of the following week. Received a phone call from hiring manager and was told its now down to three candidates. Asked 2 questions and ended the call by saying I would hear something by the end of the week. This was over 2 weeks ago. I already know the position was filled because I know the person who landed the gig. It would have been nice to get the follow up call that was promised. Prior to this, the process was pretty smooth with standard questions.

    Interview Questions
    • What do you know about Demand Side Management and other energy saving initiatives.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Average Interview

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