3M Engineering Interview Questions & Reviews

Updated Jul 24, 2014
Updated Jul 24, 2014
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Engineer Interview

Anonymous Employee  in  Irvine, CA
Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA
Application Details

I interviewed online - interviewed at 3M in May 2014.

Interview Details

After a great phone interview with the hiring manager, the HR manager called and left a message asking me to give them some dates when I may be available for an in-person interview. Within hours I replied with my availability. Days went by - weeks - months - and no call back. For a week or so I continued to give them updates on my availability. I even emailed the hiring manager. Neither was professional enough to even send an email saying "we've moved on to other candidates" or "sorry, our hiring process has been delayed, please hang tight and we'll contact you ASAP". I expected more professionalism from 3M.

Interview Questions
  • What is the most difficult challenge you've faced in your career and what did you do to overcome it?   Answer Question
No Offer
Negative Experience
Average Interview

Other Interview Reviews for 3M

  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Engineering Interview

    Anonymous Employee  in  Saint Paul, MN
    Anonymous Employee in Saint Paul, MN
    Application Details

    The process took 4 days - interviewed at 3M in February 2009.

    Interview Details

    initial communication - phone
     planning of the interview very organized

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Engineering Interview

    Anonymous Employee  in  Maplewood, MN
    Anonymous Employee in Maplewood, MN
    Application Details

    The process took a day - interviewed at 3M in October 2009.

    Interview Details

    The on campus interviewer was very nice. Unfortunately, the process of getting into the door at the company (aka an on site visit) is not transparent at all. Rather than simply submitting my resume one time, I have to continuously apply to positions within the company. After the resume as been submitted to a black hole, 3 weeks later, I receive a rejection letter (like clockwork). I have yet to be contacted since my first interview. This strategy does not appear to be good for the company because they will miss out on some great candidates. Other companies that I have interviewed with have taken my resume and passed it around to the groups that they thought I would be a good fit. From there, the groups have contacted me. This approach prevents underquilfied individuals from applying to positions and provides hiring managers an additional opportunity to find people that may not have noticed the advertisement for the position the he/she has open.

    It is sad to see such an innovative company lose out on great candidates. I am not the only person bothered by this hiring approach. Please for the sake of your shareholders, improve your hiring practices.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee  in  Monrovia, MD
    Anonymous Employee in Monrovia, MD
    Application Details

    The process took a day - interviewed at 3M in May 2007.

    Interview Details

    The interview process involved one on one discussion with the engineering manager and one of his supervisors. They asked series of questions regarding my background and told me exactly what they were looking for and what I was expected to do on a daily basis.

    Interview Questions
    • Please describe your last job experience and what skills did you use most?   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
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    Engineering Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I interviewed online. The process took 3 months - interviewed at 3M in November 2010.

    Interview Details

    Everyone at 3M was really friendly. The interview process went very smoothly, except that it took a really long time. 6 months had passed between when I applied for the job and my first day of work.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Application Details

    The process took a day - interviewed at 3M in October 2011.

    Interview Details

    Interview for Optimized Operations Engineer. The interview was heavily statistics and Six Sigma related, and they obviously put a lot of effort onto Six Sigma at the company. I wasn't selected primarily because I didn't have a previous internship with the company, which makes me wonder why they even bothered to interview in the first place.

    Interview Questions
    • What difficulties have you had with co-workers in the past.   View Answer
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
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    Engineering Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I interviewed through college or university. The process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at 3M in October 2009.

    Interview Details

    Scored the interview through my school. Consuisted of first a group interview that was fairly informal and went well. Followed this up with a series of written test on skills, apptitude, and knowledge. The final round was a one on one interview.

    Interview Questions
    • Can you tells about a weakness that aaplies to this job?   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    First job out of school and did not negotiate.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Engineering Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Application Details

    The process took a day - interviewed at 3M in February 2009.

    Interview Details

    Met with multiple folks for the interview, a few where 1 on 1 and then followed but a group interview. Also took a walk around on the floor and got a tour of the facility, was asked a few questions about what I thought certain things did and how things could be improved.

    Interview Questions
    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Engineering Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Application Details

    I interviewed through college or university. The process took a day - interviewed at 3M in October 2010.

    Interview Details

    Interview was well organized, and took place on time. It was a basic 1:1 behavioral interview. I was asked questions about previous experiences and a given a couple of hypothetical situations. The interviewer was looking for anything out of the box and innovative. The company thrives on new designs and concepts and seem to embrace fresh ideas.

    Interview Questions
    • Which is more important to you? The initial spark that led to the development of an innovative design or the satisfaction on seeing the product work after fabrication?   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
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    Engineering Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Application Details

    I interviewed online. The process took a day - interviewed at 3M in February 2008.

    Interview Details

    Applied online after seeing their job description and was made to wait 1.5 months before they got back. Asked to schedule a phone interview and was asked very basic questions about my profile and how I would fit in.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

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