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Sales Representative Interview (Positive Experience; Difficult Interview)
I applied in-person and the process took 3 months - interviewed at 3M.
Interview Details – Hiring process can take up to three months, including apptitude tests. Went through 2 phone interviews and one face-to-face interview before going to the headquarters for interviews with four senior managers. Then I spent a day in the field with one of the top sales reps.
Interview Question – Describe a situation where you turned around a difficult customer. View Answer
Negotiation Details – They offered me a salary lower than i was making stating that the company car was wortha certian amount of money. I was naive enough to accept the lower offer, which I regret to this day. I was too young to know how to negotiate.
Technical Aide Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied online and the process took 2 months - interviewed at 3M in May 2014.
Interview Details – Applied online, received phone call ~15 minutes of basic experience questions. Onsite interview that lasted about 3 hours mostly showing around/lab walk through followed by session of detailed questions about resume and some hypothetical problem solving.
Interview Question – Nothing too difficult, just be ready for some problem solving and know your own resume backwards and forwards. There were some basic social interaction questions as well such as "How do you work with other people when you encounter a disagreement..." View Answer
Reason for Declining – Better offer from another company and they took too long. Total process from online submission to offer took ~2 months. Great group of people and great company, it was hard to turn down but money talks. The offer is also contingent upon drug screen and background check to be completed within 72 hours of offer acceptance.
Sales Representative Interview (Positive Experience; Difficult Interview)
I applied online and the process took a day - interviewed at 3M in June 2010.
Interview Details – Four hours of interviews with five people followed by four hours of sales aptitude testing, personality testing, drug testing, and intelligence testing. Part of this is to determine what you are like throughout a full days work, not simply an hour face to face meeting.
Interview Question – Tell me about something you built with your hands? View Answer
Negotiation Details – No negotiation
Technical Aide Interview (Positive Experience; Easy Interview)
I applied online and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at 3M in June 2011.
Interview Details – The interview process was pretty simple. I applied online, got a call, did a short over the phone interview, and went in for an onsite interview. Most of the onsite interview was them telling me what I'd be doing, what they do, and showing me around the lab. It was fairly stress free. There was one engineer who did ask me a few typical interview behavioral based questions.
Interview Question – Tell me about a time that you had an idea and you needed other people to get on board. How did you go about doing that? Answer Question
Negotiation Details – This is a part time student for college students (typically engineering/science students,) so there's no negotiation process. It's pretty much all laid out the same for everyone.
Tech Aide Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied online and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at 3M in April 2014.
Interview Details – Didn't contact me until about a month after I applied. However, once they contacted me the interview process was very quick. Had an interview about 1 week after contact, and was given an offer the same day as the interview. Interview was fairly typical and not too challenging, about 30 mins total. It was a bit intimidating with 3 employees in the room interviewing me but they were very friendly and made me feel comfortable. Mostly asked questions about resume info - are you planning on going to grad school, why did you choose your area of study, what is your biggest accomplishment, previous employment info, etc. Did ask 1 technical question.
Interview Question – Asked a technical question about a problem one of the researchers was working on - researcher was taking images of a 2D array of plastic wells, but in the images the wells were not all oriented exactly the same way. Wanted to know how to create a program to rotate the images so that the wells were all oriented the same way (ie normal to the axes), so that they could be analyzed. There was no "right" answer per se, just wanted to get my thoughts. Answer Question
Intern Interview (Positive Experience; Easy Interview)
I applied through college or university and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at 3M in September 2013.
Interview Details – I met a recruiter at my campus career fair and was contacted for an interview shortly after. The interview was scheduled for 30 minutes and went a little over. I was asked only behavioral questions. Interviewer was nice and described some interesting projects he has worked on. I found out I had not advanced to the next round weeks later.
Interview Question – Tell me about a particularly interesting project you have worked on. Answer Question
Regional Sales Manager Interview (Positive Experience; Difficult Interview)
I applied in-person and the process took 3 months - interviewed at 3M in January 2010.
Interview Details – Interviewed with hiring manager, HR, and 5 of the 7 members of the operation committee.
Interview Question – How would I work with the previous position holder who was moving into a lateral position? View Answer
Technical Service Specialist Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied online and the process took 4 months - interviewed at 3M.
Interview Details – Phone interview and then All day interview: Give a 45 minute presentation to a group of 10 people, interview individually with marketing manager, supervisor, department manager, lab manager, director, and clinical supervisor; interview with a group/panel interview (4-7 people who will be your co-workers)
Interview Question – If you were able to invent something to make your life easier or the patient's life easier what would it be? View Answer
Negotiation Details – they have a salary range that they are allowed to offer; they will offer at the lower end of that range so ask to increase the salary.
Laboratory Technical Aide Interview (Positive Experience; Easy Interview)
I applied in-person and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at 3M in October 2010.
Interview Details – My resume was given directly to the hiring manager. This helped TREMENDOUSLY. Would definitely not have gotten the job through the regular HR process.
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