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Updated Jul 6, 2014
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Summer Intern Interview

Summer Intern

I applied through college or university and the process took a day - interviewed at 3M.

Interview Details – The interview was mainly about the research I have been doing in my home university.

Interview Question – Nothing unexpected   Answer Question

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Technical Service Specialist Interview

Technical Service Specialist
Saint Paul, MN

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.

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Easy Interview

Laboratory Technical Aide Interview

Laboratory Technical Aide

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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Senior Applications Development Specialist Interview

Senior Applications Development Specialist
Houston, TX

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at 3M in March 2010.

Interview Details – Met future colleague at a conference. Interview was scheduled quickly, was very thorough full day, commitment to making an offer the same day.

Interview Question – A technical/financial question regarding market potential for application of a new product.   View Answer

Negotiation Details – Negotiation phase was easy, I had the experience and contacts they were needing.

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Easy Interview

Technical Aide Interview

Technical Aide

I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at 3M.

Interview Details – I was contacted for a 15 minute phone interview. At the end of this interview I was invited for an interview at the St. Paul campus. The interview was very laid back and friendly. I spoke with the hiring manager one on one for about 30 minutes mainly talking about my interests and strengths. I met for a group interview with about 6 people and presented some of my past work. At the end of the interview I was offered the job after the group had discussed in private.

Interview Question – I was asked a few detailed questions about the projects I presented (computer code syntax, design choices, etc.)   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – There is no negotiation phase for a tech aide position at 3M. Don't try to negotiate.

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Senior Research Scientist Interview

Senior Research Scientist
Saint Paul, MN

I applied through college or university and the process took 3 months - interviewed at 3M in December 2013.

Interview Details – Start with on-campus interview, which was more general and more about spreading the message that 3M does Rapid Recruiting every December (so wait for that). Later got a phone call asking me to apply for the online position starting with "RR" (for Rapid Recruiting), and got the on-site invitation after two days. The on-site interview was very fun, well organized and very impressive. It somewhat feels like a conference since I got to meet other candidates (non-competitive) and listen to their presentations. Got the offer one day after the interview.

Interview Question – What do you see you can contribute to the company, given all the information you have collected? (has to talk about detailed ideas)   Answer Question

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Systems Administrator Interview

Systems Administrator
Austin, TX

I applied through a recruiter and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at 3M in June 2013.

Interview Details – Got called through a third party consulting firm for an initial screening call. Interview went well and then called me for in person.

Interview Question – Most of the questions were pretty straightforward from my resume. There were three interviewers and everyone was polite and friendly.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – Since I came in through a third party consulting firm, i would recommend to negotiate everything during the phone screening.

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No Offer

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Average Interview

Production Interview

Production
Wausau, WI

Interviewed at 3M

Interview Details – Professional but had way too many candidates applying for a few positions.

Interview Question – Why do you feel you are a good fit here?   Answer Question

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Front End Developer Interview

Front End Developer

Interviewed at 3M

Interview Details – Well rounded interview, high knowledge of technologies

Interview Question – None, all questions are as it should be and expected.   Answer Question

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Packaging Graphics Analyst Interview

Packaging Graphics Analyst
Maplewood, MN

I applied through a staffing agency and the process took 2+ weeks - interviewed at 3M in January 2014.

Interview Details – I got an interview scheduled through my temp agency. It was kind of short notice (two days). The person I interviewed with was very nice, very personable. She asked my about my background. I went thought my education and job experience. I did most of the talking. I made sure to read the job description before-hand and explain how my previous job history and skills transferred to the position I was applying for. Once the interview was winding down, we talked about our background, where we're originally from, and even joked around a bit.

Interview Question – There weren't really any difficult questions. I just had to make sure I explained why I deserved the position and why I'd be a good fit.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – Since this was done through a temp agency, salary was already negotiated.

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