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Updated Feb 18, 2015
Updated Feb 18, 2015
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    3M Research and Development (PhD) Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university – interviewed at 3M.

    Interview Details

    Typical on-campus interview. Asking behavior questions. The interviewer is the alumni of our university. In one week I receive a email telling me that I'll be contacted by a recruiting manager. I'm still waiting since then (3 month already.....).

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
  2.  

    Packaging Graphics Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Maplewood, MN
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Maplewood, MN
    Application Details

    I applied through a staffing agency. The process took 2+ weeksinterviewed 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 Questions
    • 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.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  3.  

    Human Resources Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at 3M.

    Interview Details

    Behavioral interviews,

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    No real negotiation
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Sales Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Interview Details

    Interview process involved one face to face interview for this internship. The interview was largely casual conversations regarding skills and attributes.

    Interview Questions
    • Why did you choose science degree with expectation to enter sales field   Answer Question
    No Offer
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    Senior Research Engineer Interview

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

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at 3M.

    Interview Details

    Had a 60 min on-campus interview in September, a 30 min phone interview in October, and a day long on-site interview in November. Whole process took less than 2 months from initial contact to offer. Full day interview consisted of an hour seminar followed by 7 30 min individual interviews, lunch, and a site tour.

    Interview Questions
    • If I contacted your current supervisor, what would they say your biggest weakness was?   Answer Question
    Reasons for Declining

    Accepted a position that is closer to my family.

    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Researcher Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Interview Details

    On site series of interviews, with a job talk, done at the same time as a larger group of potential new employees. Very pleasant, positive environment, not hostile or competitive. People seemed to really enjoy working there, and there was a lot of longevity/mobility within the company. Would highly recommend interviewing here to someone interested in scientific research in the twin cities area.

    Interview Questions
    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Senior Research Scientist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Saint Paul, MN
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Saint Paul, MN
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 3+ monthsinterviewed 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 Questions
    • 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
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Product Development Scientist Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 3 daysinterviewed at 3M.

    Interview Details

    I was called in for a Rapid Recruiting Event. The event was planned for 3 days. There were interviews, company tours, dinners with managers and other employees. The interview part consisted of a 45 minute presentation and 45 minute interviews with each team member. The interviews had behavioral type questions in a casual atmosphere. Nothing unexpected or challenging.

    Interview Questions
    • What do you consider as your most significant achievement?   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Average Interview
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    IT Project Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Saint Paul, MN
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Saint Paul, MN
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at 3M.

    Interview Details

    Networked with internal contacts and monitored website for suitable opportunities. Interview for one position led to informational interview with a hiring manager with a more suitable business area. After a few months, a more appropriate position was posted; applied for that online. Screened by HR rep and then interviewed with hiring manager, director and VP.

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    Structured and fair. Salary ranges for each position are enforced. Paid time off was somewhat negotiable based on years of experience.
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
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    O2 Program Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2 daysinterviewed at 3M in November 2013.

    Interview Details

    One fly-out interview broken into three segments, two behavioral interviews and one tour. Very straight forward and traditional. 90% "Tell us about a time..." questions. One major idea that we kept on touching on was time management and tools for productivity. Most everyone was very "engineering-esque" if that makes sense. All were welcoming and amicable. Can't complain.

    Interview Questions
    • Tell us about a time where you made the wrong choice, and what did you do about it.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    Was told by multiple others that 3M does not negotiate on entry-level positions so I didn't try.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

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