3M Interview Questions in Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN

Updated Sep 17, 2014
Updated Sep 17, 2014
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    Sales Representative Interview

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

    I applied through other source. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at 3M.

    Interview Details

    Standard interview process. Met with roughly 4 3M employees. Ranging form Management, to sales trainers. Asked typical interview questions. Have 30/60/90 day plan ready. Dress formal. Be ready for a long day of interviews. They will give you 10-15 mins in between rounds. Bring note pad. It's helpful to take notes.

    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  2.  

    Sales Representative Interview

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

    I applied in-person. The process took 3+ monthsinterviewed 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 Questions
    • 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.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  3.  

    Technical Aide Interview

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

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at 3M in June 2014.

    Interview Details

    I got an email asking if I was still interested in the position and I called as soon as I saw it and set up an interview date. My interview started at 1pm the next day. The guy I will be working under got me from the lobby and right away the interview started. He really didn't ask me any questions but gave me a tour of the machines and I met some people I will be working under too. He told me there was another interview the next day and he'll choose between me and that person. The next day about 4pm he left me a voice mail saying I got the job if I was still interested. I said yes of course. It took forever for the hiring process to complete. I got the job June 26th and I start July 21st.

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    There was no negotiation
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Technical Service Specialist Interview

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

    I applied online. The process took 4+ monthsinterviewed 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 Questions
    • 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.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  6.  

    Tech Aide Interview

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

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed 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 Questions
    • 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
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Tech Aide Interview

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

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at 3M in February 2014.

    Interview Details

    I applied online at there website for the tech aide position several times before I got a call for an interview. On the day of the interview, I was interviewed by 2 managers. They were very friendly and I was at ease. I could tell it was a good company from the questions they asked to all the details they filled me in on the position. I got an offer within a week which I accepted. I went through a background and drug test which took 3-4 weeks to get done

    Interview Questions
    • How would I deal best with a difficult situation?   View Answer
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  8.  

    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
  9.  

    Senior Research Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Saint Paul, MN
    Anonymous Interview Candidate 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
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    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
  11.  

    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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