Alcoa Interview Questions

Updated Sep 9, 2014
Updated Sep 9, 2014
79 Interview Reviews

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    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Alcoa in November 2013.

    Interview Details

    I was interviewed at a career fair and the recruiters were very approachable. Within minutes I was set up for an interview. The interview was short and it was less of a structured interview and more of just a conversation of what my goals were and why I was interested in the company.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  2.  

    Commodity Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Pittsburgh, PA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Pittsburgh, PA
    Application Details

    I applied online - interviewed at Alcoa in August 2010.

    Interview Details

    The company does a panel interview with situational questions in the first interview round. The next round of interviews was with the peers. The last round was with management. The interviews all took place within a couple of weeks.

    Interview Questions
    • If I would expect an increase or promotion upon eating an MBA.   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    Negotiated salary. Vacation was not allowed.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  3.  

    Systems Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Pittsburgh, PA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Pittsburgh, PA
    Application Details

    I applied in-person. The process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Alcoa in May 2014.

    Interview Details

    Started the interview process when I met with one of the VPs at Alcoa. The meeting was more for the company to get to know me, my background, technical experience, etc. I was then invited back for a set of interviews with four members of the team. The questions were behavioral based, no real technical questions. A lot of the questions were situational. Some examples were "have you ever had to talk between departments", "give an example of a time you had to stand up and lead", and other questions along these lines that match competencies (many companies use these). The interview process, from start to end, was personable unlike most companies I interviewed at. The conversations were more "laid back", so to speak. We were talking about their questions, their tasks they complete on a daily basis, etc. It was more of a discussion than interview which was a refreshing change in comparison to other interviews I was part of. The interviewers weren't afraid to be social, when noticing common ground like where we grew up, went to school, etc. It was overall a great experience, and actually prepared me for more interviews down the road that helped me get another position.

    Interview Questions
    • The behavioral questions they asked were expected. I just didn't expect to not be asked any technical questions.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Maintenance Electrician Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Lake Charles, LA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Lake Charles, LA
    Application Details

    I applied in-person. The process took 2 months - interviewed at Alcoa in February 2014.

    Interview Details

    Responded to an advertisement in the newspaper, had to pass a test on electrical knowledge that was out of date and barely applied to the job, then told that the position was "multicraft" and I would have to do mechanic work as well as my own, but mechanics were not allowed to do electrical work. finally got a panel interview two weeks later, then took another few weeks to get a phone call on when to start. didn't get my offer letter until after I started!

    Interview Questions
    • Electrical test relies heavily on theoretical knowledge that does not typically apply or is not learned by most electrical workers in the commercial field.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    not able to negotiate. wages controlled by useless union.
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
  6.  

    Financial Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    The whole process was okay, it seemed appropriate for the job responsibilities. Overall, it is what you expect for a big company headquatered in NY like Alcoa. I would think it is similar to other interviews I've had with similarly sized huge corporations. Overall, it was a good experience. I got the offer, after some preparation.

    Interview Questions
    Declined Offer
  7.  

    EHS Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Savannah, GA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Savannah, GA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Alcoa in July 2013.

    Interview Details

    The interview process took about two weeks. I received a phone call from the Ehs manager who told me they are interested in me for the intern. The next day I had a phone interview. Flew out there to interview a week later, two interviews one with HR and one with EHS manager. Be ready to explain why you want to work for the company, where you see yourself in 10 years, why you chose your profession etc

    Interview Questions
    • Will you get nervouse to speak in front of large crowds?   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    Always keep an open mind, and want to continue learning in your profession.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  8.  

    Analytics Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Knoxville, TN
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Knoxville, TN
    Application Details

    interviewed at Alcoa in February 2013.

    Interview Details

    Applied online including a resume and a cover letter. I was set up with a 30 minute phone interview. Interview questions were quite difficult. As far as the technologies and tools the group used, it sounded like they were almost exclusively an Excel shop. I should have spent considerably more time learning about commodities pricing and the aluminum industry as a whole.

    Interview Questions
    • If federal interest rates increase, what will the effect be on the price of metal?   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview
  9.  

    Financial Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    The process took 4 weeks - interviewed at Alcoa.

    Interview Details

    Typical interview process. Nothing out of the ordinary

    Interview Questions
    • Basic Questions: What is your biggest strength/weekness; Tell me about leadership roles/ teamwork; why Alcoa and this position   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Average Interview
  10.  

    Staff Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Pittsburgh, PA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Pittsburgh, PA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Alcoa.

    Interview Details

    online app, initial phone call from HR, first interview (group), second interview (group) - Simple STARS format. Offer or rejection in 2 weeks

    Interview Questions
    • If you could be any brand of cereal, what would you be?   View Answer
    Reasons for Declining

    industry

    Declined Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
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    Ops Project Leader Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Davenport, IA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Davenport, IA
    Application Details

    interviewed at Alcoa in January 2010.

    Interview Details

    Case and behavior based.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

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