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Commodity Analyst Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
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 Question – If I would expect an increase or promotion upon eating an MBA. View Answer
Negotiation Details – Negotiated salary. Vacation was not allowed.
Systems Engineer Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied in-person and 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 Question – The behavioral questions they asked were expected. I just didn't expect to not be asked any technical questions. Answer Question
Maintenance Electrician Interview (Neutral Experience; Average Interview)
I applied in-person and 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Interview Details – Responded to an advertisement in the newspaper, had to pass a test on electrical knowledge that was out of date and barely applied to the job, then told that the position was "multicraft" and I would have to do mechanic work as well as my own, but mechanics were not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 Question – 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.
Financial Analyst Interview (Neutral Experience)
Interviewed at Alcoa
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 Question – What was your greatest weakness Answer Question
EHS Intern Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied online and 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 Question – 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.
Analytics Intern Interview (Neutral Experience; Difficult Interview)
I 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 Question – If federal interest rates increase, what will the effect be on the price of metal? Answer Question
Financial Analyst Interview (Neutral Experience; Average Interview)
The process took 4 weeks - interviewed at Alcoa.
Interview Details – Typical interview process. Nothing out of the ordinary
Interview Question – Basic Questions: What is your biggest strength/weekness; Tell me about leadership roles/ teamwork; why Alcoa and this position Answer Question
Staff Analyst Interview (Neutral Experience; Average Interview)
I applied online and 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 Question – If you could be any brand of cereal, what would you be? View Answer
Reason for Declining – industry
Scientist Interview (Negative Experience; Difficult Interview)
I applied online and interviewed at Alcoa.
Interview Details – Got my travel plans and requests for other items (e.g., filled paper application, references, etc.) at the very last minute. Had to give a presentation to their staff. Probably 70 % behavioral, 30 % knowledge/skills. Whole day interview, 8+ people to meet.
Interview Question – If you get past the phone screen by HR, and the phone interview, possibly conducted by a panel pulled together by the hiring manager, you may be invited for an onsite interview. However, prior to this, they require you to input 5 references for a 360-degree review, and make your references fill out a survey BEFORE the interview. You will also have to do a lengthy personality/reasoning test online, again pre-interview. I can see how this may expedite things, but truly, this was a waste of time for my references; how disappointing that they do this. Answer Question
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