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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Interview Details – Responded to an advertisement in the newspaper, had to pass a test on electrical knowledge that was out of date and barely applied to the job, then told that the position was "multicraft" and I would have to do mechanic work as well as my own, but mechanics were not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
Mechanical Engineer Intern Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied online and the process took 2 months - interviewed at Alcoa.
Interview Details – Applied online in October and got a phone interview in January. The recruiting process seems like opening oriented. Unless there's a current opening, your resume would stay in their database. The interviewee is a chief engineer from a R&D group and the interview last for 45 mins. Most of the questions are based on my resume and projects.
Interview Question – Some material selection question about my previous projects. Answer Question
Team Lead Interview (Positive Experience; Difficult Interview)
I applied in-person and the process took 3 months - interviewed at Alcoa in June 2010.
Interview Details – Apply through a temp service, they do the initial interview process only. Have your resume, education, experiences, references in order. They will be checking everything. Be patient....theres many applying and the process can take awhile.
Interview Question – Why should we hire you? View Answer
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