American Chemical Society Interview Questions

Updated Feb 17, 2015
Updated Feb 17, 2015
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    Peer Review Analyst Interview

    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3+ monthsinterviewed at American Chemical Society (Washington, DC).

    Interview

    I applied online for the position, and was contacted almost a full two months later asking me to come in for an interview. The initial portion of the interview involved meeting with an HR person for about 30 mins where they explained the benefits and process. This was helpful, but confusing as it occurred before the initial interview with the relevant department. The department interview was about an hour long, pretty standard. I did have a second interview, and I think its common to have up to 3 interviews before an offer is made

    Interview Questions

    • What are your career goals? Do you have a big picture outlook?   Answer Question
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    Associate Editor Interview

    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral – interviewed at American Chemical Society.

    Interview

    Hiring process was straightforward and professionally handled. They made the interview process pleasant and made their decision quickly. I interviewed with the person who was to be my boss and with her boss, and they took me around the office to meet a random smattering of other folks. The interview was most about getting to know each other, it didn't feel at all like an exam. That's probably because a collegial and friendly work environment is prioritized, and I wouldn't have gotten the interview if they weren't pretty sure I was qualified to do the work.

    Interview Questions

    • Not unexpected exactly, but they asked if I was detail oriented and meant it. Every employer asks that question, but usually it's just a filler/screening question like "have you every been convicted of a crime."   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    This was a bit icky. They made me "negotiate" for a benefit that's given automatically to all employees in my work group, and as a result I made less effort to negotiate on other parts of the compensation. I feel that I got duped and am concerned that it will effect my salary history for years to come. Management later apologized for that (it may have been HR's doing), but hasn't done anything to redress it.

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    Manager Interview

    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online – interviewed at American Chemical Society (Washington, DC).

    Interview

    couple phone calls and 2 in person interviews

    Interview Questions

    Negotiation

    yes

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    Business Analyst Interview

    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 5 daysinterviewed at American Chemical Society (Washington, DC) in April 2013.

    Interview

    Interview was less than an hour with 2 different PMs. One PM was instrumental in questioning me on real world experience. The other PM was asking questions more so to almost entertain his knowledge rather than to gain knowledge of what i knew.

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    Marketing Coordinator Interview

    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through a staffing agency. The process took a weekinterviewed at American Chemical Society (Washington, DC) in March 2013.

    Interview

    Phone interview set up via staffing agency. They didn't provide much of a job description, but the hiring manager didn't skip a beat and let me know what she was looking for and why my resume caught her eye. We set up an in person interview, where she showed me some examples of marketing pieces that we had similar thoughts on.

    Negotiation

    Difficult negotiation, but worth it.

  7. Helpful (3)  

    Senior Manager Interview

    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at American Chemical Society (Washington, DC) in June 2012.

    Interview

    Applied on line and heard from their HR dept. after two weeks to set up a time for a phone screen with HR. Took numerous calls and emails to confirm a time that they would call me for the initial phone screen and when the time came, they were 20 minutes late for the call. Made the excuse that lunch ran late. (Scheduled time was for 2pm...late lunch indeed). Initial phone screen went well and was brought in for face to face interview with hiring manager the following week. That interview went really well and met with HR before I left the interview and they said they would get back to me within the next week to confirm when I could be brought back to interview with the President of the company. That was over two months ago and I still have yet to hear back from ACS. I even sent an email after two weeks and never got a response back from HR. This is clearly an unprofessional company where people go "to die" and are not interested in professionalilsm or advancement. They seem complacent and uninterested in their jobs. A lot of life timers here, which is part of the problem.

    Interview Questions

    • Lots of questions surrounding "difficult" staff and how you would handle them.   1 Answer
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    Management Interview

    Declined Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview
    Declined Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    The process took 6+ weeksinterviewed at American Chemical Society (Washington, DC) in December 2011.

    Interview

    The recruiter was very lax, which was the tone of all the interactions I had with ACS. The recruiter was not timely or friendly and the HR department and hiring directors were very inappropriate in front of me in the in person interviews. I had written them off even before the offer letter came. I knew I would not want to work for such a place. I've never seen "professionals" act so inappropriately before. This was probably the worst, most unfriendly recruiter I've ever interacted with.

    Interview Questions

    • How would you compensate for the lack of knowledge you have in ACS operations over the internal candidate we are considering.   Answer Question

    Reasons for Declining

    I had written them off even before the offer letter came. I knew I would not want to work for such a place. I've never seen "professionals" act so inappropriately before. This was probably the worst, most unfriendly recruiter I've ever interacted with. I did not want to be part of a company like this.

  9. Helpful (2)  

    IT Interview

    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    The process took 3+ monthsinterviewed at American Chemical Society (Washington, DC) in January 2011.

    Interview

    Internal interview. Process takes forever. Organization cannot get act together to make up mind. Online application tool is a joke. Makes ACS look bad. HR is barely competent. Polite on phone and in email, don"t seem to have a clue otherwise. Job description detailed, but no one communicated consistently. Different stories from different people. Sounded like an organization that did not have act together.

    Interview Questions

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    Program Assistant Interview

    Accepted Offer
    Accepted Offer

    Interview

    HR calls you first, does a short phone screening. Then you are called in (if selected) for an interview. Each department is different, but I only interviewed with one person and then came back a second time to interview with the director of the department.

    Interview Questions

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    Human Resources Business Partner Interview

    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a staffing agency. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at American Chemical Society in January 2011.

    Interview

    Formal process through Senior HR Manager and staff. Final with Director, Human Resources.

    Negotiation

    Very casual. I spoke with the HR Business Partner for HR. We talked about salary and start date.

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