I applied through a recruiter and the process took 4 weeks - interviewed at DTE Energy in February 2014.
Interview Details – A rare outside hire for a senior leadership position that is being sourced by external recruiters. A few phone calls and an onsite interview. The onsite was very formal, with no deviating from the script, probably for EEOC purposes. Question read, question answered, next question read next question answered.
Interviewers did not interact with me, only asked questions and furiously wrote my responses. Didn't look up much so I was talking to people that weren't looking at me. Kind of uncomfortable, they would have been better off recording me on video while they listened and asked probing questions.
It was a behavioral style STAR interview. I am not a fan of those for senior people as they don't give you the opportunity to discuss your body of work, their needs and problems and how your skills and experience may apply or not apply. "Give me an example of when you had an urgent customer need" pretty much describes every week of my life for the past 20 years. "how do you handle urgent customer needs" would be much more appropriate. A conversation would be much more effective then a list of questions, some of which could have interpreted many different ways - so you really have to take your best shot at what the question means and why they are asking it.
Interview Question – All candidates have the same questions and they asked me not to disclose, which I will respect. Answer Question
I applied online and interviewed at DTE Energy.
Interview Details – I had a phone interview but the interview process should be the same regardless of where the interview is located. The interviewers asked five questions which I had to answer using the STAR method, which stands for Situation/Task, Action, Result. These questions are very open ended which may cause you to pause for awhile on a few of them, especially if you are not prepared.
Interview Question – Answering using the STAR method, what was the the a technical problem you had either in school or at work and how did you overcome it? Answer Question
I applied through college or university and the process took 3 months - interviewed at DTE Energy in February 2013.
Interview Details – It was the STAR based interview so everything was behavioral and how you act in situations. My interview personally was a phone interview and was one on one but I heard from other co-op students it was a group. I had to meet once in Detroit before they decided to hire me and it was the manager at the branch I resided.
Interview Question – Name a situation where you were leading and one of your teammates didn't show interest and was planning on leaving the class Answer Question
Negotiation Details – For my amount of experience their was no negotiation
I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at DTE Energy in October 2013.
Interview Details – Two weeks after applying online I received all call offering an interview for the following week. Around two weeks after my interview I received a call offering me the position, was a lot quicker than expected, in the interview they said it could take around 6 weeks. They really followed the STAR interview method and were writing down notes the whole interview.
Interview Question – How do you handle difficult people? View Answer
I applied online and the process took 5 weeks - interviewed at DTE Energy in September 2013.
Interview Details – The interview process was convoluted with HR. I was called for an interview, then asked to fill out a lengthy questionnaire application that included work, salary history and salary requirements. Then HR called for a personal interview with a panel of 4 people and a Excel business project.
Interview Question – The interview was a typical behavior based interview with fairly difficult business case analysis focused on residential power outages. Answer Question
I applied online and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at DTE Energy.
Interview Details – Phone interview at first, and they kept in good contact throughout the process. My resume was selected and I went on site and interviewed with who ended up being my supervisor. I was given a clear description of my duties.
Interview Question – What is one weakness and when was it shown? Answer Question
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 1+ week - interviewed at DTE Energy.
Interview Details – No interview. Easy application. Hired because I knew someone in HR.
Interview Question – Literally I wasn't interviewed at all. Answer Question
Reason for Declining – I did an internship there before - it was really boring, not applicable to my major. Easy money but no relevant work experience in my field.
I applied online and interviewed at DTE Energy.
Interview Details – STAR format, look it up online. be very detailed in your answers making sure to cover each point of the STAR, especially the R, which is result. It consists of 5 questions, and the interview is usually just with one person. There's usually a question regarding when you used excel/access/some other tool for completing a task, some question about organization, some question about needing to get something from someone not responding I think? I don't remember them all exactly.
So, for STAR format, as opposed to a "what would you do in this situation?" it's more like "name a time this situation occurred to you and what you did." So come prepared with a bunch of stories of experiences and things in your head and situations from previous jobs that could be easily modified to answer the specific question being asked.
Interview Question – The question about safety threw me off because I had only worked a food service job in high school before interviewing. It went something like: name a time when you noticed a safety issue and did something to correct it. STAR format response obviously View Answer
Negotiation Details – All student jobs are set with rates that apply to everyone. The way I understand it there is an engineering rate table and a non-engineering rate table. From there, the tables are broken by credit hours (or class standing, 4 different levels)
Engineering rates go something like $12 for freshmen, $14 sophomore, $16 junior and $18 senior. Those could be +/- 50 cents or so, I don't recall the exact breakdown. I have no clue about the non-engineering rates.
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