Getting an Interview
Getting an Interview
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I applied through an employee referral – interviewed at First Solar.
- Where do I see myself in 5 years. Answer Question
I applied online – interviewed at First Solar in March 2013.
Applied online for the position.Received an email to set up a phone interview.The interview lasted for about 20 minutes.Interview consisted of basic HR questions followed by CAD related questions.The interviewer discussed the resume in detail.They were looking for someone who had software support experience along with CAD skills.The interview involved questions on experience related to testing and deployment of CAD software.
- Since it was the first phone interview, it involved basic questions about resume and skills. Answer Question
Helpful (1)Accepted OfferPositive ExperienceDifficult InterviewAccepted OfferPositive ExperienceDifficult Interview
I applied online. The process took 6 weeks – interviewed at First Solar (Phoenix, AZ) in November 2012.
you first make contact with a recruiter who has already reviewed your resume. who then ask if he can forward it to the hiring managers if they like your resume then you are scheduled for a phone interview with 3 managers which is about an hour long. if they liked you during that interview you will be flown out to Arizona where you will be interviewed by about 4 or 5 people over the course of 4 hours
- make sure everything is focused around safety. as with first solar safety comes before production Answer Question
- No OfferPositive ExperienceEasy InterviewNo OfferPositive ExperienceEasy Interview
I applied through other source. The process took a day – interviewed at First Solar (Mesa, AZ) in August 2012.
Very professionally organized interview. Very prompt and professional. Interviewers were very cordial and made me feel welcome
- More Solar industry related and I knew the Answer but didnt understand the jargon. Answer Question
- Accepted OfferPositive ExperienceDifficult InterviewAccepted OfferPositive ExperienceDifficult Interview
I applied online. The process took 2 days – interviewed at First Solar (Perrysburg, OH) in June 2012.
There were 5 rounds taken place in one day over a span of 5 hours.
in each round there was only one person interviewing me.
all the 5 rounds were as below.
they have a set of questions each around
1.what were you doing in your past job
your strengths and weakness in this
2.what were the difficult situations
your strengths and weaknesses
3. Customer relationships
your strengths and weaknesses
4. what would your old manager say about your strengths, weaknesses
5. some technical questions around by area of subject
- i didn't expect to be asked weaknesses around each question. Answer Question
You have to better tell them the pay you were looking for before you go to the interview.
But still there is scope to negotiate after the interview. Also there are couple of locations you can work after joining.
- No OfferPositive ExperienceDifficult InterviewNo OfferPositive ExperienceDifficult Interview
I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2 weeks – interviewed at First Solar (San Francisco, CA) in January 2012.
Referred by friend.
- Lots of technical questions. Answer Question
- Accepted OfferNeutral ExperienceAverage InterviewAccepted OfferNeutral ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied online. The process took 3 weeks – interviewed at First Solar (Perrysburg, OH) in November 2011.
it went well . first round was all about technical and later round carried technical process. It was pretty much normal process.
- No OfferNeutral ExperienceAverage InterviewNo OfferNeutral ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied through a recruiter. The process took a day – interviewed at First Solar (Perrysburg, OH) in January 2011.
Initial interview with recruiter, face-to-face meeting with several people, 1 hour each.
- How did your performance compare to last year's performance? Answer Question
Helpful (4)Accepted OfferPositive ExperienceDifficult InterviewAccepted OfferPositive ExperienceDifficult Interview
The process took a day – interviewed at First Solar (Santa Clara, CA) in December 2010.
First Solar has the most disciplined interviewing process that I have encountered. All employees that interview attend mandatory interviewing training. When an interview is performed, all members of the interview are assigned a topic to focus on certain aspects of the company's core values - ex: "Results Matter", "Continuous Improvement", or "Overall Fit". Interviewers are also given a standard template of questions to help guide them in probing the candidate's experiences and reactions in given situations.
The most difficult part of the interview process is the "Structured Interview" where the candidate's prospective hiring manager delves deeply into the candidate's past work history, asking about their accomplishments, the things that they would do better, the things that their past managers and co-workers would say about them, and their reason for leaving each position.
At the end of the process, this same team meets and evaluates each candidate to determine which one to hire.
I only negotiated for an extra week of vacation. Standard vacation is two weeks for new hires, but I asked for extra and received three weeks vacation based on my skills and experience.
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