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First Solar Interview Questions

Updated Nov 1, 2014
Updated Nov 1, 2014
33 Interview Reviews

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  1.  

    CAD Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online – interviewed at First Solar in March 2013.

    Interview Details

    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.

    Interview Questions
    • Since it was the first phone interview, it involved basic questions about resume and skills.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Easy Interview
  2.  

    Field Technician II Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Phoenix, AZ
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Phoenix, AZ
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 6 weeksinterviewed at First Solar in November 2012.

    Interview Details

    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

    Interview Questions
    • make sure everything is focused around safety. as with first solar safety comes before production   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  3.  

    Manager, Performance Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Mesa, AZ
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Mesa, AZ
    Application Details

    I applied through other source. The process took a dayinterviewed at First Solar in August 2012.

    Interview Details

    Very professionally organized interview. Very prompt and professional. Interviewers were very cordial and made me feel welcome

    Interview Questions
    • More Solar industry related and I knew the Answer but didnt understand the jargon.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Developer IT Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Perrysburg, OH
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Perrysburg, OH
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2 daysinterviewed at First Solar in June 2012.

    Interview Details

    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

    Interview Questions
    • i didn't expect to be asked weaknesses around each question.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    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.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  6.  

    Engineer I Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Francisco, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Francisco, CA
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at First Solar in January 2012.

    Interview Details

    Referred by friend.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  7.  

    Administrator Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Perrysburg, OH
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Perrysburg, OH
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at First Solar in November 2011.

    Interview Details

    it went well . first round was all about technical and later round carried technical process. It was pretty much normal process.

    Negotiation Details
    no
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
  8.  

    Engineer I Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Perrysburg, OH
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Perrysburg, OH
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took a dayinterviewed at First Solar in January 2011.

    Interview Details

    Initial interview with recruiter, face-to-face meeting with several people, 1 hour each.

    Interview Questions
    • How did your performance compare to last year's performance?   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
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    Engineering Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Santa Clara, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Santa Clara, CA
    Application Details

    The process took a dayinterviewed at First Solar in December 2010.

    Interview Details

    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.

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    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.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Estimating Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Tempe, AZ
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Tempe, AZ
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took a dayinterviewed at First Solar in September 2010.

    Interview Details

    .5 hr phone interview with in house recruiter. 1 hr phone interview with hiring manager. Interviewed at corporate headquarters for 6 hours. 2 Interviews were structured - meaning skills oriented. Technical competencies etc. Balance were behavioral in nature. Testing/measuring personality fit.

    Interview Questions
    • Tell me about a time when met results/failed to meet results/conflict resolution   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  11.  

    Reliability Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Toledo, OH
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Toledo, OH
    Application Details

    I applied online – interviewed at First Solar in July 2010.

    Interview Details

    Phone interview first. Then called for an all day on-site interview. 5 different persons from 3 levels in the organization interviewed. It was detailed and structured interview.

    Negotiation Details
    What were you able to negotiate? What advice would you give others considering an offer?
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

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