Hewlett-Packard Manufacturer Operations Associate IV Interview Questions

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Manufacturer Operations Associate IV Interview

Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
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I applied in-person. The process took 1+ week. I interviewed at Hewlett-Packard (Houston, TX) in January 2011.

Interview

If you apply and are hired through a temp agency to be a contractor, then no matter which agency you go through there is a 2 week training and then a performance test to show you know your job and a 50 question written test to show your knowledge of what you have learned as well. If you pass both tests you maintain employment. You are under probation as a new employee for the first 3 months. The paperwork and hiring process through any of the temp agencies is reasonable and easy. If however, you apply for a perm position with HP, then you should have a cover letter, resume and a Bachelors degree relevant to the position. HP loves college degrees relevant to the position. I've watched them hire so many people who lack experience associated with the position applied. If you are applying for an HP position then you must have a Bachelors degree or be studying for a Bach degree relevant to the position. then during the panel of 3 managers interview (3rd and final interview), you must let them bring up the subject of payment after the 3rd interview during the phone call - if they call you and make an offer of employment. They may ask you at the end of the 3rd interview, "If hired, would you be willing to accept lower pay or a different position?" It's a trick question, say yes. Because the offer isn't made until they call you after the 3rd interview to make an offer of employment and a different position requires a different interview entirely so it's a trick question don't fall for it. They just want to see that you're not a gold digger and that you are interested in the needs of HP and not just your paycheck.

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  • The process for getting hired as a contractor is easy and the tests are not that hard for people who don't have a computer background. The HP hiring process consists of 3 interviews (2 over the phone interviews and 1 interview in front of a panel of 3 managers). They will ask you about 10 questions total. Each question is designed to make you think and give a detailed answer regarding problem solving in select situations. They will ask a trick question during the 3rd interview to see if you are more interested in working for HP and resolving HP's needs as opposed to wanting worthwhile pay and the personal agenda or being recognized or getting promoted. They want to see humility and the willingness to sacrifice your own desires for the sake of the company. Talk about value that you bring and how you will build value for HP with examples of how you will do so if hired with HP. Do not ask about benefits, pay, possible promotion, raises, bonuses or anything that you want from the company during any interview. If you do, they won't hire you. Make HP's needs the constant object of your desire made clear in every interview and show it with your strong knowledge related to the position and how you handle problems with specific details.   Answer Question

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If you apply as a contractor, make sure you elaborate on any and all computer experience, past training, certificates, knowledge, degrees, 3 professional references relating to computer experience, etc. Anything you think that could give them reason to agree with you for the most pay possible. Ask for $12 an hour and let them talk you down to $11 or 10 (they won't pay more than $12 as a contractor). If you let them decide how much to pay or if you say "oh, I'll take anything I just need a job." then they will pay you $8.50 per hour for the same job.

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