I applied online and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Hormel in May 2011.
Interview Details – I initially applied online and about 5 months later got an email to fill out their official online application and submit a copy of my transcripts. I did the online app and got an email about 2 days later to set up a phone interview for later that same week. That phone interview was pretty easy and included the recruiter explaining the nature of the position and asking three fairly standard behavioral based questions. She was incredibly friendly and at the end of the call let me know that if I was moved on to the next step, I would be invited out to Minnesota for all day interviews. I got a phone call just over a week later letting me know I'd been invited out for interviews and to contact them to make my travel arrangements.
My interview day was scheduled for 2 weeks after I called them to set up travel plans. I got to MN late on night, interviewed all day the next day and flew home that same night. The interview day consisted of meeting with about 6 different corporate people, touring their plant and a brief meeting with the recruiter I spoke with on the phone. I felt like I had interesting conversations with everyone I met with, though I must note, I'm a younger female and I definitely got the vibe that it's a male dominant company. Almost everyone I met with during the day have been with the company 20+ years and I think they were all from the mid-west (they all asked how I felt about relocating from California one day and I think they weren't convinced it wasn't an issue). I thought the day went pretty well, but I did get asked "what's your management style," which is a difficult question to answer when I'm straight out of college and haven't really had time to establish a "management style".
I got an email about a week following my interview letting me know I wouldn't be offered a position. I think they were looking for someone with a more agressive/dominant personality and if I had any advice to offer to others interviewing for this position, definitely make it known that you have a strategy for dealing with managing people who are a.) older than you b.) set in their ways or c.) union employees.
I applied through other source and the process took 1+ week - interviewed at Hormel.
Interview Details – Applied thru web site ad, had one phone and one in-person interview.
Interview Question – Was ask about bad habits learned working for companies other than Hormel, and how fast I could forget any way other than the "Hormel " way ???? View Answer
Negotiation Details – you get a contract in a email there is no negotiation...you take or decline
I applied through a staffing agency and the process took 4 weeks - interviewed at Hormel in July 2012.
Interview Details – The first contact was a phone interview, followed by an in person interview with 3 people at a local plant. This was later followed by a trip to the Hormel Foods headquarters in Austin, MN. This trip consisted of 5 interviews, a lunch meeting, and a plant tour. The interviews consisted of direct questtions about my qualifications and a couple behavioral questions. The company made me feel at home and it was truly a pleasant experience. Hormel's human resources department is outstanding. Interview results were always given within 2 business days.
Negotiation Details – The company presented a very generous offer which took into account the unique aspects of my candidacy. A counter offer was not needed, as their offer was above average with several additional perks. Even though the compensation offer was quite generous, I did turn down some higher paying opportunities to accept Hormel's offer.
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