Getting an Interview
Getting an Interview
Interviews for Top Jobs at Kaiser Aluminum
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- Manager (1)
Helpful (3)Accepted OfferPositive ExperienceEasy Interview
I applied through an employee referral – interviewed at Kaiser Aluminum in March 2015.
Met with 2 conference rooms of 4-5 people who mostly asked me about my methods of solving problems. Was ask about what I enjoy and don't enjoy of my current position. Met briefly with the plant manager and had a plant tour.
- Name a time you made a poor decision and how you reacted to it. Answer Question
- Accepted OfferPositive ExperienceDifficult Interview
I applied through a recruiter – interviewed at Kaiser Aluminum.
Phone screening first to get a feel of who you are and why Kaiser, etc.
Then second or necessary phone interview on technical knowledge and background.
Successful candidate invited to a plant interview (Kaiser corporate office is small, most face to face interviews are at the plants).
Interview structure is in the form of STAR(Situation, Task, Action, Result).
- You are struggling on this case, you have a problem or disaggrement then what would you do? 1 Answer
Not on salary, but easily approachable and flexible on everything else to negotiate.
- Declined OfferPositive ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied through a recruiter. The process took 5+ months – interviewed at Kaiser Aluminum in November 2011.
Initial interview by phone and then week or so later, interview scheduled at facility. The interview at the facility was an all-day, behavior-based style interview with several different people mostly 1-on-1. There were two subsequent phone interviews after the facility interview.
- Tell us about a time you made a recommendation and it ended up not resulting in a positive outcome. What would you do differently next time. Answer Question
Reasons for Declining
My personal relocation risk intolerance prevented me from taking a job that only offered a marginal salary improvement over current.
- Accepted OfferNeutral ExperienceDifficult Interview
I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2 days – interviewed at Kaiser Aluminum (Spokane, WA) in February 2010.
Interview on the phone was mostly technical; pretty detailed but also kind of a Shotgun approach....ie it cover every area you could possibly be exposed to; so no one knows everything.
The in person interview is the S.T.A.R. approach: Situation/Task, Action and Results; so they give you situations and or ask you for examples of situations from your background...and you respond with how you would / did handle the situation.
- Most difficult technical problem, and how you solved the problem. Answer Question
Not much negotation on salary....but it is pretty easy to negotiate every thing else.
- Accepted OfferPositive ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied through a recruiter. The process took 1 day – interviewed at Kaiser Aluminum (Spokane, WA) in June 2007.
HR handled scheduling the flight, hotel, and rental car for me. Flew in on a Thursday, interviewed Friday, flew back Saturday. Met with HR in the morning and filled out applications. Followed that with a short tour of the mill and then settled in to a room inside the bowels for the interviews. Interviewed with 5-6 managers, most of whom ended up not being in my chain of command.
- Why did you choose Kaiser? Answer Question
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