Keyence Interview Questions

Updated Aug 2, 2015
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    Sales Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter – interviewed at Keyence.

    Interview

    The first stage was a Mechanical Aptitude Test, Video Interview followed by a Personality Test. These Mechanical Test was little challenging due to time constraints. The Video Interview consisted of pre-recorded questions that you had a certain amount of time to think about how you would answer. The respones are time limited and recorded on the webcam on your computer.

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    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Keyence.

    Interview

    Lasted about two weeks, impersonal video recorded interview. There was an initial phone screening where someone asked basic questions. There was also a physics assessment and a personality assessment.

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    Technical Sales Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Keyence (Chicago, IL) in June 2015.

    Interview

    I had responded to a job posting on Linkedin by a recruiter and was called the next day. He quickly qualified that I was fit for the job, and explained a bit more about the company. After I said I was interested in the job he explained the interview process including a very basic mechanical aptitude test, followed by a prerecorded online interview, and a personality test. If you pass these they will fly you to Chicago for an in person interview.

    Interview Questions

    • What is one obstacle you have had to face and how did you overcome it? Why are you a good fit for Keyence? Tell me about a time you had to do something you did not want to do, and how did you motivate yourself to do it.   Answer Question
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    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at Keyence in June 2015.

    Interview

    Was contacted by a recruiter after applying on LinkedIn. He qualified me for the position and instructed me to apply on the website. I was then sent a mechanical comprehension test. This is really easy and measures your understanding of basic physics. I was then contacted by a corporate recruiter who moved me onto the hireview interview. The final step was a personality test. You can submit your preference based on location. I wasn't told why I wasn't moving forward. I'm still scratching my head as to why. I came in with a science degree and some sales experience, but I guess I wasn't a cultural fit.

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    Sales Specialist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Chicago, IL
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Keyence (Chicago, IL) in June 2015.

    Interview

    4 parts of the process or should I say filters to weed out candidates. The first one was a Bennet test. That's for filtering out non-technical candidates. It tests basic concepts of physics. Review gears and pulleys. Also a bit of fluid and basic circuitry. No calculator required. The next step is the phone screening. They asked about background, why sales and why would you fit and what kind of jobs are you looking for in your job search. They filter here people that are either awkward on the phone or do not have the "skill" to do cold calling. The next step is the Hirevue web "interview". Asked stuff like why would you fit in sales and the questions below. They filter candidates here that do not know interview etiquette and do not show confidence or interviewing skill. The next step is the Caliper Personality test. They know what they want. They want a salesman kind of personality. And the final step is the on site interview. Here they ask you for a product demo, more behavioral questions and how would you act on a sale by doing a sale pitch with a pen or whatever they give you. Do all that and you might get a shot. Got to give it to them, they know what guy they want and at least with me they have been quick on the response and the step procedure.

    Interview Questions

    • How do you see yourself in 5 years. What are your career goals? How did you worked around a difficulty in your career? What is your background and why do you think sales is a good fit? Name your 3 preferred working locations and why.   Answer Question
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    Sales Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 6 weeksinterviewed at Keyence.

    Interview

    The Keyence interview process is quite different than anything else out there. Here is what to expect: 1. Bennett Mechanical Comprehension Test: This test is checking for an extremely basic understanding of physics. If you have any sort of science or engineering background, this test will be insulting to your intelligence. 2. Phone Screen: A Keyence HR rep will contact you for a phone screening. This is NOT an interview because the HR rep won't respond to what you say. This is a 10-20 minute screening to see if you are capable of expressing yourself and answering simple interview questions. 3. HireVue Webcam Interview: You will be asked some pretty typical interview questions like "Tell us about a time you tried something new and failed", "What is something you have advocated for", etc. You are given the question, then given 30 seconds to prepare, and you then have 3 minutes to answer the question. This part can be very difficult because you need to have the enthusiasm and presentation you normally would in an interview but you're talking to yourself. Wear your interview clothes for this! 4. Caliper Sales Assessment: This is a "sales personality" test. There are questions such as "choose the two statements that you most and least align with" followed by 4 seemingly unrelated statements. Pattern identification questions with picture and number patterns. And lastly questions with one statement like "I will stop whatever I'm doing to help someone in need" and you have to answer either strongly agree, mostly agree, agree, disagree, etc. My best advice for this test is don't try to "beat" it. Answer truthfully and consistently. While your typical personality tests are pretty terrible, the Caliper is actually very accurate (research the test to find out about this). IMPORTANT NOTE At this point, you'll probably be feeling like the Keyence interview process is overall very impersonal and pretty stupid. Now that I've been through the whole thing, I understand why they do things this way. Keyence gets literally thousands of applicants a month and they need to automatically weed people out. So, the Mechanical test weeds out people who have no understanding of the world around them. The phone screen weeds out people with no interview skills. The HireVue and Caliper test together weed out people with bad presentation skills and traits that don't lead to good salespeople. Also, your HireVue and Caliper scores are posted internally and you can be considered by different hiring managers all over the country, not just one location. This doesn't make the process any better for you, the interviewee, but that's why they do things this way. 5. Final Interview: I've heard different things about the final interview, but I'll only speak to my experience. The final interview is in person with all of the hiring managers that are interested in you. The interview was split up into 3 parts: Basic interview questions and get-to-know-you kind of stuff, a product sales presentation, and a sales role play. Here's my advice: prepare, prepare, prepare. When you schedule your final interview, you will be given a Keyence product that you have to present in a 5 minute sales presentation during your interview. You are given all the product information days ahead of time so again, prepare, prepare, prepare. Lastly, before my interview I was given a "sales role play scenario" which I was able to read and think about for 15-20 minutes before my interview started. If you do your research (i.e. talk to your recruiter, read glassdoor reviews, read indeed reviews, etc) you'll know what to expect here. Most of the time, the role play is some sort of "sell me this pen" type scenario. My scenario was that I was trying to sell Keyence a pen which costs 20 cents and they are currently using one that costs 10. Again, being prepared for this is very important (noticing a pattern here?). Keyence sells their products on value, not price. So in your role play it is VERY important to not drop the price of your pen and get nothing in return for it. By the end of the role play I had set up an exclusivity deal to be their office product supplier (not just pens) for the next 2 years with an initial $10,000 paper purchase order for the entire company, in trade for selling them my high quality pens @ 15 cents a pen as well as throwing in an extra 100 pens per 1000 to cover lost pens. Lastly, it is VERY important that you try to close them in your interview. I hope this long interview explanation provides some insight into why Keyence does things this way as well as helps your prepare for the various aspects of the interview. Best of luck!

    Interview Questions

    • "When you leave this interview, how do you want us to remember you?"   1 Answer

    Negotiation

    There is no negotiation. Everyone gets the same offer (based on location) and it is so good that you won't need to negotiate.

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    Technical Sales Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Keyence (Los Angeles, CA) in May 2015.

    Interview

    You start off with a mechanical assessment with a little over 50 questions to be done in 25 minutes. The questions are straightforward and if you want to practice there are online practice tests that help. They may seem short but they do the trick if you understand why the answers are what they are. The next step I took in the application process was a prerecorded interview. There were 6 questions, each to be finished in 3 minutes. You have 30 seconds to prepare for each one. There are practice questions you can do before starting the real interview. I found them helpful to get any nerves out and to jump start my brain in thinking of answers. The last step I had was a personality test. It is not timed and there are roughly 90 questions. A lot of the questions ask which option you most and least align with. I figure the personality test was what lead me to being turned down since my answers did not align with their qualifications.

    Interview Questions

    • Describe a situation in which you had to adapt your style to meet the needs of others.   Answer Question
    • What is one thing you want us to remember about you?   Answer Question
    • Describe a time you faced an obstacle and found a way around it.   Answer Question
    • Describe a time you motivated yourself to do something you did not want to do.   Answer Question
    • Tell us about a time you advocated for something.   Answer Question
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    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at Keyence.

    Interview

    I applied through a recruiter and first was sent a link to a basic physics test. I didn't think it was too difficult, but there are websites that can help you prepare. Next was a preliminary phone interview. Mine was very quick. The man asked me to briefly go over my resume/experience. Then I had to choose from 6 different motivators. Lastly I had to list what I thought were the three important characteristics of a salesperson. The man I spoke with seemed rushed. He wanted me to have very brief answers and sometimes cut me off. Next was the recorded interview. It is an awkward experience since you aren't actually talking to a person, so keep up the energy as much as possible. There were 6 questions that weren't too hard to answer. You get 30 seconds to think and then record your response. After the recorded interview, you take a personality test. It asks a lot of the same questions worded different ways, so I think the best way to go about this test is to be honest. It asks a lot about how much you care about what others think of you, how you handle criticism, and how aggressive you are. I got an email a few days after taking this that they were seeking other candidates, so either the recorded interview or the personality test messed me up, but I feel it was for the best.

    Interview Questions

    • Describe a situation in which you had to adapt your style to meet the needs of others.   Answer Question
    • Why are you the best fit for this position?   Answer Question
    • Describe a time you faced an obstacle and found a way around it.   Answer Question
    • Describe a time you promoted something you felt strongly about.   Answer Question
    • Describe a time you motivated yourself to do something you didn't want to do.   Answer Question
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    Sales Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Keyence in April 2015.

    Interview

    Interview process is straight forward, there is a mechanical aptitude test and personality test involved and a pre recorded online interview. If you make it through these stages, you should get a phone interview.

    Interview Questions

    • Describe a time when you promoted something you felt strongly about.   Answer Question
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    No Offer
    Neutral Experience

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Keyence.

    Interview

    After applying, you have to take an online assessment. If you do well, which you should, you will be asked to schedule a phone interview. If you make it past the phone interview, you then have an online Skype interview. Following that is another online assessment and face to face interview.

    Interview Questions

    • Why did you think technical sales is a career you will excel at?   Answer Question
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