Very Easy Interview
I applied through college or university and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Kohler in October 2013.
Interview Details – First round is a simple phone interview, second and third rounds are both on-site ones. The phone interview is just 25 minutes, and the HR(normally) will go through your resume and ask such simple questions regarding your interns before and several project experience before.
Interview Question – What do you know the cultural value of Kohler Company? View Answer
Reason for Declining – Because it is a position especially set up for undergraduate students and mechs, and I am really an Industrial Engineer.
I applied online and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Kohler in September 2013.
Interview Details – I had applied online for a co-op position, but they decided to give me the opportunity to interview for an entry level position instead. The project manager (EE) contacted me via email and we set up a phone interview. It was a conference phone interview with an EE and ME. Phone interview went well and they decided to fly me out for an on site interview. HR contacted me to ask some general questions. Before I flew out, I was required to take an assessment test which was 2 hours long. On site interview consisted of two 1 on 1 interviews, a panel interview, interview over lunch and a plant tour. Everything went well and the people were nice, but I didn't feel like it was the right environment for me. Total process took 3 weeks.
Interview Question – Something along the lines of how you would improve their systems. Answer Question
I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Kohler in September 2013.
Interview Details – The HR executive had no clue about the position, why it was created, trainings offered, responsibilities, or anything remotely connected with the position I was interviewing for. How can someone be judged to be a good fit if the interviewer has no idea what is needed. I knew the outcome of the interview the moment the interviewer made doubly sure of my current salary and my expectations. Come on, no ons is going to work at a senior level for peanuts.
Interview Question –
Nothing out of the ordinary. But I would request the interviewer to be better prepared as a mark of respect to the candidate and for the sake of the company paying your salary.
Additionally, I would request the company to mention what they intend to pay in their ad. This way no one will be wasting anyone's time. View Answers (2)
I applied online and interviewed at Kohler.
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Such a long process for all positions. I have been trying to get into Kohler for over 7 months because I'm trying to move to the area, with no avail. Have taken online caliper tests, had numerous phone interviews, an in-office Wunderlic test, a 3-person panel interview, 3 separate interviews in one day... and I come from out of state.
Thought I nailed every interview but about a month or 2 later I always get an automated email turning me down. The rejection is awful after putting in so much time and energy and the waiting for ANY word from ANYONE is as drawn out as possible. You need months of time for this process, so don't go quitting a job or turning down offers because of high hopes.
Interview Question – "Do you know SAP?" "The current employee in this position seems to have a lot of free time - what would you do to occupy your downtime?" View Answers (4)
Very Easy Interview
I applied online and the process took 4 months - interviewed at Kohler in February 2013.
Interview Details – horrible and took months, wasted time, and had to decline two other offers, while waiting for this ridiculous process to play out, HR was from India and didn't know the language that well...had tests and had to stay at that horrible, dirty hotel the american club, disgusting and ugly...who did it should go....away.
Interview Question – did I like the american club! View Answers (2)
Negotiation Details – none whatsoever
I applied online and the process took 2 months - interviewed at Kohler in February 2013.
Interview Details – Initial phone screening lasted about 15 minutes. General questions asked followed by an interview by hiring manager. Interview with hiring manager more typical interview questions asked. Last 20 minutes were in Spanish.
Interview Question – The last 20 minutes in Spanish caught me off guard. View Answer
I applied online and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Kohler.
Interview Details – Applied online. Got a call from recruiter after bout 2 weeks. Asked general questions like why are you looking for a change in Job. There was no response for about 3 weeks. Then got a call from Kohler for a Phone Interview. Interview went well, but from the hiring manager, I understood the sill set in the Job advertised is different from what the hiring manager is looking for.
Interview Question – Regular questions about my skill set as it is phone interview View Answer
Very Easy Interview
I applied online and the process took 9 months - interviewed at Kohler in December 2012.
Interview Details – This is by far the worst experience I have ever had for an interview process. This HR department is run really poorly and they add way too many layers to attract any serious employee. Months pass between first contact and follow up. A long series of tests that will stay with you for years if you do eventually get hired. Eventually a phone interview by an HR generalist who has no idea what the job entails. Just be detailed and talk over their heads and you will get by the phone interview. Second phone interview with somebody a little more informed. If that passes you will hear nothing for quite some time. Complete silence. Emails will not be returned. Suddenly months later you will be asked to come in for a face to face. There could be up to three of these. More silence. No communication. Then acceptance or a form letter saying you have not been chosen. Please keep in mind. This is how the company will treat you for years to come if you do work for them. Big name Kohler likes to rest on their name but they treat people very poorly. Keep this in mind. This HR department is a labyrinth of bureaucracy. They have nothing else to add to the company so the process suffers.
Interview Question – Nothing that isn't textbook. These people are not very knowledgeable about the actual position so they rely heavily on the basic textbook interview questions. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – Basically none. They have a slotted price range and they stick to it. You can probably talk them into more vacation though. That is the easiest route to success. Try to get as much as you can upfront because once you get in they have ceilings that prevent you from ever earning a whole lot more. Even as you move up, if you move up, the HR rulebook caps the amount of salary increase you can get unless it is approved by HVK. 99% of managers will not go that far for an employee so you are stuck with the salary range. I wish I knew this before I got hired.
Very Easy Interview
I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Kohler.
Interview Details –
The application process is a bit cumbersome. They were faster to respond for me than some other reviewers have stated, but multistage process leaves you wondering where you stand at each step.
Initial phone interview was by a junior HR employee and very generic. No questions directly related to the position and he wasn't really able to answer questions about it.
In the online application, there's a box to check if you want an email telling you if you are removed from consideration. I was and there was no email.
I applied through college or university and the process took 6 weeks - interviewed at Kohler.
Interview Details – Called unexpectedly a long time after submitted application. Think this was a short "phone interview"/scan to make sure I didn't suck too bad. Explained personality test instructions. Took (very long) online assessment. Waited a week, Was invited for second round interviews which consisted of a 3 hour manufacturing plant tour (so exhausting in a suit), a networking lunch with your interviewers, an intelligence test, and then speed-dating style interview sessions with your 10-12 interviewers at 15 min each one. Needless to say, it's a long day.
Interview Question – What is something you are really bad at? Answer Question
Negotiation Details – I did not negotiate, but quickly regretted that. The engineer interns made over $2 more per hour than the business interns.
Pros: I was surrounded by good people and treated well. The environment was positive. There was also good growth and a positive future outlook. – Full Review
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