I applied through college or university and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Lafarge North America in November 2013.
Interview Details – Interviewed with the HR first when I was still in college. Basic interview. I was asked to talk about my life and work experiences that had brought me to this point. What will I contribute to the company. Second interview was at the plant site where I was going to work. Interviewed with the plant manager and a few other department managers. Interview was really basic. Not any technical questions.
Interview Question – What would you do if you are asked to solve a problem under pressure Answer Question
I applied online and the process took 2 months - interviewed at Lafarge North America.
Interview Details – In person interview with immediate supervisor and her (future) immediate supervisor. Additional phone interview with other Marketing Directors.
Interview Question – Asked to make predictions about the Cement industry from a strategy, economic, or marketing perspective. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – I was offered the high end of my salary range.
I applied through college or university - interviewed at Lafarge North America in June 2013.
Interview Details – Followed a typical review process and evolved into a technical q&a. Heavily dependent upon your unique role within the company and division of choice. Questions followed product line divisions.
Interview Question – What is your experience working with superplasticizers? Answer Question
Negotiation Details – No negotiation I got what I asked for
I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Lafarge North America in September 2012.
Interview Details – Received a phone call in response to my online application and an invitation to interview. The first interview went well, and I was called back for a second interview to meet with two other department heads. The second interview also went well, although the meeting with the two other individuals was rather short in duration. The second interview concluded with more time spent with the main department head. The conversation headed into "offer letter, drug test, background check" territory without any discussion of salary being mentioned. When I did bring it up, that was when I learned the salary range was $10,000/yr less than what I was looking to make.
Interview Question – The question wasn't difficult, but it was posed more than once, and it was "How comfortable are you with placing collection calls?" View Answer
Very Easy Interview
I applied through an employee referral and the process took a day - interviewed at Lafarge North America.
Interview Details – It was very simple. The old boss just asked 2 questions and I was in. I was referred by another employee. Same guys worked together for over 10 years.
I applied online and the process took 2 days - interviewed at Lafarge North America in July 2011.
Interview Details –
The 1:1 consisted of interviewing with each member of the team (3 one on ones); approx. 3 hours long. The HR Manager was boring and uninviting. He asked questions irrelevant to the position, seemed very judgmental, and uninterested in what I was saying. Other 2 interviewers were great! Know your stuff with this company. The interviewers ask a great deal of industry specific questions. They also conduct a vocabulary test -- asked me the definitions of words that I would say such as Human Capital -- this is definitely not standard procedure. Also, be prepared to answer the same questions multiple times seeing as how you will interview with each person separately. They also ask if you have any other questions several times, even after you have asked questions throughout the interview. So prepare to ask a lot of questions I guess. Overall, not the best experience and I was not happy about interviewing for 3 hours.
NOTE: I was told that after the 1:1, I would be asked to interview with the Regional Director as well. This is a bit too lengthy for an HR Generalist position. They did, however, send an email 2 weeks later stating I was not moving on to the next round.
Interview Question – What is the definition of Human Capital? View Answer
I applied through a recruiter and the process took a day - interviewed at Lafarge North America in September 2010.
Interview Details – There were two people who interviewed me, I felt it was awekward because after I answered a question they would just stair at me, I didn't feel like the questions they asked were relevant and when I asked questions they didn't know how to answer them.
I applied online and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Lafarge North America in August 2010.
Interview Details – I didn't have that first phone interview with HR that most candidates get. Instead, I was asked to come in for a 1:1 interview. The people I interviewed with were very courteous, and I thought I did well in the interview. Unfortunately I didn't get the job.
Interview Question – How would you do a vendor analysis? Answer Question
I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Lafarge North America in July 2010.
Interview Details –
started with a telephone screening, which was basically just an elaboration of what was on my resume. They followed up with a second telephone interview by a senior HR manager. Nothing too difficult, she seemed nice, and thought I was a good fit for the job.
The third round was in-person interviews at the Herndon offices. I met with four different executives, including the one who I would be replacing.
First impressions - this ain't a warm a fuzzy place. Perhaps it's the nature of the product the sell - cement - but the first manager I interviewed with seemed very dour, a little pompous, and not at all happy that he had to start his day earlier than usual to meet with me (interview was at 7:30).
The second person I met with was even worse. At one point, he said something along the lines of "I can't stand f***ing idiots!" (in his thick French accent, no less). He was talking about a bad experience with a former subordinate, but his tone and tenor spoke volumes about what he'd be like to work with.
The third manager was the exception - genuinely friendly, very easy to talk to, and clearly eager to see me succeed in the interviews. We spent nearly twice as long chatting than I did with any of the others.
The last interview was with the person I was replacing. He seemed nice enough (*very* French), but ten minutes of listening to him describe his day to day and I knew I wouldn't apply for the job.
Interview Question – How can we - Lafarge - increase our sales? View Answer
Reason for Declining – I couldn't see myself fitting into their environment. There seemed to be a bad mix of pomp, arrogance, and testostorone in the air, and that was the complete opposite of what I was looking for.
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