Magna Powertrain Interview Questions & Reviews
Getting an Interview
Quality Engineer Interview (Positive Experience; Difficult Interview)
I applied through an employee referral - interviewed at Magna Powertrain in April 2010.
Interview Details – Detailed interview between 2-3 hours. Candidate is asked to respond with several theoretical situations. What would you do if such and such happened? Need to be very knowledgable in GD&T. Magna is a very progressive company, very cutting edge, outside the box mentality. Magna excels at doing more with less. Have to have cut-throat insticts. Must be able to sink or swim. Generally new hires are thrown into the mix and have to fend for themselves. Management does not 'hold hands" and honeymoon period is very short. This is not a place for the timid. Magna is tough on suppliers and is bold when dealing with customers. Must have a stand your ground mentality. Must be willing to work inordinate hours. Must be able to accomplish difficult tasks quickly and thoroughly. Will learn vast amounts of skills and get familiar with great tools.
Interview Question – There really were no difficult questions, just very specific job based questions. If you know GD&T, Blue Print Reading, APQP, Problem Solving, you will not have an issue passing the interview. View Answer
Negotiation Details – Brutal, I accepted less money than I wanted, but I was desperate. This was post 2008 in the Metro Detroit area, few suppliers were hiring. I wasa desperate and they knew it.
Very Easy Interview
Design Engineer Interview (Neutral Experience; Very Easy Interview)
I applied online and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Magna Powertrain in May 2011.
Interview Details – Very easy process. As long as your resume' has all the correct buzz words and phrases you should be golden if this is a place that you would consider working. The first year I spent there I worked on only two parts. It was everything I could do to just show up and I was only there for one reason until either I get rid of them or they got rid of me. BORED TO TEARS is the only way to describe this miserable experience.
Interview Question – Where do you see yourself in 5 years. View Answer
Negotiation Details – Simple and quick. A demand, a counter, a counter counter and done.
Design Engineer, Co-op Interview (Positive Experience; Easy Interview)
I applied through college or university and the process took 2 days - interviewed at Magna Powertrain in September 2011.
Interview Details – Interviewed with company at college, received a call for an interview the next day after a co-op fair. I was required to briing resume, and we (2 HR Managers, Supervisor, and myself) sat and talked about my resume and the company for about 30 minutes.
Asked questions such as:
What will you bring to us?
Why should we hire you?
Three words that describe yourself?
Tell us about your past work experiences?
Have you ever been a leader? How so?
They were very easy to talk to, we laughed a bit, asked if I would like the position and what I don't want. I and 4 others were interviewed, and a day later, I received a call advising me to check my email and once I looked, I had received my offer letter! No background check, no lab test, no GPA "requirement", much was based on a honor system; integrity first, which is something most companies don't always have and is appreciated. It provides employee-employer trust and an added sense of security.
- What are three words that describe you the best? Answer Question
- Why should we hire you? Answer Question
Negotiation Details – I was able to negotiate my start date but that was it.
Junior Executive Interview (Neutral Experience; Easy Interview)
I applied through college or university and the process took 3 days - interviewed at Magna Powertrain in June 2009.
Interview Details – Interview included phone interview with inside recruiter and face-to-face interviews with inside recruiter, HR director and employee who previously held position. Interview time was about 2 hours total. Inside recruiter was personable and encouraging, but HR director was offensive and peer interviewer not well-prepared for interview. HR director grilled me on my primary school education and sneered at the fact that I had attended public school (primary and secondary). After this, he spent more time telling me about his own educational background and beliefs than he did reviewing my educational and professional qualifications. Left me with a bad taste of what the corporate culture must be like. HR director has since been laid off from company. Peer review asked frivolous questions and told personal stories about her boss (who I would report to) and, similar to HR, did not want to know much about my skills. All in all, the Magna Powertrain team did a very poor job on interviewing me. I left knowing far more about them rather than the other way around.
Interview Question – Where did you go to elementary school? What is that? A public school? View Answer
Project Engineer Interview (Negative Experience; Easy Interview)
I applied through a recruiter and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Magna Powertrain.
Interview Details – Lenghty, Recruiter first, phone interview with manager, in-person with manager then back to meet with Lead Manager ofDept.
Interview Question – Use Chrysler STEP questions, best scenario, worst scenario...where do you want to be??? Answer Question
Negotiation Details – They will wittle you down if they can!
Control Algorithm Developer Interview (Neutral Experience; Average Interview)
I applied online and the process took 4 weeks - interviewed at Magna Powertrain in February 2011.
Interview Details – First, a HR will contact with you and ask you what you have done during past years, he will ask question from the resume. In the second round of interview, a technical member will ask detailed technical questions based on your resume and the job requirement. After that, you will be invited on-site
Logistics Coordinator Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied online and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Magna Powertrain in February 2012.
Interview Details – Telephone interview - Interview - Offer
Interview Question – Why do you think you are competent to this position. Answer Question
Program Manager Interview (Negative Experience)
I applied through other source and the process took 3 months - interviewed at Magna Powertrain.
Interview Details – Very unorganized and to a great degree, chaotic. Hiring takes place due to urgency / favoritism rather than strategic planning. HR was not present during the whole process other than the last minute to make the new employee sign a bunch of paper, even she had no clue what they were.
Interview Question – Where are you from originally? Are you married? Do you have kids? Answer Question
Mechanical Engineer Interview (Negative Experience; Difficult Interview)
I applied through college or university and the process took 1 week - interviewed at Magna Powertrain in September 2012.
Interview Details – I submitted my resume to their HR during campus job fair, and got a phone interview the week after. I was interview by three engineers, the leader of which is Indian. It was not so good as expected as they insist to use the speaker and it was pretty noisy plus the Indian accent. I wasn't able to understand some of their questions so I made my best guess. Their questions are focused on resume, and they really digs deep within.
Interview Question – The algorithm I used in my undergraduate thesis. Answer Question
Engineering Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied in-person and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Magna Powertrain in January 2012.
Interview Details – Because my mother language is Chinese he test my English skill.Frist,I made a introduction in English.Then he asked me some question about my original jobs.At last ,he asked me some basic mechanical questions
Interview Question – Introduce yourself in English Answer Question