Oxford Instruments Interview Questions

Updated Jun 9, 2015
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    Mechanical Manufacturing Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Scotts Valley, CA
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Oxford Instruments (Scotts Valley, CA).

    Interview

    I had responded to an online ad for the position by sending in a cover letter and copy of my resume. It took a couple week for me to hear back, but I eventually received an email informing me that the company was interested in interviewing me and explaining that they would call within a day or two to schedule. They did call an schedule and I went in later that week. After waiting for a while, I was greeted by a member of the manufacturing team, who took me on a tour of the facility and explained to me the step by step process of the manufacturing process for their x-ray tubes, and we talked a little bit about my background, experience and knowledge relevant to the company. The second part of the interview was the HR interview. This was my least favorite part, as I felt the two people who conducted the interview were a little pointed and definitely liked asking the tough questions. I was a bit nervous and would have liked to have a couple responses back, but overall, I felt ok about that part of the process. The last part of the interview process was the technical interview. This was much easier for me, as I was comfortably familiar with most of the material, processes and physics behind the x-ray tubes the company produced. This interview was in a more informal setting with friendlier people. Since my degree was in physics, instead of engineering, one of the engineers in the group of two who interviewed me, who also studied physics, told me he was going to ask slightly different questions. Both seemed very impressed with my knowledge, especially compared to previous applicants, and we ended the interview by geeking out a bit and going into some of the more advanced physics behind the technology. It was a nice ending to a good interview, and even though I didn't get the job, I thought it was a worthwhile experience.

    Interview Questions

    • "What kind of work don't you like to do?"   1 Answer
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    Assembler Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Scotts Valley, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through a staffing agency. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at Oxford Instruments (Scotts Valley, CA) in May 2012.

    Interview

    interview is not very formal, meet up with production supervisor, chat a few and then talked with HR. Then you're required to go and submit your pee sample for test

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    Negotiation

    No negotiation, offer was non negotiationable

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    Manufacturing Process Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Glasgow, Scotland (UK)
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at Oxford Instruments (Glasgow, Scotland (UK)) in February 2014.

    Interview

    Phone interview, after a week, ask to have onsite interview: three parts for this interview, fist of all, a kind of game to test your speculative capability. meet with HR direct, background checking and some behaviour questioiins. Presentation to technical managers, ask technical questions after the PPT

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    Engineering Technician Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied in-person. The process took 3 daysinterviewed at Oxford Instruments.

    Interview

    phone call to the president at the time to inquire about openings, interviewed with 3 people the following day, interview was pretty basic, some questions about experience then a tour of the facility

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    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through other source. The process took 6+ weeksinterviewed at Oxford Instruments in August 2011.

    Interview

    I emailed my resume to the HR Manager as I knew her from a previous interview. She forwarded my resume to the hiring manager and I was asked in for an interview. There were three candidates. All were interviewed on the same day. When I arrived I was given 30 minutes to prepare a response to a 'scenario' I was given. I then spent 45 minutes with the company president and a manufacturing engineer, presenting my solution and defending it to them. I then had a tour of the facility with the Engineering Manager. This was followed by a 45 minute interview with the hiring manager and a second manager. finally I had a one-on-one with the HR Manager. Oxford Instrument interviews all candidates the same day so they can clearly discuss their impressions at one time and not forget what one or another candidate said.

    Interview Questions

    • The 'scenario' required a detailed set of steps on how to improve a product line.   1 Answer
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    Process Technician Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Yatton, South West England, England (UK)
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 5+ weeksinterviewed at Oxford Instruments (Yatton, South West England, England (UK)) in July 2011.

    Interview

    Two interviews. The first one was technical which i think was the part which really mattered. Do you know enough to do this job, and have you done your homework sort of thing. The second one was sort of an HR interview where we talked about how I thought I would fit in the company and where I wanted to be/could go in 5 years. They also asked a bunch of the usual dumb interview questions you always get asked in the second interview. Give me an example of a time when you... type questions.

    Interview Questions

    • Give me an example of a time when you had a problem with a fellow colleague and dealt with it successfully by yourself.   1 Answer

    Negotiation

    I didn't feel the need to negotiate

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    Commodity Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Oxford, England (UK)
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through a staffing agency. The process took 5 weeksinterviewed at Oxford Instruments (Oxford, England (UK)) in September 2010.

    Interview

    Excellent. Two stage process with a practical session to see how you could sell a concept.

    Interview Questions

    • None really. Plenty of information from the business / recruitment agent to adequately prepare.   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    Again, reasonable. Package was extensive with a wide range of options.

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