PCA Interview Questions

Updated Oct 9, 2014
Updated Oct 9, 2014
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    Technical Coop Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at PCA.

    Interview Details

    I requested an interview with PCA and received a reply the next day. The interview was very comfortable and the interviewer was kind and understood that this was one of my first interview experiences and that as a young student I had little technical or professional experience. I received a response about my interview the next week along with plenty of information such as pay scales, advancement opportunities, local places of interest, housing, and current employees.

    Interview Questions
    • What is the most innovative idea or process you have come up with?   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    Since this is a student position there is no real negotiation, however their offer was reasonable and provided a very high quality of life for the local cost of living, even as an internship.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  2.  

    Industrial Design Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    They were looking for someone with previous internship experience, and when I inquired about moving up, they said that because it was a small company there's not much vertical movement.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
  3.  

    Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through other source. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at PCA.

    Interview Details

    Answered a confidential posting on a job board. I did not hear anything back via email...I was mailed a letter asking for additional information. Once I replied with my salary history and requirements, I was scheduled an in-person interview. I met all three of the main decision-makers for the position and spent 5 hours with them; talking to each one and then a group lunch. I got the verbal offer the next day.

    Interview Questions
    • Most difficult question was just really the type of interview - very informal. Though I spent hours with the interviewers maybe only half of that time was spent talking about my background in relation to the position.   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    Quick...spoke directly with the hiring manager. Offer letter was in the email that afternoon.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Industrial Design Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in East Lansing, MI
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in East Lansing, MI
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 6 daysinterviewed at PCA in January 2014.

    Interview Details

    Went to an on-campus career fair. Displayed my interest in design and got an interview. The actual interview was very laid back and felt informal compared to others (in a good way). Felt more one on one rather than the interviewer drilling my with questions.

    Interview Questions
    • Asked about design experience and how I became interested in design.   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  6.  

    Chemical Engineer Coop Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Counce, TN
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Counce, TN
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at PCA.

    Interview Details

    Fairly easy one on one interview. During coop interviews, the interviewee met me in large room full of employers. The interviewee just asked basic interview questions including the "tell me about yourself" question and "where do you see yourself in five years." Prepare and the interview will be no problem.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  7.  

    Plant Accountant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Plymouth, MI
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Plymouth, MI
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 3 daysinterviewed at PCA in December 2009.

    Interview Details

    Detailed one hour phone interview with Plant Controller to qualify for temp-to-hire contract position. Covered major job functions and responsibilities for all previous work history, back 20 years. Also covered all major job functions of current opening as well as responsibilities of Plant Controller position, as the game plan was to be mentored to eventually replace existing Plant Controller.

    Interview Questions
    • Please describe your most difficult supervisory or management decision made and how did you handle it?   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    Inital offer was substantially more than I expected, immeadately accepted the offer.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  8.  

    Applications Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Lake Forest, IL
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Lake Forest, IL
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2 daysinterviewed at PCA in March 2008.

    Interview Details

    Received a phone call after applying online. Interviewer was very nice and cordial. Came in for the interview in a few days. The interview was very laid back which is par for the course in this location. It consisted of 3 one-on-one interviews with 3 managers including a director. The next step was a group interview with the team. Then an offer was made/accepted and an agreement was signed. Then a drug test was completed.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  9.  

    Management Trainee Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Omaha, NE
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Omaha, NE
    Application Details

    The process took 3 daysinterviewed at PCA in February 2008.

    Interview Details

    Very Challenging with very specific goals.

    Interview Questions
    • Formulate a production plan with constraints on time and people   Answer Question
    Reasons for Declining

    Not enough money offered. I would have taken the Job otherwise

    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  10.  

    Engineering Coop Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    The process took a dayinterviewed at PCA in January 2008.

    Interview Details

    After receiving my resume, the manager over the engineering department emailed me to set up a time to have a phone interview. The phone interview was very smooth and laid back. It consisted of the stereotypical questions such as "What's your greatest weakness," "Tell me about yourself," etc. The personality of the interview was very welcoming and positive. After the interview, a plant tour was planned, where the interviewer showed me around the plant. Afterwards, an offer was emailed to me.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

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