Poet - Ethanol Interview Questions

Updated May 3, 2015
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    Environmental Engineering Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Sioux Falls, SD
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Poet - Ethanol (Sioux Falls, SD) in February 2015.

    Interview

    Skype interview with two Senior Engineers. Fairly relaxed, but they ask a lot of questions where you have to give scenarios where you "used good judgement" or "made the most out of a poor situation". Why do you want to work for POET? Definitely prepare for those sorts of questions and you should be fine. They ask right off the bat if you have any questions to ask them.. Yes, I do. But I was hoping you'd tell me a little bit about the position first!

    Interview Questions

    • Describe a time when you needed to synthesize data and come to a conclusion. How did you do this? Do you have any experience with environmental regulations or rules?   Answer Question
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    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Accepted Offer

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 4 weeks. I interviewed at Poet - Ethanol.

    Interview

    Pretty standard job interview. Two rounds. General questions such as "Walk me through your resume." "Tell me about yourself." "Greatest strengths, greatest weaknesses, etc." The interviewer was very easy to talk to and the interview felt more like a very pleasant conversation than a grilling.

    Interview Questions

    • I was asked if I knew the ethanol production process/ had any knowledge of the ethanol value chain. I didn't, which did not negatively affect me, but having some prior knowledge of the science behind ethanol production would be a big bonus.   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    No negotiation- summer internship.

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    Lab Tech Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Alexandria, IN
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied in-person. The process took 3+ weeks. I interviewed at Poet - Ethanol (Alexandria, IN).

    Interview

    Interviewed with the general manager as the plant was not open yet and the Quality Manager had just quit. Was a pleasant interview, basically like a conversation. Very laid back. It will help if you are a small town person, or believe in ethanol and green energy.

    Interview Questions

    • None that I can really think of but I was not interviewed by someone who was employed in my field.   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    They gave me a number and I suggested a higher one. I was given the higher wage.

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    Operator Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Sioux Falls, SD
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Poet - Ethanol (Sioux Falls, SD) in March 2013.

    Interview

    Great, interview knew exactly what they were doing; could tell they have been trained! I thought it would be 1 on 1, but I ended up meeting with several people throughout the day. My fault, they told me that. and and and and and and and and and and and

    Interview Questions

    • Basic behavorial based questions.   1 Answer

    Negotiation

    Easy, I didn't negotiate.

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    Summer Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Marion, OH
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. I interviewed at Poet - Ethanol (Marion, OH) in December 2012.

    Interview

    I was contacted via email to interview over the phone. The interview had the typical questions. The interview lasted about 45 minutes. The interview was very nice and very understanding of my undergraduate position.

    Interview Questions

    • What don't you like about your current job?   1 Answer
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    Operations Associate Interview

    Anonymous Employee in North Manchester, IN
    Accepted Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 5 weeks. I interviewed at Poet - Ethanol (North Manchester, IN) in January 2012.

    Interview

    A lot dumb useless banter that meant nothing at all. They mainly preach their propaganda and tell you a boat load of lies to get you on the hook. They are so hard up now for employees that if you show up and have a pulse, you will get the job.

    Interview Questions

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    Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Sioux Falls, SD
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience

    Application

    I applied in-person. I interviewed at Poet - Ethanol (Sioux Falls, SD) in June 2011.

    Interview

    phone and face to face was very detailed had to talk with many individuals a lot of information what Poet does and how they started reviewed job expectations the group interview was challenging as every one asked unrelated questions what the job description was listed to be

    Interview Questions

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    Process Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Alexandria, IN
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 1+ week. I interviewed at Poet - Ethanol (Alexandria, IN) in November 2010.

    Interview

    I was first interviewed by phone. This was a brief conversation about my history and an explanation of the position. After the phone interview they asked me if I would be available to interview on site. Of course I said yes. The on site interview started off as a one on one with the local head of HR. He asked the usual questions about my background and explained the position again. He then lead me though the plant to meet the Lead Engineer. In this interview I was asked technical questions about my background. Questions relating to diagnosing problems with different pieces of equipment. After this interview I got to meet the heads of process control and maintenance. These men discussed the environmental and interpersonal aspects of the position. After the interviews were over I met back up with the head of HR and discussed the interviews. He told me that he was very interested and that he had another interviewee the next day. He told me that they would be choosing me, the interviewer tomorrow, or discuss continuing the search. He assured me that he would contact me in any case. I am still waiting.

    Interview Questions

    • What makes you the right choice for this position?   1 Answer
    • How would you determine what is wrong with a heat exchanger?   1 Answer
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    Engineer Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in North Manchester, IN
    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at Poet - Ethanol (North Manchester, IN) in May 2010.

    Interview

    Initial phone interview with HR. Forwarded to plant tour and interview with Process Engineer, Plant Manager and Head of Engineering. Basic questions regarding interests, qualifications, etc.

    Interview Questions

    • How do you pronounce the capital of Kentucky, is it Louisville or Louyville? (Yes the engineering manager asked me this)   1 Answer

    Reasons for Declining

    Less pay than other offer

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    EH&S Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Ashton, IA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at Poet - Ethanol (Ashton, IA) in April 2010.

    Interview

    On-line application to corporate & then was called to inform me I was being considered. Initial interview via phone & final interview in person with Tech Mgr & Gen. Mgr plus tour of the plant. Was relatively short, no lunch or other extras one might expect to make everyone "comfortable".

    Interview Questions

    • None out of the ordinary (problems you've solved, biggest challenge, "what would you do if..." etc) Sensed they were not used to hiring my position and were a bit unsure of what they wanted or needed.   1 Answer

    Negotiation

    None as corporate has ceiling for each position & I was at the top limit with my minimum request.

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