Wacker Chemical
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Lab Manager - Chemical Analysis Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate
Cleveland, TN

I applied online and the process took a day - interviewed at Wacker Chemical in February 2012.

Interview Details – I applied for a Lab Manager position at the new Cleveland TN plant. I first had a phone interview. They called me to set up the interview probably a week after I submitted the application. When they called me, they wanted to do the phone interview the next day, so I didn't have much time to prepare. The phone interview was with 2 or 3 people from the Berghausen branch in Germany and one of the HR staff members in TN. They didn't ask any science questions since it was a Lab Manager position. They asked what I knew about the company, if I had experience training people on equipment, trouble shooting problems with equipment, etc. I didn't think the phone interview went very well, but they called me the next day for an in-person interview.

 I currently live in Liverpool, UK, so they flew me to Berghausen instead of Cleveland for the interview. The interview lasted an hour and a half maybe. With 4 others from Berghausen and a Cleveland representative via video conferencing. They asked me some situational questions, they asked me to explain my research to the 2 HR representatives there and some behavioral or do you have experience doing X. Then I got a tour of the lab, which was pretty cool.

One of the questions I asked them was about upward mobility in the company. They pretty much told me they wanted someone to stay in the position for a very long time to keep standards consistent. They want you to get v. good at your particular job and stay there.

I didn't get a job offer, but I don't have much managerial experience as I have been a research chemist in academia. Plus I couldn't start immediately, so I wasn't too surprised I didn't get an offer. However, everyone was very nice, the company seems to be run very well and efficiently and I think it would be a good company to work for.

Interview Question – They asked me to describe a situation in which I did something I wish I wouldn't have done and how I dealt with it.   Answer Question

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Engineering Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate
Cleveland, TN

I applied online and the process took a day - interviewed at Wacker Chemical in August 2011.

Interview Details – The initial ad for the job was written broadly, seeking physicists, preferably with PhDs, to help build a new silicon processing plant. I responded with a resume and cover letter. I did a phone interview which included three or four chemists at the company plant in Germany and a HR rep from Tennessee, all on a conference call. I was mainly asked typical background questions (tell me about your research, where do you see yourself in five years, what have you done while unemployed, tell me about a time when you and your boss had a conflict). No brainteaser questions, almost no behavioral questions. Within a week I was flown to Tennessee for an on-site interview. It took place around a table in a conference room and included the HR rep and two of the German scientists who'd flown to the US for a week of hiring and interviewing. Essentially it was a repeat of the phone interview, with some of the same questions being repeated. While it is typical for scientific job applicants to do a Powerpoint presentation on their past work and research projects, it was not a part of this interview process. There was no skills testing and I was done in 90 minutes.

Although I felt I made a good impression, I didn't get an offer. This is not surprising, given that my background scientific qualifications didn't meet the job description (PECVD/Siemens process work). Any PhD physicist/chemist who can speak German and English would be more qualified for the position (this describes most professional physicists and chemists in Germany). Also, I've been out of work for more than six months, and might look toxic for this reason. It's pretty much over for me.

Everyone at Wacker was friendly, professional, and organized, from the US administrative staff to the German scientific staff. My reimbursement check for the on-site interview was processed and in hand about a month after the trip.

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  • Tell me about a time when you and your supervisor had a conflict. How was it resolved?   Answer Question
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Anonymous Interview Candidate

I applied online and the process took a day - interviewed at Wacker Chemical in August 2008.

Interview Details – Very disorganized company and interview process. It was like they were surprised that I was there for an interview, even though they invited me.
Over all the questions were not very challanging and the people were nice.

When it came to offer time they low balled. They were not willing to work with me at all on things like salary and vacation time.

Interview Question – Where do you see yourself in 5 years   Answer Question

Reason for Declining – Not enough money and 2 days of vacation for first year.

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