I applied through college or university and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Weyerhaeuser in November 2013.
Interview Details – phone interview and panel interview
Interview Question – behavioral questions, easy Answer Question
I applied through a recruiter and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Weyerhaeuser in October 2013.
Interview Details –
To clarify, this position was for two lumber mills in North Carolina, not headquarters. A recruiter contacted me after seeing my credentials in the system; this was not a position I applied to on my own.
The initial interview occurred in August via conference call with the Regional HR Manager, current HR Manager and another HR Manager from a mill in Mississippi. The questions were all standard related to experience, past contributions in my field and my willingness to relocate out of Texas. I easily passed this step and was scheduled to interview with the Lumber HR Director, again via phone the following week. This was another standard interview with similar questions. After passing this step, I was scheduled for a site visit in early September.
The site visit included a tour of one of the mills, an interview with management, another interview with the HR manager and regional manager and a role playing exercise. Much of this process was redundant and somewhat unnecessary considering how much information we had covered over the phone. In speaking more in depth about the transition from the current manager to the new manager, it turned out that the impending retirement was not happening until 2014 and the new manager would only be supporting one mill. I found it interesting that they were planning on having two managers for the next six to eight months since the workload did not appear to require more than one person. In terms of the role playing exercise, I was given a union scenario to resolve, but the instructions were very muddled and I was unclear as to who was playing what role. Even the mill managers were confused by the process and kept looking to the HR team for assistance. There was clearly a disconnect with what they were trying to accomplish with this exercise and how it was executed.
Their main concern during the interview process was my willingness to relocate. It came up numerous times throughout the weeks of speaking to various individuals. I explained that although I was excited about the possibility of moving, I was concerned about the limited availability of job opportunities for the person whom I'd be relocating with and also the lack of diversity in that particular area of NC. This seemed to put them off a bit, but it was obvious in doing research and speaking to some of the locals that these issues could be a deal breaker for me.
Despite going through a month of interviews and a site visit, no one has contacted me to officially say I was not selected and I would not have accepted even if they had been interested. The overall environment was uncomfortable and for a Fortune 500 company, I was shocked at the outdated technology and run down appearance of the offices and break room areas. Based on my experience, I would not recommend this particular mill to professionals not accustomed to working in an industrial complex.
Interview Question – The role playing exercise requires you to resolve a union situation with one of the mill managers, but there is very limited information provided. Answer Question
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Weyerhaeuser.
Interview Details – Very structured and behavioral-based, more than technical competence. process is fair as everyone for the job posting has been asked the same set of questions. Panel interview of 4 - 6 people can be a bit daunting. Plenty of time to frame answer and ask that the question be repeated. Hiring manager is accessible and there is good feedback on the status of the hiring process.
Interview Question – Give an example of a difficult person you have had to deal with on your project, how you interacted and what the impact is on the outcome of the project. Answer Question
I applied online and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Weyerhaeuser.
Interview Details – Was interviewed by 3 scientists, including the hiring manager, then came back to get a short presentation on the project the group was working for and had a meet and greet with the group I'd be working with and all 14 other candidates.
Interview Question – They gave you a microscope to look at tree embryos to describe and compare Answer Question
Interviewed at Weyerhaeuser
Interview Details – Interesting process. About 2 hours of standard test in math, problem solving mechanics, reading skills. Then interview board with standard, open ended questions.
Interview Question – Describe a situation where you made a mistake at work and how did you resolve it. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – None
I applied in-person and the process took 2 months - interviewed at Weyerhaeuser in March 2013.
Interview Details – phone screen, face to face, several rounds. They ask behavioral questions.
Interview Question – What was prior salary? Answer Question
Negotiation Details – Just an offer with no negotiation.
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Weyerhaeuser in January 2013.
Interview Details – They want experience and opportunities you can bring to the table.
Interview Question – Lots of stupid "what would you do" questions. Just be "team" oriented. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – Ask for everything, they can only say no.
I applied online and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Weyerhaeuser in December 2012.
Interview Details – After applying online, if you are moving forward in the process you get a phone interview. The phone interview really structured around the position and my past experience/qualifications. It was 30 minutes or so long. I then moved forward to an onsite interview which was done by a panel (3 others). They each asked different questions and it was highly behavioral based. Looking at my past experiences for conflict, strengths, teaming, etc.
Interview Question – Tell about a time when you had made a commitment to someone, but were asked to do something that conflicted with that commitment. What was the situation and what did you do? Answer Question
Negotiation Details – This was early in my career so I didn't feel I had a lot of room to negotiate.
I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Weyerhaeuser in December 2012.
Interview Details – Interview took about 30 minutes and was handled over the phone. Asked basic interview questions, focusing on how to diagnose problems within the facility. I was interviewed by engineering managers after a basic phone screening from a third party recruiter.
Interview Question – How would you fix a broken pump? Answer Question
I applied through other source and the process took 6 weeks - interviewed at Weyerhaeuser in August 2012.
Interview Details –
The initial application process consisted of standing in line for several hours at the unemployment office. This was followed by a fairly in depth application and a knowledge test. After a few weeks there was a phone interview, a few weeks after that they called to set up a initial interview.
The initial interview was brief and relatively informal it was more of a description of the potential job and a slightly better explanation the remaining interview process. I was informed at this stage that I would be contacted in three to five days if I had been chosen for the next level of the hiring process. After two weeks had passed I assumed they had gone with another candidate when they called to inform me I had made it to the final round of the interview process. They set up a meeting for the following week, a group interview.
I arrived at the "Gauntlet" interview, there were five employees ranging from Human Resources to foremen and supervisors all asking questions and writing in their notebooks. As intimidating as the situation initially appeared they managed to present a fairly relaxed environment throughout the interview. I left feeling like I had made a good impression and was told I would hear from them by the end of the week to hear if I had gotten the job or if they had gone with the other candidate. Friday came and went with no call, it's now been a few months so I assume they went with the other guy.
Interview Question – The most difficult questions they ask you are hypothetical situations ranging from co-worker safety violations to witnessing theft or fraud. The interviewers tell you that there are no right or wrong answers to these questions, their facial reactions and writing in their notebooks as you speak are the most difficult portion, it was quite distracting. Answer Question
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