I applied online and the process took 6 weeks - interviewed at Whirlpool in November 2012.
Interview Details – Submited resume online. Contacted by recruiter 2 weeks later for short initial phone interview. Invited to visit company for on site interviewing day. Meet with 6 different people for 4 interviews in a day long process. Meeting with HR, Hiring managers, and a senior executives. Technical and behaviorial based questions.
Interview Question – Asked to point on features on a part and drawings. Answer Question
Reason for Declining – Had better offers from other companies. Was offered a position below my degree level and felt insulted by the offer.
I applied through college or university and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Whirlpool in November 2012.
Interview Details – Recruiter does a poor job of general house keeping. After three follow-up letters, I never received any update on the status of my candidacy. The interview was okay, generally behavioral. There was one question that I didn't expect, and that I didn't believe should have been asked in the first interview: What do you think the appliance industry needs right now? This question is great at differentiating applicants, but unfair at the first interview, especially when the interview was by phone.
Interview Question – What do you think the appliance industry needs right now? View Answer
I applied through a recruiter and the process took a day - interviewed at Whirlpool in October 2012.
Interview Details – Basic interview. 30 minutes asked regular personality questions about group work, ect. Scaned through my resume and asked about almost all my experiences.
Interview Question – How did you apply what you learned in school at your previous internship? Answer Question
I applied through college or university and the process took 1+ week - interviewed at Whirlpool in October 2012.
Interview Details – Great interview process. Go over resume and ask about schooling, project experience, work experience. Get into some HR questions dealing with difficulties in school/work, communication skills, work ethic.
Interview Question – If given a project, what is the first step in your mind to accomplish it? View Answer
Negotiation Details – Good salary for a co-op combined with great experience for future employment.
I applied through a staffing agency and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Whirlpool in October 2012.
Interview Details – Was told the morning before I left for the interview to stay home, they had already filled the position. (Was a 4 hour drive.) Later that day, got a call from them wondering where I was, apparently it was a different position that had been filled. Rescheduled the interview. Two weeks later, was told I had to meet with 6 people for 30 min each. Only met with two people.
Interview Question – I don't remember, among all the communication issues. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – I'm a contractor, I didn't have much of a say.
I applied through college or university and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Whirlpool in October 2012.
Interview Details – I had three rounds of phone interviews. Each of my interview was one hour long with at least five behavioral questions.
Interview Question – What sets you apart from other interns? Answer Question
Negotiation Details – What were you able to negotiate? What advice would you give others considering an offer?
Very Easy Interview
I applied through a staffing agency and the process took 1+ week - interviewed at Whirlpool in September 2012.
Interview Details – Easy. Just need to type 35 wpm and have basic knowledge of computer skills
I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Whirlpool in July 2012.
Interview Details – The hiring process has changed dramatically over the last several years which is probably a good thing. Currently, all jobs have to go through HR which previously didn't happen. There were a lot of jobs that were never posted or if they were posted were not really competitive as the hiring manager had already made their decision. My guess is that things like that happen everywhere, but in the past it was very flagrant. At this point HR plays a much needed mediating role in vetting prospects and resumes. No system is perfect, but will likely provide a more balanced road to promotions than previously. In my experience depending on the job there may be multiple levels of interviews or one singe interview with the hiring manager. It really depends on the position.
Interview Question – Most of the questions asked during the interview are fairly typical interview types of questions. "Tell me about a time you had a particularly difficult challenge and how you overcame it? How about a time you were not able to overcome a challenge?" etc. Use the STAR method of answering (Situation, Task, Action, Result), but be sure to ask questions. You need to find out what the hiring managers hot button is. Is it being trainable? Is it previous experience? What is that manager looking for. If you don't have it, ,or can't get it then maybe that job isn't for you. Don't worry about it...just move on to the next posting. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – They made one offer and I countered with a number about $2500 higher. They didn't hesitate and agreed.
Very Easy Interview
I applied in-person and the process took 1 week - interviewed at Whirlpool in July 2012.
Interview Details – Well the interview was probably the best part of the whole experience! I only had one interview and I was asked why I would like to work there. There was a drug test and once you past it you got the job.
Interview Question – I would have to say the most difficult question was pretending like I knew about the company! I did not reading about them before the interview and had to wing it. View Answer
Negotiation Details – There was none.
Very Easy Interview
The process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Whirlpool in April 2012.
Interview Details –
I was interviewed by 2 engineers initially for an hour, then taken to be interviewed by one other engineer for an hour, then it was an interview over lunch for an hour by the hiring manager, then the final interview with 2 other engineers.
The process was not the customary Whirlpool targeted selection questions, but rather focused now more on skills, which is a good change from the past.
The interview went well, I clearly qualified for everything, with the exception of a twist thrown at me. The job posting as was posted, I clearly qualified for, otherwise I would not have put in for it. Having worked at Whirlpool as a contract Technician for 6 years, there would not have been a fit in issue, nor much training of any sort that I would have needed. BUT, what was NOT listed on the job posting was that they were looking for somebody that could run metal working shop equipment. This I am weak in (but familiar enough that I could perform this function) because primarily my background is electronic, which is what this position primarily was and posted as, otherwise I would not have been chosen to interview. They kept telling me, well we realize we do have a machine shop, called the Model Shop, whose sole purpose is to do these kinds of things, but we have our own equipment that we use instead of having to schedule the work through them.
So, with that said, I now knew that I would no longer qualify. A few days later I was notified that they had chosen someone with more of a machine works type background, but was told my resume was impressive and that they appreciated my time coming in to talk with them.
In all the interviews I have had at Whirlpool, there seems to always be some sort of added extras not in the job postings that they ding you on. This I think, needs some oversight on the part of their HR people, because it is misleading and it wastes your time and theirs to apply for positions that you think you absolutely qualify for, then find out in the interview that you get disqualified for something not disclosed in the job posting. Had I have known about this, I would never had wasted my time to apply, go for interview and waste my gas to travel 72 miles round trip when gas is at $4.15 a gal. and me being unemployed.
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