Carl Zeiss Interview Questions | Glassdoor

Carl Zeiss Interview Questions

Updated Jan 26, 2017
19 Interview Reviews

Interview Experience

Interview Experience
63%
5%
31%

Getting an Interview

Getting an Interview
47%
35%
5%
5
5

Interview Difficulty

2.8
Average

Interview Difficulty

Hard

Average

Easy

Candidate Interview Reviews

Filter

Sort: Popular Date Difficulty

Filter

Sort: Popular Date Difficulty
  1.  

    Sales Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at Carl Zeiss.

    Interview

    Lengthy,

    On-line application, One week.

    Face to face with hiring manager - Two weeks

    Face to face with executive staff - two more weeks

    Offer - two more weeks

    Very pleasant experience, great people to work with

    Interview Questions

    • Typical questions

      Time when a group project failed, succeeded

      "Tell me about yourself"

      How can you fit an elephant into a refrigerator?

      How would your co workers describe you?  
      Answer Question
  2.  

    Applications Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Maple Grove, MN
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 7+ weeks. I interviewed at Carl Zeiss (Maple Grove, MN).

    Interview

    2 phone interviews and an in person interview. After filling out an online application and submitting a resume, I was contacted by a Zeiss recruiter (~2 weeks) to set up a phone interview. The first phone interview (1 week) was with the recruiter ~15min. Then a phone interview with 3 managers (1week). Finally an in person interview with the same 3 hiring managers (1week).

    Interview Questions

    • Why is customer service important?   Answer Question
    • Tell us about a time you had to overcome an obstacle while teaching.   Answer Question
    • What's your biggest accomplishment?   Answer Question
    • What do you know about the company? (First interview) What have you learned about the company? (every subsequent interview)   Answer Question
  3.  

    Strategic Buyer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Accepted Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3+ months. I interviewed at Carl Zeiss (New York, NY).

    Interview

    Incredible messy, we were kicked out of the room that was reserved for the round one interview. Two of the folks interviewing me said "they don't know why they were chosen to interview me" and had to ask where I was "so far in the process". The process itself consisted of two phone screens, two in person interviews and 2 weeks of pressuring the HR team to do there part in the process.

    Interview Questions

  4. Is this helpful? The community relies on everyone sharing – Add Anonymous Interview Review


  5.  

    Applications Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Interview

    I found the posting online, and applied. I was contacted by HR to set up a phone screen. That was a basic interview with HR, and gave me more information about the position. A week later, they set up another phone interview with three hiring managers, one from each division of the position. A week after that interview, I was told that I would not be advancing in the interview process.

    Interview Questions

    • They asked what I knew about the position and the company.   Answer Question
  6. Helpful (2)  

    Applications Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at Carl Zeiss in June 2016.

    Interview

    I applied online and recieved an email to set up a phone screening interview. The interview was 30 minutes, very straight forward. Within the next day I recieved a second email in which they invited me to a second interview.

    Interview Questions

  7.  

    IT Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Maple Grove, MN
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at Carl Zeiss (Maple Grove, MN) in April 2016.

    Interview

    I had a phone interview with a Recruiter, lasted about an hour. Very thorough, asked what I knew about Zeiss Industrial Metrology, about my career history, and some example questions from things I had done in my career previously. About a week later I was contacted to let me know I was not moving forward in the process, Recruiter gave feedback on the decision.

    Interview Questions

    • What do you know about Zeiss? Tell me about a time you had to . . .   Answer Question
  8.  

    Quality Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Maple Grove, MN
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took a week. I interviewed at Carl Zeiss (Maple Grove, MN) in September 2015.

    Interview

    One of the nicest interviews I've ever had. Met with Quality Manager and his boss. I applied on-line and was called the next week to drive up to Minnesota the next day. I was surprised as they wanted to interview me in person without going through the typical phone interview process. Unfortunately by skipping this step, It was not noticed that I was missing CMM skills, which appeared necessary. Interview lasted 2 hours.

    Interview Questions

    • Is is OK that this is a non-regimented working environment, encouraging employees to think out-of-the-box solutions?   1 Answer
  9. Helpful (1)  

    Regional Service Manager, Brighton Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through a staffing agency. The process took 3+ weeks. I interviewed at Carl Zeiss in July 2015.

    Interview

    I was flown in the day prior and met by a pre-arranged limo service. I was lodged in a very nice hotel. The next morning Iwas met at the hotel by the National Service Manager and delivered to the interview. The people Imeet were all very personable and seemed genuinely concerned with my comfort. The interview process was very comfortable and was held more as a group discussion rather than a question and answer session.

    I enjoyed the process and would gladly participate in the process again.

    I have not been contacted yet but am hopeful. I am submitting this without either an offer or news that they have chosen another candidate.

    Interview Questions

    • what was my worst customer issue and how did Iresolve it   1 Answer
  10.  

    Applications Engineering Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Interview

    Took a ridiculous length of time. Very little communication. Gave me the feeling HR really didn't know what they were doing. 10 year old industrial psychology format. Almost felt embarrassed for the interviewer.

    Interview Questions

    • Describe what I think Customer Centricity means   1 Answer
  11.  

    Product Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Maple Grove, MN
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ months. I interviewed at Carl Zeiss (Maple Grove, MN) in June 2015.

    Interview

    I don't know if my experience is an anomaly for Zeiss HR or not, because my experience seems contrary to the other reviewers. My interview process lasted 4 months and consisted of 3 interviews.

    I applied online in June and was scheduled for a phone screening within 3 days. I had a nice, cordial screening interview which lasted 45 minutes. I was told the screening process would be completed by July 4th and second round candidates would be brought in for 1:1 interviews. I hadn't received any feedback so I followed up in mid July by email. I was told the process was taking longer than expected, but that I would hear from HR shortly.

    I was scheduled for a 1:1 interview with my potential boss at the beginning of August. Interview was scheduled for 1 hour, but actually lasted closer to 2.5. Very nice interview mixed with formal and informal questions on experience and management style. I was impressed with his attention to detail and that he took the time to explain the products along with Zeiss's goals for them.

    I was scheduled for a second 1:1 interview with VP of Sales, VP of Marketing, and HR manager about one week later. Interviews lasted about 3 hours and consisted of typical form questions and personal conversation. The next step is the process was an interview with the GM for candidates who made it to the third round. This was expected to take place the last week of August.

    I hadn't received any feedback (positive or negative) so I followed up with my contacts to see if I hadn't been selected for round 3 at the end of August. I was told the process was moving slower than expected but to be patient. Honestly at this point I thought my chances were 50/50, because I thought I connected with one of the VPs, but not the other one. I still hadn't received any feedback by middle of August so I called yet again, primarily to get closure on the opportunity. Yet again I was told to be patient and that the process was taking longer than expected. I waited until the end of the first week of October to connect with my contact, at which point he told me they went in another direction and was surprised HR hadn't contacted me.

    I was impressed with the people I met, but would characterize their HR process as unprofessional and unnecessarily long. Throughout my interview process I invested 4 months of time, multiple vacation days, hours in the car, hours of prep time, and multiple closure phone calls........and at the end of it HR didn't even feel the need to send a polite "We appreciate your interest, but we've chosen another candidate email". I consider that a red flag and would warn other candidates to set their expectation of Zeiss HR accordingly.

    Interview Questions

    • Typical questions. Time you succeeded, time you failed, etc...... but the most complex was....How would you fit an elephant into a refrigerator?   Answer Question
Don't Miss Out On a Job You Love
Upload a resume to easily apply to jobs from anywhere. It's simple to set up.