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Kaiser Aluminum Interview Questions

Updated Jan 1, 2017
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  1.  

    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at Kaiser Aluminum.

    Interview

    Good every one that was involved seemed competent about the equipment and plant. They were able to answer all of the questions and concerns that I had. great tour of plant.

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    Director Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Foothill Ranch, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 1+ week. I interviewed at Kaiser Aluminum (Foothill Ranch, CA).

    Interview

    Reasonable phone screen followed by face to face. After interview the offer process was EXTREMELY fast. One counter offer and the deal was done. Interviewers were very open and honest. Good follow up from recruiter.

    Interview Questions

    • Why do you want to leave your current employer?   1 Answer

    Negotiation

    Sign on bonus, remote work arrangement, everything I asked for (reasonable requests) except generous vacation

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    Project Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 3+ months. I interviewed at Kaiser Aluminum in October 2015.

    Interview

    I was presented by a recruiter and spoke to the Kaiser recruiter. I was seen as a candidate that could work or benefit a few of their plants due to the challenges and skill set that I was able to offer. Their recruiter supposedly put my resume in front of a few plant managers. After not hearing back I got a no email. The no email was not specific about which location I was turned for.

    Kaiser's recruiting system is bad. The interview wasn't too bad. I talked to their recruiter about what I've done in my career and that was about it.

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  5. Helpful (8)  

    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. I interviewed at Kaiser Aluminum in March 2015.

    Interview

    Met with 2 conference rooms of 4-5 people who mostly asked me about my methods of solving problems. Was ask about what I enjoy and don't enjoy of my current position. Met briefly with the plant manager and had a plant tour.

    Interview Questions

    • Name a time you made a poor decision and how you reacted to it.   Answer Question
  6.  

    Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. I interviewed at Kaiser Aluminum.

    Interview

    Phone screening first to get a feel of who you are and why Kaiser, etc.
    Then second or necessary phone interview on technical knowledge and background.
    Successful candidate invited to a plant interview (Kaiser corporate office is small, most face to face interviews are at the plants).
    Interview structure is in the form of STAR(Situation, Task, Action, Result).

    Interview Questions

    • You are struggling on this case, you have a problem or disaggrement then what would you do?   1 Answer

    Negotiation

    Not on salary, but easily approachable and flexible on everything else to negotiate.

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    Environmental Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 5+ months. I interviewed at Kaiser Aluminum in November 2011.

    Interview

    Initial interview by phone and then week or so later, interview scheduled at facility. The interview at the facility was an all-day, behavior-based style interview with several different people mostly 1-on-1. There were two subsequent phone interviews after the facility interview.

    Interview Questions

    • Tell us about a time you made a recommendation and it ended up not resulting in a positive outcome. What would you do differently next time.   Answer Question

    Reasons for Declining

    My personal relocation risk intolerance prevented me from taking a job that only offered a marginal salary improvement over current.

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    Technician Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Kalamazoo, MI
    Accepted Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a staffing agency. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at Kaiser Aluminum (Kalamazoo, MI) in March 2011.

    Interview

    Standard Prodution interview process is used now. Best to know someone that already works there to submit a resume. Human resources will contact you and do a phone interview. Next is a group interview of two to three people. Then a background check and drug testing. Once you pass they make an offer of employment.

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  9. Helpful (1)  

    Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Spokane, WA
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2 days. I interviewed at Kaiser Aluminum (Spokane, WA) in February 2010.

    Interview

    Interview on the phone was mostly technical; pretty detailed but also kind of a Shotgun approach....ie it cover every area you could possibly be exposed to; so no one knows everything.
    The in person interview is the S.T.A.R. approach: Situation/Task, Action and Results; so they give you situations and or ask you for examples of situations from your background...and you respond with how you would / did handle the situation.

    Interview Questions

    • Most difficult technical problem, and how you solved the problem.   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    Not much negotation on salary....but it is pretty easy to negotiate every thing else.

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    Maintenance Supervisor Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Spokane, WA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at Kaiser Aluminum (Spokane, WA) in June 2007.

    Interview

    HR handled scheduling the flight, hotel, and rental car for me. Flew in on a Thursday, interviewed Friday, flew back Saturday. Met with HR in the morning and filled out applications. Followed that with a short tour of the mill and then settled in to a room inside the bowels for the interviews. Interviewed with 5-6 managers, most of whom ended up not being in my chain of command.

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