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Rio Tinto Alcan Interview Questions

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    Continuous Improvement Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Robards, KY
    Declined Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Rio Tinto Alcan (Robards, KY) in February 2012.

    Interview

    First interview is on-site. With mid level managers. Typical behavior based questions. Easy interview. Second interview is on-site with members of plant leadership team. They asked stupid questions in terms of "what if". They looked for problem solving capabilities but I think got stuck on too many details on there end. HR manager was asked what she liked about the company and said benefits - if that is one of the only things you can mention and you can not mention the people as the HR manager, you got problems. Seemed to me the plant manager ruled by fear and read into this as a guy who was the maintenance manager did not have any formal education - came from the floor. Plant manager also mentioned the culture was to micro manage the complainers and treat the top performers well. Seems like you got a lot of complainers that need to be let go, but you are too afraid to do that. I didn't think it was good fit for my personal work style.

    Interview Questions

    Reasons for Declining

    I would never work for a stuck up plant manager - regardless of the attractive pay. If they treat someone like me the way they did during an interview, I'd hate to see how they treat their employees.

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    Process Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Sebree, KY
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Rio Tinto Alcan (Sebree, KY) in June 2011.

    Interview

    Very open. Team based

    Negotiation

    Open, direct, concise

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    Research Scientist Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Saguenay, QC (Canada)
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through other source. The process took 4+ months. I interviewed at Rio Tinto Alcan (Saguenay, QC (Canada)).

    Interview

    Start with a phone interview for screening. 2 months after, they proceed with a face-to-face interview in Saguenay (2 days) where writing and grammar tests, in French and English, were requested. Based on test and interviews, a decision was given after 3 weeks. Whole process took 4 months due to special circumstances.

    Interview Questions

    • How are you comfortable with Excel Macros? Do you know you to program VBA in Excel?   Answer Question
    • How would you respond to peers that do not agree with you and therefore will not be able to achieve consensus ?   Answer Question
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    Scholarship Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Accepted Offer
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 3 days. I interviewed at Rio Tinto Alcan (Edmonton, AB (Canada)).

    Interview

    Phone interview, very brief

    Interview Questions

    • Why did you choose *** University to do Mechanical Engineering? What sort of scholarships have you held before?   Answer Question
  6.  

    Accepted Offer
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at Rio Tinto Alcan.

    Interview

    Phone interview x 2
    Site Visit

    Interview Questions

    • Place emphasis on why you want to live remotely and in Gove specifically.   Answer Question
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    Mechanical Engineering Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Negative Experience

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at Rio Tinto Alcan.

    Interview

    After receiving an email to complete 5 online exams which took 2 and a half hours, I was also required to do an online video interview which was quite weird. A month went by after the online interview and I hadn't heard from anyone so I emailed the HR person I was dealing with and he could barely write back a coherent sentence saying that if I'm needed I will be called.

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    Accountant Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a staffing agency. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at Rio Tinto Alcan (Montreal, QC (Canada)) in April 2012.

    Interview

    One interview with manager and director of the department. Standard questions, nothing really out of the ordinary.

    Interview Questions

    • No question was difficult or unexpected. Standard interview process.   Answer Question
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    Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at Rio Tinto Alcan (Montreal, QC (Canada)) in December 2010.

    Interview

    1 hr person and the future boss. Very polite and professional.

    Interview Questions

    Negotiation

    It was fair, but took a while. Had to get a security check done first plus a physical exam.

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