3M Interview Questions

Updated 19 Sep 2014
Updated 19 Sep 2014
217 Interview Reviews

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    Manufacturing Engineering Graduate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through a staffing agency. The process took 2 months - interviewed at 3M.

    Interview Details

    Found the graduate scheme on Gradcracker and applied online by sending CV and Cover Letter and also answering questions such as why 3M?
    Then i had to complete verbal reasoning and numerical tests.

    Was emailed a few weeks later to confirm a telephone interview. Telephone interview was 30 minutes long and was competency based (they usually tell you what competencies you will assessed on).
    The interview started of with questions such as: where did you hear about the role? what course are you studying and why? which university and why? why do you want to work for 3M and why this specific role?..and then moved on to the competency questions.

    Interview Questions
    • Asking about why i went to the university i went to was unexpected.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview
  2.  

    SBD Program Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  London, England
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in London, England
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2 months - interviewed at 3M.

    Interview Details

    1st round interview : two business cases
    2nd round interview: about 6 short business cases
    Final round with the Regional VP

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Average Interview
  3.  

    Marketing IP Role Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online - interviewed at 3M.

    Interview Details

    Applied online, had a telephone interview then assessment centre at Bracknell. The day we well organised and very relaxed. Really enjoyed it, seems like a great place to work. Their hiring process seems somewhat flawed with only 2/6 of those who attended getting a job offer, even though i think at least 4/6 were very qualified.

    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Bracknell, England
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Bracknell, England
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took a day - interviewed at 3M in January 2010.

    Interview Details

    Two face to face interview with two IT managers, not an interview where you are grilled about what you know but rather they want to find out about you and visa versa. Sound like an interesting place to work with some great facilities open to people that do work there i.e. gym, football pitch, squash courts

    Other aspects of the interview includes a group excerise four of us had a problem, we had to come to a conclusion and then present our answers to the four people watching us and there was also a tour of the facilities.

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    Its a good company with a good work ethic + they are not all work and no play!
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  6.  

    Research Scientist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    On campus interview, met for one hour with a recruiter. Usually a pre-requisite before rapid recruiting on site. Recruiter described interview process pretty well, and explained different positions. Then we talked about research for a bit, and ended with some questions for them.

    Interview Questions
    • Describe a time you were able to obtain buy-in from others.   Answer Question
    No Offer
  7.  

    Sales Representative Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Saint Paul, MN (US)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Saint Paul, MN (US)
    Application Details

    I applied through other source. The process took 3 weeks - interviewed at 3M.

    Interview Details

    Standard interview process. Met with roughly 4 3M employees. Ranging form Management, to sales trainers. Asked typical interview questions. Have 30/60/90 day plan ready. Dress formal. Be ready for a long day of interviews. They will give you 10-15 mins in between rounds. Bring note pad. It's helpful to take notes.

    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  8.  

    Marketing Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied in-person. The process took 5 days - interviewed at 3M.

    Interview Details

    There were 2 interviews. The first was more generic and assess individual strength and weaknesses, expectations, aspirations etc. The second was to pitch a marketing strategy of a specific product.

    Accepted Offer
  9.  

    3m Frontline Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university - interviewed at 3M.

    Interview Details

    Conversation with program head and school specific recruiter, mostly conversational. Talked about interests and career goals to determine fit with the open 3m positions. Not too difficult an interview. 3m is a big company and there are many opportunities, so if you talk about what you are truly interested in, chances are this is something in 3m that fits those interests. Be yourself and be friendly and enthusiastic.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  10.  

    Marketing Senior Coordinator Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Moscow (Russia)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Moscow (Russia)
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2 weeks - interviewed at 3M in August 2014.

    Interview Details

    Comparing to other companies relatively easy interview. Just described former projects and duties, some plans for further development. The atmospere is friendly, not nervous. Easy to get to the office in time.
    BTW the IQ test is not convenient to pass - the same time gape for all kinds of questions. The most difficult part of the inerview.

    Interview Questions
    • What would you start with in case we launch a new product in *Department*?   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    I was proposed a higher position than considered at first. Pretty flexible company regarding working conditions.
    Accepted Offer
    Easy Interview
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    Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 4 months - interviewed at 3M in August 2014.

    Interview Details

    I applied directly through their website but was also networked into the job and sent my resume directly to the hiring manager. A week later their website informed me that they also forwarded my resume to the hiring manager. 3 months later the hiring manager called me for a phone interview. Two weeks later they invited me to schedule an on-site interview. On that day I was already on-site at another company who made an offer two days later. I took the offer from the other company and politely withdrew myself from consideration at 3M.

    To summarize, 3M took 4 months to get me into an interview. The other company (also a large corporation) made an offer within 1 month of my application on their website. 3M is a great company, but I don't think they understand how to hire experienced professionals.

    Regarding the phone interview, it was a very natural conversation. No canned questions.

    Interview Questions
    • None. It was a great conversation. The hiring manager dug into some of my specific experiences from my resume. I asked a lot of questions about the job.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview

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