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3M Interview Questions & Reviews

Updated Jul 24, 2014
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No Offer

Negative Experience

Average Interview

Lawyer Interview

Lawyer
Saint Paul, MN (US)

I applied online and the process took a day - interviewed at 3M in September 2013.

Interview Details The interview with the department head following an online application was relatively easy to schedule and cordial. The interview style was conversational with a number of relevant questions posed concerning the duties and required experience fo rthe role. It also included a good description of the working culture and department goals etc.

Interview Question – There were a number of pointed questions with regard to the particular duties and required expertise of the role. It was important to "know your stuff."   Answer Question


No Offer

Neutral Experience

3M Research and Development (PhD) Interview

3M Research and Development (PhD)

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

Interview Details Typical on-campus interview. Asking behavior questions. The interviewer is the alumni of our university. In one week I receive a email telling me that I'll be contacted by a recruiting manager. I'm still waiting since then (3 month already.....).

Interview Question – The questions are quite standard. No odd questions.   Answer Question


No Offer

Positive Experience

Difficult Interview

Strategic Business Development (SBD) Interview

Strategic Business Development (SBD)

I applied through college or university and the process took 4 weeks - interviewed at 3M.

Interview Details They gave a great tour of the campus and of the city - it was quite well done. First, we had an intro session the night before with cocktails, which included a "2-minute" intro about yourself with one slide. Next day, breakfast, tour of campus (which is great), 3 separate interviews 1) Leadership, 2) Marketing, 3) Case - each an hour long; followed up by a tour of Minneapolis. They do a good job of giving you an overview of the city (cities) - something a lot of other companies do not do.

Interview Question – It's 10,000 B.C. and you just discovered fire. How would you sell it to your village?   Answer Question


Declined Offer

Positive Experience

Easy Interview

O2 Interview

O2
Columbia, MO (US)

I applied through college or university and the process took 4 weeks - interviewed at 3M in October 2013.

Interview Details I was contacted through on-campus recruiting and then I emailed my application (cover letter and resume). immediately I set up a phone interview and then one week later scheduled an on-campus interview. 3M had a travel agent contact me and take care of all of the arrangments. I interviewed with seven other candidates and did group questions and individual interviews (3 rounds for about 30 minutes each). It was a pretty easy morning and not too many difficult questions. The plant tour was a bit dull.

Interview Question – Where do you see youself in 5 years, walk me through your resume, etc.   Answer Question

Reason for Declining – Ultimately it was not what I was looking for in a career.


Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Average Interview

Project Manager Interview

Project Manager
Shanghai, Shanghai (China)

I applied online and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at 3M in May 2010.

Interview Details 3 rounds panel interview were conducted, each round two persons to ask your experiences, what will you do for this position, your best practice, your weekness.

Interview Question – Most of the questions are common, without special question.   Answer Question


Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Average Interview

Human Resources Interview

Human Resources

I applied online and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at 3M.

Interview Details Behavioral interviews,

Interview Question – Nothing unexpected   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – No real negotiation


No Offer

Neutral Experience

Sales Interview

Sales

Interviewed at 3M

Interview Details Interview process involved one face to face interview for this internship. The interview was largely casual conversations regarding skills and attributes.

Interview Question – Why did you choose science degree with expectation to enter sales field   Answer Question


Declined Offer

Positive Experience

Senior Research Engineer Interview

Senior Research Engineer
Saint Paul, MN (US)

I applied through a recruiter and the process took 2 months - interviewed at 3M.

Interview Details Had a 60 min on-campus interview in September, a 30 min phone interview in October, and a day long on-site interview in November. Whole process took less than 2 months from initial contact to offer. Full day interview consisted of an hour seminar followed by 7 30 min individual interviews, lunch, and a site tour.

Interview Question – If I contacted your current supervisor, what would they say your biggest weakness was?   Answer Question

Reason for Declining – Accepted a position that is closer to my family.


Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Average Interview

Product Development Engineer Interview

Product Development Engineer
Saint Paul, MN (US)

I applied through college or university and the process took 3 days - interviewed at 3M in November 2013.

Interview Details The process is fast paced and was done through a rapid recruiting event. Potential candidates were interviewed by the interested hiring managers and several senior scientists, other managers and by the Director. One has to also give a highly technical talk which was followed by a Q&A session. Overall, I found the experience to be very pleasant and was made to feel very welcoming.

Interview Question – How do you deal with a difficult situation?   Answer Question


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Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Average Interview

O2 Program Interview

O2 Program

I applied through college or university and the process took 2 days - interviewed at 3M in November 2013.

Interview Details One fly-out interview broken into three segments, two behavioral interviews and one tour. Very straight forward and traditional. 90% "Tell us about a time..." questions. One major idea that we kept on touching on was time management and tools for productivity. Most everyone was very "engineering-esque" if that makes sense. All were welcoming and amicable. Can't complain.

Interview Question – Tell us about a time where you made the wrong choice, and what did you do about it.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – Was told by multiple others that 3M does not negotiate on entry-level positions so I didn't try.

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