3M Interview Questions

Updated Sep 9, 2014
Updated Sep 9, 2014
212 Interview Reviews

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    AREA SALES MANAGER Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Bangalore
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Bangalore
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2+ weeks - interviewed at 3M in September 2010.

    Interview Details

    Initial interview will be telephonic from supervisor. Next from NSM (can be video conference also) & in rare occasions from Divisional Manager. HR only facilitates.

    Interview Questions
    • They may ask about Key account management , Channel Management and team handling experience. Then about 3M , etc.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    They will tell no negotiation possible. This happens with HR. They may stick to the band given by business. Approval process for exceptions are quite difficult.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  2.  

    Process Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Warangal
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Warangal
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took a day - interviewed at 3M in April 2011.

    Interview Details

    Interview process

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    No negotiation. They mailed me a copy of offer letter and asked me meet at their company.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  3.  

    Marketing Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Calcutta
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Calcutta
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took a day - interviewed at 3M in April 2010.

    Interview Details

    Shortlisting was done by the General Managers. The shortlisted candidates had a group discussion on a management case for 10 to 15 minutes. 1 person was selected from each group of 6. These candidates were then interviewed to judge fit in the Healthcare Industry.

    Interview Questions
    • Healthcare involves seeing patients b?eing operated in hospitals. Are you scared of blood?   View Answer
    • Why 3M?   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    None
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Process Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Pune
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Pune
    Application Details

    I applied through a staffing agency. The process took 2 days - interviewed at 3M in August 2010.

    Interview Details

    Got a call from consultant, attended the telephonic interview, got a schedule for personal interview & then one more round of technical interview with site manager & then finally with a VP then negotiation & offer letter.

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    One step negotiation was possible
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview
  6.  

    BDM Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 6 weeks - interviewed at 3M in February 2010.

    Interview Details

    This was a three stage interview process. Meeting the various chains of leadership and then HR. Fisrt met the regional product manager, then his line manager and finally the global sales leader.

    Interview Questions
    • I cleared the technical interview. However the HR's proposed compensation was not enticing enough. The argument put forth was that 3M is recognized brand and that I should settle for less. I had a better option so things didn't work out. But no hard feelings.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  7.  

    Product Development Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Maplewood, MN (US)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Maplewood, MN (US)
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 4 days - interviewed at 3M in November 2013.

    Interview Details

    I was given the opportunity to meet with representatives from 3M on campus. Initial on campus interview was followed by invitation to a 4-day onsite interview at 3M headquarters. Initial review was discussing research topics followed by some behavioral questions. Onsite visit include giving an 45-minutes presentation on research topic, a whole of one on one interviews, and a lab tour.

    Interview Questions
    • What was the most difficult decision you've had to make?   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  8.  

    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
  9.  

    Financial Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took a day - interviewed at 3M in April 2014.

    Interview Details

    3 parts to the interview: 1. Came in and asked me a question about why a 4 bedroom apartment cost less than a 3 bedroom apartment with the same SF in both. 2. Gave me a series of math questions, all of which could be done in your head, just how quickly you could rifle them off, was the goal. 3. Business Model was given you needed to ask as many questions as you could about it to form a business solution toward the problem.

    Interview Questions
    • Business Model was given you needed to ask as many questions as you could about it to form a business solution toward the problem.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview
  10.  

    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
  11.  

    R&D Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter - interviewed at 3M in November 2013.

    Interview Details

    Initial communication through a campus recruiter around late November, however, the contact was after the only round of campus interviews in early fall. I had a brief telephone interview over the phone and was quickly offered the position.

    The R&D intern pool guarantees you a placement, but you don't actually get a job assignment until later ( Jan - Mar) when the hiring managers contact you to gauge your interest in the various intern positions.

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    Unable to negotiate intern pay, their intern salaries are scaled based on number of previous internships and degree level (bachelors, masters, PhD)
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

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