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What the Hiring Process is Like
You applied for a job at 3M. Now what? Read this handy Q&A for answers to your most pressing questions, from application to interview:
Q: What happens when I complete the application?
A: Once you press submit, your application will be attached to the specific position you are applying for. If you meet the stated basic qualifications for the role, your application will be reviewed in more detail in relation to the broader requirements of the position. Please note that a separate application is required for each position of interest. Additionally, we would suggest focusing on positions for which you meet the stated basic qualifications, as you will be automatically rejected if you do not.
Q: How do I know the status of my application?
A: Unfortunately, due to the high volume of applications we receive, we cannot personally respond to everyone. However, you can check your candidate status at any time by following these instructions:
Q: What are the typical steps in the process if I am selected for consideration?
A: While the interview process may vary a bit for each position, a typical process would involve an initial phone screen, followed by one or more in-person interviews. In some cases, there could be additional steps that are specific to certain roles.
Q: What can I expect the in-person interview to be like?
A: Your in-person interview(s) may be in a panel format (multiple interviewers at the same time) or one-on-one. Except for in rare circumstances, you will meet with the hiring manager for the role. Additionally, you may meet with other managers from the same department, potential peers, individuals that would report to the role being filled and/or someone from human resources.
Many interviews will be behavior-based. In behavioral-based interviews, you would be asked to give examples of times you have exhibited a certain skill or behavior. Questions in this type of interview would be framed as “Tell me about a time when…”.
Come prepared to your interview! Do some research and be prepared to explain what interests you about the role and the team you’d be joining. When answering questions, be concise but detailed, and be sure to pause and think before you speak to ensure you are answering the question asked. If you don’t understand a question, go ahead and ask for clarification. Be sure to come prepared with a list of questions for the interviewers as well.
If you don’t get a chance to get all your questions answered, make sure you know who to follow up with before ending the interview (either the recruiter or hiring manager). A good way to close an interview is to thank the interviewer for his or her time, confirm your continued interest and ask what you might expect for next steps and related timing. Of course, a follow-up thank you note is never a bad idea!