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International Paper Interview Questions

Updated Sep 16, 2014
Updated Sep 16, 2014
67 Interview Reviews

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    Process Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university - interviewed at International Paper in October 2012.

    Interview Details

    IP does this internal career fair with all the mills in the country, once you pass your first round of interview. The interview itself is very relaxing, but still challenging because you have to be on all the time, since there will be ~20 mills present with 200 IP employees and 80 other candidates. IP does a great job hosting the recruiting events, and other events too.

    Interview Questions
    • Describe a time that you had to teach someone who was your father's age.   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    There was hardly any negotiation.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  2.  

    Sales Representative Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Oklahoma City, OK (US)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Oklahoma City, OK (US)
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeks - interviewed at International Paper in March 2014.

    Interview Details

    Quick easy background phone interview, panel interview with 3 people, then a second panel interview with 4 people. It was very formal and although I had prepared myself well, it proved aggressive. Just a lot of very intense questions. Probably 30 questions in all...the two panel interviews lasted about an hour and a half each.

    Interview Questions
    • A lot of the "tell me about a time" questions...weaknesses, how you communicate with others, management styles, disagreements with coworkers, issues with authority. Just a lot of very intense questions.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview
  3.  

    Corporate Position Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Memphis, TN (US)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Memphis, TN (US)
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2+ months - interviewed at International Paper.

    Interview Details

    The process was very long and thorough. It took over two months and with four interviews ( two phone screens, and two face - to - face interviews on site, including VP. I can appreciate the process but there was no follow up unless it was prompted. The final outcome was disappointing after over two and half months but understandable.

    Interview Questions
    • It was behavioral based so there was nothing difficult.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Manufacturing Manager Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  New York, NY (US)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY (US)
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at International Paper.

    Interview Details

    An IP recruiter messaged me in LinkedIn to ask if I was interested in the position. I said I was, and we set up a time for a phone interview. It went well, and the regional HR manager contacted me for a plant interview. It was a panel with my boos -to- be, his boss, and the HR manager. They had a template they had to follow, but it felt more like a conversation; a very genuine one.

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    I was too excited. I didn't negotiate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  6.  

    Shift Supervisor Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Kenton, OH (US)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Kenton, OH (US)
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2 days - interviewed at International Paper in November 2013.

    Interview Details

    Mainly, They like to hire from inside for supervisors. If no one makes it through the interviews internally then they will hire from outside the company. The interview process has 3 steps. One with the department manager and Human Resourses Manager. the second is with the assistant plant manager and the third is with the plant manager. They will ask questions based off your resume about leadership skills. The interviews are not very lengthy al all.

    Interview Questions
    • Playing senerios. They will give you a situation and ask how you would handle it.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    Just to negotiate your pay. I was satisfied with what they offered so i accepted on the spot.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  7.  

    Supply Chain Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Memphis, TN (US)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Memphis, TN (US)
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2 months - interviewed at International Paper in November 2012.

    Interview Details

    I went to a career fair where International Paper was present. I did an interview on campus which was very fast paced. I then was asked to fly to Memphis for a more in depth interview. They call this the blitz, they do it every year. They fly so many students down and have a social meeting, interviews (most likely 6), and then a night out in Memphis with current employees. The interviews were pretty easy, normal questions about tell me a time when, but mostly just them getting to know you. This was by far my favorite of about 100 interviews I did. Very relaxed environment for such a large company. I participated in the blitz this year as a current employee and really enjoyed it.

    Interview Questions
    • Nothing was really difficult, they do not try to stump you in the interview process from my experience.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    They have a position level system, based on what number you are there is only a range you can make. Everything is pretty standard and there is not a lot of room for negotiation.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  8.  

    Process Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Oxnard, CA (US)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Oxnard, CA (US)
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at International Paper in May 2014.

    Interview Details

    I met the HR manager at a Career Fair at my university. I chatted with her for a bit and left a resume. About two weeks later I received a call from her to schedule an interview. The first interview involved a tour of the paper mill (1 hour) followed by a panel interview with the HR manager, the lead process engineer, and the engineering manager. The questions were very standard and the interviewers were very nice. I got a call back for a second visit, which involved 3 1:1 interviews with various mangers of the company and more detailed plant tours (2.5 hours). Overall very positive interview experience. Note: do not arrive to interviews in your nicest clothes. You will be given steel toe shoe add-ons and your shoes (and person) may get wet.

    Company culture: about 100 employees, mostly men. Most employees are aged 40+.

    Interview Questions
    • What is Henry's Law? (Technical question)
      What do you think your role of process engineer will be? (Make sure to read job description carefully)
        Answer Question
    Reasons for Declining

    Although the paper industry is very stable and I would have received a solid pay, I was not interested in process engineering (or rather controls).

    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  9.  

    Packer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Lexington, SC (US)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Lexington, SC (US)
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2 weeks - interviewed at International Paper.

    Interview Details

    Applied through employee referral, I was called a week later to take a test, getting the interview was completely based on passing the test. The next day I was interviewed by a panel that asked questions based on safety and prior job experience.

    Interview Questions
    • Name a time you had to ignore a safety rule to get a job done faster.   View Answers (2)
    Negotiation Details
    No negotation
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  10.  

    Process Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    Talked to a representative at my university career fair. The conversation went well and the representative seemed to be interested/impressed. About a week later I received an email asking for a phone interview. The phone interview must also went well as I was asked to attend an on-site interview.

    Interview Questions
    • Tell me about a time you needed to make a difficult decision.   View Answer
    No Offer
  11.  

    Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Raleigh, NC (US)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Raleigh, NC (US)
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took a day - interviewed at International Paper in November 2013.

    Interview Details

    I learned about International Paper at my college career fair. Within a couple of minutes of talking to the people around the career booth, I was taken to a different room and had an interview with the main guy. It was fairly straight forward with the questions being purely behavioral. Over good experience.

    Interview Questions
    • Why would we hire you over other candidates.   View Answer
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

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