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Top 30 Alcoa Interview Questions

Question 1 of 30
Alcoa seeks to hire those who are up to date on the industry. Our industry is a competitive one with policy changing frequently. How do you keep up with industry trends and policy changes?
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Question 2 of 30
In your opinion, why is our industry a fundamental one?
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"I strongly believe that the metals and mining industry provides an excellent boost in the economy; especially in those regions and states where mining activity is concentrated. Minerals and metals are what make up nearly everything we have so without this type of mining, many of the products we know and love simply would not exist."
"I believe the biggest reason why mining is necessary is because minerals and metals can rarely be substituted for anything. They are vital to our every day lives. If mining stopped, we would not have alternate resources for some of the most important things we use every day."
Employees who see value in their company, and industry, are going to be happier and stay longer. The interviewer is looking for your opinion on why the metals and mining industry is an important one. Show the interviewer that, if hired by Alcoa, you would have a sense of pride for what they do.
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Question 3 of 30
At Alcoa we understand that our industry can be a volatile one. In your opinion, what is the outlook for the metals and mining industry in the next year?
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"I read in an article a short time ago that mining was one of 2016's best performing sectors despite a slow start to the year. Citi analysts are predicting another very strong year. How do you feel the outlook will be for this industry in the years to come?"
"Although the prices for many commodities have declined over the years, I feel that we will be bouncing back again very soon. According to the Financial Post, 2018 is going to be a very strong year for the metals and mining industry."
The interviewer wants to see that you have a keen interest in the industry and that you are up to date on some of the challenges and wins that Alcoa may be facing. You do not need to give an incredibly long and drawn out answer but be sure to highlight a couple of interesting points. Wrap up your response by asking the interviewer their personal opinion on the outlook for the industry. This could start an insightful and helpful conversation
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Question 4 of 30
At Alcoa we put safety first when it comes to our employees and the handling of our products. How important is safety to you?
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"One of the reasons why Alcoa stands out to me as a potential employer, is your dedication to workplace safety. I feel that safety should be the number one consideration in this industry. It determines employee engagement, company profitability, and ensures a strong industry reputation."
"Safety is of utmost importance to me! I take regular precautions in the workplace, and I continue to attend safety training while keeping my tickets and certifications valid."
Assure the interviewer that you are as concerned about safety as they are. In which ways do you put safety first? Talk about the importance of safety in the workplace.
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Question 5 of 30
At Alcoa we take every step possible to be a leader in our industry. In your opinion, who are our competitors and what sets us apart from them?
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"I have researched Alcoa and see that you truly are an industry leader in the metals and mining arena. From my research I believe what sets you apart is your incredible dedication to safety, and to the environment."
"From my understanding, your biggest competitors are companies A, B, and C. I believe that Alcoa is different because you put safety above all else. Your public safety records are impressive and I am excited at the possibility to join such a responsible company."
It is incredibly important to research the company prior to your interview. You should learn who the company's competitors are. Discuss your findings with the interviewer and be sure to speak highly of Alcoa while answering this question.
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Question 6 of 30
What sources do you look to when you need to solve a complicated problem?
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Question 7 of 30
What do you know about corporate governance practices in the metals and mining industry?
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Question 8 of 30
Alcoa is committed to transparency, whether that means full disclosure to our board, the government, or audit committee. Do you consider yourself a transparent and honest individual?
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Question 9 of 30
Social responsibility is important to us. In your opinion, what is the best environmental effort Alcoa has launched in the past 3 years?
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Question 10 of 30
Every step counts for a successful project so at Alcoa we prefer to hire those who come highly trained. Do you have any post-secondary education related to project management or environmental affairs?
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Question 11 of 30
How do you like to be recognized for your accomplishments?
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Question 12 of 30
How has your current job changed over the years?
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Question 13 of 30
Do you consider yourself a patient person? How do you increase your patience level in challenging situations?
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Question 14 of 30
We are looking for a long term fit at Alcoa. Where do you see yourself five years from now?
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Question 15 of 30
Alcoa likes to bring out the best in our employees. What type of manager brings out the best in you?
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Question 16 of 30
Strong communication skills are important for any role with Alcoa. Rate your communication skills from 1-10.
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Question 17 of 30
Considering your background is in an industry different from Alcoa, what skills and characteristics do you have that qualify you for this industry?
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Question 18 of 30
We believe in giving Alcoa employees honest, open, and regular feedback. What feedback did you receive at your last job?
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Question 19 of 30
How often do you discuss work with your colleagues in order to think up new systems and styles of working?
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Question 20 of 30
Tell me about the most challenging problem you have encountered in your professional career.
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Question 21 of 30
What decisions did you routinely make in your last position?
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Question 22 of 30
Integrity is a key value at Alcoa. When have you shown great integrity at work?
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Question 23 of 30
How do you define success?
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Question 24 of 30
Give me an example of a time when your communication style helped you to be a more effective leader.
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Question 25 of 30
When have you made a mistake delegating tasks to your team members?
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Question 26 of 30
What is your personal mission statement?
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Question 27 of 30
What steps do you take when you have to make an immediate decision and you do not feel you have all the relevant or necessary information?
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Question 28 of 30
What is your current salary?
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Question 29 of 30
If you had a co-worker call in sick and you were asked to take over their project requiring overtime from you, how would you react? Where do you draw the line when it comes to being a team player?
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Question 30 of 30
Are you applying for any other jobs?
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Our Alcoa interview questions and answers are created from the industry we believe they most well-represent. For a full list of industries we base our company interviews off of; click here.

About Alcoa

Alcoa Inc. (Alcoa) is engaged in the production and management of primary aluminum, fabricated aluminum, and alumina combined. The Company?s products are used worldwide in aircraft, automobiles, commercial transportation, packaging, building and construction, oil and gas, defense, and industrial applications. Alcoa is a global company operating in 31 countries. Based upon the country where the point of sale occurred, the United States (U.S.) and Europe generated 52% and 27%, respectively, of Alcoa?s sales during the year ended December 31, 2009. In addition, Alcoa has investments and operating activities in Australia, Brazil, China, Iceland, Guinea, Russia, and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Alcoa?s operations consist of four worldwide segments: Alumina, Primary Metals, Flat-Rolled Products, and Engineered Products and Solutions. In August 2010, the Company acquired Traco, a maker of windows and doors for the commercial building and construction market.

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