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Dow Chemical Interview Questions

30 Dow Chemical Interview Questions
Question 1 of 30
Budget is important for Dow and its success. What was the greatest cost-cutting measurement you accomplished at your previous employer?
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If you are in a management type of role, you will often be asked to keep your eyes open for cost-saving opportunities. Assure the interviewer that you are capable of understanding the importance of this practice and give a strong example of a time when you have done so.

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"I have been able to present cost-cutting suggestions many times to my previous employer. The one that I feel had the biggest impact was when I suggested additional warehouse staff. We had three various shifts and still an average of 100 hours of overtime per week. I presented to my employer that we hire one more warehouse employee for each shift, keeping the hours to just 120 regular vs. 100 hours of overtime pay (@1.5x) This recommendation saved the company $31,000 per year. They implemented this change across 15 warehouses the following year, amounting to nearly half a million dollars in savings per year."
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"My biggest cost saving measure comes regarding productivity on my team. I was able to craft email copy that I saved as a template and could send out a dozen emails at a time, all personalized, to targeted audiences to set appointments. I was able to do this multiple times per day, while also making calls, and doubled my productivity. I shared this tactic with the team and saw it implemented across the board. While I was not in a managerial role, I was able to roughly double productivity, thereby preventing the need for new hires and surpassing our financial targets for KPIs and financial metrics."
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Question 2 of 30
Tell me a little bit about yourself.
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Many interviewers will start off with this question, which could throw you off a bit. You've done all of this research on the company but have you prepared to talk about yourself?

The interviewer is looking for relevant information to the position for which you applied. Respond by mentioning your education, how many years of experience you have in your field, and be sure give some details about your most current position. Conclude your response with a statement about what you are looking for in a job at this time.

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"I have a degree in Chemical Science from the University of Michigan. I have three years of experience in sales within the chemical industry. My most recent position was with Company X as an inside sales advisor, and I'm currently looking for a position that will allow me to grow into a leadership opportunity."
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"I started my sales career in a large corporate setting, and there I received a promotion within only a few months. I decided that I wanted to stretch my wings and made the leap to a startup. I have had continued success there and am in my preferred sales territory; however, I feel that I may have outgrown the position. Right now there isn't an opportunity for a managerial position here, so I'm looking at outside opportunities, such as this one with Dow Chemical."
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Question 3 of 30
What is your current salary?
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A potential employer will often base their offer on your current salary. You should be transparent about your most recent earnings and be prepared to back up any salary requests.

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"I am currently earning a base salary of $78,000 plus a car allowance of $900/month and health benefits. I am looking for a competitive salary in my next position."
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"In my most recent position, I was earning below the average for my area of expertise. I am targeting a base salary of $92-$98K in my next position."
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Question 4 of 30
Dow Chemical has seasons of peak times where the workload is high. How do you handle a larger than average workload?
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The interviewer wants to know that you can handle the workload required of you in this position and that you will not become overwhelmed if/when workloads unexpectedly increase. When workloads increase, stress levels do too. How do you react?

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"When I have a large workload on my plate, I do not stress over the tasks that are in front of me. Rather, I make a simple plan of which tasks are a high priority and which tasks are a lower priority. The higher priority tasks, I complete first. Through this system, I can focus on my tasks individually, rather than stress out by the multitude of tasks ahead of me."
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"Here are some suggestions on how to handle a large workload: - List your tasks and prioritize them - Think of which tasks add to the company's bottom line, and start there (Closest to the money!) - Exhale. Relax for a minute and collect yourself - Organize your tasks by which ones you can complete independently and which ones you need help with - Take sufficient breaks, so you do not exhaust yourself - Communicate your struggles with your leadership or team"
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Question 5 of 30
What decisions did you routinely make in your last position?
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Question 6 of 30
List the top 3 skills that you have acquired in your last role.
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Question 7 of 30
We are asking for 8 years of industry experience and you have just 5. Why do you think you are qualified for this position?
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Question 8 of 30
How would your co-workers describe your attention to detail?
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Question 9 of 30
Tell me about a time when you took the initiative to improve work related procedures.
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Question 10 of 30
When have you used an inventive method to stretch company resources beyond the normal level?
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Rachelle Enns is an executive head-hunter and job search expert. Utilized by top executives from Fortune 100 & 500 companies like Fitbit, Microsoft, General Electric, Nestle, and more, she helps professionals position themselves in a competitive marketplace. Rachelle founded Renovate My Resume, a company that focuses on helping job seekers get their edge back. Renovate My Resume creates stand-out resumes, cover letters, LinkedIn profiles and professional summaries for new grads, all the way to corporate executives. Rachelle spends much of her time training career coaches, recruiters, and resume writers. She also holds interview workshops for students and interns, globally. For great tips and tricks, follow Rachelle on Instagram @_rachelle_e or @renovatemyresume.
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First written on: 05/30/2018
Last modified on: 08/21/2018

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Question 11 of 30
How do you define success?
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Question 12 of 30
What work situations excite and motivate you?
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Question 13 of 30
Rate your communication skills from 1-10 with proper examples backing your given rating.
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Question 14 of 30
We value a harmonious culture within Dow. How do you handle conflict in the workplace?
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Question 15 of 30
Why is this job with Dow right for you at this time in your career?
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Question 16 of 30
At Dow 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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Question 17 of 30
At Dow we ask for active contribution from our employees. Tell me about a contribution you made to the last team you worked on.
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Question 18 of 30
When have you had to shift your priorities in response to sudden changes?
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Question 19 of 30
When have you faced an unexpecting difficulty?
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Question 20 of 30
What accomplishment do you believe was the most difficult for you to achieve?
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Question 21 of 30
If you were hired today, what would you accomplish first?
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Question 22 of 30
What do you know about the workplace culture here at Dow Chemical Co.?
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Question 23 of 30
At Dow we try to hire people who want to stay with us long term. What are your long-term career plans and how do we fit into your plans?
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Question 24 of 30
At Dow Chemical we try to hire individuals dedicated to their own professional development. If you could take any related coursework, what would you choose?
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Question 25 of 30
In your opinion, what do you think has been the biggest change in the chemicals industry in the past 10 years?
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Question 26 of 30
Do you have experience when it comes to appropriate shipping and handling of chemicals and other potentially toxic products?
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Question 27 of 30
Tell me about any safety related training you have received when it comes to the handling of chemicals and other toxic substances.
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Question 28 of 30
At Dow, 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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Question 29 of 30
In your chemicals career have you ever experienced a chemical related emergency such as a spill or injured co-worker due to exposure?
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Question 30 of 30
In the chemical industry there is always potential for dangerous spills and exposure to toxic chemicals. Are you willing to work in an industry that poses this type of risk?
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About Dow Chemical Co.

The Dow Chemical Co., commonly referred to as Dow, is an American multinational chemical corporation headquartered in Midland, Michigan, United States. As of 2007, it is the second-largest chemical manufacturer in the world by revenue (after BASF) and as of February 2009, the third-largest chemical company in the world by market capitalization (after BASF and DuPont).

Dow manufactures plastics, chemicals, and agricultural products. With a presence in about 160 countries, it employs about 54,000 people worldwide. The company has seven different major operating segments, with a wide variety of products made by each one. Dow's 2012 sales totaled approximately $57 billion. Dow has been called the "chemical companies' chemical company" in that most of its sales are to other industries rather than end-users. Dow sells directly to end-users primarily in the human and animal health and consumer products markets.

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