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Top 30 Dow Chemical Co. Interview Questions

Question 1 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 2 of 30
Why is this job with Dow right for you at this time in your career?
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Discuss with the interviewer why you are looking to make a change, and how this particular role fits well with the changes that you are seeking. Be sure to give a more in-depth answer than the typical 'I am looking for growth' answer that so many interviewers hear. Be thoughtful and draw upon the research you have done on the company. You will find on the Dow website that they boast a creative, dynamic and friendly work environment that values diverse perspectives, is mutually respectful and benefits from the vision and mentoring of leaders who rank among the best in the industry.

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"I have been passively seeking a new position for quite some time and haven't jumped on anything yet because I want to make sure it's the right fit. I feel that this job is right for me, at this point in my career, because it offers an opportunity for me to utilize my new education while giving me an opportunity to advance in my management skills and be mentored by industry experts."
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"I have attended multiple interviews as of late, and when I walk into the offices of Dow, it already feels like home. I believe that my advancement goals will be respected here and that I can flourish in this position. Your willingness to mentor and encourage professional development is another factor that makes this role with Dow the right one for me."
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Question 3 of 30
We value a harmonious culture within Dow. How do you handle conflict in the workplace?
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The tension between coworkers can be draining, mainly if you work in a high-stress work environment. When asked a question about dealing with conflict or overcoming a challenge, think of an example first. Having a concrete situation to draw from will help you to think through the steps you take to deal with conflict.

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"My coworker and I had a misunderstanding about the schedule. We both got frustrated, so I took a step back and asked if we could talk about it when we are both calm, so the tension didn't escalate. The next day I pulled him aside and asked if we could talk. We both shared our sides of the story and realized it was just a miscommunication."
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"I do not enjoy conflict in the workplace; however, it does happen from time to time. When conflict does arise, I am sure to nip it in the bud right away. When moments of miscommunication fester or swept under the rug, they become bigger than they need to be."
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Question 4 of 30
Rate your communication skills from 1-10 with proper examples backing your given rating.
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On a scale of 1-10, how skilled are you in communication? Why did you choose that particular rating for yourself?

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"I rate my communication skills as a 9/10 as I will, on occasion, have times when I am not as clear as I would like to be. My supervisor and co-workers will attest to my clear and concise communication skills. Because I am an open leader, my team will let me know if I need to clarify anything."
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"I will rate myself an 8.5 because I consider myself a strong communicator. It is the foundation of all success in business. I am always striving to be a better communicator, so I leave the rest of the scale as an aspirational measure."
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Question 5 of 30
What work situations excite and motivate you?
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It is crucial, for your success, that the hiring manager knows how to keep you motivated and excited to come to work every day. Share with the interviewer what they could do to ensure that you are happy and productive at Dow.

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"I am most motivated, on the job, when tasks are organized, and the vibe is positive. I value strong teamwork and good leadership."
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"Work situations that excite and motivate me to include fun internal contests, camaraderie among the staff, and the ability to participate as a creative thinker."
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Question 6 of 30
How do you define success?
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Question 7 of 30
When have you used an inventive method to stretch company resources beyond the normal level?
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Question 8 of 30
Tell me about a time when you took the initiative to improve work related procedures.
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Question 9 of 30
How would your co-workers describe your attention to detail?
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Question 10 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 11 of 30
List the top 3 skills that you have acquired in your last role.
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Question 12 of 30
What decisions did you routinely make in your last position?
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Question 13 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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Question 14 of 30
What is your current salary?
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Question 15 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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Question 16 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 17 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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Question 18 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 19 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 20 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 21 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 22 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 23 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 24 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 25 of 30
What do you know about the workplace culture here at Dow Chemical Co.?
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Question 26 of 30
If you were hired today, what would you accomplish first?
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Question 27 of 30
What accomplishment do you believe was the most difficult for you to achieve?
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Question 28 of 30
When have you faced an unexpecting difficulty?
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Question 29 of 30
When have you had to shift your priorities in response to sudden changes?
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Question 30 of 30
Tell me a little bit about yourself.
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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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