Prepare for 3M Aptitude Tests and Assessment Centres

The 3M hiring process, for positions including 3M internships, graduate schemes, and experienced hires, includes several tests and assessments in several stages. Learn more about the best way to prepare yourself for this process with JobTestPrep.
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3M is a diversified technology company with over 80,000 employees worldwide. Jobs at 3M include engineering, IT, sourcing and operations, and more. The recruitment process is made of a set of stages, each of which will test a set of skills needed to do the job.

The 3M Hiring Process

There are various steps in the 3M online recruitment process which are outlined below. The following table outlines the two possible routes available in order to get to a job offer:

We will go through each of these steps below.

3M Online Application

The first step of the 3M hiring process is the online application form. In this form you will be given the opportunity to upload your CV as well as other pertinent information. In addition, there are two competency questions that you will need to answer in order to qualify for the next step. When answering these questions it is important to bear in mind that 3M wants to hear that you have the firm's five key competencies thus showing that you can fit seamlessly into the company.

They are:

  • Motivation
  • Planning and Organisation
  • Results Focused
  • Innovative
  • Communication Skills

The more you can incorporate these into your answers in a real way, the more your 3M online application form will stand out from the crowd. If your online application and CV make the cut, you will be asked to take two different online tests.

The 3M Aptitude Tests

There are two 3M assessment tests that you have to pass in order to progress to the next stage of the hiring process. These are verbal and numerical reasoning tests which are provided by Saville Consulting.

The 3M Numerical Reasoning Test

In this test you are assessed on your ability to work with numbers. You are presented with numerical data in the form of graphs, tables, and percentages. You must analyse the information and perform calculations to be able to answer the multiple choice questions. Calculations include basic maths functions, percentages, ratios and more. The test is timed, and you usually have less than a minute to answer each question. Prepare for your 3M numerical analysis aptitude test with our Saville Consulting style practice packs.

The 3M verbal critical reasoning test

In this test you are assessed on how you understand written information. You are presented with a paragraph of information that may contain many different somewhat disjointed facts. You have to analyse this text, follow the flow of it, and answer some multiple choice questions using only information included in the text. The answers are in a "true/false/cannot say" style and there are usually several questions on each text. Find out more about your 3M verbal analysis test, and prepare with our Saville Consulting style verbal reasoning practice pack.

Preparation for these tests is key to ensuring that you get a good enough score to progress in the process. By preparing and practicing you ensure that you are familiar with the types and styles of questions you will be asked. You will also be asked to take a second version of these tests at your 3M assessment centre, so prepare thoroughly for the tests to gain advantage over other candidates. Find out more about our Saville Consulting style numerical and verbal test practice pack.

3M Telephone Interview

If you have performed well enough on the 3M aptitude tests you will be invited to have a telephone interview or a first interview, which are pretty much the same. The interview will be competency based and you will be assessed on the key attributes mentioned above. This interview is your first contact with a member of the 3M team so make sure that you make a good impression. Some important, but often overlooked things to bear in mind:

  • Make sure your phone battery is fully charged.
  • Ensure that you are in a room where you will not be disturbed.
  • Ensure that there is good reception.
  • Make sure that the area is as quiet as possible.

In addition to these simple measures, prepare questions that you want to ask 3M. The interviewer is expecting the questions and it shows your motivation for the position. Moreover, as questions in this interview are fairly generic you can prepare answers for them in advance in the STAR method. For more information and practice click here.

The 3M Assessment Centre

Once you have successfully completed the 3M aptitude tests, you will be invited to a 3M assessment centre held in one of their offices. There are a few different activities that you will go through during this one or two day assessment centre:

3M aptitude tests – You will be required to repeat the previously taken online tests to ensure consistency throughout. These are very similar to your previously taken tests so make sure that your practice is up to date. Refresh your memory about these tests before your assessment centre date.

3M interview - This interview is of a more technical nature and you will be assessed on your skills relating to the role that you have applied for. Make sure that you are fully aware of every single line on your CV as you will be asked to explain numerous items on it. Find out how we can help you improve your performance for the 3M interview questions here.

Case study and 3M presentation - In this exercise you will be given a brief related to the position you are applying to, and your task will be to solve a problem or come up with a plan of action. You will present your findings and recommendations to your assessors during a 10-minute presentation. This will then be followed by a short questions and answers session pertaining to your findings. Prepare for your case study exercise including guidance on how to create an effective case study presentation with our online case study preparation pack.

3M group exercise - In this exercise you will be grouped with typically four other candidates. Given some information pertaining to a certain problem, you will have to come up with a solution together on how best to deal with it. When dealing with this exercise it is important to have a plan in place for how you want to come across. There are five different competencies and you have to try to incorporate as many of them as possible into your answers and suggestions. For a complete understanding on how best to deal with this click here.

In Summary

The 3M recruitment process contains several testing stages. However, with proper practice and persistence, you will be able to show the 3M team that you are worth hiring. In this article we have gone through each stage of the process, and provided information on the resources available for you to prepare with. Good luck!

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