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About the 3M Preparation Packs

How to get a job at 3M? 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. We have gone through each stage of the process and provided information on the resources available for you to prepare with.

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 generally provided by CEB SHL. Sometimes, however, these tests will be provided by Cubiks or Saville depending on the location and the 3M job you are applying for.

Preparation for these tests is key to ensuring that you get a good enough score to progress in the process. By preparing and practising 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 an advantage over other candidates. Find out more about our CEB SHL-style numerical and verbal test practice pack. Before taking an employment test you should check out the different tests preparation packages that are available from this page.

3M Mechanical Test

Most mechanical reasoning and electrical reasoning tests present basic concepts of static and dynamic electricity and Newtonian mechanics. In most cases, not much calculations are expected, and therefore, the time allotted to each question is shorter.

The 3M Numerical Reasoning Test

In this 3M 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 practice packs.

The 3M Verbal Critical Reasoning Test

You are assessed on how you understand written information in this 3M assessment test. 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 the 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 verbal reasoning practice pack.


Gain the Skills You Need for Your 3M Recruitment Process

It is JobTestPrep's mission to help you prepare for your 3M job application. We have hundreds of PrepPacks™ that have been prepared to give you the best chance of success. Start preparing today with our carefully selected resources that will improve your skills, visual accuracy, and reasoning so well that you will pass your 3M pre-employment assessment at the company with great success.


3M Interview Process

3M Telephone Interview

If you have performed well enough on the 3M aptitude tests you will be invited to have a 3m 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 3m important interview tips 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


3M Interview Questions and Answers

Below is a list of 3M interview question samples which serve to give you an impression of what to expect. You should prepare for technical and behavioural questions. Take advantage of our Interview Pack to always 

  • Describe a time you had to handle multiple projects to meet a deadline.
  • Tell me about your projects that you have done in the university.
  • Can you tell us about a time when you had to deliver bad news to a supervisor/boss, and how did you handle it?
  • What is the worst job you have ever had?
  • Walk us through a time where you had to implement a process change.
  • What important steps did you take?
  • Why 3M?

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. 

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. Use our Group Exercise PrepPack for a complete understanding of how best to deal with this.

3M Careers

3M is a diversified technology company with over 80,000 employees worldwide. Jobs at 3M include engineering, IT, sourcing and operations, and more. The job application process is made of a set of stages, each of which will test a set of skills needed to do the job. Before taking an employment test you should make sure you have familiarised yourself with the tests' structure and style in order to achieve your best performance.

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