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What to Expect During Nucor’s Hiring Process

The hiring process takes 3 weeks, during which you will be asked to show your technical and your people skills. To assess your skills, Nucor will require you to take certain tests and participate in several interviews. If you look closely at the requirements on their job applications, apart from very specific skills, there are general skills that are required from everybody. These skills include:

  • Effective organizational, planning and prioritization skills
  • Ability to follow directions of Supervisory staff
  • Flexibility and creativity


Nucor Interview Preparation

The hiring process at Nucor involves a series of different interviews which include:

  • A phone interview. In a phone interview, which could last between 20-30 minutes, the interviewer will ask questions about your qualifications, salary requirements, availability to work etc. If the outcome is successful, or rather, to the satisfaction of the interviewer, you will be invited to a face-to-face interview.
  • Video interviews. You may be asked to take a live one, and/or a pre-recorded one. The live video interview involves the use of Skype or a similar program. It will be like an in-person interview with more detailed questioning. A live video interview can be as long as one hour. In a pre-recorded video interview, candidates will have to answer given questions, record the answers on video and send them to the interviewer. employers usually send a link to a specific platform where this can be done.
  • Several levels of face-to-face interviews. Face-to-face (or in-person) interviews are a series of interviews, usually three, with multiple people. These will include the HR representative, your direct superior and the head of the department.
  • Technical interviews. Technical interviews are common among employers recruiting for engineering, science or I.T. roles. Essentially, it’s an interview to assess your technical ability, usually related to the technical knowledge required for the role and the organization you wish to work for.


Preparing for Nucor’s Tests

There are several tests that you may have to pass, some will assess your general skills, while others will assess very specific skills that are required for the job you are applying for. These include:

  • A numerical reasoning test. A numerical reasoning test generally refers to tests in which more than just basic arithmetic is involved. There are four major topics covered on these tests – word problems, number series, tables and graphs and sufficiency questions.
  • English tests. These tests aim to assess both written and spoken English. They are covering a number of topics such as Vocabulary, Grammar, Spelling and more.
  • An abstract reasoning test. An abstract reasoning, or figural reasoning, test is used to assess the ability to understand and analyze visual information through pattern recognition, as well as the ability to generate hypotheses, change tracks, and critically evaluate. By utilizing shapes and images to depict specific logic patterns and/or processes, these tests are able to measure general intelligence, abstract thinking skills, and how well you can problem solve.

Numerical Sample Question

The combined ages of a dog and its owner are 96 years in total. The owner is 3 times older than his dog. How old is the owner?

A. 24
B. 34
C. 58
D. 72
E. 81
F. None of these
Correct Answer
Incorrect Answer

The correct answer is (D) - 72.

If the owner is 3 times older than his dog, we can create an equation letting the dog be X and the owner be 3X (as 3X is three times greater than X), with a total sum of 96 (their combined ages)
3X+X = 96
4X = 96
X = 24
The owner is 3X = 3*24 = 72

The question can also be solved by trying the answers instead of writing a formula. For example:

If answer A is correct, the owner is 24 years old, and the dog would be 24/3 = 8 years old. Together they would be 24+8 = 32 years old. Seeing that this number is much too small, it would be wise to move to a much bigger number.

If answer D is correct, the owner is 72 years old, and the dog would be 72/3 = 24 years old. Together they would be 72+24 = 96 years old.

Note: because the owner is 3 times older than his dog, and their sum of ages is a whole number, the owner's age must be divided by 3 without a remainder. Thus, answers B and C (34 and 58) can be eliminated immediately.


Verbal Sample Question


National Walk to School Week (NWSW) will begin next month where pupils and their parents around the country unite for one week of walking to school. In the past decade the percentage of children who walk to school has dropped dramatically; just ten years ago 70% of students walked to school, whereas now the figure is less than half. The NWSW campaign aims to reverse the statistics in a nationwide effort to help children become fit and to reduce congestion and air pollution in the city. According to the Ministry of Transport, if all students in the city walked to school, this would take 200,000 cars off the city's roads each day. This collective endeavor can have a long-lasting impact on the physical health of children across the country.

The writer is considering deleting the underlined sentence in the paragraph. Should the sentence be kept or deleted?
A. Kept because it provides supporting information for the main topic of the paragraph
B. Kept because it introduces a new perspective of the main topic of the paragraph
C. Deleted because it diverges from main topic of the paragraph
D. Deleted because it contradicts the main topic of the paragraph
Correct Answer
Incorrect Answer

The correct answer is A: Kept because it provides supporting information for the main topic of the paragraph.

The main topic of the paragraph is the walk to school campaign. The sentence prior to the underlined sentence refers to the goals of the initiative, 'to help children become fit and to reduce congestion and air pollution in the city'. The underlined sentence then follows with more specific statistics to support this statement, with details on how many cars would be off the roads as a result of children walking to school.

(B) is incorrect as the sentence does not introduce a new perspective to the main idea, as the previous sentence relates to the topic of reducing pollution and congestion.

(C) is incorrect because the sentence does not diverge from the main topic of the paragraph, which is the walking to school initiative. Reducing congestion is one of the goals of the initiative and therefore this sentence is relevant and does not diverge from the main idea.

(D) is incorrect because the sentence does not contradict the main topic. On the contrary, the statistics regarding the potential positive impact of children walking to school on the environment actually provides support for the main idea of the paragraph.

Traditional Interview Questions

The list of common interview questions that you may be asked during the interview process is very long, here are some common questions for you to look at:

  • Do you work well with other people?
  • During your work experiences, tell me about a time when you demonstrated that you have the ability and desire to work effectively with your coworkers.
  • Based on your knowledge of the role, what do you think the most important quality of a manager should be?


To work at Nucor, or any of its subsidiaries could not only be interesting, but also beneficial for you. The long and tiring process, however, can hinder your chances of successfully landing a job at Nucor. We are here to help you with the hiring process. JobTestPrep offers dozens of practice sheets, study guides, interviews tips and more. Join JobTestPrep today!

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