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I applied online. The process took 5 weeks – interviewed at Bazaarvoice in December 2014.
About 4 weeks after my online application, I got an email from an HR manager to set up a phone screen (half an hour). The second step was a phone interview the next day with the person who would be my boss, after which I was asked to send a note about it to the HR manager from before. The third step was an in person interview with the manager's boss, and finally a presentation on a real-life example of a client problem. (Days in between to prepare your presentation.) Everyone was courteous and smart. They really like big marketing agency experience in a candidate's background for this position, which pleasantly surprised me.
- The HR manager explained how the CSDs share a pool of about 1000 customers and asked if I saw any problems with that. 1 Answer
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I applied online. The process took a week – interviewed at Bazaarvoice in August 2014.
Had scheduled an interview with a recruiter. I prepared for the interview (e.g. learning about the company, understanding the position requirements, preparing questions, etc.). I was cut off after 3 minutes of speaking, and the recruiter said I wasn't a fit for the role. Of my 7 years of experience, she didn't let me get past my most recent 2 years, so there wasn't an opportunity to even touch upon 70% of my career experience.
I've interviewed many candidates in the past, and I at least offer them an opportunity to explain their career trajectory and ask me questions about the role. I wouldn't ask someone to provide me with their career experience, and stop them after they've provided only a third of it.
- The recruiter didn't ask any questions. I was simply stopped after a few minutes, and couldn't explain my career trajectory/experience. Answer Question
I applied online. The process took 1+ week – interviewed at Bazaarvoice.
Very extensive interview process. The hiring manager explained the whole "process" and told me it would take at least 6 weeks to complete. There were WAY too many stages. They think they are Google or read a book about Google's interview process. The interviewing sounded like they were FORCED to interview people- completely disinterested and disengaged.
- The questions were not difficult but it seemed like they already had a candidate. It was a waste of time. Answer Question
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I applied through an employee referral. The process took 3 days – interviewed at Bazaarvoice in November 2013.
It was a good experience despite not landing the job. Everyone from HR up was professional, direct, friendly and transparent. I appreciated their feedback. It was fair, well-delivered and accurate. A+.
- No zingers or deliberately tricky questions. My background just didn’t match up. Answer Question
I applied through an employee referral. The process took 3 weeks – interviewed at Bazaarvoice (Austin, TX) in June 2012.
As others have said, it's a process that really tests how much you want the job. If you're excited at the prospect of joining the team at Bazaarvoice, then the process is invigorating and exciting. If not, then I'm sure multiple interviews followed by a presentation is a little daunting. I found the process to be very fair and it gave me the chance to put my best foot forward, vs. most interviews. My .002...look at the presentation part as a new prospect you're trying to land and put in the time needed to distance yourself from the pack.
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I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2 weeks – interviewed at Bazaarvoice (Austin, TX) in February 2011.
Bazaarvoice has a great process that is very effective at insuring a candidate is serious about wanting a position. After several phone interviews and discussions, they brought me in to do a presentation (sales pitch) to a room full of people playing the role of the perspective customer. I was not given any information about the presentation other than who my audience would be and what my product focus should be. The presentation went well and overall I thought this process was FAR better than the typical interview track where people ask you seemingly clever questions about hypothetical situations you will never encounter. Asking the candidate to research the company, products, and services to put together his/her own presentation is way more effective at helping both the candidate and the hiring manager glean useful insights. In the end, I did not get an official offer due to some timing and budget issues. Had I been able to wait it out a few more months, I would probably be writing this review as an employee. That said, it's a great company and I would gladly do it all over for the right position.
- "The Presentation" was a mock sales call 1 Answer
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I applied through other source. The process took a week – interviewed at Bazaarvoice (Austin, TX) in October 2010.
Phone interview with recruiters, one on one with manager and team members, group presentation. Good process for those they want to work through the process. Others I have spoken to said they are very unresponsive if you don't ring their bell. If you make it through this process you can make it through almost any other interview.
- Tell me how you would show ROI to a customer or prospect? 1 Answer
No. They do not negotiate. The process is long and BV claims that once you are done you are in which is not true. BV is stuck on culture (so was Jim Jones) and if you do not fit in they will let you go no matter how good or experienced you are with no warning or process as HR is only for recruiting at this point. If you have a good job now think hard before you accept a position at this cool aid culture. They are on a hiring frenzy and overall corporate high due to early successes. CEO has a great vision and means well but his lieutenants are doing him no favors and his cultural model will not scale. Finally, people who have been there a few years are clicky and look down upon the new people. Stock offerings are small and dilution has and will happen. Salaries are lower than industry average.
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I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks – interviewed at Bazaarvoice in September 2010.
There were multiple rounds of interviews. The first interview was with a recruiter. The next 2 interviews were phone interviews, one being a screening interview in which they rejected me, when I continued to persist they moved me to the next interview. 2 In person interviews and a sales presentation to a group. The group presentation is terrific and allows a sales person to shine. This is where you can close the deal!
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I applied through an employee referral. The process took 5+ weeks – interviewed at Bazaarvoice (Austin, TX) in June 2010.
The communication with recruiting was disorganized and haphazard. Although I am a remote candidate - it was obvious that there was no formal internal communication method. Often individuals would ask the same or a conflicting series of questions indicating disorganization. I believe its partly a result of my working with up to 5 recruiters at once: this is naturally going to lead to an informational breakdown. Overall they have a very specific set of requirements you must reach and understand very well what they are looking for. The bandwidth to make errors or be unsure is thin, there is an exact expectation. This leads me to believe they are looking for candidates to enter and adhere to systems in place rather than think and operate freely. They took themselves very seriously and it was largely driven on intellectual capacity, speed to adapt and ability to immediately understand the value proposition and far less to do with leadership skills, personality or congruency with corporate culture.
- Why would this [example] company use our product? There is no evident or obvious need for them to see a value in our product - but they use it none-the-less. Why ? Answer Question
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I applied through a recruiter. The process took 3 weeks – interviewed at Bazaarvoice (Austin, TX) in May 2010.
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- in the presentation phase "What will this (bazaarvoice) cost me?" 1 Answer
Communicate effectively :)
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