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Business Analyst Interview (Negative Experience; Average Interview)
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 2 months - interviewed at CBRE in May 2014.
Interview Details – I applied through an employee referral and received a phone screening a week later. The same day I got a call from the local HR to arrange an interview time.
I had a pretty standard interview with the HR Manager and the Operations Manager at their head office, the interview lasted for 30 minutes or so. I was also asked to complete an online office assessment test which I passed.
The following week they called me in for an interview with the Operations Manager and a Senior VP - it was a great interview that lasted 1.5 hours after they had kept me waiting for a while as SVP was running late with a previous appointment.
I got a call the same day from the HR Manager asking how the interview went. And said she would chat with the operations manager and follow up with me next week. I received an email the next week saying they'll be in touch.
About a month later, after I followed up they wouldn't give me a yes or a no, simply just wait as they need to interview more candidates but I was still in the running.
I called two weeks later and was told they just interviewed the last candidate and the Operations manager is on vacation for the day but they will finalize mid-next week and let me know of a decision either way - Wednesday latest. Plus they said they wanted me to interview for another position.
It's been almost two weeks since their "decision" deadline when they were going to let me know either way. I've sent an email and left a voicemail but no answer.
Not the most professional hiring process I've been apart of. I would have been happy with a "No", however, being strung along for sometime isn't the best especially after going through a long process and spending so much time.
Interview Question – Describe a situation where you had to deal with a difficult situation and how did you overcome it? Answer Question
Human Resources Generalist Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied online and the process took 3 months - interviewed at CBRE in May 2014.
Interview Details – Applied in March through LinkedIn, phone interview with recruiter in Dallas in early May, first round in person a week later with two members of the Human Resources team, second round in person with the hiring manager a week after that. Contacted with interview results after another week.
Interview Question – All pretty straightforward questions. Some behavioral, mostly just going over past experience. Answer Question
Research Analyst Interview (Neutral Experience; Average Interview)
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at CBRE.
Interview Details – I had a phone interview which was fairly standard. I then went into the office and met with about 4 different people, including the Managing Director. Everyone was very nice and the interview was not out of the ordinary.
Interview Question – What is the stupidest thing you've ever done? Answer Question
Analyst Interview (Positive Experience; Easy Interview)
I applied online and the process took 1 week - interviewed at CBRE.
Interview Details – I saw an opening on Glassdoor and sent an application early in the week. I was contacted a few days later for a brief phone screen. The recruiter, who was the actual director needing the Analyst, contacted me. He was surprised that someone from an engineering background would apply for a position that normally saw applications from finance or econ degrees but really just wanted smart for the position. There was only one interview, which was a straightforward meeting with the director in the CBRE office in downtown LA. All questions were about prior experience a la what you have on your resume, previous projects that stood out (if applicable), special college degrees; simply be yourself and explain your background. The environment is much "smarter" than you would expect and what similar corporations should be taking after. There is liberal use of glass doors/walls and open spaces, a mix between a tech campus and traditional corporate building, and on the whole very inviting. I was not extended an offer, I think mostly because competition was tight and there just happened to be this one opening when the previous employee was promoted. Even so, the director called immediately to inform me of the news and thanked me for taking the time to come out to their office. Overall positive and a far cry from the black hole non-responses of other places.
Interview Question – We developed a software we are trying to implement that will provide more detailed data for each house or commercial property but it currently works in a different manner than our existing system. What kind of strategy would you use to implement it? Answer Question
Financial Analyst Interview (Negative Experience; Average Interview)
I applied in-person and the process took a day - interviewed at CBRE in May 2014.
Interview Details – I was initially called by the HR manager and then she told me about the position and asked me whether I am available next week for an 1:1 interview. I went and spoke with her and she told me about the position and asked me about my details and told whether I am available to learn to new softwares and techniques and I answered yes. She told me that she would call me for an team interview and I never heard from her again. I sent an follow-up mail and there was no reply from her. Its very unprofessional.
Interview Question – Whats your level of fluency in english ? Answer Question
Intern Interview (Positive Experience; Difficult Interview)
I applied through a recruiter and the process took 2+ weeks - interviewed at CBRE in November 2012.
Interview Details – There were two interviews. One was on the phone and one in person at the office. The interview included typical questions such as why I wanted to intern there and what I knew about real estate.
Interview Question – Where do you see yourself in 10 years? Answer Question
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Operations Administrator Interview (Positive Experience; Very Easy Interview)
I applied online and the process took 5 days - interviewed at CBRE in May 2014.
Interview Details – You go to CBRE website and file out an application, download your resume and any certifications and licenses. A recruiter will contact you via Email letting you know that they have/will submit your resume to the hiring manager. They contact you for an oral interview and you interview with them. If you are selected they will contact you to process with a background investigation, drug screening, etc. If not, they email you letting you know another candidate was chosen.
Interview Question – What frustrates you the most? View Answer
Project Coordinator Interview (Neutral Experience; Easy Interview)
I applied online and the process took 1+ week - interviewed at CBRE in August 2010.
Interview Details – Communication was not the best with HR. Individual didn't sound very qualified to actually be asking the questions or providing interview.
Administrative Assistant Interview (Neutral Experience; Difficult Interview)
I applied through other source and interviewed at CBRE.
Interview Details – Interviewed quickly for entry level job.
Interview Question – Asked me to explain what I would do if an upset tenant called to stop construction on the building. Answer Question
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