Getting an Interview
Getting an Interview
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Technology Early Career Development Program (TECDP) Interview
I applied through college or university. The process took 2 days - interviewed at Cigna in November 2008.
The company was the first to make contact with me. I actually didn't visit them at the career fair a few days before and they contacted me via phone asking me if I would like an interview. While this kind of caught me off guard, the recruiter was very casual (was an alum of the school) and so while maybe it was a phone interview to some degree, it was so casual it seemed like just someone calling you up, asking a few very general questions (how's school going...etc.) and setting up an interview time on campus.
A few days later I interviewed. This was a few years ago but I remember the majority of the questions to be behavioral questioning, if not all the questions. Nothing really crazy, just your typical behavioral questions. The interview probably lasted 30mins to an hour. The last part of it consisted of the interviewer asking if you were to be offered a job, which office would you like to work in. If you make it to round 2 interviews, you'll be sent to that location for those interviews and so you can see the place. Oh and for the 2nd round, you have to make a Powerpoint presentation (just 1 or 2 slides I think) of like 5 minutes, just generally about yourself, who you are, why you're there. The presentation itself is kind of nerve-wreaking in the sense it's a presentation in front of probably 20 people, some of which are your peers. Again, they probably are caring more about how you handle the stress of being in the front of the room with everyone, rather than what you're actually saying. Everyone has to do this, so you'll be fine.
I was selected for the second round of interviews, and they flew me out to their location. They were very good about the whole process. You arrive the night before your next day of interviews and eat a late dinner with other interviewees and your "mentors" who, I believe if you're hired, work with you to help you transition into your job role. So they're nice people, more mentors than workers for CIGNA, and are more casual in this situation. Obviously take this dinner as at least, somewhat of an interview, since I'm sure they're at some level, trying to see how you act in a social setting, that being said just act natural.
They put you in a nice hotel for the night and drive you to their building the next day!
The next day is something like a 7-3 day of interviews, with lunch and a few breaks in between. Actually some of the day is a tour of the building, another hour is a team building activity (you do one of those "build a tower made of newspaper in teams" activity. They're trying to look for leadership, so take some initiative but don't seem too bossy. Just come up with some ideas and don't be too quiet. The staff of CIGNA stands around and takes notes based on what they see. All other interviews are mostly behavioral questions. The technical interview are still quite non-technical but are somewhat IT orientated. If you know something about IT services (very generally) and can answer behavioral questions, you should be fine. All interviews are: two interviewers and then you. Oh and BTW, you very well could have someone interviewing you who you went out to dinner with, so try to become friends with them or at least be somewhat social during that dinner. This makes the interview seem more relaxed since you kind of know at least one of the two people you're being interviewed by.
After that you go to the airport and you're done! It's a long day, but if you prep for behavioral interviewing, know your background, and something about IT, you'll be fine. They questions are not so much hard as it is difficult to do all day. You'll probably find by your last interview, you'll struggle to answer questions, not because they're hard, but because you're tired and sick of thinking about everything. Again, I'm sure they know this...maybe it's a way to test how you function after a long day!
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