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Project Manager - IT Security Interview (Neutral Experience; Difficult Interview)
I applied online and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at GE.
Interview Details – Very long and drawn out with a series of phone interviews and a final day of interviewing with multiple managers. The whole process took about a month and was very repetitive and mundane, which contributed to my lack of excitement towards the job at the end. The phone interviews, with different people, often asked me the exact same behavioral and situation-based questions so it was clear the interviewers were not communicating together. Some of the questions were challenging if you had limited experience with an exact or similar situation, but they were generally easy to walk through and they are just looking for your analytical and social thought process. Ultimately, I did not feel the values and personality traits of the team I interviewed with aligned well, as they are looking for a specific mold and expect you to emulate that, however I have a feeling this varies by the specific team and/or manager.
Interview Question – Tell me about a situation where you were consulting on a project and you had to tell the client/customer that their intended direction was not correct or effective and how you convinced them to go with your desired solution/ideas instead. Answer Question
IT Co-Op Interview (Neutral Experience; Average Interview)
I applied through college or university and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at GE in January 2014.
Interview Details – Saw GE recruiting on one of the booths in my college career fair. Said I was interested
for a coop for the fall and the interviewer said they were looking to fill a spot, gave her my resume and she said she would pass the resume to her hiring manager for a interview consideration the next week. Got called for an interview, nothing unexpected, mostly behavioral questions; How did you manage working with a difficult partner, tell about your biggest failure and how did you overcome it, etc.
Interview Question – Tell me about that time when you were absolutely stuck with a problem, what did you do? Answer Question
Executive IT Leader Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied through a recruiter and the process took 2 months - interviewed at GE in November 2010.
Interview Details – Recruiter-initiated. Called a college of mine who referred them to me. Several rounds with the recruiter before meeting with hiring manager at recruiter site. Very relaxed interview. Stress research on the company, your high energy level, commitment to life long learning and passion for driving change. Then another round of interviews on-site at GE HQ, with hiring manager, employee currently in the role which was being back-filled, HR specialist and senior HR manager.
Interview Question – Honestly, the GE interviews were remarkably easy and relaxed - almost as if they had already decided to hire me and that it was just a formality. That is not what I have heard from others. One person told me that HR drilled him until he thought he was going to faint (questions like - define what process is?). So your mileage may vary. View Answer
Negotiation Details – No negotiation - do not negotiate offer with GE. The best I've seen someone get is ~5% extra and they were almost excluded as a result of that. GE offers careers, not jobs, and if you are top talent and put in the work, they can be extremely generous with increases after you have proven yourself.
Information Technology Leadership Program Internship Interview (Neutral Experience; Average Interview)
I applied through college or university and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at GE in February 2013.
Interview Details – I applied as a Junior through my university. I met them at career fair, where they told me about a dinner that night at a local restaurant. I couldn't come and at first wasn't extended an interview invitation, but I got a call about a week later because they had to fill one more spot in the program. Had a phone interview, was based around technical qualifications, mainly SQL, as well as some behavioral questions. Unfortunately didn't have enough of a technical background - had to badger them for a response and obviously did not get to the next round.
Interview Question – What is a creative way that you have used technology recently? Answer Question
IT Project Manager Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied online and the process took 2+ weeks - interviewed at GE.
Interview Details – Submit resume into system, screened by 3rd party agency, then HR review, Manager Interview, HR Interview, 2nd interviews if needed, etc. I also interviewed with a team member that I would be working with. The manager was not local, so I had to use a Telepresence system that uses a camera and a monitor to make it look like the other person is sitting across the table from you - this made the interview much easier as I was able to connect with the manager more easily.
Interview Question – Where do you hope to be in five years. View Answer
Negotiation Details – Limited ability to negotiate based on corporate policies.
IT Interview (Negative Experience; Average Interview)
I applied online and the process took 2 days - interviewed at GE in April 2009.
Interview Details – A combination of styles: most were pretty standard interview - asked about past roles and experience. Two of the HR people asked really dopy questions about how I would share rope on an island or something. The HR people also asked questions like "describe a situation where you felt uncomfortable confronting your boss". The IT interviews were fine, but the HR interviews were very uncomfortable and unnatural.
Interview Question – If you were stuck on an island with only a piece of rope and a shovel, describe how you would use those tools. View Answers (2)
Reason for Declining – Very stuffy company and seemed very bureaucratic.
IT Project Manager Interview (Neutral Experience; Average Interview)
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 2+ weeks - interviewed at GE in July 2009.
Interview Details – First a phone-interview, then a 1:1 interview with the hiring manager and HR, then a group interview with the team (of 4)...offer was made within 3 weeks, but I declined it (it was not as attractive as I would have liked)
Interview Question – How do you deal with people issues, given the limited authority you have over people as a PM? View Answer
IT Interview (Neutral Experience; Easy Interview)
I applied online and the process took a day - interviewed at GE in February 2010.
Interview Details – Got invited to in-person interview after applying online. Was informed that there would be 4 team members present. When I got there, there were 7 people, all but one via video- or teleconference. Two were manager-types, the rest were techies. Over all it was a pretty typical interview albeit with way too many people at one time. Most of the techies did not add anything to the interview or just asked stock questions probably given to them by their manager. One was apparently in charge of trying to find holes in my experience as he was fairly vocal and negative.
Interview Question – What version of Blackberry Enterprise did you install? Answer Question
IT Internship Interview (Positive Experience; Easy Interview)
I applied online and the process took 3 months - interviewed at GE in May 2014.
Interview Details – The first contact was made via email regarding the time of the telephonic interview. The telephonic interview was with the head of the department making the hire. Lasted for 30 - 35 mins. He started with an intro of their team and things their department is involved in. then asked for an introduction of me. Education, work history and future plans. Upon correspondence with them they were very optimistic and sounds very interested in my profile but then HR did the screening and i was out. I was called in again after 3 weeks for another position that suited my profile quiet good. I was called in for a second round of panel interview with 2 person. The interview lasted for approximately 45 minutes. Very friendly interviewers and the whole process was very enjoyable. They asked me questions about my past experiences few behavioral questions. It was more of a discussion about me and the job profile. In the end the senior official asked me to submit a report highlighting the key points of the interview showing how I am really interested in the position.
Interview Question – Where do you see your self in 5 years? What is the most interesting thing about the position to you? expected salary. Answer Question
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