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- Declined OfferPositive ExperienceEasy Interview
I applied online. The process took 4 days. I interviewed at GE in March 2015.
I applied for the position via he website and had an HR screening the following day. This focused on salary expectations and how my current role aligned with the position. Next, I interviewed with the team lead. We discussed my experiences in more detail and the technical value I could bring to the team. A day later, I was invited for an onsite interview but declined. I preferred to stay at my current organization.
- what skills can you leverage from your current position to succeed at the one you applied for. Answer Question
Helpful (4)No OfferPositive ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied online. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at GE (Trevose, PA).
Submitted resume on-line. Within a few days was contacted by the hiring manager for a brief telephone screening interview. This was followed up with a face-to-face interview, where I met with the hiring manager and HR manager. I then participated in 2 additional phone interviews with people who would be peers. The interview process was cordial and professional, but everyone I met had meetings scheduled within 45 minutes of our meeting start time. In all cases they terminated the interview exactly at their planned meeting time, which left me feeling rushed to try to ask all of my questions. Only one interviewer offered to call me back immediately after his meeting to finish the interview.
- Two different interviewers asked me the same question: Describe a time where you had to make an unpopular decision and stand by it. Answer Question
- Accepted OfferPositive ExperienceAverage Interview
Applied online at the University career site (resume submit) and was given an on campus interview offer. Interview was very behavioral and very relaxed. There was an HR and a technical representative present, but no technical questions were asked (mainly about technical experience, not testing on technical knowledge). Overall it was a very relaxed interview.
- When was a time when you had an issue while working in a group and how did you resolve it? Answer Question
Helpful (6)Declined OfferDifficult Interview
I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at GE.
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.
- 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
- No OfferNeutral ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied through college or university. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at GE (University of Miami, FL) in January 2014.
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.
- Tell me about that time when you were absolutely stuck with a problem, what did you do? Answer Question
Helpful (1)No Offer
Asked character trait questions instead of about my knowledge of the industry.
- Describe how to tie a shoe without using your hands? Answer Question
Helpful (1)No OfferAverage Interview
I applied through college or university. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at GE in February 2013.
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.
- What is a creative way that you have used technology recently? Answer Question
Helpful (2)Accepted OfferPositive ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied online. The process took 2+ weeks. I interviewed at GE (Detroit, MI).
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.
- Where do you hope to be in five years. 1 Answer
Limited ability to negotiate based on corporate policies.
- Accepted OfferPositive ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at GE (Fairfield, CT) in November 2010.
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.
- 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. 1 Answer
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.
- No OfferNeutral ExperienceEasy Interview
I applied online. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at GE (Van Buren Township, MI) in February 2010.
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.
- What version of Blackberry Enterprise did you install? Answer Question
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