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Opex Manager Interview (Negative Experience; Easy Interview)
I applied through a recruiter and the process took 5 days - interviewed at ITT Corp in June 2013.
Interview Details – Phone Interview with recruiter. Basic questions asking about my experience. Asked current salary, required salary, and if I owned a home. I think it was required for relocation. Said he would get back with me but never did.
Interview Question – None. All question were straight forward. If you are confident in your abilities you will have no problems. Answer Question
Human Resources Business Administrator Interview (Negative Experience)
I applied online and the process took 1 week - interviewed at ITT Corp in March 2013.
Interview Details – I applied using the online process. I was contacted by email to set up a phone screen. I provided availability which included same day options. HR set up an appointment for the same day. Less than a week later (on a Friday afternoon) I received an invite to interview the coming Monday 12:30-5pm. I acknowledged the email and agreed to the onsite interview. I then received a schedule of people I would be meeting.
On Monday morning, I received an email from HR saying that someone was out sick - I should arrive at 1:30 instead. I arrived at 1:30 to be told that 2 more people would be unavailable but HR was able to schedule a meeting with someone who would typically see me during a second round.
I first met with the HR rep. She was full of energy and passion for the company and her colleagues. We had a great rapport.
Next I met with the person who had not originally appeared on the schedule - a Director level in IT. Again, we had a great rapport and I was told that looking at my resume and hearing about my experience - it looked as if the position was written for me. He was also full of energy and passion for the company and his colleagues - mentioning that though it was now small - you could walk down the hall and chat directly with a very senior person in the organization.
Next I met with the hiring manager's supervisor - a Director level in HR. I have thought about our meeting many times since then and have yet to remember a time in which I felt more UNWELCOME or UNWANTED during an interview. She was abrasive and evasive - and always with a smile. She told me that I clearly did not have the qualifications for the position. When I explained that I did have the qualifications and how they related - she cut me off. I asked what the hours were like at the company and she told me that she did "not quantify them - they were like her last company - typical corporate hours"..... She ended the meeting 20 minutes early and escorted me to a conference room (I was scheduled to meet the next person in their office).
I sat in the conference room for 25 minutes until the HR coordinator came in to tell me that the hiring manager would not be able to meet me - she was on an important call...
After hearing great things about ITT from an employee perspective, I had high hopes.
After going there and being treated like dog doo on the bottom of a shoe - I wish I had never walked through the door. Not only did I feel attacked by the last person with whom I interviewed ( - and by the way, it is okay for her to feel this way - but tell it to the HR Coordinator and Rep - don't keep BULLYing the applicant) I considered the enter exercise a waste of time.
It has been more than a week and I've not had a follow up from anyone...
Interview Question – Not a specific question considered difficult or unexpected - but the horrible feeling of being bullied by an HR Director Answer Question
Junior Software Engineer Interview (Positive Experience; Easy Interview)
I applied online and the process took 1+ week - interviewed at ITT Corp in October 2011.
Interview Details – I applied online and a day or two later got an email asking me a few questions. (What had I been doing since graduating, my Java experience, salary I would want, if I had a security clearance)
After emailing them back, they responded requesting to set up a phone interview. A week or so later I had the interview. It was with an HR rep and one of the lead Software Engineers. It mostly consisted of them asking about a few of the projects I had done in college (as that was the only experience on my resume). No technical questions other than "name some advanced data structures, what would they be used for". Overall the interview was very friendly. I thought it went fairly well but they decided to go with someone else. The job was originally directed at people with a few years experience so that may have played a part in their decision.
Interview Question – Can you name some data structures? What would they be used for? View Answer
Educational Recruiter Interview (Negative Experience; Average Interview)
I applied online and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at ITT Corp in January 2011.
Interview Details – I submitted my application online and it took almost three weeks to hear from them. I was invited to a group interview (together with about six other people). The group interview was fairly easy, mainly the director of recruiting spoke and gave an overview over the position. She also addressed salary (which was in the lower $40.000-range) and that this job was sales job (which wasn't completely clear to me reading the position announcement).
About a week after the group interview I was asked to do a six minute Wonderlic test online which was fairly easy. Then I was I was invited to a phone interview with very standard questions. A few days later I had an on-site interview, again with the Director of Recruitment which was a bit of a disaster. I was supposed to be there at 10:30 am but the person who was supposed to interview me didn't show up till 11 am. Then I was supposed to take another Wonderlic test but the Director of Recruitment was unable to set the test up for me on one of the computers. The person tried for about 2 hours, finally called technical support. In the meantime she had me fill out (!) the questionnaire with the questions she was supposed to ask me during the interview, so technically she actually wasn't interviewing me. These questions were again pretty standard and a repeat of the questions from the phone interview. The only question that really irritated me was something along the lines of "How far would you go in distorting the truth if it helps your sale?" The wording was slightly different but it was pretty clear to me that they wanted to know if you would lie, if you "had" to. Whatever you answer to this question is, of course, your choice but considering that you are trying to get people to buy an education of $48.000/year (the merits of which are not entirely clear), I chose to answer honestly and tell them that no, I would not lie.
After almost three and a half hours (and another short interview with the Educational Director) I could finally take the test which was also not too difficult but I was honestly exhausted by then and stunned by the lack of professionalism in conducting this interview. After the skills test there was another 60 question personality test which contained questions like "Would you like to rule the world?", "Have you ever lied?", "Do you like to be the center of attention". They make you answer these questions in two ways: You are supposed to tell them how the ideal candidate for this job would answer the question and how you personally answer the question.
After the interview I did not hear back from them at all, so I called and I was told that my test score was below what they expected which was not completely surprising to me because I knew that I had been tired and weary by the time they finally had given me the test. I successfully completed graduate school and did very well on the GRE (which is considerably more difficult than the Wonderlic), so I know brains is not the problem. I was also told that they had a "hiring freeze" which was a bit surprising because the Director of recruitment conveyed a sense of urgency in hiring people.
Anyway, overall the Director of recruiting was very nice and friendly but this particular interview wasn't handled so well.
Rotatonal Engineering Position Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied through college or university and the process took a day - interviewed at ITT Corp in October 2008.
Interview Details – About 20 college recruits were all interviewed at once on site. The initial screening was from job fairs. All students were told via email that they wanted to bring us on site for an interview. A birth certificate was required along with lengthy paperwork to gain entrance to the building.
We were given a presentation all together about the company and the position, and then we had an informal lunch. From there, we were broken into three groups for the rest of the day. The groups rotated between three different activities: a tour, interviews, and a talk with current employees.
The interview section consisted of three or four group interviews. Each group interview seemed to have one senior engineer and two younger engineers. Each table focused on a different characteristic: leadership, technical knowledge, etc. Each session lasted 15 minutes.
Interview Question – Name a situation where you had to resolve a conflict in a former job and describe how you resolved it. Answer Question
Finance Interview (Negative Experience; Average Interview)
I applied through a recruiter and the process took 4 months - interviewed at ITT Corp in June 2011.
Interview Details – The ITT conglomerate was split into three (3) companies in the fall of 2011. The spinoff companies are disorganized and unfocused, not knowing what the others are doing with regard to staffing despite their use of common resources in the process.
Standard interview process, multiple 1:1 interviews that lasted about a half day; enjoyed meeting the staff and they were informative. Feedback was positive then no communication for weeks despite my inquiries. After weeks of no information I was informed the position would not be filled.
I was invited to interview for a similar position with another spinoff company. This consisted of 3, 1:1 hour long interviews that also went well. The company made hotel arrangements in New Rochelle, NY for me despite the fact that their corporate HQ is in White Plains, NY about 20-30 minutes away with a hotel on the opposite side of the Interstate from the HQ building (strange). When I arrived I discovered that I had to pay for the room; it was not picked up by the comany. I submitted for reimbursement as instructed on the form provided. I included mileage of 400+ miles at the company specifed rate and submitted the form as directed to their AP group in Ft. Wayne, IN. They never paid (about $500.00).
About 6-8 weeks later, after numerous inquires, I was informed that I was not being considered for further interviews. Overall the worst comany I have dealt with in my career; poor communications, disorganized, and unprofessional. Although I enjoyed the interviews and found them informative I would caution prospective candidates to be prepared for uncommonly poor communications. I would also suggest that financial arrangements related to interviews be thoroughly discussed in advance so you do not show up at the hotel and have to pay for the room. Lastly I can only relate my personal experience with repect to ITT and their non payment of interview expenses despite proper submission on their company form and urge caution to prospective candidates.
And if you are wondering if they ever communicated with me after I submitted the expense reimbursement form (about 4-5 months ago), the answer is no; never heard one word from them. I was so disguted and didn't want to deal with their incompetence that I "ate" the $500.00.
Interview Question – Would you accept the position, if offered, for "X" dollars? View Answer
Supply Chain Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied online and the process took 2 days - interviewed at ITT Corp in April 2009.
Interview Details – Phone call from HR inviting me to an interview the following day. One-on-one interview with the HR manager. Then interview with the line manager. Time between the two interviews was over 4 hours. Highly competent people. Knew exactly the right questions to ask without the need to make the candidate squirm.
Human Resources Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied through a staffing agency and the process took a day - interviewed at ITT Corp in October 2009.
Interview Details – Contacted by Agency met with several staff people on HR Team. Each person asked pretty much the same questions. Focus was on my previous experience as a "contractor". Why I enjoyed working as a contractor vs. regular employee status. My future goals - did I see myself returning to the workforce as a regular employee. I asked questions regarding the company and its culture. I inquired about direction of company and the HR department. The individuals I interviewed with were very forthcoming and honest with their answers.
Interview Question – I did not find any questions difficult. I found them them to be very routine. Answer Question
Summer Intern Interview (Neutral Experience; Easy Interview)
I applied through college or university and the process took a day - interviewed at ITT Corp in January 2010.
Interview Details – on campus interview. 1:1; half an hour;