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Web Developer - Selling Systems Credit Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate in Centennial, CO
Anonymous Interview Candidate in Centennial, CO
Application Details

I applied online. The process took 8+ weeksinterviewed at Nordstrom in October 2012.

Interview Details

I applied for the position at the beginning of July 2012. I received an email for a phone interview request in mid-August. The phone interview went really well. I also had this opportunity to explain my salary expectations.

Another 30+ days went by. I received a follow up request for another phone interview late September. That one went really well, too.

They then requested a 3 hour interview with a panel, on a weekday. I am employed elsewhere. I took the day off in order to make it to the interview.

I first spoke with the person who would have been my boss (she was also my second phone interviewer). She asked me all the same questions she had already asked in the previous phone interview, so it was a complete waste of time.

Then I spoke with a panel of 6 people in IT. Throughout the entire interview, not one person asked me a programming or technical question. They appeared to be completely overwhelmed with my resume and skill set. They were not organized and had trouble explaining to me how their environment operated. Clearly a bad sign.

I then spoke with the head of the department for this division. She was clearly concerned with the existing team's capabilities, and appeared very excited to have someone with my expertise to come on board and help improve their environment.

I then spoke with the first lady again, and it was a round of repetitive questions.

After the interview, I received a request for references and permission for a background check.

I was clearly their top candidate.

Interview Questions
  • Most difficult: not being given a technical exam of any kind.   Answer Question
Reasons for Declining

Yes, I received an offer after my background check and references were complete.

Unfortunately, they decided to low-ball me with a very, very weak offer - almost 10K short of my communicated expectations.

They also stated that they "evaluated me at a particular job level and title". This offended me. It offended me because they did not even attempt to examine my technical expertise throughout the entire interview process. There were no exams and no technical questions. You cannot make an accurate "evaluation" without an objective context.

I have hired many programmers at other companies in the past and know the process quite well. The only way you can really determine a candidate's capabilities is by testing their skill level through a technical examination that is tailored to fit the job requirements.

I explained this during the last phone call. She acknowledged that and reached back out to management the next day.

They refused to make a counter offer.

Nordstrom has lost a major, major opportunity to hire the right candidate for the job -- at the right price. You get what you pay for. It looks like Nordstrom is prepared to settle for less. It will absolutely cost them in the end.

I am extremely disappointed and am glad to have the opportunity to write a review about it.

57 days later: this conclusion simply solidifies that it was a very poorly handled process and decision.

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