Rain Bird Interview Questions

Updated Apr 8, 2015
Updated Apr 8, 2015
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    Communications Manager Interview

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    Positive Experience
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    No Offer
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    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4 weeksinterviewed at Rain Bird (Tucson, AZ) in February 2015.

    Interview

    My interview process was smooth and easy. It consisted of an initial interview with the hiring manager, another phone interview with another employee and a day of onsite interviews with senior leaders. Each interview felt more like a conversation than a standard interview which made it much more relaxed and comfortable. What I found most beneficial was the ability to talk with leaders from so many areas of the company. Each had views in relation to the role I was interviewing for and provided unique insight into the company.

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    • We've talked about successes in your career, but can you name a failure and what you learned from it?   1 Answer
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    Sales Manager Interview

    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at Rain Bird in April 2014.

    Interview

    Applied online and had phone interview with director a few weeks later. Director asked me to walk him through my resume, year by year. Had second phone interview with another director one month later which was more conversational and situation based.

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    • If you could be any animal, what would you be? (really)   1 Answer
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    Regional Sales Manager - Golf Course Accounts Interview

    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
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    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through other source. The process took 4 weeksinterviewed at Rain Bird in December 2013.

    Interview

    Quick response after I emailed my resume to HR. Phone interview felt like more a technical knowledge quizzing than going over my successes in sales and business development. I had the field expertise from chemical/petrochem/refining work but I think he really wanted someone from the Ag engrg end. Being an avid golfer who has played overseas and resides in an arid climate was not an advantage.

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    • Can you work in a regimented and very procedural work environment.   2 Answers
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    Sales Representative Interview

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    No Offer
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    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at Rain Bird (Tucson, AZ) in June 2013.

    Interview

    No situation, Action, results questions asked on the solution selling method or how one resolved a complex sale. Seemed that the hiring decision was based on if they liked you and not what your abilities were. No salary requirements given, except that there is a cap on what you can make.

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    • none, that is what was so surprising   1 Answer
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    Product Manager Interview

    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    The process took 3 daysinterviewed at Rain Bird (Tucson, AZ) in May 2012.

    Interview

    Just Bizzare - Stood Up at the Interview

    I submitted a resume to Rain Bird back in 2007. Apparently it was still on file. This May (2012) I recieved a call from an internal recruiter at Rain Bird. He found my old resume and passed it on to the director of the business unit. She wanted to interview me. He was calling to see if I had interest, sent me the job description etc. etc. All normal stuff.

    Over the course of a couple of phone calls we set up a time for a phone interview. The time comes and passes. I have now contacted the company via email and phone...yes, the people do work there. No answer. The lack of professionalism is amazing. It sure fits with everything people have written. Wow.

    Interview Questions

    • When I asked the HR manager the name of the market manager I would be interviewing with.   3 Answers
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    Management Interview

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    No Offer
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    Application

    I applied through other source. The process took 5 weeksinterviewed at Rain Bird (Tucson, AZ) in February 2012.

    Interview

    I was prepped to discuss working people out of the org and sure enough we spent a fair amount of time on that topic. Bizarre to be honest. Most other orgs are much more focused on how one grows the business.

    Interview Questions

    • Tell me about your experience dealing with underperforming employees   Answer Question
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    Business Development Interview

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    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
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    Application

    The process took 6+ weeksinterviewed at Rain Bird (Tucson, AZ) in December 2011.

    Interview

    The interview process was a little unusual. Because the company is private nearly all of the information you might typically ask about various divisions, number of employees, etc. were either not answered or could not be answered by even senior management. Perhaps one of the most unusual things I learned was that at least 30% of their staff was "on notice" AT ALLL TIMES. They feel that this type of management is most effective. Furthermore, because of the secrecy, they embrace channel conflict and appear to do nothing to enpower synergies.

    Interview Questions

    • How would you feel if you were 100% of plan and put on notice?   4 Answers
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    Training and Development Interview

    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 3+ weeksinterviewed at Rain Bird (Tucson, AZ) in April 2011.

    Interview

    Standard contact by email if I was interested, followed by two very thorough phone interviews. Questions were in-depth and focused. This was followed by them flying me to Tucson for a series of interviews which went fantastic, until the last one.

    Interview Questions

    • How do you feel about the company policy of reducing employees by the lowest performing 10% annually?   1 Answer
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    Marketing Manager Interview

    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    The process took 3+ weeksinterviewed at Rain Bird (Azusa, CA) in July 2010.

    Interview

    Initial screening by the recruiter--phone interview with recruiter--phone interview with the hiring manager--1:1 with the hiring manager

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    Field Sales Role Interview

    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through other source. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at Rain Bird (Orlando, FL) in September 2009.

    Interview

    The interview process was long, and offered no definite end.

    The process consisted of:

    1) A phone interview.
    2) An in-person interview.
    3) A day long ride-along with a potential colleague in the company.

    All pretty normal stuff, right? As far as I could tell, I progressed well through the first three phases. I even received an email confirmation that things had gone well after the ride-along.

    After that time, the interviewer, the company, and my advocate within the company all went silent simultaneously for a period of weeks. When I say silent, I mean that no further feedback save one call back indicating that an internal candidate from the home office was in the lead. "You're all in a state of limbo" I was told.

    Me: "Okay, I understand that your time is valuable, when do you think it would be appropriate to call back and follow-up, I'm still very interested in this role..."

    Interviewer: "Sure, please give me until the end of the month" (September)

    So I did. My two calls at the beginning of October went completely un-returned. My advocate/friend inside the company also seems uninterested in speaking to me either.

    I fully understand that new jobs are hard to come by these days. I would have accepted a no, a no thank you, or even a get lost.

    I want to be clear that I did not pester the interviewer, but did follow-up diligently about one time every two weeks. I sent thank you cards to all those I interacted with in the company. I did everything that was professional and expected of a high caliber interviewee.

    What I don't understand is why the company decided to not say anything at all to me. They seemingly chose to ignore any form of professional manners or protocol and simply say nothing. Not a "no thank you" form letter, no call, no email, no nothing.

    Is it too much to ask that if I follow up, that they follow up? I though that was pretty standard.

    Finally, (for the record) I am employed now at the same job I've had for some time.

    What can you say about a company who can't even spend the time to say "no thanks" when a candidate has gone this far into the process? Would you want to work for them?

    Interview Questions

    • Will you rewrite/reword your resume to suit the needs of our company's leadership?   Answer Question

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