SciQuest Interview Questions & Reviews
Getting an Interview
Project Manager Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied online and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at SciQuest in August 2013.
Interview Details – Initial phone screen with HR was pretty typical. She said she was going to recommend that I be interviewed in person. A few weeks went by and some follow ups I sent but no response. Finally about a month later she called to set up the in person.
In person was 4 interviews lasting 30 mins each then a conclusion meeting with the HR rep. All pretty standard PM type questions. Conversations went well in my opinion. At the conclusion the HR rep said they hope to make a decision in a week or 2 and that their policy is they will let me know either way if I was selected. A week later she called to say the position was put on hold. I followed up a month later and she promptly responded that it was still on hold. Another month went by and I sent a follow up to check in again about the status of the position. This time no response at all. It is unfortunate that they cannot take the time to sent a quick email to let you know something. Other than the way it was left with no response at all, the interview process was very good. They just need to improve on their communcations.
Interview Question – Nothing really too difficult if you are an experienced successful Project Manager. Some behavioral questions mainly. Answer Question
Production Support Engineer Interview (Neutral Experience)
I applied through other source and the process took 4 days - interviewed at SciQuest.
Interview Details – Submitted through someone I knew who works at SciQuest. I was contacted by HR who scheduled an in person interview. She also sent an application to fill out, asking for two references.
Interview Question – How to retrieve data from two tables using SQL. Answer Question
Product Marketing Director Interview (Neutral Experience; Average Interview)
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at SciQuest in June 2012.
Interview Details – The job was posted in June of this year. I asked my friend inside the company whether this was a good opportunity for me, and he said yes. I applied. I went through 5 interviews involving 6 people in one morning. The hiring manager was civil, but had no patience for introductory pleasantries. The manager told me one candidate had completed a round of interviews before me, and that this man was not a fit. Everyone else seemed pleasant and smart.
I was called back in for an interview with the VP of HR the same week.
A couple weeks later, the job was re-posted. I have never since been contacted by the company.
It is August and I believe the job has now been re-re-posted. Perhaps the 100% perfect candidate will yet surface for this position?
One oddity/annoyance in the interview process is that nearly everyone independently made a cult-like mention of "passion," and how important "passion" is to being hired to work there. No one defined what passion is or how it shows up, however. I get the impression that the company is either looking for a particular personality type or is seeking workaholics on the cheap. When it comes to work-related "passion," I have no shame about my accomplishments, work ethic, or dedication to achieving goals.
Interview Question – The head of sales outlined his current prospecting approach for a new market segment and asked me for a critique. View Answer
Product Development Manager Interview (Positive Experience; Easy Interview)
The process took a day - interviewed at SciQuest in March 2012.
Interview Details – Talked with HR during initial phone screen. Discussed reasons why considering SciQuest, salary range, etc. In-person interview consisted of 4 1:1 30 minute discussions. VP, Dev Mgr, Ops Mgr, HR VP.
VP discussion was centered on previous work experience, qualities that matched position.
Dev Mgr discussion focused on day-to-day operations, motivation, projects.
Ops Mgr discussion topics were more technical in nature, discussing various technical solutions used in the past.
HR VP asked about challenges in previous employment, how current boss would describe you, etc.
IT Management Interview (Negative Experience; Difficult Interview)
The process took a day - interviewed at SciQuest in July 2011.
Interview Details – Initially a phone screening and then multiple 1 on 1 interviews. The onsite interview took about 6 hours moving from person to person. It can be difficult being "on" for so long, but I assume that's the point; to see if you crack. Also the interviewers did not have prepared questions, so that was a bit disconcerting. I'm going to venture that they are looking for a personality fit.
Interview Question – What is your management style and how do you manage technical people? Answer Question
Very Easy Interview
Marketing Manager Interview (Positive Experience; Very Easy Interview)
The process took a day - interviewed at SciQuest in September 2009.
Interview Details – Sent designed resume by mail to hiring manager
Called by hiring manager for brief phone interview—general questions about experience and marketing initiatives that were successful.
Hiring manager had actually seen a direct mail piece I did for a former employer.
Beginning of interview given description of company, its products and marketing department functions and reporting structure.
Interview was basic questions on marketing philosophy and past accomplishments.
Interview took about an hour.