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Updated Jul 21, 2014
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Accountant Interview

Cary, NC

I applied through a recruiter and the process took 5 days - interviewed at SciQuest.

Interview Details – My job went from a temporary hire to a permanent position. The interview process was standard interveiw questions. There was nothing difficult about the hiring process.

Interview Question – How did handle a difficult situation at your previous job?   Answer Question

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Easy Interview

PQA Interview


I applied online and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at SciQuest.

Interview Details – I applied through their career website. I received an email from HR wanting to schedule an telephone interview with the Hiring manager for 1.5 weeks later. During the telephone interview, I was told there would be a face-to-face and if that went well, a 2nd face-to-face with the management team. I was scheduled for the first face-to-face for 3 days later. Face-to-face consisted of 3 interviews: Hiring manager, another manager, and a peer-level interview. After the interview, I was contacted by HR to review the Benefits package etc. 2 days later, I was offered the position and given 24 hours to respond. I guess they decided to skip the Management interview. However, my friend who applied a few weeks later did have to go for a 2nd management interview. For me, Application to Offer was about 3 weeks.

Most of the questions were non-technical and mostly "tell us about yourself" typical interview questions. A few questions on processes etc but not difficult at all.

Background check is very detailed and lengthy if you have had several short-term / independent contractor gigs. Make sure you have contacts for each and every position... if you don't, be sure you have some sort of paystub, W2, or 1099 to be able to verify employment for at least 3 years back -- no matter how short the contract was.

Interview Question – What was the most unexpected defect you ever found and how did you find it?   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – HR asked me what I wanted to make. They said the position was only budgeted for 2K less than what I had asked. I accepted because the benefits and bonus outweighed the 2K (free gym membership, 6-8 percent bonus, etc)

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Negative Experience

Difficult Interview

Product Quality Analyst Interview

Product Quality Analyst
Cary, NC

I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at SciQuest in May 2014.

Interview Details – They responded about 2 months after I applied - May 2014. Got a phone interview, they scheduled an in-person interview 2 days later for the following Friday. There was a panel interview with a QA person and a developer, two 30 minute interviews with managers that I would be reporting to. They made an offer that Monday. They do the background check after making the offer. The managers were looking forward to having me do their language localization testing alongside the job I was interviewing for. I was shocked that their HR department would throw me away because of one question, on the application it asked "Omit minor traffic offenses", so I left off mine, and on the background check, it said "Put down anything you have ever been convicted of", so I put down my conviction. They called after the check came back and talked to their VP and rescinded their offer because of this ONE discrepancy, I tried to explain that their question was a misunderstanding. They forced me to tell them my salary at my current job (which I wanted to keep to myself), and I do not like the treatment of their HR department.

Interview Question – Give me an example of a validation process you used in your Quality Assurance practice?   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – They simply asked what I wanted, I told them, and after bonuses, it was exactly what I wanted.

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Average Interview

Vice President of Sales Interview

Vice President of Sales
Cary, NC

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at SciQuest in August 2013.

Interview Details – Process was typical for a VP of Sales

Negotiation Details – Best offer came on first try

Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Very Easy Interview

Software Developer Interview

Software Developer
Cary, NC

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 2 days - interviewed at SciQuest in January 2011.

Interview Details – First I had a phone screen with the recruiter. She really talked up the company and gave the normal speech she had repeated many times. Then I had a round with developer managers. They interviews were very easy and were not technical at all. I then had an interview with two of the architects. one was difficult the other, not so much.

Interview Question – How would you build an commerce site.   View Answer

Negotiation Details – easy

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