Snagajob Interview Questions & Reviews
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Account Operations Specialist Interview (Negative Experience; Difficult Interview)
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 2+ weeks - interviewed at Snagajob in May 2010.
Interview Details – This was a pretty irritating interview process. The first thing that attracted me to this company was the "look at us, we're so cool, have fun, and love working together" sort of attitude that the website portrays. Anyways, back to the interview: I prepared extensively for this interview, and felt that my qualifications were perfect for the position. I prepared for the interview according to what was listed in the job description. However, the questions the recruiter asked me felt so vague, they were all very difficult to answer. I also felt like they really didn't give me a chance to shine.
After the so-so interview I sat on edge and checked my phone more anxiously than a teenage-girl waiting on her crush to call. Of course, the call came after an entire week or so of waiting. Of course the answer was no, I did not get invited for an-on site interview. I went through this torture twice.
Last summer, I was on the rocks job-wise and barely squeaking by with the pitiful job I had. I was still bitter about the asinine interview process, but I notice the same job was posted again, so I swallowed my pride and decided to give it another shot. I figured, "Hey, I'm more experienced, polished, and will know what to expect." This time, I didn't even get an interview. I noticed that immediately after I applied for the job, they took the post down the next day!
Like I said before, the play-time, lets-have-fun, party attitude which is advertised on their website attracted me to apply. I was desperate to get out of the company I was at; no one like each other, the environment was gross (physically and metaphorically), and I felt like employees come last. Naturally, was caught up in the "magic" this company seemed to have. Anyway, I'm glad I didn't get hired! First of all, the pay they told me for the Account Operations Specialist is a joke. It was in the 27k range per year I think. For all the qualifications they want and such an "exclusive" interviewing process you think it'd be double.
Second, this fun-and-games thing they have going on is a joke. Notice on their website how everything in the career section is essentially all cutesy, witty little quips about slides, bbqs, etc. Really? Grow up. Honestly, this company seems like it fits the "cutesy, 22 year old, bubbly, naive, fresh-out-of-college-type" just right. Even that sort of person should use this place as a stepping stone and nothing more. Go and read employee reviews on this pace and you'll see what I mean. If you are a mature adult look elsewhere for a job. I couldn't care less about a slide, office olympics, etc. The amount of emphasis the website puts on this sort of thing is downright immature.
I found an employer for GROWN adults that pays way more than this company was willing to pay, and the benefits are just as good. Yea, they may not have a slide, but I'm work, not a playground after all.
Interview Question – They were all difficult because they were extremely generic and vague. Answer Question
Engineering Interview (Negative Experience; Difficult Interview)
I applied through a recruiter and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Snagajob in February 2012.
Interview Details – I reached out to the recruiter, and after some friendly back and forth there was an initial official phone screen. After that there was a phone screen with two engineers. Then they asked me to schedule a 4 hour interview. I gave them some dates, but I was asked for a date sooner. Being accommodating, I cleared some time on my calendar. Then they told me never mind, we'll go with one of the original dates. This seemed very disorganized. Then they brought me in for the 4 hour interview session which was pretty laborious. Some observations: upon arrival, the receptionist did not acknowledge me. She seemed busy arguing with someone on the phone. This was my first surprise of many. When the recruiter came to get me and brought me back, I saw foozball tables, but no one playing them. People looked very, very busy and stressed. The interview started with me sitting in a room with 16 people looking at me and them saying "Well? What have you got?" This did not feel like the beginning of a friendly process, and this intuition proved accurate. During one of the eight separate interviews I expressed concern about work life balance and the potential for long hours and this was met with weak assurances. I got the feeling that working at Snagajob involves REALLY long hours. (When I left at 6:00PM, it looked like they were in full swing and everyone was in the house like it was 10AM!!!) I commented at one point that I was not wanting to work where I had to work harder then the guy next to me cause we were both scared of being fired a la Office Space. That comment received a knowing look between interviewers which threw a huge red flag for me. I did not feel like they sold me on the company at all during that entire 4 hours, they just acted like I should be falling over myself to work there. The interview questions were standard behavioral questions like any other I have had, which again surprised me since this company has a very progressive reputation. They seemed overly concerned with my short tenures at my first jobs out of college. This seemed strange to me, since everyone moves up from their initial jobs or they stagnate at low pay. This was one of those interviews where you really need to figure out what they want and try to be that person. I feel this is a very traditional hiring approach, akin with any corporation. I was really not expecting such an uptight scenario. I was told I would receive a call the next day. Instead, 4 days later I received an email saying how much they enjoyed meeting me and asking for my references. During this time, I was still pondering if I would even accept an offer. Then 4 days after that I was sent a form email turning me down and it wasn't even signed! It was addressed to the formal version of my name, which I never use. After all that, I wasn't even worth a personalized email or phone call. My references were never contacted. I felt like that was pretty disrespectful and cavalier about my time. My final feeling from the experience was pretty negative. I feel they think they are so great a company to work for that they don't even need to try at all. They seem to forget that in an interview, you are interviewing the company at the same time that they are interviewing you. Job seekers are customers too, and this experience was bad enough that I wanted to share it with other potential job seekers. I would NEVER interview with Snagajob again, what an insulting waste of my time.
Interview Question – Tell us about a time you made a mistake at work and how you dealt with it? Answer Question
Copywriter Interview (Neutral Experience; Average Interview)
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 5 days - interviewed at Snagajob in May 2009.
Interview Details – This is a very high-energy company with a working-late culture. I'll bet a lot of them work through the weekend. Very self-conscious hipstery types.
The interviews reflected that - I met at least ten people during my all-day marathon. The work looked interesting and the people seemed nice, but there was a sense of "see how cool we are" that could get grating. There were a lot of "what would you do if..." questions. Someone even asked me what kind of animal I would be if I got to choose. Like I said - hipsters through and through.
Interview Question – If you could be any animal, what would it be and why? View Answer
Very Easy Interview
Account Executive Interview (Neutral Experience; Very Easy Interview)
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 4 weeks - interviewed at Snagajob in March 2011.
Interview Details – Very informal 1:1 interview, just talked and hung out with the guy so he could get an idea of my "voice". The overall atmosphere and culture in the office seemed pretty relaxed.
Interview Question – Sell me something over the phone so I can hear your "voice" and if our customers will be willing to buy the SnagAJob service from you. View Answer