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Updated Mar 26, 2014
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Senior Developer Interview

Senior Developer

I applied through a recruiter and the process took 4 days - interviewed at Southwestern Advantage in November 2011.

Interview Details – Thirty minute tech screen on the phone. I think they were surprised to get competent responses. Was offered a position immediately after, and requested an onsite interview to get a feel for them. Really liked the folks that interviewed me, also had an opportunity to discuss with a currently employed developer.


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Easy Interview

Sales Representative Interview

Sales Representative
Santa Barbara, CA

I applied through college or university and the process took 3+ weeks - interviewed at Southwestern Advantage in February 2010.

Interview Details – A manager contacted me, I think she got my number from the university I was going to. I was asked a little about myself and I went into an information session, had to complete a couple of assignments, and then eventually was told I was accepted. It all happened within a month. We then drove from Santa Barbara to Nashville, Tennessee did a week of sales school and finally arrived in Jersey and given our territories where we'd sell the rest of the summer.

Interview Question – No real difficult questions, it's more about whether you really want to do the job or not.   Answer Question


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Easy Interview

Independent Contractor Interview

Independent Contractor

I applied through college or university and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Southwestern Advantage.

Interview Details – Recruited college students on campus, would hold info sessions on campus. Met in person for about 3 times, first giving an overview of the program and then having you do some research on the company. Eventually you have to turn in a parent agreement form for you to do the job and also sign an agreement of understanding. Interview questions were pretty normal behavioral ones (more introspective focused)

Interview Question – Why do you want to do this job?   Answer Question


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Sales Representative Interview

Sales Representative

I applied through other source and the process took 3 days - interviewed at Southwestern Advantage in March 2012.

Interview Details – Don't be fooled by how easy going the interview is! I ended up wasting $2000 to travel to a place in the middle of nowhere going door to door to people who weren't interested, and communicating with my recruiting manager was nearly impossible.More than half the interns I went with quit also. IT IS NOT WORTH IT!!! Plus, I felt like I had joined a cult. I am still trying to recover from my traumatic so called "internship" at SW Advantage. You've been warned.

Interview Question – The questions were mainly about how I view myself (ex. strengths, weaknesses).   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – None. The position compensation was based on commission for selling books door to door.


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Neutral Experience

Easy Interview

Intern Interview

Intern
Nashville, TN

I applied through a recruiter and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Southwestern Advantage in February 2011.

Interview Details – There is a three day interview process. They prefer to do them in consecutive days. They last 20min to an hour and half depending on the interviewer. For the most part they are recruiting and as long as you show you want to do the job they will take you on as an intern.

Interview Question – They will ask you questions, to gauge your confidence: "Why do you think you will do well?" "how much $ do you want to take home after the summer?" They want to hear that you are confident and expect to succeed. You can lie and say you are, but you had better not lie to yourself because a large part of the job is an unrelenting confidence that you will succeed in the face of discouragment. If you don't actually have that, you might not complete the internship, and if you do it will be VERY hard.   View Answer

Negotiation Details – there was no negotiation.


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Student Manager Interview

Student Manager
Memphis, TN

I applied through a recruiter and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Southwestern Advantage.

Interview Details – planning to recruit/ interview 5 people.

Interview Question – why are you doing it?   View Answer

Negotiation Details – sales


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Average Interview

Product Representative Interview

Product Representative
Bowling Green, KY

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 3 days - interviewed at Southwestern Advantage.

Interview Details – A company rep met with me over a 3 day period so that we could learn about each other -- my background, info about the company, position, opportunities within, challenges, products, questions, etc.
After the interview process was completed, my parents were met with as well for the same purpose. I was clearly told and understood that this was the most challenging work I could choose to do and that it would require an extremely high level of commitment and determination, but that the rewards would be great.
I worked in Oklahoma for the summer, and it was absolutely the most challenging work, just like I was told. I wanted to give up many times, but made a commitment to finish what I started so I stuck it out. By the end of my first summer I earned a little over $10k and was offered a position as a student leader. I earned an incentive trip to Mexico, made the best friends of my life, and learned more about business and people than I ever have in a classroom. It impacted my life tremendously and my advice for others is the same as what I was given: It is a phenomenal opportunity, not for everyone, incredibly challenging, even more rewarding.

Interview Question – What is my definition of commitment   View Answer

Negotiation Details – It is a phenomenal opportunity, not for everyone, incredibly challenging, even more rewarding.


Accepted Offer

Neutral Experience

Easy Interview

Sales Representative Interview

Sales Representative
Vancouver, BC (Canada)

I applied through a recruiter and the process took 2+ weeks - interviewed at Southwestern Advantage in January 2011.

Interview Details – I was invited for a information session on Campus at UBC. I did 5 interviews with my recruiter. The interview process was easy. If you have the determination to complete one of the hardest internships in Canada, you will make it. The recruiters want to hire because the more people they bring to the book field, the more commission they can potential make.

Interview Question – Everything was pretty standard. don't be afraid to step out of your comfort zone   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – The job is 100% based on commission.


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Positive Experience

Difficult Interview

Independent Contractor Interview

Independent Contractor

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 3 days - interviewed at Southwestern Advantage in February 2008.

Interview Details – Students must be invited to an information meeting, where they will be given all the important details of the program. Information meetings are run by student managers and corporate recruiters, and typically last an hour. At the end of the meeting, students who are interested in applying will go through a screening interview to determine if they qualify to interview. The interview process is three days long and begins the day after the information meeting. Candidates will receive an assignment to do some online research about the company and answer questions about their desire and qualification. Going into the second interview, students are assigned to contact students who have already completed a summer with Southwestern and ask them about their experience. The third interview assignment will ask students to answer questions about why they would be a good candidate. Students can be selected or rejected at any point in the three day process, and typically a reference check with the candidate's parents will take place after the first or second interview. Each interview lasts between thirty and sixty minutes. At the end of the third day, if the students is selected and they accept the position, they will sign a contract and be asked to turn in a parental support letter or a letter of endorsement, which indicates that they are a trustworthy person who has someone willing to vouch for them.

Interview Question – Every interviewer asks their own questions based on what they are looking for in the students they work with.   View Answer

Negotiation Details – There is no negotiation. Pay is 100% profit because students are hired as independent contractors who are running their own business. The money they make is entirely determined by the amount of product they sell.


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Positive Experience

Easy Interview

Internship Interview

Internship

I applied through a recruiter and the process took 3 days - interviewed at Southwestern Advantage in April 2012.

Interview Details – Mainly trying to figure out if you're the kind of person that is willing to put in work to succeed. Interview process requires outside work.

Interview Question – Why do you want to work for this company?   Answer Question

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