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Managing Multimedia Designer (Web) Interview
I applied online. The process took 2 weeks – interviewed at Teach for America in August 2009.
Initial 45 min. phone interview went very well. The questions asked surrounded my experience in relation to the position, challenges and weakness, and the company's core values. It was a very smooth and natural conversation. The interview provided a very positive light for Teach for America.
HOWEVER, the second interview was less impressive, and unprofessional. I was contacted that evening, 10 pm, by email by the hiring manager who wanted to schedule a 90 min phone interview the next morning. I had to make great efforts to schedule the 90 min phone interview during a time that did not conflict with my current job. During the interview I found the questions to be extremely tedious and a bit contrived for a web design position.
"How do you keep yourself organized" was followed up by
"What books or meetings do you read to keep yourself organized", followed by
"Can you provide some examples that you have taken from the readings to make yourself organized".
Another drawn out series of questions:
"How you keep track of projects you are working on", followed by,
"How do you determine if you're on track with a project", followed by,
"If someone calls you to ask if you're on track with a project how do you determine if you are".
I was informed that after the second interview there were still series of other "interviews".
1. You would be given a task and you would have to come in to do a presentation on it.
2. You would have to go for a panel interview
3. You would have to go for a 1:1 interview.
My overall experience is that the managerial staff is inexperienced with very little knowledge, too focused on the wrong areas, and really just have no clue. The interview is an excessively a long process and they waste too much time trying to get the wrong information. A 45 min. and a 90 min. interview is more than enough to determine what candidate is best for the job. It's pretty clear that they 1. Don't value your time, 2. Have issues with being organized.
- What books or magazines do you read to keep yourself organized? Answer Question