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Human Resources Generalist Interview (Neutral Experience)
I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Vail Resorts in June 2014.
Interview Details – I completed an initial phone interview that was about 30-45 minutes long. Standard questions: why do you want to work for Vail resorts, what do you know about the position, what qualifications do you have, how do you work in a team setting, how effective are you at multitasking. I had a print out of the job requirements in front of me while I did the interview which was a good idea.
After the phone interview I got an invitation to go to a second group interview that lasted about 3 hours. I was a little nervous about a group interview but it wasn't what I was expecting, which was good. I got a chance to chat with the other applicants and they seemed to pick a very diverse group of people, everyone from kids who had just completed undergrad degrees to fully fledged attorneys. They do an hour long information session about the company that was given by two managers, then they break you up into individual groups and you do one on one interviews with a different HR manager than the one who did the initial phone interview. Finally you do an hour long practice exercise with the VP of HR.
Everyone seemed really nice, super busy but they all really seemed to like their job. What kind of befuddled me was that they emphasized that they call every candidate back and how important it was individuals in HR positions to communicate with candidates... but they never called me back to tell me whether or not I got the job. I definitely would have called them back to follow up but ended up deciding not to because I had two other job offers that were better career moves for me. I just find it a little odd that I never got so much as a rejection phone call or e-mail after all that talk about how good they are about following up with candidates. Maybe it was a test to see if I would follow up or maybe someone dropped the ball I don't know.
Interview Question – Nothing difficult or unexpected Answer Question
Very Easy Interview
IT Developer Interview (Negative Experience; Very Easy Interview)
I applied online and the process took 3 days - interviewed at Vail Resorts in March 2014.
Interview Details – 2 x 1 hour phone interviews with HR and hiring manager
4.5 hours onsite interviews => 4 sessions - 3 analysts, 4 developers, hiring manager, IT Director
Interview Question – None. Typical techno-functional questions. Although in retrospect, I was asked my approach/opinion to their 'mini' HCM upgrade and politely disagreed with their questionable methodology. Perhaps this is what warranted their final decision => 'The consensus was that you’re quite a bit more experienced technically than what this job would require and that it’s probably not the best fit at this point in time.' View Answer
VP-Finance Interview (Neutral Experience; Easy Interview)
I applied online and the process took 3 months - interviewed at Vail Resorts in October 2013.
Interview Details – After applying online, I had a preliminary interview with a very perky HR person. Then, there were two additional phone interviews (CFO and one other person) and an office visit. It took them over a month to get back to me and I think that they did so only because I followed up aggressively. They said that they had a finalist for this position but it's not clear from other sources that they actually hired anyone.
Interview Question – There were no difficult questions. The CFO is very inexperienced and comes across as such if you've had exposure to other public company CFOs. And, he's also not compensated well for his position compared to peers in comparably sized companies. The people are really nice but this is not a mature company. HR seemed to talk more about their values in developing and leading talent than other execs do. View Answer
Department Manager Interview (Neutral Experience)
I applied online and interviewed at Vail Resorts.
Interview Details – The have a recruitment phone screening team called TAG that are all newbies that have no previous job experience.
Interview Question – Would you be ripperoo ( The Mascot) for a day? View Answer
Senior Buyer Interview (Neutral Experience)
Interviewed at Vail Resorts
Interview Details – I applied for a promotion, and a month later management didn't even know. I asked if they were going to interview me and they had no clue. Then they blew me off.
Interview Question – I didn't really get an interview because I "Waited too long to apply." So I must not have really wanted the job or been that interested. View Answer
In-House Counsel Interview (Negative Experience; Average Interview)
Interviewed at Vail Resorts
Interview Details – Was expecting an informational call. Turned out to be a substantive interview with an in-house recruiter. Questions were not difficult, I was just caught off guard. I feel like the process was not explained correctly. Odd that a recruiter would ask questions about substantive legal issues.
Interview Question – Very generic interview questions. Answer Question
Marketing Coordinator Interview (Neutral Experience)
Interviewed at Vail Resorts
Interview Details – Had a phone screening from a recruiter within Vail. He was very friendly but there were very long pauses in conversation between answers, I assumed it was because he was trying to type question responses. Make sure you know resume back to front, meaning details of your every day tasks and larger ones, before having the interview.
Interview Question – All questions were very typical and straightfoward. Answer Question
Equipment Lead Operator Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied in-person and the process took 3 days - interviewed at Vail Resorts in February 2013.
Interview Details – The actual interview was conducted in a relaxed and informal manner. I was read a series of prepared questions. My responses were noted by interviewer. The interview lasted about 30 minutes.
Interview Question – How would I deal with interdepartmental conflicts/issues? Answer Question
Communication Interview (Negative Experience; Average Interview)
I applied online and the process took 6 months - interviewed at Vail Resorts in January 2013.
Interview Details – The initial HR process was smooth and professional. However, I had a basic question about process after my 2nd interview. Tried emailing the recruiter, nothing. 2nd attempt, nothing. Frustrating!!! Job was re-advertised and re-posted, no communication. A basic courtesy call or return email would have been appreciated to let me know where that left me in the process, or just to say they were going to keep looking. I received word about 2 weeks after the re-advertising that I had not been selected as a finalist.
Interview Question – All very traditional questions about experience. Answer Question
Very Easy Interview
Accountant Interview (Negative Experience; Very Easy Interview)
I applied online and the process took 1 week - interviewed at Vail Resorts in January 2013.
Interview Details – The interview process was very laid back. They did not have any hard questions but as stated by all of the other reviews they are offering $10-15k below the going rate while offering a ski pass as the benefit in exchage of pay
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