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No Offer – Interviewed in San Francisco, CA Dec 2009 – Reviewed Dec 30, 2010
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The interview process begins with several phone screens. The company does an exemplary job of presenting the corporate mission and where each staff member fits in and what your starting role will consist of and how you fit in the regional engineering, consultant, sales and management teams. The company staffing interviews you extensively and thoroughly for technical capability and best fit to the role and team while taking lots of time to explain each interviewer’s background, role, career history and why they are in the role they are in, the future goals of the individual and team, and the vision of opportunity in your interviewing role is clearly established in regards to potential career path.
The company runs lean on technical experts, engineers and managers and offers high level responsible positions with generous compensation and bonus packages. The company is very business savvy and results oriented on a daily, weekly, quarterly and annual perspective. The technical and business objectives are clearly defined during the interview process and a candidate has ample opportunity to show the best fit for his qualifications, goals and career aspirations during approximately a 3 week period. I interviewed and spoke to approximately 15 technical staff members, engineers and upper level managers including a national vice president for an upper level staffing role.
The company takes every consideration into extending an offer with one of the more important factors being related to expected time in a given region and expectations for career longevity with the company since all roles are tied to customer bases and each individual contributor acquires greater value to the company, the region and the customer base through time.
The final round of interviews is concluded with a regional site board style interviewing session in a host city that may not be the city you are being hired to be based out of, since most roles require travel, unless you apply towards one of the manufacturing sites. I spent that particular day with a national corporate vice president for breakfast and the board style panel of interviewers at a round table over later morning hours into lunch hour where each interviewer asked questions and all interviewers were present and could ask additional questions based on your responses. I concluded the process with several additional phone screens due to the nature of the current position being offered and the corporate structuring for regional support at the time. Eventually, another candidate was chosen with greater ties to the San Francisco Bay Area than myself at the time of the last phone screening while I had other regional interests in regards to location at the time.
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