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I applied online. The process took 1+ week – interviewed at ACS (Alcohol Countermeasure Systems Corp.) (Melbourne, FL) in September 2011.
I responded to a posting on Craiglist for a company looking for a 12 volt installer. ACS, or Interlock Systems of Florida as their "Installation Company" is known, has several "branches" around the country that install the company's ignition interlock/breathalyzer devices into vehicles owned and operated by DUI offenders. Under a court order, drivers who are involved in these programs to restore their drivers licenses must have the devices installed and monitored and they also must cover all the associated costs with installation, monthly monitoring, check-up's, etc. (I just wanted to provide some background...)
The interview process started with my replying to an online ad. I was contacted within a week and had an interview scheduled for a few days later. I was never contacted by HR, but rather by a "Program Coordinator" who did the scheduling. She never did any prescreening with me which I found kind of odd. I asked a few questions via email about the process, which she answered promptly and I waited for the scheduled meeting which was to take place at their Interlock Systems of Florida location in Melbourne, FL with herself and the "Program Manager".
The day before the interview she called and rescheduled the time due to anticipated, via-auto travel delays. I arrived a few minutes early only to wait for about 30 minutes for them to get in. No big deal, it gave me an opportunity to see how things were in the office. In a nutshell, I heard the employees cursing at each other with a customer present, acting generally unprofessional and bickering with each other about cleaning up the office before the "boss" showed up. If I was asked about any of this in the interview, I could only imagine they would have had an empty office shortly after.
The interview took place in one of the office rooms with myself sitting on one side of a small computer table and the two interviewers on the other. There was not even enough room on the table for me to place a copy of me resume infront of me, it was cramped to say the least. The "Program Manager" did most of the talking asking briefly about some past positions. Very early on in the interview, easily within the first 5 minutes he mentioned the hourly rate, whch he said was set in stone, but was not offering me the position. This promped me to ask about upward mobility in the company and shortly it became clear there was none. As it turns out, this was an entry level job with no chance to move up, one that was to pay very little and it was to take place in an unprofessional enviornment.
This was not a match for me. Honestly, it was a waste of my time and their company's money to interview me for this job. The quoted compensation was well below the median per capita wage in the county it was offered in and frankly I felt like they were taking advantage of any applicant who fulfilled the requirements in the posting.
To me it seems that strong management and professionalism are lacking in this company. The culture there seems to reflect this as my experience was lackluster to say the least.
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I applied in-person. The process took a day – interviewed at ACS (Alcohol Countermeasure Systems Corp.) (New York, NY) in January 2010.
Efficient process with good comminication and prompt follow up.
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I applied online. The process took 2 weeks – interviewed at ACS (Alcohol Countermeasure Systems Corp.) in February 2009.
phoe interview with recruiter then invited to office to interview with management.
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salary was not negotiable