I applied through a recruiter and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at American Heart Association in July 2009.
Interview Details – Panel interview with no moderator, while lunch is being served. Nothing but a series of awkward silences, as there was no direction to the process, and people had their mouths full most of the time. This was followed by a 2:1 interview. Each question was taken verbatim from an interview manual, and the same questions were asked for each prior position I had held. There was little or no attempt by the interviewers to stray from this script. Although the position was to be largely a matter of personnel management, the interview process was as dehumanizing as possible, and seemed to be designed to remove any room for personal responses or insight. Halfway though I realized that I wasting my time since I likely would not last long in such an environment. I was shocked when my recruiter said they had loved me, and an offer would be forthcoming. I was asked to provide an additional reference. Three days later I was informed they had offered someone else the position. None of my references had been contacted.
Interview Question – Name a college professor who had a profound impact on you? View Answer
The process took 7+ weeks - interviewed at American Heart Association in July 2011.
Interview Details – I applied for the position and hear back from a recruiter within 48 hours for a phone screen. After that, the Exec. Director contacted me for a phone screen, that took place the next day- so two interviews in a week span- awesome!
This is where things went south. I was told after my phone interview with the E.D. that I would be contacted by the recruiter about next steps- this never happened. After about a week and a half of waiting, I was contacted and set up for another interview with the SVP of the region. After that interview, I was told someone would contact me about next steps. I waited. I waited some more. I finally followed up with the E.D. (just to make sure I was still being considered). I had an in-person interview and was told I would be contacted within a week after all candidates had been interviewed. So I waited. I waited. And then I followed up a week later and was told I would be contacted in two days. Two days turned into 14 days. I didn't get the position. I was sent a form email letter- which at that level of interaction, I would have appreciated a phone call and possible feedback.
I'm okay with the fact I didn't get the position- I was more than qualified, but I realize that I would not fit in with their sales, sales, sales culture (can you believe the E.D. told me that her staff steals money/sponsors/volunteers from each other?) but the lack of communication was disgusting. AHA- you need to put a timeline to your interview process and stick to it.
In general, I know it was a blessing in disguise because I do not think I would have enjoyed working at AHA. It seems to me that the only thing valued in their culture is how much money you can raise- there seems to be no emphasis in cultivating, growing and retaining volunteers in their organization- which I do not like whatsoever.
Interview Question – Describe a time where you really wanted something and how did you make that happen? Answer Question
The process took 4 days - interviewed at American Heart Association in June 2011.
Interview Details – I was interviewing with two people at the same time because there were two positions open, which was a little awkward. First, I did an itinial half hour to forty-five minute phone interview where I was asked basic questions about my skills and current employer info. That lead to a one-on-one interview which lasted an hour where I was asked about my curent job and your typical behavior interview questions: "recall a time I failed at something," "give an example of a time I succeeded," "how creative am I, and can I give an example," etc. That lead to my taking an online personality assessement, which took an hour, and then to another face-toface interview with the two people I initially interviewed with and their VP, which took two hours because they went through every job I've ever had. Whew! I haven't heard back yet, and I still have to do through HR stuff, such as a background check.
Interview Question – How would you describe your dream job, and how does this position relate to that? Answer Question
The process took 3 weeks - interviewed at American Heart Association in March 2011.
Interview Details – I don't understand. I spoke with HR and she was very nice. I passed the first two interviews with her. Then I interviewed with the Senior Manager and the department team. I studied hard and knew everything there was to know about the AHA including current events and made a presentation. The panel said they were impressed. Even the Senior Manager said he was impressed, and I exceeded or met the requirements. I have close to 20 years experience and really, sincerely thought I would be up for the next step in the process. The next thing I know, I got a roughly written note saying I didn't make the finals. No explanation. No word about what happened, what they were looking for I didn't have...nothing. I don't get it. Maybe they don't know what they want, since this position keeps appearing over and over and over every few months. I wrote a couple of notes to the HR lady, since we were on good terms. No response. The only thing I can figure out is she doesn't know what they want either. What a disappointment!! Oh, and by the by...some of the questions were strange....like, "What are your expectations of this position?" (Huh? Didn't you just describe this in the job description? What is one supposed to answer...oh I expect the AHA to pay for my dream yacht? (ha ha) I mean really people. What gives?? I am so hurt.
Interview Question – Tell us about yourself. What were you responsible for in your last job? View Answer
I applied online and the process took 2 months - interviewed at American Heart Association in September 2010.
Interview Details – My first contact after applying online was from a Human Resources. Next I scheduled an interview with Taryn Branca at the Purchase Office. Taryn and I had a wonderful and productive meeting at her office and i was contacted about 2 weeks later that Taryn had left on maternity leave and i would be having a panel interview with 2 managers after taking a sales test. I arrived on time for the interview and I waited about 20 minutes. Than I was asked a lot of questions by 2 managers and i felt as if i was really out through the ringer. In the middle of asking me questions, they asked me to leave the room so they could figure out their next line of questioning. When i returned they asked a few more questions and were very cold. I was not suprised to here at a later date that they were going to continue their search. A little much of an interview process.
Very Difficult Interview
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at American Heart Association in February 2008.
Interview Details – I had a phone interview first. Then i had to take a skills quiz that was about microsoft word and excel that was timed. After they looked over my results they contacted the manager of the department. They then scheduled an interview. The interview took two hours. After the that i had to wait for a couple weeks while they did the background check. Then i got an offer letter.
Interview Question – Described a difficult situation you had to deal with and how you handled it. Answer Question
I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at American Heart Association in June 2010.
Interview Details – Was not used to panel interviews. Many questions asked.
Interview Question – What was my last supervisors weakness. Answer Question
The process took 2 weeks - interviewed at American Heart Association in November 2008.
Interview Details – Emphasize your ability to be proactive.
Interview Question – What computer skills do you have? Answer Question
Very Easy Interview
I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at American Heart Association.
Interview Details – Interview process was a joke. I had to track down the local office to ask for HR's number to call them myself. Got a call back from my voicemail / Resume submission I left them then interviewed with three people, then another manager. Then got the offer via phone.
Interview Question – Nothing. Interviews here are a joke. As long as you can talk sports with guy managers, you're fine. View Answer
Negotiation Details – Nonnegotiable
Very Difficult Interview
I applied online and the process took 1 week - interviewed at American Heart Association.
Interview Details – The phone interview was wonderful, and the first in office interview with three managers went well. I was told that I would then be brought back for a CIDS interview and to do some homework about the interview process. I did just that and thought I was prepared when I sat down for that interview with a VP and the two managers I had met before. Let's just say that there was no room for showing your personal attributes in a positive light. They did not want to know how could I contribute to the overall success of the entity, they asked the same questions about my previous jobs over and over. If I attempted to talk about the position or add some insight into the questions I answered I got a rude look, and "anyway, back to the questions." This went on for 3 hours. When I returned from break they said, "Well, you didn't run away." I was unpleased with how this interview went and do not believe that it showcases skills, talents, or any other positives. It allows them to see what imperfections you have and you answer them because it is illegal for them to ask that of your previous managers. Very tricky, Topgrading! If you are an honest, hard worker, and believe in yourself you will answer not knowing that they are trying to pull as much negative information as they can that could keep you from getting the job. I withdrew my application for the job.
Interview Question – What would your previous employer or manager say about your weaknesses if they were sitting here?
What would they say you needed improvement on? I think that is the same question!
What would you do differently in that position?
What would you say the weakeness of your boss was? Really?
They get your answers because you are honest. I tried to upmanage my previous employers but they wanted a true negative answer. They are unable to ask a reference or HR of previous employment this. Beware! Answer Question
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