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    Project Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    I was asked to come in and interview for 4 separate rounds. The interview process was very intense as the company uses the "top grading" method. They ask a lot of competency questions as well as probe very deeply into your personal and work history. You sit with many people and sometimes interview with multiple interviewers at one time.

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    They offered a salary number without negotiation
    Accepted Offer
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    Windows Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in San Antonio, TX
    Anonymous Employee in San Antonio, TX
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at Argo Group.

    Interview Details

    Interviewing at Argo is a VERY long process, which takes a candidate an average of 2-3 months to complete (*I've actually heard stories in which it took up to 6 months*) - remember this time frame. The fastest I've heard of was 2 mos, and that's because the hiring manager brought in someone they personally knew. Basically the breakdown is as follows.
    - Phone interview with HR
    - F2F with a senior admin/engineer
    - F2F with a couple of junior admins, and then F2F with the hiring manager immediately thereafter.

    YMMV, but from what I experienced, and what I've known others to experience, is that the interview process with HR, the Senior engineer/admin, and hiring manager is pretty straight forward - They will ask you questions about your resume, accomplishments, and some technical questions. The weakness I see, however, is with the Junior admins. They will spend the majority of the interview talking about themselves - how they "started as helpdesk, and worked their way up", patting themselves on the back, and basically boast how they are the SME of what they do, and how valuable they are to the company. (The two that I had were only with the company for 3 or less years). When they do finally start to ask "relevant" technical questions, they'll ask questions totally unrelated to the position. In my opinion, (and it's just an opinion), the junior admins are just trying to feed their own ego (again it's just an opinion, YMMV).

    I've gone through this process TWICE, and each time, I'd be 1 of the 3-4 potential candidates, whom they "liked", only to delete the position, and create a redefined position, and say "We'd like to see more candidates". AND, this is for a contract-to-hire, position, because they say their normal process takes too long.

    Probably the most frustrating feedback that I've heard from some recruiters about why they didn't hire someone, is because when candidates were asked to rate themselves from 1-10 on a particular skill, those that said "9-10", were deemed as "too egotistical, and nobody is really a "9-10", and those that said "5-8", were deemed as "not the skill level they wanted".

    Interview Questions
    • Questions regarding SAN, Network, and VMWare administration, even though the job description doesn't mention any of it, and the junior admins even stating there will be no SAN, Network, or VMWare duties as part of this position they are interviewing for.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview
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    Insurance Interview

    Anonymous Employee in San Antonio, TX
    Anonymous Employee in San Antonio, TX
    Application Details

    I applied online – interviewed at Argo Group in August 2012.

    Interview Details

    Spotted a job opening, which I was well qualified. Sent in my resume. Got a call back. They wanted to know my salary history (no other questions). I gave them a broad range. They said they wanted to send me a form (by email) to fill out BEFORE they would grant me an interview. Frankly the form was one of the most intrusive questions I've ever seen. It was multi pages (maybe 5-6) asking about your salary history over the past 20 years. The salary breakdown questions were stupid for this stage of the game (ie: no interview yet!) - ex: what percentage of your salary was T&E, etc. Just stupid. And then they wanted a list of references to check (BEFORE) they would grant any interviews. I did all this, and then of course never hear back from them. Stay away from "Susanne" over at Argo. She is one of their recruiters and is a time waster.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Staff Internal Auditor Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Antonio, TX
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Antonio, TX
    Application Details

    The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at Argo Group in May 2012.

    Interview Details

    I interviewed with Argo Group for a position located in a different city from where I resided. The initial interview was a Phone Interview with who would be my manager and a colleague of his'. We ultimately went through my resume, he asked me technical questions which related to the job description and I had the opportunity to ask my questions.

    The Second interview consisted of a 1:1 interview with another person in their local office. I felt this was more of a personality type interview. Would I mesh with the company. It was about 45 mins long. There were a few technical questions but a lot of conversation.

    The Third interview consisted of a 1:1 interview with a Manager in the Internal Audit Group, and a 2:1 video conference. The 1:1 was technical and probing. It challenged me to consider the move I was considering, both physically and professional. The 2:1 I think was more so to put a face to a name. There were also some problem solving questions that I didn't expect, but I knew my stuff so it wasn't an issue.

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    My negotiations had a lot to do with my experience and the amount of training I needed because of my background.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Underwriting Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 6+ monthsinterviewed at Argo Group in May 2011.

    Interview Details

    Very long process, from May to October. Involved telephone interviews with HR, telephone interview with2 department managers, personal interview in headquarters office with team 3-4 managers form associated departments, video conference interview with underwriting executive, persona interview in local office.

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    Able to negotiate salary.
    Accepted Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview
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    Senior Claims Examiner Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online – interviewed at Argo Group.

    Interview Details

    When I interviewed with the company over 8 years ago it was in front of a panel of about 5 people in mid-management. The process took maybe and hour. Now I believe there are multiple interviews at the local level and then an interview with the senior VP of claims.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

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