Auto Club of Southern California Interview Questions

Updated Sep 16, 2014
Updated Sep 16, 2014
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  1.  

    Branch Specialist I Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 1 week - interviewed at Auto Club of Southern California in August 2011.

    Interview Details

    Professional initial communication for interview. A series of tests to take regarding behavior and best practice. The interview was with two managers each taking turns asking pre-written questions. Many of which were similar to the last. No discussion on skills, software, or advanced experience; the entire interview was to describe a time when put in a specific situation and how it was handled. It was most likely beneficial to understand how the interviewee handles stressful or difficult situations. Grueling and repetitious. One of the managers was clearly uninterested and was simply going through the process.

    Interview Questions
    • Describe a time when you did not complete an assignment and tell us why you didn't complete it and what the outcome with your manager / boss and how it affected the organization.   Answer Question
    Reasons for Declining

    The environment was too sterile for what I was looking for at the time.

    Declined Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview
  2.  

    Insurance Sales Agent Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2+ weeks - interviewed at Auto Club of Southern California.

    Interview Details

    On line application; online test, few people pass the test, but if you do, then a panel interview with role playing of sales. Depending on the managers that are there, you may get an offer, may not. You can apply again in 90 days. If you come on strong about not caring about how many hours or phone calls it takes, they will probably make you an offer. Then, no matter where you live, you have to go to training in Long Beach for 3 months, Costa Mesa for one month.

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    No negotiating; you can't even pick what office you want to be in. Good luck figuring out the pay plan of full commission. It is punitive and you have no book of business. You have to earn your vacation money based on how many sales you have a quarter. Take the time off for a vacation, your sales go down, and you do not get the money for next quarter. No quality of life with this job....work every other Saturday to boot.
    Accepted Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview
  3.  

    Supervisor of Department Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Costa Mesa, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Costa Mesa, CA
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Auto Club of Southern California in September 2010.

    Interview Details

    Drug Test, Complicated, multiple interviews, thorough. You must be completely upfront with your hiring process, previous jobs and any items in your past-they will find them out and you will not be hired or will be fired without notice when they do uncover them. BE HONEST people.

    Interview Questions
    • Describe a difficult client or situation you were put into and how you handled?   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    There was no negotiating, the hiring managers have no authority to do so. It essentially is what it is when you get hired. Don't expect any special requests to be granted.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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  5.  

    Call Center Supervisor Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Costa Mesa, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Costa Mesa, CA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Auto Club of Southern California in July 2014.

    Interview Details

    Applied online for the call center position. After 2 weeks I received an email from the recruiter of the department. I then scheduled a call time appointment with her to do a phone interview. Phone interview was pretty simple/basic. Questions were straightforward mainly about customer service and why I was wanting to work there. I was then told I passed the phone interview and was called to schedule an in person interview but declined.

    Reasons for Declining

    The pay mainly and also the call center environment.

    Declined Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview
  6.  

    Technology Infrastructure Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Auto Club of Southern California in January 2010.

    Interview Details

    Interviews are like any other companies. They're trying to gauge your personality.

    Hair sample drug trust, a stupid personality test that matters more than any of the technical tests. They tend to drag their feet until the last moment. The company tells you that the personality test is just to gauge you and doesn't have any bearing on your scores, but that test means more than the other tests.

    Very idiotic HR staff I think.

    Interview Questions
    • What's more important? The technology or the business?   View Answer
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview
  7.  

    Insurance Sales Agent Trainee Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Burbank, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Burbank, CA
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 3 days - interviewed at Auto Club of Southern California in July 2014.

    Interview Details

    I was interviewed at the Burbank CA branch, by two branch managers. The day was 105 degrees in temperature, I was interviewed in a room where the sun was hitting directly into the windows. The air conditioner was off the entire interview. The first 5 minutes into the interview the two managers interviewing me were sweating, and they apologized to me for not being able to interview me in another room. When the manager attempted to turn on the air conditioner he looked puzzled as he had never changed the temperature of a control panel for air conditioner. There excuse was that that is not the branch they manage and cannot get another room. During the first question that I was asked by the manager, he began texting on his cell phone as I answered the questions. After, he asked the second question he immediately checked his cell phone again. When he asked me how much income I expect to earn, after I answered he giggled. After, that I became very uncomfortable, because my first impression was " I would dislike to work under this type of leadership. If that manager carried himself with a disrespectful attitude, I can imagine how he treats the people that work for him. I have years of experience in the sales corporate field, I was well dressed in a nice suit, hair groomed, and maintained a very professional attitude. Once I was told to role play a stimulation that is given at the end of the oral interview, I explained the manager how rude he was, and at the end of the day the company has to sell themselves also since it is 100% commission paid type of job. He then told me how much potential he saw in me, and that I was manager material, and how successful he knew I would be working for the company. Of course I was not interested in working with a team that is not professional, and disrespectful to potential internal customers. I shook one of the managers hand and walk out of the steaming hot office .The regional manager contacted me minutes after I walked out of the interview. However, I was driving and it wasn't a convenient time for me to speak. He then said he would call me after his meeting, its been 3 days later and I have yet to receive a call from him. I was surprised that a reputable organization would have managers like them in the front line.

    Interview Questions
    • We all make mistakes, tell me about a time where you have made a mistake that could have gone unnoticed.   Answer Question
    Reasons for Declining

    Be aware the job is 100% commission, and there hiring managers that interview you, do not make the environment comfortable, rude, to professional at all, and do not have leadership skills under their belt, rather its the traditional old fashion managerial method to operate the business.

    Declined Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Branch Specialist II Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Menifee, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Menifee, CA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 5 weeks - interviewed at Auto Club of Southern California in June 2014.

    Interview Details

    In mid May I found the job listing on Simply Hired.com. I applied on their website by completing a profile and submitting jobs in my cart. The process was painless but detailed. You immediately receive a confirmation email letting you know that they are currently reviewing your experience and qualifications. If an offer of employment is made to you, it will be contingent upon signing a Mutual and Binding Arbitration Agreement. A copy of this agreement is attached.
    A couple days later I was invited to take a pre-employment assessment to continue the process. This took almost an hour and was pretty tough. Not tough problems so much just stressful since it is timed and I haven't done a timed test forever. I was notified that day via email that I passed the assessment and will be contacted by Human Resources if I am a selected candidate. (typically within 7 days)
    Two weeks later I was contacted by a recruiter for a telephone interview. It reviewed the job in more detail and asked more questions. It was a very comfortable conversation. I was told I would be contacted via telephone within the next week for a live interview with the branch manager.
    He called me back the next week and set up the interview for the next day.
    The interview was conducted in a private conference room. It was comfortable and regiment. He described the job in even more detailed and confirmed this is what I was wanting. AAA has an actual workbook for the interview questions for the manager to ask. The are the normal questions asking you to describe in detail experiences from previous jobs that you've had. ( A sale I didn't think I would close and how I closed it. A time when I helped a peer out of a difficult situation. A upset customer that I turned into a nice sale)
    The next week I had an offer letter contingent on passing the drug and background check as well as signing the arbitration letter.
    The same day I was contacted via telephone and email from another HR recruiter to walk me through the hireright.com background check and drug testing.I completed the drug test at a local clinic. It was harmless they just take a piece of your hair.
    It took a little over a week to complete everything. I was told I would start on Tuesday and could not get ahold of the branch manager. This was frustrating because I had to make certain plans to start the job and never received a call or email on not starting the job. I was dressed and prepared in case I was coming in yet not hearing anything.
    I started the next day.

    Interview Questions
    • A time when I helped another employee. I think their is a comradery in most work places so help doesn't get put into memory. It took a second to pick a specific time that had an impact.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    I did not have to negotiate. I was given the offer I wanted.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  9.  

    Human Resources Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    Had to apply on line. Was contacted by a phone screen. Sent an assessment to take. Passed the assement then invited to come in for an interview with the recruiter. Passed that then was asked to come back to meet with the manager. Was offered the position which was followed up by a couple of emails.

    Interview Questions
    • Tell me of a time that you had an hr related employment problem and how did you resolve the issue.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    None
    Accepted Offer
  10.  

    Field Sales Agent Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Escondido, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Escondido, CA
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Auto Club of Southern California in July 2013.

    Interview Details

    First round phone interview, very basic. Second round, psychology test, basic math, easy. Third round, basic sales interview complete with "sell me this pencil" type simulation. Somewhat challenging but not very creative. Same exact interview for every person. No conversation, just question and answer. Hair test for the drug screen and a background check as well.

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    $42,000 training pay during the 4 month training period. 5 weeks in Costa Mesa. No set office location until you start. After that you can make 80-100K if you hit goals. Top Reps make over $200K.
    Accepted Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview
  11.  

    Insurance Customer Service Representative Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Costa Mesa, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Costa Mesa, CA
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 1 week - interviewed at Auto Club of Southern California in June 2014.

    Interview Details

    2 and 1/2 hours for interview process. Way way way less for some if you did not pass the initial roleplay as you will be there less than 1 hour. First 15 minutes was a call center director going over the company culture, benefits, call center life and pay. If you pass roleplay, next up is the 1 on 1 interview with someone that is in management at AAA. If you pass that, it's a panel interview next and you will know right then and there if you are hired or not for job there is no waiting. About 8 people are in a room. Call center director tells all they can't hire everyone right up front. Very few pass all three processes of roleplay and the two interviews. Some end up reapplying a second and a third time within 6 mos. to a year period. If you do not pass the on site round of roleplay/interviews, the applicant is unable to apply again for 6 months, but can apply for other positions, just not that specific one.

    Interview Questions
    • Customer calls in to make a payment but payment method differs.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

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