Getting an Interview
Getting an Interview
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- Accepted OfferPositive ExperienceEasy Interview
I applied online. The process took 6 days – interviewed at Autotrader (Atlanta, GA) in March 2015.
I was first contacted by HR who set up initial phone interview which was scheduled two days later. Phone interview was just going over my resume and giving overview of position. i was advised during the call that I was being selected to advance to step 2; panel interviews. Interview was scheduled for the next week and I was emailed instructions on preparing a presentation.
The second interview consisted of 2 panel interviews the same day; 3 managers at a time. Had to give a presentation to each panel after they asked about 5 "tell me about a time" questions.
- Tell us about a time you had to overcome an objective Answer Question
- No OfferNegative ExperienceEasy Interview
I applied through an employee referral. The process took 6 weeks – interviewed at Autotrader.
Took way too long, lack of communication from HR and Hiring Manager...Several phone screens, several phone interviews, and than a panel interview that was nothing more than 3 people deciding who might be the best representative for their company. HR never responds to emails or phone calls regarding status of application. It seemed like this was their way of getting ideas on how to improve their company and products without having to hire anyone, because in the end they hired an internal candidate anyway. Wasted a lot of time from talented candidates, some which were more talented and had better backgrounds than the managers doing the interview. Please, read this and don't waste your time, the only chance you have at getting the job is if there are no internal candidates. The internal candidate who did get the job was (no offense) uneducated, unprepared, and rude the entire interview, the reason why I know this is because everyone gets interviewed at the same time in the same room answering the same question one after another. This company has money and HAD great products, now its all going down the tubes quickly and it starts with their managers and HR department.
Too bad for them, I am one of the brightest minds in the business and got offered a better job with one of their competitors where my time, intelligence and experience was appreciated.
- Questions are easy, the process is easy, it just takes very long and there is a severe lack of communication the whole time. 1 Answer
- No OfferNeutral ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied online. The process took 1 day – interviewed at Autotrader (Kansas City, MO) in October 2014.
Completed a phone interview first and when I passed that they called me in for a in person interview. I interviewed with four executives. I met with each of the individually. The whole interview lasted 3 hours.
- What did you do in your previous job? Answer Question
- No OfferAverage Interview
I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2+ months – interviewed at Autotrader.
I went through several phone screenings and then a face to face interview was scheduled with management. Interview was in S.T.A.R. format and was simple enough. You just need to be prepared to answer situational questions based on previous experience. I was not given a timeframe of when I would be contacted with an offer or at least to let me know they will not offer me a position. I assumed it would be a couple of weeks max so I waited patiently. After 3 1/2 weeks I contacted the recruiter who told me they weren't sure when a decision would be made but they would contact me. At 6 weeks I called again and the recruiter asked that I please be patient and that they will be making a decision the following week and they would contact me by the end of the week. They never called so I waited until Monday and spoke to the same person who acted like we had never spoken before and asked that I call back in about a week. After approximately 9 weeks I am notified that they will not be making me an offer. The problem is that every time I spoke to someone they were insistent that I wait and made me feel confident that I would be offered a position and in the end I was not. They showed very poor communication through the entire process and ended up being a huge waste of my time. I would not recommend this company to anyone.
- None of the questions were difficult Answer Question
- No Offer
scenario interviews spoke to managers they want to know how you handle the situations in scenario based. it was very easy if you have ever been in collections environment. so if you have been in collectins for some time you should not have an issue with scenarios we all know from collections stand point you have scenarios either positive or negative.
- just scenario ready Answer Question
- No OfferNeutral ExperienceDifficult Interview
I applied online. The process took 4 weeks – interviewed at Autotrader in September 2014.
I applied for the position on Linkedin and was contacted by a recruiter about the position a month later. I did a 20 minute phone screen with the HR contact and was invited for an in person interview about a week later. The in person interview was with the two hiring managers and they asked a variety of behavioral interview questions on how you've handled certain situations within your current company.
- Tell us about a time that you had to implement a process with your current employer. Answer Question
- Accepted Offer
I applied through other source – interviewed at Autotrader.
If the company is interested in you, there will be a brief phone screen with HR. If there is further interest, the first panel interview is scheduled. You will be asked behavioral and situational questions. It helps if you can craft a story of how you solved a problem and made an impact. If there is still interest at this point, one more panel interview will be scheduled. Based on results, a hiring decision will be made.
- Describe how you handled a difficult customer. What was the situation and how did you handle it? Answer Question
Helpful (3)Accepted OfferPositive ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied through a recruiter. The process took 1+ week – interviewed at Autotrader (Atlanta, GA).
Started as a contractor so my experience may be different from someone who started as a permanent employee. Phone screen was with the recruiter. I had to send in some samples of my work. Then it was an onsite interview with 2 peers and the hiring manager. Very casual interview. Each interviewer has their own style. I brought my portfolio as requested but they didn't bring it up. So I offered to show them a few things and they were pleased. Allow time to find parking, figure out how to get in and where to do, check in with security and get settled in. They were fairly quick in providing feedback about how the interview went.
- "Will you commute to far north Fulton County?" was asked repeatedly even though I told the recruited I had to be near 285. That was frustrating, but in the end they were flexible about which location I worked at when I started. Answer Question
- No OfferNeutral ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied online – interviewed at Autotrader in June 2014.
The interview process was pretty smooth at first but then... there was a second interview. It started with a phone interview from one of the company's recruiters. The recruiter was very direct, clear with job description, salary, and even took the time to look up travel distance to see if the commute would even be feasible. Being upfront about these things was very helpful and made the rest of the interview process that much easier while potentially saving both of us time. I was then invited to an in person interview with a hiring manager. The interview was about an hour long and I'm not sure if it was due to the high level of professionalism shown by the recruiter that threw me off but the hiring manager was a bit of a let down in the "professionalism" category. I could be wrong but it was just the way I saw it at the time. Greeting me, then actually telling me to sit down and asking me for a copy of my resume by saying "resume?".
- It seemed as though the hiring manager was trying to scare me off with some of their responses to my responses. When asked where I saw myself in two to three years and I responded by saying "in a managerial position" or "in the same position but with added responsibility" the hiring manager looked at me like they just saw a ghost and while eating a sour candy at the same time. Then I was asked what kind of work environment would be ideal for me? I responded by saying "the ideal work environment would be one where a positive attitude and respect was highly regarded". The hiring manager smirked at me, shook their head, and said I'm not so sure the environment here is all that positive and laughed. It seemed as if most of the questions being asked were in the form of trying to persuade me into NOT pursuing the position instead of convincing me that the company, culture, and benefits I was made to believe earlier were true. Overall, based on my interview experience so far, this was probably one of my **gulp** better interviews but by no means was I expecting to receive discouragement from the hiring manager about applying to a position. 1 Answer
- Accepted OfferPositive ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied through a recruiter. The process took 6 weeks – interviewed at Autotrader (Boston, MA) in June 2014.
Their was one phone interview with their own recruiter. He asked varied questions- all preparing me for the two face to face interviews with District Sales Managers. They always travel in two's.
- What would you do with a stubborn customer that doesn't want to give you the time of day 1 Answer
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