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Getting an Interview
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- No Offer
I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Beckman Coulter.
Applied through website and was contacted by recruiter for Beckman Coulter. Asked basic questions about my prior job experience and how it would translate to a field engineer position. The recruiter set up an interview with the hiring manager.
- Most questions were basic questions ie: list three strengths and weaknesses, what three words would you use to describe yourself, etc. Answer Question
- Accepted OfferNegative ExperienceDifficult Interview
I applied through a recruiter. The process took a week. I interviewed at Beckman Coulter (Brea, CA) in February 2014.
Very thorough in their evaluation, had to do on0line behavioral assessment, essays, etc. Had phone interview, then on-site interviews all day long, then final follow-up phone interview with offer. Very hard process
- Most glaring weakness 1 Answer
- No Offer
Phone screen and then on-site interview. Phone screen was a technical screen based on questions from freshman/sophomore computer science curriculum. On-site interview was a set of five interviews with pairs of people that covered technical questions and team fit. The technical questions ranged over math, algorithms, and user interface design. There was an interview with HR to go over benefits.
- How to compare two trees and stop the comparison as soon as a difference was found. Answer Question
Helpful (2)No OfferPositive ExperienceDifficult Interview
I applied through an employee referral. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at Beckman Coulter (Brea, CA) in November 2013.
Initial communication was excellent. They flew me out of state for the interview and spent about 6 hours having me meet with 4 different people. They were excellent hosts and very professional.
- Are you willing to commit 10 years to this company? 1 Answer
Helpful (1)No OfferPositive ExperienceDifficult Interview
I applied through college or university. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at Beckman Coulter (Chaska, MN) in November 2013.
I was recruited on campus by a local recruiter in Miami, FL. I then had a 45 minute phone interview with a Senior Staff Engineer. That interview was both behavioral with a little bit of technical added to it. I was then selected to the final interview process where i was flown up to Chaska, MN. There were 17 candidates and they were selecting 7.
- Nothing really too difficult, but i was made to write code on paper that should compile. Answer Question
- No OfferNeutral ExperienceDifficult Interview
I applied online. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at Beckman Coulter in November 2013.
Intially contacted by third party search firm for initial 30 minute phone screening, followed by 30 minute phone interview with hiring manager a week or so later. Invited to interview with hiring manager and two other department heads for one hour each, then following that two one-hour interviews each with senior leaders and an additional one-hour interview with departments heads again. Final interview with local HR manager. Each step of the process was accompanied by review of entry-level interviewing tips, etc. by the search firm, which seemed redundant for the level of position. Search firm focused almost entirely on scripted questions and answers, asking many details but divulging little, if anything. Entire process took over two months to complete.
- Initial interviews focused on applicant background and experience, and review of position requirements. Further interviews focused on conflict management, work life/balance, management styles, etc. 1 Answer
Helpful (3)Accepted OfferNeutral ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied through an employee referral. The process took 6+ months. I interviewed at Beckman Coulter.
Very long and drawn out. Met with multiple people and process took 6 months. Position requires alot of time commitment, so there was alot of discussion around "no set hours" and living by a beeper. Questions were targeted to find out if you had good support system at home that allowed for this type of work schedule.
- Real examples of thnigs you negative experiences. 1 Answer
1 week - Easy. Original offer was fair.
- No Offer
Overall, interview process was very pleasant. I even learned more about how to sell in general. During the interview, it was more to gauge your personality traits and how good of a sales person you would become. Questions asked were geared towards how you view sales, what experience you have, etc.
- Name a time when you had to go above and beyond to achieve your goal. Answer Question
Helpful (2)No OfferNegative ExperienceDifficult Interview
I applied online. I interviewed at Beckman Coulter (Brea, CA).
Straightforward application process - I submitted an online application via Kenexa, and was contacted about a week later by a Kenexa (NOT Beckman Coulter) recruiter based in New Jersey. Had two phone conversations with this person, detailing my past experience, what I was looking for in a new position, etc. Throughout, said recruiter was brusque, often cutting me off as I was trying to answer a question or attempting to poke holes in every single thing I said. This could have been an "ambush" tactic to see how someone handles rude people, which would be pretty bizarre that early on in the interview process. During the second phone call when the issue of salary was brought up. Having come from a boutique law firm in another city where I was paid significantly below market rate (the main factor in my decision to leave), I did my research to determine what would be a fair salary for the position in question. After indicating my expectations and explaining the rationale (significant cost of living increase, etc.), the recruiter scoffed and told me there was no way "they" were going to consider going "that high" based on what I had previously been making, despite the fact that I had aimed low in the range I believed a position like this in the greater Los Angeles market would pay. I was quoted a range, based entirely on my previous salary, that was not enough to live on in the Los Angeles area. The conversation went downhill from there, the recruiter apparently having branded me a candidate with lofty salary expectations. Still being very interested in Beckman Coulter and the position, the next day, I placed a follow-up call to the recruiter in an attempt to convey to her that I would still be very interested in proceeding with the interview process and that I was willing to be a bit more flexible about the salary, to a point. Somehow, this recruiter took the exact opposite meaning of what I was trying to tell her, and said she had no intention of continuing my candidacy because she was "not going to waste [her] time and theirs by interviewing me if I wasn't going to accept a much lower salary." Pretty much exactly what I had JUST told her I was willing to do because I was that interested in the company. At that point, I cut my losses. I am not by means a difficult person, but recognize that I should have seen certain red flags in this interview process and said as little a possible without seeming standoffish. That being said, my dealings with this Kenexa recruiter have been the most appalling I've ever encountered in my job search. I'd advise companies like Beckman Coulter to seriously reconsider who they are letting represent them if they want to recruit new talent. Candidates truly interested in the company and what they are doing can be seriously turned off early on by rude outside recruiters.
- Previous or current salary, and what are your expectations going forth. Answer Question
- Accepted OfferNegative ExperienceEasy Interview
I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Beckman Coulter (Miami, FL) in April 2013.
The interview was based on a company-approved long, tedious, and structured script with the same questions asked by Manager and then again by a co-worker, resulting in redundant answers. It would have been more efficient to have them ask the questions together.
- Why are you leaving current employer? 1 Answer
Negotiated for higher salary based on skills and experience as well as for paid relocation from Orlando to Miami.
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