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No Offer – Interviewed in Indianapolis, IN Mar 2013 – Reviewed Apr 30, 2013
Interview Details – Applied on company website, 3 weeks later arranged phone interview. Standard 30-minute phone interview in STAR format, offered on-site interview. Had dinner the night before the interview with hosts. Gave a 40-minute seminar about my research accomplishments, then ~7 30-minute individual interviews that were mostly behavioral questions. 3 weeks after the interview, I received on email indicating that I would not be offered a position.
Interview Question – Describe a situation where you convinced your supervisor to go in a different direction or changed their mind. View Answer
No Offer – Interviewed in Indianapolis, IN – Reviewed Mar 3, 2013
Interview Details – First, I had phone interview for about 40 mins. Questions during the interview were mostly technical questions related to my subject. How would you solve this problem? Whats your approach towards addressing water impairment issues? Then after two weeks, they contacted me for another interview with Research leader on the line.
Interview Question – How can I decrease the uncertainty of water quality modeling work with limited inputs? Answer Question
No Offer – Interviewed in Indianapolis, IN Oct 2012 – Reviewed Dec 9, 2012
Interview Details –
I applied online, through DAS' website, for this position in mid-August. Within three days, the position was pulled from the website and I assumed the position had been cancelled or filled. The next week, I missed two phone calls from a DAS HR rep with no voicemail left. (I only know who it was from googling the phone number.) And then nothing for a while. I was pretty convinced I wasn't getting the job, but confused about the phone calls - especially from an HR rep with no voicemail.
About 1.5 months later, I received a call from the Director of Learning & Talent about the position. I was asked a few high-level questions about my previous experience, how it might fit in with DAS and my availability for an on-site interview. At the end of the call, I was told I was being considered for three separate positions, and that I would be contacted shortly to set up an on-site interview for the following week.
The following week, I was contacted but it was to set up a panel phone screen instead of an on-site interview. Later that week, I had the phone screen with six people, which was not a great situation. It was a bit chaotic with so many people talking. The questions were pretty technical and asked a lot about experience with training projects, project management and my educational background. An hour after the phone screen, I was contacted by the hiring manager, extending an offer for an on-site interview the following week. For only one position, instead of the three like I was told in the first phone conversation with the director.
The onsite interview went really well. I flew on on Sunday afternoon for a Monday interview and the hiring manager took me to dinner on Sunday night, which was a nice touch that I've never had anyone else do before an interview before. It was a good way to get a feel for her personality and what to expect the next day. Monday, I interviewed 1:1 with several different people throughout the day - some peer level and some pretty high level people. I had one hour interview blocks from 9am-3pm. Everyone seemed really nice, professional and down to earth. The interview was typical behavioral questions, questions about why I wanted to work for DAS/relocate to Indy, etc. All of the interviews felt a lot more like a friendly discussion than an interview.
I got the impression that DAS is a good place to work, easy to move around the company and get new opportunities, but I also got the sense that it's difficult to be taken seriously and get respect if you're new and didn't "grow up" in the company. At least three of my interviewers made comments insinuating that it may be difficult for me to make progress in a position here, having not grown up in the company/industry. (I have a background in biotech, but not seeds, oils, etc. which seemed to be a big sticking point, despite my degree in Chemical Engineering and experience in training.)
The week after my interview, I was contacted by HR and told that she had "neutral news." I was definitely the top candidate for the position, but they needed to justify still hiring for this position this year before extending me an offer. She said there was no reason to believe that the position would be eliminated, and promised that she would contact me the last week of October with a final yes or no. I still (as of December 9) haven't heard a peep from anyone at DAS. I admittedly never followed up because I was offered another position in the meantime, but I found it a little odd and unprofessional that I was just left hanging like that after all but being verbally offered a position.
Interview Question – Provide me with an example of a time that you have had to work in a "gray area." Describe the project goals and outcomes. Answer Question
No Offer – Interviewed in Indianapolis, IN Sep 2012 – Reviewed Oct 3, 2012
Interview Details –
A phone interview was set up with hiring manager and a scientist two months after applying for the job. In-person interview was a couple of weeks latter. My interview was with HR agent and 24 scientists in addition to a 45-min presentation. The questions were good, relevant, and legitimate. They looked like a very professional group. All looked positive and I was told that they will make a hiring decision in 2 weeks. However, I have not heard back from them yet (more than a month after interview). I contacted HR times and I have been told that hiring decision is not made yet. Someone told me it took her 2.5 months to get an offer after interview. Not sure but I think a hiring freeze is imposed on the position.
Any idea on why it takes so long to hear back from them???
Interview Question – What can you bring to DAS? Answer Question
Accepted Offer – Interviewed in Indianapolis, IN Aug 2011 – Reviewed Aug 31, 2011
Interview Details – I received an on campus interview which consisted of one half-hour interview. From there I received a summer intership which led to the opportunity to interview for a full-time accounting position. This consisted 3 hour long interviews and a lunch interview.
No Offer – Interviewed in Indianapolis, IN Sep 2008 – Reviewed May 13, 2010
Interview Details – It was a campus interview. Initially a questionnaire consisting 8 question was sent to me. After this we were given a presentation about the company followed by an interview the next day. However, no offer was made since there was hiring frezee.
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