I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Equilar in December 2011.
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I was initially contacted by a HR associate by e-mail to set up a phone screening. She was very polite and did a good job of asking the standard questions. Soon after, she e-mailed me to set up an in-person and gave me three time options. The first round was with two managers from the sales team, both of whom were great. I was struck with the nice, friendly atmosphere that seemingly contradicted the negative employee reviews I read on here.
The next day, I was e-mailed to set up a second round interview with the CEO, whom I was told meets with each prospective hire. When I arrived, I was brought into a conference room and told that the he would be in shortly. After waiting for thirty-five minutes, he came in and made no eye contact or introduction and barely shook my hand. Within five seconds, he started rapid fire questions in an aggressive, condescending manner, which included a lot of interruption and outright rejection of my answers (think along the lines of "That's nonsense" or "That's not a real example"). Additionally, all his questions were negative in tone such as "What are your weaknesses?" or "What is your biggest regret?" He seemed to care very little about what value or skills I could bring. Within five minutes, he was out of the door. When one of the awesome managers was escorting me out, I noticed that the congenial, positive atmosphere that I had noticed the week before was replaced with the grim, disturbingly silent one that is described on this site. I attribute this to the fact that the CEO was in the office and his draconian, distrustful policies were therefore in place.
I was contacted later that day by one of the nice managers I had initially spoke with regarding next steps, which were to include a research skills test, but I politely declined and told him that I would be pursuing other opportunities. It's a shame, as Equilar has some pretty interesting and influential work and a staff that consists of some smart and friendly individuals. The overall atmosphere, however, seems to be one of oppression and fear.
The process took 3 days - interviewed at Equilar in July 2010.
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1st was with sales manager
2nd was with VP of sales
3rd was to provide a demo of their software to them(They want to see your sales skills and actually want you to make it up(ie. lie) if you dont know questions they ask) I am not comfortable lying, even if it isnt an actual sales opportunity. Messed up my demo because of this.
Interview Question – None of the questions were difficult Answer Question
Pros: I joined the Research team as my first job out of college and moved around several different departments during my time at Equilar. My negative view of the company stems from dealing with incompetent and arrogant senior management but I do believer… – Full Review
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