Getting an Interview
Getting an Interview
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I applied online. The process took a week – interviewed at First American.
Interview seemed like a conversation. Then progressed into routine interview questions about previous job experience ie: problems you've had at work, risks youve taken, accomplishments, how you work with co-workers etc. Fairly straight forward interview. One on one interview.
- None all fairly simple interview questions Answer Question
- Accepted OfferNegative ExperienceAverage InterviewAccepted OfferNegative ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied through a recruiter – interviewed at First American.
Initial interview was on the phone with the hiring manager. Then I was called in for an in-person interview with a panel that consisted of the hiring manager and two senior contract specialists. I was made to feel very comfortable during the interview and the interviewers were friendly.
The questions focused on my experience (based on my resume). If offered an interview, be sure to be able to speak to the relevant experience you have in your resume. That is very important to them. Then, I was asked about contract theory related questions. Be sure to brush up before your interview.
- Specific questions regarding contract clauses. Answer Question
Since I went in through a recruiting agency, I wasn't able to negotiate my salary. Be sure to negotiate after the probationary period.
- Accepted OfferPositive ExperienceEasy InterviewAccepted OfferPositive ExperienceEasy Interview
I applied through an employee referral. The process took 5 days – interviewed at First American (San Francisco, CA).
Was told that the company was hiring an assistant for the downtown branch, an entry level office assistant to support the entire office. Sent my resume and received a call to interfere the following week. Meet the branch manager who started by saying that this may not be a completely fulfilling position it will teach me a lot and give me the opportunity to eventually make a great living. He asked what my salary expectations were and gave a number of what they are offering, which was decent. He also mentioned that bonuses could be frequent and increase the base amount significantly. After a few questions and mainly chatting about the company culture, I was put into an office to fill out an enormous amount of paperwork. That was overly ridiculous and repetitive.
- What do you expect to make? 1 Answer
I got a call two days later asking if I would like to start on Monday. The salary wad mentioned sorting the actual interview and was just told to be there at 8am Monday morning and to wear a tie. I didn't ask too many questions but came to realize that this manager was a stickler for showing up on time (i.e. you are late if you walk in at 8am, you should be at your desk working by 8am to be on time.)
- Accepted OfferEasy InterviewAccepted OfferEasy Interview
Extremely tenuous background check. I wish I had been as detailed in my research of the company. They told more lies than I thought possible during the interview process. This should be illegal.
I was able to negotiate additional sign on bonus, but unbeknownst to me, it would take a lot more than that to make working here desirable.
- Accepted OfferAccepted Offer
I applied online. The process took 2 weeks – interviewed at First American (Santa Ana, CA).
It was pretty easy. I applied for the position on line and got a call from the hiring manager. We talked for about 30 minutes and she advanced me to the next round, an in-person interview with her Manager, two members of her staff and herself.
- None, really. All of the questions were pretty typical for this role. Answer Question
They pretty told me what they would pay. There were unwilling to negotiate, but what they offered was in the range I was looking for.
- Accepted OfferNeutral ExperienceEasy InterviewAccepted OfferNeutral ExperienceEasy Interview
I applied through a staffing agency. The process took 4 days – interviewed at First American (Westlake, TX).
Nice environment, everyone is nice.
- No difficult interview questions asked. Answer Question
No negotiating salary. Temp agency told you what you were being paid.
- Accepted OfferPositive ExperienceDifficult InterviewAccepted OfferPositive ExperienceDifficult Interview
I applied online. The process took 1+ week – interviewed at First American in June 2013.
Was contacted by Human Resources and scheduled interview. Showed up to interview and was later offered the position. Showed up for work and went through a two week process of orientation and training.
- Can you take a half hour lunch on Mondays? Answer Question
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I applied online. The process took a day – interviewed at First American (Santa Rosa, CA) in March 2013.
I was referred to this company by a friend. I found their posting on Craigslist.com and applied via the link posted in the ad. I was contacted the next day by phone for a preliminary phone interview, and was asked to come in the next day for an interview. I arrived for the interview about 10 minutes early and waited in the lobby for my interviewer. This woman was a different woman than I spoke to initially on the phone, but was informed that this would be the case. She took me to her office and we had a pleasant interview which lasted about 20 minutes. She asked fairly normal interview questions, some of which were specific to the company or position. When the interview was over, she informed me that she would pass my information along to her supervisor and would be in touch by the end of the day with the outcome of the interview. (They were starting a training class in a few days and were trying to follow-up as quickly as possible because of this.) I left the building feeling positive, and two hours later I received a phone call from the first woman I spoke with, and she offered me the job contingent on passing a background check. I happily accepted.
- What is your definition of responsibility? 1 Answer
The base pay offered was an acceptable amount and negotiation did not take place.
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I applied in-person – interviewed at First American (Santa Ana, CA).
Smooth process however, hiring manager, pretty high level was playing with his blackberry and kept staring at his watch during the interview and lacked listening skils. Everyone else was nice and professional. Seemed he may have brought in a cross section of candidates to complete HR survey of compliance vs. really being interested in me as candidate.
- Hiring manager indicates Beware of the 90 days - huh isn't that standard procedure ? Why mention it in an interview. Questions weren't difficult. 1 Answer
- Accepted OfferNegative ExperienceEasy InterviewAccepted OfferNegative ExperienceEasy Interview
I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2+ months – interviewed at First American (Costa Mesa, CA) in March 2012.
The recruiters are amazing. Management was during this phase as well, but be forewarned that they are extremely deceiving! Almost everything I was told during this process was a lie, down to the dress code. They exaggerated all of the positive points (i.e., we won best place to work, when in reality they won 33rd place).
- None. This interview was extremely easy. I should have asked better questions like specifics to make sure I really understood the truth behind it all. Answer Question
It was easy. They did give me what I asked for to start, but couldn't meet my salary requirements. They made alternate promises they couldn't keep.
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