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- No OfferPositive ExperienceEasy Interview
I applied online. The process took 4 weeks. I interviewed at Garmin (Olathe, KS) in August 2015.
I applied on the Garmin website and got a call from HR a few days later and scheduled a telephonic interview with the Technical Recruiter. It lasted around 30 minutes and was about my experience, the profile I am looking for and my immigration status. The recruiter mentioned that I will get an onsite interview with the teams and hiring managers once she discusses it with the hiring managers. I got an call from the HR a week later to fix the onsite interview. It was at the Olathe headquarters and laster 3.5 hours. First half hour was with the Technical Recruiter explaining the benefits of Garmin and the dos and don'ts of interview. It was followed by 1 hour of basic technical interview questions by members of the team, 1 hour of hiring managers for one of the team and the next 1 hour by hiring managers of the next team. Everyone came across as nice people, except for the 1 hour in the middle, which was the IT team. I thought it went well, the interview was simple, basic technical and situational questions. I got a rejection email around a week later.
Helpful (1)Declined OfferPositive ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied online. The process took 4 weeks. I interviewed at Garmin (Olathe, KS) in February 2015.
The interview process was handled professionally and with great proficiency. Non of the questions were an effort at eluding or suprising you. Know basics of c, and information about embedded systems as well as microprocessors. The first interview is an attempt to become familiar with you over the phone, while the second is an on site interview that is more technically rigorous. Again, know your c languages and you should do relatively well.
- Do you have any experience with embedded systems? Answer Question
Helpful (1)No OfferNegative ExperienceEasy Interview
I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at Garmin (Olathe, KS) in February 2015.
Got a call after applying. I mentioned my expectation salary and sponsorship for immigration status while submitting the application. I got a call from HR and we discussed everything before the onsite interview. Since they agreed with my requirements if I qualify the interview, i accepted the onsite interview request of Garmin. The interview went good, I thought I would get the offer as they asked me for references. Here's the issue with Garmin: they said I got through the technical interview, but due to approval process, they didn't offer me a job for 2 main reason 1. salary, which they didn't give me an offer nor I negotiated. 2. Sponsorship. they based the decision on the two things which I specified earlier in my application, which essentially has to be checked before giving me an interview call. A suggestion for you guys out of my experience if you are in Kansas or thinking to be in Kansas city. Helath care industry company is a great company, my present employer, they pay you good than Garmin. If you think you are good at technical stuff apply for Health care company-(you now it), instead applying for Garmin.
- HR questions were simple 1. Why are you looking for a new job? 2. What's in the company that inspires you to work for Technical 1. Questions from my previous project code repositories (primary key, Unique constraint, is it needed. best practices while making DB connection calls) 2. Java Pass by value example question 1 Answer
- No OfferPositive ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied through college or university. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Garmin (Olathe, KS) in February 2015.
This was a phone Interview about work history, job preferences, and behaivor questions. The recruiter asked the normal screening questions about employment and citizenship. Then she asked more about me and what my expectations and goals were. Then she asked about my experiences in supply chain and a problem I encountered in my job.
- No OfferNeutral ExperienceDifficult Interview
I applied online. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at Garmin (Olathe, KS) in February 2015.
First interview was done over the phone, and they asked basic questions about background and interests. Second interview done in Olathe. The second interview involved a three part process the first part was observing someone holding the position you are applying for and getting a idea of daily operations. The second part involved demonstrating what you learned that day, while the last part was the actual interview the the department head.
- Accepted OfferPositive ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied in-person. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at Garmin (Olathe, KS) in November 2014.
I was offered my position at the end of my summer internship at Garmin. The actual internship interview questions were relatively straightforward and typical behavioral questions (describe a time you have failed and what you learned from it, describe a time you worked on a team, etc). During the internship, I worked on a wide variety of PM related tasks and was offered my full time offer at the end of my internship.
- What was one time you failed and what did you learn from it? 1 Answer
Little to no room to negotiate. I asked for ~4% more as a starting point to get negotiations going. Around a month and a half later they declined and did not counter back, sticking with the original offer (which was still a great offer).
- Accepted OfferNegative ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied online. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at Garmin (Olathe, KS).
Let me first say that getting hired on at Garmin happens by complete luck. Their application/interview process is horrible, rude and unprofessional. I originally applied for other positions within the company but was rejected in all cases. Eventually i applied as a replenishment associate because I had 10+ years experience in all fields they were interested in. The interview process consisted of a phone interview where behavioral questions are the norm. If you pass this screening you get an onsite interview that typically involves meeting with the HR recruiter. If the recruiter likes you then you'll meet with the hiring manager. If you don't meet or exceed all of their expected AND desired qualifications don't even bother applying. You'll get an informal generic rejection letter via email a few days after applying. Even if they fly you out for an interview....if they go in a different direction you'll get the same bland generic auto generated rejection email from their HR department. No explanation, no nothing. In my opinion this is horribly unprofessional.
- Nothing they asked was overly technical or difficult. Answer Question
There was no negotiation. Garmin is very take it or leave it. They don't negotiate.
- No OfferDifficult Interview
I applied online. I interviewed at Garmin (Olathe, KS).
application->phone Interview-> on-site interview+tour Here are some questions asked during on-site interview -Introduce yourself -Have you used any Garmin products -What do you like about Garmin -What motivates you at work -Strength and weakness -Teamwork experience All three interviewers were taking notes either on papers or laptops.
- have you used any Garmin products Answer Question
- Declined OfferPositive ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied through college or university. The process took 7 weeks. I interviewed at Garmin (Olathe, KS) in October 2014.
First talked to an HR person, mostly about my previous technical experience/projects from school, work, or internships. I was invited to an on-site interview where two hiring managers conducted the interview. The interview was mostly (95%) technical. It consisted of about 45 minutes of problem solving (like in a test). The problems were mostly circuits and electronics based (know your op-amps and filters). They wanted to make sure I know my basics and the way I think and solve problems. After the "test" there was some time for me to ask questions.
- Question involving digital to analog design. 1 Answer
Reasons for Declining
Offer was good and Garmin is an amazing company, but I have decided to accept another offer. Very hard decision.
- No OfferPositive ExperienceDifficult Interview
I applied through an employee referral. The process took 5 weeks. I interviewed at Garmin (Olathe, KS) in October 2014.
Previously had a recommendation from a former intern to check the company out at one of their on-campus events, and specifically who to talk to. At the event, I spoke with a rep and we talked about some past work specific to hardware design. The first technical interview was scheduled the next day. It involved some more in depth conversation about relevant work and working through some simple electronic circuits - op amp, MOSFETs, diodes, filters...wasn't 100% on everything but the idea was to demonstrate the problem solving process. On site interview was 2 weeks later. After an HR interview, I spoke with some managers where we did a similar interview as before, including some more circuit worksheets. Afterwards, there was a campus tour.
- Technical interview was challenging but not unexpected. Answer Question
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