General Growth Properties
3.1 of 5 48 reviews
www.generalgrowth.com Chicago, IL 1000 to 5000 Employees

General Growth Properties Interview Questions & Reviews

Updated Apr 18, 2014
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Associate Accountant Interview

Associate Accountant
Chicago, IL

I applied online and the process took 5+ weeks - interviewed at General Growth Properties in March 2014.

Interview Details – Applied online: March 5
Phone interview: March 13
In-person interview: March 14

The phone interview went nicely. The lady at HR was very nice and polite even though I did jump the gun sometimes and accidentally interrupted. One of the questions she asked was if I was planning to get my Masters and she did note that not all the Directors have CPAs but many have their Masters.

After the in-person interview they said if I don't hear back for a few weeks, that they did not forget about me and they are still interviewing more people. I interviewed with four Property Accountants, 2 at a time, took about 1 hour. They were all very nice and at times, it was quiet, and I could feel a little awkwardness but not too much.

I called for a follow-up on April 10 after not hearing anything and HR said another recruiter would be contacting me.
Offer made on April 11.
Start date May 1.

I think the interview is naturally a long process because they have to consider your background and education before making an offer. When I asked how much the pay was, it was a range, and not just a number.

Interview Question – Why do you want to go into real estate? I was not expecting this question.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – I really wanted this job and was overexcited and accepted right away. They offered me more than I expected and also more than my job (which I am overpaid in). She basically said, "After talking with the managers, we are willing to offer you this much, $xx,xxx, is this something you are okay with?"

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Tenant Coordinator Interview

Tenant Coordinator
Chicago, IL

I applied online and the process took 3 months - interviewed at General Growth Properties.

Interview Details – 2 interviews
from applying to hear from HR : 1 month
then from the 1st HR contact to 1st interview takes a week min
then 2 weeks after schedule 2nd interview
then again 2 weeks until HR call with offer / acceptance
then at least 3 weeks before 1st day on the job
A long process ... stay patient!

Interview Question – typical questions only   Answer Question

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Common Area Coordinator Interview

Common Area Coordinator
Tucson, AZ

I applied online and the process took 2 days - interviewed at General Growth Properties.

Interview Details – Only had one interview with the General Manager. Best to bring unique ideas to the table and show your drive and leadership quality. Bring ideas for events, organization of the cart tenants, rents, etc. Show that you can produce without being told what to do.

Interview Question – How will you handle the cart tenants?   Answer Question

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Property Accountant Interview

Property Accountant
Chicago, IL

I applied through a recruiter and the process took a day - interviewed at General Growth Properties.

Interview Details – I was contacted by an internal recruiter who found an old resume on the internet. The process was very straight forward. A phone interview, followed by about 2 hours of a series of interviews with different managers. An offer was made over the phone and details were ironed out in person. Straightforward as they come.

Interview Question – Standard personality questions.   Answer Question

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Senior Financial Analyst Interview

Senior Financial Analyst
Chicago, IL

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 1+ week - interviewed at General Growth Properties in September 2008.

Interview Details – Met with staff level, managers, and vice president of the department in several different interviews. All very basic professional questions about my background and what they were looking for. No curveball questions.

Interview Question – N/A   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – Did not negotiate salary. Was successful in getting more vacation time.

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General Manager Interview

General Manager
Las Vegas, NV

I applied through an employee referral and the process took a day - interviewed at General Growth Properties in June 2010.

Interview Details – I was surprised to have been told I would be hired then nothing happened.

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Corporate Accounting Interview

Corporate Accounting
Chicago, IL

I applied online and the process took 3 days - interviewed at General Growth Properties in January 2011.

Interview Details – Phone interview with HR first, was short and they sent me to Accounting Mgr. That phone interview lasted about 20 minutes, and I never heard back.

Interview Question – How do you keep up with an extreme workload in a fast paced environment.   Answer Question

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Tenant Coordinator Interview

Tenant Coordinator
Chicago, IL

The process took a day - interviewed at General Growth Properties in July 2008.

Interview Details – The process was rather easy. They flew me to Chicago the night before. I walked to the office and met with HR. They escorted me to the hiring manager. We spoke for about 1 hour and I left. By the time I reached the airport, I had an offer extended, and the job was excepted.

Interview Question – Explain my work background.   View Answer

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Unprofessional and Disappointing Interview

Unprofessional and Disappointing
Atlanta, GA

The process took 6+ weeks - interviewed at General Growth Properties in June 2010.

Interview Details – I was interested to interview with GGP since they are one of the largest shopping center developers in America. I had over 10 different interviews with GGP for a Business Development position. Five of the ten interviews were conducted via phone and five were in person since GGP paid for me to fly to their Regional Baltimore Office. My experience with GGP's support staff (HR and admin) was very disappointing and out of all the companies I have been interviewing with, I found these employees to be the most unprofessional.

The admin for the department I was interviewing with proceeded to speak very rudely to me via phone when I notified her that I rented a car when I arrived in Baltimore. GGP HR clearly stated they would not arrange ground transportation for me (I actually thought I heard the HR woman slightly laugh when I asked this) and this was up to me, but reimbursable. No schedule was sent to me in advance and the admin wanted me to take a cab which would have been $120 round trip. I was able to rent a car for $15/day instead and decided this was the best & cheapest route. When I called to give the admin a courtesy notice that I was enroute, she berated me about being on schedule. I kindly reminded her that no schedule was sent and in return there was silence.

Once I finally made it to their Regional office I had five interviews back to back. None of the people I met with had read my resume in advance and two of the five interviewers corrected me about their titles. After hearing their responses to my questions, I quickly realized this company had many, many chiefs and not enough indians. I was actually quite surprised their egos were so inflated given the state of the economy. When I asked the Manager for the position what his biggest challenge was, he replied: "Dealing with internal employees to have to fight to get work done." After hearing that response (which was interview two of five) I knew immediately this was not the right company. Layers of red tape is not something a sales professional wants to deal with, especially if its coming from internal colleagues.

After I arrived home I followed up with HR in Chicago and have yet to receive a return call. I also proceeded to get an email from the rude admin who picked apart my candidate expense report stating mileage to the airport nor the 6am cup of coffee I purchased would be reimbursed. Thanks sweetheart.

Overall I found this company to be unprofessional in the eyes of a candidate. I wouldn't recommend this company to anyone I know seeking a job unless they were completely desperate and wanted to shoot themselves in the foot.

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Property Accountant Interview

Property Accountant

I applied online and the process took 6+ weeks - interviewed at General Growth Properties.

Interview Details – Very positive experience. Specific questions and friendly atmosphere.

Interview Question – None of the questions were difficult. I felt competent enough to answer all questions without any doubt. Most of the questions were concentrated on the specific technical issues of the position. Precise questions and answers. No generic questions.   View Answer

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