Interviewed at HDR
Interview Details – one phone interview. and one on site visit
I applied online and the process took 4 weeks - interviewed at HDR.
Interview Details – Process began with resume and profile creation on HDR website. Soon after, 2 days, submission I received a call from a HR person to clarify some details and get a few specifics. After another very short wait, a few more days, I received an invitation for a phone interview with the direct supervisor of the position.
Phone interview consisted of the usual general introductions, me detailing my relevant experience thus far, and the supervisor describing the type of projects they are currently working on along with why they are looking to hire. Overall the phone interview seemed to be a formality and I got very little information out of the maybe 35 minute conference call.
VERY quickly after the phone interview the HR representative began probing for possible dates for a in person interview. After ironing out dates and details I quickly received confirmation of flight, hotel, and vehicle rental.
Should note here that aside from the flight the actual charges for the car rental and hotel were placed on a personal card, later expenses were submitted and reimbursement was rapid.
In person interview consisted of a quick lunch with the direct supervisor and a colleague. Conversation was very informal and friendly, with most topics being on previous experience and general knowledge of the type of work. After lunch a formal interview process was conducted with 3 additional higher-ups. Questions during this process were a bit more formal and very generic (e.g. So why do you want to work here? What is the general project process where you currently work? etc...).
Finally a quick tour of the office was given and I was sent on my way.
I feel I should also mention the timeline of the visit: I was flown out on a Friday very early, after a short trip to the hotel I immediately left for the interview location. Interview lasted maybe 3 to 4 hours. Hotel and vehicle were provided through Sunday and flight back was scheduled for late afternoon Sunday.
Interview Question – Describe your current project organization process from beginning to project letting. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – Offer was extended fairly quickly, however, was low. Negotiation was possible and resulted in receiving minimum amount to consider position.
Very Easy Interview
I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at HDR in May 2013.
Interview Details – Really informal interview, since a lot of people would be qualified, they wanted to make sure that the applicant's personality would fit in well with the department. Really basic questions about my skills and abilities, spent a lot of time just chatting with me.
Not any questions that were unexpected.
Interview Question – Describe your skills using Microsoft Suite, how comfortable are you learning other programs? Answer Question
Negotiation Details – Negotiation for interns was not an option.
I applied online and the process took 6 months - interviewed at HDR in June 2013.
Interview Details – I was initially contacted by phone from a staff engineer. We discussed my background and the type of work the company does. Then the section manager called me for a second phone interview, discussing many of the same points, with additional information about the company. I was contacted by their local HR person to schedule a trip to the office location, as I lived several states away. The office visit began with breakfast with the two people I had interviewed with previously. I also was cycled through about 5 additional project managers and company executives during the interview process, discussing my background, interests, project experience. I found this culture to be very open to new people. The office atmosphere was laid back, yet focused on the tasks at hand.
Interview Question – How to translate my engineering experience from several different sectors into the energy consulting business Answer Question
Negotiation Details – I was able to negotiate somewhat with my relocation package. Basically they had a set amount to obligate for salary/relo. I opted to have the highest possible salary, and any left over would be for a relocation bonus to move myself there.
I applied online - interviewed at HDR in December 2013.
Interview Details – Interviewer was very thorough and asked many detailed, specific questions - mostly pertaining to my experience.
Interview Question – What was a difficult job-related situation and how did you respond to it? View Answer
I applied through other source and interviewed at HDR.
Interview Details – Do not have this information. We merged with HDR
Interview Question – Never had an interview with them, not even when I was laid off after applying for a Marketing Position. View Answer
Very Easy Interview
I applied online and the process took 4 months - interviewed at HDR in October 2011.
Interview Details – Poor interview process
Interview Question – None. Very generic questions Answer Question
Reason for Declining – Better Offers
I applied through a staffing agency and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at HDR in October 2012.
Interview Details – Went through temp hire, but interview was very detail to the position that they wanted to fill
Interview Question – Can you walk up to 7 miles on a normal day on various inclines or work more than 8 hours a day. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – I went through a hiring temp service Then there was not really Negotiation phase, while I was on temp I got paid hourly then once I went full time I got paid salary.
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 2 months - interviewed at HDR in July 2013.
Interview Details – Entire process took over 2 months. Feedback and follow-through were non-existent. Received verbal offer and then nothing for a month. Very poor professional impression overall. Showed lack of process, continuity, and poor follow up. Ended up believing they probably conduct business the same way. Strong start poor finish.
Interview Question – There were zero professional questions pertaining to my background. It was more like rush for a sorority sans the chemistry one tries to gauge. They could not get their scheduling down and I finally took another job. Really scattered process which left me thinking they are very unprofessional. Answer Question
I applied through college or university and the process took 1 week - interviewed at HDR.
Interview Details – Went to my school job fair and interviewed with 2 employees. Was asked to come into the office for a formal interview with management. CAD written test. Very corporate environment. People were very nice and made me feel at ease.
Interview Question – CAD terminology Answer Question
Negotiation Details – I was happy with what they offered me, since I was right out of school and it was above average.
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