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Getting an Interview
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- No OfferNeutral ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2 days – interviewed at Heinz (Warrendale, PA) in May 2014.
I was contacted by a recruiter, and they quickly set up an interview for me with Heinz. At Heinz, I interviewed with a woman from HR and then a director in the department where they were hiring for the position. I spoke to each of them for about 30 minutes. They were both very nice to me. My only complaint is that I was rushed out of the conference room when someone needed to use it. I guess they removed all of their offices and replaced them with long computer tables so everyone can work together. I was interviewing in one of the few private rooms, so I needed to go. This happened when it was my turn to ask them any questions that I had. However, it felt awkward to walk and ask questions at the same time, so I decided to only ask a couple of questions. I am assuming I did not get the position, although I never actually received a rejection letter.
On a side note, they did not tell me what pay to expect or what exactly the job would entail. I pretty much had to rely on the recruiters to tell me everything, but it seemed Heinz was vague with them as well. I ended up finding a really old job posting on Indeed from Heinz that finally gave me some concrete details about the person they wanted to hire. Without that, I would have been very unprepared.
- They ask you questions listed from the paper that they have in front of them. They are pretty basic behavioral interview questions, but they did seem to emphasize questions that deal with their new culture. (For example, "How has meritocracy benefited you in your life so far?" or "Tell me about a time where you've shown leadership.") Answer Question
- No Offer
I applied online and received an offer to interview a week or so later.
- All questions were typical behavioral/get to know you and the way you think better. Answer Question
Helpful (3)Accepted OfferPositive ExperienceDifficult Interview
I applied through college or university – interviewed at Heinz (Pittsburgh, PA).
Hired out of undergrad. Phone interview, face to face interview, panel interview.
- No OfferNegative ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2+ months – interviewed at Heinz (Pittsburgh, PA) in March 2014.
Contacted by the recruiter, did the phone interview, quickly invited to an in-person interview. The in- person interview was OK. The questions were very standard..tell me about a time. I was in a suit and tie, HR was in jeans. In the middle of the interview HR decided I would be a better fit for another position, and took me to another floor to talk to some in that department, who wasn't there. That threw the entire flow of the interview off. Then I totally felt rushed out, so someone else could have the conference room. I thought the interview went well on my end, I was told they would be in touch within the week. A month, and three emails later. I finally received an email that they decided to go with someone else. I got the feeling of disorganization and that the company was in the middle of some sort of change. The atmosphere was very casual but very uptight. Good learning experience though.
- Very standard, scripted tell us about a time questions. Answer Question
- No OfferNegative ExperienceEasy Interview
I applied online. The process took 6 weeks – interviewed at Heinz (Irvine, CA) in February 2014.
Applied online and finally received an email exactly 4 weeks later to schedule a phone interview. Did a phone interview with the regional controller in Pittsburgh about a week later. Then scheduled for an in-person interview one week after that. The day before my in-person interview I received an EMAIL saying the position was being recalled and they would not be doing any interviews. Then the morning after my cancelled interview, I got another email asking if I could go in to interview THAT DAY! I called my husband home from work to watch our toddler so I could drop everything and go in to interview. Met with the plant manager for about 20 minutes and then with the HR rep for about 30 minutes and told I would hear back from her. It is now almost 5 months later and I haven't heard back yes, no, or otherwise. One of the most unprofessional interview processes I've been through.
- Will the smell bother you [since it's a food manufacturing plant]? Answer Question
Helpful (1)No Offer
It is a phone interview. HR asked several general questions such as why do you choose xxx as your major? Talk about your leadership experience
- explain meritocracy Answer Question
Helpful (3)Declined OfferNeutral ExperienceEasy Interview
I applied online. The process took 7 weeks – interviewed at Heinz (Pittsburgh, PA) in December 2013.
Phone interview with HR, then a phone interview with the direct manager. After that you were called in to interview with 4 people face to face. Some of the interviews happened at the open enviornment tables it was VERY weird to have other people listening to me interview.
- Nothing out of the normal, it was actually a fairly simple interview. Answer Question
Reasons for Declining
I didnt feel it was a fair financial offer and all the negative reviews on glassdoor.
- No OfferNeutral ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied online. The process took 2+ weeks – interviewed at Heinz in December 2013.
Only got a phone screen
- Unexpected question for a phone screening - where do you see your career in 5 years Answer Question
Helpful (8)Accepted OfferPositive ExperienceDifficult Interview
I applied through college or university. The process took 4 weeks – interviewed at Heinz (Pittsburgh, PA) in November 2013.
I first did a short phone interview which was very standard and straight forward. Then, I was interviewed by an HR employee, where I was asked some basic interview questions and about my background. I also asked many questions to learn more about the company and the changes taking place. Finally, I was invited for a final interview at the world headquarters in Pittsburgh.
The main part of this final interview was a three minute presentation in front of the CEO and the executive team! All participants were required to talk about his or her background and why he or she would be a great fit for Heinz. The rest of the interview day consisted of a tour of the building and interactive Q&A sessions with Heinz employees. Within four days the HR team got back to me with a final decision!
I have never had such a positive interview experience before. I think the presentation in front of the CEO and executive team is extremely unique. It really shows that the leadership at Heinz is very invested in the Corporate Management Trainee Program. Additionally, I really appreciated how open and transparent the employees were at the Q&A sessions. It allowed me to get a high level overview of the company before I even began work at Heinz.
There is a standard salary for participants of the training program.
Helpful (7)No OfferPositive ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied through a recruiter. The process took 4+ weeks – interviewed at Heinz (Pittsburgh, PA) in November 2013.
I was contacted via phone from an internal recruiter that asked a few basic questions. Several weeks later I had phone conversation with a manager in the Finance Department that lasted about half an hour. That was more of a conversation, get to know the company, sort of thing, not an interview per se. About 2 weeks later I was scheduled for an interview. The email was a little weird being that it said "Get excited and be confident... You are a finalist!" even though this was my first "official" contact. The first part of the interview process I sat in a room with 5 other candidates and watched a recorded presentation from the CEO (Bernardo Hees) and the HR person went through some history of Heinz and of 3G capital (which bought Heinz). We were asked to take turns telling a little bit about ourselves and what we thought about Heinz. Then we were split up to “round-robin” style interviews. Every candidate met with 4 panelists, with each individual session lasting 30 minutes in length. I believe interviewers stayed put and interviewees were lead from conference room to conference room to meet. After the 4 interviews, I was led to the elevators and out of the building.
About a week later I was contacted for a 2nd round with the Director of Finance. We sat down for about a half hour. There were pretty much standard interview questions. There was a lot of emphasis on performance and forecast accuracy - He wasn't happy with the accuracy of Heinz' forecasts and wanted to know how I would go about improving it.
Perceptions: Most of the people I interviewed with stressed how performance based everything was and how everything was meritocracy based. The initial phone conversation I had, the person told me (at least for his department) everyone was expected to work long hours, late (8pm+) every evening, and that people that left before 6:30 weren't going anywhere within the company. Several of the interviewers had multiple positions in the last year - indicating to me that there are still a lot of changes going on within the company (they laid off 600 people in Aug 2013).
It seems like the work/life balance is heavily tilted toward the work side of the scale. The HR person that lead me around to the interviews felt she was doing the work of at least 3 people, but seemed to think that would end at some point.
The office plan is very, very open. The center of the building has the elevators and conference rooms. The entire periphery (other than some conference rooms in the corners) is open with table set up with 4 persons at each, 2 on each side with computers. This leads to spectacular views of the city as they are on several 30th+ floors and the exterior walls are all glass (they are in the PPG building), but does mean NO privacy. (I've talked with someone after my interview that joined my current employer and you get one personal item at your workstation).
- How would I manage to increase forecast accuracy? Answer Question
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