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- No OfferNegative ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied through college or university. I interviewed at HomeAway.
Was contacted by a recruiter and was set up for a Skype interview that was extremely technical in Java. Compared to other people at my university who had on-campus interviews, my interview was way more difficult. There was no coding involved in my interview, it was just question after question about very Java specific details.
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Helpful (2)No OfferNegative Experience
I was called by the recruiter for a screening and then told I was to be contacted to set up a follow-up interview. The next day, I was told the hiring manager completely changed the requirements for the position, which of course ruled me out since I applied for the job using the original requirements they were seeking. I was encouraged to keep looking re-apply for a future job posting matching my qualifications. If this company employs managers who can't figure out what they want in their employees before posting a position, I don't want to work there.
- Accepted OfferNegative ExperienceAverage Interview
The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at HomeAway.
It's a three hour interview and I talked to a few engineers in the team and they are nice. Since it's long time, at the end, I was so tired.
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- No OfferNeutral ExperienceDifficult Interview
I applied online. The process took 5 days. I interviewed at HomeAway.
Very short, wanted someone with lots of technical experience. Still very friendly. Could tell it wasn't for me as I thought it was more customer service based and not as technically supportive. Seems like a pretty solid company if you have the technical background. Ms aid most people he was looking for had experience with sales software and troubleshooting websites, and that's for all the positions.
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- No OfferNeutral ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied online. The process took 5 days. I interviewed at HomeAway (Austin, TX) in July 2015.
Contacted by recruiter - fast track screen with pleasant recruiter, 2 phone interviews conducted the next day with reporting manager and department director, then advanced to 3 onsite interviews following week (managing director, technical writer, and support manager). All interviews went well until the third onsite interview - interviewer asked about freelance work and posed questions about "lack of success and sustainability" of current work. Interviewer exhibited negative body language/non-verbal communication for remainder of interview which was also cut short. In my opinion, the better approach to understanding why an applicant has chosen to freelance and to return to an office position - is to ask the standard "why did you leave" and "what are you looking for as you return to a traditional role?" It was disappointing to not hear back from anyone after completing the onsite interviews and providing approval for background check, credit check, and agreeing to terms for application. I had to contact the recruiter to request an update.
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- No OfferNeutral ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied online. The process took a week. I interviewed at HomeAway (Austin, TX) in July 2015.
First I had a recruiter screening over the phone that went fine, then a call with the hiring manager, and then I was called in for an in-person interview with 5 different people. This happened within a week. It was a manager job that I was interviewing for, but I have data architecture in my background and most of the interview questions were technical questions about databases rather than questions about my managerial experience. Many of the architect questions I was asked weren't high-level practical application questions, they were low-level test questions. I wasn't prepared for that, given that this wasn't an architect position and I don't use that level of information in my current manager job. I would have studied to refresh my skills had I known that it was required. In the end the feedback I got was that I wasn't technical enough for the position, which is still a bit confusing but fine since it obviously wasn't a good fit. Overall this did seem like an excellent company though and their growth plan is solid. I was impressed with what they're doing.
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- No OfferNeutral ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied online. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at HomeAway.
The process took about half an hour. Questions about giving presentations since the position needs skills about presentations. Also ask questions about how to deal with problems, technology skills. The guy is nice and also told me how she is feeling about me. She said I was good but I did not hear from her any more.
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Helpful (2)No OfferNeutral ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied online. The process took 1+ week. I interviewed at HomeAway (Austin, TX) in June 2015.
I was interviewed via phone, and it seemed like the recruiter was in a rush to hear what I had to say, and sometimes didn't let me finish my sentence. He spoke very fast and did not clarify what exactly he was asking in terms of specifics that pertain to working the position there; it seemed as if I had to know how to handle IT issues there without experiencing the system first. I did ask him to repeat and clarify his questions a few times. I also was asked about pay, and I did say that I wanted to stay in the same pay range as my previous position ($16/hr), but they start off at $14/hr with a sign-on bonus (i believe, again he spoke very fast), and after a year of employment I would be offered a raise. Additionally, during the application process there is a section where you clarify what schedule you're flexible with, and the recruiter told me that I could either pick an overnight shift or an afternoon/evening shift. Now this isn't a big deal for me since I am single and have no kids, but if there is specific times wanted of employees then it should be included in the job description.
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Helpful (5)No OfferNegative ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied online. The process took 5 weeks. I interviewed at HomeAway.
I'm pretty disgusted with the whole process... First I was emailed a list of questions from the Recruiter that the hiring manager wanted answered. The questions were generic for the most part and was expecting them to be more specific in order to measure my competencies for the position. Regardless, I put a lot of thought and time in answering the questions and sent them back for review. They were forwarded on to the hiring manger (by the recruiter) and heard nothing for weeks. Then weeks later, the Recruiter reached out again and wanted to have a brief chat. I chased for almost two weeks in trying to get a call setup. The communication was horrible...I was asked for dates and time, gave whole days of availability within my schedule, and was told none of those times worked. I finally just asked for the recruiter's availability. I figured this person was busy and I will adjust my schedule accordingly to get this call booked. But, I would then get a date and time, said I was availability, and try to confirm it only to not get a response in time. When the response came, another time was offered up. I again said I was good with the new time and then again told the time no longer worked. The topping was when the date and time was actually confirmed (after several iterations) the recruiter never called! Hours later, that same day, the recruiter sent an email and asked if we could do it later in the day...to be exact, 25 minutes from the time the email was sent! I was so disgusted by this point that I almost pulled my application as I felt this was very unprofessional, but I figured I had gone this far I might as well see it through. So, I emailed back and confirmed the time...I didn't get a response back but I was called...roughly 10 minutes after the scheduled time but at least we finally connected. After all of that, the kicker for me was when the recruiter started asking some off the cuff questions. What does variance analysis mean to you? If you were trapped in an elevator and had 30 seconds to tell somebody about your current job, what would you say? Are you kidding me??? The variance analysis question was the same I answered in the initial email. Why was I being asked it again? Did no one read my email??? Furthermore, how could you make a determination about anyone asking them to explain their current job in 30 seconds!?!? I felt like I was being jerked around, and as a current working professional for a multinational company, I was tempted to say I can't explain 15 years of experience in 30 seconds! It reminded me of dating...where you meet someone for the first time, get asked some generic questions, and immediately the other person forms an opinion of you before they even know who you are! I think the recruiter and hiring manager forget this is a two way street! I didn't need this job...I already had a good one, but I wanted to explore options with Homeaway as I read good things about the company. After all of that, that evening the recruiter sent me an email and said the hiring manager decided not to bring me in for a 1 to 1 and other candidates were a better fit. I was almost relieved at this point after the experience I had. I don't need to work for someone that makes a valuation of someone with 15 years of experience (doing the type of work the role required) by asking the generic odd ball questions I was asked. I didn't understand this process at all...maybe that was the point and why I didn't get called in for a 1-1? If that is the case, they deserve what they get...if that is not the case, then they are letting talent go without doing the proper due diligence of vetting them correctly. Either way, good job Homeaway!
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- No OfferPositive ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied online. I interviewed at HomeAway in May 2015.
I posted my resume and next day had email from recruiter. I was able to schedule a phone interview within days. Phone call lasted 45 mins with no unusual questions asked. The recruiter was friendly.
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