I applied through an employee referral and the process took 1+ week - interviewed at Illinois Institute of Art in March 2010.
Interview Details – An employee forwarded my resume and cover letter to the hiring manager. I was then contacted via email and asked to complete a questionnaire. The manager liked my answers and I received and email a couple of days later inviting me to a group information session where I learned more about the role as well as the compensation (benefits and salary parameters) that the position offered. It was conducted by two individuals, who stated the hiring decision was a group one. I was also asked in the email to prepare a 2-3 minute presentation on the benefits of a product or service, as this is an educational sales job. A couple of days after delivering my speech, I received a call to set up a phone interview. I was provided with a phone number and access code to dial in. There were three people on the line, the two who had conducted the group session and one additional person who did not say anything. The interview was a little tricky, but the interviewers were friendly. I was told I would be contacted by either way. Two weeks later, I was notified that they went with someone else for the position. The company culture seems great- they really want to see their employees grow within the company, the benefits package outstanding, and the hiring manager was extremely down-to-earth. The presentation rattled my nerves a bit, so I suggest preparing well in advice. Further, when asked to "tell me about yourself" I advise prospective candidates to really focus on their sales experience, whatever that might me. A little bummed I was not offered the position, but the interview series was great experience of what to, and not to, do on a sales interview.
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