Getting an Interview
Getting an Interview
Interviews for Top Jobs at Kastle Systems
- Marketing (1)
- Sales (1)
- Project Manager (1)
- Customer Care Operator (1)
- Sales Consultant/Account Manager (1)
- Accepted OfferPositive ExperienceEasy Interview
I applied online. The process took 3 weeks – interviewed at Kastle Systems.
Interview was straight forward, no punches to pull. Just be yourself. Don't be nervous, everyone is pretty cool there. Again just be yourself and give honest answers. Don't try to BS your way through, most people know when someone is being fake.
- Can't quite remember a difficult question. Answer Question
I really don't think it was a negotiation phase. It was all out there from the beginning.
- No OfferNeutral ExperienceDifficult Interview
I applied through a recruiter. The process took 5 days – interviewed at Kastle Systems (Washington, DC) in January 2015.
I was initally contacted by a third-party recruiter. That was followed by a pretty standard and straightforward HR interview. Interviewer was very direct, not very chatty. almost unfriendly. I did not feel great after the phone call. I was then asked to take an online assessment test from McQuaig. The assessment results indicated to the company that I would not be an appropriate fit. To their credit, I was told I was out of the running very soon after taking the test.- there was no runaround.
- Example of a difficult sale Answer Question
- No OfferNeutral ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2 weeks – interviewed at Kastle Systems (Arlington, VA) in May 2010.
Seems like an OK place, but the hiring manager gave me a sort of creepy Gordon Gecko vibe.
- Accepted OfferNeutral ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied through college or university. The process took 1 day – interviewed at Kastle Systems (Arlington, VA) in May 2010.
Resume review, behavioral. Leadership stories. Strengths weakness.
Helpful (2)Declined OfferNegative ExperienceEasy Interview
I applied online. The process took 2+ months – interviewed at Kastle Systems.
I submitted my resume online. Two weeks later, I got a response and a request for a phone interview. The phone interview was brief and basically consisted of questions regarding my previous roles and project management experience. I was asked to interview in person. The first in-person interview was with a VP and a Program Manager. It was very laid-back and not difficult at all. I was contacted to return for a second interview the following week. The second interview was with the director of project management (who would be my direct supervisor). This interview was also very laid-back, conversational, and was overall a great experience. I thanked each interviewer for their time, sent them thank-you emails and followed up after 1 week.
They failed to inform me that they never had the approval of upper, upper management to hire someone. Basically, my follow-up emails and calls were met with vague responses (such as: "you're still under consideration, the position is still open, there is competition"). I've seen this before with previous employers and it was a huge red flag. Finally, after 6 weeks, I was told that they had submitted their justification to upper management and I would hopefully get their decision "soon". After a month of getting vague responses I had put Kastle on the back burner of my job search, basically writing them off entirely.
I accepted another offer with another company. Ten days later, Kastle finally came calling to finally offer me the position. I politely declined.
- Give me an example of a time when you were given excellent customer service Answer Question
Reasons for Declining
The initial interviews were great. The lack of follow-up and internal confusion between levels of management regarding the need to hire someone were huge red flags. I've seen it before with previous employers and it speaks volumes regarding the company culture; it's not something I wanted to deal with again. I received another offer working for a highly regarded company (the compensation was outstanding) and accepted. Kastle called ten days later with an offer (a day late and a dollar short).
Kastle: Be honest with the people you're interviewing...if the decision may take longer than two weeks, let the candidates know up front.
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