National Student Clearinghouse
National Student Clearinghouse Interview Questions & Reviews in Herndon, VA
Getting an Interview
Applications Architect Interview (Positive Experience; Difficult Interview)
I applied through a recruiter and the process took 2 days - interviewed at National Student Clearinghouse in March 2013.
Interview Details – I had initially applied to NSCH right through their website, and got a rejection letter in 2 weeks. Next week, an external recruiter called me and told me that he wants to forward my resume to NSCH, but he wants to see more hands-on experiences. So, I forwarded him my "technical" resume which goes into a lot more detail. I got a call back in 2 hours from the recruiter asking me to go for the interview the very next day
The first interview was 2 hours long. First I met the EA, who is the hiring manager. She explained to me their technology stack, their products and what they are trying to do . Then she opened up the floor for me to talk about my experience. In between, she would pepper me with questions about how I handled a particular challenge, and how I communicated with the people outside the development team. She was prepared with a list of points that she wanted to go over, and I thought she would be just going down the list, but she didn't. She didn't block the flow of the conversation. More or less the interview with the EA was conversational, and we were trying to understand each other's needs.
Next, I met 2 of the team leads whom I would be mentoring. The TLs were more or less interested in knowing about how I did some of the things I did in the resume. I started going into it, and ultimately, it kind of turned out to be like a small class, which I thought wasn;t bad considering that I am interviewing for an architect position
I was called in for an interview in the next business day to meet with 2 of the directors. Again, the style of the interview was conversational, with me talking about my experience, and they peppering in questions about how I solved problems. The types of questions were more oriented towards managerial problems.
All in all, it was a positive experience. Everyone I met is intelligent and courteous. They let you speak, and pepper in intelligent questions during your spiel
Interview Question – All of them wanted to know how I motivate developers to move to technology. which was kind of weird to me because my experience has been that developers always want to try the next thing View Answer
Negotiation Details – They will not negotiate on salary, and they said upfront that they will not negotiate on salary. I negotiated on vacation time, and they were pretty cool about it. I thought their offer was fair, and I'm not a big negotiator
Financial Analyst Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at National Student Clearinghouse in November 2011.
Interview Details – After applying online I received a phone call and went through a phone interview. All of the questions were basic and the HR rep was very nice. After passing the phone interview I went into the office for an in person interview. I took a test to show my analytic skills which was followed by an in person interview. All of the questions were situational, and how one would handle certain confrontations.
Interview Question – What is your biggest flaw? Answer Question
Human Resources Interview (Neutral Experience; Difficult Interview)
I applied through a staffing agency and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at National Student Clearinghouse in October 2010.
Interview Details – When there was a real HR department the interviews were tough as they really focused on bringing in the right people to improve the culture. Now I am sure it is laughable.