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National Student Clearinghouse Interview Questions & Reviews
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
Intern Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied online and interviewed at National Student Clearinghouse.
Interview Details – One phone interview and then received an offer.
Interview Question – What's the difference between C++ and Java? Answer Question
Customer Service Representative I Interview (Negative Experience; Average Interview)
I applied online and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at National Student Clearinghouse.
Interview Details – After applying online I was contacted the same day to schedule a phone interview. The phone interview consisted of basic customer service questions plus behavioral questions, I was also asked OS questions and computer programs, questions I have never been asked in a interview for a customer service job.
Interview Question – Having the in person interview was in my opinion not customer service related. They were more focused in knowing my knowledge on Outlook than anything. With almost 10 years of CS experience and dealing with dif. Programs including Outlook I have never been asked so many questions of Outlook. I felt that they were expecting me to fail. Answer Question
Intern Interview (Neutral Experience)
I applied through college or university and the process took 1 week - interviewed at National Student Clearinghouse.
Interview Details – Phone interview
Interview Question – Describe a difficult situation in which you created a solution for and rose above it Answer Question
Software Manager Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied online and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at National Student Clearinghouse.
Interview Details – The HR contacted me right away and scheduled a phone interview. That interview was very professional and went extremely well. They were textbook questions: open-ended and covering every major categories. Why do you think you are a good fit for this job? What do you do when your project fails? How do you handle employee motivation? etc.
Interview Question – The second interview with the hiring manager didn't go so well. You should be more agreeable with him. He seems to be responsible for a small area of focus. He didn’t seem to be open to (or appreciate) growth suggestions to business services or alternative technology implementation approaches. Answer Question
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.
Trainee Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied through college or university and the process took a day - interviewed at National Student Clearinghouse in March 2012.
Interview Details – I was selected for internship and placement at Woodward governor through a technical + HR round.I was the only one to be selected from my class.They just put some technical regarding the projects i have undertaken and core subjects and few questions regarding my aim and future plan was asked.Overall the interview was quite nice and presented myself accurately.Finally the result was in my favor.
Interview Question – Why we should choose you among many? View Answer
Reason for Declining – Woodward no doubt is a very good MNC and i was very keen to work with them.The only reason to decline their offer was their location that was not suitable to me.I requested them to shift me somewhere else but they denied and finally i refused to join there.
Engineering Interview (Neutral Experience; Average Interview)
I applied online and the process took 5 days - interviewed at National Student Clearinghouse in January 2011.
Interview Details – Asked a lot of questions about Agile/Scrum.
Technical interview asked you to write a query and a simple program
Interview Question – have you had conflict with your co-work before Answer Question
Research Analyst Interview (Negative Experience; Difficult Interview)
I applied online and the process took a day - interviewed at National Student Clearinghouse in December 2010.
Interview Details – The human resources dept. scheduled the interview then called back twice to reschedule. When I arrived for the interview, I was told that it would take 4 hours, which I was not informed of prior to the interview. I had other commitments which precluded me from staying for the entire interview. I agreed to stay for 1 1/2 hours for the "Behavior Description Interview", which was led by the HR director and two other staff members. The HR director informed me that my responses to her questions would be "scored." She then asked questions pertaining to how I had handled situations in my prior position and requested dates and names to back up my responses. When asked to describe a situation where my decision making had not resulted in a positive outcome, I replied that I always give careful thought to my decision making and could not think of a time when it had not resulted in a positive outcome. I was told that I would receive a zero if I did not answer the question and give an example. I have never experienced such intimidation like that in an interview. Then she announced that it was time for a ten-minute break, and they all traipsed out of the conference room, leaving me sitting in the conference room for ten minutes without even an offer of water or coffee.
The rest of the interview, which I did not stay for, consisted of an interview with the senior manager, a realistic job preview, technical interview, and interview with hiring manager. I had an overall creepy feeling about the place and was never so thankful to leave an interview, knowing I did not have the job.