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I applied online. The process took 2 days – interviewed at New Business Concepts in March 2014.
I applied through a posting on my university's career services. The job description was vague, but I thought that it wouldn't do me any harm to apply for the position. I got an email the next day from the HR representative, asking me to come in for an in-person interview. I had a few days over the weekend to prepare and did some research on the company. There was not much information about the actual company itself, and the company website is vague about what they actually do. I decided that to go in for the interview anyway, thinking that it would be good practice. The HR representative called me 2 hours before my interview to remind me to come in for my interview, which I found odd. When I arrived, the office was very sparse and bare. The sign for their office was printed on a piece of paper. The HR representative I had been talking to turned out to be the front desk receptionist. The 'waiting room' was bare except for a desk and computer for the HR lady, and chairs for 5-6 others and me who were waiting to be interviewed. I found it odd that there were so many others there waiting to be interviewed as well. I had to fill out a paper questionnaire and attach a resume with it as well. Had a doctor's walk-in clinic vibe to it.
The interview itself was quick and easy. I was given a vague elevator pitch of what the company does: "face-to-face marketing" for Direct Energy; they're looking to promote from within so their ideal candidate is someone who is overqualified for a sales position but slightly under-qualified for a management position; the company is "expanding rapidly" and that they will need managers to "open up new branches of our offices". It was over in 10 minutes and there wasn't a chance for me to ask questions about the position or go in detail about what the company actually does. I think they do it on purpose to rush you out of the office so that you're not turned off by what the actual position is. I was told that they would get in touch with me later in the day to let me know if I got through to the next round, and tentatively scheduled me during the interview to come back at 9:45 am the next day, which again, was odd to me. I got a call at 3:15pm (my interview was at 10:15am) saying that I had made it to the next round and to expect to spend 2-2.5 hours meeting with other business managers.
A cursory search before my interview already made me hesitant about the company––going for the in-person interview really made me uneasy about the company and I did further research on the company. It is not registered as a business under the MA Secretary of State's office and that what they are doing is basically door-to-door sales. "Opening branches" basically meant opening up new offices under the parent company Cydcor. I spoke to a friend who had an eerily similar interview experience (reminder phone call before interview; sparse waiting room; HR representative is receptionist; etc) at a different Cydcor branch who went on to show up for rounds 2 & 3 of her interview and confirmed my suspicions. Your paycheck is basically the commission you make when signing up new customers at their front doors.
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Misleading job posting. I'm not interested in door-to-door sales. The company should just be truthful about the position. Being intentionally deceiving and secretive about it even during the interview process just makes the company look worse than it is.