Pason Systems Interview Questions

Updated Jun 17, 2015
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    Field Instrumentation Tech Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Odessa, TX
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at Pason Systems (Odessa, TX).

    Interview

    I saw this company in Indeed.com. Sent in an application, I received a phone call from an area manager he conducted a quick phone interview liked what he heard, set up a ride along then a face to face. The ride along lasted 12 hrs and was supposed to be more like 8, glad I packed a lunch...... The face to face was with 2 area managers and 2 other field techs. Mostly simple questions about my resume and experience. I was told that this is a very labor intensive job with lots of hours and I would have to travel for 3 months while in training. At one point a field tech told me that he had worked a 26 hr shift a couple days ago and that those kind of hrs happen once a month or so. I was also told that they would have to interview my wife so she understood how much I would be away from home and to pretty much make sure she wouldn't get in the way of me being gone all the time. This is not an hourly position and starting salary was 65k a year NON negotiable. Bonuses are between 8 and 12k a year depending on performance and how much revenue you bring in.

    Interview Questions

    • They asked me how many hours I have been awake for straight and how I function past the 24 hr mark.   1 Answer
    • I told them I had just drove 14 hrs the night before coming home from the hospital that my grandmother was in. They asked "why didn't I call and inform them there was a problem?"   1 Answer
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    International Field Technician Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through other source. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at Pason Systems (Houston, TX) in October 2013.

    Interview

    I was contacted about position I applied for and possible set up of a phone interview. I then received email about interviewing face to face which was very casual, informative over lunch. Both interviewers were very friendly and put you at ease. I even received feedback onto why I did not get position, which is rare for companies to give nowadays.

    Interview Questions

    • Asking about my background check. It was hard to explain my misdemeanors without detailed explanation.   1 Answer
  3. Helpful (1)  

    Senior Developer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at Pason Systems (Houston, TX).

    Interview

    Came to know about Pason through a well trusted recruiting firm. The firm was screening (the reason I like them) before the company. Two interviews with the recruiting firm (one phone, one lunch). The first phone screening with Pason was between the two recruiting firm interviews. It went very well, and a programming test was scheduled. The programming test was a two hour timed test. Nothing exceptionally difficult for my level, although I was surprised to hear that only about 30% of candidates made it past the test. Basically, one question was of the quality you might expect a decent fresh graduate of a Comp Sci program might handle, the second wasn't difficult by any means, but would require a smattering of understanding of a toolkit. Overall, a good programming test, not hard, but with the bar just high enough to weed out people who can't program. Then the on-site interview. They included a lunch, and had it before the screening process. Why? To see how a person does with a belly full of food? The first of three post-lunch interviews was a panel interview, which seemed to go really well. The second was with a lead (but it was unclear if that lead would be my supervisor) and it went very well too. The last was with a different lead, and that's what sunk me. There was no attempt to connect, my interviewer was crossing their arms as soon as they set down, and despite a few moments of honest communications, it was clear that I wasn't passing this guy's mark. There's some good people there, but even the recruiting firm is getting stonewalled for what went wrong. I'd imagine it's like any company. Good with the bad. Too bad, as I'd really like to work for them, they have some really cool technology applied to a really interesting problem. To boot, they seem to have some pretty good people. They tout their culture which seems a bit off. as nobody but the leads did much talking. Their office is gorgeous but sterile. While they always asked if there were any questions, such questions were answered quickly, without elaboration. Probably a good place to work, but we didn't click. Everyone's a bit reserved on a first meeting, but the advertisement and the impression didn't match. I've know this recruiter for ~10 years, and it was hard to hear they were stonewalled too, they deserved a bit more consideration. Oh well, C'est La Vie.

    Interview Questions

    • They asked how strong of a programmer I was with a language I've known for ~15 years. I'm quite accomplished with Java, so I answered a 10. Later, a different interviewer asked how I stood against my peers. Personally, the question seemed quite odd, as they already knew my programming strengths (even in the non-offer, they remarked upon it), and the interviewer kept stressing _against my peers_. After pointing out it would slight my peers, he wouldn't let me slip out of an answer, so I answered 8 of 10, because, well, I'm just not the kind of person who's going to show up people I've worked for over the last near-decade (even in private). As that last hour wore on, the negative body language of the interviewer made it clear that I wasn't in the running.   Answer Question
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    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Houston, TX
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took a weekinterviewed at Pason Systems (Houston, TX) in April 2013.

    Interview

    a single on campus interview

    Interview Questions

    • How do you think your knowledge in computer science (especially data analysis) can help the company gain insights about their customers?   Answer Question
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    Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Pason Systems (Calgary, AB (Canada)) in January 2015.

    Interview

    Initial phone call, then in person interview with discussion of a follow up. Got email for follow up that we retracted over night with no response to me email query.

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    No Offer

    Interview

    Telephone interview. First introduce yourself, talk about your experience and skills. Sometimes you need to explicitly explain the techniques and skills you applied to the projects you did.

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    Field Service Technician Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online – interviewed at Pason Systems (Calgary, AB (Canada)) in September 2014.

    Interview

    This is a very professional company, they handled all the details allowing me to focus on the interview. It started with a phone interview covering previous experience, education and workplace skills. Pason's HR did an excellent job of describing the position and what is required to be successful. They were happy with phone interview and arranged in-person interview within 2 weeks; taking care of every detail to fly me to Calgary. I found the experience to be professional, well planned and considerate of my comfort and convenience.

    Interview Questions

    • Questions were well thought out, and dealt with all aspects of experience, skills, and behaviour. There were no real difficult questions for someone who answers honestly, the job requires long hours in remote areas. The questions related to someone's behaviour and work place safety in this type of environment. They were very informative and answered all questions posed to them.   Answer Question
  9. Helpful (2)  

    Technical Communicator Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Accepted Offer
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 5 daysinterviewed at Pason Systems (Calgary, AB (Canada)) in April 2012.

    Interview

    Rhe hiring process was pretty simple. The interview was a two interview process. The interview with the manager I found out later was full of misrepresentations. If I knew what the situation really would have been like I wouldn't have taken the job. From not being honest about the management style to not being honest on the philosophy of the department, it created a rude awakening when the real behavior came out. It wasn't long (3 weeks) before I decided that this department was not a department I wanted to work in.

    Interview Questions

    • What is your management style.   1 Answer

    Negotiation

    Touchy. A figure that was quoted in the interview was "changed" in the negotiation process and I did not get what I was hoping to get.

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    Field Service Technician Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 daysinterviewed at Pason Systems (Calgary, AB (Canada)) in May 2011.

    Interview

    quick and painless, go to the point, didn't mix words. didn't use typical interview type q&a, just gave the straight goods and let you ask questions. It was refreshing to not be bombarded with strengths and weaknesses, and all the typical cliché interview questions.

    Interview Questions

    • no real questions, described job and asked if I would still want based on what they told me.   1 Answer
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    Software Developer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 1+ weekinterviewed at Pason Systems (Calgary, AB (Canada)) in March 2011.

    Interview

    Previous co-worker now working there recommended me to his boss. Emailed my resume to him and after long delay due to arranging panel of team members, received invitation for interview. The interview consisted of 3 sessions, first about 1 half hour with 2 managers, and the second about 1.5 hours with 4 team members asking a long list of technical questions (basically a verbal exam). Final part of interview included follow-up with one of the managers and some further discussion on my suitability. About 6 days after the interview, I received a rejection indicating that I was over-qualified for the position they were trying to fill. My inside contact indicated that they felt they could not afford me, so did not even want to make an offer (as it would have been only about 2/3's of my previous salary).

    Interview Questions

    • How would I maintain the desire to perform in the position when I was obviously more than qualified and looking for something more senior?   Answer Question
    • Review the following source code (handed me a sheet) and identify and explain at least 6 issues in it.   Answer Question
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