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Updated Oct 4, 2014
Updated Oct 4, 2014
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Data Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Seattle, WA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Seattle, WA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at PayScale in July 2014.

    Interview Details

    Two initial phone screen interviews, one with a recruiter, then one with the first hiring manager for my department. This was followed by an invitation up to Seattle (I'm based in Portland currently) for back-to-back, in-person interviews with a variety of senior managers/department heads (five interviews in all, mostly with different department heads). Finally, they followed up by sending out a two-hour problem set regarding some datasets with Excel for all remaining applicants to solve and then send back.

    Interview Questions
    • Certain statistical questions regarding how to account for error in your normal statistical distribution   View Answer
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  2.  

    New Business Account Executive Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Seattle, WA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Seattle, WA
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took a weekinterviewed at PayScale in February 2014.

    Interview Details

    My recruiter set me up with a phone interview back in April 2012 (the last time I was on the job hunt). For whatever reason I didn't "click" with the interviewer and I was screened out. I then received two additional requests for phone screens 3 and 6 months after I was screened out.

    Fast forward to Feb 2014 and the same recruiter set me up with another phone interview. My contact at the company was the same person (VP of Sales) that had screened me out previously. My recruiter diligently prepped me for this interview and I was positive I would have a more favorable outcome this time. The scheduled time for my interview came and went with no contact from PayScale. Not even a follow up note or a request to reschedule. I don't want to work somewhere that treats applicants this way.

    3 weeks after my "missed" call with PayScale they sent another 3rd party recruiter out to contact me. It really seems as if they keep no record of who they talk to or what they are really looking for. I told her politely to lose my number.

    During the prep process with my recruiter he let me know that they want you to be sold on the company and that they are big on consultative sales and he warned me not to be aggressive. I am so sick of sales positions listing requirements like "must be hungry" and "able to carry a quota and deal with pressure" etc. but then they want a nonaggressive mouse in the interview?

    Interview Questions
    • N/A - but my recruiter told me to watch videos on youtube and be prepared for questions about them.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview
  3.  

    Account Executive Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Seattle, WA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Seattle, WA
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at PayScale in November 2013.

    Interview Details

    Was referred by a current employee and then contacted by the recruiter for a short interview where she asked me about what I knew about the company and my sales experience. invited in for an in-person interview. The interviewer was a young guy and it was hard to get any feedback from him. Then taken to observe someone making a sales call. I never heard back until two months later the recruiter emailed asking if I would be interested in a different position with the company, but by then I'd already accepted another offer.

    Interview Questions
    • What would you do if it was late in the day and you hadn't made a sale yet at all?   View Answer
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
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    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Seattle, WA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Seattle, WA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2 daysinterviewed at PayScale in September 2013.

    Interview Details

    It started out with an email where I was asked for times that I could setup an interview. I told them in the afternoon, so that was done. Once the interview came, i was told that it was actually an Maintenance/Ops position and asked basic questions related to System Administration, which baffled me, considering the snark he displayed.

    I asked a legitimate question related to some of the gaps in knowledge and he told me that Google could answer that for me. What the heck? Apparently couldn't answer my question, so googling is the best he could come up with. Why not just let me Google for your answers during the entire interview then... So much for representation of the company.

    The worst experience for an interview.

    Interview Questions
    • There were no difficult questions and the unexpected was the system administration questions when it is a Software engineering position I was applying for.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Account Executive Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Seattle, WA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Seattle, WA
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at PayScale.

    Interview Details

    I was introduced to PayScale through a recruiter. The environment and people were casual, fun and fast paced when I first walked in. Everyone actually seemed happy, which was a good sign from the start. The office environment is on the loud side. I met with 4 different people- one was with an AE and it was really helpful and casual.

    Interview Questions
    • They asked me to sell a pen... which I wasn't completely prepared for, but it was a fun exercise.   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Sales Executive Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2 daysinterviewed at PayScale in February 2013.

    Interview Details

    Had 2 phone interviews. Then came in to meet with several different people. Sat with one of the sales executives to see what they do for awhile. I didn't get much out of that, what they do seems to be pretty typical of other inside sales jobs. They seem to put you through quite a bit for this kind of a position.

    Interview Questions
    • Nothing really unexpected but the manager I met with did seem to be pretty inexperienced, felt like they were a bit intimidated as I have far more experience. They thought I had too much experience for their team.   Answer Question
    Declined Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Sales Development Representative Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Seattle, WA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Seattle, WA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 4 daysinterviewed at PayScale.

    Interview Details

    Very young people interviewing me the second person that interviewed me it had seemed like he had never interviewed anyone before. He told me that they sent me in here to see if you would fit in. His only questions to me were tell me about your resume and what do you like to do. The company seemed like a fun atsomphere to be around. He didnt have any answers about the position I was interviewing for he only knew it was a new position- he wasn't convincing on the structure of the position made it seem like it was a position that one one wanted to work on as it was a new position

    Interview Questions
    • It was a really straight forward interview if you prepare for it, you will be fine, there were no questions about what do you know about the position or company   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Inside Sales Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Seattle, WA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Seattle, WA
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2+ weeksinterviewed at PayScale in August 2011.

    Interview Details

    Initial meeting had 30+ candidates and was somewhat chaotic --- didn't even interview with a manager at this point. Subsequent interviews with managers (3) were much better but spaced out, had to make individual trips to downtown Seattle for each one. Sales management team is very young and if your age starts with a 3 or higher you might feel like a gray hair here. The Sales Director, final interview, asks very tough and off the wall questions about your background and career goals. I would suggest being prepared to answer just about anything re: sales experience both good and bad.

    This role requires a lot of flexibility as you may be placed on a team that calls the east coast and are required to be calling very early in the morning local time.

    Office is very nice with new remodeling over a very old SODO building. Fairly open floorplan. Not a great area for parking, I don't recall a garage in that building but I may be wrong. Very close to both stadiums which is great if you're a Sounders or Mariners fan.

    Interview Questions
    • What is the most challenging product or service you sell in your current role, and how many sales have you made in that category?   View Answer
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview

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