I applied online and the process took 1+ week - interviewed at Paycom in November 2011.
Interview Details – I applied for the position through one of the major job sites and was contacted by phone about 10 days later by a corporate recruiter from the home office in Oklahoma City. After a very cordial phone screening I was invited to the next step, which was a series of online skill (mostly math) and personality tests.
My gut instinct is that the personality test is designed to determine whether or not the applicant is a team player (within the context of an aggressive sales organization). The same questions are asked multiple times in slightly different ways to help ensure you are answering truthfully. One question which pops up in various ways involves "Are rules meant to be broken?".
After completing the online tests I was contacted within a day or so by the same corporate recruiter. I was invited to a 1:1 interview with the Regional Manager, which I accepted.
This is the point at which I began to sense something was a little "different" about the company's culture.
I am currently employed, and I disclosed that during the initial phone screening. When the time came to schedule the 1:1 interview, I got a vague sense that scheduling the interview to happen in the late afternoon was not that easy. While the recruiter consistently said that he (and the HR dept) respected my work ethic, it came across that they are not accustomed to working with the already-employed. An unemployed applicant has much more freedom in scheduling and is expected to work around the interviewer's schedule. My case was different and I think it sort of threw them a little.
Having said that, the 1:1 interview with the regional manager went very, very well. I really liked him and what he had to say about the company and the position itself. There was one red flag, however: I asked him whether the position was created or vacated. He said that the position was technically vacated because the previous employee was let go after one week. This was surprising considering the rather in-depth interviewing processes they seem to use. That must have been one helluva week.
I was invited to the next step: a webcam interview (from the regional manager's office) with HR people in Oklahoma.
An interview time was scheduled, and again it was brought up by the recruiter that the HR people interviewing me "respected" my work schedule, etc. And once again I got the vibe that respectful or not, they weren't accustomed to the applicant being in the driver's seat regarding scheduling.
A couple of days before the interview date the recruiter called to say that the interview would need to be rescheduled. Some sort of major deal was being closed at the office and the regional manager (my 1:1 interview) would be too busy. This did not seem kosher. I wasn't interviewing with the regional manager. To all appearances his sole duty would have been to turn on the computer, log in and let me chat with the folks in Oklahoma. I didn't press for more details, but the recruiter's voice patterns and the story itself raised a red flag. We discussed a possible reschedule date/time and concluded the call.
That evening, I called the recruiter, and left him a voice mail stating that I would be available at a certain time, and asked him to call me back to confirm the appointment. I also asked that he provide me with the names of the individuals whom I would be meeting via webcam.
The next morning: no call. Later in the morning: an email from someone at Paycom I had never heard of, with the standard, rejection form letter text that one usually gets after submitting the initial application.
And that was it. I kid you not. It was one of the most unprofessional moves I've ever encountered during the interview process.
So, here are my perceptions:
Despite having been in business since 1998, they seem to have a start-up culture, at least at the corporate level.
They are undeniably sales-heavy, with heavy goals. The position I applied for was not a sales position, but I suspect that I would have ended up being involved in closings, despite the fact that the position is technical in nature.
The company is privately held and there was very little information out there to give me a good feel for what they're really like.
I could not, in good conscience, recommend applying to or working for Paycom.
Interview Question – There were no "gotcha" questions during any phase of the interview process. View Answer
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 1 week - interviewed at Paycom in July 2013.
Interview Details – I had two rounds of interviews. No problems with the first. But the second day was different since I was to meet three different people, one right after the other. This would have been OK if the first person hadn't been late. I was gone from my then-current employer for about three hours. I'm lucky no one noticed.
Interview Question – Twice I was asked on the spot about what ad or campaign I would do for such and such product. That's not a legitimate question since a true answer requires research, research, brainstorming, more research, more brainstorming, research, research, brainstorming and research. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – Short and sweet.
I applied through a recruiter and the process took 1+ week - interviewed at Paycom in December 2013.
Interview Details – I was contacted for this position over the phone by a corporate recruiter. He received my resume from another website and asked me to contact him if I was interested in learning more about the position. He emailed me a job description and a link to the company's website. I decided to contact him to learn more about the position. He proceeded to explain to me what the job would entail, a typical day for a TSR, and the salary and bonus structure. I was interested in coming in for an interview so he asked me to complete an Excel skills assessment, and fill out the job application for the position. Once I did so, he contacted me a set up an interview for the following Monday (all this took place within 48 hours). At the interview, I was asked to take another assessment on math and reasoning skills. It was only a 12' test and wasn't too difficult. I was then interviewed via webcam by 2 different directors. Both inquired about different aspects of my resume and then proceeded to ask me what my greatest strengths and my greatest weaknesses were. I asked a few questions of each of them and then concluded the interview. I did have to wait about 20 minutes for the second man to be available to interview me. I was then contacted the next day with good news. They wished to extend me an offer of employment and gave me a couple days to decide. Overall the interview process was good, and quick.
Interview Question – What would your previous employer say was your second greatest strength. Answer Question
I applied through a recruiter and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Paycom.
Interview Details – Pretty tedious, you will have a phone screen, then a 1st interview with the sales manager, if he or she 'likes' you then you will have a second interview with the regional manager... you will then be set up to do a cold calling blitz where you MUST set a minimum of 3 appointments. Last, you will interview with the CSO of the company via web cam - this is intimidating but he will base his decision mainly off of what the manager says about you.
I applied online and the process took 1 week - interviewed at Paycom in August 2010.
Interview Details – I had a phone interview and a one on one meeting with the Director of Recruitment. I also had the opportunity to spend time with one of the senior recruiters to ask his opinion on the position and get a good idea of the day to day aspect of the position. While there were a lot of questions on my qualifications, I also felt like they were trying to determine if I would be a good fit for the team. Everything was extremely professional.
Interview Question – There was nothing unexpected. Be prepared to explain your success and document it if at all possible. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – There is set compensation for most starting positions at Paycom.
I applied through other source and the process took 4 weeks - interviewed at Paycom.
Interview Details – Back when I was hired the managers had to schedule their own interviews, and just getting that scheduled was a challenge. The interviews themselves were okay. Not anything out of the ordinary. Part of the hiring process now is having to make cold calls, because that's a big part of what we do.
Interview Question – Typical questions. Who was my biggest inspiration and why. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – I just took the starting salary. They don't really negotiate. If you want to make more, you sell more.
I applied through a recruiter and the process took 3 days - interviewed at Paycom in August 2010.
Interview Details – I was contacted through a recruiter. I then came in and met with the sales manager. Had a great interview which then led to a phone canvassing session. After several other interviews, I was hired! The process is quick and, if they have an opening, they will want you to start quickly.
Interview Question – web interview with the CEO. It is a lot of objection handling and how you handle and still sell yourself in situations where you are being told no. Answer Question
I applied through college or university and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Paycom in April 2012.
Interview Details – I walked in for the interview and the environment was very loud, and I could easily overhear loud laughter and relatively inappropriate jokes coming from a group of 20-somethings (I myself am in my mid twenties) who were very near to the reception area of their office. During the interview the Sales manager whop interviewed me did not seem to want to be there. He consistently yawned throughout the interview and took out his smart phone, playing with the screen.
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 1+ week - interviewed at Paycom.
Interview Details – The process was quick and seemed smooth and simple, however when it came to receiving word back about whether or not I had received the job, the recruiter that had been working with me avoided my calls and did not reply to my emails. Then, in the end, I received a rejection via automated email. This was after an online application, having my resume referred by a family friend within the company, a phone/screening interview, and two in-person interviews -- the second of which the interviewer spent the majority of the interview assuring me that they company saw me as a great asset with high test scores, good interviewing skills, and a great educational background, though they feared I might be overqualified. I was told quote,"We wouldn't want to lose you to another employer." I find it a bit disingenuous after being later rejected and told from my friend within the company that ultimately I wasn't given the job because they felt I was too quiet.
Interview Question – We believe you may be overqualified. How would you respond to that? Answer Question
The process took 6 months - interviewed at Paycom in September 2011.
Interview Details – I will warn of length now. This journey was excruciating.
I had applied to Paycom in September 2010, I received a call within Three (3) Days by a Recruiter at the Oklahoma HQ. (I applied for the branch in Los Angeles). The interview with the Recruiter (who had only been with the company three-weeks per LinkedIn) went great. He invited me to take an online math and logic assessment. He called me the next morning stating that I did well and invited me to meet with the local Regional manager.
The next week I visited the office and had a FANTASTIC interview with the regional manager. He was a great guy and felt like he was on my team. We spoke at length and assured me I would hear from him within two weeks. Two weeks came and went so I attempted to call and e-mail with no luck. Approaching the three week mark I received a computer generate form e-mail rejection letter that listed the position I applied for incorrectly.
I decided to forget about the company. Just before Thanksgiving I received a call from the Regional Manager (now TWO (2) MONTHS later) apologizing for not getting back to me sooner. He explained the position was canceled by corporate but I was his number one choice. He actually OFFERED me the job in the voice message, but when speaking to him he explained there was actually ANOTHER interview. He invited me to his office in the next week to Web Cam with a few people over in Corporate.
When I entered the office, all of the current employees came up to me giving advice as if I already had the job. I felt great.
After the interview I received a call from the Regional Sales manager, just after receiving a SECOND form rejection e-mail. He explained that the Corporate guys did not like me, but if I could convince HIS manager then I could start working here anyways. He gave me her number and scheduled a time for me to contact her. I tried several times with no luck. Occasionally getting her on the phone when she was driving, saying she would contact me back later in the evening BUT NEVER DID. This is when the Regional Sales manager began TEXT MESSAGING me as a form of communications, occasionally have near to full conversations. It was awkward, but I felt he was fighting for me. Eventually I was able to land his Manager on the phone. About THREE WEEKS after attempting initial contact with her. The conversation was less than 5 minutes long and she said I was great for the position, she would talk to corporate and they would bring me on board.
A week went by and I didn't hear anything AGAIN. I contacted the regional sales manager who called me close to a week later. He said that corporate still wasn't convinced and that I needed to persuade the Chief Financial Office of the company. I was a little confused by this. He told me he would call me back with the to set up a date. Less than a hour later the original Corporate Recruiter left me a voice message trying to set up the interview for the FOLLOWING Friday. I immediately called back (less than five minutes) saying the time would be great. The Corporate Recruiter then stated that "things changes" and would contact me within 24 hours with an updated appointed.
At this point I gave up. That was One Month ago. I stopped trying to contact the company. Should they call I will either accept an offer and gladly work for the company OR reject any more steps. this was all a waste of my time that I could have spent looking for other jobs.
Also I did not mention that each rejection I received canceled me out in the system so I was requested to REAPPLY each time. What a waste of time.
Interview Question – Would you stay with our company if you received a better offer elsewhere? Answer Question
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