I applied online and interviewed at Petco.
Interview Details – Completed lengthy application process online, was contacted for a phone screen by third party company.
Interview Question – The rep blew off the scheduled interview and I never heard from her again. Answer Question
I applied through a recruiter and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Petco in April 2013.
Interview Details – Straight forward interview process with a 1:1 discussion to start followed by a panel interview with colleagues and the hiring manager. The company is split across 2 corporate locations - San Antonio and San Diego - so much of the process happens with video calls or conference calls.
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Negotiation Details – No negotiations available - hr dictated the bands and terms - hiring manager was not involved.
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 3 months - interviewed at Petco.
Interview Details – Applied online & received contact from HR department, set up phone interview for following week. Approx. 30 min phone interview took place. Went in for in person interviews approx. 3 weeks later. Had multiple interviews within one day. Did not receive feedback in terms of positive or negative or when the position would be filled. Was only to reach out to HR department for follow-up. Received a request for a background check and personality test. Was to complete all items within 7 days. Received great marks on background check (must have at least 5 contacts complete the background check for you - "regarding your skills / work ethic"). Did not receive any update from Petco in regards to them receiving my survey and background check successfully. Had to follow-up with HR department numerous times to ensure all items were completed and received successfully (I was concerned about technical issues in their system). Did not receive any communications from HR in terms of updates on hiring process and if I remained a candidate. Finally received generic email stating that I "did not receive the position" but it was unclear as to why and if they had hired someone else or if position was just no longer needed. Very cold from company that requested so much of a candidate in terms of time as well as having candidate handle all follow-ups for any progress. I understand that not all applicants with interviews receive a position, but just thought a phone call or personalized email to notify me as a candidate would have been more appropriate.
Interview Question – Not much was asked in way of questions - pretty much just have to share your background well and what you feel is relevant to the position on your own to make a good case for yourself as a candidate. Answer Question
I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Petco.
Interview Details – Digitally applied online, one week for response, then message for phone interview. Phone interview was basic and roughly 15 min. No follow up.
Interview Question – How do you stay organized? Answer Question
I applied online and interviewed at Petco.
Interview Details – Hiring process is a bit lengthy for an entry-level position. Met with an analyst, a supervisor, a manager, 2 directors, 2 or 3 merchants that I would be supporting, and the VP. A little much for the level of role it is.... the questions are not too bad, but they expect advanced degrees and an MBA for some of the entry level roles- very high expectations. Ask for a tour of the office to make sure you know what you are in for.
Interview Question – Estimate the number of windows in NYC View Answer
Negotiation Details – There is zero negotiation whatsoever (for an entry-level role). You can negotiate at higher levels coming in- and make sure you do so because you will not be able to with internal promotions.
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 5 days - interviewed at Petco in March 2011.
Interview Details – I was invited for an interview after the hiring manager received my resume as a referral. The job required a bit more PM experience and certifications that I had at the time. Petco is an outstanding company and I was very interested in working for them if the position was a good fit. This one was not.
Interview Question – What are the most important aspects of project management to you? Answer Question
I applied through an employee referral and the process took a day - interviewed at Petco in May 2008.
Interview Details – Disorganized. Uprepared. Unprofessional. Met with director of department who talked primarily about their own career advancement
Interview Question – None. The guy had zero questions for me. Poor interviewing skills or possibly not interested in my background or abilities. Answer Question
I applied through an employee referral and the process took a day - interviewed at Petco.
Interview Details – I am a neighborhood shopper and a manager told me how they had lost a few employees, because of school. The hiring manager invited me in for an interview and hired me on the spot, because of my retail experience. My hiring manager is no longer there. Be aware that Petco now has a group interview process.
Interview Question – Why do you want to work for Petco. View Answer
The process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Petco in January 2012.
Interview Details – I was contacted and had a phone interview with the talent acquisition specialist which went very well. (Very relaxed, very pleasant to talk to, and very professional. Overall a great conversation.)
I was then contacted by the hiring manager for a 30 minute phone interview which went well (a little dry, not very pleasant).
From there I received an e-mail (actually four separate e-mails) from a different talent acquisition specialist and was asked to complete the following:
a) a written application request which needed to be faxed back within 48hrs (which requires a Social Security Number)
b) a behavioral exam which needed to be completed within 48hrs.
c) a username for a separate online program that required you to request 7-25 recommendations from other people. They need to reply within 4 days, you need to assess yourself, and most of my professional references indicated the questions to be extensive. The program states you will receive a report showing what the results are, however, if I recall correctly you have to pay for it.
*Note - I received this request on the Friday before a three day Holiday weekend. Personally, I feel it was unreasonable to ask an applicant to complete this process within 48hrs. Given the national Holiday weekend it was tough to ask your references to complete the request quickly.
I was given a time and date for the interview, along with a map and written instructions on how to get there which was helpful. I received confirmation I would be meet two people, one in the first hour, the second would enter for thirty minutes after that.
The first discussion was professional but very dry. The hiring manager made every indication that the meeting was over and had body language that suggested I should follow. I started following him/her to the door. While walking out the door I met his/her manager, and WAS NOT INTRODUCED verbally but instead the Sr. Manager told me to "STAY". I must admit my surprise- it is the first meeting I've ever been to where a manager did not introduce their direct manager by name when they walk into a room during an interview. The exchange was rough to say the least.
Overall the interview conversation could have been more professional on their part with even a simple introduction to the second party joining the room, conversation was very dry, and lacked a friendly atmosphere from the start and throughout. There was no small talk to make a guest feel comfortable and/or welcome. I would normally not mention this, however, in the call I asked the hiring manager what the environment was like, and was told it was much more relaxed and personable than many of the other places he/she had experienced. (The website also mentioned dogs and pets were welcome in the office which painted a very friendly environment in my mind.) I also noticed the receptionist was unfriendly and did not return a smile when I smiled and said "hello" and "goodbye". In retrospect, this was probably a great indication as to the environment and what was to come next.
In summary, I felt the process could have been more professional, more welcoming, took way to much effort upfront (from myself, AND my professional references), and the location lacked a friendly environment to pursue a career in. I also do not like being asked for my social security number prior to being offered a position. I understand background checks are needed, however, I believe that can be conditional to employment when the offer is extended. I would have had to overcome serious doubts before accepting the opportunity given that environment. Luckily I was not put in that position as the company did not extend an offer.
I hope my experience was just due to the individuals I was meeting with (as the first talent specialist was VERY friendly). Unfortunately given the rank of the managers and the unhappy receptionist, the unwelcoming environment in that building may have been created from the top down.
There are several buildings to interview in, so you may have a better experience than I did.
I hope this helps and Good Luck!
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I applied online and the process took 4 days - interviewed at Petco in September 2009.
Interview Details – Overall-
1 phone interview with HR; 30 mins
1 phone interview with direct reporting manager: 1 hour mainly discussed background, thought process, career goals and what your successes and what you could bring to the table.
1 phone interview with lateral manager; same as above
In person interview
4 different candidates from across the company; seemed more personality based.
Interview Question – Given a situation of 2 types of analytical processes; how would you decide on an outcome Answer Question
Reason for Declining – Work life balance seemed very unbalanced-
Overall very strict.
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