Populus Group Interview Questions

Updated Jul 18, 2015
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    Payroll Administrator Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Bellevue, WA
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ weeks. I interviewed at Populus Group (Bellevue, WA) in September 2014.

    Interview

    This was the longest interview process I've had for an entry-level role! I applied online and connected with a recruiter on LinkedIn. From there, I had: 1- A brief phone screen with a recruiter. Lasted 30 minutes. Went over standard interview questions about what interested me in the role. 2- A phone interview with the Manager of Recruiting and the Director of IT. Lasted 1 hr and 30 minutes. Almost 100% situational and personality-oriented questions. ("Tell us about a time when ______ happened.") 3- A phone interview with the Director of Payroll Services. Lasted ~30 minutes. Again, almost 100% situational and personality-oriented questions. She asked a few of the same questions from interview #2. 4- (I didn't get this far in the process, but if I had continued...) An onsite interview with the Bellevue team. I ended up accepting another position before finishing the interview process, but Populus Group definitely seemed like a great place to work your way up! Almost everyone who interviewed me had worked as a Payroll Administrator at one point.

    Interview Questions

    • Tell us about a time when you received criticism for a mistake.   1 Answer
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    Client Service Coordinator Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Bellevue, WA
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at Populus Group (Bellevue, WA) in June 2014.

    Interview

    The interview consisted of 3 rounds and a job shadow. 1st interview: was with the CEO of the company. He was very fun to talk to and asked questions that weren't basic interview questions. At one point he even asked me to rate his performance as an interviewer. The process took two hours. 2nd interview was over the phone and the questions were a bit more forward, that interview was also two hours 3rd interview was with the head of CSC. She was really nice and asked more straight forward questions as well. This interview was also 2 hours long. After that I didn't hear anything for almost a week. Then I was asked to job shadow. I'm not sure what a job shadow is suppose to consist of but I didn't do anything other then ask questions for an hour and a half. I didn't listen in on phone calls or see any actual work done. They just showed me what software they use and that was it. I was passed off to three different people during the job shadow, they all basically showed me the same thing every time. I was told they would call me within a few days but they never did.

    Interview Questions

    • Whats the worst thing your previous employers would say about you? Do you regret anything?   Answer Question
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    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2+ weeks. I interviewed at Populus Group.

    Interview

    technocal interview

    Interview Questions

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    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took a week. I interviewed at Populus Group in December 2013.

    Interview

    Received an email from a recruiter about the specific assignment. Spoke briefly over the phone with a recruiter. Met the recruiter face to face two days later. Discussed possible salary and benefits options. Negotiated the salary and benefits options for the next couple of days. Upon agreement, I was set up directly with a client interview which was successful.

    Interview Questions

    • It was just regular technical questions pertaining to the particlar requirement for Full-stack Java web development position. What is Javascript? What is html templating? How do you implement security in a Java web application with Spring? What is the life cycle of a servlet? What are the differences between a Servlet and a Spring Controller? What is the difference between a Set and a List? How do you sort a list of objects in Java? What is Hibernate? How many ways are there to get data from the database using Hibernate? What is the difference between a left join and a right join? What is the difference between an inner join and an outer join? How do you troubleshoot a slow select query? Ho do you troubleshoot performance problems in a Java web application?   Answer Question
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    Temporary Clerical Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Brisbane, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through other source. I interviewed at Populus Group (Brisbane, CA) in November 2013.

    Interview

    N/a

    Negotiation

    It is a agency that monster outsources to

  7. Helpful (2)  

    Recruiter Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 1+ week. I interviewed at Populus Group.

    Interview

    Interview was unlike any other I'd been on, asked thought provoking questions and also about who I am as a person. Felt as though they were trying to get to know me not only for my skills but also for my interests and goals.

    Interview Questions

    • Behavioral questions can be difficult to answer on the spot unless you're prepared.   Answer Question
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    Support Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Bellevue, WA
    Accepted Offer
    Negative Experience

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2 days. I interviewed at Populus Group (Bellevue, WA) in March 2013.

    Interview

    There was none

    Interview Questions

    Negotiation

    the offer did not match the agreed up on offer so they had to redo it

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    Engineering Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Charlotte, NC
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 days. I interviewed at Populus Group (Charlotte, NC) in May 2012.

    Interview

    First there was the phone interview. It took about 20 to 30 minutes. After which I was told that there will be a face to face interview. I went for the face to face interview, which consisted of 3 rounds. The first round was non technical, and it involved describing about my project. The 2nd round was technical, with lot of puzzles, and the 3rd round also technical.

    Interview Questions

    • Why are you looking to change your current job   1 Answer
  10. Helpful (1)  

    Business Administrator Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied in-person. The process took 5 days. I interviewed at Populus Group (Redmond, WA) in March 2012.

    Interview

    I had one interview with the hiring manager who works for Microsoft. Populus Group is terrible and has a lot of turn over. My interview for this job was in no way facilitated by Populus group and at the end of my contract were not at all helpful in finding my next role.

    Interview Questions

    • What's my biggest weakness   1 Answer

    Negotiation

    No negotiations. i was offered a certain amount, i took it

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    Purchasing Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Troy, MI
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at Populus Group (Troy, MI) in June 2011.

    Interview

    I was hired by a reccruiter at the company I work, Populus does the payroll for them, i wish the company I work for would realize the pain it causes contractors.

    Negotiation

    The Recruter got me top pay, but again he worked for the company not populous.

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