I applied online and the process took 5 weeks - interviewed at Premera Blue Cross.
Interview Details – Job posting was listed on Indeed.com. A few days after the application was submitted, I received an e-mail scheduling a phone interview (lasted about an hour). After a couple weeks, I was scheduled for a two-hour long panel interview with about seven other candidates and two HR managers; The second round (final, 1:1) was scheduled the following day. After another couple weeks, I was offered the position via phone call two weeks before starting date.
Interview Question – How have you handled sensitive information in the past? Answer Question
I applied online and the process took 3+ weeks - interviewed at Premera Blue Cross in October 2012.
Interview Details – Hour long phone interview in early September. Scheduled for an in person interview about a week later. Panel style interview, went from 1pm til about 4:30pm. First round was 2 managers interviewing the 5 of us round robin style. Everyone got the same questions, they just rotated who answered first. About 8 or 9 questions asked. After that 4 candidates were invited to stay for the 2nd round. A higher up manager entered the room and asked his own series of round robin questions, again about 8 or 9 each. On a side note i REALLY liked getting the first and second round interviews all done in one fell swoop as opposed to having to leave, wait days for a decision, then make arrangements to come back.
Interview Question – Talk about a process or policy you didnt agree with in your last job and what did you do to resolve that. View Answers (2)
Negotiation Details – None. Im just happy to finally get my foot in the door!
I applied through a recruiter and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Premera Blue Cross in June 2012.
Interview Details – Was contacted by one of their recruiters and decided to apply for an open position. After that I did hear back from them for over 2 weeks. Eventually an interview was setup and I've met with the manager and then 2 members of the team. The manager was a rather nice and easy going man and the interview went well. The portion with the team members was not as goodnof an experience. They appeared to be very stressed and not really wanting to be there with a hint of hostility(especially one of them). As the interview went on I had the feeling that I won that person over, but not the other. I've noticed that they also did not seem to like each other, so as one started to warm up to me, the other was having an opposite reaction. It was especially visible on couple of the technical answers, where it seemed like I was validating one person view, which was in conflict witn the other. In the end I did not get an offer, and even if I did I am not sure that I would have accepted it. The manager seemed like someone good to work for, but I suspect that the team might have some issues.
Interview Question – Some general SQL and .Net question. Nothing that really stands out. Answer Question
Very Easy Interview
I applied online and the process took a day - interviewed at Premera Blue Cross in April 2012.
Interview Details –
I received a call from an outsourced recruiter from Manpower who asked me questions and determined which of 2 available jobs was a better fit. She set up a phone screen with the hiring manager. The call got delayed because the mgr was traveling; when I finally spoke to her, it was about 15 minutes between flights. They set up a panel interview with 3 people, followed by 30 mins with the hiring manager and 1 other manager in the same dept. The panel interview went very well, but the hiring manager couldn't remember who I was. It was a 4:30 Fri interview, and she had her coat and bag and was itching to get out of there.
On paper I was an excellent fit for the role: I have IT consulting experience, and 5 years of experience working for an employee benefits outsourcer doing open enrollments, carrier interfaces, and other things directly relevant to the job.
The following Tues I received a call from the recruiter saying that she got "glowing" feedback from everyone I met, but there was another candidate they will be interviewing. After that I heard NOTHING! I called the recruiter twice and left messages, and I sent her an email. I also sent the hiring manager an email.
It's very lame when an employer doesn't get back to you one way or the other.
Very Easy Interview
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 2 months - interviewed at Premera Blue Cross in March 2012.
Interview Details – I was an internal referral. IT recruiter was very negative and discouraging about the salary demands. Ultimately, she was trumped by IT management. She holds a grudge as after the offer was accepted, she ceased communicating with me. Offer and acceptance were verbal. I had to ask for my offer letter on my first day on the job. Had somebody else leave me a voicemail at 11:58pm the Sunday before my start date to ask me to show up at 8am for orientation.
Interview Question – Do you have any questions for me Answer Question
Negotiation Details – Nothing was negotiable. Take it or leave it
I applied through a recruiter and the process took 5 months - interviewed at Premera Blue Cross in January 2012.
Interview Details – Multiple data points (multiple applicants). Process was interminable. Company highly disorganized, using applicant's time poorly - to wit, in one instance, more than TEN interviews (including panels), and in another more than FOUR panels. Recruiters had no visibility to colleagues' work stream. Terrible communication/coordination. Poor to zero communication and follow-up; candidates had to repeatedly reach out to company to obtain status. One recruiter extremely rude (unprovoked) and dismissive with mid mgmt and exec. candidates; this was rather shocking. Insincerity: recruiters provide inconsistent reportage wrt process, status, & were unable to explain difference between status/impressions conveyed and final outcome. Basically strung along candidates for extended period (5-6 mos.). Job descriptions were posted prior to co. agreement on role definition. Recruiters indulge in (false?) flattery to keep candidate(s) engaged, but are unable to provide any feedback regarding "no hire" decisions which are at odds with prior communication. Quote: "you are so - enter positive attributes -, that we think you'd be unhappy in our 'crazy culture.'" Basically, come across as disorganized, unprofessional, organizationally dysfunctional and generally unprepared to compete effectively in new health insurance marketplace. Recruiter subtext: suggested that senior execs are threatened by high achievement individuals from other industries. Be VERY careful vetting any offers/positions, and be sure to talk to exec who has made successful transition from other co. and/or industry. Appears active bias against external candidates w/strong pedigrees. Appears very inward-gazing.
Interview Question – These were simply the standard behavioral/competency interview questions. ("Describe a time when..... What did you do....?") Very little industry-specific questions. No probing for business-savvy. Answer Question
Very Easy Interview
I applied through a staffing agency and the process took 2 days - interviewed at Premera Blue Cross in November 2011.
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Very haphazard, depends on the group. I interviewed with 4 people on 2 different days. My now boss, their peer, and 2 analysts.
Asked questions about generic experience, some behavioral questions, "In this situation, what would you do." Not a lot of health care type knowledge needed for the IT groups, more general technical skills looked for. Lots of direct eye contact with interviewers, seemed to react most positively to quick answers rather than thoughtful answers.
Interview Question – In the case of a large work request backlog how do you determine the difference between a fix and something that should be bundled as a project. View Answer
Negotiation Details – There is no negotiation room around anything other than salary. You are stuck with the same vacation for the first 15 years that you work there, no exceptions. There is a bonus structure that seems to reliably be hit, but don't count on it as part of the negotiation total. As you'd expect, great health benefits.
The process took 3 months - interviewed at Premera Blue Cross in June 2011.
Interview Details – The interviews, which consisted of an initial phone interview, a 1:1 with the hiring manager, and a group interview (2, 1 hr interviews with groups of 3 and 4 individuals) were fine. The follow up and feedback were virtually non-existant. Even after one or two e-mails (after waiting 2 and 3 weeks with no word), I received no response. Finally, after 3 months the HR person did finally respond, saying that she had just spoken with the hiring mgr "that morning". Unfortunately, employers do not realize that the interview process is a reflection on them as well, and an experience such as this would have left me very hesitant if an offer had been extended.
Interview Question – Describe how you would use your prior experience in this position. Answer Question
I applied through other source and the process took 2 months - interviewed at Premera Blue Cross in November 2010.
Interview Details – Originally applied for one position but was ultimately offered another. Had some reservations due to the "feeling" I was getting from the various interviewers I met with. Like they weren't being entirely open and honest about the work environment I would face there. The old saying "Misery loves company" was in the back of my mind the whole time through the lengthy two-month process but I stuck it out anyway. The IT organization seemed a little in disarray as they were looking to fill numerous positions after a recent general house clearing of their middle management and senior tech positions. After joining they literally threw a dysfunctional department into my lap and said fix it. Note to Self: Ask more probing questions about the organization and about the condition of their IT systems next time!
Interview Question – How have you delt in the past with conflict within a team that can't be resolved? View Answer
Negotiation Details – Straight forward for the most part. They seem to really need talent and are willing to pay for it to lure people away from the mainstream in Bellevue, Seattle & Redmond.
I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Premera Blue Cross in November 2010.
Interview Details –
Overall the interview process was great. Except it became apparent that one of the the interviewers fed me bad information. I already knew about their environment yet this manager provided incorrect information. The same manager also trashed other teams during the interview.
I am ok with not getting the job. Who wants to work with someone who is trashing team members during an interview. Going in a person needs to trust what their boss tells them first.
Interview Question – What would you do in the first 90 days View Answer
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