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    Senior Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Chicago, IL
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Chicago, IL
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at Premier Farnell in March 2010.

    Interview Details

    I sent my CV and got a call from HR
    Interview with Head of Global operations
    Scheduled interview with HR
    Scheduled interview with a Senior manager
    Scheduled interview with Head of Global Operations again
    Scheduled interview with another Sr Manager
    I think the interview process takes way too long, PF need some major changes/improvement in their interviewing process/planning and organization, especially when hiring for an exec position.
    Great people to interview with but just the process needs some changes.

    Interview Questions
    • Tell me about your challenges managing a large off shore team   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview
  2.  

    Product Author Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Leeds, England (UK)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Leeds, England (UK)
    Application Details

    I applied online – interviewed at Premier Farnell in August 2013.

    Interview Details

    HR organised interview with product author manager. Interview consisted of a component recognition test, simple excel test, test on product authoring and a general electronics test (I attempted this extra test, not required)
    1) Component recognition
    Components to recognise- through hole resistor(resistor value, power rating), axial electrolytic cap( value in farads, lead spacing, voltage rating), 10 way pin header(through hole, pin spacing, angle),
    D type connector (gold plated) used for port commincations, N type MOSFET TO package, voltage rating, used for high power switching)
    2) Excel test
    1. How to contatenate two words, 2. How to filter data, 3. How to sum and multiply data, 4. How to order or filter key words. 5. Fifth test was some search tool and was not attempted by anyone.
    3) Product authoring test
    Product specification for high powered industrial flood/spot light handheld torch needed to be summarised in key words, pick appropriate picture
    and choose key words for search engine, detail the differences in the variants of the torch family to clarify the price differences.
    4) General electronic understanding test(extra not required to do as most people find it difficult, apparently)
    1. Purpose and benefits of integrated circuits(IC)
    2. Purpose of opto-coupler and where it can be used.
    3. Name 5 SM packages
    4. If you offered a customer a 1% tolerance resistor for the same price of a 5%, would it be feasible and why?
    5. Describe ohms law
    6. A device that detects thermal inputs for controlling outputs, how would you design it for mass manufacture so it can be reconfigured for different outputs and why?
    7. Is a MOSFET voltage controlled or current controlled? its voltage, needs little current to switch the gate.
    8. What are differences between a power transistor compared to a normal signal bipolar transistor?

    The whole process was very easy, my understanding was good yet the process was a waste of my time.
    They declined me for making a spelling mistake( failed on quality, apparently) and due to another candidate who scored better?!?! Was told there was 2 positions for hiring, one for the IC's and the other for connectors. I'm baffled.
    Was interviewed by one person the product author manager, he himself doesn't hold any qualification/degree in electronics or management.
    I know this because he's on linkedin and he told me that he's worked himself up. I wouldn't be surprised if someone with less qualifications is selected instead of me, who knows little about electronics.

    Interview Questions
    • What would be your ideal career? Tell me about your current/previous job experiences? Do you drive and if so how long does it take? Nothing difficult to answer or to be worried about in my opinion.   View Answer
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Ecommerce Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    The process took 4+ monthsinterviewed at Premier Farnell.

    Interview Details

    too many interviews - came back 6 times

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    negotiation fast but HR slow to send the letter
    Accepted Offer
    Negative Experience
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    Data Architect Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Leeds, England (UK)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Leeds, England (UK)
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 5 weeksinterviewed at Premier Farnell in July 2011.

    Interview Details

    Had three interviews. Mostly with the VP of IT at Leeds. what a joke. I didn't know much yet he knows less than me on project management, the president is even worse. GIS is run by idiots. If they were in my previous company they would be making he tea.

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    Easy, this is wha I want, take it or leave it. hate to think what the VP and President are on for being idiots.
    Accepted Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Data Architect Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Leeds, England (UK)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Leeds, England (UK)
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 3+ monthsinterviewed at Premier Farnell in March 2011.

    Interview Details

    i had total 3 rounds of interview.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Market Development Specialist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Leeds, England (UK)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Leeds, England (UK)
    Application Details

    I applied through a staffing agency. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at Premier Farnell in March 2011.

    Interview Details

    I sent my CV and got a call from an affiliated recruitment agency
    Interview with line managers
    Scheduled interview with HR
    Scheduled interview with a Senior manager

    I think the interview process takes way too long, PF need some major changes/improvement in their interviewing process/planning and organization, especially when hiring for an exec position.
    Great people to interview with but just the process needs some changes.

    Interview Questions
    • Competency Based Question Intreview, all questions are unexpected but not difficult   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

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