Reynolds and Reynolds Technical Writing Specialist Interview Questions

Updated Feb 24, 2015
Updated Feb 24, 2015
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Technical Writing Specialist Interview

Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
Application Details

I applied online. The process took 5 daysinterviewed at Reynolds and Reynolds in February 2015.

Interview Details

Very automated feeling robo emails with preliminary tests to take (see descriptions in other reviews). Then set up an appointment to take another mathematics type screening (see ASVAB and SAT math prep sections for a review). Frankly, my dear, I do not care to memorize the formula for the finding the hypotenuse of right triangle anymore. No calculator. No "crib sheet". If you've been working as a professional technical writer for all kinds of engineering and technical documentation, why is this an appropriate next step towards an interview? It is the job of the SME to provide clear technical data and for the technical writer to convey it appropriately to various audiences. Geez. Research into the RR interview process reveals that it is a comprehensive screening battery designed by IBM to ferret out techies who might be applying for the wrong positions and steer them elsewhere.

The management approach is described as something out of the old "Metropolis" classic film - hierarchical and inflexible. Excerpts from the Employee Manual posted online sound as though management thoroughly distrusts and even hates their employees. Degrading!

I asked the recruiter for a basic salary range for the writing position but received the standard runaround, albeit politely. Further online research seems to state about $38,000 or $18/hr. I don't mind starting a bit down from recent pay grades to learn a completely different documentation model, but not down to this level. Other online posts seem to confirm that there is very little employee development and prospect of an upward path. Once your peg has been place in their round or square hole, you are pretty much stuck there.

This all seems a shame because the company started out with a bright future and real incentives for employees.

If you search for Reynolds & Reynolds assessment, sample questions, interview process, or salaries online, you will find the kinds of information I describe above. After evaluating all the factors against this process and company, I cancelled my appointment with them. Who needs this kind ridiculous rigidity and penalizing approach to micromanaging everyone and everything?

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Interview Questions
  • The length of the shadow of a flagpole was found to be 72 feet. The shadow of a 3 foot picket fence in line with the flagpole was 4 feet. What is the height of the flagpole?   View Answer
  • Personality question: I used to have a lot of trouble being late for work, but that is all behind me now. [Choice ranges from Agree Not At All to Totally Agree].   View Answer
Reasons for Declining

As I researched more about the company, its application process, and management style, I decided that i am not a good fit for the kind of person who might be happy taking a job there.

Declined Offer
Negative Experience
Difficult Interview

Other Interview Reviews for Reynolds and Reynolds

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    Technical Writing Specialist Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 5 daysinterviewed at Reynolds and Reynolds in November 2014.

    Interview Details

    This would be my second interview with them. My first was done by campus recruiting. I didn't get the position so I applied again a year later after graduation and they emailed me for a face to face interview. I took 3 assessment tests online before the interview, Then I came to the interview took another quantitive test for about an hour. Did not have my face to face interview and then received an email saying that I did not meet the qualifications...Again.

    No Offer
    Negative Experience
  2.  

    Technical Writing Specialist Interview

    Anonymous Employee in College Station, TX
    Anonymous Employee in College Station, TX
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at Reynolds and Reynolds in November 2013.

    Interview Details

    I heard from the company within a week of applying online. First, they sent me some personal questions to answer. After that, I received another email asking me to choose three dates and times for the on-site test. I was also told to complete the personality questionnaire and aptitude test online before my testing date. I didn't find the tests particularly difficult, but I did have to review for the algebra word problems.

    I retook the math portion of the test at the testing center. It had three sections, and I finished it in an hour or so. I found the questions to be more difficult this time, but they weren't impossible by any means. I didn't guess on any questions; if I didn't know them, I skipped them because there's no penalty for it. If you answer a question incorrectly, you're deducted .25 of a point. That was just my strategy though.

    After I finished the test, a man asked if I had time to talk to a recruiter. The questions were generic, but I felt off about the interview. For some reason they chose to have me test and interview in College Station even though the position is in Houston; so, the recruiter said I'd have to interview in Houston next. However, I didn't expect to hear from the Houston office. All in all, I was at the testing center for two hours.

     Anyway, needless to say, I received the "no thanks" email three days later.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Technical Writing Specialist Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took a weekinterviewed at Reynolds and Reynolds in June 2012.

    Interview Details

    I initially applied online for the Technical Writing Specialist. About four days later, I got the "we are interested in hearing from you" email and called to set up a time to go in and take the aptitude test. I went in, took the test which lasted about an hour, then went in to wait for a recruiter. After about 30 minutes with the recruiter, I was now being considered for a different position that was a MUCH better fit for my background and one I was extremely enthusiastic about. I was told I would be called in 3-5 business days for another interview.

    The next day I was called to set up an interview with the department manager. I went in for that and again, it was all positive feedback. I took a small department test relating directly to the position I was being considered for and impressed the manager. I then set up an interview to meet with the director. I figured at this interview I would receive an offer.

    No such luck. I interviewed with the director and it was all the same questions as the two interviews before. I was then told they'd contact me within 3-5 business days. So now I am waiting it out. I won't lie, I will be very disappointed if I do not receive an offer as I had no negative feedback and the fact that the company took time to bring me back three times should mean something. We'll see.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Technical Writing Specialist Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2+ weeksinterviewed at Reynolds and Reynolds in December 2011.

    Interview Details

    I applied online through the company webisite against my better judgement. I was told in the automated email that they would contact me in 5 to 7 days if they wanted to move forward in the process. Days went by and I finally received an email to contact the recruiting center, which I did. I did a "phone interview" with the recruiting rep. The questions were the same as the ones answered in the email when I applied. After the 10-15 minutes conversation she set up a day for me to come in and test. I was also told I would need to complete the online application as well as the pre employment assessment(s). I researched this company throughly and even contemplated not going in for the test. I figured they accept many applicants just to fill a quote.

     I went in anyway and was immediately put off. I walked to the receptionist desk and was not acknowledged. A sign directed me to the recruitment office. Once inside, the other receptionist smiled and gave me an EEOC form to complete before saying anything to me. Once I filled it out she asked me for my name and set me up to go the next room to begin the assessment.I walked into the room and saw I was one of a continuing stream of about 20 or so people who filed in and out of the room over the next hour. Everyone of us there for "assessments". I decided to just do it and get it over with. I am not strong in math and even though I found this uneccessary since I had not applied for a position that would require math, I tried my best.

    After an hour I returned to the front desk, was asked a series of questions, and politely told that they would be in touch in the next few days. I already began preparing myself for the obligatory "we decided to go with other applicants, etc. etc." email. I haven't received it yet but I did test on a Friday so I figured it won't come until next week. One thing I did notice was that none of the other applicants were interviewed either. Not sure if this means anything but all in all my experience mirrored many others here.

    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Technical Writing Specialist Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Application Details

    The process took 2 daysinterviewed at Reynolds and Reynolds in September 2011.

    Interview Details

    This is the Houston branch. Straight away, you walk in and you see a huge F160 race car. It was pretty neat but not what I was here for so I ignored it and went to the recruiting office. I had already taken a small personality and aptiude test at home prior to coming there, where they told me that I had to come in for more testing and an interview "if they had time." They really mean--If you pass the 2 round of tests. Apparently I did , and I got an interview. However, they kept on pushing the Marketing Analyst position on me and I really wouldn't mind taking it. So here I am... wanting to see what happens after that and what all that means

    Interview Questions
    • What other experiences other than your academic experience can you bring to the company.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview

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