Sensus Interview Questions & Reviews
Getting an Interview
Technical Project Manager Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Sensus in January 2012.
Interview Details – I interviewed w/ the hirirng manager for the position for an hour. Then with 2 peers (group interview.) After a brief wrap-up w/ the hiring manager, I went home. After I sent an follow-up email to the hiring manager and after several days of exchanges; I had an HR interview & then an offer. I believe the hiring manager needed to know that I really wanted the job and that I was willing to commit long term.
Interview Question – The hiring manager asked a brain teaser-type question at the beginning of the interview with instructions not to answer right away. This was his way of seeing how I reacted to stress. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – HR asked me to document my salary request. I looked up the salary for the job title and area on Glass Door & listed the mid-range. The company offered at my requested amount.
Manager Interview (Neutral Experience; Average Interview)
I applied online and the process took 2 months - interviewed at Sensus in October 2009.
Interview Details – Touted 3 weeks vacation as a perk and then changed the policy to 3 weeks for everyone 6 months later
Interview Question – Can you work with women? View Answer
Negotiation Details – Not much negotiation, here is the offer, this is our budget number, take it or leave it.
Demand Planning Interview (Negative Experience; Difficult Interview)
The process took 1+ week - interviewed at Sensus in March 2011.
Interview Details – The interview process itself was pretty standard. It started with a phone interview and then eventually a 1 on 1 with 3 people related to the position. The people seemed pretty reserved and were stereotypically rigid. The face to face interviews lasted 3 hours - 1 hour with each person. I knew very quickly that I would not have wanted to work their judging from the things discussed. I got the impression that being overworked was considered the norm, and almost some sort of badge of honor, as if working 24/7 is something that's so great and desirable.
My guess is that work/life balance is non-existent, which immediately turned me off. The most revealing interview was with the human resources person, who was very robotic and authoritarian.
Interview Question – The skills test was a bit silly because I was given completely foreign, esoteric information to analyze and could not have reasonably been expected to come up with relevant answers. Answer Question
Embedded Systems Engineer Interview (Neutral Experience)
Interviewed at Sensus
Interview Details – Received a phone call interview, I expected them to ask general questions about my projects and experience instead they asked text book questions about SPI, SCOPE, and TRISTATE
Interview Question – If I tell you a pin is high impedence and you probed it with an oscilloscope what would you see? Answer Question