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Accepted Offer – Interviewed in Egg Harbor Township, NJ Feb 2009 – Reviewed Apr 17, 2013
Interview Details – I had submitted my résumé to Monster and received a phone call the next day to arrange for an interview. I went in and interviewed with the Total Service Manager and the District Manager. I received a call a day or two later with a job offer.
Interview Question – All were standard questions regarding work ethic Answer Question
Negotiation Details – None, it was my first job out of college
Accepted Offer – Reviewed Mar 16, 2013
Interview Details – Transfer from one job title to another within the same company. Interview process was perfunctory as they had their own idea of who they wanted. No pay raise was offered - they said it was a 'vertical move'.
Interview Question – Unfortunately there were no unexpected questions. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – There was no negotiation phase. They said they wanted me to take the job, I accepted. that was it. No pay raise, no benefits change. just more responsibility
No Offer – Interviewed in Tucson, AZ Jan 2013 – Reviewed Feb 4, 2013
Interview Details –
I got a call from a very nice recruiter. She said she had sent my resume to the regional manager and he wanted to speak with me right away. I told he could go ahead and call anytime. He called me a couple of hours later; very nice guy. He asked me about my experience and may resume. He then asked me how I would go about selling a customer. I told him I would start by asking questions. He then said "I find that hard to believe, you have talked a lot during this interview." Well he did ask about me and my experience; I took it as something he used it as something to throw me off. I then asked him some closing question: Would agree that I have the experience and track record you're looking for? He said yes. I said good so what is our next step. He said well if you make it to the next step you will have to take the Chally test. Then he gave me his selling philosophy. "He said most people have the perception of sales people as tall, handsome, and fast talking people." "I believe that sales people need to really take care of the needs of the customer." I said I totally agree but I must warn you, I am kind of handsome. He laughed and said I would probably move to the next level.
A couple hours later the recruiter called me and said he really liked me and I would get another interview. In the mean time they would send me the Chally test. Got the test took it on Friday got a call on Monday that they had lowered the field to me and two others and I had scored the highest on the test. The interview was to be on Thursday at 9:00 AM and they wanted me prepare a presentation on how I would do the job in the first 90 days. I did quite a bit of research and put together what I thought was a good presentation.
Thursday at 9:00 I met the operations manager and the regional guy I had talked to on the phone. The asked a lot of questions, I also talked a lot and everything for the first hour and forty five minutes seemed to be going very well. Then I asked what had happened to the previous rep and the rep before that? Neither rep had lasted a full year but I have been in the business for a while many reps don't make it. Then I asked what the territory sales were; the number was so small I blurted out: HOW DO YOU PLAN TO PAY ME ON THOSE KIND OF SALES? They said well how much money do you need? I gave them a hard number which was dumb and the whole tone of the interview changed.(the recruiter had told me the number) I asked what the thought of my presentation? Which was a step by step of how I would go about selling some of the market segments. The Regional said he was really looking for a 90 day decision matrix. Beautiful, a decision matrix, okay. Then he began asking me some accountability questions: call reports and such and now my mood had changed and I was no longer interested and they were not either. Basically, I walked out of the meeting without shaking any hands.
Interview Question – two hours worth of questions View Answer
Accepted Offer – Interviewed in Sacramento, CA – Reviewed Aug 12, 2012
Interview Details – This company generally will bring you in for an interview and if they decide to let you work for them, you will be sent to a temp agency and hired through them. Your contract may or may not lead to full time work. You will get a good feeling from the interviewers like there is potential for growth, but once you are hired you will see the reality that it is a dead end job. If you want to simply stay in a position and collect a paycheck... keep your head down, don't ask questions, blindly follow and you will get a small stipend.
Interview Question – Typical questions. Let them know if you have any experience. Typical "What is your greatest weakness?" questions. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – They will low ball you like crazy on price. Pretty much, they will not hire you if you negotiate unless you have your NICET and/or Fire Life Safety certifications.
No Offer – Interviewed in Harriman, NY Jan 2010 – Reviewed Dec 28, 2011
Interview Details – I met with three different people on two different days. The DGM, the Operations Manager and the next day the Office Manager. Overall the interview went well and to this day I love my job.
Interview Question – Where do yoyu see yourself in ten years. Answer Question
Accepted Offer – Interviewed in Addison, IL Jan 2009 – Reviewed Nov 5, 2011
Interview Details – I was referred by an employee. I went in to fill out the job application. I was immediately interviewed by the manager and the supervisor. I was asked to take a fire alarm electronics proficiency test, but it was really easy and basic. The I was asked to take a drug test at a local hospital. I was called back in 3 days with an offer.
Interview Question – What is your experience in electronics? View Answer
Negotiation Details – The offer was not negotiable
No Offer – Interviewed in Grand Rapids, MI Dec 2009 – Reviewed Mar 10, 2010
Interview Details – Received request for interview and met with District Manager and a Corporate HR rep. Interview went well. Thanked both interviewers for the interview. Was told to expect notification of status within 2 weeks - didn't hear anything. Contacted the company and received request from DM to meet for a brief lunch meeting. DM conveyed strong interest in me for the position, but that I had to meet with Regional manager first. That meeting wouldn't take place for another 20 days or so. I agreed to wait. One week later received email saying that RM would be in a town 5 hours away from my location and would I be interested in travelling with him to that meeting. I agreed and made a 10 hour drive with a person that I didn't know very well and had a formal interview with the DM and the RM. The RM left in the middle of the interview for some reason and came back all flustered. Then they asked me to wait in the conference room while they interviewed another (internal) candidate for the same position I was interviewing for. Obviously I had to wait. After the interview and during the (5 hr) ride back home with the DM, the DM said that he still preferred me for the position and not the other candidate. We concluded the trip on good terms. He told me he would contact me. I sent thank you emails to the DM and the RM. The RM responded saying that he really liked my qualifications and the DM would contact me within the next 5 days. The DM never replied. 5 days went by and I heard nothing. I sent a follow up email to the DM requesting status of my application within the following 2 weeks. I never received a response from anyone at all. All emails were ignored. I am impressed by the company, but I never expected to have been treated so unprofessionally. The ignoring of my emails and lack of professionalism to even politely reject my application is beyond my comprehension. If you apply for this company - beware! Don't take anything they say at face value.
Interview Question – Tell me what you know of Six Sigma..... Answer Question
No Offer – Interviewed in Sep 2011 – Reviewed Dec 31, 2011
Interview Details – well laid out interview..basic general questions was asked and history of the company
Interview Question – your most difficult task and how you solved it Answer Question
Accepted Offer – Interviewed in Lang, SK (Canada) Mar 2010 – Reviewed Mar 26, 2010
Interview Details – Asked about my self and what my qualifications were. He did let on that he was interested in highering me. I was told I would be contacted in 2 weeks... 3 hrs later I received a call that was unclear as to weather they were offering me the job or not. Wanted me to come in for 2 day training and if I decided I would like the type of work based on the training I could start immidately. Seems that they offer good bennifits, decent starting salary and a lot of other perks such as phone, company vechile and laptop. Still am unclear as to exactly the job will entail.
Interview Question – Would you be available to do eveinging classes to get proper certification View Answer
Negotiation Details – I did not negotiate. Given the fact that I do not have any direct industry experiance I feel the wage offer was reasonable. I do hope and expect to see an increase in the near future
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