I applied online and the process took 1 week - interviewed at Springs Window Fashions in January 2009.
Interview Details – Responded to web site listing. Received phone call within days. Conducted interview with HR rep on phone. Received email follow-up with offer.
Reason for Declining – Declined offer for financial considerations.
I applied online and the process took 2 months - interviewed at Springs Window Fashions in February 2011.
Interview Details –
After applying for the position online, I received a phone call to schedule a phone interview for that week with Springs Window Fashions. It was to take about an hour, and it did. The phone interview was a combination of asking me about my basic background and work experience with the relevant companies I have worked for and was currently working for. The interviewer also took a lot of time to explain the daily responsibilities of the position they were looking to fill.
She explained to me the interview process and said they were looking to fill the position by mid-March 2011 or early April 2011. This was the third week of January. The next steps were to be another phone interview with someone from the company's HR department. At that point they would narrow it down to the top three or four interviewees and fly to them for a face to face interview. The final candidate would be flown to the location to work with the person they were replacing for a day to experience what the job actually entails in order to decide whether they want to accept the offer.
I was supposed to receive a call from HR later that week but never did. I finally called the first lady I interviewed with to check on the status, and she reassured me that HR would be calling and the timeline for the hire date just got pushed back a little bit.
HR did finally call - two weeks later. They scheduled another phone interview with me the following day and that one also lasted about an hour. To be completely forthcoming, I did bobble a little bit during that phone interview; it wasn't my brightest shining moment while interviewing with the several companies I was talking to at that point. I also did mention I wanted to make about $10K more than they had initially mentioned they were looking to hire in at. However, the interview was a lot of the same questions as the first one in addition to some behavioral questions. She left me her cell phone number and said to call if I had any questions. She also explained the next steps of the interview process and informed me they had moved the start date for the position to the middle of April and they wanted to have someone hired by the end of March.
I was told I would be receiving a call with the next steps in a few days, but I never received such a call. I was going to try to contact either one of the ladies I had interviewed with but a series of events happened: I was sent to a panel interview (final step) with one company and had a very promising interview lined up with another two companies, all of which were offering more money than Springs Window Fashions was offering. The other thing was I noticed, about a week later, that they had reposted their ad for the position on Careerbuilder. I assumed they had either thought my second phone interview was a bust or I was asking for too much money and that was why they didn't contact me because I was more than qualified for to fill the position.
Regardless of their reasoning for not extending an offer or furthering the interview process, I found it extremely unprofessional to completely cut off contact with me without explanation. Other than that, I found it to be a relatively promising position and company to work for.
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