Starwood Hotels & Resorts Interview Questions in Stamford, CT

Updated Jun 6, 2015
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  1. Helpful (2)  

    PMO Lead Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Stamford, CT
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 1 dayinterviewed at Starwood Hotels & Resorts (Stamford, CT).

    Interview

    I was interviewed by a person with less than 4 years experience who misinterpreted my answers, or confused me with someone else. By his own admission he wasn't qualified to conduct the interview due to lack of relevant experience as compared to my 15 + years. I am assuming my rejection was a mistake bought on by lack of experience or poor judgement. As a result, this particular PMO (Project Management Office) is off my list until things change there. I can't prove it, but Ageism might be an issue as well.

    Interview Questions

    • Although he was somewhat unfocused in his approach, all of the questions were easily answered.   Answer Question
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    Supply Chain Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Stamford, CT
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online – interviewed at Starwood Hotels & Resorts (Stamford, CT).

    Interview

    HR phone interview followed by a phone interview with the hiring manager. Face to face interview with the hiring manager which turned out to be really comfortable, he talked to me like we were old friends but maybe that was a trap. Didn't ask as many questions as he did spend talking. Gushed over all the perks to really make you want the job and said I would hear back within a week to set up a time to do the test portion. Made me feel confident that I was definitely coming back but after 3 weeks I got in touch with HR only to find out that I didn't make it to the next round. I'm not sure what happened, left feeling confident but apparently the hiring manager did not feel the same.

    Interview Questions

    • Pretty general questions; why this company, described current and past job responsibilities etc.   Answer Question
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    Program Management Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Stamford, CT
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at Starwood Hotels & Resorts (Stamford, CT) in February 2014.

    Interview

    Initial interview set up through Recruiting Firm which was handled professionally.

    Interview Questions

    • Started interview with: I'm not going to interview you for the role you applied for as earlier this week I am in a new role and we need a senior manager able to help the inexperienced PMs with providing guidance.   3 Answers
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    Digital Tech Lead Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Stamford, CT
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at Starwood Hotels & Resorts (Stamford, CT) in November 2013.

    Interview

    The process is very simple and the recruiters are the best. However, I am really disappointed with the interviewers, let me explain, no idea how the hiring/chosen process works in there, very confused to say the least. One of the interviewers, and I will quote here, at one point of the interview told me "we are just trying find a group that you will be working, we have several openings that you will be an excellent fit.". Which sounds terrific, if they would move forward with an offer. Also, I got a chance to talk with the CTO or VP of tech (not sure his position), but he was the one overseen the group, he was really arrogant and he was talking on the phone during our interview, what a terrible experience right there (I got really demotivated after that). Anyways, as I was expecting, after a couple days I got a generic email saying they will not offer me the position.

    Interview Questions

    • There were not overly difficult questions. To be honest, the majority of the questions were behavioral. "Tell me a time when..."   Answer Question
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    Brand Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Stamford, CT
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3+ monthsinterviewed at Starwood Hotels & Resorts (Stamford, CT) in October 2013.

    Interview

    To say the interview process was disjointed would be an understatement. Sure, almost all of those I spoke with were very nice, but following a phone screen and what would otherwise have seemed to be a final in-person interview, I was brought in to meet the rest of the team. Most of those I met were professional, courteous, and respectful of my time during the actual interview process, but there were a few participants that were particularly disengaged and acted as though they felt they were wasting their time speaking to me. The biggest problem? I have never actually received a response from them regarding their decision. Of course, after a while, you send follow-up emails inquiring about the process, but to not receive a reply even to those emails is such poor form, it's a little hard to believe. Whether I just got lost in the shuffle or there was a deliberate choice not to contact me, who knows, but contacting the interviewer with the outcome simply isn't that much to ask and is generally viewed as a small courtesy given the interviewer's personal investment of time and energy. A very disappointing experience.

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    Coordinator Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Stamford, CT
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 5 daysinterviewed at Starwood Hotels & Resorts (Stamford, CT) in October 2013.

    Interview

    The least intimidating, fun and fast. Ever. Got call and emails from about 7 recruiters on a Monday. Phone interview with recruiter next day. Phone interview with future Director on Thursday. In person interview at Starwood HQ next day (Friday). Got call following Monday if I could start in one week. Wow.

    Interview Questions

    • What questions do you have for us? NOTE: this question is paramount and not simply routine. They expect you to have done your research and be ready to start the job running.   1 Answer
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    Director Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Stamford, CT
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 1+ weekinterviewed at Starwood Hotels & Resorts (Stamford, CT) in July 2013.

    Interview

    Career site was easy to use and it was very efficient to submit a resume and cover letter. I found the HR staff at Starwood to be very unreliable and not very helpful. One time I even had a phone interview postponed three times in a row (once was a complete no show by the HR person) just to have the HR person come on during the fourth try and tell me the position had been filled in the meantime. I know HR people have a lot thrown at them with dwindling resources, but I am a pretty flexible person and have to saw that there was a complete lack of professional courtesy. In person interviews were actually quite the opposite. Very efficient, everyone at the company is very accommodating and pleasant to talk to. I was brought to a meeting room in the new Starwood headquarters (quite nice) and the interviewers came to me one by one. They just asked the standard questions and that evolved into a back and forth conversation. I ended up not being selected, but I have to say the in-person interview process was quite a good experience and they had a very reasonable explanation for why they made their decision.

    Interview Questions

    • None really. They asked a few typical interview questions then just took the conversation from there.   Answer Question
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    Brand Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Stamford, CT
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied in-person. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Starwood Hotels & Resorts (Stamford, CT) in February 2013.

    Interview

    Communications Manager, Global Sales Products met with two members of the Integrated Sales and Catering team in one meeting. Each person dedicated approximately 40 minutes. The day to day activities were explained in detail : drafting written materials, preparing presentations, creating end user surveys and communicating with Starwood employees. The interviewers were very relaxed, open to questions and eager to explain the Starwood philosophy.

    Interview Questions

    • What do you believe to be your most outstanding accomplishment in any position.   1 Answer
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    Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Stamford, CT
    Accepted Offer
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 6+ monthsinterviewed at Starwood Hotels & Resorts (Stamford, CT) in June 2012.

    Interview

    I applied both on their website and through Campus recruiting. I got a call from HR scheduling my interview on the phone. I initially spoke to a Director about the role and he gave me some background and asked why I would be a good fit. Was called into the office and interviewed 1 on 1 the first time. Visited 4-5 times more over the next 6 months and met between 10-15 people in the company. I got the offer in the end and accepted it.

    Interview Questions

    • There weren't many difficult questions, but obviously be ready for technical questions regarding Hotels and Hotel PnLs in applying for a role that deals with them   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    They more or less told me they gave me as much as they could and I was happy with it

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    Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Stamford, CT
    Declined Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 5 weeksinterviewed at Starwood Hotels & Resorts (Stamford, CT) in March 2012.

    Interview

    It's too tedious and such a long process. It starts to wear you down. They ask you to come in multiple times and meet with several people. Be prepare to meet with several people for 1/2 to entire day. They lose a lot of great talent.

    Interview Questions

    Reasons for Declining

    Pay was too low.

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