I applied through college or university and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Teacher Created Materials, Inc.
Interview Details – There was an initial email to submit my application and resume. Then I was called in for an interview, which included questions about my background, work history, values, goals for the future, etc. I recall meeting with at least 2-3 people: the editor-in-chief, the editorial manager, and maybe one of the editorial directors. Can't remember if it was all in one interview or they called me in a second time. But I met with 2-3 people separately. Then they called a week or two later with their decision to hire me. It was a pleasant experience for the most part and the questions weren't tricky or difficult.
Interview Question – I think the hardest question was a scenario question; I recall it was something like "What course of action would you take if you were having a difficulty with a project or fellow employee?" Answer Question
Negotiation Details – I didn't actually negotiate much. It was my first full-time job and I wasn't savvy enough to negotiate anything. I'd recommend, even to young, first-time job holders, that they learn about negotiation going into the interview.
I applied through a recruiter and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Teacher Created Materials, Inc in January 2012.
Interview Details – I was contacted by their recruiter because they "loved my resume" and "were having a tough time filling the position with highly qualified candidates." I
was very excited to interview with them and had an inital phone screening with the recruiter which went well. I was then interviewed by the Regional Sales Manager. We had very good repoire on the phone and he asked me to join their sales division for an informal dinner because the reps were in town for a regional meeting. I THOUGHT that this event went very, very well, but based on the outcome of my final interview, I now think that the reps were "checking me out" and would make recomendations as well to the Hiring Managers. After the dinner that evening I was to report to the corporate office the next day for a formal multi-process interview with the COO, the VP of Sales and another Regional Sales Manager. After a grueling ( yes grueling) 3 hour interview process, I walked out feeling exhausted but also very confident that I had answered the questions, and the "what would you do in these sales scenarios?" with honesty and actionable steps.
I waited for several days after this panel interview and after 4 days of not hearing back, called the HIring Manager only to be told that they felt my personality would allienate their customer base. WTF? I was speechless! Had these people not listened or heard my presentation skills, track record of winning over a TON of business and increasing sales by over 1.5 million in a few years? In all honesty, they blew it. They lost out on a representative that would of have sold the living dailylights out of their product. I have never been put through such a grueling, detailed interview process with happy hypocritical faces staring at me during an interview and saying things to my face like. "wow, what a great answer" and "You nailed that one, we like your thinking on that process..." and lots of other happy horse manure-- only to not be hired.
Since I am still looking in educational sales, all I can hope for is that I can go to work for a company that competes against Teacher Created Materials. The sales represenative that is currently in the position that I would have had, ( should we share territories) will definatley have her/his hands full with me as a competitior.
My advise to candidates interviewing with TCM... ask them straight up, what kind of personality and skill set they need and want in this organization. It is very clear that based on my detailed interview experience with this company, that if you are an assertive, growth oriented, and highly motivated sales professional -- you will not be hired by them.
I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Teacher Created Materials, Inc in May 2010.
Interview Details – About 2 weeks after I applied online, I was called for a phone interview, which went quite well. About two weeks later, I was invited for an in person interview and was asked to bring a portfolio and complete a proofreading test. I nearly canceled the interview because the proofreading test was 53 pages long and made me think what a tedious position this would be if I had to correct errors all day. I accepted the challenge and proofread the entire document and went to the interview. I was supposed to speak with three people, but the last person was called to an emergency at the last minute, so I was practically pushed out of the door. I did not send any thank you note because I decided right then I did not want the job. I never heard from them again and they still have a copy of my portfolio. Oh well, they may keep it because I have another one.
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