Interviewed at Terracon
Interview Details – It was a little strange. The man interviewing me paced nervously back and forth in his office and then he started humming. He looked at my resume for 10 minutes silently, asked me where I went to school and then left the room for another 10 minutes. Then he shook my hand and escorted me to my van.
Interview Question – How tall are you? Answer Question
I applied online and the process took 5 days - interviewed at Terracon.
Interview Details – I initially interviewed with the Office Manager, who then sent me to the Department Manager. We talked shop for about 45 minutes, toured the office, met the other personnel, and then received job offer next day via UPS. It was very positive. When I transferred to an office closer to home, I was told "don't steal gas, and don't let your chargeability drop below 85%."
Negotiation Details – I asked for an hourly wage, intentionally high, they countered at a dollar lower, and I accepted.
Very Easy Interview
I applied through college or university and the process took 1+ week - interviewed at Terracon in January 2013.
Interview Details – Very easy. They go straight to the point, they don't have a real interview process
Negotiation Details – Easy and fast
Very Easy Interview
I applied through other source and the process took 3 days - interviewed at Terracon in November 2012.
Interview Details – Solicited from Craigslist, then offered a position that did not exist, asked to perform duties that I had absolutely no experience in. Began to be sent home (language for being laid off), then actually laid off initially because another employee didn't think I was "catching on" then the Department Manager said is was his fault.
Negotiation Details – Sounded good in theory, in practice it was a bait and switch, then got laid off.
Very Easy Interview
I applied through college or university and the process took 2 days - interviewed at Terracon in October 2012.
Interview Details – referenced by a professor and got a call from the office manager. Then had a lunch with the office manager and talked some general topics during lunch and got the offer the next day
Negotiation Details – What were you able to negotiate? What advice would you give others considering an offer?
The process took a day - interviewed at Terracon in June 2012.
Interview Details –
I met a senior engineer at a career fair and called me for an on-site interview. He introduced me to all the engineers and asked about me. They asked my experience during Masters and 2-year profession. Then, they asked why did I changed from mining engineer to geotechnical.
They briefly described about the projects they were undertaking at that time. They said, they are looking for engineers for other branches. But, my guess for not getting an offer is 40-50% of my discussion was related to mining, and my work experience in mining, rather than geotechnical experience. Other would be due to sponsorship issues as I am an international student.
Interview Question – Why did you change your career from Mining engineer to Geotechnical engineer. View Answer
I applied online and the process took a day - interviewed at Terracon in April 2012.
Interview Details – Drove out for an interview after a few phone conversations. Was introduced to multiple members of the team and had 1:1 with them in turn. Had lunch with the main HR individual. Left. Received no follow-up from them. Had to call back three or four times before i was given an answer. Was told I wasn't selected based on criteria that was known before face to face interview, ie: not local. Was not reimbursed for travel (~300 miles) and hotel (one night).
Interview Question – What do you know about Oklahoma City Answer Question
I applied in-person and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Terracon in October 2011.
Interview Details – The interview was easy, however the office manager did not appreciate my efforts to negotiate the salary. He was unprofessional. It was ridiculous.
Interview Question – What was the worst professional mistake you ever made. View Answer
Negotiation Details – The office manager became visibly upset because I wouldn't tell him my previous salary.
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 2 months - interviewed at Terracon in July 2011.
Interview Details – The interview process is standard. My now boss called me over the phone and we had an hour long conversation. They then flew my into the office for an interview with the principals of the office and the office manager. They also put me up in a good hotel such I may be able to know the city somewhat. The interview process itself wasn't that difficult. We were both trying to know each other. It was more of an informal conversation with a few technical and management questions in between. A verbal offer was made to me within a week. Upon acceptance I started working in about a week.
Negotiation Details – The negotiation phase was as smooth as possible. This was the first company in my career that came with an offer that I couldn't refuse or have to negotiate.
I applied through an employee referral and the process took a day - interviewed at Terracon in September 2010.
Interview Details –
I was already employed with the company in Casper, WY (and Lenexa, KS before that) but was looking to transfer back to the Lenexa office. While speaking with the hiring personnel in Lenexa, I was referred to the Topeka, KS office instead. I was told that they had a position I would be better suited for. They were looking for a potential project manager and that was what I was being trained for in Casper.
After speaking with the office manager in Topeka an interview was set up for a couple of days after I arrived in Kansas. I interviewed with the office manager and it ran more like a personal compatibility analysis than whether I was qualified for the job or not. My interview covered all the bases: that I had been a project manager-in-training but also worked in the field AND laboratory; that Topeka was looking for a project manager as well as someone who could work in the field from time to time AND work as acting lab manager until they hired a full-time person for that job; that I was not thrilled about driving an hour to work in Topeka instead of the 15 minute drive to the Lenexa office as had been my plan.
As I had hoped to transfer to the Lenexa office, it was decided that I would start in the Topeka office on a trial basis to see if a) I was an acceptable employee for the office and b) if working in Topeka instead of Lenexa was acceptable to me.
I left the interview with such a vague, unsatisfied feeling though. Although I had been offered a job and had accepted it, it was for an unspecified time and I realized that it was also for an unspecified position with unspecified pay/benefits. This interview set the tone for an incredibly vague, unsatisfying job the entire time I worked for that office (including being let go without even so much as a goodbye from the office manager, let alone an explanation from him of why he had decided to let me go).
This is completely different from my initial interview for the company. My original interview back in April of 2007 for the Lenexa office was very fulfilling. My interview was set up through a staffing agency. I interviewed with two hiring personnel who took me through everything from the dress code, pay/benefits, a tour of the office/lab, meeting with different employees; everything that gave me a great feel for the informal, employee-friendly culture. It was a typical interview, though, complete with intimidating questions about my qualifications and secretive looks between the two of them. At the end of that interview I was told that I had the job, it was just a matter of getting the paperwork through. That interview and first impression also set the tone for my time there. I started the next week and loved working for that office.
Interview Question – As I said, it was more of a personal compatibility analysis, there weren't really any difficult or unexpected questions. View Answer
Negotiation Details –
I personally have never been very good at this phase...after the interview I realized that there hadn't been a negotiation phase. I only received what I had been getting before.
I will say though that later on I tried to negotiate for a company truck to drive back and forth from work (which does happen for some employees) or some kind of cost of living pay raise, and instead of getting either of these I believe that they were used against me and a factor in being let go.
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