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Updated Jun 4, 2014
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Accepted Offer

Neutral Experience

Rating Analyst Interview

Rating Analyst

Interviewed at The Standard

Interview Details – Phone interview then a panel interview with two hiring managers. Managers were friendly but stuck to the boiler plate questions. Not very original or personable. When they offer the position they state that they have no room to negotiate earnings, but if you have any hope of maintaining an industry standard wage, you will need to negotiate up front, because you will not get it afterwards.

Interview Question – Tell me about a time when you could not meet a customer's expectations and how did you handle that situation?   Answer Question

No Offer

Positive Experience

Easy Interview

Policy Administration Specialist Interview

Policy Administration Specialist

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 1 week - interviewed at The Standard in May 2014.

Interview Details – I received an email after submitting my resume for this position. I set up a time for a phone interview and a recruiter called me. At the end of the interview he indicated there would be up to two weeks before another local recruiter contacted me, either by email or telephone.

Interview Question – Give me an example of when you had to escalate a situation. What was the situation, what did you do, how did you decide to escalate it.   Answer Question

No Offer

Positive Experience

Difficult Interview

Process Architect Interview

Process Architect
Portland, OR

I applied online and the process took 7 weeks - interviewed at The Standard in April 2014.

Interview Details – The process included two phone screens - one with the recruiter and another with the hiring manager. Three candidates were selected to interview on site. The in person interview had two parts. First with a 2-person peer panel that posed situational questions. The second was with the hiring manager which actually felt more like a phone screen than an in-person interview. I think it was due to a large time gap between the phone screen and the in-person interview. In the interview invite I was asked to bring work samples but I wasn't asked for it during the interview. I used the samples when I was asked if there was anything else I wanted to share.

Interview Question – The hiring manager gave me a quiz on terms and the variations of the same type of terms. For example, what's the difference between TAK time and throughput. I believe the questions were less about my knowledge and more about the interviewer's desire to relate to the concept terms. Because the job was in an administrative area the manufacturing terms commonly get murky.   Answer Question

No Offer

Neutral Experience

Contracts Specialist Interview

Contracts Specialist

I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at The Standard.

Interview Details – Straightforward, easy process. Phone Interview, then an in person interview with team lead and the higher up.

Interview Question – Describe a time when you improved the morale of others on your team   Answer Question

Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Easy Interview

Disability Benefits Analyst Interview

Disability Benefits Analyst
Portland, OR

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 1+ week - interviewed at The Standard in January 2010.

Interview Details – Applied on a Monday, interviewed on a Wednesday, started the next week.

Interview Question – Typical stuff   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – None

No Offer

Negative Experience

Average Interview

Product Manager Interview

Product Manager
Portland, OR

I applied online and the process took 6 months - interviewed at The Standard in November 2013.

Interview Details – The actual interview itself was industry standard. The process itself was unorthodox and in some ways misleading.

I had initially posted for this position middle of 2013 and was told that the salary band for the position was not in line with what my expectations were. No harm no foul, and the hiring manager was kind enough to offer his assistance in other positions that I was willing to pursue. Later on in the year, the same hiring manager contacted me to communicate that the salary band for the position had been re-evaluated where they could now meet my requirements and he encouraged me to reapply. I did so, and had a face to face interview with the hiring manager. I felt the meeting went well and was told that I had demonstrated the ability to doing the job well, but that the interview process was just beginning and that he would remain in contact with me. After four weeks, I was told that since they didn't have any other local qualified candidates that the position was being opened up to a national search, at which time I asked, "Have the requirements for the job changed?" and I was told "No." and that again I would be kept informed of the process. After another six weeks, I was then told I was no longer being considered because they had found candidates who had worked for competitors doing the same job. Now the outcome I'm okay with, but this ties back to my original question about the job requirements changing, and if working for a competitor was now a requirement for the job, I was not given the opportunity to speak to it as my background included such experience. I walked away soured by my experience simply because 1. The hiring manager had contacted me to apply, and 2. I was misinformed about the job requirements changing and not given a chance to speak to my experience filling that requirement. Although I commend the hiring manager of keeping me informed, I do felt that I was strung along throughout the process.

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No Offer

Neutral Experience

Disability Benefits Examiner Interview

Disability Benefits Examiner

I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at The Standard.

Interview Details – phone interview asking to discuss resume, why I choose them, questions meant to demonstrate skill transfer, salary question, team work question

Interview Question – industry understanding   Answer Question

No Offer

Positive Experience

Average Interview

Sales Interview


I applied through an employee referral and the process took 6 weeks - interviewed at The Standard.

Interview Details – Interviewed separately with Sales manager twice and with members of sales team. Part question and answer session, part informal conversation. Questions centered around sales and industry experience with emphasis on my personal sales style and past accomplishments. They painted a very nice portrait of The Standard and it seemed like a nice place to work.

Interview Question – Give us an example of a failure in your career and how you learned from it.   Answer Question

Declined Offer

Positive Experience

Easy Interview

Q/A Analyst Interview

Q/A Analyst
Portland, OR

I applied through college or university and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at The Standard.

Interview Details – I had a phone interview, and was contacted the same day to come in for a final-round interview about 1.5 weeks later. The phone interview was mostly behavioral, with some questions about my technical skills in excel and with general data analysis. The interview in person was actually even more behavioral than I expected, it was really about determining compatibility with the team. I met with two team members, then had a one on one interview, then a final interview with the team leader. The interview process was very straightforward, and everyone was very kind and professional. I declined the offer solely because I received another offer that was better suited for my long-term career goals.

Interview Question – What is your experience with Excel?
Why do you want this job?
What does teamwork mean to you?
  Answer Question

No Offer

Neutral Experience

Easy Interview

Human Resources Interview

Human Resources
New York, NY

I applied online and the process took 4 weeks - interviewed at The Standard in February 2012.

Interview Details – Contacted via phone for an in-person interview. The person who sourced me obviously didn't go over my resume very thoroughly. I give props to the interviewer, but their follow-up was non-existent. Big no no, especially when they said, "You'll hear back in a week."

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