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Helpful (3)No OfferNegative ExperienceDifficult Interview
I applied in-person. I interviewed at The Standard (Portland, OR) in January 2015.
I went on the interview and afterward they said if I got hired they would decide later what team I would be on and who my manager would be. I never got a call or email so I called HR and they were no help. I never did get a call telling me the status. When I did try to reach someone it was impossible.
- Tell me about a time you dealt with a difficult customer. 1 Answer
Helpful (1)No OfferNeutral ExperienceDifficult Interview
I applied through college or university. The process took 3+ months. I interviewed at The Standard in December 2014.
Applied online in September, received call back for 30-minute phone interview two weeks before Thanksgiving. Phone interview focused on behavioral questions and only briefly touched technical matters. Call for final interview at Portland office came Tuesday before Thanksgiving, scheduled for early December. Final interview was 4 hours, encompassing 11 people, before having two people for lunch. Interview questions matched those posted here pretty closely, focusing on teamwork and experience dealing with difficult situations. Surprisingly, almost no technical questions, and only a few on technological/computational experience; no actuarial questions.
- Tell me about a time when you were given a role you did not want, and how you handled the position. Answer Question
- Declined Offer
phone interview with HR mainly about resume and background. Then one month later an in person panel interview with general interview questions. Then a final interview and offer. The people interviewing were a mix between managerial staff and analysts. they all seemed largely uninterested in being there.
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- Accepted OfferPositive ExperienceDifficult Interview
I applied online. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at The Standard in September 2014.
Applied for the position that I found on an online job board. It took about 5 weeks to get a call back and the interview was set for a week later. Went in to their Hillsboro office building. It was nice and the atmosphere was quiet, only a few people walking around. I was interviewed by the man who would be my supervisor, another supervisor, and their boss. The interview lasted for about 35 minutes and there were not too many surprises. After the interview, I followed up with 'Thank you' emails to the two supervisors who gave me their cards. Got a call a week later with an offer.
- Nothing out of the ordinary. The one question I hadn't prepared for was "Give a ratio of how you like to work. Independent, with your head down. Or being interrupted and talking to other people." 1 Answer
- Accepted OfferPositive ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied online. The process took 4 weeks. I interviewed at The Standard.
Phone interview first then panel interview. Behavior type questions - sometimes can be a panel of people (4). Wasn't very difficult but it was stressful like all interviews are. Skills like working with excel spreadsheet is an advantage with this company. Be prepared to show that you can data mine also.
- Tell me about your accomplishments Answer Question
Helpful (1)Accepted Offer
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.
- Tell me about a time when you could not meet a customer's expectations and how did you handle that situation? Answer Question
- Accepted OfferNeutral ExperienceDifficult Interview
I applied online. The process took 6+ weeks. I interviewed at The Standard (Portland, OR) in June 2014.
First was a phone interview then an online assessment and lastly a panel interview. The phone interview was with an outside company. If you pass they send an online assessment based on math and writing. It wasn't super difficult but it is timed. The panel interview is with three managers.
- They asked all behavior questions focused on customer service and team work. 1 Answer
- Accepted OfferNeutral ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied through a staffing agency. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at The Standard (Portland, OR) in May 2014.
Panel of 3, all asking scenario questions focusing on documenting requirements. Such as, how do you go about collecting and documenting requirements. No opportunity to talk through your background or resume.
- How do you perform under pressure. Answer Question
- No OfferPositive ExperienceEasy Interview
I applied through an employee referral. The process took a week. I interviewed at The Standard in May 2014.
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.
- 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 OfferPositive ExperienceDifficult Interview
I applied online. The process took 7 weeks. I interviewed at The Standard (Portland, OR) in April 2014.
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.
- 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
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