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- Accepted OfferPositive ExperienceDifficult Interview
I applied through a recruiter. The process took 4+ months – interviewed at Toyota (Torrance, CA) in January 2015.
Process took approximately four months from start to finish. Initially was reached out to by a recruiter, had initial phone screen, then a second phone interview, then a final interview. The process was actually quite lengthly, from the original time I was reached out to for the position, to the times in between. I was first approached about the position late 2014, and I didn't complete the final interview until this year. Received an offer letter very shortly after the final in person interview. Note: They DO administer pre-employment drug tests.
- Questions were very detailed, examples of projects, went through every single position on my resume, and was asked how it related to the position. Interviewer was very knowledgable and candid about what the position entailed, as well as what the organizational structure was going to be like. Answer Question
- No OfferNegative ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied online – interviewed at Toyota (Los Angeles, CA).
Applied online, HR called for a brief talk, first interview, second interview
- Nothing tough, just generic situation oriented questions. 1 Answer
- Accepted OfferNegative ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied through a staffing agency. The process took 2 weeks – interviewed at Toyota (Los Angeles, CA) in November 2011.
contractor hires you with no experience, agency called me asked me if I would like to work there, did a drug and background check.. and I was hired I had a few interviews.. one with 3 persons and later talking to others around the company.
- if you know windows, lotus notes, etc. 1 Answer
Helpful (2)No OfferNegative ExperienceDifficult Interview
I applied online. The process took a week – interviewed at Toyota (Torrance, CA) in April 2011.
Applied online and was contacted by recruiter 4 months later. She asked me basic questions regarding availability etc. I asked her to define the role, she was vague and said I will learn more during the interview. Scheduled interview at headquarters. I asked the recruiter who I would be interviewing, she replied she would not know until the day of the interview (4 days away). In the interim the recruiter contacted me asking me for my contact at a company I had interned for, saying that " another candidate wanted it." I found this odd and somewhat inappropriate, but being eager to cooperate I passed along the info. Arrived at the interview, waited 15 min, Met with 2 ppl in the marketing department. They asked very specific questions, some relevant and other's bizarre, such as "how do you organize your data?" I got the impression they didn't really what the job would entail or types of projects I would be working on. Interviewers were unfriendly and gave little feedback during the interview. I followed up with thank you cards and emails to recruiter and interviewers. Never received the courtesy of a response one way or the other. Overall I was disappointed in the experience, especially the recruiter who asked me for a favor but didn't even respond to my follow up emails.
Helpful (2)Accepted OfferPositive ExperienceDifficult Interview
The process took 4 weeks – interviewed at Toyota (Torrance, CA) in April 2010.
The process was very thorough and very involved. I was first interviewed by hr via phone, then interviewed by a manager on the phone. After those I was invited to come down to hq for a skills test and a panel interview. I interviewed with two managers for an hour. The interview consisted of many situational/ behavioral questions. Be prepared. While I was there I also completed a multitasking/ skills test on a computer in an empty office. It wasn't difficult. I received a phone call with an offer a half hour after leaving the interview. Just be prepared with knowledge about Toyota, be confident and personable!
- How would you handle a customer yelling at you on the phone over a bad dealership experience? 1 Answer
Helpful (1)No OfferPositive ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2+ months – interviewed at Toyota (Los Angeles, CA) in March 2010.
A quick phone interview with the recruiter to asses if my abilities and career goals aligned with the company and position. Interviewed one-on-one with potential future manager. Discussed position life-cycle, job scope, future job scope, company supported internal opportunities, and overall work culture. Everyone had a relaxed attitude with obvious focus on getting the right person, not just getting someone. It was important to make my future goals known and address possible issues that I already have with my current employer. Always important not to talk down about current employment or in general.
- Idetify a time you made a poor decision. Explain your reasons for making the decision and what outcome you expected. Answer Question
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I applied through college or university. The process took 1 day – interviewed at Toyota (Los Angeles, CA) in March 2008.
I interviewed back in grad school before the economy bottomed out. The auto industry was still doing very well at the time, particularly Toyota. The process began with the standard company presentation at our school. There was a dinner prior to the day of interviews and the interviewers seemed to enjoy seeing which candidates could do the best job of brown nosing.
The actual interview itself consisted of two interviewers and consisted of pretty standard questions. However, the general tone and feel of the interview was very stand-offish. I'm respectful and friendly toward everybody who interviews me, but they were generally rude and seemed from the beginning to think I wouldn't be a good fit or that I wasn't qualified. In other words, it didn't seem I was given a fair chance from the first minute we began speaking.
Throughout each step of the process the company representatives gave off a feel of extreme arrogance. I understand that Toyota was at the top of the industry at the time, but I've worked with plenty of extraordinarily smart people who also understand how to be humble and respectful.
- There weren't any difficult or unexpected questions that took me off-guard. The biggest difficulty with the interview was that the interviewers gave me the impression that they felt like they were wasting their time with me. There's not really an easy way to overcome that. Answer Question
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