I applied through a staffing agency and the process took a day - interviewed at URS in March 2011.
Interview Details – The interview process was long and strenuous with lots of strange questions. They didn't seem to care about my technical ability and were more concerned with my manners.
Reason for Declining – Better Offer
I applied online and the process took 2 months - interviewed at URS in September 2013.
Interview Details – I'll be brief : (biased toward negative, however a collective view on the reader is strongly advised)
Their HR department does a good job of setting up the interview and communicate thoroughly.
However, the management and interviewers rank very poorly in my many years of work experience as a Professional Engineer and years of experience in interviews and engineering consulting. They basically give you a massive false hope for the job and a sense of urgent need on a job to a level that you almost basically give notice to current career. BUT be careful NOT to do so .
1- was that they wanted to interview me a for senior engineer position, but when I showed up for the interview after one of month of organizing for the interview, timing issues,... , they said they have somebody for that position and they are looking for a much junior position!
2- The junior position was to start "immediately" and I sensed that they were just kicking the tires in the tight British Columbia, Canada engineering consulting market and giving some false hopes to potentials, So I provided that I like to move forward with their junior position they are offering and communicated that to their HR, interviewer(s) by email and phone message after after the interview process.
3- No answers for couple of weeks, until I followed up the followup by calling one of the VP interviewers on the provided cell to get an update. Response was "we are still evaluating the offered position and we will let you know". Was that a joke or lack of integrity and professionalism, I would let the reader to judge based on this brief experience.
I would give one advice to all North American fellow engineers and other professionals:
1- Due to economic conditions in North America, a lot of engineering consulting companies are able to get away with their hiring, firing, and employe(r) royalty Mal-practices, lack of integrity, and their hire/fire practices. At the end, the engineer or technical professional always is the damaged product and always ends up in the street. Having your own best interest in mind is a good policy to follow. The royalty era is to be framed and be sold in small town antique shops.
2- Engineers are being thought in many school events and lectures to talk about knowledge modesty, however, a slight "fake it until you make it" within reach usually helps you to exceed in your field if you are the ambitious type.
Disclosure : I never heard back from them.
Interview Question – unexpected : going for senior position, telling you that position is already fulfilled but there is this really junior position available. do you want it ? View Answer
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