Interviewed at Visa Europe
Interview Details – Three stage interview process for a role in RCCS division. A meeting with HR to discuss CV, reading comprehension test on PC. Second interview with hiring manager and team head which was competency based. Third interview test of presentation skills and technical knowledge.
Interview Question – Ad hoc presentation was required with little time to prepare before delivery. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – Negotiation with HR rep.
I applied online and the process took 3 months - interviewed at Visa Europe.
Interview Details – 2 interviews, first quite technical, with line manager and another, second with HR. Applied via Careers portal, smooth process, and all communication was good. As the Basingstoke office is a secure site, getting to the interview was't that easy but understandable from a security perspective.
Interview Question – Why should we hire you? Answer Question
I applied through other source and the process took 6 weeks - interviewed at Visa Europe in December 2012.
Interview Details – A very good comprehensive process that worked for all involved. VE uses in-sourced partners to manage the headhunting and recruiting. They were all fully versed in the company's brand values, objectives and positioning and were good representatives of the company. Interviews with them and with future colleagues both above and below the position allowed me to understand the lie of the land much better. Recruiters were also good on follow-up post interview to provide further answers or discuss issues raised.
I had heard positive comments from friends and colleagues about how Visa Europe values employees and this process was consistent with that.
Interview Question – No gotcha question, just good business-like questions. Quite conversational in tone allowing both parties to raise and discuss topics. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – Negotiations were conducted in an exemplary manner. Very business-like but also very cognizant of my particular circumstance
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 3 months - interviewed at Visa Europe in February 2013.
Interview Details – First I had a telephone interview with someone from the HR department. The interview lasted around 15 minutes and it was pretty straight forward with typical HR related questions.
Then a second telephone interview was arranged, this one was 30 minutes and it was mainly technical questions.
One of the guys was a lead software engineer and he had a very strong indian accent. It was a conference and the other guy (a senior team manager) had to repeate some of the questions that were asked by the lead software engineer as sometimes it was very difficult to understand. In one of the questions I answered that EJB was part of J2EE but he didn't agree with this and was questioning my knowledge on the matter - without reason... I just had to agree at the end even knowing he wasn't right! Some of the questions were nonsense in my humble opinion.
Another important thing to mention is that there was a considerable time between each interview or e-mail contact from them - 3-4 weeks! The process is extremely slow, so this is something people should take into account if they are actively looking for a job.
Interview Question – Have you looked at the implementation / code of StringBuffer (from Oracle's Java SE) ? Answer Question
I applied through a recruiter and the process took 2 months - interviewed at Visa Europe.
Interview Details – Confused, Hiring manager wasnt sure about what they wanted. Had about 8 interviews.Asked for a presentation and the hiring manager did not show up for presentation at the interview
Interview Question – Not very difficult Answer Question
Reason for Declining – Did not think the person in the role would be successful because of organisational dynamics. leadership and general confusion
I applied through a staffing agency and the process took 5 weeks - interviewed at Visa Europe.
Interview Details – Two face to face interviews.
First with Senior Consultant - Business Analysis Skills
Second was with department head but since he/she was on vacation, senior business analyst took the interview followed by competency based HR interview
Interview Question – Requirement gathering case study Answer Question
I applied through a recruiter and the process took 1+ week - interviewed at Visa Europe in June 2008.
Interview Details – Got a phone call from a recruiter who did an initial phone interview. Next was a face to face interview with the recruiter over coffee. Afterwards comes the 1:1 interview with the Recuiting Manager and afterwards with HR. Then a skills / apptitude test.. Then another interview with the SVP.. 2 days later , phone call from the recruiter ...success..Then Letter / Pack in the post..Not Bad..!!
Interview Question – Tell me how you handled the Security Threat Assesment /Modelling in your last design engagement. View Answer
Very Difficult Interview
I applied online and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Visa Europe in May 2012.
Interview Details – Face to face with the hiring manager and a peer, who described the ideas and what they wanted to do.
Lasted about an hour and a half.
I then attended a six hour session at the local football stadium, in the private boxes.
Once then I had to analyse a twenty page document and do basic project management analysis on it.
Then I had to present my output.
I also had to take a business idea and basically question another actor and try to determine if the business idea had legs. I then had to present my findings, my conclusion, and why I said yes or no to the idea.
Then I had to pretend to be a VP who was coaching a director. The director was a local actor.
It was quite interesting and I scored highly.
The two positions that reported to the role I was going for, were given to non Visa people.
Due to politics the role I applied for was given to a Visa staffer, so as to not upset anyone, political.
The Visa staffers I met were an interesting bunch, a couple were work-shy, the other was pretty sharp.
Interview Question – Is the moon really made of cheese? View Answer
The process took 5 weeks - interviewed at Visa Europe in March 2012.
Interview Details – I had three interviews, spaced out over 5 weeks. Initially was with the hiring manager and another manager. Asked lots of technical questions that I didn't know the answer to. Also did the usual HR type ones. Came out of it thinking they were looking for someone else.
2nd was with a head of dept level - was more of a 'does he fit in' interview. Here we went over the CV and spoke more informally about the role and my career direction.
3rd was with HR. Had the usual HR style scenario based questions, but was mostly a formality at that stage. Discussed salary expectations and notice period.
Was a very open and transparent process, which reflected well on the company. I would recommend Visa based on the process I went through. Only declined due to a better offer from another firm.
Interview Question – Tell me of a time where you had to deal with difficult stakeholders? Answer Question
Reason for Declining – It was a hard decision to make as both jobs were similar, but in the end it came to down to getting offered 10% more at the other place.
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