I applied through other source and the process took a day - interviewed at Wachovia in December 2008.
Interview Details – HR was the first contact, and they were very strong gatekeepers. They were very quick to get me to and from Charlotte for the interview with very minimal work on my part. I sat in one conference room with a glass door, and interviewers rotated in and out. Spoke with 5 different people - of all levels from peers to executives. They seemed very leery of someone interviewing who didn't already live in Charlotte, almost like they were protective of letting new people into their town. They also got very personal about what my spouse was going to do and asked point blank how long I thought I would stay. It was a little off-putting, but I needed a job, so I stuck it out.
Interview Question – "You seem square... Tell me why we should hire you when you seem like you aren't fun to be around." Answer Question
Negotiation Details – I negotiated tooth and nail, but they refused to let me negotiate directly with the hiring manager. I had to negotiate with a woman in HR, and she was not very well prepared to do so, so she became very frustrated with me. She nearly pulled my offer because I wanted to negotiate my salary, my title, my band and I also wanted to talk directly with the hiring manager about my career path. This was a major move across the country for me, so yes, I was very particular about what I wanted from the position (short of a guarantee, but I still wanted there to be an understanding of expectations).
The process took 2+ weeks - interviewed at Wachovia in September 2009.
Interview Details – The team was very much into panel interviews and group decision making (but on the surface only, at the end management pressured the peers toward a different candidate).
Interview Question – If I had an opportunity to have a dinner with one people, living or dead, who would it be and why Answer Question
Reason for Declining – I did not think the manager and I would fit each other well
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Wachovia in January 2009.
Interview Details – The hiring process depends on how you were referred to the job, I got the interview through networking so I had 2 interviews, the first interview was a 1-1 with the hiring manager, the second interview was a panel interview with the current team members. The interview was mostly behavioral
Interview Question – Had a couple UNIX related questions in the form of problem solving, which threw me Answer Question
Negotiation Details – I was not able to however it was a somewhat junior role so I assume if it was a senior role on the team I would have been able to negotiate. The advice I would give is really know and have a good pulse on the salary level of the job you are applying for so that you are more prepared to "play hard ball" so to speak
I applied through other source and the process took 8 weeks - interviewed at Wachovia in December 2009.
Interview Details – Applied for an internal posting; followed with preliminary phone screen and then interviewed in person by a panel. Interview format is behavioral ie open ended questions along the lines of "tell me about a time where you faced a difficult situation in the work place/overcame adversity, etc" Usually canned anecdotal responses do well in this format. The company may even provide you with a list of target subject matter to facilitate preparation. This is the format used for all but the most technical jobs. The company also highlights diversity as a core value, anything in support of that will be looked upon favorably.
Interview Question – Where do you see yourself in five years? View Answer
Reason for Declining – Decided the company was not a long term career fit and made a decision to change professions
I applied online and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Wachovia in February 2011.
Interview Details – Call from recruiter, interview, waiting, call from assistant to set up interview, interview with hiring manager, heard nothing, email from recruiter saying that position had been filled internally.
Interview Question – Why do you want to work in this position? View Answer
I applied online and the process took a day - interviewed at Wachovia in June 2008.
Interview Details – The first interview consisted of a general phone interview for screening. The Manager of the Department called me back and we established a time for a second interview/ On the same day of interviewing with the manager I interviewed with at least 5 members of the team. The next week I interviewed with the Director over the department.
The process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Wachovia in August 2009.
Interview Details – First interview went well, however they wanted to hire someone internally so went with them instead. They like me enough to have a 2nd interview 2mos later. Interviewers were very detailed in their questions and asked me to provide feedback on their current integration (with Wells Fargo) efforts. In the interim between interview 1 and 2 the hiring manager resigned, never a good sign. Who quits their job in the middle of a recession unless it is a bad situation? Very desperate (a little too much) to bring somebody on board. Seemed to me they were having a brain drain with Wells takeover.
Interview Question – How would you change the screen design of this portal to be more user friendly? Answer Question
Reason for Declining – I had a bad feeling about them. Long decision making process + hiring less qualified internal candidates + Wells takeover + hiring manager leaving - desperation = I'll pass.
The process took 2 days - interviewed at Wachovia in January 2007.
Interview Details – Several phone interviews occurred - first with HR, then hiring manager, then peer of hiring manager. A second call took place with HR and with hiring manager. A day of in-person interviews took place with five interviews. The style was behavioral with all questions predetermined. Note - this was Wachovia's process and may change with Wells.
Negotiation Details – Little negotiation was possible with the offer.
I applied through a recruiter and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Wachovia in May 2007.
Interview Details – The interview process was kind of long winded – from initial to final there were nine interviews with various people.
Initial interviews are by phone (screening) – then invited to Charlotte for a series of interviews.
Many initial interviews followed a ‘structured question’ path (all candidates asked the same questions) – these are not focused on the job role, and you can be asked the same question multiple different ways. They focus round getting buy in for your ideas, overcoming objections to your ideas, handling conflict, keeping project moving despite strong opposition, plan for first 90 days, and how do you cope with change.
Interviews were drawn from peer group, some partners you will need to interact with in the role, and final stages are the direct (and matrix) manager(s) you will be working for.
In my case – the interview process was quite positive –they had screened a many applicants and only a few were making though to the later rounds. First few rounds are clearly screening, with set questions - later interviews mostly concentrated on personality and style – mostly to see if the manager felt you were a good fit for their team.
The interviews tended to be in recruitment / meeting areas – with the interviewers coming to the room, so getting a feel for the office environment was difficult. Final interview was in the manager’s office.
Interview Question – Many initial interviews followed a ‘structured question’ path (all candidates asked the same questions) – these are not focused on the job role, and you can be asked the same question multiple different ways. Initial focus round getting buy in for your ideas, overcoming objections to your ideas, handling conflict, keeping project moving despite strong opposition, plan for first 90 days, and how do you cope with change. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – Wachovia has a bay band for each role, and tends to offer in the 40-50th percentile range initially – but will go up a bit (max would be about 75 if you were really impressive.
The HR rep was able to negotiate within a range and was generally positive to work with. There was a range he was able to offer, and I was willing to accept – I said I couldn’t accept the initial offer, and he was able to come back with $12 more after a couple calls.
He was also able to offer a an up front bonus to cover loss of share options etc at previous company (note they talk ‘sign on’ but offer letter comes as ‘up front’ it didn’t quite get the significance until the end of the years when I was told I was not getting any consideration for part year bonus as I has already received it ‘up front’ – not a big issue, but just be aware of terminology).
WB also paid the relocation costs in a standard package.
Hint – if you know anyone at WB, the pay band for each role is published on the internal job posting board, try asking a friend to look it up and let you know the range.
I applied through other source and the process took a day - interviewed at Wachovia in October 2007.
Interview Details – Wachovia uses a behavorial interview technique in a panel setting, it's called STAR and standes for: Situation/Task-- Describe the situation that you were in or the task that you needed to accomplish. You must describe a specific event or situation, not a generalized description of what you have done in the past. Be sure to give enough detail for the interviewer to understand. This situation can be from a previous job, from a volunteer experience, or any relevant event.
Action you took-- Describe the action you took and be sure to keep the focus on you. Even if you are discussing a group project or effort, describe what you did -- not the efforts of the team. .
Results you achieved-- What happened? How did the event end? What did you accomplish? What did you learn?
Interview Question – Again, it's a behavorial interview, so all questions beagn "Tell me about a time you..." versus asking general questions about strengths & weaknesses Answer Question
Reason for Declining – Received better job offer
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