I applied through a recruiter and the process took 2 days - interviewed at Weight Watchers.
Interview Details – Received a call from an external recruitor. Then a technical phone interview followed. I then received a phone call for a personal interview. Visited their office. Waited for almost 45 minutes to meet the first interviewer. It was Fri 4pm, probably they were busy or already left. But thats not my problem.
Interview Question – What would you do if your user base went up by 100%. What changes you would do in your database. Answer Question
I applied through college or university and interviewed at Weight Watchers.
Interview Details – Was pretty simple, HR manager randomly called me for a phone interview a few weeks after I sent my application. Basic interview questions (what are your biggest strengths, weaknesses, etc) along with general questions about my resume. After that conversation, spoke with the manager I would be working for, which was once again an easy and straightforward interview.
Interview Question – Pretty typical behavior/fit questions, nothing unexpected Answer Question
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Weight Watchers in May 2012.
Interview Details – You must first apply, interview, and train to be a receptionist. You then can interview with the Territory Manager to be a meeting leader. You complete 2 days of unpaid training called a workshop where you are referred to as a candidate. You then lead 15 minutes of a mock meeting in front of some of the management staff. At this time you are able to sub for leaders and you wait to be given a meeting to lead on a regular basis. A bit of a popularity contest. I have meetings because I say yes and try to keep my true thoughts quiet. You learn quickly if you don't you won't get any work.
Negotiation Details – There is no negotiating.
Very Easy Interview
I applied in-person - interviewed at Weight Watchers in January 2009.
Interview Details – I was a successful life member of Weight Watchers with a desire tov share the knowledge I had obtained in my journey. I was asked if I would like to work for Weight Watchers by my Meeting Leader when I obtained Lifetime status. I was flattered by the invitation. I knew it wouldn't replace my full-time job so I interviewed with the territory manager for a part time position understanding that the pay was very low but the personal rewards were worth the effort.
Interview Question – I don't remember anything that was asked of me that was difficult or out of the ordinary. I felt very comfortable being forthright with all my answers. Answer Question
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 3 months - interviewed at Weight Watchers in February 2011.
Interview Details – You submit an online resume to the Weight Watcher corporate website and wait for a call. I think the only reason I got a call was because I also interviewed for a local position and impressed the interviewer enough that she recommended me for a higher position. I found out later that, despite following the submission guidelines to the letter, my resume was unreadable as it was received. The process consists of about 10 interviews with different people, some by phone, some by skype, some in person, culminating with an in person interview with the local VP of operations. They do not check your references, and instead depend on their very frustrating and long interview process to see if you will crack under pressure. Keep your cool!
Interview Question – They ask you a lot of questions about how you think you will handle the work/life balance, in a very conversational and disarming way. View Answer
I applied online and the process took 1+ week - interviewed at Weight Watchers in October 2012.
Interview Details – After losing 83 pounds and becoming a Lifetime Member, my leader encouraged me to look into working for Weight Watchers. I applied online and was contacted within a few days.
I attended a two hour informational meeting in which I learned about the different types of Weight Watcher meetings, what the different positions entailed, training, pay, etc. Afterward, I had a short one on one interview with the territory manager. I left feeling excited and optimistic.
Within a couple of days I had set up a time to shadow a "travelers" or "paper" meeting. I was told I needed to shadow the variety of meetings and report back with my thoughts. The staff I met with were kind and had all been working for Weight Watchers for over 10 years. Surprisingly, they did not have nice words about their employment with Weight Watchers. They complained about low pay, not enough opportunity to work, too much paperwork and lack of automation/updates. It didn't take long for me to see why they were unhappy. I shadowed the meeting and was disappointed, overwhelmed and shocked at how things were run on the other side of the scale. To say there is a lot of paperwork is an understatement. The amount of time it took for the staff to weigh in each member was ridiculous and it caused a line to form. Even with the very experienced staff working quickly, there was no way to move things along any faster. There were too many steps and too much paper. To top it off, when someone paid with a credit card the staff had to use an old fashioned credit card imprinter and fill out the members address, etc. I couldn't help but stand there wide-eyed and half laughing. I hadn't seen one of those imprinters since the 80's! I kept thinking, 'This is Weight Watchers...multi-million dollar company, celebrity endorsed, Worldwide...how are they this disorganized and out of date?!'
After the meeting began, I watched as the two receptionists filled out more paper work. The product inventory was all on paper and manually kept. It was very tedious and time consuming to write down and add up all that was sold that evening. When I asked them why they continue to work for Weight Watchers if they were so unhappy, they simply said they do it to keep their weight under control and for the discounts. I also asked if the company asked their opinions or valued their input and they said absolutely not.
The next morning, I emailed my shadowing experience to the territory manager and asked questions about whether or not Weight Watchers had plans of updating or automating their "travelers" meetings. I informed her that I was still interested in the job but that I would be more comfortable in one of the stores or centers where everything is computerized. I also included that I would be willing to work these paper meetings if needed but that it was not something I wanted to do routinely.
The next day I received a very brief phone call from the territory manager. She quickly informed me "this wasn't going to work" and that I "wasn't a good fit." I was very surprised and disappointed that my questions were going unanswered and that I was dismissed immediately for, in my opinion, being honest and asking questions. This woman who had told me a week ago I "had everything she was looking for in a leader" was now being short and rude. I was shocked.
Interview Question – I did not receive any difficult questions. Answer Question
Very Easy Interview
I applied through other source and interviewed at Weight Watchers.
Interview Details – I was sent a card after I reached lifetime asking me to become part of their team and I accepted then I was contacted and was asked to come to an interview. There were two of us and the job was explained to us and we were told after they went over our resume, if we were suited for the position we would be contacted and I was and I met with the TM and was hired and told how much I would make and was also offered work at home which I was given down the path. I did it and sent it to the TM she never acknowledged that she got it and I was never paid for it. I was never told that the training would be so little and that I had to shadow for nothing on my own time all over the city and I was never told that it would take 1 to 2 years to get a meeting. If I had know that I would have never started with them as I was broke and needed a job and she knew that.
Negotiation Details – same as above
The process took a day - interviewed at Weight Watchers in January 2008.
Interview Details – Attended an open house at a Weight Watchers for possible employment. Weight Watchers gave an over view of the company and how it originated and its mission statement. After the open house we were advised if anyone were still interested in applying for a position at Weight Watchers to please fill out an application and interviews would be conducted upon completion of the application. We were interviewed privately with a question and answer session that lasted several minutes. Upon completion of the question and answer session I was offered a receptionist position.
Negotiation Details – There is no negotiation
Very Easy Interview
The process took 2 months - interviewed at Weight Watchers in September 2011.
Interview Details – Meeting Room staff recruits members once they are within 10 pounds of their goal weight. At this point you can do an online "evaluation" interview. After you meet goal weight there is a phone interview with an administrative assistant who reads questions from a script. I then waited 8 weeks before meeting face to face with the Territory Manager at a coffee shop. She hired me on the spot after a 20 minute conversation.
If you're at goal weight, presentable and some what personable you'll get hired. You then do a lot of online "training" and are paid minimum wage. You also are paid minimum wage to go to a three day training class. They pick up airfare and hotel and provide most meals. One night we were on our own for dinner. I was in a hotel near OHare with no car. I had a $15.00 budget. I had to get snacks from the gift shop, because there was nothing in the hotel restaurant I could afford. After completing training, I waited two months for a work assignment. After six months I have three meetings and make $90 per week for 15 hours of work. I just resigned.
Interview Question – Are you comfortable not being able to count on a paycheck each week? Answer Question
Negotiation Details – There isn't one. Go work someplace else.
The process took 1 week - interviewed at Weight Watchers in June 2011.
Interview Details – I was contacted by an HR representative to set up an interview at the their headquarters in the city. The interview consisted of two directors interviewing me asking pretty standard questions about my resume. I was contacted later that day to set up a phone interview which walked me through the job. I offered the position later in the day.
Interview Question – What relevant experience do you have? Answer Question
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