I applied online and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Westat.
Interview Details – Applied online and received a call the next day to set up a phone interview for the following day. Was mostly just a preliminary screening asking about my research experience and them talking about Westat. Scheduled an on-site interview for the next week. Met with HR first and went over benefits then was sent to a conference room for a panel interview with 5 members of the team I would be working with. Mostly asked about my research again and some behavioral questions, nothing too difficult. Still waiting to hear back.
Interview Question – Why should we hire you.
What are things you need to work on and why. Answer Question
I applied online and the process took 4 months - interviewed at Westat in July 2009.
Interview Details – HR called me because I had applied for an unrelated position 3 months earlier through MD DLLR's site. There was a general interview and I was tested on my computer and microsoft office skills. About a week later, HR called me back for a second interview. I interviewed with the Project Mngr and a Dept Mngr. I didn't have any questions for them, and they had several positions open so they talked more about the project than the positions. I still got the job despite a roughly 20 min interview and walking out feeling ignorant.
Interview Question – This was a potentially 20 year project and they asked if I would be alright with that. Other interviews I've had for later projects that I was a telephone interviewer for asked me to read a script on the spot and my understanding policies and procedures of related clients and topics. View Answer
Negotiation Details – I felt like I had no ground since the economy was terrible and I'd been unemployed for a while. I took what I was offered but I'd encourage other applicants to ask for a benefits package sooner - I had to wait 6 months and my understanding is that is something they may be flexible on.
I applied online and interviewed at Westat.
Interview Details – I had about a six hour on-site interview with a number of project directors in the department I was hired for.
Interview Question – They were behavioral interview questions Answer Question
Negotiation Details – No
I applied online and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Westat.
Interview Details – My initial communication with HR was very pleasant and professional. A few weeks later, I had an in-person interview which was delayed because one of the people I would be working with was out of town. A phone interview was set up with this individual for the day after my in-person interview. In the biggest display of unprofessional behavior that I have ever seen, not only was I not called at the specified time by this individual, but when I called and emailed HR that day to let them know what happened, I never received a response from them either. Situations like these communicate a lot about the culture of a company and the respect they have for their potential and current employees.
Interview Question – No questions were particularly difficult. Answer Question
I applied online - interviewed at Westat in July 2012.
Interview Details – I got a phone call from someone in HR wanting to ask "preliminary questions", but clueless as to which position she was calling about (I'd applied to more than one position there). The rep asked me about 6 questions and the phone call lasted about 10 minutes. She was very cheerful and polite. She ended by saying she would forward my information to the hiring manager and if like me, they'd contact me to schedule an in-person interview.
The next day, the rep called back saying they would like to interview me in a week and a half. The call was followed by a detailed but ambiguous email with directions and instructions (they asked me to bring my reference page). I went to the interview (still not knowing what position I was interviewing for because the rep still didn't know). I met with 5 different people and the entire process lasted three hours. They said they would contact me for a second interview if I was a good fit. Two days later, I found out (from my references) that they were checking my references.
Two weeks later I got a letter in the mail...rejected.
The interview questions were based on my resume about my past positions and experiences. The people I interviewed with were very warm and friendly.
Interview Question – The questions were easy and straighforward. Answer Question
I applied online and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Westat in June 2011.
Interview Details – I filled out an application online and heard back from Westat very quickly. They gave me an interview for a month later. At the interview first there was a brief informational interview with an HR represtentative. Then there was an hour long group panel in-person interview followed by an hour long Webex interview over the internet with offsite staff. It was hard to tell who I would actually be working with if hired and how repetitive to be during the interview since so many people were involved in the interviewing and it was done in 3 segments. The interview lasted about 2 hours total. Then 2 days later I had another phone interview and was offered the job 2 business days later.
Interview candidates should be ready to elaborate on everything in their resume since the primary interview structure was reading off your resume and asking you about your experiences with that as a starting point of conversation.
Interview Question – What were the findings of your research in the research lab? Answer Question
Negotiation Details – I accepted the first offer I was given.
I applied online and the process took a day - interviewed at Westat in January 2012.
Interview Details – An HR rep contacted me about a month after I applied. She went over a few questions with me such as salary requirement and possible starting dates. She also asked me to send her a writing sample. A couple of days later she called to set up an on-site interview with some people from the department I would be working in.
The interview lasted several hours. My initial meeting was with the HR woman I spoke to on the phone. She went over an extensive benefits guide and gave me some other materials about Westat. Then she walked me across the campus to meet with the research staff. The first panel interview consisted of 3 department heads. They claimed they were very eager to hire someone and wanted someone to start as soon as possible. They asked mostly 'big picture' questions about my overall experience. I then had two more panel interviews; each panel consisted of 3 research staff of all levels. They asked more detailed questions about my experiences as a researcher, but some of them also seemed bored - like this was just something they had to be doing. None of the interviews asked any outlandish questions or questions that I could not answer or that made me uncomfortable. In total I was at Westat for about 3 hours.
HR said they would contact me the following week. I got a call the next week and was told they were still conducting interviews. I never heard from HR again, but I did receive an auto-generated email about 3 weeks later indicating that they had decided not to fill the position.
Interview Question – Would you ever consider getting a PhD? Answer Question
I applied online and the process took 1+ week - interviewed at Westat in October 2011.
Interview Details – Found the position listed on Craigslist. Went to company website - careers to upload a resume and cover letter.
Was called 3 days later by a staffing company associate (no commission - company on retainer). After 37 minute interview, told that I would be called in about a week to arrange for a group interview.
Very Easy Interview
I applied online and the process took a day - interviewed at Westat in May 2011.
Interview Details – Applied online for the position, then received a phone call to set up an interview at the Westat HQ in Rockville, MD. Met first with one person from HR, who provided me with information about the benefits available when working at Westat, and also asked a few questions about previous employment history and salary requirements. Moved on to a panel interview with six people, with one asking most of the questions. The questions were typical; they asked me to run through my resume, explain my interest in the position, why I would like to work at Westat, etc. They then gave me time to ask my own questions.
As a side note: I didn't actually know what the interview format would be like; I was not informed that it was going to be a panel interview.
Negotiation Details – I used the salaries available on this site as a guideline for my salary requirement. I asked for a little higher than the average and was given what I asked for, so I did not negotiate.
I applied online and the process took 2 months - interviewed at Westat in March 2011.
Interview Details – First off I want to say that everyone I interacted with was very nice and polite. In all I had two interviews and an informal "interview" from HR (asking basic questions like "why do you want to work at westat", "how did you hear about westat" and some questions about previous employment). When I arrived for my in person interview is when I was told I would be in a group interview. All went well, except half way through I was told this was a general interview b/c a variety of positions was open. I thought that wasn't a big deal, and later that day I was called in for a second interview. It took about a month to get everything scheduled (westat does not do job interviews on Friday's, which made it a bit tricky since I was coming in from out of state). Needless to say when I got to the SECOND interview I was finally told what the position I was interviewing for. Unfortunately, I had no interest in the position they thought was a good fit for me. Too bad they wasted my time and their own. HR at Westat really needs to work on their communication skills. I will never reapply for any position in this company.
Interview Question – None were difficult or unexpected. It was a cookie cutter interview. Answer Question
Reason for Declining – The position wasnt a good fit.
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