I applied through an employee referral and the process took a day - interviewed at Zoological Society of San Diego in May 2010.
Interview Details – Went in with significant resume/job experience (10+ years). Hiring manager kept cell phone headset in throughout interview. Assistant asked majority of questions, which seemed to be for lower-level position. "Do you have any tattoos or piercings we should know about?" Almost left at that point.
Reason for Declining – It was the first time a job interview had completely turned me off to the organization. Got the feeling they hadn't bothered to read my resume and didn't really listen to my answers. (It wasn't a conversation - following the questions was like trying to watch the ball at a tennis match.) Though the job description was significant, the interview process let me to believe I should have been interviewing for the hiring manager's position. Even wondered after if the headset thing or the low-level questions were a test to see how I would handle it. Fortunately, a better offer came in at the same time.
Pros: Busier during summer time which is great for students who are out of school. Also you have the opportunity to meet people from around the world because of all the visitors. The zoo is a beautiful place to work. – Full Review
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