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Getting an Interview
Getting an Interview
- Declined OfferNegative ExperienceDifficult Interview
I applied online. The process took 6 weeks – interviewed at Carpenter Co. (Allentown, PA) in April 2015.
Submitted resume for open position, received a call a few weeks later for a phone screen, basic questions. Then scheduled an interview for the next week. Traveled to the interview, was shown to a conference room to wait for the Division Manager who would be interviewing me first, followed by the Plant Manager. The Division Manager enters the room, 35 minutes after the scheduled start time, and asks me to tell him about myself. I present my typical introduction/elevator pitch, discuss my background, education, and why I feel I am the person for the position. He then goes on to ask very vague, general questions about my family, willingness to relocate, and personal background, not really touching on the position specific information that is normally asked in an interview (i.e. how do you deal with a difficult customer, explain a situation in which you were presented with too many tasks, how do you prioritize and communicate, etc.), leaving very long pauses between my answering and his next question (upwards of 30 seconds, no exaggeration). Following this, not at all confident in my chances, and am then introduced to the plant manager, who was much more professional and easy to speak to. He asked the typical interview questions (see above), and then thanked me for my time. Three days later, receive a call from the human resources director, and to my surprise am scheduled a second interview for the following week. I attend, am met by the Division Manager, shown to his office, and we chatted for 30 minutes or so. Very laid back, discussion of his vision for the individual to be selected, and still contained long pauses, which I let him fill as opposed to trying to speak too much as I felt I did in the 1st interview. Division Manager says in his eyes, I am the top candidate, and should be hearing from him soon. Then re-introduced to Plant Manager, who gave an extensive tour of the plant layout and high level processes, nearly an hour. Shown back to the Division Managers office, who tells me that they normally don't talk benefits until after an offer is made, but that he wanted me to talk with the HR person to make sure that the package was acceptable before he went any further. As most people say in the comments, benefits were very generous, and I left with a very positive feeling. Sure enough, a few days later, I receive a conditional offer for the position. They then contact my references, who all gave great reports, and conduct a criminal background check. I then do not hear anything for 4 weeks, after the time I was to begin the position, and left an email/voicemail the 3rd week just to check status as I have now declined other offers and am preparing to relocate to the other side of the state for this position. No reply that week, and receive a form letter from the background check company that states that Carpenter has decided to rescind the offer, due to a DUI in my past that I informed the company about at 3 different times in the interview/hiring process. The kicker is that the company had the gall to call me back the following week to re-offer the position. Short story: Was up front about the DUI before even scheduling the 1st interview, traveled over 1200 miles round trip between two interviews, was offered the job, then had the offer rescinded for the DUI they were already aware of. I am not saying they should overlook criminal history, and if that is the company policy, it was my mistake, I was the idiot that broke the law. However, don't revoke an offer based on information you already knew, the company should not have offered the position in the first place.
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Reasons for Declining
It's a cushy job for Carpenter Company, making polyurethane foam and chemicals and polyester fiber used as cushioning by the automotive, bedding, floor covering, packaging, and furniture industries. The company started out making foam rubber; it now also manufactures air filters, expanded polystyrene building materials, and a tire fill product used as a replacement for air in off-road construction vehicles. Carpenter also sells consumer products -- which include craft fiber products, mattress pads, and pillows -- through retailers. The company has facilities ...