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I worked at SmithGroupJJR as a contractor (less than a year)Pros
Great company, great benefits
Having every other Friday off is the best benefit an employer can offer.
People can move up and increase their responsibilities.
I can't think of any cons other than that I moved away, so I no longer work for them.RecommendsPositive Outlook
Getting an Interview
Getting an Interview
- Application Details
I applied online – interviewed at SmithGroupJJR in August 2014.Interview Details
After sending my resume in response to a job posting on a private group page, HR called me. She asked basic questions about my resume, why I was interested and what I was looking for out of the job. She then offered an in person interview for the following week. That day, she met me at the door when I arrived, and brought me to the room where I met the head HR (woman), and the head Business Development (woman). They were both very friendly, nice, and welcoming. They started the interview with basic "get-to-know-you" questions. (Where are you from? What do you do for fun? What are you doing now?) After the conversation ended they let me know they were going to ask some behavioral questions. They had a sheet of questions, highlighted with the questions they wanted to ask me specifically. The questions all started with: Tell me about a time when....you made a mistake, you had to delegate, you were stressed, you had conflict of interest, etc. After that the interview was over. HR followed up 3 days later with request for another interview. This time she met me at the door again and I was introduced to the 3 members of the marketing team. This interview was far more "casual" than the first. These individuals ranged from 24 - 30 years old (just a guess). A majority of the interview was sharing and finding mutual interests and similarities (colleges, travel, work history, hobbies, etc). They each had a couple questions to ask me pertaining to the job. For example: Are you comfortable with writing press releases? What is your graphic design experience? Easy questions pertaining to the technical skills necessary for the job. They walked me to the door and my interview was over. Everyone likes to shake hands with you before you leave. About 1 week later I heard back from the original HR woman that they offered someone else the position.Interview Questions
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SmithGroupJJR (formerly SmithGroup) is the oldest continuously practicing architectural and engineering firm in the US. Founded in 1853 in Detroit by architect Sheldon Smith, the firm partnered with engineers in 1907 to become one of the first multidisciplinary firms in the country. SmithGroupJJR influenced the skyline of Detroit with structures like the Guardian, Penobscot, and Buhl buildings. These days the group offers architecture engineering, interiors planning, and consulting services and has about a dozen offices across the US. It targets the office, research...