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  1. Helpful (2)  

    Mid-Level Contributor Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Denver, CO
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at CoBank (Denver, CO) in April 2016.

    Interview

    Overall, the process was easy and pretty standard; however, I am very disappointed and frustrated with the recruiter and the hiring manager. I applied for the position online and then received an email from a recruiter a few days later asking for a phone screening. This was a typical screening. We discussed my resume, previous experience, my current salary and salary requirements for taking a new position, keep this in mind because it is important later.

    A few days after the phone screening, I was invited to participate in an in person interview. They wanted about four or five hours for interviews with several different managers. They also asked that I complete a personality assessment and online references. My references were sent a questionnaire electronically that they needed to complete. It was kind of involved (35 1-5 scale questions and several free form fields), but I didn’t submit references until after the interviews. I had previously been required to submit references before even meeting with the hiring manager on the phone and this back-fired.

    The interviews, in general, went very well. I didn’t feel like I quite clicked with the hiring manager. At one point, he asked me about how I think I could adapt to a completely different role. I sort of corrected him and said that the differences between my previous roles and the role I was interviewing for were actually very similar and I explained why. He kind of shut down after that and I am not sure if it was because he disagreed or if I embarrassed him by calling out his clear lack of industry knowledge.

    I said, “I think that is a common misconception. I find that the two roles are actually very similar (I have actually held both). The only difference is…” Everything I said was 100% true and the final manager I interviewed with, unsolicited, actually confirmed this by stating the two roles were very similar and “essentially the same thing.”

    The interviews were very focused on my previous experience and how I interact with business partners and communicated in general. They also asked me why I was looking to leave my current role. Each manager ended the interview by describing their role, what they did, where they came from and then the company as a whole. After the interviews, I followed up with the recruiter the following week and said I really enjoyed meeting the team and had submitted the references and the background check forms as they had required.

    About a week later, I received a call from the recruiter telling me that I was not selected. Essentially, they couldn’t meet my pay requirements. This really ticks me off because during the phone screening I was specifically asked about my current salary and salary requirements for moving to a new role and stated them directly. I sensed hesitation with the recruiter on the phone and then asked, point blank, “Are my salary requirements a concern for you?” She hesitated again and said something like, “It’s very high, but I think we can work something out. I wouldn’t continue talking to you if I didn’t think it was doable.”

    I did some additional research on the company after being turned down and the most common complaint about them is pay. They tend to be low compared to industry. I looked up the specific position I had interviewed for, and the maximum salary range is about 25% less than what I currently make. I also found the job posting and it’s pretty clear that I was overqualified for the position. They were looking for someone with less than half the years of experience I have.

    I get really frustrated and, frankly, ticked off, when I ask direct and specific questions and I am lied to. There was no way at all that they would have been able to meet my salary requirements. In my current role, I make almost as much as the hiring manager and they were looking for a mid-level sort of contributor not a senior-level contributor with diverse background with 10+ years of experience.

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    • Why are you looking to leave your current role?   1 Answer
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    Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Denver, CO
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at CoBank (Denver, CO) in September 2015.

    Interview

    Talked to four different managers plus HR manager, total of five interviews. Most managers were nice and dialogue was smooth. One manager wasn't really good at conversation back and forth, pretty much dominated and asked all questions straight forward...

    Interview Questions

    • Where do you see yourself in 5 years from now on?   1 Answer
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    Entry Level Leasing Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Saint Louis Park, MN
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through a staffing agency. I interviewed at CoBank (Saint Louis Park, MN) in June 2015.

    Interview

    The interview was short and pretty standard questions such as tell me about yourself, a time you worked in a group environment, etc. My main beef is that I never heard from them after that. You would think after taking the time to come in for an interview that they could at least let you know the result.

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    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience

    Interview

    Interview was quick and easy. I was asked about my experience and why I thought I would fit the position. After about a week I got an email detailing my start date and salary. Started a week after receiving the email.

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  6. Helpful (1)  

    Loan Accountant Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Greenwood Village, CO
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 1+ week. I interviewed at CoBank (Greenwood Village, CO) in October 2014.

    Interview

    Extremely intensive for the type of job, the in person interview was a total of about five hours. That was all after a phone screening test, a phone interview, a personality test.

    Interview Questions

    • What type of management style do you prefer?   1 Answer
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    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at CoBank in September 2014.

    Interview

    The interview process was in depth but well worth it. The hiring managers are wonderful and the company feel is a true team environment. The office felt comfortable and clean with friendly faces greeting as they walked by.

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  8. Helpful (3)  

    Credit Development Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview

    Interview

    Applied through my university's career site. The process was tedious and the application was WAY too long. I really should not have even wasted my time. I attempted several times to get ahold of someone at CoBank to no avail. I feel as if they ignore everyone that tries to contact them.

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    Electirc Distribution Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Greenwood Village, CO
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied in-person. I interviewed at CoBank (Greenwood Village, CO) in August 2014.

    Interview

    Meet with HR and Your potential team Lead. Very Informative interview with professional personable. people. They are interested in your accounting background and professional communication skills.
    A strong foundation in business and account is number 1.

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  10. Helpful (2)  

    Credit Development Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    The process took 5+ months. I interviewed at CoBank.

    Interview

    The process was two separate phone interviews with two different people, followed by a full day of five separate interviews at their corporate campus with five different people, plus a lunch with two different people. I also had to get five professional references to fill out an online survey about me.

    My main beef with the interview process was that it took five months as well as nobody following through with me and refusing to return my phone calls and emails. A five month process is ridiculous and unreasonable for an entry-level job. Most CEO searches don't take that long.

    After my interviews on the main campus, they told me they expected to have an answer in 2 weeks. I waited 3 weeks and then called the recruiter. She didn't return my call. I waited another week and emailed the recruiter, no response. I called again and spoke to the recruiting assistant who relayed my message to the recruiter, still no response. Finally, the recruiter called me over a month later, saying she had been ignoring me because she didn't have an answer yet and informed me they had chosen a different candidate.

    The professional thing to do would have been to keep me in the loop as to the process, and if they don't have an answer yet, return my call or email and tell me so. The whole time I had other job opportunities on the table that I couldn't move forward with because I was waiting on Cobank.

    Besides those issues, the interviews and the questions in them were pretty standard. Asked questions about my background, work experience, education etc. Just over and over again with different people.

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    Business Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Golden Valley, MN
    Accepted Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2+ weeks. I interviewed at CoBank (Golden Valley, MN).

    Interview

    Longest interview process I've ever been through. Interviews ran over scheduled time and I interviewed in person with 3 people in person on several different days (not including several phone interviews with recruiter/HR). I know later (as the job market worsened) that candidates for the department had an even longer gauntlet of interviews with every possible stakeholder.

    Interview Questions

    • What do you feel are your weaknesses?   1 Answer

    Negotiation

    I had gotten a call from a recruiter to see if I was interested and asked what salary I'd require. Initial offer was for exactly that number - if the bonus was counted. CoBank is good about paying out bonuses.

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