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Populus Group Interview Questions

Updated Jul 13, 2017
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    Data Entry Specialist Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Troy, MI
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. I interviewed at Populus Group (Troy, MI) in June 2017.

    Interview

    I was a referral from an internal employee and talked with the Payroll Manager over the phone. I was qualified for the position and the interviewer liked me and thought I would be a good fit so she did not drag me through the interview process and wanted me to start after the pre-employment checks came back clear.

    Interview Questions

    • Have you ever done any type of payroll functions or HR functions?   1 Answer

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    Engagement Specialist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Negative Experience

    Interview

    Internal recruiter contacted me about the position. I then had to follow up twice to get a job description. I interview the next day and the people interviewing aren't even clear on what position I'm interviewing for. I knew from Glassdoor that it was supposed to be a "culture" interview. Seriously, what I did in 5th grade should not be a factor in determining if I'm a cultural "fit". Good god.

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    • Who are three people you'd like to have lunch with.   1 Answer

    Populus Group Response

    May 1, 2017 – HR Manager

    Thank you for the feedback here and via email. We take all feedback very seriously, as we want to ensure all candidates receive a fair interview that reflects our culture and gives the candidate the... More

  3. Helpful (3)  

    Recruiter Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3+ weeks. I interviewed at Populus Group.

    Interview

    The interview process is ridiculous. 4 phone interviews and one in person interview. They did not select me for the recruiter position, but wanted to interview me for a different role. After 4 phone interviews and an in person interview...I shouldn't have to go meet in person again. By then, they should know if they want to hire me or not. The process is a bit ridiculous. Although I appreciate that they want to select the right fit to avoid a high turnover, this was a bit much. I did not move forward with the process.

    I do like the fact that they do a great job of getting to know the person. They also do a great job of making sure the candidate gets to know the company culture.

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    Populus Group Response

    Apr 12, 2017 – Communications Manager

    Hello and thank you for the feedback. We'd love to hear more about your experience and get your ideas for improvement. Shoot us an email at PGFeedback@PopulusGroup.com when you have a moment to... More


  4. Helpful (1)  

    Recruiter Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Lisle, IL
    Declined Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Populus Group (Lisle, IL) in January 2017.

    Interview

    I had a total of 4 interviews. I have rated the interview difficult because it's difficult to talk about personal things with a potential employer that should be asking about your work background.
    1. Phone Screen
    2. Phone interview w/Recruiter
    3. Phone interview w/Recruiting Manager
    4. In person interview w/Manager- MSP
    Now the first actual interview with the recruiter was fine. The interview with the recruiting manager however was by far the most uncomfortable interview I've ever been in. He asked 1 to many personal questions. After some time it became apparent that he was digging for something negative in my past so as to discount my abilities to perform as a recruiter. He harped on things that were literally from my childhood as to say that was who I currently am. I honestly don't know many people that are the same as they were in childhood as they are today as adults. So I was VERY upset by the end of the call however I hid it rather well I'd say. The next inter view wasn't really any better & by the time I arrived to the location I tool one look & said "NOPE, this is not the place for me!" in my head at least. However as I'd already braved the journey I stayed for the interview. My actual interviewer didn't care about what was on my resume, he again wanted to dig into my personal.
    All this said I can understand that because people spend so much time at work until it's literally a 2nd home, however I like to keep my personal life as such. It's non of your business as an employer about what's going on in my home unless it affects my work & when it does then you can ask the questions that were asked in these interviews.

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    Payroll Administrator Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Lisle, IL
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. I interviewed at Populus Group (Lisle, IL).

    Interview

    The interview process for me wasn't too bad. I only had two interviews. One was a culture interview where I interviewed with someone in leadership. This interview is to determine if you fit in with the culture of the company/office. My second interview was more situational questions and typical interview questions.

    Interview Questions

    • How I work with others and my background   1 Answer

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    Business Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied in-person. The process took 1+ week. I interviewed at Populus Group (Boston, MA) in October 2016.

    Interview

    Cordial atmosphere and warm and friendly staff. Basic questions on strength and weakness and why you are interested in the job came up. The initial recruiter took time to allay my fears as a recent graduate and made an effort to get me relaxed.

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  7. Helpful (1)  

    Digital Marketing Specialist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Bellevue, WA
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. I interviewed at Populus Group (Bellevue, WA) in September 2016.

    Interview

    I was contacted by a recruiter from the company on LinkedIn about an opportunity to work internally at their offices in Bellevue. She said I would be a great fit for one of their positions and wanted to speak to me. I've had pretty negative experiences with recruiters, but I thought since this was going to be a position at the actual company, it would be fine.

    She called me and asked how I was doing. I said that I was doing okay, then she pauses for a quick second then says "umm, uhh okay". Right away, I already knew what the outcome was going to be. We talk for about 10-15 mins about my experiences, skill sets, etc. She asks questions that made it seems like she was interested.

    At the end of the call, she said she was going to send me the job description right away and if I was interested in it, she would speak to her manager. Guess what? No email. I contacted her back on LinkedIn an hour after the initial screening and gave her my email address again so she could send it. No reply. The next day, I contacted her again and waited all day for a reply and still nothing.

    Seriously though? It takes 5 seconds to send over an email. Why would you waste your time and my time talking to me if you were just going to ignore me? Be professional. If you didn't want me to begin with, just say so right away, so I can move on.

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    Technical Recruiter Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at Populus Group.

    Interview

    Very negative interview experience. Had initial phone screening which was fine then had the phone interview. Lasted about an hour and 15 minutes and was extremely uncomfortable. I was asked questions about my family and personal life which I in no way felt comfortable answering at all. I felt like I was in a therapy session where the only thing discussed was bad and painful things about my past. However, at the end they said they would like to move forward and set up an in person interview and would contact me later that week but they never did. Even if they had I would not have gone through with it because I was so incredibly turned off by the phone interview. I get that they want to be thorough and find out who the candidate is but the way they went about it was inappropriate and not okay.

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    Populus Group Response

    Aug 15, 2016 – Manager of Training and Organizational Development

    I am sorry to hear you had a negative experience. Our interview processes is intended to help both parties identify if Populus Group is the best choice for the candidate, not to make anyone feel... More


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    Validation Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Detroit, MI
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied in-person. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at Populus Group (Detroit, MI) in July 2016.

    Interview

    Onsite Interview, went calm and got selected. The manager told response after one week, excited to work at client location as it's a big organization. My recruiter from Populus/Jaime Castilo helped me to get confidence on interview

    Interview Questions

    • Regarding my experience and projects worked.   1 Answer

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    General Motors Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Detroit, MI
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 5 days. I interviewed at Populus Group (Detroit, MI).

    Interview

    Wasn't interviewed by Populus Group, but interview was easy. Went to GM for one day and was interviewed by a GM employee. Overall, it was an easy process and did not take long.

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