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I applied online. I interviewed at Seattle Opera


After applying for my position I was contacted roughly 1 week later by the hiring manager to schedule an interview. I was interviewed by the supervisor to whom I would report, as well as one other manager within the department. The questions appeared to be pre-written, and there did not seem to be much organic follow up. Within two business days I received a call asking to set up a second interview, with the supervisor and department director. That interview did repeat many of the same questions from the first interview, and seemed to follow the same outline. The director did tend to ask more "off script" questions. Within another 3 business days I received an offer from the director. All in all, it seemed to be a standard series of interviews - firstly the supervisor and close colleague vet you, then they bring preferred candidates to the director for final approval. I do believe that the timeline I experienced was unusually expedited due to the need to bring on this position in advance of a project launch.

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I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Seattle Opera in Aug 2018


I was contacted shortly after applying for the job to have a phone interview. That took place with two individuals over the phone. They were nice and would let me know. but they never reached out again.

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I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Seattle Opera (Seattle, WA) in Dec 2017


There was a phone screen and a panel interview which I thought was pretty ridiculous for a seasonal part time job . Also, the office was extremely hard to find!! I did try my best, but I think one of the reasons I wasn't concerned for the job is because I didn't know enough about Opera.

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