I applied through a recruiter. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at Spherion (Lincolnshire, IL) in September 2009.
On line is more grueling than the interview...on line you take a battery of tests, you are asked to supply proof of everything from your high school diploma to college transcripts. Then once you come to your in-person interview, if you've made it that far, it's a piece of cake.
There is no negotiation.
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