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Westwood College Interview Questions

Updated Dec 20, 2016
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  1.  

    Student Worker Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at Westwood College (Arlington, VA) in May 2015.

    Interview

    The interview process was fairly quick. I applied within the college it was a 1.1 interview with the head of the Finical aid office. The process from begin to end took only 2 hours,

    Interview Questions


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    Administrative Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Woodridge, IL
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at Westwood College (Woodridge, IL) in February 2015.

    Interview

    I was run around the building to the registrar, campus president, and externship director. All had the standard interview questions that you would expect. All typed in a screen as I answered them and barely made eye contact. They all were rushed and seem to just want to pass me along to the next person.

    There were no students on campus at all, despite the fact that it was in the middle of a week day. Hard to believe all of their students are night students.

    i asked some questions about Westwood in general and found out that no one that I had been talking to that day had been there for more than a year, except for the campus president. Most were re-tread employees from other for-profit schools. I was told there was a major "house cleaning" in the past year and that everyone that was now there was performing the responsibilities of several former employees. It did not sound like that campus would be around much longer.

    I sent them all nice thank you note after the interviews, but never heard a word from them after that.

    Interview Questions

    • How to improve their program?

      How to attract high quality adjuncts, since they have no full time professors?  
      1 Answer

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    Admissions Representative Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 1+ week. I interviewed at Westwood College (Chicago, IL) in December 2014.

    Interview

    I was called by the director of admissions for a telephone interview. About 10 days later I had a face-to-face interview. I was contacted three days later and received a job offer.

    Interview Questions

    • What was my track record regarding meeting and exceeding metrics?   1 Answer

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  5. Helpful (1)  

    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 5 weeks. I interviewed at Westwood College in September 2014.

    Interview

    Applied online and received a phone call 2 weeks later. Scheduled an interview that lasted about 45 minutes. The hiring manager was very kind and explained processes as thoroughly as possible. No work-from-home option for the ID position which I found odd since most ID work can be done remotely.

    Interview Questions

    • What would you do if the CEO or major stakeholders of the company wanted to roll out a new program that you knew would not be successful? Would you tell them or keep it to yourself and go along with it anyway?   Answer Question

  6. Helpful (1)  

    Career Services Advisor Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at Westwood College.

    Interview

    called after submitting resume online, had brief interview, Director asked lots of questions about my previous employer. Very uncomfortable interview after 3 weeks received an email from their on boarding office that I had not been selected for the position

    Interview Questions

    • Was asked about information about my previous employer, very uncomfortable and unprofessional.   Answer Question

  7. Helpful (6)  

    Program Chair, Information Technology Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Chicago, IL
    Declined Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through a staffing agency. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at Westwood College (Chicago, IL).

    Interview

    Initial interview: telephone with HR rep.
    A week later: an in person interview with "Academic Dean".
    A week later: an in person panel interview with 5 "Program Chairs".
    A week later: an in person interview with the "Acting Campus President".
    Two weeks later: received an offer letter.

    As far as the hiring and interviewing process goes: it was my impression that most Westwood people I met with did not know what to do in the interview situation. I often had to lead the interview progression during my time with them...amazing! It seems that Westwood employees do not understand the importance of the interview process...most didn't have questions to ask, nor were they prepared to answer questions. In general, Westwood employees seemed preoccupied with something else, appeared uneasy, or perhaps their displeasure of working at Westwood came out, or even worse: felt guilty that I might be getting myself involved in the problem, like they are...
    The "Program Chairs" gave me the impression that they were line employees rather than leaders of programs. Some of their displeasure about the "leadership" at Westwood leaked out during the panel interview. In addition, nobody really ever offered a real reason for me to come to work for Westwood College. They did offer many negatives like "something's always broken here" and "we've never had good leadership in these programs". My interview included a "campus tour" which was a brief walk around the floor. There were very few classes going on, and the area had a "adult high school" feel to it. At the end of the interview, they just kind of leave you at the elevator and press the "down" button without walking you to the door...

    Interview Questions

    • No good questions. The toughest being "use a word to describe yourself"   1 Answer

    Reasons for Declining

    I did research on Westwood: Pretty quickly, it became obvious that Westwood College is NOT an academic institution at all, but rather a business masquerading as a "school". Simple search engine research reveals that the company has a bad reputation with current and past employees, a bad reputation with current and past students, and a bad reputation with the outside community. Westwood has been the target of lawsuits and state investigations regarding its admissions, financial aid practices, and other unethical ways. Westwood does not have any real accreditation, of which many students complain of their inability to transfer credits to academic institutions. Westwood has a high employee turnover rate. When I visited, the people in the office seemed preoccupied, and there was a general atmosphere of being unhappy working there--I could sense I high stress level. At the beginning of the intervierwing process, the HR person in Denver told me a salary range 10-15K higher than they eventually actually offered. I received a job offer letter with low salary and benefits. I'm finding that Westwood does have a 401k, but do not offer any matching. Plus, employees are not eligible for Paid Time Off or PTO accrual until after 90 days (I bet a lot of people leave within the first 90 days), The Academic Dean and Campus President were non-negotiating with their offer, and they would not consider any counteroffers whatsoever. A bad, bad vibe was felt all around on this one. Even if you get an offer, it is ALWAYS a good thing to walk away from a bad business situation. If they treat you poorly before you walk in the door, how is it going to be after you're working there? I feel fine about declining Westwoods offer and walking away...


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    Adjunct Instructor Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 days. I interviewed at Westwood College (Washington, DC) in March 2014.

    Interview

    You will have to teach a mock-lesson.
    Previous experience is a necessity.This will be very helpful because it shows that you have classroom management skills and have taught before.

    Interview Questions

    • Do you have any previous experience in teaching at the college level?   1 Answer

    Negotiation

    No negotiation.


  9.  

    The Process Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Anaheim, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at Westwood College (Anaheim, CA).

    Interview

    First interview was with the head of the department. Second interview was conducted as a panel interview with the entire department. Third was interviewing with eh campus President. Lastly was the presentation. The propose of the presentation was so that can see how I would do conducting presentations in class rooms.

    Interview Questions

    • I would say the most difficult thing for me was that I had to do a presentation. even though I had done presentations before it has never been done for a job interview.   Answer Question

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    Admissions Representative Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took a week. I interviewed at Westwood College (Los Angeles, CA) in January 2014.

    Interview

    First step is a phone interview with the Hiring Director ( Director Of Admissions), then I was invited in for a one on one interview. If they like you, we will be sent an email to take an assessment. Then offer or interview with Regional.

    Interview Questions

    • What would your wife and kids say about you.   1 Answer

  11.  

    Accepted Offer

    Application

    I applied through a staffing agency. I interviewed at Westwood College.

    Interview

    Panel interview, questions from multiple people in the department. Very friendly.

    Interview Questions

    • How would you help a student not motivated to look for a job.   1 Answer

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