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Describe a time when you had to tell someone bad news and there was nothing you could do to fix the situation?2 Answers
I made sure i used a situation, behavior, application, and outcome in my answers.
I once had to tell a customer that the damage to their car would not be covered because it was determined that the accident she got in was her fault and she didn’t have comprehensive coverage.
Discuss experiences with conflict resolution.1 Answer
In my career as an employee relations professional I have always found it best to remain calm, gather facts, consult both parties, and then do my best to make an unbiased judgement which will hopefully benefit both parties.
A shop disagrees with your estimate of labor hours and says you are trying to cheat the customer, who do you handle the situation?1 Answer
I would ask the shop mechanic how much time he thinks it would take to fix the damages. If it is near my estimate, I would adjust the amount of labor hours to the mechanic’s estimation.
A train leaves San Antonio for Huston at 60mph. Another train leaves Huston for San Antonio at 80mph. Huston and San Antonio are 300 miles apart. If a bird leaves San Antonio at 100mph, and turnes around and flies back once it reaches the Huston train, and continues to fly between the two, how far will it have flown when they collide.16 Answers
Find out how long it will take the two trains to collide, then multiply that number by the birds flying speed.
There are several scenarios to consider. Scenario 1 - Since trains rarely collide, the bird will hypothetically continue to fly forever, thus the answer is infinity miles. However, this is obviously not a rational outcome since the bird will tire, need to stop for nourishment, and require rest. In addition, one would need to know more about the bird such as the average lifespan and the realistic length of time the bird can fly at a sustained speed of 100 miles per hour. Of course, the term "bird" is sometimes used colloquially when referring to an airplane. Scenario 2 - Assuming both trains leave at the exact same moment, then the distance between them will be reduced by 140 miles per hour, which is the combined speeds of both trains. Therefore, it will take (300/140) = 2.14 hours before the two trains collide thus the bird would have flow (2.14*100) = 214 miles. However, this assumes both trains are traveling at a constant speed on a single track void of any modern collision avoidance systems, and that neither train makes any scheduled stops along the way, which again is not a real world scenario. Of course, the only bird capable of flying 100 mph sustained for more than 2 hours is an airplane. Scenario 3 - Assuming I am interviewing for an upper level management position and solving the problem will significantly impact the company's bottom-line and thus impact my bonus, I would hire a management consulting company specializing in mathematic modeling to solve the problem and offer suggestions to optimize the collision such that it would conserve as much energy as possible for both trains and the bird.
Where is Huston, Texas? I didn't see it on the map. The only city that I see approx 300 miles of San Antonio is Houston. So since there is not Huston then there is no train and hence no collision. The bird flies till it dies.
If the bird is flying between both trains when they collide, it won't have flown at all anymore since it would be dead (squashed between both trains).
They won't collide; they're on separate tracks to stop this happening.
Too far... that bird needs better navigational skills. Try a GPS.
Actually, it needs some math and some imagination only. First of all, the collision point will be about 128.6 miles from San Antonio and the collision should happen after 128.6 minutes. Part 1: The bird will start travelling from San Antonio heading to Huoston and will meet the Huoston train after 2 Hrs and 40 Minutes (Relative speed between both is 180 mph) at a point which is 167 miles away from San Antonio and 133 miles far from Huoston. At this moment, the San Antonio Train will be 100 miles from San Antonio and 67 miles away from both the bird and Huoston train. The bird has flown 167 miles Part 2: The bird will fly back towards San Antonio train again at a relative speed between them of 160 mph and will meet the train after another 25 minutes at a point which is 125 miles from San Antonio. At this moment, the Houston train will be 133.5 miles from San Antonio and 8.5 miles from both the San Antonio Train and the bird. Part 3: The bird will fly again towards Huoston Train, and will reach it after about 3 minutes at a point which is almost the collission point. Previous "rough" calculations tells us that the bird has travelled a distance of almost 218 - 220 miles. I hope this is the right answer though.
Train 1: x = 0, v = 60 mph Train 2: x = 300, v = -80 mph Bird: x = 0, v = 100mph 300 + (-80*t) = 0 + (100*t) -> t = 1.667 (60 * 1.667) = 100 (100 * 1.667) = 166.67 Train 1: x = 100, v = 60 mph Train 2: x = 167.7, v = -80 mph Bird: x = 167.7, v = -100mph 100 + (60*t) = 167.7 + (-80*t) -> t = .476 h (-100 * .476 ) = 47.6 Bird, total distance is 214.3 miles, or a displacement of 119.0 miles from its starting location.
When who collides? The bird and the train or the trains?
If the bird is literally "flying between the trains" until they collide.. Then, the answer is "not far enough to get out of the way before being squashed."
100*(300/(60+80)) = 1500/7 miles. It takes 300/(60+80) hours for the trains to collide, and the bird will travel at 100 mph during this time.
The fastest flier in the world is the Peregrine Falcon. It can reach a "flat" speed of 124 mph (dives have been clocked at 168), but I do not believe any known bird can maintain 100mph when flying on an even plane for more then a few miles. So the birds quits, there is an opening. Whats It Pay?
The distance is infinite as there is no relaxation time or turning time so such a thing is not possible practically. For an instance imagine the distance traveled by the bird when the distance between the two trains is just 10m and so on till 8 9 7 till the distance is just tending to 0.
Here’s how to think about it so you can do it in your head: The 2 trains are closing in on each other at 60 mph + 80 mph = 140 mph. The have to cover 300 miles before they collide. They will collide in 300miles/140 mi/hr = 30/14 = 15/7 hours = 2-1/7 hours (a little over 2 hours). The bird is flying at 100 mph for 15/7 hours. The bird flies 100 mi/hr x 15/7 hours = 1500/7 miles. That is a little over 214 miles. Ballpark Reality Check: Trains crash in a little over 2 hours so the bird flies at 100 mph for a little over 2 hours which is a little over 200 miles. Yep, sounds right. Nothing else matters. Not how far the trains go, not how far the bird goes, not what direction the bird is flying, etc. Answer the question that was asked and don’t answer a question that wasn’t asked. The question is, “How far does the bird travel?” The answer is “Exactly 1500/7 miles which is a little over 214 miles.”
I would first want to play upon the interviewer's geek tendencies, and ask, "what do you mean, African or European swallow"? and I'm assuming you mean an unladen one....http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:http://style.org/unladenswallow/&gws_rd=cr&ei=GHpWVqKhJcLJmwXxyr3gDg
I looked at this a bit differently than the answers below. Because the bird remains between the two trains until it crashes it has one of two options. Either it (A) flies back and forth between the trains at 100 mph or BB) maintains the same speed as the train it met up with. For A, the answer is 214.3 as it would maintain a constant speed of 100 mph and the trains would take 128.57 minutes to meet. I have yet to find a bird that can start and stop while maintaining a flight speed of 100 mph but this is a hypothetical as it is only 200 miles between the two. For B, the answer is 204.76 as the bird flew the 166.67 miles to the Houston train (H) and then maintains that trains speed until impact. In that scenario the two trains would have traveled 233.33 miles at the time the bird met the H train leaving 66.67 miles to go. with the H train traveling 80 mph they would meet in 28.57 minutes at which time the H train and the bird would have traveled 38.09 of those miles. 38.09+166.67=204.76.
they won't tell you that you will work for free the first two weeks and wont be officially hired until yo write for deals, that comes after you have commited and starting to work there. htese are all facts13 Answers
I would just like to comment on the above statement to clarify its accuracy since I have worked at ASUREA for over 12 years and am very involved in the hiring process with respect to our sales offices located across the country. All sales reps do go through pre-appointment production and have to write 4 applications before they are officially hired on. We provide training, leads, and resources to do that. With that said, we make no gripe about it as we think it's an equalizer that promotes fairness amongst candidates looking to be hired as we are very selective in who we bring into the ASUREA Group family. As well, we want to make sure you (the candidate) truly enjoy the position, environment, and team before we both make a long term career decision. Nobody works for free and the 4 applications our new sales rep's make get credited towards their production & commissions once hired on. We think this is very reasonable and fair for candidates. Once hired on they benefit from a full time salary, benefits, gas allowance, exclusive sales leads/territory, and fantastic commissions. If you did have a negative experience I would appreciate reaching out to me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org as we take all feedback good or bad to heart. Thank you.
you sir have not worked for Asurea for 12 years since it has not been around that long. what you said would be fine about yhe pre appointment process except Sean Valley in your Florida office would be upfront and honest about it. By the way I made it thru the "pre appointment process only to be lied to over and over again. you are a liar by saying you worked for Asurea for 12 years. you have no credibility.
do you really think people believe that you have nothing but perfect reviews? hello, red flag. did you write all those yourself?
Please dispute anything that i have said. do you not promote nepotism? has Asurea been around for 12 years? Does your FL manager not obscure the truth about the hiring process?
by the way after spending hundreds of dollars and many hours getting your insurance license. only to work two weeks trying to sell recycled leads, get hired and not paid retro to when you started is called" working for free".
I am an Area Manager in the sothern Ca area and do most of the interviews. I'd like to start by saying you can not make everyone happy. I personally have been with the a branch of the company before the merger for 9 years. and can say the i personally know Chris and ha HAS been working for 12 years. the reason we have purfect reviews is because we care for our people. and handle complaints ASAP. i cannot say what or what not was said to you about the on boarding process during your inteview. but one of the first things we do is dicuss and explain the pre appointment production.I like to call it "Making the team" its a chance for you to proove to us and yourself that this is a fit for you. We dedicate lots of effort to making sure our offices are full of A players and that we have fun. as far as the last comment you made, investing a few hundred dollars so that you can make THOUSANDS a month seems like a steal!! the reason we use recycled leads to get you started is so that we can bring down lead costs and so you can proove that you can do it the hard way. and as far as working for free....as a manager im training you for free so you can be equipped to be succesfull when you start. its a fair trade. people spend THOUSANDS at carrer colleges to go make 35K a year. it really seems like its a blessing that you are not part of the team.
Do you deny that Asurea has not been for 12 years? I have no doubt that a 40 something year old man has worked for 12 years. In addition how many of your sales reps make more than 55k a year? Less than 10%?
What's the turn over rate in the South Florida office? Don't worry you will probably get a less than accurste answer from the regional manager.
I heard they have great reviews because they offer bonuses to the employees who post them. Cash bonuses, t shirts crape like that. But if you read the reviews the employees all state working there lead than a year. So some of this has to be crap or else why the high turnover rate.
I heard they have great reviews because they offer bonuses to the employees who post them. Cash bonuses, t shirts crap like that. But if you read the reviews the employees all state working there less than a year. So some of this has to be crap or else why the high turnover rate.
Hi there. I have worked at ASUREA which was formerly known as Insurance Wholesalers prior to the merger if you need specifics. I am sorry you had a bad experience with our office and company. Regardless of who's right or wrong we do realize we cannot make everyone happy, this opportunity is not right for everyone, and ultimately - we can only do our best each and everyday. Moe is a great manager and person in general and I think his feedback above offers great perspective. The fact is, anyone with an internet connection can write any reviews or say anything they want on the internet, and I can't help that. If we believed everything we read online life would sure be interesting! What I can do for folks serious about learning more about our company and want to find our more information is to give out my contact info (email@example.com) and i'll gladly have a chat and answer any questions you might have. You can also check my LinkedIn profile to learn about my experience and history with ASUREA here: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/chris-reid/39/2b3/19
Hi I’m a reporter with the San Francisco Chronicle writing a story on companies asking for applicants to work for free as a part of the interview process. How can I get in touch with you? My contact number is 5735295200
Its about time this stuff is exposed for what it is...
Can you describe a time when you faced a challenge that was hard to overcome (something along those lines)5 Answers
Was also there for the interview last Friday for underwriting internship.Did you get feedback from them? and if so when did you get? because I haven't. thanks
I had to reach out to there recruiting team to get an answer. They have already decided on who is receiving an internship position from my knowledge
Did you reach out to Emily?? or Angela?
Did you reach out to Emily?? or Theana?
I got my offer in the following Thursday.
No questions were difficult, just know why you want to work for State Farm5 Answers
What is the base salary offered?
Did you start the job already? what are the schedules like? I know it can be any shift but if you have any details please let me know. How is the training? Is there any other testing besides the one for the license? Thanks
Yes I've started already, just completed my 4th week of training. My training schedule is 9am to 5:30pm mon-fri..then my regular work shift will be 9:30-6 mon-fri... The only test that really matters is the licensing exam, although there are several other exams throughout training that they'd like for you to pass but it's not as mandatory as passing the licensing exam..
How long does it take to get and answer back for the background check and drug test?
Was the licensing exam difficult? Do they use Kaplan?
you have a 9x9x9 sided cube made up of 1 squaree inch squares. If all sides are painted how many cubes have no paint on any side?6 Answers
Zero... because all sides are painted; either you re-wrote this wrong or you trying to walk her through mathematical equations to answer this obviously simple question is the reason you didn't get an offer.
Eric, calm yourself. Im guessing he means that all sides (like he said) are painted. i.e. only the cubes on the outside of the cube. So the way to solve would be think of an 8x8x8 cube inside of a 9x9x9 cube, where are all of the 8x8x8 cube pieces have no paint on them. I think the answer is 8 cubed or 512 then, but dont quote me on that.
Since cubes on all sides are painted, I believe that you would need to eliminate a cube from each side, so I think that the answer is 7x7x7 = 343
I agree with John's answer, but the wording is terrible. You have to assume that the cube is built from 9^3 one inch cubes. Then the problem becomes simple to visualize and solve. I hope the interview explained the problem clearer than this poster.
shuld be one ?, 3 cubes on on x axis, 2 on y side , 2 on z side , if all sides are painted..we will only be left with middle cube which is common cube and cannor be painted,,
To add in general for nXnXn cube the answer is (n-2)X(n-2)X(n-2)
This is the strange part about the whole process...I didn't see any of the questions as being "difficult" or "unexpected". I felt that I aced the interviews and then was shot down!5 Answers
sometimes our perceptions of ourselves are not always accurate. Did you ask them to give you feedback? If you were that great you would have gotten the job. Maybe you should need to do a mock interview or contact a rep from progressive to go over every response you gave and tell you what they were looking for so you will know next time.
Your answer is totally WRONG! They were unwilling to speak to me about it at all. I'm not some rookie who just came into the job market. I've worked at some very prestigious companies throughout my career and have never ran into this before. Some of these past positions involved me in the hiring position. So your implication that I need to do a mock interview is both insulting and stupid on your part. You have no clue. The problem clearly was my age.
Ha ha! Your response to someone's offer to help you was arrogant and rude. No wonder you didn't get a job offer!
Spoken by a total fool!
If you applied for a Management position and if you are not a caucasian then you are out of luck and don't blame yourself for not joining this Company.