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Employees rate Charleston 6.7% higher than the overall average
I have been working at BoomTown (South Carolina) full-time (Less than a year)
Lots of responsibility with no micromanages
The pay could be better
I applied online. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at BoomTown (South Carolina) (Charleston, SC) in March 2019.
I went through three rounds.
Initial contact was made by email requesting a time to talk on the phone. I appreciate this type of initial contact over a direct phone call at random.
All subsequent emails were with this same person, who was not any of the people I interviewed with.
The first was an initial phone interview with the company recruiter.
This person asked some general questions relating to my experience and the skills required for the position. I would say I did 80% of the talking during this phone conversation. I felt a bit awkward because I would answer the questions with what I felt was appropriate detail and energy, but the interviewer barely responded aside from asking the next question.
They were not exactly rude about it, and I think they made a comment about how they were "taking notes" which might be suggesting that's why they were not interacting as much.
It wasn't a big deal but it also wasn't a very pleasant phone call overall. Basically I felt like I was just repeating all the information on my resume and application over the phone.
At the end I was told I would be interviewed by someone who was in charge of the position I was applying to.
I received information about the next phone interview from the same person who emailed me about the first phone call. I believe these phone calls were about a week apart.
This second phone call was with person described above. I cannot recall any real difference between the questions asked in the first phone call and those asked in the second. They were just more general questions about my experience and the job's required skills. A lot of information about this company and any company can be found online, but just like my information could be found in my application and resume, I felt that phone interviews were supposed to be a good time to have a conversation with both sides to get an idea of the other socially. I felt that I tried to do this by answering the questions provided, but I felt that the interviewers did not reciprocate this effort, as they were both too busy "taking notes". I do not feel they were trying at all to make me feel like I should want to work there.
This phone call is when I started to feel a bit miffed about this interview process. I had basically spent a little over a week in contact with these people, and felt as though no progress had been made.
Being told that someone else would tell me what would happen next through email is one of major aspects of poor communication that I think was present throughout the interview process. Every person I interviewed with basically threw all the responsibility of communicating to me what was happening next to someone else. It is understandable that there isn't always an answer right away after an interview, but I still feel they could do a better job in this aspect.
The final interview was requested through email and I was asked to engage in a video call with three people in my position's department, including the person I talked to on the second phone call. I can't remember exactly but either in the second phone call or one of the emails I was told this video conference was going through a project of mine on github or something along those lines. There was not many details about it either way. So before the video conference I spent time going over what I had there so that I could try and talk about it.
It ended up being quite different. In total the video conference was almost hour.
The first ten or fifteen minutes was the same thing as the first two phone interviews. I would like to also note the "taking notes" thing came up again during this hour long interview as well. I really wanna see these notes.
The latter forty-five minutes were mostly skill related questions.
There was a pseudo-code problem, questions about SQL, questions about OOP, questions about computer science concepts in general, a logic puzzle, and some questions at the end about my favorite app/website/software, what I did and didn't like about it, and how I would improve it if I was in charge.
I understand in this field technical skills are important and testing interviewees is a thing, but this was kinda silly in my opinion. I would have appreciated more information about what would happen in the video session before hand.
This length of this description matches my feelings about this entire process. It just felt dragged out.
I understand it can be difficult to select a candidate for a position from a large group of applicants. I also understand that there is definitely other people who were probably better fit for the job than I. I don't understand what made me less qualified, as no feedback was given.
Overall I think my issues with the process were:
1. Repetitive question answer sessions on phone and in video about my experience
2. Lack of personal interest in me or effort to make me WANT to work at BoomTown
3. Lack of overall feedback about my candidacy