I have been working at Chapin Hill Advisors part-time (Less than a year)
The pace is very fast and the owner is tremendously talented which means there is always a lot going on. She is a frequent media guest so you see how public relations and media work to benefit the firm. There are many events hosted by the firm which benefit not for profits and serve to promote the firm's image. Clients are varied and intelligent but often demanding as well. This is a great way to gain experience in so many facets. The owner is an avid proponent of animal rescue which I admire.
There is little training as it is a small firm. You are expected to be very organized and a self starter as you are not micro-managed. This is not the place for someone looking to hide or a slacker. If you are not up to the tasks, you will not fit in and possibly affect your self esteem. If you are not an animal lover, this is also not the place for you to be. It is made very clear in the interview process that the pace is demanding and dogs are in the office.
Advice to Management
Creating training manuals for new tasks needed to be executed and operational tasks would be helpful.
I applied online. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at Chapin Hill Advisors in September 2014.
The President of the company had one phone interview with me which seemed more like a sales call. We talked little of my experience and she spent about an hour telling me the "benefits" of the company, all of which turned out to be false. She was surely trying to sell me on the position and validate her company. I had a second phone interview with the current personal assistant and she actually asked me standard interview questions. Over a month later I received a call back from the president asking "If I offered you the position would you actually accept it?" After I replied "Yes" she responded "Really? Oh, Okay Great!" As if she was in disbelief.
I then had to take a series of personality and basic skills tests. These tests were simple math problems (addition and subtraction), writing a draft business letter, and putting names in alphabetical order.
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