Autonomy, Brand, Technolgy options, manager mentorship
slow process need to build out network
I applied online. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at Integra Telecom (Vancouver, WA) in July 2015.
I heard about the position through a contact at the company, and decided to apply on their careers website (which, by the way, is a horribly convoluted and ugly experience). 12 days (!) later I received an email requesting a phone interview, which ended up getting scheduled for a week later. The phone interview was a typical experience, and took about 30 minutes. A week later I got an email requesting an in person interview, scheduled for two weeks (!) beyond that. The in-person interview was awful. It consisted of four one-on-one, 45 minutes sessions with their QA manager and three scrum masters, and a final 30 minute session with their development team director. The interview consisted mostly of behavior-based questions (e.g. "Tell me about a time when you ..."), instead of what I anticipated to be skills-based questions evaluating me on whether or not I could actually do the job. The entire interview lasted an exhausting THREE AND A HALF HOURS. I was absolutely ecstatic when it was over. I was told that I would hear from them within a couple of weeks. Five weeks later I still hadn't heard anything, so I decided to ask my contact at the company to see what was going on, and was informed that they had hired a close friend of someone who was an acquaintance of the QA manager. No email letting me know they'd hired someone else, nothing. They just left me hanging. Even my contact was surprised and called it "unprofessional". After the interview I was on the fence whether or not I would actually accept an offer had they extended one to me. The interview process was ridiculously long, requiring me to take a day off from my current job to accommodate, and they asked me only a few questions evaluating my competency. The entire application process lasted almost 10 weeks, including the five weeks I was left hanging without any closure. I got the impression that the company really had no idea about QA, what they wanted from it, and what they expected of me. They also seemed disorganized and overly busy. Not an environment I want to be involved in.
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