I have been working at Xylem full-time
great growth opportunities, international company, approachable management
fast paced, a lot of projects, high expectations
I applied online. I interviewed at Xylem (Rye Brook, NY).
I received an email from HR a few days from the time I sent in my resume, asking for available dates/times to talk. We connected on the phone a few days later, and spent about 30 minutes going over my resume. The usual phone screen. Then nothing.
A month later I receive an email from the same HR representative telling me the Xylem team would like to bring me in for a first round interview, where I would meet with the VP of Global Public Affairs (who I'd be reporting to), an HR Representative, and I'd be taking a writing exam. We went back and forth on email to find a suitable date and schedule the interview for two weeks from that day.
A day before the interview, the same HR representative emails and says the VP of Global Public Affairs has a conflict and won't be able to make it. Can I reschedule? A new date is set for two weeks from then.
The interview day finally arrives. I am well prepared and looking forward to (finally) meeting the team. The same HR representative meets me in the lobby, we exchange pleasantries for about one minute before she ushers me into a tiny room where I am to meet with the VP of Global Public Affairs. "She'll be right in," the HR rep says. I wait. And then I wait some more. Twenty minutes later the VP comes in staring at her phone, glances up at me, says 'hello' and a quick "sorry for the delay', sits down and then launches into a (long) overview of Xylem-- 90 percent of that information, by the way, one can get (and that I knew) from the website/research. Every five minutes she was looking down at her phone. It was incredibly obvious that she had no interest in me - no interest in asking engaging questions - no interest period. I think she asked me two--maybe three--basic questions during the 40 minutes she spent with me. An alarm on her phone went off (yes, she set an alarm), and she apologized but said she had to go now and it was nice meeting me. Yup. You read that right. An alarm.
From there, it was a nice enough interview. I took the hour-long writing test which I felt I did strongly on ( I was there so I figured I should just take it) and then met with a lovely HR representative who asked probing, interesting questions and allowed me to do the same.
Long story short: HR never officially told me I didn't have the job until I emailed them several times to "follow up."
I'm not sure why they brought me in for that interview. I'm definitely qualified and have several years of corporate communications experience but I was treated like a second class citizen. I spent three hours in that interview. Three hours I'll never get back. By the way, this position has been posted for the past six months and continues to be advertised online.