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Old 07-09-2012, 07:23 PM
 
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I have an all day interview with a potential employer (9-5) and was wondering what to expect. I have a couple of one-on-one's and several group interviews according to the itinerary. In all it looks like I will meet with 17 people. The most I have ever had in previous positions is 2-3 people with a few phone interviews in addition.

I was wondering if it is a series of behavioral/technical questions over and over again, or if some people have had assessment built into this time frame, etc.

Any advice would be much appreciated. Thanks in advance.
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Old 07-09-2012, 07:47 PM
 
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That can vary greatly depending on the position. The last one I had was for a fairly high level management position. It included group discussions with all the candidates on controversial but job related topics, to assess our ability to handle persuasiveness and stress in meetings. There was also a writing project, basically a report on job related data that we had to use. When they did individual interviews there was one HR person and one from the hiring manager's office that remained in the room with the others to see how they interacted (if at all) as strangers just meeting and in competition for a good job.
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Old 07-10-2012, 06:28 AM
 
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That can vary greatly depending on the position. The last one I had was for a fairly high level management position. It included group discussions with all the candidates on controversial but job related topics, to assess our ability to handle persuasiveness and stress in meetings. There was also a writing project, basically a report on job related data that we had to use. When they did individual interviews there was one HR person and one from the hiring manager's office that remained in the room with the others to see how they interacted (if at all) as strangers just meeting and in competition for a good job.
I can understand that, but my job is for an individual contributor role and the job description is 3-5 years of experience, so this is not likely to be a position that requires an insane skill set (ie 10-15 years of experience). Just a little unclear how much can go on in 8 hours with 17 different people and I believe I am the only candidate visiting that day. There is nothing to make me think there will be other candidates there although I am sure I am not the only candidate.
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Old 07-10-2012, 07:03 AM
 
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One major thing they will be looking for is consistency throughout the day. Anyone can 'fake it' for an hour long interview, but that is much harder to do in an all day interview. I had one similar to that, and they asked me similar questions at 3pm as they do at 8am. I was told after that they were looking to see if I was consistent with my answers.

I would recommend that you be honest, and be very forthcoming with what you want on the job and what you can bring to the table. They are going to try to wear you down a bit to see if you slip so that they can tell if how you come across in the interview is a facade in any way.
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Old 07-10-2012, 07:30 AM
 
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One major thing they will be looking for is consistency throughout the day. Anyone can 'fake it' for an hour long interview, but that is much harder to do in an all day interview. I had one similar to that, and they asked me similar questions at 3pm as they do at 8am. I was told after that they were looking to see if I was consistent with my answers.

I would recommend that you be honest, and be very forthcoming with what you want on the job and what you can bring to the table. They are going to try to wear you down a bit to see if you slip so that they can tell if how you come across in the interview is a facade in any way.
that actually makes perfect sense. Thanks a lot for the advice and for bringing this up.
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Old 07-10-2012, 08:08 AM
 
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God, that sounds brutal. Good luck!
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Old 07-10-2012, 09:31 AM
 
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You are meeting with various groups (you are not meeting with 17 people who do the same job) and they want to see if they can work with you, if your philosophy is similiar to or will conflict with their philosophy (as well as the philosophy of the organization), they will look at how well you speak in general and address certain topics in particular. They are checking to see if you are capable of doing the job, as well as seeing how you will fit in (and if they think you will be easy to work with). My only advice is to be yourself. If you get a job based on a false impression, the honeymoon is going to be very short.
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Old 07-10-2012, 05:17 PM
 
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Generally when I have gone on those interviews there are several groups of people and a few one on ones. They usually have a list of questions, and they are the same. So be prepared for the typical 'behavioral' interview questions to be asked of you a few times and have a different answer ready. It is a tedious interview, but good luck, you are one of the finalists!
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Old 07-10-2012, 05:24 PM
 
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Good luck and let us know how it goes!
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Old 07-10-2012, 07:32 PM
 
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Yep, great advice so far and very similar to what I experienced. I found they liked to play games, make you wait then start a panel interview during lunch.
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