Varipoint Interview Questions & Reviews
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Junior Executive Manager Trainee Interview (Negative Experience; Very Easy Interview)
I applied online and the process took 3 days - interviewed at Varipoint in February 2014.
Interview Details I saw a posting on indeed for smgi (which had great glassdoor reviews) and sent in my resume. The next day I get an email saying I was a qualified candidate and to call and set up an interview time with smgi. My call went unanswered and the HR manager called me the next day to confirm the interview with the hiring manager.
After arriving a half hour early for the interview I started looking for more info on the company on my phone and the red flags were everywhere. After looking up the address I see that Varipoint is listed as the tenant and not smgi. Varipoint has lots more negative feedback than smgi but I already drove over there so I figure it can't hurt to go to the interview. In the office I filled in a brief sign in with a few questions and see there are already other people waiting for interviews which I see as another red flag. The other applicants were kind of skeptical as well. When it was my turn I saw that the person emailing me as the HR manager was also the hiring manager, another red flag. I asked her why the office said varipoint while all emails were smgi. She said they were dissolving varipoint to become smgi and were negotiating with the office building to get the signs changed. After saying nothing of substance for 10-15 mins she asked my schedule for the following week for a follow up interview. The interview was conveniently scheduled from 2-7 PM, when I asked why it was so long she would not give details other than you would be with an experienced team member. I've since learned that the second interview is watching someone go door to door and peddle their product. You are supposed to ask your questions on the second interview. They didn't even bother to change from the standard MLM interview process.
If you are looking for a real job don't apply here. They look for the young and those desperate for a job, like me.
Interview Question – None, it was mostly the hiring manager throwing out annoying buzz words and being vague. My questions went unanswered. Answer Question
Reason for Declining – This is a MLM scheme and not a real job. The sales pitch online is misleading. There is no marketing component and you sell Verizon FIOS and Direct Energy door to door.
Very Easy Interview
Account Manager Interview (Negative Experience; Very Easy Interview)
I applied online and the process took 2 days - interviewed at Varipoint in October 2013.
Interview Details They will hire anyone. Dont even bother. You will get paid more at mcdonalds
Interview Question – Where do you see yourself in 5 years Answer Question
Negotiation Details – There is no negotiation. It is full commission, they just lie to you until you are in the door enough and then tell you that.
Account Manager Interview (Negative Experience; Easy Interview)
I applied online and interviewed at Varipoint.
Interview Details You have an initial interview with basic interview questions. After you prove that you are qualified to talk to people, they have a second interview with leaders of the team that take you to the field.
Interview Question – What is your means of transportation? View Answer
Account Manager Interview (Negative Experience; Average Interview)
I applied online and the process took 3 days - interviewed at Varipoint in July 2013.
Interview Details I was contacted by phone by Varipoint for an Account Manager position. The initial call consisted solely of a woman asking me about my salary requirements. I was scheduled to interview two days later. The first face-to-face interview asked me about my hobbies and goals in the industry. I was extremely clear that I had weekend obligations during this interview, and was under the impression that I was a good candidate when I was contacted for a second interview.
The second interview was surprising: a 6 hour ride along/Job Shadow. I took the day off work to perform this interview. I was packed into a waiting area with 8 other people also job shadowing that day. I was due to be there at 1:30, but was not introduced to my shadow for nearly an hour. He was the same person I had interviewed with who was not the president of the company, but a senior account representative. His appearance was unkempt, his shoes were broken down, the pants of his suit were ill-fitting, and obviously too short for his frame.
I was instructed to ride with him, and was on the Fort Pitt bridge when I began asking questions that seemed to be dodged during the initial interview. I asked him about the schedule, when he informed me that it was a six day workweek. I asked him if this was something that arrangements could be made for, on account of my discussing my second job, which he said "you won't need another job". This job is my personal business, which I am the owner of and cannot just quit. I asked him to turn around and take me back to the office. I was livid that my time and day off was wasted on this "interview".
I was then taken back to the office of the actual president of the company. His name was David, and I was asked to do an "exit interview". I'm not entirely sure why I need an exit interview when I don't work for the company yet. I explained that I was furious that I was led to believe that this position was a professional/office/career position, and the company concealed the fact that I was applying for a six day a week door-to-door sales position. He apologized, and insisted that the person who interviewed me was new to interviewing and would be coached on this interview. I was furious I took the day off work for this garbage. I proceeded to explain how incredibly unprofessional the whole process was, and that I learned from GlassDoor that this was a door-to-door sales position, not from anyone at VariPoint. Stay away from this company!
Interview Question – Where do you see yourself in 5 years. Answer Question
Reason for Declining – They were misleading, unprofessional, and wasted my time. I refused to be schemed into a lesser position than the one I have now because they can't get anyone to work for them by being honest.
Very Easy Interview
Sales Associate Interview (Positive Experience; Very Easy Interview)
I applied through another source and the process took a day - interviewed at Varipoint in April 2013.
Interview Details There is a three process interview .. First interview when you get called in to touch base on what to expect. Second interview , the shadowing process of the entry level sales you will be doing with a current employee . Third interview, the process on how you did and if you get hired. The Human resource team is very friendly and enthusiastic so they are laid back ( I wouldn't be nervous at all)... The interview takes about 5 to 10 minutes. Remember this is Entry level so you will start of as a sales then to Account Management based on Commission and performance. Do not be afraid to ask questions you really do not want to waste your time.
Interview Question – Questions they may ask you......
What does Success mean to you?
What motivates you?
What do you want to improve about yourself?
Three words that describes you and separates you from other candidates?
How did you hear about us? View Answer
Reason for Declining – I was going more for the money which supposedly started from 35,000-45,000 a year ,resulted it was based on commission and will take longer to advance to management but I will be done with school and the distance was not worth it for me.. I will be spending more money driving back and forth and the money is not guaranteed. So if you want sales and commission and live close by awesome but won't work out for me,, I really do not think it is worth it unless you want sales experience or some kind of marketing.
Account Manager Interview (Positive Experience; Easy Interview)
I applied through a recruiter - interviewed at Varipoint in November 2012.
Interview Details First round interview took place at their floor. I met with their vice president and was asked several behavior questions, took about 15-20 minutes. After that I was asked for a second round interview with one of their senior account manager. Each candidate went with one of the senior account managers for almost a day to experience and learn about what the actual work looked like.
Interview Question – What is your advantages over other candidates? Answer Question
Account Management Position Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied online and the process took 3 days - interviewed at Varipoint in October 2011.
Interview Details It was great! The people were very welcoming and friendly.
Interview Question – Where do you want to be in five years? Answer Question
Very Easy Interview
Account Executive Interview (Neutral Experience; Very Easy Interview)
I applied through another source and the process took 1+ week - interviewed at Varipoint.
Interview Details The interview process was great. There is a face-to-face interview. You may then be selected to come back for a day of job shadowing. The interview itself is a very relaxed conversation
Interview Question – This was not a structured interview. The most unexpected part was the realization that you are doing door to door sales, with no mention of that in the interview. Answer Question
Reason for Declining – This company requires you to go door to door selling products, although they keep saying that they aren't selling anything. Door-to-door sales are not for everyone.