You might think companies that are the most popular to work for, like Google, Amazon, Apple and Disney, would put job seekers through the most rigorous interview process, but not so, according to recently released research. It's the lower-profile, highly specialized niche firms that are the most difficult to... Read More »
As an AOL interviewee, I'm in the unusual position of having traveled a roller coaster that has much to do with the current economy: I started as a freelance writer, became a freelance editor, and then became the contracted managing editor of the WalletPop website. I was subsequently got let go, and began... Read More »
My experience applying for a job at Google took me on an emotional roller coaster ride. In 2007, I had been an administrator at a Silicon Valley university for six years. Leading up to submitting my resume to Google, I had become aware of the tech-talent vacuum that was "the G."
Just in that year alone,... Read More »
My name is Eva Williams, and I interviewed at Microsoft for a product manager position.
I was living in Boston, having gone back to school there (after four years of working as a management consultant) to get my master's in business administration. I learned about the Microsoft job opportunity through the... Read More »
My name is Alison and I am a 26-year-old master of business administration graduate, currently working in global supply chain management, for a large manufacturing company. (I prefer to keep my last name, image, and current company information anonymous to avoid noncompliance issues with company... Read More »
When I interviewed at Wells Fargo Bank in the summer of 2010, my background was mainly in customer service, including a position at the Marriott Hotel in Atlanta.
I applied for a part-time teller position on Wells Fargo's website. I had been banking with Wells Fargo for so long that I knew my bank's branch... Read More »
My name is Megan Snider and when I moved with my family from Iowa to the small town of Centre, Ala., I decided to waste no time looking for a job.
My money from my previous job, working as a cashier the year prior, had all but dried up. Based on my experiences, I decided to look for another retail job.... Read More »
The FBI. You can hardly hear that acronym without thinking of black-suited secret agents and television crime dramas; and like most people, I'd harbored midday fantasies about how working for such an agency could dramatically improve my life. If not with the pay scale, then with the excitement.
I was an... Read More »
My name is Jerome Powell and I'm a 22-year-old student majoring in Business and Marketing at Bluefield State College. I applied for a cashier position at Walmart in February 2010.
To apply, I went to a Walmart store and completed a job application on a small computer in the employee break area at the back of... Read More »
I am a 28-year-old who recently finished graduate school. In the fall of 2003, I was 21, not yet in college, and working part-time to full-time (depending on the week) at Domino's Pizza. Most of my nights were spent in a mind-numbing rush of angry customers, dirty dishes and clogged sinks.
Those were the... Read More »
Years ago, I was moving to a new area and had already bought a house. I had worked in sales, but did not currently have a job and I was desperate to find something, anything, as long as it was stable.
When a former client who had worked for Coca-Cola suggested I should apply and gave me a name to contact, I... Read More »
My name is Mackleen Gresham, I'm 25 and I have worked in hospitality for four years. When I moved to Atlanta, I wanted to try working at a hotel. I went on Craigslist and saw that the Marriott in Midtown was hiring. So I went ahead and filled out an application online from their website. Read More »
As a manager in the child care and preschool industry for years, I grew tired of my job but still wanted to work in the "customer service" industry.
Since I had quit my job with no other position lined up, I found myself in a situation where I had to find work quickly. I had heard some stories about working... Read More »
During my first semester of college in 2005, I was working as a city employee. The work was seasonal and I needed something more permanent. My dad had heard that the local Safeway was hiring, so my best friend and I decided to go in and apply.
Going from a city employee to a grocery-store bagger wasn't... Read More »
I'm a 30-year-old multimedia professional and Apple "fan girl" who -- for the purposes of this article -- will go by the pseudonym "Lucy" (since I do not want my current employer to know that I have been interviewing for a new job).
I landed a job interview at Apple simply by submitting a cover letter and... Read More »
I am a girly girl who isn't a homeowner. Having said that, I rarely have the need to shop at Lowe's. The company is a retail warehouse filled with merchandise ranging from dishwashers and wooden doors to outside power equipment, so it wasn't a place I ever shopped. I didn't even know how to use a hammer! Read More »
After a career in professional sales, I found myself, as many others have recently, looking for work in almost any field just to survive the storm of unemployment. I eventually interviewed and was hired by Walmart. The interview process today consists of sitting at a kiosk located within any Walmart or Sam's... Read More »
If you are reading this, you've probably decided that applying for retail work can actually lead to a rewarding job experience. With many different companies to choose from, you've set your sights on the big red bull's-eye, Target. And as luck would have it, I might be the perfect person to write this article.... Read More »
I met with an HR rep from UPS at our local sorting warehouse the day of my interview. The office staff and warehouse workers were all incredibly friendly and welcoming.
I was given a tour of the facility and offered refreshments. When the time came to do the actual interview, I was surprised at how laid back... Read More »
I arrived at the Home Depot in Salinas, Calif. 10 minutes prior to my interview appointment time and checked in at the Return Counter as I had been instructed. I was a bit nervous, of course -- I hadn't interviewed for a job in over 30 years.
A former self-employed general contractor in my first year of... Read More »