The interview that I had yesterday that is. It turns out that the reason the MGM Grand is hiring is because they’re nearing completion on their new permanent casino in Detroit. It’s an impressively large building that looks completely out of place in Detroit. They’re hiring some 1,000 people to work in the new casino which is due to open this fall.
The whole thing started off with a web-based behavior assessment that consisted mainly of being presented with two different statements such as “I make friendships easily and I work hard to maintain them” and “I accept responsibility for my mistakes” of which you’re supposed to click on the one that describes you best. The test tells you at the start that you may occasionally have to pick between two unappealing choices, but the problem for me more often than not was that I thought both choices described me pretty well and I was only allowed to choose one. A lot of the questions show up more than once, sometimes worded differently and sometimes not, and then in the middle of the whole thing it asks you to rank statements on a scale of 1 to 9 with 1 meaning the statement didn’t describe you at all and 9 meaning it was spot on. If there was a method to the madness I couldn’t discern it.
From there I met with two people from the IT department itself who asked me questions pertaining mainly to my technical knowledge and then finally with a HR representative who asked all the other questions you usually get asked in an interview such as what do I consider to be my greatest strength and biggest weakness and where do I see myself headed in my career and so on. All in all it took some three hours total which has to be a personal record interview time for me. I should hear back in a couple of days whether or not they want to do a second interview with me and if they do I get to meet the director of something that I can’t recall right now, but it sounded really important and impressive at the time.
Then the trip home from Detroit took a good three hours in its own right thanks to construction and a big accident that closed down part of I-96. I also stopped at the credit union to deposit a couple of checks I’d been carrying around for longer than I probably should, but that didn’t take long at all. So from the time I left around 9AM in the morning I didn’t make it back home until almost 4:30PM.
But I think it went well so we’ll see.