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12-30-2008, 09:38 AM
Hey guys. I have been an Audio Engineer at several major recording studios over the years and have retail experience as well and was contemplating a career change by applying to Sweetwater. I was simply wondering if someone could walk me through briefly what the interview process consists of and how my experience might transfer to Sweetwater, not to mention how life is in Fort Wayne. Any info would be much appreciated.
12-30-2008, 10:36 AM
Wow, loaded question on first post.
I am not an employee at Sweetwater, though I have applied, and probably could have been employed as a Sales Engineer.
Don't worry moderators, I'm not going to divulge any secrets of the interview process.
Here's how it happened for me.
Last summer, I found myself unemployed as a music teacher. Fortress Productions only allows part time income, and covers my truck payment and 1/2 the mortgage, so teaching full time/part time covers the rest of our financial requirements.
I contacted Greg Baum, my Sales Engineer for the past 10-12 years about a position. I applied through the "normal" means via their internet application process. I immediately got a reply that indicated that no position was available matching my abilities. Well, good thing, wound up being a glitch in their automated system as I had applied several years ago for a copyright position.
Anyway, eventually my name got in the hands of the right person who called me and set up a phone interview.
The phone interview was pretty relaxing for me, and apparently I passed with flying colors.
Trouble is, were I to have continued with the on-site interview, and accepted a position, I would have had to give up the retail portion of Fortress Productions.
At the time, and presently, I am in the middle of three large projects which I could not abandon.
I can't speak to the financial end because details weren't disclosed.
I can say from my years experience with Sweetwater that it's a great place to work. They take care of their employees and customers alike.
These days I do not do a lot of business with Sweetwater because of the arrangements I have, however, when a client requires product I do not have access too, I send them toward Sweetwater.
Great people, great place, and Fort Wayne isn't a bad town - even if I don't live there.
12-30-2008, 12:50 PM
probally good questions to ask during an interview rather then on da nets..
I would tend to believe that these questions are best left to the interviewing process when one's application is ready to proceed to the interview. Besides, you have no idea what the particular interview will entail? Seems to me that the "on-site" application process gives information about how to find out about the Fort Wayne community which would be helpful to the one applying. I live close to Fort Wayne and see physicians there. It seems to be a very nice community. Try the Visitor's Bureau as I'm sure it has much information to share about its fair city.
If you know your stuff and have an aptitude for selling, or at least for communicating then you might be a good fit. The process starts with you applying and/or sending a resume, then proceeds with a phone interview and some tests, and then if all goes well we get you in for a personal interview...and more tests. If you have a sales engineer you work with here I would advice discussing it with him, as that's probably where you can get more of the type of info I think you may be looking for.
I've been in Fort Wayne since '64 and have made my career here with a local electronics manufacturer. I've been doing a ton of technical recruiting over the last year for my company and have found that Sweetwater has, unquestionably, the best web resource (http://www.sweetwater.com/careers/community.php) that introduces Fort Wayne.
There are probably lots of Fort Wayne people on these forums, ask any of us if you have any questions. Good luck if you decide to apply there!
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