I applied through an employee referral and the process took 3+ weeks - interviewed at AOL in June 2010.
Interview Details – Initial phone interview. First on-site interview was with the hiring manager and HR. Follow up on-site interview with HR. The atmosphere was energetic. Employees on the younger, trendier side. Dress is business-casual, leaning toward casual.
Interview Question – Describe a mistake you've made at work in the past, how you handled it, and what the resolution was. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – No negotiation occurred regarding salary, but there was wiggle-room with regards to the number of stock options granted.
I applied through a staffing agency and the process took 1 week - interviewed at AOL in December 2013.
Interview Details – The interview process was very straightforward
Interview Question – Unexpected questions include what I actually liked to do outside of work. Answer Question
I applied through other source and the process took 2 days - interviewed at AOL.
Interview Details – The process was very thorough and when interviewing candidates, the picture of what the job entails was explicitly presented to the individual as we were a 24/7/365 shop.
Interview Question – if there were 3 light bulbs in the basement and 3 switches upstairs without designation of what switch was for which light how would you determine what switch was for the first light, the second light and third light. Answer Question
I applied online and interviewed at AOL.
Interview Details – Be prepared to discuss your background and how you can benefit the company
Know the organizations culture
Interview Question – If I asked your boss where you can improve the most, what would they say? View Answer
I applied through a recruiter and the process took 2 months - interviewed at AOL in September 2013.
Interview Details – I was contacted by a recruiter. The first phone screen was scheduled in a week. This call was with the hiring manager. In this call, we discussed my previous work experience, why the position I am interviewing for interests me, what value I can add and what kind of products interest me.
I was then invited for an onsite interview. Met the recruiter, hiring manager, two product managers, one developer and a cultural ambassador.
Hiring Manager: In this interview, the hiring manager was basically gauging my product acumen. Questions were like- what is your favorite product and why? What can you do to improve mail? How can you make it more social? What is your idea of social, give specific examples.
Product Managers: In these interviews, the product managers were gauging how I deal with day to day activities. Questions were like- How to resolve design and technical conflicts between your product direction and an engineer's idea of product direction? Some discussion around Free and Premium models, specific ideas to improve mail esp contact, event and calendar management.
Developer: In this interview, the developer was focussed on understanding how I work with engineers. Questions were like- How do you resolve conflicts between design and engineering, how do you decide product direction, how do you handle conflicting/changing priorities, what are you strengths and weaknesses?
Cultural ambassador: In this interview, the HR tried to gauge how my attitude and values align with respect to that of the company. Questions were like- have you worked with a difficult personality, how did you handle it? What would you do if your manager is difficult and is a micro manager? What does your ideal job like? What did you think of the previous interviews?
Recruiter: This was basically exchanging pleasantries, showing around the office, gauging my interest in the position and company. The recruiters were great and kept me engaged throughout the process of getting approval for my offer. That helped me know that they were working on the next steps. I enjoyed working with such friendly and genuine recruiters.
After clearing the onsite interview, I spoke with my hiring manager's manager on a phone since he was based out of another location. His focus was to gauge my business acumen and the ability to see the big picture. Questions were like- How do you finalize and pitch a product idea? How do you get buy in?
After my interview, I was invited to join a birthday party for one of my team members. I thought that was very warm of the team.
Interview Question – None were unexpected. They were very specific. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – The recruiter came back with a number. I said I expected x because of a,b reasons. They said they'd see what they can do. Came back within 24 hours with the exact number that I had asked for.
I applied through college or university and the process took 3+ weeks - interviewed at AOL in November 2011.
Interview Details – Applied through University. Got a call from HR who asked initial questions about experiences with systems and websites. Then HR called again and scheduled an phone interview with the hiring manager and a skype interview with three other members from the team.
Negotiation Details – Did not negotiate.
I applied through a recruiter and the process took 4 weeks - interviewed at AOL in January 2010.
Interview Details – (1) Met with recruiter (2)Met with the hiring manager (3) met regional managers, (4) met WC VP. (5) present to team, (6) offered job, (7) negotiate. (8) accept.
Interview Question – Present one of our clients to us. View Answer
I applied through an employee referral and interviewed at AOL.
Interview Details – Once past recruiter multiple interviews with hiring manager and potential co-workers
Negotiation Details – pretty cut and dry here it is, take it or leave it
I applied through a recruiter and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at AOL.
Interview Details – I was initially contacted by a recruiter within AOL. I went through 2 phone screens; one with the recruiter and one with the hiring manager. I was then brought in to meet with a group of 6 people (2 at a time) who asked questions about my background, previous experience and gave me scenarios to answer. I was brought back a third time to meet with the SVP, the interview lasted about 20 minutes. From there I met again with the hiring manager and talked about next steps.
Interview Question – "How much do you know about agency terms?" This was in regards to the terms and conditions for a media contract for a specific agency partner. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – They're pretty strict in regards to what they offer for a base salary, but there is a little room to negotiate.
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