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Ad Ops Manager Intern Interview (Neutral Experience; Average Interview)
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 6+ weeks - interviewed at AOL in January 2014.
Interview Details – Had my resume forwarded to recruiter through a former employee. Spoke to recruiter about various internship positions available and placed a preference on multiple ones. After that, I interviewed with hiring managers for the positions, starting with my top choice, moving on to the next one until I was placed.
Interview Question – What do you see as the future of digital media? Answer Question
NOC Analyst Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied through a recruiter and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at AOL.
Interview Details – I was interviewed over the phone initially with no real "IT" experience.. a month later was called again to continue the face-to-face interview process.. Overall took a month to complete all interviews.
Interview Question – Programming experience was difficult as I had minimal experience during college.. and was advised even the best colleges out there, most students do not pass AOL's programming tests. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – I negotiated at a higher rate and it was accepted. I knew what my experience and background would be worth along with my Master's Degree. I wouldn't take anything less than what I asked for.
Intern Interview (Neutral Experience)
I applied through a recruiter and the process took 5 days - interviewed at AOL.
Interview Details – The college recruitment team was fantastic. They were very personable and kept me up to date on everything that was going on. I was originally bought in to interview for one position which I didn't get. However, after a couple of months, I was called up and asked to if I wanted to come back in for a different position involving software analysis and user-end communication. I obliged. Was bought in for one interview, where I interviewed with a few team members and a few days later was told that I had the job. They were very fast in all communications and helpful to me.
Interview Question – There were no really technical questions, mostly personable questions, and experience questions. Answer Question
Marketing Program Manager Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
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.
Senior Digital Marketing Specialist Interview (Positive Experience; Easy Interview)
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
Network Operations Center Technical Manager Interview (Neutral Experience)
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
Manager Operations Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
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
Product Manager Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
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.
Intern Interview (Positive Experience; Difficult Interview)
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.
- Explain how you would negotiate with business team to reduce workload on your tech team? View Answer
- Explain how you have used html or any other programming language before? Answer Question
Negotiation Details – Did not negotiate.
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