Bazaarvoice Director Interview Questions

Updated Oct 3, 2014
Updated Oct 3, 2014
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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Client Success Director Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 1+ weekinterviewed at Bazaarvoice.

    Interview Details

    Very extensive interview process. The hiring manager explained the whole "process" and told me it would take at least 6 weeks to complete. There were WAY too many stages. They think they are Google or read a book about Google's interview process. The interviewing sounded like they were FORCED to interview people- completely disinterested and disengaged.

    Interview Questions
    • The questions were not difficult but it seemed like they already had a candidate. It was a waste of time.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Client Success Director Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took a weekinterviewed at Bazaarvoice in August 2014.

    Interview Details

    Had scheduled an interview with a recruiter. I prepared for the interview (e.g. learning about the company, understanding the position requirements, preparing questions, etc.). I was cut off after 3 minutes of speaking, and the recruiter said I wasn't a fit for the role. Of my 7 years of experience, she didn't let me get past my most recent 2 years, so there wasn't an opportunity to even touch upon 70% of my career experience.

    I've interviewed many candidates in the past, and I at least offer them an opportunity to explain their career trajectory and ask me questions about the role. I wouldn't ask someone to provide me with their career experience, and stop them after they've provided only a third of it.

    Interview Questions
    • The recruiter didn't ask any questions. I was simply stopped after a few minutes, and couldn't explain my career trajectory/experience.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Director of Events Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 3 daysinterviewed at Bazaarvoice in November 2013.

    Interview Details

    It was a good experience despite not landing the job. Everyone from HR up was professional, direct, friendly and transparent. I appreciated their feedback. It was fair, well-delivered and accurate. A+.

    Interview Questions
    • No zingers or deliberately tricky questions. My background just didn’t match up.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Sales Director Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Austin, TX
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Austin, TX
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at Bazaarvoice in June 2012.

    Interview Details

    As others have said, it's a process that really tests how much you want the job. If you're excited at the prospect of joining the team at Bazaarvoice, then the process is invigorating and exciting. If not, then I'm sure multiple interviews followed by a presentation is a little daunting. I found the process to be very fair and it gave me the chance to put my best foot forward, vs. most interviews. My .002...look at the presentation part as a new prospect you're trying to land and put in the time needed to distance yourself from the pack.

    Accepted Offer
    Difficult Interview
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    Sales Director Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Austin, TX
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Austin, TX
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Bazaarvoice in February 2011.

    Interview Details

    Bazaarvoice has a great process that is very effective at insuring a candidate is serious about wanting a position. After several phone interviews and discussions, they brought me in to do a presentation (sales pitch) to a room full of people playing the role of the perspective customer. I was not given any information about the presentation other than who my audience would be and what my product focus should be. The presentation went well and overall I thought this process was FAR better than the typical interview track where people ask you seemingly clever questions about hypothetical situations you will never encounter. Asking the candidate to research the company, products, and services to put together his/her own presentation is way more effective at helping both the candidate and the hiring manager glean useful insights. In the end, I did not get an official offer due to some timing and budget issues. Had I been able to wait it out a few more months, I would probably be writing this review as an employee. That said, it's a great company and I would gladly do it all over for the right position.

    Interview Questions
    • "The Presentation" was a mock sales call   View Answer
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  7.  

    Sales Director Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Austin, TX
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Austin, TX
    Application Details

    I applied through other source. The process took a weekinterviewed at Bazaarvoice in October 2010.

    Interview Details

    Phone interview with recruiters, one on one with manager and team members, group presentation. Good process for those they want to work through the process. Others I have spoken to said they are very unresponsive if you don't ring their bell. If you make it through this process you can make it through almost any other interview.

    Interview Questions
    • Tell me how you would show ROI to a customer or prospect?   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    No. They do not negotiate. The process is long and BV claims that once you are done you are in which is not true. BV is stuck on culture (so was Jim Jones) and if you do not fit in they will let you go no matter how good or experienced you are with no warning or process as HR is only for recruiting at this point. If you have a good job now think hard before you accept a position at this cool aid culture. They are on a hiring frenzy and overall corporate high due to early successes. CEO has a great vision and means well but his lieutenants are doing him no favors and his cultural model will not scale. Finally, people who have been there a few years are clicky and look down upon the new people. Stock offerings are small and dilution has and will happen. Salaries are lower than industry average.
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Sales Director Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at Bazaarvoice in September 2010.

    Interview Details

    There were multiple rounds of interviews. The first interview was with a recruiter. The next 2 interviews were phone interviews, one being a screening interview in which they rejected me, when I continued to persist they moved me to the next interview. 2 In person interviews and a sales presentation to a group. The group presentation is terrific and allows a sales person to shine. This is where you can close the deal!

    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  9.  

    Sales Director Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Austin, TX
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Austin, TX
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 5+ weeksinterviewed at Bazaarvoice in June 2010.

    Interview Details

    The communication with recruiting was disorganized and haphazard. Although I am a remote candidate - it was obvious that there was no formal internal communication method. Often individuals would ask the same or a conflicting series of questions indicating disorganization. I believe its partly a result of my working with up to 5 recruiters at once: this is naturally going to lead to an informational breakdown. Overall they have a very specific set of requirements you must reach and understand very well what they are looking for. The bandwidth to make errors or be unsure is thin, there is an exact expectation. This leads me to believe they are looking for candidates to enter and adhere to systems in place rather than think and operate freely. They took themselves very seriously and it was largely driven on intellectual capacity, speed to adapt and ability to immediately understand the value proposition and far less to do with leadership skills, personality or congruency with corporate culture.

    Interview Questions
    • Why would this [example] company use our product? There is no evident or obvious need for them to see a value in our product - but they use it none-the-less. Why ?   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview
  10.  

    Sales Director Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Austin, TX
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Austin, TX
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at Bazaarvoice in May 2010.

    Interview Details

    Know the products, Know the competition, Know the industry, Be yourself - and be Energetic. Subscribe and read the Bazaarvoice Blog - set up a google alert for Bazaarvoice news.

    Interview Questions
    • in the presentation phase "What will this (bazaarvoice) cost me?"   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    Communicate effectively :)
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Sales Director Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Austin, TX
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Austin, TX
    Application Details

    The process took 2+ weeksinterviewed at Bazaarvoice in April 2010.

    Interview Details

    There isn't much I can offer that hasn't been talked about in previous reviews. The review from March 26th entitled "Outside Sales at Bazaarvoice" pretty much sums up my thoughts.

    I think that Bazaarvoice has some interesting products, but what they are doing is quickly becoming a commodity. They are out looking for enterprise sales professionals to sell to marketing. The job seems very entry level and based on the quotas that were discussed, it seems like a definite step backwards for most of the people they're targeting and hiring.

    It seems that they really want a cheerleader type for the Sales Director role, which is not me. I've been in Enterprise sales for over a decade with an amazingly successful track record. I attribute that to building relationships of depth and mutual respect. The cheesy wink and smile approach would never work for me, but through every step of the process, I felt like that was being asked for. I did the sales "test" and put plenty of time into it, given the demands of my current job and life. However, through all my research I just couldn't get that passionate about what they're doing, although interesting. I continued the process more for the challenge than the desire to actually get hired, and I believe the showed and led to me ultimately not getting an offer.

    On the day of my "test" (i.e. mock sales presentation), there was a lot of confusion and it seemed like they were scrambling around to find people to attend. Several people were very disengaged from the get-go and there was a lot of emailing, etc that took place during my presentation. It seems like the massive amount of interviews may be taking it's toll on those who have to constantly attend.

    Like previous reviewers, the OTE was far lower than I've made in a long time and not something I would have entertained had I made it to the offer negotiation stage. While not moving forward was admittedly a blow to my ego, I quickly realized that it would not have been a good fit. I do think that BV misses out on a lot of good candidates based on their one-way recruiting process. Never through the process was I sold to in any way. I'm used to the interview process being a two-way discovery process and at BV it definitely is not. I don't know if I would go quite as far as the previous poster and say it is a cult, but I did have to laugh when I read it, as it definitely could easily be construed that way.

    I'm glad I went through the process, overall I would say it was too much time spent on my side for very little result. While I did appreciate the quick/immediate feedback along each step of the process, I would have hoped for a little more constructive criticism through the sales presentation phase.

    Interview Questions
    • If you worked here, how would you describe what we do to your grandma?   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview

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