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Updated Jul 21, 2014
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PowerSEO Specialist II Interview

PowerSEO Specialist II
Seattle, WA

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Cobalt in August 2013.

Interview Details – I was actually approached by Cobalt's director of SEO via LinkedIn about the job opportunity. Once I submitted my application & had my first phone interview, the entire process lasted just over a month. First interview was with a Recruiter there. She sent me what I would call an SEO test to fill out and send back to her. Basically just a simple 'here's what I would do to optimize this content' type thing. After that, I had a phone interview with an SEO team leader and we went over my SEO test together & discussed the job role. A week or so later, I spoke with who would be my future SEO team manager. Another week passed, Took a drug test. About two weeks after that I was offered the job.

Interview Question – Nothing super difficult or technical in terms of SEO. Just basic work style questions & experience.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – was able to get 2k worth of relocation bonus (moved from out of state)


Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Average Interview

Acct Advocate Interview

Acct Advocate
Seattle, WA

I applied through an employee referral and interviewed at Cobalt.

Interview Details – long. But that's because they want to make sure its the right fix. Want to maintain the culture. If they like you while interviewing that's half the battle.

Negotiation Details – not a lot of negotiation for pay. They make an offer and tell you what the pay is. No room to negotiate


Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Average Interview

Business Intelligence Analyst II Interview

Business Intelligence Analyst II

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Cobalt.

Interview Details – Basic process is: Phone screen then in-person interview with various members of the team I was to be working with.
The hardest part was the background check. That takes about a month on average, and there was some problems verifying my information which made it take longer than I would like. It all worked out in the end.

Interview Question – The questions are not hard if you know your stuff.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – I did not need to negotiate. I had a salary in mind, and they exceeded it.


Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Average Interview

Cobalt Interview

Cobalt
Seattle, WA

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 2+ weeks - interviewed at Cobalt in August 2013.

Interview Details – Consisted of a phone interview, and one in person interview. During the interview I met with two groups and each group ask me a bunch of situation questions such as "when was the last time you took a risk?"

Interview Question – None of the questions where extremely difficult or unexpected.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – I came back with a counter offer and they made a final offer just under what I asked.


Accepted Offer

Negative Experience

Difficult Interview

Account Advocate Interview

Account Advocate
Seattle, WA

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 3 months - interviewed at Cobalt in August 2010.

Interview Details – The interview questions are all situational. "tell me about a time when..." The recruiters will take weeks to get back to you. I think my turn around time from interview to first day at work was 3 months.

Interview Question – No idea... they were all hard, situational questions.   Answer Question


Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Average Interview

PowerSEO Specialist Interview

PowerSEO Specialist
Seattle, WA

I applied online and the process took 3 months - interviewed at Cobalt.

Interview Details – I applied online for the job. I heard back from the recruiter a month later. I had a phone screen with her a week later. Then I did a phone interview with the two managers one week apart. Then I was offered a job.

Interview Question – I honestly can't remember any. They were very typical questions of a SEO job.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – I was able to negotiate relocation, but not salary.


Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Average Interview

Marketing Manager Interview

Marketing Manager
Seattle, WA

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Cobalt in June 2010.

Interview Details – Very thorough, with extensive background checks.

Interview Question – Looked for specific examples of implementation of digital programs on behalf of former clients.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – Little to no flexibility regarding negotiations.


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Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Average Interview

Software Engineer Interview

Software Engineer
Seattle, WA

I applied through college or university and the process took 6+ weeks - interviewed at Cobalt in November 2013.

Interview Details – I met some Cobalt employees at a College Career Fair, then I believe I had a brief (30mins or 1hr) interview with them on campus and was invited on-site for technical interviews. At the career fair, one would typically drop off their resume and hope to hear back, however they liked mine so much I scheduled my on campus interview right there. Between the initial interview and the technical interviews the recruiter was constantly in touch with me. I had two technical interviews on-site, each an hour long and each with two software engineers.

The interview process was typical, so if you're preparing for other technical interviews then you probably won't need to go out of your way to prepare for Cobalt's interviews. The hiring process however, was a bit frustrating. The pre-employment drug screening and background check seemed excessive compared to other software companies in the same geographic market, however now that I've started work, I'm very happy to be here.

Interview Question – Typical software engineering interview questions. If you paid attention in school and prepare for the interviews by practicing coding questions online, you will be fine.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – The application asked what my desired salary was, so I listed it and when I was offered the job, the base salary was exactly what I'd asked for. I was happy with the amount so did not attempt to negotiate.


Accepted Offer

Neutral Experience

Average Interview

Account Advocate Interview

Account Advocate
Seattle, WA

I applied through other source and the process took 1+ week - interviewed at Cobalt.

Interview Details – Typical corporate interview process.

Interview Question – Negotiate a large starting salary - promotions are based on percentages.   Answer Question


Declined Offer

Negative Experience

Easy Interview

Product Manager Interview

Product Manager

I applied online and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Cobalt.

Interview Details – Interviewing was conducted in a professional way and hiring process seemed really smooth. 8 interviews in a panel interview fashion, nothing too difficult. People were quite friendly. But this lasted only until they gave the offer. One of the worst experiences negotiating an offer. All they throw at you in every email are the details of the benefits which you get at every other firm. Thats it, nothing else. HR will lowball you to an extent that you will feel totally surprised and annoyed.

Inspite of acknowledging the expectation during the informational interview, they changed the role's level midway through the process without prior intimation and lowered the salary range. They don't even believe in making a counter offer in spite of the fact that you have another offer that pays far better than them. I felt it was a waste of time going through all the process.

Interview Question – None at all. Just know your stuff, you'll be through   Answer Question

Reason for Declining – Lowball offer

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