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Updated Jun 9, 2014

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IOS Developer Interview

IOS Developer
New York, NY

I applied through a recruiter and the process took 3 days - interviewed at Dow Jones in June 2012.

Interview Details – The guy calls and there is not a single word of hi or hello, directly jumped on to technical questions. I couldn't last for 5 minutes...


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Neutral Experience

Very Difficult Interview

Technical Architect Interview

Technical Architect
New York, NY

I applied through college or university and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Dow Jones.

Interview Details – Contacted by email first, exchanged with a few emails, took an online interview where coding test played the majority role. The questions were very difficult for non-top-coders. Completed the first question with great difficulty, then failed at the second one. It should be a genuine position for professional programmers and I have a lot of respect for that.

Interview Question – Why is your solution better than others would think of   View Answer


3 people found this helpful

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Difficult Interview

Technology Showcase Event! Interview

Technology Showcase Event!
New York, NY

I applied online and the process took 4 days - interviewed at Dow Jones in October 2013.

Interview Details – 1. Online Application - 10/24/2013
2. Interview Invitation via Email from HR followed by HireVue - 10/28/2013
3. Digital Interview - 10/30/2013 - 50 min

Interview Question – Four Interview Questions
1. Multiple Choice - Choose a location to work. (3 min)

2. Video - Use an example to explain the lifecycle of HTTP request & response. (3 min)

3. Essay - Programming (40 min)
Most people have adopted the decimal number system which has ten symbols (0,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9). There are other number systems like binary, hex and octal. Your job is to convert a hex number into a musical number. What is a musical number you might ask? It’s something we invented. Keep reading.
The Hex alphabet contains 16 symbols: 0,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,a,b,c,d,e,f
The Musical alphabet contains 12 symbols: A,A#,B,C,C#,D,D#,E,F,F#,G,G# (# is pronounced 'sharp' so 'A#' is pronounced 'A-sharp', 'C#' is 'C-sharp' and so on)
Your program should validate input (make sure input is a hex number i.e. it is in base-16) and convert it to a number represented by the musical alphabet (base-12). Your program should output the musical number OR an error string "Input is not valid Hex" if the input is not valid hex.

Sample inputs & outputs:
          Input:9, Output:F#
          Input:dead, Output:BFG#GD
          Input:feedface, Output:F#G#C#C#C#A#AA#B
***You may write the program in any language you wish, just make a note at the top of the answer page letting us know which one you chose.

4. Video - Please explain the thought process behind your answer to the previous question. (3 min)
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Technology Showcase Interview

Technology Showcase
New York, NY

I applied online and the process took 6 days - interviewed at Dow Jones in October 2013.

Interview Details – 2013.10.24 Online Application
2013.10.28 Interview Invitation via Email from HR followed by HireVue
2013.10.30 Digital Interview (50 minutes) with the following quesitons

1. Multiple Choice - Choose a location to work. (3 min)
2. Video - Use an example to explain the lifecycle of HTTP request & response. (3 min)
3. Essay - Programming (40 min)
Most people have adopted the decimal number system which has ten symbols (0,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9). There are other number systems like binary, hex and octal. Your job is to convert a hex number into a musical number. What is a musical number you might ask? It’s something we invented. Keep reading.
The Hex alphabet contains 16 symbols: 0,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,a,b,c,d,e,f
The Musical alphabet contains 12 symbols: A,A#,B,C,C#,D,D#,E,F,F#,G,G# (# is pronounced 'sharp' so 'A#' is pronounced 'A-sharp', 'C#' is 'C-sharp' and so on)
Your program should validate input (make sure input is a hex number i.e. it is in base-16) and convert it to a number represented by the musical alphabet (base-12). Your program should output the musical number OR an error string "Input is not valid Hex" if the input is not valid hex.
Sample inputs & outputs:
          Input:9, Output:F#
          Input:dead, Output:BFG#GD
          Input:feedface, Output:F#G#C#C#C#A#AA#B
***You may write the program in any language you wish, just make a note at the top of the answer page letting us know which one you chose.
4. Video - Please explain the thought process behind your answer to the previous question. (3 min)

Interview Question – Explain the code.   Answer Question


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Positive Experience

Difficult Interview

Service Manager Interview

Service Manager

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 7 weeks - interviewed at Dow Jones in August 2010.

Interview Details – Lengthy and thorough but overall very fair. Everyone in the process had a reason to be involved in the process and were genuinely interested in bringing in the right candidate.

Interview Question – What are your greatest Strengths   View Answer


No Offer

Positive Experience

Difficult Interview

Customer Value Executive Interview

Customer Value Executive
Atlanta, GA

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 2 months - interviewed at Dow Jones in August 2009.

Interview Details – Initial interview was by phone. Took about 45 minutes. Detailed questions made by personable interviewer whose job it was to screen the first group of prospects who had either been referred by a current employee or had applied online through the company's career site. Second interview was by phone with the hiring manager. Very professional and polished demeanor. She had a much better idea of what the job would actually entail on a day-to-day basis than did the initial screener and in-house recruiter. Job was actually much different than what the company web site had described. Each interviewer allowed me to connect with them via LinkedIn, thus I had a much better idea of their backgrounds and career progression before we had our in-depth conversations. This was quite helpful in the process to assess the quality of Dow Jones employees and their usage of social media in a professional setting. People who work there seem very smart and driven. The economic downturn coupled with the downward slide of the publishing industry have made Dow Jones an even more competitive place to work. The third interview was an in-person interview where the hiring manager flew into town to spend an hour with each candidate during a two-day screening process. The next round of interviews for the finalists consisted of an online presentation made by the candidates to the hiring manager and another person at the vice president level. The company took three weeks after my last interview to contact me by email about my ultimate status in the process.

Interview Question – Describe in detail your most notable accomplishment when you were able to persuade a reluctant co-worker to change his/her mind about a business objective. How did you achieve this?   Answer Question


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Positive Experience

Difficult Interview

Product Specialist Interview

Product Specialist
New York, NY

I applied online and the process took 2 days - interviewed at Dow Jones in July 2010.

Interview Details – The Interview starts out with a phone interview, normal usual interview questions. The next step is a "Virtual Interview", they sent me a web cam and I had to go to a website to answer Interview questions. Its also timed. The questions were a bit odd. Some of the questions include:
1. What do you know about Dow jones?
2. Favorite cartoon character?
3. If you could go back in time where would you go?
4. What did you want to be when you were a child?

Just a few I remembered, I think there were about 16 questions.
 Hope this helps.

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Neutral Experience

Average Interview

Project Manager Interview

Project Manager
New York, NY

The process took 2 months - interviewed at Dow Jones in July 2010.

Interview Details – Applied online and got a call from the recruiter a few days later. Told me that he would set up interviews with the appropriate people within a few days. A few weeks passed, and I followed up a few times. The last follow up resulted in an appointment for an interview with the hiring manager.

She was very nice and professional and told me the details about the position. We followed up on the phone and she booked the next round of interviews.

No crazy questions, just specific job details and questions about my previous experience.

As I left the last interview, the hiring manager asked me for a list of my references and said that she would be making a decision in the upcoming weeks. References were never contacted, and the hiring manager hasn't returned my emails for a follow up.

Interview Question – How would you deal with a difficult client?   Answer Question


No Offer

Negative Experience

Average Interview

Marketing Manager Interview

Marketing Manager
Princeton, NJ

I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Dow Jones in April 2009.

Interview Details – Had an intial phone screeing interview with an HR person who called me 30 mins. late. Got passed this interview only to have another phone interview with a hiring manager who was on a lousy speaker phone. The hiring manager was goofy and seemed to ask questions from a pre-written list. He seemed to be looking for specific online experience which I did not have. Did not get any farther.

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Neutral Experience

Average Interview

Financial Analyst Interview

Financial Analyst

The process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Dow Jones in November 2009.

Interview Details – I had an initial phone interview with the group director to generally talk about my background and give me more information on the job. Then I was called for an in person interview in the same week, which consisted of 4 back to back interviews. I was asked resume based questions and very few behavioral questions and also some finance questions on valuation.

Interview Questions

  • Go through the calculation of the WACC explaining to me what each element in your calculation is.   Answer Question
  • Tell me about a process you implemented to change something.   Answer Question

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