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Senior Business Analyst Interview (Negative Experience; Very Difficult Interview)
I applied online and the process took 5 weeks - interviewed at ESPN.
Interview Details – I applied online on TWDC website and got an email about 3 weeks later from HR in the Bristol office asking to set up 2 phone interviews. I would be speaking with 2 directors - 1 is in NY and the other 1 was in LA. HR was very accommodating to my schedule and the directors I spoke two were okay. I expected them to ask about my current job experience and skillset or even ask me sports trivia questions (as some people were asked that from seeing previous interviews on here).
But no. I was not. I was grilled some pretty tough questions about the cable industry and the Pay TV industry. I felt like I answered the first 2 really well, but the last question was a curveball that I couldn't answer adequately.
1) ESPN has had some challenges with declining Pay TV subscribers. What is the reason behind this and what would you suggest as a solution?
2) Would you recommend that ESPN maintain its current business model or should it shift toward an 'a la carte' model and offer a standalone service? What is the challenge behind the latter and what would you offer as a remedy?
3) The Dodgers and Time Warner have had some difficulties in the LA market. What is this problem and how does it affect the landscape of the Pay TV industry?
Obviously the questions were relevant because the position I applied for pertained to Business Strategy in the cable landscape, but still, it was hard.
I only got as far as the phone interview. No in person interview and no offer. I got a rejection email about 2 weeks later. All in all, the entire process took about 5 weeks.
Interview Question – 3) The Dodgers and Time Warner have had some difficulties in the LA market. What is this problem and how does it affect the landscape of the Pay TV industry? Answer Question
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Project - Development Engineer, Data and Platform Technology Interview (Neutral Experience; Very Difficult Interview)
I applied through a recruiter and the process took 4 weeks - interviewed at ESPN in March 2014.
Interview Details – I was initially contacted by the recruiter for this position, for I had initially applied to a different job. I had a pre-screening interview with the recruiter to gauge my skills, then was set up to have a phone interview with the hiring manager. He asked me typical open ended questions in computer science. Then a few weeks later I was scheduled another phone interview the same hiring manager and two of his team members. They had sent me an algorithm to code and I would submit on GitHub for critique. A week later I made it to the final round interviewing and was flown out to Bristol, CT. There I had six hours straight interviewing with directors, managers and faculty in the department. Questions ranged from easy to difficult and sporadic throughout the day. It personally wasn't for me. Plan for a quick turn around and really know your stuff.
Interview Question – From a male engineer to a female engineer, would you feel comfortable dealing with issues of superiority, because it has happened in the past, and I can't guarantee it won't happen again. Answer Question
Software Engineer Interview (Neutral Experience; Average Interview)
I applied online and the process took 4 weeks - interviewed at ESPN in July 2013.
Interview Details – Two phone interviews. Third interview flew to Bristol, CT for in person interview. Consisted of 6 30 minute interviews with various managers.
Interview Question – Pretty softball questions. Talked about my background and what my role would be with the company. Answer Question
Associate Producer Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied through a recruiter and the process took 1+ week - interviewed at ESPN.
Interview Details – a recruiting team called me and set me up with the interview. i was there a week later for the interview process. overall it went a lot better than expected, they liked to talk sports but overall they go back and forth between friendly and down to business which i liked. you really need to know sports & grammar, i received a sports quiz and grammar test after my interview to complete
Interview Question – why do you want to work at ESPN? View Answer
Media Operator Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied online and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at ESPN in December 2013.
Interview Details – Applied online, got a phone screening about a week later. The same night I got invited to fly up for an interview. Flying up was a breeze, they get everything ready for you. The interview itself took about 45 minutes, and was in front of 3 managers. Afterwards I toured around the facilities for about an hour.
Interview Question – They asked basic questions. Be prepared to answer why you want to work for ESPN, and you can't say because you love sports. The question that stumped me the most was describe yourself using 5 words. Answer Question
Informational Interview Interview (Negative Experience; Average Interview)
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 1 week - interviewed at ESPN in November 2013.
Interview Details – I was referred by a ESPN employee to HR. They contacted me right away to schedule an informational interview. It was a bad process. The recruiter had an intern contact me and he was incredibly difficult to understand on the phone. I felt it put me in a bad situation with how to handle the interview. I was really disappointed from what I thought would be a professional process.
Interview Question – When was a time you were put in a position where you had to think quick and make a decision quickly? Answer Question
Accounts Payable Professional Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at ESPN in August 2013.
Interview Details – Being Prepared to ask questions about the job, Eye contact and handshake etiquette. Dress to impress, try not to sweat so much. Eat a good meal and drink water well before the interview. Always be on time, no more than 15-20 mins early
Interview Question – About me questions Answer Question
Statistics Analyst Internship Interview (Neutral Experience)
I applied through college or university and interviewed at ESPN.
Interview Details – You have to take a sports assessment test before you're called for an interview. If you get an interview, they just asked me a lot about my resume and work experience and then they went on to ask me current event questions and what kind of graphic I would make.
Marketing Assistant Interview (Neutral Experience; Average Interview)
Interviewed at ESPN
Interview Details – The hiring process was very professional. I felt comfortable talking eith the manager and the staff was very friendly.
Interview Question – Position is in constant change. Would you be willing to work on two positions if we need the help. View Answer
Stats and Analysis Intern Interview (Positive Experience; Easy Interview)
I applied through college or university and the process took 4 weeks - interviewed at ESPN in April 2013.
Interview Details – They visited the campus of my university and had an information session for people who wanted to apply. Candidates they wanted needed to be well versed in the statistical realm and be familiar with the advanced stats of sports. The on campus interview was relaxed and informative but I did not receive an offer
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