Edelman Senior Account Executive Interview Questions

Updated Aug 18, 2014
Updated Aug 18, 2014
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    Senior Account Executive Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Edelman.

    Interview Details

    Woman admittedly knew nothing about search, mobile, or display, only knew how to suggest social ideas. But the company has placed her as the Vice President of digital strategy. This company is pretty dumb. To be honest I took the job because I realized I'd be the smartest person there by far and could get away with pretty much anything. This has very much been the case. Don't take a position here unless you're okay getting bored and complacent.

    Interview Questions
    • "What would a good KPI be for a company running a Search campaign?"   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    Pushed back once and immediately got what I asked for. They will always severely low-ball you as it's a PR firm and they're used to asking college students to join their ranks.
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Senior Account Executive Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Washington, DC
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Washington, DC
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 1+ week - interviewed at Edelman.

    Interview Details

    Employee set up an informational interview for me with HR. Just so happens they had a position the recruiter thought I was well-suited for--so she set me up with a brief interview on the spot. Afterwards I was brought in for a formal interview with team, where I also took a writing test.

    Interview Questions
    • DC is a city filled with people of conviction. Public relations and public affairs for a global company can mean doing business for groups whose views may differ starkly from your own...it's important to think about whether you willing to tow the line regardless, before you sit down. Also, depending on the account, you may need to brush up on your issues...once you're in the door, you are expected to be an expert...whether that's healthcare, policy, energy, etc. or all of the above.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    I was not in a position to negotiate. I took a pay cut to get the job. But Edelman rewards high performers, and if that's you, you can catch up pretty quickly.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Senior Account Executive Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  San Francisco, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Francisco, CA
    Application Details

    I applied through other source. The process took 4 months - interviewed at Edelman in November 2012.

    Interview Details

    I applied to Edelman for an open Account Executive position in June through the website and never heard anything.

    In October, I was invited to attend a recruiting event and at the time, was far along in the interview process somewhere else and almost didn't attend. It was my first smoozing event, so I was a little uncomfortable, but I attended. I was impressed with the employees I met there, and the recruiters were really open and friendly, and helped determine what level I would be appropriate for, what I'm interested in and introduced me to people. After the event, I followed up with everyone I met with a nice note, including the recruiter.

    The recruiter asked me back for an informational interview, where I met with more people from the company, learned a little bit more about what they do, and had an opportunity to pitch myself a little bit. I was again impressed with the people at the company that I met. This took place at the end of October. The recruiter was very forthcoming with information, noting that there wasn't a position open at my level yet, but there are expecting it to open soon.

    In November, I was called in to actually interview for the Senior Account Executive position. The fabulous recruiter was detailed with who I would be meeting with, so I was sure to check out my interviewers Linkedin profiles and do a quick search to have an idea of who I would be meeting with. The interviews went well and right before Thanksgiving, I was asked to come back again to take a spelling and grammar test, and submit a timed writing sample.

    Then the holidays were upon us. It took until January for them to actually get back to me with a final YOU GOT THE JOB! and an offer letter, but I was so happy when it finally came. So often when applying for jobs, people are unresponsive and blow you off, but this wasn't the case with my Edelman experience. The recruiter kept me in the loop throughout December and was very kind to ease my distress--it was the holidays and so many decision makers were understandably out of the office with their families.

    Over all, I had a very positive experience with the interview and hiring process at Edelman and it just goes to show that good things are worth the wait!

    Interview Questions
    • What do you feel your worst quality is? An area that you can work on?   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    It was very easy. During my informational interview and my actual interview the recruiter and I discussed salaries and my offer set me in a good position for promotions and raises.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Senior Account Executive Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  San Francisco, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Francisco, CA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Edelman in November 2011.

    Interview Details

    Really smooth interview process. The HR department was responsive and always answered emails and phone calls promptly. Everything went well until the offer came through and they were not willing to negotiate on salary or benefits. Oddly, was given the hard sell and guilt trip when I declined the offer.

    Interview Questions
    Reasons for Declining

    Compensation package, asked for 2-3K more and was rejected.

    Declined Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
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    Senior Account Executive Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Atlanta, GA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Atlanta, GA
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2 months - interviewed at Edelman in September 2010.

    Interview Details

    I was referred by an SAE and encouraged to talk with their new SVP of digital. The SVP was a great guy, got along fantastically in our several conversations but it was tough to get specifics of the position from the HR person. I didn't get the position title, a job descripton or a salary range until the last meeting I had. Even though it was a digital strategy position, I had to take the writing test. Not a bad experience per se but the HR and SVP didn't communicate very well and it tuned out the position they wanted me for fell into a category about 2 levels below where I was in my career. I made my salary requirements and position details very clear to the SVP but the HR person was left out of that conversation. Kind of sucks because had I known those details I would not have spent money flying myself down twice.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview
  7.  

    Senior Account Executive Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  San Francisco, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Francisco, CA
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Edelman in January 2009.

    Interview Details

    Phone interview with HR, Panel interview with Account Sup and VP on the phone, in-person with AS and VP in person, and writing test.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
  8.  

    Senior Account Executive Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  New York, NY
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Application Details

    The process took a day - interviewed at Edelman in July 2007.

    Interview Details

    A woman I worked with at my previous job passed along my resume and mentioned I would be interested in relocating to New York. The head of the division called me to ask if I could "swing by and meet some people." I'm not sure if anything formal was ever arranged. I met with four different people, each for 30 minutes. They asked some general questions about my resume and one of them explicitly told me I should probably go work in D.C. instead of New York.
    After the interviews, I took a quick AP style test and timed writing test. It was a single open-ended question and was easy enough, but no one told me about it until it was starting.
    Honestly, if I hadn't had connections within the company to give me a better sense of how things worked, I doubt I would have wanted the job. That said, I LOVE working at Edelman.

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    I got a lot out of negotiation, mostly by playing softball with them. They increased my title once I demonstrated that I had additional experience
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
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    Senior Account Executive Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Chicago, IL
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Chicago, IL
    Application Details

    I applied through other source. The process took 1 week - interviewed at Edelman in July 2007.

    Interview Details

    I was interviewed by in-house HR about the position. I spoke to the HR person about the position. I was invited in to a 1:1 interview with someone in the practice. After that meeting, I was asked to take a writing test to see if my skills were up to par for the job. I was called about a week later letting me know they had found another candidate for the job.

    Interview Questions
    • The interviewer and HR did not ask any difficult questions.   View Answer
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
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    Senior Account Executive Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Victoria, England (UK)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Victoria, England (UK)
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral - interviewed at Edelman in July 2014.

    Interview Details

    The interview started with a quick chat about my experience, a look through my portfolio and an overview of Edelman.

    I was then tasked to write a press release, using two pages of information. This had to be done in 30 minutes.

    The team members were approachable and made you feel at ease.

    Interview Questions
    • What is your opinion on the magazine vs digital landslide which is happening?   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Senior Account Executive Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 5 weeks - interviewed at Edelman.

    Interview Details

    The people involved in the process was highly charismatic.

    However with that being said more than 12 hrs plus of interviews both via phone and back to back in person interviews; Edelman fails to be as transparent as they outline on their company website.

    Time is valuable. They have wasted both Edelman and my own time, to only decide that the position was not the right fit nor was able to give a an offer that was fair in regards to the job 12 + interviews later.

    Edelman may be a very strong company when ranked on the top agencies to work for and on Adage's top PR firms of the nation. Statistics will remain just numbers and the truth of this company is that they are in chaos and disarray.

    In terms of the position that was offered neither SVP's , juniors , or senior account executives had qualified answers in regards to my questions asked about their strategy in regards to current industry trends and current accounts that they represent.

    In addition no one on the "team" were able to decipher what to do with their managed accounts massive amount of data that they seemed to be sinking in.

     Edelman projected a company that is fast-thinking, but in reality Edelman they are hanging on to their perceived perception of the past of being a top PR firm.

    Maybe if you want to be considered, ask less questions so you fall under the corporate drones that assimilate to the norms of just being average and working more hours and accounts that they can handle.

    Interview Questions
    • "We love that one of your goals is to be a leading leader in the industry, but are you able to do the requested task at Edelman while trying to achieve this goal?"   Answer Question
    Declined Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

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