G2 USA Interview Questions & Reviews
Getting an Interview
Analytics Interview (Negative Experience; Easy Interview)
The process took 6+ weeks - interviewed at G2 USA in January 2012.
Interview Details – The hiring process is weak disconnect between HR and Hiring Manager.
Weak culture huge disconnect between Account and Delivery.
As an interviewee I was asked to create 2 presentations. Be careful they use this to get IP from other sources. It's not like you are going for Google or Razorfish. It's G2 no one has heard of them.
Make sure you ask for exactly what they want else a couple of their folks will totally submarine you.
Account Executive Interview (Negative Experience; Average Interview)
The process took a day - interviewed at G2 USA in April 2009.
Interview Details – I went into the agency to interview for an insurance account, the same type of work I've done in a previous position. It was about noon and all of the employees were sitting at their desks in dim lighting, quiet, with their eyes fixed to their computer screens. I thought, "This place could use some life."
In the conference room in which the interview took place, the interviewer, who was a new Account Supervisor at the agency, asked me what I look for in an agency. I said that I prefer a nurturing environment in which everyone gets along and isn't so stiff; after all, advertising is a creative industry. He gave me the death stare. He told me that work is a place of business. He then proceeded to insult me by saying I was unprofessional. I sat there wearing a suit and tie, not a clown outfit. And this was all within the first 3 minutes.
Interview Question – What do you look for in an agency? Answer Question
Web Developer Interview (Neutral Experience; Easy Interview)
I applied online and the process took a day - interviewed at G2 USA in February 2010.
Interview Details – Several question about PHP and database schema design
Interview Question – What will you do if a PHP script always timeout? Answer Question
Account Executive Interview (Neutral Experience; Average Interview)
I applied online and the process took 2 days - interviewed at G2 USA in December 2009.
Interview Details – Met with HR first day and with the entire team in a 1 on 1 setting for the second round
Interview Question – Why are you looking to leave? Answer Question
Account Director Interview (Negative Experience; Average Interview)
The process took a day - interviewed at G2 USA in November 2009.
Interview Details – Heard decent things so decided to apply for an Account Director position working on a large pharmaceutical account. Was brought in for a 1:1 interview with the hiring manager in spite of the recruiting manager showing a clear lack of interest in my background during the phone screen. Hiring manager was decent, but the recruiting manager not so much. However, the new office on 5th Avenue is sweet.
Interview Question – Why do you wish to work here? Answer Question
Interactive Designer Interview (Negative Experience; Average Interview)
I applied through other source and the process took 5 days - interviewed at G2 USA in May 2009.
Interview Details – I Interviewed with the creative director who seemed very pleased with my work and experience. The following week, I went on to interview with the executive creative director who came down from the home office (New York, NY). (They were interviewing a large groups of applicants to staff up and so he fit me into a busy schedule. Oddly, he asked that I meet him at his hotel, rather than at the office, which was all of 5 miles away.) We met in the lobby and he did not want to see my portfolio (he said he had already seen the work on my website and spoken with the creative director.)
The ECD said he "loved" my work and that he thought I would do a "great job." However, he added that they were "looking for twenty-somethings with lots of energy". He added that perhaps I could be a "mentor" to their "younger" staff. I'm 42 and well known to be full of energy from anyone I have ever worked with. It was a little off-putting to have a near stranger assume that I could not put in all-nighters with the rest of the "young" designers.
He added that an offer would be coming my way (as I was also on a short list for a design position for another company at the time). The offer never came and left me wondering if it was because of my age. Needless to say, I am grateful that I had the opportunity to get a look at the real company before I wasted my time and talent. They do have a talented group of designers, but I'm assuming that they know they will burn them out or do not want to pay them much, since he was so concerned with my age.
On a side note, they are producing some awesome work there. If you don't mind the politically incorrect attitude, and I suppose if you are young, this might be a good first job to cut your teeth on. But I would highly recommend you take your experience to a firm that appreciates it.
Very Easy Interview
Senior Designer Interview (Negative Experience; Very Easy Interview)
I applied online and the process took a day - interviewed at G2 USA in September 2011.
Interview Details – Applied online. Got a call from a recruiter who seemed very unenthusiastic. Asked me about salary right away which lead me to believe that they want cheap over the right fit. Made it to the second round but when I told them I was no longer available, they basically hung up on me. Stupid, considering you never know when you might need someone. Why not keep the lines of communication open? I got the impression that if you don't behave exactly as they would like, they drop you. Foolish policy and very old fashioned.
Web Designer Interview (Neutral Experience; Average Interview)
I applied online and the process took a day - interviewed at G2 USA in November 2009.
Interview Details – Ask about the background,
what you proud of in the current job,
why you would like to apply a new job,
what you want to do,
Interview Question – what is your expected salary View Answer