Initiative Assistant Planner Interview Questions

Updated Sep 19, 2014
Updated Sep 19, 2014
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    Assistant Media Planner Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through other source – interviewed at Initiative.

    Interview Details

    Two total interviews, one by phone and one in person. I was interviewed by two teams looking for a new assistant in my in person interview. One obviously didn't like me and told me the suit I wore wouldn't be acceptable around the office (it's an interview, so I wore a suite, pretty sure that's a standard interview rule) and the other team complimented my suit and asked me interesting questions about my extracurricular activities in college. Needless to say, team two hired me.

    Interview Questions
    • They wanted printed resumes but they didn't ask anything too interesting except what kind of music I like.   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  2.  

    Assistant Media Planner Interview

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

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at Initiative.

    Interview Details

    Great Interview People were nice and accommodating.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Assistant Media Planner Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral – interviewed at Initiative.

    Interview Details

    Knew someone working there and was in contact with them. They sent my resume to HR. HR took forever to reply to emails and was rushed during my initial interview with them, which wasn't really an actual interview with questions- it was an odd first impression that I got from that call... HR then set up Skype interviews with various teams (accounts). Within days, I heard back via phone as to which teams were interested. 1 true interview on Skype before getting hired.

    Definitely ask about what a typical day is like especially to someone who is in the same role, challenges current employees have faced, and ask to be interviewed by everyone on the team so you can know who you'll be working with every day. Your first impression of them counts just as much as their first impression of you.

    Interview Questions
    • Just your typical questions about why you want to be in advertising and to explain some of your past work experience   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    If there are certain company-paid benefits in the package that you don't need, try to negotiate the difference to be put into your salary.
    Accepted Offer
    Easy Interview
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    Assistant Planner Interview

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

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Initiative in October 2013.

    Interview Details

    I first applied online then a few days later HR reached out to me to set up a phone interview. I didn't initially hear back but then I emailed the HR lady and she responded promptly and we set up an in person interview.

    Interview Questions
    • The questions weren't too difficult. It was more like a conversation. Why Initiative and strengths and weakness are obviously questions to be prepared for.   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  6.  

    Assistant Planner, Digital Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Los Angeles, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Los Angeles, CA
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at Initiative in September 2013.

    Interview Details

    An employee submitted my resume to HR, and about 2 weeks later I received an email regarding an open position. We set up a phone interview for the following day. The HR person called me right on time. She asked standard questions about my background and why I was interested in media. She was straight-forward and clear in her explanations. The phone interview was about 20 minutes. Later that day, I received an email to set up an in-person interview for the following week, in which I would meet the entire team of 6 people. I do not currently live in Los Angeles (which I mentioned in our phone interview), so I took the day off of work for it. 30 minutes before the interview, I received a call from HR asking if we can reschedule because of an "emergency client meeting." She said we'd likely reschedule for the end of the week or early next week, once she got together with the team to find a time that worked. I emailed her shortly after our phone conversation to see if there was any possibility that we could reschedule for later that same day, since I was already in town. She didn't reply to my email. A week passed after our canceled interview and I didn't heard anything. I called about a week and half later to ask about rescheduling and left a message, which has not been returned. I have a feeling that the "emergency meeting" was just a roundabout way of saying they hired someone else, but didn't want to say it.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview
  7.  

    Assistant Media Planner Interview

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

    I applied through an employee referral – interviewed at Initiative in September 2013.

    Interview Details

    Got in touch with a recruiter basic questions asking why a career in advertising, why media planning? What interest me about advertising? If I was good with numbers.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview
  8.  

    Assistant Planner Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 5 weeksinterviewed at Initiative.

    Interview Details

    Called me up for a 15 minute "get to know you" and although we had scheduled it for 2:30 PM, the recruiter actually did not call until 3 PM. She seemed really interested in me after the initial call and said we should set up a time for me to come in to the office in person. I have since emailed and called her twice and still have not heard back to when this interview would be. Very unprofessional

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
  9.  

    Assistant Media Planner Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Los Angeles, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Los Angeles, CA
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at Initiative in July 2013.

    Interview Details

    The interview process ended up taking a while. I applied through the San Francisco office, and ended up interviewing with the New York and Los Angeles offices. Sometimes it was a bit hard to get ahold of HR or they would forget to call me.

    I interviewed with 2 different teams at the LA office over skype. I got the impression that everyone was intelligent, social and welcoming. Everybody wanted to be realistic of what the job entails and the expectations. The interviews were quite casual and were overall a good experience.

    They extended an offer the next day after calling my references - great to hear back so quickly.

    Interview Questions
    • What song would describe your work ethic? (I'm assuming this isn't a standard question)   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    There isn't negotiation. They offer all assistants the same pay across the board.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  10.  

    Assistant Media Planner Interview

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

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took a weekinterviewed at Initiative.

    Interview Details

    Submitted my resume through a friend who works there, contacted by HR for an interview. Went into the office to meet with multiple team members. HR was very disorganized throughout the process and did not book a room for the interview, so it was done in the reception area which I felt was very unprofessional. I felt like the interview with the team went really well, but I never heard back from the company afterwards even after trying to contact them. The entire process did not make me want to work at Initiative and I am happy that I was able to secure a job at another agency.

    Interview Questions
    • Basic interview questions relating to prior job experiences and interest in media.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview
  11.  

    Assistant Media Planner Interview

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

    I applied online. The process took a weekinterviewed at Initiative in October 2012.

    Interview Details

    I first had a phone interview that went very well. We ended up scheduling an in person interview a few days later. The day before my interview I got a call saying they had selected another candidate and that my interview was canceled.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview

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