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Initiative Assistant Planner Interview Questions & Reviews

Updated Feb 12, 2014
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Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Average Interview

Assistant Planner, Digital Interview

Assistant Planner, Digital
Los Angeles, CA

I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Initiative in February 2010.

Interview Details – Panel interview
A lot of people in a room. I was in a suit and they were all in t-shirts.
They asked me about me, rather than about my experience

Interview Question – Nothing was really difficult. Everything was pretty easy.
It's not too bad, and everyone was pretty nice.
  Answer Question

Negotiation Details – I didn't negotiate


No Offer

Positive Experience

Average Interview

Assistant Media Planner Interview

Assistant Media Planner
New York, NY

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 2 months - interviewed at Initiative.

Interview Details – Great Interview People were nice and accommodating.

Interview Question – What is Media Planning?   View Answer


Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Easy Interview

Assistant Planner Interview

Assistant Planner
New York, NY

I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed 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 Question – 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


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Accepted Offer

Neutral Experience

Easy Interview

Assistant Media Planner Interview

Assistant Media Planner

I applied through an employee referral and 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 Question – 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.


No Offer

Neutral Experience

Very Easy Interview

Assistant Media Planner Interview

Assistant Media Planner
New York, NY

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 Question – Why switching to advertising   Answer Question


No Offer

Neutral Experience

Easy Interview

Assistant Planner, Digital Interview

Assistant Planner, Digital
Los Angeles, CA

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed 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 Question – What do you think media planning is?   Answer Question


Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Easy Interview

Assistant Media Planner Interview

Assistant Media Planner
Los Angeles, CA

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed 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 Question – 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.


No Offer

Neutral Experience

Assistant Planner Interview

Assistant Planner

I applied online and the process took 5 weeks - interviewed 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 Question – Why do you want to work for this company   Answer Question


No Offer

Neutral Experience

Easy Interview

Assistant Media Planner Interview

Assistant Media Planner
Chicago, IL

I applied online and the process took 1 week - interviewed 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 Question – Why media?   Answer Question


No Offer

Negative Experience

Easy Interview

Assistant Media Planner Interview

Assistant Media Planner
New York, NY

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 1 week - interviewed 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 Question – Basic interview questions relating to prior job experiences and interest in media.   Answer Question

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