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Los Angeles, CA

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 3+ weeks - interviewed at LivingSocial in May 2011.

Interview Details – I applied fot the Account Executive position after being referred by a colleague who manages a sales team for LivingSocial. The phone interview was a big success. I had a very nice conversation with the recruiter and she was impressed with my qualifications.

After a 45-minute phone call, the recruiter said "Wow, that was one of the better phone interviews I've been a part of... I'm definitely recommending you for the next round, which will be a group interview in front of a panel in Santa Monica. The only problem is, we just held our group interviews last week and I'm uncertain when we are going to schedule our next set. They usually occur once a month. Please be patient and I will follow-up with you when we determine when the panel will be available next...."

Unfortunately, the only communication between the recruiter and I following our phone interview came when I emailed her a thank you note and she replied.. 5 weeks passed without any word. Then, very unexpectedly, I received an email from someone other than my recruiter informing me they were "holding off on further interviews at this time."

Needless to say, I was disappointed. I am very interested in working for LivingSocial. I believe they have a marvelous business model and I've heard good things about their work culture. I'm simply at the mercy of their hiring process and waiting in limbo at this time. Hopefully, they will end their hiring freeze and schedule in-person interviews again soon.

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Account Executive - Inside Sales
Los Angeles, CA

I applied online and the process took 1+ week - interviewed at LivingSocial in April 2011.

Interview Details – Let me start by saying Livingsocial seems to be a great company thats on the fast-track to being a top notch company. I have previously read on Glassdoor, some of the quirks about this company and knew what to expect.

The first interview was via telephone. The recuruiter I spoke with, a nice lady was great. She was professional, kind and helpful. When going through the interview questions, she actually seemed to care about wanting to learn more about you.

I made it to the next stage, where I was given an appointment time and place, at a big hotel. I showed up 30 minutes before my scheduled time. About an hour later, I was called in to do my first face to face interview. (The same recruiter I had spoken to on the phone was also present, and was just as nice in person.)

In my face to face, I was told to role play. It was not tough, but the interviewers threw up some really great objections, ones I could not answer without knowing a little more on how LS works... Nevertheless, the two gentlemen were very friendly.

I made it to the next step, where they told me to come back in 3 hours for another interview.

The second interview started 30 minutes late as well. (Understandable since these people also had other job functions that needed to be attended to back home) The second started with my resume review, work history, etc.... They proceeded to ask me questions like:

1. Why Livingsocial?
2. If you are doing great in your current position, why do you want to make the change?
3. Since LS is different from your current sales industry, how do we know you can do well?

I felt I had good and honest answers for each and thought I did well. Then, they thanked me a wished me a great weekend.

I was expecting a call later that day with an offer. Some of the people there did seemed to have gotten offers on the spot, which you can tell because the recruiter was telling them to fill out certain forms by certain dates.

Sad to say, I did not get that phone call.

Overall, good experience.

Although, a few eyebrows were raised...

1. There were a few people (4-6) that have worked with 3 of the hiring team members that was present that day, same company. (from the names, both my interviewers from my second face to face interview). The applicants were coming back from their interviews like it was a done deal. To be honest, I understand that but was kinda unsetling....

2. Reason 1 may be the culprit, but during my second face to face, the interviewers seemed very cold in a way. (Not overtly so) I have a Masters in Psychology and are able to read people very well. They asked questions in a manner to provoke a negative response or was just indifferent. Personally, I kept constant eye-contact, didn't stutter, my arms weren't flying everywhere. My tone was perfect for a professional interview. They didn't smile. (I think they were just going through the motions with me.)

I have a proven track record in sales and very succesful, even in my current position. I cold-call like a madman (Which all true sales reps know is vital to success) I am curious to know where I might have been lacking.....

To finish, it was still a good experience. My advice to future applicants, try to look as young as possible, do not mention young children or anything that can possibly hinder your work.

Good luck!!

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