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Merkle Interview Questions & Reviews

Updated Jun 16, 2014
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Neutral Experience

Average Interview

Associate Account Director Interview

Associate Account Director
Austin, TX

I applied through other source and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Merkle in December 2011.

Interview Details – Extensive, had to give a presentation at the end of it. Talked to 5-6 people on the phone, then met with 4-5 in person, gave a presentation to a room of about 10 people.

Interview Question – I do not recall a difficult or unexpected question.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – They would not negotiate.


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Declined Offer

Negative Experience

Average Interview

Lead Recruiter Interview

Lead Recruiter
New York, NY

I applied through other source and the process took 2 days - interviewed at Merkle in May 2014.

Interview Details – Seven 1:1 interviews and a 45-min presentation to the group. Interviews were confirmed several days in advance, but changed on the day. First interviewer was a no-show, others swapped in last minute and I wasn't given an updated schedule with names / titles. They said this is common practice.

Interview Question – None. Questions were all expected. Interviewers didn't appear to have questions prepared; a stream-of-consciousness approach.   Answer Question

Reason for Declining – Unethical behaviors by HR and line manager (i.e. back-door references). After pursuing me for several months, and after I "passed" their interviewing process with at least 6 people endorsing my hire, they called to tell me they were doing "back-door references" on me.

The irony is that my presentation to them earlier in the day included points on ensuring candidate confidentiality AND delivering a positive candidate experience. No bueno. No thanks.


Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Account Manager Interview

Account Manager
Denver, CO

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 2+ weeks - interviewed at Merkle in August 2010.

Interview Details – Merkle does tw phone screens and then a full day onsite interview. it is a stringent process but ensures both fit for skills and culture. Be prepared for all types of questions and interviewing with lots of levels of individuals (both peer and supervisor). Merkle hires very limited entry level and it is best if you know someone within the organization to clear a path for you.

Interview Question – You will have to give a presentation   View Answer


Accepted Offer

Neutral Experience

Difficult Interview

Director IT Engineering Interview

Director IT Engineering
Columbia, MD

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 3 months - interviewed at Merkle in February 2012.

Interview Details – Very long process often resulting in loss of candidate to competitor.
1. Phone Screen - 30 minutes
2. Face to face "Coffee Talk" with 1 -3 managers - 30-60 minutes
3. Group interview - you will be interviewed by a group of 8-12 people (peers, managers, subordinates, etc.) - 90-120 minutes. You must present on a project that demonstrates a significant accomplishment (8-12 slides).

The time between these 3 steps is days to weeks. Staff is stretched and deal with constant issues. The group interview is difficult to schedule (it's hard to find a time when 8-10 people have a 2 hour window).

Depending on who shows for the group interview, they can be very thorough. If you listed something on your resume, you better be able to speak to it.

Interview Question – It would not be fair to the company to reveal their most difficult or unexpected question. This question is asked to gauge a reaction and assess several apects of the candidate (creative thinking, engineering mindset, quick on your feet, etc.).   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – Not very negotiable, the VP of IT usually handles this and he is very focused on value and potential.


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Accepted Offer

Neutral Experience

Easy Interview

Director Interview

Director
Marlborough, MA

I applied through a recruiter and the process took 1+ week - interviewed at Merkle in September 2012.

Interview Details – The interview process is very precise - multiple phone interviews followed by an in person interview during which you will meet at least 5 individuals and you will also be expected to give a presentation. After the interview the group meets to discuss their experience with you - they decide 1) if you're a good fit for Merkle, and 2) if you're a good fit for the actual position. If they decide that the answer to 1 is yes, but the answer to 2 is no, then they may offer you a different job.

Interview Question – I honestly didn't think any of their question were difficult, or unexpected.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – They offered me a job other than the one I was interested in; the "new" job did not have the same benefits as the original. The end result was that I accepted the job, with a lower salary than I was looking for, with no bonus potential (first time in 10 years for me) and ended up a fairly unhappy employee. Don't settle - when they tell you that you will have an opportunity to grow quickly they are not being truthful.


Accepted Offer

Neutral Experience

Senior Project Manager Interview

Senior Project Manager

Interviewed at Merkle

Interview Details – Before the interview, I was asked to prepare a presentation in which I walked through a challenging project I had managed. During the presentation there was open discussion about the details of th eproject and how I handled certain situations.

Interview Question – Choosing a project to present.   Answer Question


Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Average Interview

Manager Interview

Manager
Columbia, MD

I applied online and the process took 5 weeks - interviewed at Merkle in February 2014.

Interview Details – I applied for a position posted on Merkle's website in late December and was contacted via email to setup a phone screen in January.

Phone screen was with the supervisor of the position and went well. She told me that HR would email me to setup an interview. At the end of the call, she mentioned the presentation that is required during the interview process.

HR contacted me asking for dates I was available. They setup the interview for late February due to month end close and the on-going year end audit.

I interviewed with 2 employees who would be direct reports to the position, a peer and the supervisor who was a Director. I was to interview with the VP/Controller but she was travelling on business. They allotted a 1/2 hour with each person. We were able to go over since the VP would not be interviewing me. I found that even with 40-45 minutes I did not have as much time as I would have liked with each person. Everyone seemed thoroughly enthusiastic and praised Merkle. The Director conducted her interview over lunch and then I gave my presentation.

HR emailed me that day to come back the following week for an interview with the VP during lunch. She escorted me to the Director afterwards where I could ask additional questions. The Director stated she would get back to me either that day or the next.

She called the next day to offer me the job and I accepted.

Overall, the process was very organized and they made the decision quickly.

Interview Question – I did not have any difficult questions. They asked a lot of questions so you really need to know yourself and what you bring to the table. I understood the position and what I would be doing so I could focus on those aspects of my experience when discussing the benefits of hiring me.
The hardest part for me was the presentation. As an Accountant, I am used to presenting numbers to people who have a vested interest in the company. I did not think these people would be interested in numbers for another company. I chose a leadership topic involving mentoring employees and managing the project. It seemed to do the trick.
  Answer Question

Negotiation Details – Negotiation was not necessary. The offer was well worth the transition.


1 person found this helpful

Accepted Offer

Negative Experience

Average Interview

Director Interview

Director
Columbia, MD

I applied through a recruiter and the process took 3 months - interviewed at Merkle in December 2012.

Interview Details – Ebullient phone screen followed by several telephone interviews, an onsite session of face to face interviews over one day, a business case presentation and a follow up caucus of interviewers regarding the candidate. A fair amount of disinformation is shared during this process to get you excited about the "special culture" Merkle offers to its employees.

Interview Question – Curve ball questions are typically thrown at you regarding how you dealt with a difficult client, etc.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – Zero flexibility (and a fair amount of misrepresentation).


Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Average Interview

Operations Analyst Intern Interview

Operations Analyst Intern
Little Rock, AR

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Merkle in December 2012.

Interview Details – I applied for this college internship position through an employer referral. I did 2 15-20 minute screens. The first was with the hiring manager and it was basic questions about my experience/school work/resume. The second was with a Tech Lead from the account team the position was for, and it was mostly focused on my technical background and experience and my exposure to SQL. I then was asked to come for on site interviews a couple weeks later. This consisted of 3 back to back interviews with potential team members. The order was: Senior Operations Analyst, Lead Operations Analyst, Director. They were relaxed and conversational. Each person gave an overview of the account from their position and explained the internship position briefly. They each asked me about my background and experience and general questions about my resume. I was asked about my experience with SQL, etc. As this was for an internship, I was not required to give a presentation. I was asked questions about class projects and experiences, but no formal presentation. Overall, the experience was great and took about a month from applying to accepting their offer.

Interview Question – The questions were all straightforward and nothing unexpected.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – There was no negotiation as the position was a college internship. However, I was offered a full time position after graduation. They presented their initial offer and I was able to negotiate a higher starting salary with the input of my manager (accepted starting salary was ~15% more than initial offer).


Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Easy Interview

Database Developer Interview

Database Developer
Marlborough, MA

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 2+ weeks - interviewed at Merkle in July 2011.

Interview Details – I got a call from the HR when one of my friend referred me . She asked basic questions regarding relocation and my education level. Then scheduled a date for a Skype interview online with 3 of my team members and finally received a call the very next morning that i have been offered this position.

Interview Question – One of the interviewer asked me questions relating to OS level / Linux, Unix related regarding how to Free up the memory when the process is not running or seems to be hung?   View Answer

Negotiation Details – Nothing much to negotiate as i joined this company as an entry level.

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