Motley Fool Interview Questions in Alexandria, VA

Updated Oct 1, 2014
Updated Oct 1, 2014
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    Sector Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Alexandria, VA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Alexandria, VA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at Motley Fool.

    Interview Details

    It took a while for them to get to my application. Once they did, the process from initial screening interview to in-person, on-site interview was very quick. Motley Fool paid all expenses for the trip to their headquarters for the in-person interview. Everybody I interacted with was very nice. The only bad aspect of the hiring process was that HR told me they would get back to me with a decision in about a week. It took a month and many phone calls on my part (none of which were answered) before I finally got a form e-mail saying they weren't interested at that time and instead encouraged me to join their blog network.

    Interview Questions
    • I was asked to take one recent financial news story and come up with as many angles as possible to write articles about it.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Analyst Development Program Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Alexandria, VA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Alexandria, VA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3+ monthsinterviewed at Motley Fool in May 2014.

    Interview Details

    First interview was with the program head.
    Second interview was a series of six back to back. Make sure you know financial formulas and have a clear explanation for your investing style

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Financial Editor/Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Alexandria, VA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Alexandria, VA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 5 daysinterviewed at Motley Fool.

    Interview Details

    They emailed a few days after applying to say that I've made it to the next step which is to write an article on my favorite stock. That same day after sending in my article, they set up a phone interview for later that week. The phone interview only lasted several minutes and it was basic questions as well as asking what another favorite stock is.

    Interview Questions
    • What is another favorite stock of yours and why?   View Answer
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Office Dynamo Aka Office Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Alexandria, VA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Alexandria, VA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took a dayinterviewed at Motley Fool in November 2011.

    Interview Details

    I received an email response to an online application requesting an initial phone interview that would last no longer than 15 minutes. The interviewer called on time, discussed the company structure and the job hours and salary of the position. The discussion was short and the interview felt ill-prepared and a little too informal.

    Interview Questions
    • For this position, we are looking at a salary of $XX. Is this in line with what you are looking for?   Answer Question
    • Do you have any questions for me?   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Copywriter Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Alexandria, VA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Alexandria, VA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3+ monthsinterviewed at Motley Fool in August 2011.

    Interview Details

    The interview for this job took an excrutiating amount of time (3 months) and consisted of email requests for multiple writing samples. The request for writing samples is not uncommon but when examples already exist on the Web, why disregard a candidate's professional background by asking for more samples and then asking for them to be done for FREE?

    I don't quite understand companies that can't take the time to at least talk to a potential candidate over the phone. I also know that if the economy weren't so bad, no one would even consider providing free work let alone ask for it.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview
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    Copy Editor Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Alexandria, VA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Alexandria, VA
    Application Details

    I applied online – interviewed at Motley Fool in April 2010.

    Interview Details

    This is going back to 2004--the Glassdoor pulldown menu won't let me choose anything earlier than 2010--but what the hey. I was must reminded of it and realized it could help others if I share my experience.

    Long story short, they invited me to come in to take a test and meet the managing editor. When I arrived, the admin guy told me that these constituted a "meet and greet," rather than a job interview. I was surprised and very irritated by this revelation; I'd taken the entire day off work!

    It all worked out, though; I progressed through my career and am doing very well now.

    So why is this relevant 10 years later? It says something about the level of organization and common sense the company is managed with.

    In retrospect, I'm not sure how viable the Motley Fool business model is. Most investors (successful ones, anyway) just put it all in index funds with low expense ratios until they get close to retirement. Or they invest directly in industries they know well. So how many subscribers does Fool get? I seldom hear about the company and have this vague sense it's a relic of the late '90s.

    Also, their ostensibly unlimited vacation days are to be regarded with suspicion; if it's up to the employee how much leave to take, that means the employee is entitled to no days.

    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

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