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New York Times Interview Questions & Reviews in New York City, NY

Updated Jul 16, 2014
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Freelance Graphic/Web Designer Interview

Freelance Graphic/Web Designer
New York, NY

I applied in-person and the process took a day - interviewed at New York Times.

Interview Details – I was referred by a mutual friend. I interviewed in person at their about.com headquarters in the conference room. After a brief review of my portfolio, the rest of the interview revolved around getting acquainted with each other, followed by a tour of the workplace.

Interview Question – This was not a difficult interview.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – Let them make the first offer.


Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Easy Interview

Software Engineer Interview

Software Engineer
New York, NY

I applied through a recruiter and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at New York Times in June 2012.

Interview Details – Initial contact was a cold email from the Times' HR Department. After a phone screen with the tech lead on the Mobile Web team, I was invited a couple days later to interview in NYC. I was in DC at the time, and never was reimbursed for the travel costs. The in-person interview was a series of 5 people - a tech lead, asking to refactor some code that was written in an in-house language, an interview with a software engineer, talking about technology and development in general, an interview with a fantastic dev that turned into him convincing me to come to the Times, an interview with the project lead, and an interview with the project director. I was given an offer Friday that week, and given until Monday to accept. I accepted on that Monday.

Interview Question – Why do you want to work at the Times?   View Answers (2)

Negotiation Details – While negotiation was not offered, putting an aggressively high Expected Salary seemed to anchor the offer at higher than I would have gotten with a straight raise + cola.


Accepted Offer

Neutral Experience

Very Easy Interview

Designer Interview

Designer
New York, NY

I applied through a staffing agency and the process took a day - interviewed at New York Times in November 2011.

Interview Details – First, met with hiring agent, then, manager of department, who had with her in the interview, a colleague (more like, friend, as it turned out) from an entirely different, unrelated department. Kind of like a security blanket, in retrospect.

Interview Question – All softball questions.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – Since the hiring was through an agent, I was aware from day 1 what the rate was.


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Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Average Interview

Senior Software Engineer Interview

Senior Software Engineer
New York, NY

I applied through a recruiter and the process took 1 week - interviewed at New York Times in April 2009.

Interview Details – I spoke with an in-house recruiter for an initial phone screen that was not terribly in-depth, then moved on to a tech phone screen with the hiring manager that lasted about half an hour and touched on more detailed tech questions (e.g. http protocol details). That lead to an in-person interview that lasted for about three hours in total. The in-person consisted of several 30-minute long sections talking with different staff members/managers, and touched on both detailed explanations of prior work as well as yet more detailed technical questions. Some live coding was done in a dedicated interview environment, which was a nice difference from the usual entirely whiteboard routine. Most of the questions were not what I would call the "useless brainteaser" variety, but more focused on actual technical details (the standard algorithms and datastructures sort of material that you'd expect, plus an emphasis on things like the inner workings of HTTP and so forth... probably nothing unusual for a web-focused position).

Interview Question – At the time (maybe they still use it), the NYT has their own in-house programming language. This isn't quite as crazy as it sounds, but it was being phased out. Anyway, part of the interview process was to read a snippet of it, having never seen this language before, and make some guesses as to what it was intended to do and what possible errors might arise. The language in question is broadly imperative and nothing particularly syntactically bizarre, so this isn't particularly hard so much as it is a bit out of left field.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – The negotiation was fairly straightforward. They couldn't *quite* meet my request for base, but came within a few thousand of doing so and granted me a bit of extra vacation time in exchange.


Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Average Interview

Graphics Editor Interview

Graphics Editor
New York, NY

I applied through other source and the process took a day - interviewed at New York Times in March 2009.

Interview Details – you talk to editor and those who will be your colleagues. a few top bosses, but just don't do anything stupid. the one you need to impress is the person who contacted you.

Interview Question – no question is difficult. just do your thing.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – not much room for negotiation.


Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Average Interview

Senior Software Engineer Interview

Senior Software Engineer
New York, NY

I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at New York Times in January 2012.

Interview Details – The process starts with a number of phone screens. The next step in the process will be to bring you in for an on-site interview. If you get a positive review you will keep interviewing people higher and higher on the management chain. If you make it to the director level, you will likely be getting an offer. If for some reason your interview does not last as long as you were told it would, you will likely not be getting an interview.

Interview Question – SQL questions   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – I was called by HR and told what the offer was. There was a bit of selling on their end to convince me to accept the job.


Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Average Interview

Sales Representative Interview

Sales Representative
New York, NY

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 2 days - interviewed at New York Times.

Interview Details – It was pretty customary, met the first manager and then kept meeting more of them until i got to the division director - as long as they like you they pass you along to the next person to interview at so they can all get an idea of who you are.
Really nice ppl and process

Interview Question – "what would you say to a client that...." they put me on the spot and you never really know how they would like you to answer.. best advise - answer for real.   Answer Question


Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Easy Interview

Senior Software Engineer Interview

Senior Software Engineer
New York, NY

I applied through a recruiter and the process took a day - interviewed at New York Times in February 2008.

Interview Details – Code test on a computer is most special about the interview.

Interview Question – Technology Used   View Answer

Negotiation Details – Throught recruiter.


Accepted Offer

Neutral Experience

Difficult Interview

Senior Systems Analyst Interview

Senior Systems Analyst
New York, NY

I applied through a staffing agency and the process took 4 weeks - interviewed at New York Times in July 2011.

Interview Details – It started with a phone interview that was supposed to be 30 minutes but lasted an hour and a half. Then 5 face to face interviews over the next 4 weeks withdifferent people in each interview. Most were face to face, some with multiple people. Questions were mostly about my backround and how it would help me in the position. Personalitys ran the gamut from very laid back and casual to very strict and old school.

Interview Questions

  • Why are you a good fit for this position, what do you bring to the table.   Answer Question
  • Tell me about a time in your work experience you faced a challenge and how did you handle it.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – Was able to negogiate. Dont take the first offer


Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Difficult Interview

Sales- Advertising Interview

Sales- Advertising
New York, NY

The process took 1 week - interviewed at New York Times in June 2011.

Interview Details – Very organized interview process.
Very friendly.
Will question you about everything you put on your resume.

Interview Questions

Negotiation Details – Yes.

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