New York Times Interview Questions in New York City, NY

Updated Jul 16, 2014
Updated Jul 16, 2014
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  1.  

    Freelance Graphic/Web Designer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Application Details

    I applied in-person. The process took a dayinterviewed 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 Questions
    Negotiation Details
    Let them make the first offer.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  2.  

    Sales Representative Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2 daysinterviewed 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 Questions
    • "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
    Average Interview
  3.  

    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed 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 Questions
    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
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Senior Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed 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 Questions
    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
  6.  

    Designer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Application Details

    I applied through a staffing agency. The process took a dayinterviewed 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 Questions
    Negotiation Details
    Since the hiring was through an agent, I was aware from day 1 what the rate was.
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview
  7.  

    Senior Systems Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Application Details

    I applied through a staffing agency. The process took 4 weeksinterviewed 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
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview
  8.  

    Sales- Advertising Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Application Details

    The process took a weekinterviewed 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.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  9.  

    Advertising Sales Representative Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2 daysinterviewed at New York Times in June 2010.

    Interview Details

    Well the recruiter will give you a call and have a phone interview. Then you'll come in and interview with the recruiter. From there if the managers you'd be working under are available, you'd interview with them. Unfortunately none were available after my interview with the recruiter, so I had to come back maybe two days later to interview with the managers and director of my department.

    I interviewed with three managers and the director, all separately. It was a back to back sort of situation. A little intimidating, but only three out of the four were difficult to get a good vibe from. After the interviews, I made sure to send thank you emails as the recruiter was helpful in pointing out how highly the managers and director view them. It took about a week to hear from the recruiter and I was offered a position.

    Interview Questions
    • Give an example of a time were you had difficulty selling to a customer -or something of that nature   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    There wasn't much room for negotiating since I was offered a temporary contract instead of the salary position I thought was available.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  10.  

    IT Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Application Details

    The process took a dayinterviewed at New York Times in October 2009.

    Interview Details

    Found communication from the company to be prompt and efficient. I was contacted one week after applying and offered an interview. Interviewed by IT manager and HR deputy director. Asked pointed questions about my experience, and holes in my education. I was also asked to discuss future developments in the industry and indeed asked if I though the newspaper would exist 5 years from now.

    Interview Questions
    Reasons for Declining

    Salary was too low.

    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  11.  

    Senior Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took a weekinterviewed 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 Questions
    • 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

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