Ogilvy & Mather Interview Questions

Updated Jul 26, 2015
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    Associate Interview

    Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied in-person. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at Ogilvy & Mather (New York, NY) in March 2011.

    Interview

    I applied for the Associates Program through my school. I submitted my resume, cover letter, and writing samples. After a few weeks, they emailed me to let me know that I was chosen for a 1:1 interview. The interview went well, they asked mostly behavioral questions because as most people know, they want to see if you exemplify their 8 habits. After the interview, they called me within a few weeks to invite me to SuperSaturday (which is a challenge day).

    Interview Questions

    • Describe a time when you had to work with someone that you did not like or get along with and how you overcame that to accomplish your goal.   Answer Question
    • Describe a challenge that you had overcome and how you did it.   Answer Question
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    Associate Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    The process took 1 day. I interviewed at Ogilvy & Mather in February 2011.

    Interview

    Obviously Ogilvy is a very established firm, and coming in to the interview, I was very nervous. The interview involved a lot of behaviorial questions that I had not been asked during other job interviews, so that kind of left me thinking on my feet. I ultimately did not get the offer, but wish anybody else you interviews for the Associate position the best of luck.

    Interview Questions

    • Describe a time you worked on a team and any challenges you encountered, and how you overcame them.   Answer Question
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    Account Executive Interview

    Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Ogilvy & Mather (New York, NY) in March 2011.

    Interview

    I went into the interview thinking I was going for one brand, and it turns out I was interviewing 3 different groups of people for 3 different positions. It was confusing, and their HR department seems really scattered and disorganized. I left and then was called back for what I thought was a 2nd interview, but it turns out I was interviewing for 2 more positions. I did not get any of them because they hired someone with exact experience- even though one of the women was telling me straight up she wanted me on her team. Over all it left a really bad taste in my mouth.

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    Associate Program Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Ogilvy & Mather in February 2012.

    Interview

    I sent in my application through the ogilvy website and then heard back from them several weeks later and was told I had made it through the first stage. The second stage was in-person and consisted of two 45 minute interviews with two different recruiting coordinators. I received an email a week later that I was not accepted into the final round.

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    Associate Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 6 weeks. I interviewed at Ogilvy & Mather in February 2012.

    Interview

    After submitting a lengthy application, Ogilvy selected a handful of individuals to partake in on-campus interviews. This consisted of two 1:1 interviews with constituents from their local branch. One individual was a higher level executive - she was short and I could not get a good read on her at all. The other individual was much more lively and we had a great conversation. After interviewing, we had to wait another 4 weeks to see if we passed on to the second round interviews.

    Interview Questions

    • Tell me about a time that you failed.   1 Answer
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    Associate Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 3+ months. I interviewed at Ogilvy & Mather.

    Interview

    Very lengthy process starting with an application requiring an example of what makes you creative... supposed to be something that helps them understand who you are and why they should want to work with you. This is basically your first interview and they have thousands of applicants each year. In person interviews are invite only for which they usually fly to your campus. One HR director and one executive interview separately both asking similar questions. Guessing they overlap just to get congruity. A third round is a full weekend of activities out in NY where they put you through all the hoops to see if you are the perfect fit.

    Interview Questions

    • What is the craziest idea you have ever had and how did you implement it?   Answer Question
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    Public Relations Intern Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Ogilvy & Mather (Chicago, IL) in March 2012.

    Interview

    The interview was long. Had to meet with 3 different groups of two. They basically all asked the same questions. Nothing out of the ordinary.

    Interview Questions

    • The 2 hour, yes 2 hour writing test they make you complete.   Answer Question
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    Copy Editor Interview

    Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at Ogilvy & Mather (New York, NY) in June 2012.

    Interview

    While the folks here were nice, their interview process was strange considering this was a job to be on call for them. At best, it was part-time, yet they made folks jump through hoops, interviewing dozens of folks, as if they were hiring a full-time staff person.

    Interview Questions

    • Questions weren't difficult, but it was a lengthy process that was not worth it considering the job was intermittent.   Answer Question
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    Associate Interview

    Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3+ months. I interviewed at Ogilvy & Mather (New York, NY) in March 2015.

    Interview

    Step 1. Application with two Essay Questions (Resume, Cover Letter) Step 2. Phone or On Campus Interview (Behavioral interview is 30 mins) Step 3. Intensive Interview Day at Ogilvy & Mather NYC with a ton of different exercises to test you and see if you are a good fit for the culture Step 4. Offers given about a week later

    Interview Questions

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    Account Management Interview

    Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through other source. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at Ogilvy & Mather (New York, NY) in January 2014.

    Interview

    Initial contact was made by the HR team via LinkedIn. The first step was a fast phone interview to inform about positions and confirm experience. A separate person will schedule the in-person interview--mine was rather presumptuous with my time, not informing me how much time to set aside and trying to book an additional round of interviews with an additional team without my knowledge. I was there for 3+ hours and met with five members of the team. All of them were incredibly nice, looking for detailed information about experience and strategic points of view. I was offered to come back to meet with more people, but declined because I didn't feel the chemistry with the team.

    Interview Questions

    • I think that Ogilvy asks team members to throw a "curveball" question at the end of each interview. Each person that had time to ask me a last question asked a rather unexpected question. The two I remember are "What is one impression I have of you that is not true" and "Name a song that would be on the soundtrack of your life."   Answer Question
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