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Ogilvy & Mather Interview Questions & Reviews

Updated Jun 26, 2014

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Copywriter Interview

Copywriter
New York, NY

I applied through a recruiter and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Ogilvy & Mather in January 2013.

Interview Details – I reached out to the creative recruiter and she happened to be looking for a writer. After the CDs on the account saw my book I was asked to come in for an interview. I came in was taken to a conference room where the two CDs met with me for about a half hour. They were easy to talk to and didn't ask me much about myself or discuss my work at all. Most of the time was spent talking about the account and they seemed honest about its challenges. The recruiter emailed me after and told me she'd be in touch. I never heard from her again. (Typical in this industry, but still unprofessional.)

Interview Question – There really weren't any questions beyond a general, "Tell us about yourself."   Answer Question

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Associate Interview

Associate

Interviewed at Ogilvy & Mather

Interview Details – First step: Write three essays and get two faculty recommendations
second step: Phone behavior interview
third step: Super Saturday

Interview Question – Talk about a time you had to think on your feet.

A time you have failed.

Why Ogilvy
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Public Relations Intern Interview

Public Relations Intern
Chicago, IL

I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Ogilvy & Mather in March 2012.

Interview Details – 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 Question – The 2 hour, yes 2 hour writing test they make you complete.   Answer Question

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Summer Internship Interview

Summer Internship

I applied through college or university and the process took 1 week - interviewed at Ogilvy & Mather.

Interview Details – It was about thirty + minutes long and it was over Skype. They had a standard questionnaire to ask, not once did they ask about my strengths. There was the typical weaknesses, difficult situations, difficult people, behavioral kinds of questions.

Overall I actually really enjoyed the interview process and she told me that I had done an excellent job.

Interview Question – How do you read recent advertising news? Do you read advertising trade magazines? If so which ones.   Answer Question

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Associate Interview

Associate

I applied through college or university and the process took 3 months - interviewed at Ogilvy & Mather.

Interview Details – 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 Question – What is the craziest idea you have ever had and how did you implement it?   Answer Question

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Craftsmen of Culture Internship Interview

Craftsmen of Culture Internship

I applied through college or university and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Ogilvy & Mather.

Interview Details – Went from being an in person interview, to a skype interview to a phone interview. Asked questions related to Ogilvy & Mather's core principles. Be well read on different accounts they've worked on, their mission and how you fit into that.

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Art Director Interview

Art Director
New York, NY

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Ogilvy & Mather.

Interview Details – Got back to me briefly and asked me to come in for an interview.

Interview Question – Quite expected for a design interview.   Answer Question

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Copy Editor Interview

Copy Editor
New York, NY

I applied online and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Ogilvy & Mather in June 2012.

Interview Details – 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 Question – 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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Informational Interview for Potential PR Openings Interview

Informational Interview for Potential PR Openings
Atlanta, GA

I applied through other source and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Ogilvy & Mather in June 2012.

Interview Details – I met someone on LinkedIn who sent my resume to her boss. They called me in for an information interview with HR and the PR department. I Each interview lasted about 45 minutes. I think it went really well and I still keep in touch with both of them. The HR lady was more rigid and went through my resume and asked me lots of the normal questions. The PR lady was super nice and seemed interested in my background.

Interview Question – Describe a time when you wanted something different than the group.

What is your biggest weakness?

Know an exact example that you can say you took from each experience on your resume.
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Account Executive Interview

Account Executive
New York, NY

I applied through a recruiter and the process took a day - interviewed at Ogilvy & Mather in March 2012.

Interview Details – I was contacted by a hiring manager on Linkedin for an opening. She called me for a phone interview on a Tuesday despite writing in an email reply that I was only free to speak with her on Thursday due to personal errands. Apparently, she did not take this clarification well.

On the phone call, when discussing my background she frequently interrupted and kept badgering me if I was familiar with banner ads and kept implying all my other background is useless.

For the interview, instead of printing out my Resume/CV I provided to her, she basically prints out my entire Linkedin profile for the interviewers, which effectively set me up to fail. As in the industry, many advert staff are adverse to reading so they asked me to summarise my entire CV before asking irrelevant questions about the job. I was able to give them a hard copy of my CV when I realised what the hiring manager did but only 1 of the interviewers actually took it back with them while the others left.

The worst interviewer was a girl who kept texting on her blackberry during the entire interview despite professing to be listening. At that point I wasn't sure if I was actually interviewing at Ogilvy & Mather in New York City or some small shop in the middle of Princeton, NJ given the lack of professionalism in the interviewing process up to that point.

The last interviewer seemed to be impressed with my background and kept mentioning that "[I was] so smart!". However, he then followed with questions asking why I didn't become a journalist and decided to be in marketing/advertising. The worst part was he never got it after explaining financial considerations, being impressed by the work David Ogilvy and others did during the golden age of advertising or how influential Ridley Scott's "1984" advert was.

At the end of the interview, the hiring manager didn't bother to speak with me and I was expected to escort myself out of the office. About a week later, I received a canned email from that hiring manager saying they chose someone else for the second round after "difficult consideration".

Interview Question – "You're so smart! Why didn't you becoming a journalist? I don't mean to be insulting or anything."   View Answer

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