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Account Executive Interview (Negative Experience; Average Interview)
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
Associate Interview (Neutral Experience; Average Interview)
I applied online and the process took a day - interviewed at Ogilvy & Mather in February 2012.
Interview Details – The application process was pretty much straightforward and everything was online.
The planning and appointment of the interview was very convenient as they came onto my campus to conduct it.
I had just one behavioural interview with them and it was your typical interview.
They asked me why Ogilvy and why I would be a good fit.
Typical behavioural questions like:
Tell me about a time when you went against the team.
Tell me about a time when you made a mistake.
Intern Interview (Negative Experience; Average Interview)
The process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Ogilvy & Mather in February 2012.
Interview Details – It was more like a personality test than an interview. No questions about you, your experience, why marketing or even why Ogilvy. It felt very dry and like a standardized process. Be prepared with stories and lessons about "times you failed, times you dealt with conflict..."
Interview Question – Tell me about a time when you tried and failed. Answer Question
Internship Interview (Neutral Experience; Average Interview)
I applied through college or university and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Ogilvy & Mather in January 2011.
Interview Details – Completely behavioral interview. Very dry behavioral questions about leadership experience, times faced hardships, etc.
Interview Question – Discuss a time you faced a hardship and overcame it. Answer Question
Assistant Seach Planner Interview (Negative Experience; Average Interview)
The process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Ogilvy & Mather in June 2011.
Interview Details – passed the phone interview and interviewed with the whole team for the position. 1 team member was really rude. She did show interest in what I was saying. kept cutting me while i was speaking. I alled the HR to follow up many times. She didnt write back to my emails nor did she call me back to let me know where I stood in the process. Obviosly it hadnt gone great but at least they could have been honest and told me they did nt want to move forward with me .
Associate Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
The process took 2 months - interviewed at Ogilvy & Mather in March 2011.
Interview Details – The interviewer was very pleasant and friendly. The interview consisted of a variety of behavioral questions.
Interview Question – What is the craziest idea you ever had? Answer Question
Digital Strategy Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
The process took 2 days - interviewed at Ogilvy & Mather in May 2011.
Interview Details – This was a referral, so the interview process itself was a little different. I was interviewed first by the HR person, with basic personal questions and then a mini-case question. I was then passed to a partner on the team I was interviewing for, for a 1:1, also with a mini-case.
Interview Question – How would you go about improving the Target website? Answer Question
Account Executive Interview (Negative Experience; Difficult Interview)
The process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Ogilvy & Mather in March 2011.
Interview Details – 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.
Very Difficult Interview
Associate Interview (Positive Experience; Very Difficult Interview)
I applied in-person and the process took 2 months - interviewed at Ogilvy & Mather in March 2011.
Interview Details – 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).
Intern Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied through college or university and the process took a day - interviewed at Ogilvy & Mather in August 2010.
Interview Details – Very friendly staff. People were dressed business casual. They asked general interview questions. Took about an hour.
Interview Question – Why do you want to work for our company? Answer Question
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