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Updated Feb 18, 2015
Updated Feb 18, 2015
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Vice President Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Application Details

    The process took 3+ monthsinterviewed at Pearson.

    Interview Details

    Process is exceedingly Slow, SLOW, S.L.O.W... unresponsive. Executives late to meetings. Executives unprepared, had not even read resume prior to video conference interview. No response to Thank You notes. Lack of follow-up.

    Interview Questions
    • Interviewers asked routine, rudimentary questions, almost seemed distracted or maybe uninterested...possibly just a necessary external interview when an internal candidate was already selected?   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Easy Interview
  2.  

    Web Developer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Glenview, IL
    Anonymous Employee in Glenview, IL
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at Pearson in January 2015.

    Interview Details

    Process was quick but disappointing in the end.

    I applied online and received an email from HR within a couple days to set up an HR screening.
    He didn’t realize that we actually spoke before when I applied to a similar job several months earlier in
    which I never received an interview. He then quickly set me up this time with a phone interview with the
    Creative Director who is located in Florida.

    Had a phone interview with the Creative Director two days later after talking with HR. Great conversation, easy to talk to. She explained in detailed how the organization is set up, how the team works, what the interview process would be like, and even gave a rough estimate of a start date if selected. She then mentioned the next step is to take a “test”. I was nervous at first but soon found out it was a mini project that I had to do.

    I found this much more easier than answering a bunch stupid textbook quiz questions. Instead I was emailed a zip file that contained a complex Photoshop PSD file and some brief instructions that said I had to create a functional web page using only HTML, CSS, and Javascript that looks exactly like the PSD file. I had the weekend to do it. I actually had a lot of fun doing it, it was challenging and fun at the same time. I zipped my code and emailed it to HR.

    I got scheduled for an in person interview with the hiring manager at their Glenview, IL office the following week, so I assumed someone reviewed and approved of my project work. The Glenview office is an eye sore. It’s under construction, portions of the building have no lights, old desks and tables folded up against the wall. He showed me where I would be sitting , it’s a big open area with a bunch of empty cubicles that planned to get filled in the near future.

    The in person interview I thought went well, but apparently it went too well. The hiring manager seemed surprised to find out how much extensive programming and corporate experience I have. Although the job description was titled Web Developer and it did mentioned the typical languages like HTML, CSS, and Javascript, it also mentioned WordPress. Apparently what they are looking for is someone with 80% WordPress and only 20% actual programming. I’m just the opposite, I have about 80% programming and only 20% exposure to Content Management Systems, none with WordPress. He didn’t even mentioned the project that I done, I’m not even sure if he was even aware of it. He did however mentioned that this position has very little coding involved.

    I received a personalized rejection notice two days later, which to me says they weren’t really looking for a Senior Web Developer, they were really looking for a Junior WordPress publisher.

    Interview Questions
    • No hard questions, just a design project that had to be done in a short amount of time.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Sales Representative Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Interview Details

    Hard to reach people within the company. Never heard response after second interview. The interview process was lengthy. It took over three months when it was all said and done.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
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    Pearson Leadership Development Program Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 4 weeksinterviewed at Pearson.

    Interview Details

    Terrible phone interview process. I was contact after I applied online on their corporate website (directed to by our university). The recruiter calls right on the clock, which was good, but she asked me NOTHING about myself. I thought she would have called to discuss my backgrounds and fit with the company, but she was uninterested. Do they hire just anyone? Her first question asked about what I knew about the company and delved into the oddest behavioral questions ever. No responses to my emails and just a generic rejection email couple days later. Couldnt even ask for feedback because she just cut me off.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Difficult Interview
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Enrollement Advisor Interview

    Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Application Details

    The process took 2+ weeksinterviewed at Pearson.

    Interview Details

    First phone screening by the recruiter, he then brings you in for an "open house session" as they call it. I can admit I was a bit nervous. As I sat down with 3 different managers for the position. This was my first time doing a group interview session. Very intense process ,unfortunately I did not get the position.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Field Sales Representative Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Application Details

    I applied through other source. The process took 6 daysinterviewed at Pearson.

    Interview Details

    After a phone interview and a few emails, a face to face was quickly arranged. They wanted to fill the position rather quickly. When finally had an in person interview, was not told it would be with more than one person in the room.

    Interview Questions
    • "When did you graduate college?" When this is the first question of the interview, following handshakes, you should walk away. This is just a ploy to find out how old you are. If you are over 40, or have an extensive resume only showing the last 10 years but are obviously a "seasoned" worker, I, and several labor attorneys find this very inappropriate.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
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    Graphic Designer Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 4 weeksinterviewed at Pearson in October 2014.

    Interview Details

    Applied for this position twice. First time - phone recruiter's questions were very generic. Took 2 weeks to get on site interview. Hiring manager seemed overworked and distracted and didn't appear to have a 'set' list of questions. Second time - same phone recruiter asked same questions. I reminded him I had interviewed before. (Long silence while looking up file.) Affirmed I was a strong interview and candidate. I offered to come in for another interview to refresh but was told that wasn't necessary. Took 2 more weeks to get rejection email from recruiter both times.

    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Sales Representative Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Application Details

    I applied online – interviewed at Pearson in August 2014.

    Interview Details

    Was contacted soon after applying online for this position. I had an initial 30 minute phone conversation with the regional sales manager and received an email the next day to come in for an in person interview. I was under the impression this would be with more than one person, but it was the same person I spoke to on the phone. The only thing we did in the interview was a "resume walk through", where I was asked to explain every detail on my resume, including why I accepted (and left) every job I'd had. I did not receive any follow up after this interview, though I was advised to expect at least 2 more steps in the process. 4-5 interviews seemed a bit excessive to me for this position.

    Interview Questions
    • I was asked twice was my college GPA was. I really didn't think this was relevant, given that I graduated 10 years ago and had 10 years of relevant work experience to show.   Answer Question
    No Offer
  10.  

    Enrollment Advisor Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at Pearson in July 2014.

    Interview Details

    The process took three weeks. There was a phone interview and two rounds . One with hr and other with director.They only hired for three positions out of 29 people.Apparently why I didn't get it.

    Interview Questions
    • The questions wasn't difficult but be very honest and research about the company before you go.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Average Interview
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Scrum Master Interview

    Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at Pearson in June 2014.

    Interview Details

    I interviewed with Pearson over the span of two months (April - June 2014). I'm unsure whether the ball was dropped by Pearson or the recruiter who I worked with, but, spoiler alert, I never heard back from anyone.

    My first phone screen was immediately after speaking with the recruiter on a Friday afternoon about the position at Pearson. I spoke with a Program Manager (PM) about my general experience and the project I would be joining. The PM seemed less than enthusiastic about the current situation at Pearson, as they have recently gone through a re-org and some key team roles were missing. The PM was great to talk to and I was eager to hear more.

    The next phone screen took place the following Tuesday with a Hiring Manager (HM). The HM asked a lot of technical questions, which were fine and I was able to answer. The HM did not leave me with the best impression and seemed like he was uninterested in speaking with me in the first place. The phone call lasted about twenty minutes and while I did not get the best feeling from the HM, I was excited about the project I could be joining.

    Over the next month, my in-person interview was rescheduled five times. That is not an exaggeration. Without going into explicit details, most of which I am still unsure of, I eventually was able to secure an in-person interview with Pearson.

    The office is very nice and modern, located downtown in NYC. I spoke with three people, individually, of varying roles (Project Manager, QA, Sr. VP) and all left me with a good impression of the project and Pearson. I felt really good about the interviews and spoke with the recruiter immediately when I was finished and expressed interest in the position.

    After following up twice weekly with the recruiter for three weeks, I was left with no decision and no feedback from Pearson. To me, this is unacceptable after two months and being rescheduled five times. Again, I'm unsure where the disconnect happened, but this is very unprofessional. I was very excited about the project and I'm sorry things turned out they way they did.

    **Note to contractors: You will need to provide your own laptop if hired.

    Interview Questions
    • Describe how you dealt with a difficult situation where there was disagreement about a feature or functionality   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

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