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Pearson Interview Questions & Reviews

Updated Jul 28, 2014

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Enrollment Advisor Interview

Enrollment Advisor

I applied through a recruiter and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed 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 Question – The questions wasn't difficult but be very honest and research about the company before you go.   Answer Question


1 person found this helpful

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Negative Experience

Average Interview

Scrum Master Interview

Scrum Master
New York, NY

I applied through a recruiter and the process took 2 months - interviewed 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 Question – Describe how you dealt with a difficult situation where there was disagreement about a feature or functionality   Answer Question


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Negative Experience

Very Difficult Interview

Tech Support Specialist Interview

Tech Support Specialist
Sandy, UT

I applied online and the process took 5 days - interviewed at Pearson in June 2014.

Interview Details – A company called Signature Consultants out of Boston, MA called me they did a phone interview. I then was asked to fill out paperwork with my SSN for a background check, which I feel is not necessary, unless offered a position first. And in my opinion should be illegal as per to avoid scams. But then I was pestered by the recruiter the day of, and right before the interview. She told me that the interviewer would ask me the following questions. 1. How to make a PB& J sandwich 2. What are two strengths and weaknesses? 3. How to find an IP address, or explain it to someone who doesn't know. She then said that they are looking for people with alot of "personality". But when I got there, the interviewer did not ask me any of those questions. He just said "Oh it looks like you have a alot of technical experience based on your resume." What hours can you work? "This job is more customer service orientated, rather than technical". " I have a good feeling". "Do you have any questions for me?" And I said that's it?. I was expecting more questions, and a tech test. He then said no. "We are looking to hire pretty quick'. And I added that I was available anytime for training. He then walked me out the front door. And told the recruiter that they filled the position.

Interview Question – I feel like if the position was more customer service related he could have asked me some customer service scenario and/or have me do a mock customer service phone call. I feel like he honestly took one look at me,and discriminated against the way I look and decided not to hire me!   Answer Question


No Offer

Negative Experience

Very Difficult Interview

Associate Software Quality Assurance Engineer Interview

Associate Software Quality Assurance Engineer
San Francisco, CA

I applied online and the process took 5 days - interviewed at Pearson in June 2014.

Interview Details – Received an email a few days after applying online and set up a Skype interview. It was a 30 minute technical interview with the senior engineer. I was asked to solve two Java related problems in regards to QA.

Interview Question – I have college experience with Java and do not memorize specific Java tools and I was asked to solve questions using these standards. Although I knew how to solve the problems, I was unable to answer them due to specific Java related knowledge.   Answer Question


No Offer

Positive Experience

Average Interview

Senior Technical Project Manager Interview

Senior Technical Project Manager
Bala Cynwyd, PA

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Pearson in March 2014.

Interview Details – One HR phone screening, one hiring manager phone discussion and one in person interview with the whole team including the hiring manager. As I recall all questions were relevant to the position. SCRUM is big there. Everyone made me feel comfortable and I really did like all the people who interviewed me.

Interview Question – After all the interviewers the hiring person asks pointed questions from more of a strategic view point concerning the company and the department.   Answer Question


No Offer

Neutral Experience

Average Interview

Psychometrician Interview

Psychometrician
Chicago, IL

I applied online and interviewed at Pearson.

Interview Details – HR contacted me first and scheduled a screening phone interview with me. Interview questions include planned starting date, why applying for this position, which part of my background fits into the position, my career development goal, etc.. The interview experience is pleasant.

Interview Question – What is the most challenging situation you have encountered in the past six months? How did you handle it?   Answer Question


1 person found this helpful

No Offer

Neutral Experience

Easy Interview

Senior Client Services Consultant Interview

Senior Client Services Consultant
Greenwood Village, Arapahoe, CO

I applied online and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Pearson in March 2014.

Interview Details – I applied online and was contacted for a phone interview within a week. Shortly after, I had two in-person interviews with different management personnel. A week after the second in-person (third overall) interview I was told a decision would be made in the coming days. I never heard back from them.

Interview Question – The interview questions were all very typical. In all three interviews I was asked to tell them how I handle multiple priorities or difficult clients/customers.   Answer Question


No Offer

Negative Experience

Easy Interview

QA Engineer Interview

QA Engineer

I applied online and the process took 5 days - interviewed at Pearson in April 2014.

Interview Details – Applied online and get response back in a few days, asking for a Skype video interview. It consists of three questions. The Skype interview was really ridiculous. The interviewer seems not willing to communicate with you. It makes me feel like be insulted. It is the worst experience I ever have.

Interview Question – The question is easy.   View Answer


No Offer

Neutral Experience

Average Interview

Java Software Development Intern Interview

Java Software Development Intern
Bloomington, MN

I applied through college or university and the process took 6 weeks - interviewed at Pearson in March 2014.

Interview Details – The entire process lasted 6 weeks. There was an initial phone interview with a HR person regarding some basic background information. Next, there was a 4 hour long tour which includes testing assessment, technical interview and a manager interview. Overall, that went well. I received a second round interview with the project manager where I was asked further behavioral questions. However, I realized the interview was shortly terminated after I answer a political question and a question about my race. I was rejected a week later. Please be smart and try to avoid/neutralize the political/race questions because I made that mistake.

Compliment: Their HR is extremely quick in answering emails which I very much appreciated.

Interview Question – What is more important: Efficiency or Creativity?
Find the most efficient way to use a balance to find the heavier ball amongst the 9 balls where the other 8 balls are of equal weight.
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No Offer

Neutral Experience

Internal Auditor Interview

Internal Auditor

I applied through college or university and interviewed at Pearson.

Interview Details – They just asked some general questions and won't ask any behavior questions. And they care about internal auditing background or CIA certificate.

Interview Question – I don't think there were some difficult or unexpected questions. They want to find someone who has the expertise of internal auditing and at the same time fit their team.   Answer Question

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