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Pearson Interview Questions & Reviews

Updated Apr 15, 2014

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QA Engineer Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate

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.   Answer Question

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Java Software Development Intern Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate
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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Internal Auditor Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate

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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Average Interview

Leadership Development Program Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate

I applied through college or university and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Pearson in December 2013.

Interview Details – Applied online, got a call from HR to schedule a phone interview. Standard Phone interview with behavioral questions about past experiences and relating back and forth to the resume.

Interview Question – Give me an example of a time you faced a compliance issue?   Answer Question

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Very Difficult Interview

Production Coordinator Interview

Production Coordinator
Upper Saddle River, NJ

I applied through other source and the process took 1 week - interviewed at Pearson in February 2010.

Interview Details – The interview was unpleasant as the interviewer was confrontational and judgmental concerning age. She made unnecessary references to age although she was older herself. She cut off explanations to questions she asked and seemed impatient to end the interview. She was unwilling to look at background or previous experience in the field.

Interview Question – She kept asking to think "out of the box" way too many times. Her questions were not deep and elaborating to satisfy her request was impossible, without making something up just to get her to stop using that tiresome phrase.   Answer Question

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Pearson Leadership Development Program Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate

I applied online and interviewed at Pearson.

Interview Details – Submitted cover letter and resume. First round interview with a current PLDP member within the same month over the phone. Straightforward interview. Not many tricks. Questions:
What do you know about Pearson?
Why the PLDP?
Which rotations would you be interested in?
Questions about accomplishments listed in cover letter

Interview Question – Tell me about a time you got stuck on a project you were in charge of. How did you get out of that situation?   Answer Question

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Producer Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate

I applied online and the process took 2 months - interviewed at Pearson in November 2013.

Interview Details – Applied online and received an email from recruiter approximately 1 month later to complete an application. 3 weeks later the hiring manager emailed me for a phone interview. The interview lasted nearly 40 minutes.

Interview Question – Describe your experiences working with SME's   Answer Question

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Very Easy Interview

Entry Level Software Developer Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate
Iowa City, IA

I applied through college or university - interviewed at Pearson in October 2013.

Interview Details – Pearson held an all day event on two separate occasions. The event consisted of a presentation about the company, a tour of the facility, and interviews by two separate managers. The interviews were more focus on personality questions looking for a cultural fit, such as do you prefer to work as part of a team or individually. I did not get very many technical questions and they were focused on what concepts and languages I had been exposed to.
The most challenging part has been waiting. Pearson is making internal changes and put much of the hiring decisions on hold until the changes are finalized. At the time of this post the hiring decisions still have not been made.

Interview Question – The most difficult question was do you prefer to work in a team environment or individually on a project.   Answer Question

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Systems Analyst Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate
Chicago, IL

I interviewed at Pearson in March 2012.

Interview Details – Telephone Interview

Interview Question – All behavioral questions, nothing technical   Answer Question

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Copy Editor Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate
Boston, MA

I applied online and the process took 2+ weeks - interviewed at Pearson in May 2012.

Interview Details – The interview took place in a dark, quiet part of a floor that seemed to be deserted. The atmosphere was not inviting and there was nothing about the conversation that made me want to work at Pearson.

Interview Question – The big red flag was when the interviewer explained that Pearson rarely hired anyone permanently, no matter how long they'd been with the company.   Answer Question

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