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Updated Feb 25, 2014
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Copywriter, Full-time
Seattle, WA

I applied online and the process took 3 months - interviewed at Responsys in November 2013.

Interview Details – Three month process!
I applied in late November 2013 to a LinkedIn (LI) posting (around 89 applicants for this posting) and received a response (exactly one month later) via email from a Creative Consultant (CC) in NY wanting a 15 minute phone interview. I emailed back that day accepting a phone interview - the CC emailed Friday wanting a Monday phone interview. Two hours before the call was to take place the CC emailed me to cancel and that we would have to reschedule. I emailed back saying I understood and to let me know a better day and time to chat.
I did not hear back and so, enthusiastic about the company and the job, I emailed the CC exactly one week later (the next Monday) to just "touch base" to see if we could reschedule a phone interview. I received an email back a week and two days later (on a Wednesday). The CC wanted to schedule the phone interview for Friday and I agreed. By this time it was early January 2014.
The phone interview went very well. My experience, requested salary, and job expectations meet all of their requests. As I do with all phone screenings, I emailed that Monday to thank the CC and heard back within minutes that the Creative Director (CD) in Seattle wanted to meet with me that week. We scheduled an hour and a half in-person interview for that Wednesday. I was there nearly two and half hours. I met with five employees (the CD, two Art Directors, and two Copywriters). With the exception of the CD (who complained that his/her entire year employment had been spent hiring staff and not actually being a CD at all), they were all friendly and seemed happy to be there.
The interview went very well. The CD informed me that my personality meshed well with each of them and my Copywriting background was in alignment with their job requirements. As I left the interview the CD told me that this was an immediate need, and that I looked promising, but that he/she was going to be out of town for the next week and half. Which honestly should have red flagged me.
When I got home I sent a group email to all thank them for their time. I heard nothing back. I waited two weeks, emailed the CC (in NY) and the CD (in Seattle) and heard nothing. I waited another week (now in the last week of January 2014) and emailed the CC to find out if I was still being considered for the job or if the job was even still open. The CC emailed me back immediately saying that he/she was still waiting to hear word from the CD in Seattle and that they would know something by the week's end. I never heard back and eventually stopped emailing - I just had to assume that I didn't make the short list.
A month later I saw the exact same Copywriter job description reposted to LI (this time there were 108 applicants).

Interview Question – No hard questions at all. In fact, I had both Copywriters that interviewed me to be surprise at all the questions I had for them i.e., company culture, work load, software capabilities, team structure etc. They seemed a "thrown" to say the least.   Answer Question

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