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Updated Aug 3, 2014
Updated Aug 3, 2014
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    Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    Phone interview was fairly basic and essentially wanted to make sure you could do math and hadn't lied on your resume. This was followed by four back-to-back in person interviews. They were about 45 minutes each and while I think that they were meant to focus on a different area (team work, creative problem solving, etc.), many kind of ran together. After the interviews, you're taken out to lunch with an "ambassador" who is meant to be a non-partial person you can ask more frank questions about culture, compensation, etc.

    Negotiation Details
    There wasn't one
    Accepted Offer
  2.  

    Media Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 6+ monthsinterviewed at Starcom USA in June 2014.

    Interview Details

    The phone screening was basic and straightforward. The recruiter asked some mental math questions and briefly asked about my resume and experiences. After that, I was invited to come in for a full round of interviews. I was interviewed by 4 people total. Each interview lasted approximately 40-45 minutes. After that, I had lunch with an ambassador and a few other applicants who were interviewing that day. I heard back from HR after about a week.

    Interview Questions
    • Name an impactful campaign you've seen lately. Tell me about it....
      Also, make sure you can articulate why you'd be a good fit for Starcom.
        Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    There is no negotiation whatsoever. They won't budge.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  3.  

    Digital Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    Meet your recruiters on college campuses and work in through there various starter programs. Being such a large agency, there are many open positions at any given time; be patient though. The advertising industry hires largely in the spring if you are graduating that spring, this is common throughout the industry.

    Interview Questions
    • Talk yourself through a difficult leadership situation and how you accomplished what you needed to.   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
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    Strategic Planner Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 6+ weeksinterviewed at Starcom USA.

    Interview Details

    I was brought in over the course of about a month and met with a number of people within the group I'd be working. The offer process was a little on the slow side, but such things are common with large institutions. Once I received the offer everything came very quickly in succession (paper work, background check, etc.)

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    No real ability to negotiate, but the offer was fair.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Media Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    The interview process starts with a phone interview. If HR feels you meet the basic skill requirements, you'll be invited to interview in person with four people of varying levels on four different skill sets: communication, analytical/critical thinking, team work, innovation and creativity. Each interview lasts approximately 45 minutes, and concludes with lunch.

    Interview Questions
    • Questions will differ depending on who is interviewing you.   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
  7.  

    Search Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    The whole process took about a month and consisted of four interviews (over the course of a couple of hours in office) as well as a phone interview with the head of the team that lasted about 45 minutes. The HR person I was appointed to was nice enough and fielded all my questions in a reasonable manner. The questions weren't too out of the box, and they seemed to want to gauge personality compatibility and aptitude over raw skills (though those mattered as well). They train you once you're hired so not being super familiar with the intricacies of the position isn't a negative.

    Interview Questions
    • "What's your favorite excel function?"   View Answer
    Declined Offer
  8.  

    Media Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Chicago, IL
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Chicago, IL
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Starcom USA.

    Interview Details

    Interview process consisted of two rounds. First round is a phone based screening with someone at a mid-level or senior management level. Questions are mostly focused on the background of the candidate and how their experiences fit into the Starcom culture. The second round consists of 3 separate in person interviews across various levels of management seniority. In person round consists of various rigorous questions to test media acumen, managerial skills, leadership and communications.

    Interview Questions
    • Please describe a situation where you did not have all the necessary data to complete the exercise and how did you overcome the lack of information to provide a solution.   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  9.  

    Media Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Chicago, IL
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Chicago, IL
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 6+ monthsinterviewed at Starcom USA in August 2013.

    Interview Details

    This is a very long process, so be prepared to wait. That being said, the interview experience, while intense, is a lot of fun for what it is. Initial phone interview with a recruiter. Behavioral questions and mental math questions are asked - very easy. If you move forward in the process you are invited into the office for a full day of interviews. You will meet with four employees (various levels of leadership) and have about 45 minutes with each. One right after the other. It is tiring, but stay on your game and it will be a great experience. I loved my interviewers and thought they were great. I also credit them for making me so excited about the position and the company. From there you are either recommended for hire or not. Then the waiting process begins for when you'll get an offer. After that, it's easy sailing to your (hopefully) dream job with this amazing company!

    Interview Questions
    • None of the questions were difficult or unexpected, per se. It just gets tiring after four hours of back-to-back interviews. Stay sharp and know how to best highlight your experiences/skills in different scenarios.   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  10.  

    Media Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Chicago, IL
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Chicago, IL
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 4+ monthsinterviewed at Starcom USA.

    Interview Details

    Received an email 2 months after I applied. Had a phone interview with HR. Then had a final interview in Chicago with four separate people for 3 hours.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  11.  

    Assistant Media Planner Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 7+ monthsinterviewed at Starcom USA.

    Interview Details

    I was recruited through my department's career services. I applied in October and was called in for an all-day interview a week later. The interview consisted of four 40-minute interviews: two with on-site recruiters and two with upper management executives through Skype.

    The company culture seems very fun and hardworking. It seems like a great place to start a career as most industry insiders say that Starcom has the best training programs in the industry.

    The hiring process is long. Once you are "recommended for hire," it can be months before you actually receive an offer.

    Interview Questions
    • Most of the questions are situation or hypothetical in nature like, "Pick a brand and describe what you think would be that brand's primary target."   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

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