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Video Coordinator Interview (Neutral Experience; Average Interview)
I applied online and the process took 4 weeks - interviewed at Viacom in April 2014.
Interview Details – I had a phone interview then was brought in for an in person interview. They gave an overview of the position and asked general questions. I met with the person I had been contacting, then her manager.
Interview Question – Have you seen what our competitors are doing in this space? Answer Question
Business Development Intern Interview (Positive Experience; Difficult Interview)
I applied through college or university and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Viacom in March 2014.
Interview Details – One of the career services advisers at my university forwarded me an internship opportunity in the Business Development department at Viacom. After telling her I was interested, she emailed me the contact information for the VP of Business Development and told me to email him. Within 5 minutes of doing so, he responded and we set up an interview time.
Interview Question – How are you more qualified than the other students in your major? Answer Question
Legal Intern Interview (Positive Experience; Easy Interview)
I applied online and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Viacom in March 2014.
Interview Details – I applied online, then was emailed to express interest in a virtual interview with automated questions.
Interview Question – Just personal questions: why did you pick your major/minor? what courses are your favorite? (questions were obviously not rewritten with law school in mind) What accomplishment are you most proud of? why viacom? why media? The most unexpected question in the middle of work/school related questions was "what is your favorite book?" simple question but it throws you out of feeling professional Answer Question
Counsel Interview (Neutral Experience; Average Interview)
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Viacom.
Interview Details – Required several interviews from HR to different levels
Counsel Interview (Negative Experience; Average Interview)
I applied online and the process took a day - interviewed at Viacom in August 2013.
Interview Details – I was contacted over email by a recruiter to come in for an interview for a counsel position that I applied to. The recruiter and I corresponded over email a number of times and I interviewed with the hiring manager (within legal) a couple weeks later. After the interview, I never received a response from the recruiter or the hiring manager, even though I followed up via email multiple times. I continued to apply for similar positions, as they became available, and the recruiter never responded. I think it is very discourteous and unprofessional that not respond to candidate inquiries or send follow up correspondence to unsuccessful applicants. I will NOT be applying to Viacom again.
Interview Question – Interview was very conversational. View Answer
Executive Assistant Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied online and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Viacom in May 2013.
Interview Details – Went through two rounds of interview with the hiring manager, as well as an interview with HR.
Interview Question – Why should we hire you over the other candidates? View Answer
Summer Intern Interview (Neutral Experience; Average Interview)
I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Viacom in March 2013.
Interview Details – They e-mailed me saying I got an interview.
I spoke on the phone with an HR coordinator. She helped me find a position that fit my interests and skills.
She gave me contact information for the department head.
I set up an interview with the department.
Interview Question – Tell me about a time that you had to think out of the box. Answer Question
Various Positions Interview (Negative Experience; Average Interview)
I applied through other source and the process took 1 week - interviewed at Viacom in May 2013.
Interview Details – I was approached on LinkedIn by a member of HR. They messaged me saying that they would like to discuss marketing since they were new to recruiting for it. I agreed to speak with them and we set up a phone chat, but a few seconds into the conversation they asked if I was based in New York and instead suggested we meet in person.
When I went to the main office I was shocked to discover that there is no seating for people waiting to be let into the building. You have to just stand by the desk while hundreds of people flood past you. The only seating is (strangely) within the security check point. On top of that security is not allowed to let anyone in within speaking directly to the person you're meeting with on the phone. I ended up standing, waiting for 20 minutes past our meeting time.
The office space was quite sparse and lifeless. It consisted of one person every ten cubicles with no windows. There were only windows within the corner office which kept their doors closed.
The interview itself was quite strange since it sounded like we were just going to discuss marketing, but upon sitting down I was grilled on my resume and critiqued in an unhelpful way. The position they were apparently considering me for was described by the HR person as extremely difficult and uninteresting with pay that is too low for the job. Needless to say, I was not jumping at the opportunity. I was then told that Viacom is extremely slow to move forward in the hiring process and that I would probably receive offers from the other places I was interviewing before they even got around to scheduling a second interview. Overall, very strange.
Interview Question – There weren't any really Answer Question
Product Manager Interview (Negative Experience; Average Interview)
I applied through other source and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Viacom in May 2013.
Interview Details – I visited Viacom's Careers site and saw a few recently updated product jobs at a Viacom brand I'd be interested in working for, but the differences between the positions weren't really clear from the posted job descriptions.
Through my professional network, I reached out to a Director of Product at that brand, and asked if I could have an informational interview. My intent was to discuss the different jobs with this person, and figure out which I was best suited to in order to focus my application efforts
During the interview it came out that there actually were NO job openings in the department at that time. The director didn't seem to be aware that Viacom's Careers site had openings posted for that team, and was in a position to know what openings there actually were. I do appreciate the director graciously taking time to talk with me for an hour nonetheless, discussing their operational structure and general job advice.
It's worth noting that since I went in for that interview, all of the erroneous listings are still up, and another one has even appeared. I have to wonder about the other positions all across Viacom that I just submitted a resume for and then never heard anything about again.
Interview Question – "These job listings on the careers site for your team, they are up there mistakenly?" (Note that I, not the interviewer, was the one who asked this.) View Answer
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