AKQA Interview Questions

Updated Sep 17, 2014
Updated Sep 17, 2014
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  1.  

    Associate User Experience Designer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  San Francisco, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Francisco, CA
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral - interviewed at AKQA.

    Interview Details

    I came in through the apprenticeship program. It was a very competitive program, but let me get to know the company and the culture before I started. Once the 3 month program was over, we gave final presentations and half of us were hired.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
  2.  

    Campaign Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  San Francisco, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Francisco, CA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeks - interviewed at AKQA.

    Interview Details

    Initial phone interview that outlines the job description. This is then followed by an in-person appointment to come in and meet with people in the teams you are likely to work with. Typically, that consists of one or two senior account executives and usually a senior campaign manager. As a CM, you'll be reporting to the AE more or less, they would want to get a sense of your work ethic, experience and overall competencies in skills like Excel and PPT.

    Interview Questions
    • How could you improve the ROAS on a given account?   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    You can negotiate your salary up to a certain limit. CM's typically come in with a $50k base salary, with a high being upwards of around $56k.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Media Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  San Francisco, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Francisco, CA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at AKQA in April 2014.

    Interview Details

    The initial communication was on LinkedIn, then over email. Next was a pleasant phone interview with HR. After that was a phone interview with the person who is the manager for the open position. Unfortunately, the phone interview was rather short. They explained that they don't care for phone interviews and would rather I come in for a meeting. Sounded fine to me. I was eager to learn about the position and see the offices.

    When I arrived for the in-person interviews, I was taken on a quick tour of the offices. Seems like they recently moved to a new office building and everything looked pretty new. Overall, it seemed like a very open-plan office, with employees sitting in close quarters. I didn't see any cubicles or dividers for privacy or sound isolation. I can imagine it probably gets distracting.

    HR set up interviews with two team members and the manager. The team members were pleasant and seemed sincere. The one person was more on the serious side, keeping a somewhat tough tone throughout. I felt like they were certainly testing me at times, which is part of the process I guess.

    For me, the most important person I was there to see was the person who would be my manager. I was eager to finally learn a bit about the position and their expectations. First off, I was surprised when they strolled into the conference room dressed in casual, sporty/workout-style clothes. And even more surprised when they said they were double-booked and spent literally just a few minutes with me. In the end, I was still totally in the dark about all the important details of the position.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
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    Program Director Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at AKQA.

    Interview Details

    The recruitment process was fast.The position was published in Linkedin. There were couple of phone screenings and phone interviews.If I remember it correctly - 1-2 phone screens and 1 phone interview.

    They called me for in-person interview. The in-person interview was lengthy. It went on for 6 hours and I was interviewed by 9 folks. It seemed I was interviewing for Google.

    Some of the questions were circled around technology. Others were around planning for programs and projects.I being a technologist and a project manager , It was easy for me to sail through these queries. The queries were around identity and access management (SAML,SSO) and planning for such projects. What was surprising is that - The JD would mention of experience in BEA and ATG, but they do not have expertise or have ever worked on BEA or ATG.

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    It started like a ping-pong game. There were few discussions around it. They were really interested in bringing me in.
    Accepted Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview
  6.  

    Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 4 months - interviewed at AKQA.

    Interview Details

    Reached out to me after an internal referral. Two rounds of phone interviews and emails with HR. Very thorough personality questioning. Were very good about stating expectations and completely willing to address all of my questions. Was the best interview process I've experienced thus far. Easily the most knowledgeable and friendliest HR staff.

    Interview Questions
    • To assess the role of social in the future. Such a broad question, but really made me think.   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    IT Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 5 days - interviewed at AKQA in February 2014.

    Interview Details

    I knew it wasn't a good sign when the Hiring Manager says "his linked-in profile is very limited" but based on his resume I'm "willing" to interview him. I use my linked in as a social media not as a resume platform so "yes" it's limited to what little I put there. Also he ask why I'm in the same position for 10+ years. Maybe because I like what I'm doing???
    Anyways, I'm not tainted in anyway as I have a job already but looking for something better. AKQA didn't offer me a position and if they did I would second guess myself, read some of the ratings and from my first hand experience.

    Interview Questions
    • What is the most awesome thing you'll ever discovered.   View Answer
    No Offer
    Average Interview
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Program Director Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  San Francisco, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Francisco, CA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3 months - interviewed at AKQA in January 2014.

    Interview Details

    The process was very slow moving. AKQA's recruiter contacted me in asking for a phone chat, and once it was scheduled she ended up flaking on me 2 minutes before the scheduled call. It took TWO months for her to get the call rescheduled with me. After the call, she had me come in to meet with the head of PM. The conversation went well, but then it took another FULL month to schedule me to come in and meet with the rest of the team I'd be working with.

    I could tell by speaking to the team there that they were harried, overworked and overstressed, though doing good work. After a complete background check, they made me an offer pretty quickly thereafter, which was just an OK offer - basically matching my current compensation rather than trying to do better. The recruiter did not respond to my request to share contact info for the other team members I met with, nor more details about the health benefits offered...I'm sure she'd already moved on to the next job she was trying to fill.

    Interview Questions
    • The account I was interviewing for had lost 6 project managers in as many months. The head of PM asked me what I would do to prevent that kind of turnover in the future and ensure the success of the PMs on the account moving forward. I asked what the reason(s) were that the PMs hadn't been successful, and the response was, "If we knew that, we could solve the problem ourselves!"   Answer Question
    Reasons for Declining

    I decided not to accept the offer, as I don't relish late nights and holiday/weekend work at this stage of my career, and it's clear that's what's required at AKQA. I wrote a thoughtful note to the recruiter thanking them for the offer and explaining my reasons for turning it down. Several days later I've still gotten no response at all. Recruiting 101: Maintain your pipeline!

    Declined Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview
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    Senior Recruiter Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  San Francisco, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Francisco, CA
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at AKQA in November 2013.

    Interview Details

    Multiple phone interviews, two rounds of in-person interviews (although most interviewers declined to actually show up)

    Interview Questions
    • The most difficult phase of the interview was trying to answer the same darn question in different ways; I'm surprised by recruiter colleagues are so totally inept   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview
  10.  

    Program Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  San Francisco, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Francisco, CA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2 months - interviewed at AKQA.

    Interview Details

    Horrible interview and follow-through process

    Interview Questions
    • This interview process did not have to drag on this long. Back and forth initially w/recruiter(s), then multiple convos w/the hiring manager, followed by an onsite meeting of folks who weren't actually sure which position I was interviewing for and client I would support, followed by one "primary" recruiter who leaves the company and a drop in communication to whom I should be in contact w/me, followed by a "shifting of strategy" to move the position to another location.

      I realize that this is an agency environment, but my gosh, just poor execution throughout.
        Answer Question
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview
  11.  

    Campaign Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  San Francisco, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Francisco, CA
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 1 week - interviewed at AKQA.

    Interview Details

    Recruiter was friendly. Met with 4-5 people and they were to make a decision. General questions, though one person did not look like she wanted to be there.

    Negotiation Details
    They sent me an offer without telling me beforehand what the offer would entail. Lowers your negotiating power as they need to redo all the paperwork if you try to get a higher starting salary or more vacation time.

    I negotiated anyway and didn't care that they "had to redo all the paperwork."
    Accepted Offer

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