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News & Content Writer Interview (Neutral Experience)
I applied online and the process took 5 days - interviewed at Brafton.
Interview Details – Writing test, editing test, and IQ tests are all involved in hiring. HR manager and interview staff were very sweet and engaging with their questions and seemed like they genuinely were interested in finding out about me as an applicant. Most of the questions were based around writing experience, but they didn't seem like they thought it was necessary to haev a lot of experience.
Interview Question – Some light "getting to know you" type questions were unexpected, but easy. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – No negotiation phase.
News & Content Writer Interview (Neutral Experience; Average Interview)
I applied online - interviewed at Brafton in March 2013.
Interview Details – There's a phone interview, then a timed writing interview from home. After you pass those, you go into the office and talk a timed IQ test. If you pass that, you get the job pretty much. The other questions weren't too difficult.
It was hard to get much of an idea about the work culture at Brafton on first impression, though in hindsight, the office was extremely quiet despite loads of people. That should have been a warning about a "unique" office culture, which revolves around more Gchat than actual voiced conversation.
Interview Question – No super weird or strange questions were asked. Answer Question
News & Content Writer Interview (Negative Experience; Difficult Interview)
I applied online and the process took 4 days - interviewed at Brafton in June 2013.
Interview Details – I interviewed for a content writing position at Brafton's Chicago office in the west loop; before being introduced to anyone, or told anything about the company or position, I was handed a written exam with mostly quantitative questions and told I had 12 minutes to complete. From there, I turned it in and was finally told what the position was about. After the interview I was scheduled to complete an at-home test where I had 90 minutes to write three (3) 250-word articles in AP style on prompts sent to me on the spot. I was not even given a general topic to become familiar with. Once prompted, I essentially cited the first 3 Google news results I found on about the subject. I imagine this is the level of quality Brafton's clients can expect from it's daily "news" pieces.
Apparently, I did not meet Brafton's high expectations, because I never received a response after that, not even a call to confirm that the position was filled or that they had even received my test articles. They never even returned my emails, even though I told them I needed a response to know whether to accept or decline a contract for other work I had been offered within the week.
I feel like I dodged a bullet. I have never experienced the type of dismissive and disrespectful atmosphere I dealt with in my short tenure as a candidate for News & Content Writer Brafton.
Interview Question – The quantitative multiple choice test I was given. What does solving math problems have to do with content writing? View Answer
Content Specialist Interview (Negative Experience; Average Interview)
I applied online and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Brafton.
Interview Details – After the interview, there was an at-home portion where I had to write several articles. I turned these in and NEVER heard anything back. Luckily, the next week I was offered employment at much better company! Don't waste your time here!
Interview Question – They asked if I am able to write a ridiculous amount of articles a day for 30k. That was tough acting like that would be something I'd be happy to do! Answer Question
News & Content Writer Interview (Positive Experience; Easy Interview)
I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Brafton.
Interview Details – My initial communication was through email- after taking a timed writing test, I was invited to Brafton's Chicago Loop office for an in-person interview. After explaining myself and my resume, my interviewers told me more about the company and the position, and then allowed me to ask questions. Once that was complete, I took a 'quick-thinking test' and a copy editing test.
Interview Question – The quick-thinking test was probably the strangest part of this particular interview- I've never really encountered something like that outside of the SATs, and certainly never encountered it in an interview setting. It wasn't particularly hard, but still stood out. View Answer
Reason for Declining – The company's business model is essentially that of a content mill, and the practices don't seem sustainable. This combined with the heavy workload and the fact that much of the writing seems focused on speed rather than what the clients want made me decide to explore other options.
Social Media Strategist Interview (Negative Experience; Easy Interview)
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Brafton.
Interview Details – Had one phone interview - a breeze. Then had one in-person interview, after having the equivalent of an IQ test upon arriving, followed by a "social media writing quiz." Both were really easy if you have any sort of background in business and social
Interview Question – The IQ test was fairly random and unexpected - had some math questions, but mostly problem solving and logic Answer Question
Reason for Declining – Offer was for 38k and company did not divulge which clients or even industry I would be working on - major deciding factor
Social Media Strategist Interview (Negative Experience; Easy Interview)
I applied online - interviewed at Brafton in April 2014.
Interview Details – After having good conversation with the HR rep, I had an interview with the Social Media Marketing Manager. I arrived to the interview about a half hour early, and there was no office/room available for me to take the pre-screen test. 50 math and english questions in 15 minutes. It was strange because the receptionist kept mentioning that hardly anyone finishes, and that I shouldn't expect to, but I ended up finishing with about two minutes to spare. Okay, feeling good about the rest of the interview after that point. A few minutes later, the Social Media Marketing Manager comes in, introduces herself, and then immediately gives me another timed test about creating 10 posts across various social networks in 20 minutes. During that time, she was on her laptop responding to emails, occasionally looking at her stopwatch. After that second timed exercise was done, we had our actual interview.
Right off the bat, I was told that this particular position's responsibilities had changed since I had submitted my application, with a focus on blogging as opposed to traditional social media channels. Blogging has not been my forte, and I felt I was immediately at a disadvantage, since essentially this is no longer the job I had applied for. There were very few questions about past responsibilities and accomplishments, and more of a discussion of what they wanted to do with this position's new responsibilities. The conversation lasted all of 10 to 15 minutes before I was given the opportunity to ask questions, which I of course had plenty of after this change in circumstances.
As a professional and job seeker, I have issues with a few things in this process. First and foremost, it's unprofessional and frankly disrespectful to change over 50% of the primary job responsibilities for a position and not inform an applicant before an interview. With essentially an entirely different job, you should be looking at different candidates, and an applicant may no longer have interest. I appreciate them bringing me in regardless, but it felt like I was interviewing for a job where my skills and experience weren't nearly as strong a match as the original job description. Second, during the formal interview, the timed test showed that Brafton is more interested in quantity over quality, wen it comes to social postings. A good social or email campaign stems from the strategy and execution involved, not how quickly you can make a post, and I truly hope they show their clients a greater attention than a few minutes. Third, the "IQ" assessment was an absolute joke. SAT-style questions that any high school student should be able to complete. A waste of time to have professional employees take, even young professionals.
Video Production Assistant Interview (Negative Experience; Average Interview)
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 3 months - interviewed at Brafton in April 2013.
Interview Details – I was contacted for a phone interview that went well. Salary was lower than expected but it was entry level. Almost two months went by before I was contacted again for a formal interview. Interview went well, the head of the production team was a nice guy, interesting, engaging. I had to take a 40 question long aptitude test in 12 minutes though, which was a little off-putting. Many of the questions I believe had multiple ways to answer them; they were more like riddles or brain teasers and math problems. It didn't really seem relevant.
Interview Question – No tricks here really. Asked about experience, technical questions about equipment, and employment history. Answer Question
Reason for Declining – Glasdoor reviews, office environment seemed pretty depressing, low salary. Although I declined their offer (I had other options) it's probably not a bad place to start and move on in a year.
Account Manager Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I interviewed at Brafton in January 2013.
Interview Details – The hiring and interview process were easy. I was initially screened over the phone, and then brought in for an in-person meeting. i was offered the job the next day and started about 3 weeks later. The entire process was smooth and easy!
Interview Question – What motivates you? Answer Question
News & Content Writer Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Brafton in June 2012.
Interview Details – Interviews reflected the professional aspirations of this organization, meaning I was scheduled with three managers and tested for writing ability and editing skills. All three managers were great interviewers and were eager to define the rigorous schedule employees face. They presented the best face the company could hope for. My strengths were recognized right away and I was offered a position.
Interview Question – As a writer with this organization, one must have a grasp of AP style and the NPR voice. There are no tricks to the interview. They only hire capable writers who can turn around 400 words in 30 minutes. If you pass the test you are 90 percent of the way there. They will ask you if you can work cheap, and that may be hard to answer convincingly. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – Negotiated quality of life benefits rather than financial compensation meaning, I took the low pay but managed to stay out of the office unless there were mandatory meetings or potentially career-advancing social (drinking) opportunities.
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