I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Communispace in May 2013.
Interview Details – There were four different onsite back to back interview with manager, VP, QA engineer and Software Architect. They were generally ask about my previous professional experience whatever I have mentioned in my resume like role in previous organization, technical questions related to the technical languages that I had mentioned etc. The QA engineer and Software architect had given me some programs to check my logic and programming skills. They were also focused on my academic projects and ask various question related to these projects.
Interview Question – QA engineer had asked me about some questions related to the Selenium automation tool which was expected for me because I hadn't used this tool before joining this company. Answer Question
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Communispace in September 2013.
Interview Details – I had a phone interview with someone in HR and then they brought me in for an in-person interview with three managers. Everything went fine until I asked about work-life balance-- two of the three said it was virtually nonexistent, and they made it very clear it wouldn't be feasible to maintain a steady daily schedule (in terms of hours) at Communispace. This is obviously the nature of many client services jobs, and it's a shame, because I once worked for a client services firm that did emphasize work-life balance, and employees were extremely appreciative of that (as were, undoubtedly, their clients, given that personal wellbeing is essential for productivity).
Interview Question – Nothing unexpected. Answer Question
I applied through college or university and the process took 4 weeks - interviewed at Communispace in October 2013.
Interview Details – The process began with an initial phone call to gauge my basic skills, background and personality.
I was then invited to the headquarters in Boston for an interview. This interview consisted of 3 conversations with higher management, each about 30 minutes long. Each of the three people I spoke with were very warm and inviting despite asking very pointed questions about my background (in a completely different field), how it might transfer to the Consultant role at Communispace, and why I was interested in Communispace.
After the conversations, I was given a "case project" in which I was given a situation similar to one that Communispace would receive from a client. I was told to come up with about 10 survey questions related to the request and write a follow-up email to the "client" indicating my methodology and asking any additional questions for information I might need.
Interview Question – The case interview is difficult for somebody outside the industry. Read the cases on the website and search Google for examples of market research survey questions. Answer Question
I applied through a recruiter and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Communispace in April 2009.
Interview Details – Straightforward behavioral interview, along with a written case study. The hiring process was very smooth and fast.
Interview Question – The written case study involved a few hours of work. Answer Question
Interviewed at Communispace
Interview Details – There was an initial interview which was HR round.
For the second round they have give me a coding challenge. It's easy and I did well.
For the third and final round, they set up a Skype interview for me with their engineering team. The questions are not so difficult.
Interview Question – Some basic coding questions. Answer Question
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Communispace in March 2012.
Interview Details – Selected for an interview along with over 30 seniors applying for the same position. I was Interviewed by 3 staff members in client services, they were all very nice and asked me fairly straight-forward behavior questions such as tell me about this internship you had and what you learned, how do you deal with competing priorities, how me an instance when you came up with a creative solution to a marketing problem, etc.
Negotiation Details – There was no room for negotiation in any way because it was an internship.
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 3 months - interviewed at Communispace in January 2013.
Interview Details – Overall, the process took a little under three months. I was given a 20 minute phone interview and was asked to come in the following week for an in person interview. The second meeting was with three different employees, all at different levels in their career. After this, I was given the chance to move forward and was asked to do a content analysis powerpoint based on data given to me. I had the weekend to complete it and was then asked to come in for my final interview. Again, this step included meeting with three people.
In the end, I was not chosen. In the future I hope they make it clear to potential employees that they are not a good fit before they are led on for almost three months.
Interview Question – Nothing unexpected. Answer Question
I applied online and the process took 5 weeks - interviewed at Communispace in October 2012.
Interview Details – Initial phone screening interview with HR (about 20 mins) - asked basic questions about my resume, experience etc. Although I didn't have much market research experience, I still got the second interview (which is strange in retrospect, given how important this is for the job). The second phase is an in person interview with a director level person and Community Mgrs I and II ( all individual, one-on-ones and half-hour each). They mostly ask about your experience, why you want to work in Market Research - have pointed out some specific questions below. This was followed by a written survey/client email test for 45 mins. The written test had me write a response email to a customer query and design a 10-question basic survey in response to the presented case. It wasn't very complicated, but you have to be quick since you have 45 mins to do this. I didn't get past this stage, but after this, they send you consumer insight over email and you have to make a presentation within a week and send it back to them. That's the last phase of the interview process.
I applied through other source and the process took 8 weeks - interviewed at Communispace.
Interview Details – I had four interviews over the course of 8 weeks. Phone interview, in-office interview with three employees across the ranks, a content analysis exam, and an in-office Powerpoint presentation.
Interview Question – Nothing out of the ordinary. They're looking for cultural fits as much as talent and past accomplishments. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – What were you able to negotiate? What advice would you give others considering an offer?
I applied online and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Communispace.
Interview Details – I was contacted by a very polite and helpful hiring manager for a 20-30 min phone interview about 2 weeks after I sent in an application. About 10 min was questions about my experience/resume and then there was an overview about the position and their hiring process (they were trying to find people to start ASAP so it was pretty accelerated). At the end of the phone interview we set up an actual interview in their Boston office for the following week. I met with three employees, two upper level managers and one senior associate community manager. All of them were were actually a pleasure to speak with, and their passion was contagious.
Mostly asked questions about my internship experiences, and what they did as a company. A couple of questions repeated through each of the interviews and there were definitely some common themes (like communication with your team). Parts of the interviews were conducted in Spanish, and afterwards there was an hour-long demo project where I had to read a couple of pages of community members' responses to a question and analyze them (all in Spanish).
The only negatives about the process weren't that I didn't get hired (they found some people with more prior research experience) but the fact that I had to harass them to find out if I had been hired or not (they told me they'd get back to me in 48 hours, I called them after a week of hearing nothing). The hiring manager left me a message saying he'd be happy to give me some feedback on my interview (it was nice of them to give feedback), but it took 2 weeks of me leaving messages on his answering machine until I finally got in touch with him and got some feedback.
Moral of the story: Super responsive before the interview, but I was pretty much ignored afterwards. Not a pleasant experience.
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