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Business Analyst Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied online and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Dow Jones in May 2008.
Interview Details – friendly hr staff. met in princeton nj. HR was very nice. Off ice is big and a bit intimidating. Went through 5 interviews in a row. Was asked about past experience and goals. if travel to NY was ok. pretty standard stuff.
was brought back 2 more times to meet more senior mgmt. They check references and mine were unavailable for a few weeks which slowed my offer down
Interview Question – Was asked about project management - waterfall vs. agile (they do both) View Answer
Relationship Manager Interview (Neutral Experience; Average Interview)
I applied through college or university and the process took 6 weeks - interviewed at Dow Jones.
Interview Details – Applied online through my university's career website and a recruiter reached out to schedule a phone interview. The phone interview was fairly standard.. why am I interested in Dow Jones, what do I know about Dow Jones, why sales (relationship manager position), etc. The recruiter seemed unenthusiastic and slightly bored with me and the conversation lasted less than 15 minutes so I was surprised when I found out I made it to the next round. The next round was a video interview (Hirevue) with about 20 questions and 3 minutes to answer each question. I didn't have much time to prepare for it and it was nerve-racking because this was my first "virtual" interview. I haven't received any feedback from Dow Jones since then despite my attempts to reach the recruiter so I just assumed that I didn't make the cut. The phone/video interview was still a fairly long process. . took about 6 weeks overall.
Interview Question – The questions in the virtual interview were very "sales-oriented" (eg: are you a hunter or a farmer?) Answer Question
Executive Assistant Interview (Neutral Experience; Average Interview)
I applied through a recruiter and the process took a day - interviewed at Dow Jones in October 2012.
Interview Details – Found the company to be an open atmosphere. Interviewers were relaxed and very nice.
Interview Question – How would you meet the needs of different executives at the same time? Answer Question
Technical Architect Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Dow Jones in May 2012.
Interview Details – The HR group seems be fairly well run. They were not perfect but generally speaking they did return calls and were good about getting information to you for your interview. Everyone was also very professional and you did get a sense that people did work well together from what I could see which is a plus. The interviewing manager was courteous too and asked pertinent questions to the job position and asked about my personal situation without seeming to pry for the wrong reasons.
Interview Question – How I would feel about working long hours. I do feel in some ways that is expected especially for a new employee trying to prove himself but I do get a sense that the new CEO is expecting a lot from everyone good, bad or indifferent. FYI, the job I was applying for wasn't the type you would expect to have to work extremely long hours for but I got the feeling that it would be expected because the new management wanted it that way. Answer Question
Reason for Declining – I had another company that I was a little more interested in plus I did see that Dow Jones was getting a lot of bad reviews by current and former employees on this site. Lastly, I felt that I could do better in the salary department. Dow Jones was paying what was in my opinion a little below market rate even for this current economy.
Customer Service Representative Interview (Neutral Experience; Average Interview)
I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Dow Jones in January 2013.
Interview Details – The interview process started out with an initial phone call to set up a time for a interview. They were courteous and willing to work with you. If you get past the first phone interview then you move on to the second. The second interview is very standard and is similar to the first. The y ask the basic questions, so there are no tricks. After making past all two phone interview, the next process is meeting someone one-on-one. Now, the hiring manager who interviewed me was less prepared than any interview I've been on. There was the regular questions, but this hiring manager didn't seem interested. They didn't have a resume ready nor were they taking notes. It made you feel as if that hiring manager was most interested in what was around the office than what you were saying. The overall phone interviews went well, but meeting the hiring manager 1:1 was an unappealing experience.
Interview Question – Basic questions: Why do you want to work for the Dow Jones? Tell me about yourself. Why should we pick you over the other candidates. Answer Question
Operations Manager Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied through other source - interviewed at Dow Jones in September 2009.
Interview Details – Had to pass a skills test. Interview was straight forward.
Interview Question – No surprises or tricks. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – No, I accepted the initial offer.
Project Manager Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied through a recruiter and the process took 6 days - interviewed at Dow Jones in May 2009.
Interview Details – Not bad. FAir questions. MAny reviewers though
Product Strategy and Design Interview (Neutral Experience; Average Interview)
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 3 months - interviewed at Dow Jones in June 2010.
Interview Details – The actual interview process was easy. I didn't talk to a lot of people in the group, which was a bit disconcerting. The biggest issue was that it took them a LONG time to get back to me (to the point that I discounted them as being interested in me). It turns out that HR was switching systems and took forever to push me through the process, almost losing me as an applicant in the process. I think that's resolved since then.
Interview Question – There weren't really questions, we just chatted View Answer
Negotiation Details – Again, because of the length of time that HR took, it was difficult. I feel a bit shortchanged because of it.
Project Manager Interview (Neutral Experience; Average Interview)
The process took 2 months - interviewed at Dow Jones in July 2010.
Interview Details – Applied online and got a call from the recruiter a few days later. Told me that he would set up interviews with the appropriate people within a few days. A few weeks passed, and I followed up a few times. The last follow up resulted in an appointment for an interview with the hiring manager.
She was very nice and professional and told me the details about the position. We followed up on the phone and she booked the next round of interviews.
No crazy questions, just specific job details and questions about my previous experience.
As I left the last interview, the hiring manager asked me for a list of my references and said that she would be making a decision in the upcoming weeks. References were never contacted, and the hiring manager hasn't returned my emails for a follow up.
Interview Question – How would you deal with a difficult client? Answer Question
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