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- Accepted OfferDifficult Interview
I applied through an employee referral. I interviewed at ESPN.
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- Ginobili is one of the best 6th men of all-time, how would you compare him to the other best 6th men of all-time and who would you compare him to? 1 Answer
Helpful (7)No OfferNegative ExperienceDifficult Interview
I applied online. The process took 5 weeks. I interviewed at ESPN (Burbank, CA).
I applied online on TWDC website and got an email about 3 weeks later from HR in the Bristol office asking to set up 2 phone interviews. I would be speaking with 2 directors - 1 is in NY and the other 1 was in LA. HR was very accommodating to my schedule and the directors I spoke two were okay. I expected them to ask about my current job experience and skillset or even ask me sports trivia questions (as some people were asked that from seeing previous interviews on here). But no. I was not. I was grilled some pretty tough questions about the cable industry and the Pay TV industry. I felt like I answered the first 2 really well, but the last question was a curveball that I couldn't answer adequately. 1) ESPN has had some challenges with declining Pay TV subscribers. What is the reason behind this and what would you suggest as a solution? 2) Would you recommend that ESPN maintain its current business model or should it shift toward an 'a la carte' model and offer a standalone service? What is the challenge behind the latter and what would you offer as a remedy? 3) The Dodgers and Time Warner have had some difficulties in the LA market. What is this problem and how does it affect the landscape of the Pay TV industry? Obviously the questions were relevant because the position I applied for pertained to Business Strategy in the cable landscape, but still, it was hard. I only got as far as the phone interview. No in person interview and no offer. I got a rejection email about 2 weeks later. All in all, the entire process took about 5 weeks.
- 3) The Dodgers and Time Warner have had some difficulties in the LA market. What is this problem and how does it affect the landscape of the Pay TV industry? Answer Question
Helpful (2)Accepted OfferPositive ExperienceDifficult Interview
I applied through a recruiter. I interviewed at ESPN.
Recruiter interview, 2:1 phone interview, face-to-face group interview. Everyone was incredibly friendly. New cafe with lots of options, including Starbucks.
- General questions about your background and experience--make sure you can back it up. Answer Question
- No OfferNeutral ExperienceDifficult Interview
I applied through a recruiter. The process took 4 weeks. I interviewed at ESPN in March 2014.
I was initially contacted by the recruiter for this position, for I had initially applied to a different job. I had a pre-screening interview with the recruiter to gauge my skills, then was set up to have a phone interview with the hiring manager. He asked me typical open ended questions in computer science. Then a few weeks later I was scheduled another phone interview the same hiring manager and two of his team members. They had sent me an algorithm to code and I would submit on GitHub for critique. A week later I made it to the final round interviewing and was flown out to Bristol, CT. There I had six hours straight interviewing with directors, managers and faculty in the department. Questions ranged from easy to difficult and sporadic throughout the day. It personally wasn't for me. Plan for a quick turn around and really know your stuff.
- From a male engineer to a female engineer, would you feel comfortable dealing with issues of superiority, because it has happened in the past, and I can't guarantee it won't happen again. Answer Question
- Accepted OfferNegative ExperienceDifficult Interview
I applied through a staffing agency. The process took 2+ weeks. I interviewed at ESPN (Bristol, CT) in March 2014.
Hiring company contacted me and interviewed me on the phone, about a week later they told ESPN want to interview me in person. The interview was hard (three languages involved). After that I had to call the hiring company to ask if they wanted to hire me and he said yes, otherwise they would only tell me a couple of days before I had to start. I worked with Supperior Group and they are terrible, I don't recommend them.
- My favorite sport (in spanish) What past experiences I could bring to the team (in english) What I prefered, work as a team or individual (in portuguese) Answer Question
- No OfferPositive ExperienceDifficult Interview
I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at ESPN in June 2012.
I completed two phone interviews before being flown up to Bristol to interview for the position. Everything was handled by the travel department and made very easy from start to finish. I was shown around the entire campus and introduced to as much of the staff as possible before being handed off to multiple people to sit down and discuss the decision. Overall a very positive experience.
- Why ESPN? 1 Answer
- Accepted OfferPositive ExperienceDifficult Interview
I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at ESPN (Seattle, WA) in September 2010.
The initial Interview process is rigorous. Went through 2 rounds of 4 interviews each time. All interviews were 1x1 with people you would work with in some fashion. If the role is very technical in nature they do test you on some of the technology they may be using. They also did conduct a very deep background check and verified everything listed on resume.
- How would you deal with conflict with a manager of another team? Answer Question
I should have negotiated more they do entertain it.
- No OfferPositive ExperienceDifficult Interview
I applied online. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at ESPN (Bristol, CT) in June 2015.
Applied online but didn't hear back until I had a reference forward my resume along to the head of the content associate program. First step was a phone interview, then two written assignments, then they flew me and some other candidates out to Bristol for two days. First day we shadowed PAs cutting highlights. Second day we were separately interviewed by 5 different people and tested on what we had learned - some were activities (writing highlights, pitching show ideas) and some were more conversational. I even had to speak Spanish to one interviewer. In the end they said they didn't hire me because they didn't think I would be happy living in Bristol and they weren't sure I was passionate enough about production to stay in the program.
- Accepted OfferNeutral ExperienceDifficult Interview
I applied through an employee referral. The process took 4+ months. I interviewed at ESPN (New York, NY) in February 2013.
The interview process was a bout a total of 4 months long. There were 4 rounds of interviews. Phone interview, one on one interviews, and a group/panel interview, ending with a final round interview with your direct report. If you are looking for a quick turnaround on a job, ESPN is not the place. Thew interview process is very corporate and most roles start out as a "project" role before hiring full time at the entry level.
Helpful (1)Accepted OfferPositive ExperienceDifficult Interview
I applied through an employee referral. The process took 6 weeks. I interviewed at ESPN.
Was asked to apply for the position then set up for 2 phone interviews. Moved on the next phase and went on 4 more phone interview with Directors and HR. Then asked to come in to interview with VP. I also had to present a 30 min mock presentation to about 6 employees. The process was well communicated each step of the way making it very smooth and all the employees made it such a great process.
Did not care to negotiate. They asked me early in the interview what I expected and this met my expectations
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