Interviewed at Edelman
Interview Details – I did a phone interview and then was scheduled to meet with three people at Edelman's office. The conversations were pretty unstructured - we mostly just talked about what I do in my current job. It was fairly low-pressure and the second round of interviews took about an hour and a half. I would have liked more time to talk to my interviewers, since it was a little hard to cover everything in a half-hour.
Interview Question – What is your favorite book? Answer Question
I applied online and the process took 2 months - interviewed at Edelman in December 2013.
Interview Details –
Applied after seeing a post on LinkedIn about Spring internship position. Post was only up for about 3 days and apparently saw hundreds of applicants. Was emailed about 2-3 weeks afterwards from head of HR requesting an interview over the phone. A week later, the interview came and went. A week later, was asked if I could come in for a face-to-face interview with an SAE and an AE. Interview was very straightforward and asked very typical PR questions, like "What are your strengths/weaknesses", "Talk about a successful/unsuccessful PR campaign/initiative that is current and recent (what you liked/disliked about it). After this, they told me I would find out in about 3-4 weeks (beginning of December) if I got the position. They ended up telling me just before Thanksgiving that I got the job.
Edelman is HUGE into diversity, so you need to stand out in this regard and set yourself apart from fellow applicants. Also, they are very big into taking your own initiative and the entrepreneurial spirit, so showing leadership roles and taking risks also will look excellent.
Overall, extremely positive experience not solely because I got the internship, but the professionalism and courtesy extended to me was unrivaled. Very quick responses, kind/caring staff, and incredibly accommodating.
Interview Question – How do you see yourself fitting into the Edelman culture of diversity and the entrepreneurial spirit? Answer Question
Very Difficult Interview
I applied online and the process took 1 week - interviewed at Edelman in November 2013.
Interview Details – Rather intimidating. Got an initial call from a recruiter out of state, was then brought in for an in-person interview. People are intimidating, try to make you feel dumb and useless in interview.
Interview Question – Like I said, they ask you questions and try to comment on their questions so as to make you feel like you don't know what your talking about when you respond with your answer. Answer Question
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 2+ weeks - interviewed at Edelman in November 2013.
Interview Details – I had several phone interviews and a lengthy in person interview. I felt that everything went very well and I even followed up with each person. I never received an email or call back from HR letting me know about the position.
Interview Question – What writings of yours have been published? View Answer
I applied through a recruiter and the process took 2 months - interviewed at Edelman in November 2013.
Interview Details – Long long long - had to go back at least 4 times to meet several levels of people - they didn't really want to work around my work schedule and they weren't thrilled that I wanted to come in before 9 a.m. or after 5 p.m.
Interview Question – None - they were so basic it was a joke - they had me interviewed by account executives, senior account executives and questions were - what are your strengths, what are your weaknesses; how would you supervise and treat us - View Answer
Negotiation Details – A joke - they told me this is the offer - take it or leave it - thought it was rude to say the least
Very Easy Interview
I applied through other source and the process took a day - interviewed at Edelman in November 2013.
Interview Details –
They contacted me off of my LinkedIn profile. Based on a phone interview with one of Edelman's HR reps they brought me in for a 4 hour, 5 person interview. The first person I met with was the HR rep I had spoken with. He was very heavy on the benefits package, which is impressive. I have never interviewed with a company that offers a 4 week sabbatical after 10 years of employment.
It was all downhill after that. The next person I interviewed with was the director of development. I asked her what the project was they were hiring for and she told me it was a management dashboard. That was as detailed a description of their technical environment as I was going to get. Since its not obvious what a PR Firm's IT department would be responsible for, this was not a minor issue with me. I've worked in IT for law firms and they have a very limited set of responsibilities. I wasn't interested in returning to a similar environment. I don't remember much else out of the interview. Just that it did run the full 4 hours.
Given the fact that they contacted me and I had to take a full day off of work to make the interview, I would expect some form of communication from them as to the results of the interview. I gather from the posting on Glassdoor a day ago that they won't be extending an offer. I think that's pretty cheesy, particularly for a PR firm. I spent much more of my time on the interview than anyone at Edelman and they should at least have the decency to fire off an email. Seems like pretty bad PR for a PR firm.
Interview Question – No unexpected questions. The only technical questions I recall was one on cubes vs. tables and use of source code control. Answer Question
I applied online - interviewed at Edelman in November 2013.
Interview Details – 5 minute phone interview and got asked back for second round.
I applied online and interviewed at Edelman.
Interview Details –
I applied through the online careers page for multiple Fall internships. About 2 weeks later I received an email asking to set up a phone interview with the SouthEast HR department for the Atlanta and Orlando internships. The recruiter called at the designated time. The interview lasted about 30 minutes with standard questions:
Walk me through your resume
What are you doing right now?
How did you hear about Edelman and why do you want to intern here?
What areas of PR most interest you?
I was told that I would hear either way by the end of the month, but it took about 2 months to hear I hadn't been chosen to continue the process.
Interview Question – She seemed to be very concerned that I would have to relocate for the internship. I kept stressing how I was 100% ready to take on the full financial responsibility of relocating, but she kept harping on it asking if I'd ever visited or lived in either city. Answer Question
I applied online and the process took 3 months - interviewed at Edelman in November 2013.
Interview Details – I interned with the NY office and was subsequently hired as an Assistant Account Executive. During the internship process I had 1 interview in the office with HR, as well as a grammar/writing test. After the internship, I had several interviews with hiring teams, and was eventually hired/promoted.
Interview Question – What's an example of a challenge you had to overcome. Answer Question
I applied online and the process took 2+ weeks - interviewed at Edelman in November 2013.
Interview Details – Great Experience. Smooth Sailing.
Interview Question – Where do you see yourself in 5 years. Answer Question
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