Edelman Interview Questions in San Francisco, CA

Updated Oct 9, 2014
Updated Oct 9, 2014
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    Account Supervisor Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Francisco, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Francisco, CA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at Edelman in August 2014.

    Interview Details

    Probably the best and most organized interview process I've been through in my 10 year career. No hard case study or brain teaser questions. Everyone I spoke with wanted to be helpful and answer questions I had. It was nice because people seemed to have spent time looking at my resume before they entered the room which is rare. I was told I was going to need to take a grammar test but it never happened. The recruiting coordinator was SO nice and explained how the process would work every step of the way.

    Interview Questions
    • What did you do in the 6 months in between your last jobs?   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    I tried to negotiate for a higher base salary since I had much more experience than required for the position as well as an advanced degree but they did not concede. I was offered a very small signing bonus instead.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  2.  

    Creative Resource Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Francisco, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Francisco, CA
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2+ weeksinterviewed at Edelman in April 2013.

    Interview Details

    My initial communication with the recruiter was great. She responded to my emails quickly, set up a phone screening, and in less than a week I was meeting with other dept. managers. We had a informal coffee date to do a personality check and soon after I was called in to meet with my potential manger.

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    I asked for a number and got it.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Senior Account Executive Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Francisco, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Francisco, CA
    Application Details

    I applied through other source. The process took 4+ monthsinterviewed at Edelman in November 2012.

    Interview Details

    I applied to Edelman for an open Account Executive position in June through the website and never heard anything.

    In October, I was invited to attend a recruiting event and at the time, was far along in the interview process somewhere else and almost didn't attend. It was my first smoozing event, so I was a little uncomfortable, but I attended. I was impressed with the employees I met there, and the recruiters were really open and friendly, and helped determine what level I would be appropriate for, what I'm interested in and introduced me to people. After the event, I followed up with everyone I met with a nice note, including the recruiter.

    The recruiter asked me back for an informational interview, where I met with more people from the company, learned a little bit more about what they do, and had an opportunity to pitch myself a little bit. I was again impressed with the people at the company that I met. This took place at the end of October. The recruiter was very forthcoming with information, noting that there wasn't a position open at my level yet, but there are expecting it to open soon.

    In November, I was called in to actually interview for the Senior Account Executive position. The fabulous recruiter was detailed with who I would be meeting with, so I was sure to check out my interviewers Linkedin profiles and do a quick search to have an idea of who I would be meeting with. The interviews went well and right before Thanksgiving, I was asked to come back again to take a spelling and grammar test, and submit a timed writing sample.

    Then the holidays were upon us. It took until January for them to actually get back to me with a final YOU GOT THE JOB! and an offer letter, but I was so happy when it finally came. So often when applying for jobs, people are unresponsive and blow you off, but this wasn't the case with my Edelman experience. The recruiter kept me in the loop throughout December and was very kind to ease my distress--it was the holidays and so many decision makers were understandably out of the office with their families.

    Over all, I had a very positive experience with the interview and hiring process at Edelman and it just goes to show that good things are worth the wait!

    Interview Questions
    • What do you feel your worst quality is? An area that you can work on?   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    It was very easy. During my informational interview and my actual interview the recruiter and I discussed salaries and my offer set me in a good position for promotions and raises.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Francisco, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Francisco, CA
    Application Details

    I applied through other source. The process took 7+ weeksinterviewed at Edelman in March 2012.

    Interview Details

    Initial communication with HR was very friendly and polite. Phone Interview first to discuss areas of interest. Follow-up call about one week later regarding potential match. Three rounds of in-person interviews across three or four weeks. Everyone in the office was respectful and professional.

    Interview Questions
    • Do you have experience creating and distributing press releases?   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    non-negotiable
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
  6.  

    Senior Account Executive Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Francisco, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Francisco, CA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at Edelman in November 2011.

    Interview Details

    Really smooth interview process. The HR department was responsive and always answered emails and phone calls promptly. Everything went well until the offer came through and they were not willing to negotiate on salary or benefits. Oddly, was given the hard sell and guilt trip when I declined the offer.

    Interview Questions
    Reasons for Declining

    Compensation package, asked for 2-3K more and was rejected.

    Declined Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
  7.  

    Account Executive Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Francisco, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Francisco, CA
    Application Details

    The process took a weekinterviewed at Edelman in July 2011.

    Interview Details

    The interview process consisted of a short screening call with the recruiter, followed by an interview with two junior staff, then a third with the hiring manager. I then had to come into the office for a timed writing and editing test on a subject related to the work I'd be doing. I was offered the job the day after the writing test, and the whole process was about a week long.

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    Negotiation was very simple and it didn't take much - be prepared to justify your salary with research on competitor pay and what industry analysts say.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  8.  

    Social Media Buyer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Francisco, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Francisco, CA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 4 daysinterviewed at Edelman in July 2011.

    Interview Details

    I found the position on Linked In and applied even though it was in San Francisco and I currently reside in Chicago. The Recruiters were very prompt in responding to my application and started the process. From then on everything moved rather quickly, which was a releif to me. Everyone was great about getting the interviews scheduled and completed, which told me that I was high on everyone's priority list. In total I spoke with 5 people in separate offices across the country, which can get tricky when dealing with multiple schedules across multiple time zones. Everyone was very friendly and accomodating and put me at ease, making each conversation just that, a conversation rather than an interrogation.
    All in all I would say that the process was very positive and everyone was accomodating to my schedule, allowed plenty of time for my questions, and we very personable. I am very excited about this opportunity and I can't wait to get started!

    Interview Questions
    • The most difficult was the in the writing test portion-   View Answer
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  9.  

    AAE Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Francisco, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Francisco, CA
    Application Details

    The process took 5 daysinterviewed at Edelman in June 2011.

    Interview Details

    Contacted by a recruiter and had my first phone interview 2 days later. Interviewed first with an AS, got a nice feel of potential clients and work I'd be doing as well as the culture of the agency. Questions were fairly basic regarding my experience, interests, and why I was interested in working at Edelman. Second phone interview was 3 days later with a VP, same basic questions asking why I thought I was a good fit and specific questions about my experience.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Assistant Account Executive Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Francisco, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Francisco, CA
    Application Details

    The process took 4 weeksinterviewed at Edelman in January 2011.

    Interview Details

    I initially contacted a VP of recruitment to express my interest in Edelman. I came across her name in an article that discussed what it's like to work at Edelman and felt we were on the same wavelength. After I wrote her a kind note, I received a timely and kind response where she explained that she focuses on higher-level recruiting but would pass my name on. We'll see, I thought.

    Within a week, two ladies from HR contacted me and it all started from there.

    I initially interviewed for a position with the lady from HR and didn't hear from her for a week or two, but this was over Christmas break so delays happen. She calls me out of the blue two weeks later and said, "Hey! We've got this position and I think you'd be a great fit for it. When's a good time for you to speak with the team?"

    From that point on: I had a phone interview with two AE's, an in person interview with 3 AE's and a VP, a writing and grammar test the next morning and an offer in my lap within 24 hours! I was told this was very unusual in terms of how quickly they moved, but I had unique circumstances (moved to the city 24 hours ago and was being heavily pursued by another agency).

    Overall, everyone I came in touch with at Edelman was respectful, helpful, and really trying to see if it was the right fit for both parties.

    My advice to candidates:
    -Be prepared with past work stories that emphasize delivering results and being part of a team.
    -Show enthusiasm for the position and the industry.
    -Have quality writing samples.
    -Ask questions to figure out if it's the right fit for you. If it's not, you'll find out. And if it is a good fit, the team will see that you're interested in more than a paycheck.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Senior Account Executive Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Francisco, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Francisco, CA
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Edelman in January 2009.

    Interview Details

    Phone interview with HR, Panel interview with Account Sup and VP on the phone, in-person with AS and VP in person, and writing test.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

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