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Updated Sep 7, 2014
Updated Sep 7, 2014
62 Interview Reviews

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    Associate Medical Director Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    multiple interviews. writing test. refused reimbursement for travel from out of town for interviews.

    Interview Questions
    Reasons for Declining

    low salary

    Declined Offer
  2.  

    Proofreader Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  New York, NY
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Application Details

    I applied through a staffing agency - interviewed at FCB in April 2009.

    Interview Details

    I was initially hired on through a temporary services agency (have always been freelance).

    Negotiation Details
    N/A
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  3.  

    Senior Business Strategist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  New York, NY
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2+ weeks - interviewed at FCB in October 2010.

    Interview Details

    Meet with HR first, and then with future supervisor and three other members of the team.

    Accepted Offer
    Average Interview
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    Account Executive Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  New York, NY
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 1+ week - interviewed at FCB in January 2009.

    Interview Details

    Friend of a friend notified me of the position. I interviewed with 4 people.

    Interview Questions
    • What's the most difficult client conversation you have ever had? How did you manage it?   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    I was called immediately after the final interview to say I had an offer. I went in asking for a certain number and it was met. Excitement all around.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Account Management Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Chicago, IL
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Chicago, IL
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at FCB in March 2011.

    Interview Details

    Submitted resume directly to HR contact on LinkedIn. Was reached out to a few weeks later. Had a 30 minute interview via Skype and was told decision a few weeks later.

    Interview Questions
    • Tell me when you knew you wanted to go into advertising.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    No negotiating. Just a flat rate for all interns.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  7.  

    Assistant Media Planner Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Madison, WI
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Madison, WI
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took a day - interviewed at FCB in February 2012.

    Interview Details

    The interview was conducted via skype, which was very uncomfortable. The lighting in the person's office who conducted the interview was awkward, making it hard to see their face and interact with them. For this reason, a phone interview would have been better because I wouldn't have been intuitively relying on non-verbal ques as expected with skype. The interviewer also wasn't particularly friendly or interested in interviewing me.

    Interview Questions
    • Describe an advertiser that you think has effective media implementation   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview
  8.  

    SEO Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Chicago, IL
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Chicago, IL
    Application Details

    I applied in-person. The process took 3 months - interviewed at FCB.

    Interview Details

    Hiring process for this position was actually a promotion. I reached out in an effort to build an SEO offering for Draftfcb in Chicago.

    I was met with general enthusiasm, but was essentially put to a trial by fire. My first task, pre-promotion was to run a SERM campaign for the company. When success metrics were being met, and all top brass were satisfied, they gave me the job.

    Interview Questions
    • In this case, there weren't any tough or unexpected questions. Though, the toughest bit about this process was keeping very high-level executives informed and educated on what the processes, timeframes, and expected outcomes were to be.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    Simple- I accepted the promotion in a meeting setup with my original and new supervisor. The raise was fairly substantial.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Account Supervisor Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    Lots of attitude here. More flash than substance.

    Interview Questions
    Reasons for Declining

    Terrible culture

    Declined Offer
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Copywriter Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Chicago, IL
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Chicago, IL
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2 weeks - interviewed at FCB in September 2008.

    Interview Details

    I was fortunate on this one because I knew a number of people there. At the time I felt like the HR folks were great. I don't think those particular folks are still there though ....
    It's a pretty typical BIG shop. All the typical goods and bads. Some seriously pretentious CDs, and some pretty cool ones.

    Interview Questions
    • I do remember being somewhat put on the spot by one CD. He seemed really eager to appear super cutting edge. And started talking about music, which is fine. However he seemed intent on "stumping" me on the latest latest.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    Don't take the first offer. Unless it's higher than your wildest dreams.
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Financial Analyst 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 5 days - interviewed at FCB in June 2012.

    Interview Details

    Had three interviews total: 1) HR, 2) direct manager, 3) previously financial analyst in the position, 4) department manager/controller. The entire interview process took a week, but everything was obviously unplanned and rushed to fill in the spot. Interviews took place in rooms where an appointment had obviously not been booked (other employees were having meetings etc.), everybody in the department had gotten a promotion because others in the finance department had either left the company, or had been let go. Managers were obviously unexperienced in their role, and came across as very unprofessional in terms of preparation as well as the interviewing presentation/process. The previous finance analyst had gotten a promotion, and came across very rude and was borderline demeaning and hostile; questions about my skillset that I answered confidently were met with "Are you sure? Do you really know how to do X and Y?" Withdrew my application immediately after.

    Interview Questions
    • None. No preparation went into the interview process, all generic interview questions   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview

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