Fairfax Media Interview Questions

Updated May 20, 2015
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    Junior Project Manager Project Coordinator Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Sydney (Australia)
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through other source. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at Fairfax Media (Sydney (Australia)) in March 2014.

    Interview

    went to the agency interview, they said i presented well, good communicator, have pm certifications etc etc and they are looking for someone with strong data warehousing knowledge .. sounding easy at this stage .. couldnt tell me much about the role or the team or the project approach, project methodology, it was a top-secret mission that was sounding some alarm bells.

    Interview Questions

    • usual questions like tell me about your data warehouse experience, what do you think are important attributes of project manager, how many years pm experience do you have, agency said one junior IT pm will interview me, instead i find getting questioned by IT pmo manager and it didnt start well from the second he walked in and he'd already made up his mind i'm not suitable .. fair enough but at least give me a go, anyway it was an uphill battle to try and talk about my experience or what i have to offer when your faced with a guy with bully-style demeanor and he's interview technique wasnt all that great either compared to interviews i've had with more senior PMs, said it would be a short interview .. i would have preferred him saying your just not what were looking for ....I felt sorry for the other junior pm who has to report to this guy with low emotional intelligence ... to be honest he didnt talk to her in a respectful way either .... I thought wow... this doesn't seem to be a high teamwork place and I wondered what kind of company culture there was in this team or at Fairfax media in general. they looked pretty stressed too which usually doesn't produce good results from your employees.   Answer Question
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    Digital Business Development Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Sydney (Australia)
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied in-person. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Fairfax Media (Sydney (Australia)) in September 2013.

    Interview

    I was originally approached by a manager of a separate dept who suggested I apply for the role. I was already working here, so had interview with line manager and HR, before 2nd interview for which I had to present to head of dept.

    Interview Questions

    • How I will protect print revenue whilst selling digital   1 Answer
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    Project Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Sydney (Australia)
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took a week. I interviewed at Fairfax Media (Sydney (Australia)) in January 2013.

    Interview

    They had a thorough resume shortlist process before inviting candidates for a face to face interview. I had 2 interviews, both with 2 interviewers each. They usually do it that way. Interviews are done via pre-prepared forms. The same questions are asked to candidates for fair comparison.

    Interview Questions

    • You mentioned you deal well with roadblocks (referring to project management and dealing with stakeholders), please give us an example and elaborate   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    It went very fast. They wanted me to start within a day or two.

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    Accounts Executive Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Melbourne (Australia)
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4 weeks. I interviewed at Fairfax Media (Melbourne (Australia)) in December 2012.

    Interview

    Initial communication was by phone. It was very casual, even the meeting was very casual. They told me about the role, the culture and the expectations. It went for about an hour

    Interview Questions

    • Where do you see yourself in 5 years? CAn you handle money?   Answer Question
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    Advertising Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Sydney (Australia)
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 1+ week. I interviewed at Fairfax Media (Sydney (Australia)).

    Interview

    Very pleasant interview process. Great building and good people. I was given a scenario of a problematic campaign which was missing key bits of information. I had to present a solution in a presentation within 24 hours. The purpose was not finding the right answer, but finding out how your cognitive process works. Process of elimination.

    Interview Questions

    • A campaigns CTR is high but the CTC to low. How would you fix this?   Answer Question
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    Head of Creative Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Sydney (Australia)
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 6+ weeks. I interviewed at Fairfax Media (Sydney (Australia)) in August 2012.

    Interview

    The interview process went over about six weeks and included two phone interviews, and a face-to-face interview. My two referees also had a thirty minute interview each.

    Interview Questions

    • All questions were straight forward and easily answered.   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    I went through a recruiter so it was easier. Not much negotiation needed.

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    Journalist Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Adelaide (Australia)
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 5 days. I interviewed at Fairfax Media (Adelaide (Australia)) in October 2011.

    Interview

    It was very laid-back and covered all the basic, predictable questions. I received an offer within 24 hours.

    Interview Questions

    Negotiation

    There was no negotiation in volved.

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    Software Developer Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took a week. I interviewed at Fairfax Media in April 2011.

    Interview

    It was a three-stage process. 1. Phone Interview - 15-minute chat about the role description, and just to get a feel of my skills. 2. Technical Interview - they asked me coding questions. No brainteasers, just simple stuff that you should know if you really have the skills. The interviewer was nice enough to let me go in questions that I got wrong though. 3. Director's interview - This is to get a feel of what I am like as a worker and if I fit the company. After this I had an offer but the manager still had to check me for references. I needed to give a 360 assessment so the references needed to be from both peers and managers. All in all it was fairly easy and there wasn't really anything nerve-wracking.

    Negotiation

    No negotiation phase as they gave me an acceptable salary.

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    Accounts Executive Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Sydney (Australia)
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 5 days. I interviewed at Fairfax Media (Sydney (Australia)) in March 2009.

    Interview

    I got headhunted for the role. One day I received a call from an acquaintance, whom I met at a client event a couple of months prior. He asked if I was interested. Then I had a face to face conversation with my future manager, followed by another, more casual one with both of them. Then we discussed the pay, I negotiated, and accepted. I thought that they were very professional, and everything went really smoothly.

    Interview Questions

    • I really can’t recall anything… maybe because they called me, and were the ones who initiated the process.   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    Yes, I was able to negotiate an additional 10% on top of the initially offered pay. It wasn’t easy but I held out, and finally they met my request. Yes, I was able to negotiate an additional 10% on top of the initially offered pay. It wasn’t easy but I held out, and finally they met my request. This was still at a time when Fairfax was cashing in on both advertisement and classifieds and money was coming in much easier than it is now. I’m not sure whether they still have such flexibility these days. In any case, it’s worth trying.

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