I applied online and the process took 3 days - interviewed at Financial Times.
Interview Details – find out what the company does, what the people there like and dislike. Do I see myself there? Go for it.
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I applied through a staffing agency and the process took a day - interviewed at Financial Times in September 2013.
Interview Details –
Initial communications via my recruiter were fine - clear expectations, nothing extra to prepare.
I arrived 10 minutes before my interview time, but was kept waiting for 20 minutes at reception.
When the interviewers arrived, they were friendly and professional. The interview itself lasted 45 minutes, and didn't appear to have any real structure. They told me they were looking for someone with experience in driving new business so I made sure to focus on my strengths in that area. Interviewers started going through my CV, but quickly moved on to unrelated matters... about 25 minutes of the interview was spent chatting about the office culture, benefits, etc.
I got feedback via my recruiter the same day, and a firm job offer within a week.
Interview Question – Annoyingly, they kept asking about my 'new business' experience. In the end I had to take control of the situation and move them on. Not the best or most professional interview experience. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – Negotiated salary via recruiter - she asked for an extra £1500 on the basic, they only offered an extra £500 (final offer).
The process took 2+ weeks - interviewed at Financial Times in September 2012.
Interview Details –
Initial discussion of role with HR through email. In the beginning a telephonic interview with a manager was cancelled. Later a telephonic interview with a senior team members was conducted.
Called for the second interview which was face to face with the same guys. It was again kind of problem solving.
The guys who took the interview were all right but they just concentrated on problem solving and didn't bother to ask anything else. They failed to communicate clearly what they expected from me in the interview. Also it appeared that they expected ready made answers.
Interview Question –
In the telephonic interview asked about java collections through a card shuffling problem.
In the face to face interview I was asked to write a number converter in java. Also given a design problem.
The pattern of telephonic and face to face interview was unexpected because:
1) Telephonic interviews usually have very objective questions rather than algorithmic ones.
2) Face to face interview consisted of some problems and I was asked to solve the same in front of them. It was not clear whether they were expecting me to do that independently or wanting me to involve them. Perhaps HR could have told me in advance about the process. Answer Question
I applied online - interviewed at Financial Times in September 2012.
Interview Details – I saw the job ad in the Philippine Daily Inquirer and sent my resume and application letter online. Within 10 minutes I received a cellphone call ( they probably needed to hire someone quickly) and testing and interview dates were set. I passed both the initial interview and written tests and was granted a final interview by the London-based editor in charge of Metro Manila operations. Within a week I received a job offer by email. After negotiations by email, where I sent a counter-offer to their first one I accepted the second offer
Interview Question – I was able to answer all the questions they raised. I don't recall any that was unexpected. Sample questions include whether I could handle business and economic news even if I had no economic or business background (I studied and wrote on economic issues and covered business stories during my media stint with other publications) and whether I could handle stress on the job (all jobs have stress, the question is how much will you be paid for it? And if you really enjoy what you're doing and are good at it, stress is negligible and is easily taken in stride). Answer Question
Negotiation Details – It was done by email. They made an offer, I made a counter offer, they made a second offer and I accepted that.
The process took 5 days - interviewed at Financial Times in March 2010.
Interview Details – It was via a recruitment agency, so I had some information about the person interviewing me.
Interview Question – Technical accounting considerations for a company with staff based in various countries in the world. Answer Question
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