Hearst Corporation Interview Questions

Updated Apr 20, 2015
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    Art Director Interview

    Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 1+ weekinterviewed at Hearst Corporation (New York, NY) in March 2015.

    Interview

    I was contacted by the hiring manager via email. I came in for an interview about 3-4 days later, I had a one-on-one meeting in a conference room. The office had a relaxed vibe to it. The manager and staff were very kind, helpful and professional, but ultimately on follow-up the salary offer wasn't competitive so I declined.

    Interview Questions

    • Would you be willing to take a design test?   1 Answer

    Reasons for Declining

    salary not competitive enough for the role

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    Programmatic Yield Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took a weekinterviewed at Hearst Corporation (New York, NY) in March 2015.

    Interview

    I applied online on the weekend and was contacted within several hours. I had a phone interview scheduled the following monday and an in person interview scheduled a few days after. The interview went well. I sat with two people, questions were fairly easy and it was more to get a sense of the role and for them to feel me out.

    Afterwards they said I would be hearing back shortly. It's been three weeks, I've followed up twice and have not received word back from anybody I interviewed. Its been a huge disappointment since the team seemed quite nice. A sorry, we've went with somebody else email would have been sufficient.

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    Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 daysinterviewed at Hearst Corporation (New York, NY) in February 2015.

    Interview

    I was first contacted by HR to confirm my salary expectations. Then, I was contacted by the current assistant who arranged an interview with a Director within the department. The Director didn't ask me all too many questions about myself, but gave me a rundown of the job and opened up the floor for my own questions. I was then contacted by the Director a day later to come back for a second interview with the VP I would be supporting. Spent about a half hour with her describing her expectations and how demanding the job was going to be. In both cases, no hard/trick questions. I felt it was more a way for them to see me, gauge my character and how I'd react to the demanding job description. Have not heard back since I interviewed two weeks ago, but accepted an offer elsewhere.

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    Sales Marketing Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Declined Offer
    Average Interview
    Declined Offer
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online – interviewed at Hearst Corporation.

    Interview

    The first interview was on the phone. Standard questions were asked about my interests, background, and experiences. The in person interviews were pretty similar. I met with four different people who asked how my background applied to the role I was applying for.

    Interview Questions

    • how my background applied to the role I was applying for.   Answer Question
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    Credits Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied in-person. The process took a dayinterviewed at Hearst Corporation (New York, NY) in December 2014.

    Interview

    My supervisor was very kind. She asked a range of questions to discover if I was a good fit for the role. The questions were why I wanted to be at ELLE, which blogs I currently followed, who were my favorite designers and so much more. It was a little nerve wrecking because it was so short, but it had me understand why it was important she asked such questions.

    Interview Questions

    • Who is your favorite blogger?   1 Answer
  7. Helpful (1)  

    Senior Linux Systems Administrator Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Charlotte, NC
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through other source. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Hearst Corporation (Charlotte, NC) in November 2014.

    Interview

    This was for the Hearst Service Center division, Enterprise Technology department. I applied on Linkedin, was contacted by their internal recruiter a few days later. Spoke voice for an initial screening and spoke to the hiring manager the next day. Phone interview went very well and I had the impression that my background and experience was on target with the skills they were looking for. Went in for an in-person interview with the manager I spoke with, his manager and an additional team member. The higher level manager dominated the interview and I got the impression that the final decision would be mostly his. He discussed their initiatives and I discussed my background. He cut me off a few times while I was talking but pointed out several skills that he liked. It seems they are trying to downsize their data centers by moving to Linux and virtualizing as much as they can, running in AWS if possible. I tried to get some feedback at the end of the interview but he said something like "don't know, have to discuss it with the team". Persisting a little I asked if he had any reservations and he did respond that he didn't. As far as skills and experience goes, I thought the interview went well but didn't get a good feeling about the senior manager's aggressive attitude and unwillingness to give me any feedback. He did, however, volunteer that they would be moving quickly and would be making a decision that week so "I wouldn't have long to wait". As it turns out, I would have quite a long wait as I never heard from them again after the interview. Discovering that they are in the category of companies that don't have the courtesy to notify you once they've made a hiring decision despite the fact that you've made the time for an in-person interview was a disappointment. That combined with the senior manager's refusal to give me any feedback, his attitude and the dynamics of the group I interviewed with (they seemed slightly cowed by the senior manager) left me with serious reservations as to whether this would be a team I would want to work with anyway. And on top of all that, parking at the Hearst Tower and at all covered garages along Tryon is $130 a month. I was told it is not covered or subsidized by Hearst.

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    • There really were no difficult or unexpected questions during the interview. The senior manager did seem interested in why I was considering making a change and why I left my previous position.   Answer Question
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    Information Technology Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Easy Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter – interviewed at Hearst Corporation.

    Interview

    Fairly average interview, they ask about my background and skills. The interview was quick, but the position did not require much experience. There was only one round of interviews. When hired it took a few days to receive the call, and I started the following week.

    Interview Questions

    • I told describe myself and how would I be a best fit for the position.   Answer Question
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    Sales Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Accepted Offer

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 5 daysinterviewed at Hearst Corporation.

    Interview

    2 interviews. One with HR and one with the management team. Met with 5 people in one day. All were really friendly and wanted to get to know me and my interests. Wanted to see if it was a good personality fit. Great company. Swift call-back response

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    Senior Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took a weekinterviewed at Hearst Corporation.

    Interview

    phone interview first. this is mostly to get a broad idea of your skillset and how you would fit in, personality wise, with the team. interviews done by potential coworkers as well as managers, so more people have an opinion and compare notes. followed up by in-person technical interview. questions were textbook programming and involved writing on the whiteboard, on the spot so to speak, mostly interviewers interested in how you think while you solve problems, how you step through it mentally, what you do when you hit a wall, etc. how creative the problem solving process is. questions not hard per se, but also can be obscure and not everyday topics.

    Interview Questions

    • range of front end and backend questions. some factual, others theoretical.   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    negotiated salary fairly easily. not a huge increase over the initial offer, but not bad either. i always try to negotiate.

  11. Helpful (1)  

    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at Hearst Corporation.

    Interview

    I obtained the interview by first arranging an informational interview with the publication's regional sales manager. A few weeks later, he contacted me to advise of a job opening. We met for a more formal interview, and shortly thereafter, Hearst flew me to its New York corporate headquarters. I had an excellent experience with the magazine's staff, and felt my experience was a solid fit with the publication's sales goals and objectives. The day after I returned home, I received a job offer. However, a few hours later, the offer was rescinded because Corporate dictated the position go to a current Hearst employee. I was very disappointed, but the regional sales manager went out of his way to notify me about other opportunities.

    Interview Questions

    • What do expect to be your total compensation?   1 Answer

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