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Ad Sales Assistant Interview (Neutral Experience; Average Interview)
I applied through a staffing agency and the process took 4 months - interviewed at Hearst Corporation.
Interview Details – Over a few months I interviewed with several magazines. I was very junior so I was not chosen several times until my skills and personality finally met with the right team.
Negotiation Details – I could not negotiate
Editor Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 6 days - interviewed at Hearst Corporation in April 2010.
Interview Details – I heard about the job through a friend. I interviewed with the magazine's editor. She wanted my resume, of course, but specifically, about my managing skills. A few days later, I was hired. I didn't have to jump through hoops, interviewing with lots if other management. The Editorial Director made the decision. And HR was very organized about setting you up.
Interview Question – After detailing their operations, the Ed Director asked what, if any, changes I would make to have things run more smoothly. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – An offer was made. I tried for more and was told that after a few months, I might be considered for a raise. And I was about 5 months down the road and got what I wanted. As long as the offer is within your range, accept the offer and prove yourself worthy for what you originally wanted.
Sales Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I interviewed at Hearst Corporation in August 2012.
Interview Details – First, I was contacted by the sales coordinator. Then, there were two rounds of interviews. One with sales coordinator and one with the sales assistant. About two days later, I was offered the internship. Of course, this internship requires school credit. So make sure that your university offers an internship program.
Interview Question – What is your biggest weakness? Answer Question
Account Coordinator Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied through a recruiter and the process took 1 week - interviewed at Hearst Corporation in May 2014.
Interview Details – I applied through a recruiter and the process took 1 week. Really basic interview, it was for entry level. First, I met with HR and then the director of the team I would be working on. Some behavioral questions and we talked about past job experiences.
Interview Question – Give me an example of when you were detail-oriented. Answer Question
Sales Assistant Interview (Neutral Experience)
I applied online and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Hearst Corporation.
Interview Details – Spoke with HR first, and then met with the team that I was joining.
Interview Question – Why they should choose me over anyone else. Answer Question
Beauty Director Interview (Neutral Experience; Average Interview)
I applied through other source and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Hearst Corporation.
Interview Details – Meetings with both HR and management team members
Interview Question – Not that difficult -- mostly about what clients have relationships with Answer Question
Reason for Declining – No connection with management team
Ad Sales Assistant Interview (Positive Experience; Easy Interview)
I applied online and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Hearst Corporation in June 2013.
Interview Details – Initial interview with HR. Just a general "personality" interview.
2nd interview was with the team that I would be working with.
Negotiation Details – As a temp, there was no negotiation.
Web Editor Interview (Negative Experience; Easy Interview)
I applied through a recruiter and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Hearst Corporation in March 2014.
Interview Details – I sent in my resume to a recruiter and heard back from the head of a department a few days later so schedule an interview. She emailed me on Sunday and we set up an interview on Tuesday. When I got there, she was about 15 minutes late. The interview was long, with her talking a lot, and at the end she told me that I would need to submit a writing test. It was basically a pitch package for different types of stories that I think would well on the site. I submitted it on Thursday evening. She acknowledged receiving the test, but didn't follow up with me after. After I sent two emails following up, she responded with a generic response, "we went with someone else." She didn't even acknowledge the editing test I had done (it took me 3-4 hours mind you). The interviewer also talked about the office politics, which I thought was super inappropriate. She seemed like she didn't really know what she was doing.
Interview Question – None of the questions were difficult. Answer Question
Editorial Intern Interview (Neutral Experience)
Interviewed at Hearst Corporation
Interview Details – Contacted a local media group that they own. Got an interview request a few weeks later. Just one phone interview
Interview Question – Mostly asked about my resume, and asked which stories in the newspaper I had most enjoyed. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – No negotiation.
Very Easy Interview
Fashion Intern Interview (Positive Experience; Very Easy Interview)
I applied online and the process took a day - interviewed at Hearst Corporation in March 2010.
Interview Details – The interview was very brief and I expected to be asked more questions than I was. The questions were very straight-forward such as, 'How would you best handle a difficult situation?' etc. Since the interview was so brief, I was a little nervous about getting hired but fortunately I was!
Interview Question – I wouldn't say that I asked a very difficult question during my interview. Answer Question
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