Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Interview Questions

Updated Jul 28, 2014
Updated Jul 28, 2014
52 Interview Reviews

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    Publicity Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 1 week - interviewed at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

    Interview Details

    Very nice people but a email to interview me via phone was sent. The email and the phone call that followed were rushed, as the job would begin the following Monday.

    Interview Questions
    • It was mostly the way they handled interviewing me rather than the interview itself that was the problem.   Answer Question
    No Offer
  2.  

    Assessment Specialist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online - interviewed at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in July 2014.

    Interview Details

    Phone screening by an HR rep first. One week later phone interview with hiring manager. Two weeks following had a face to face interview. Waiting on the phone call regarding details about the inal interview.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Easy Interview
  3.  

    Educational Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

    Interview Details

    Virtual recorded interview first. Received an email and a call for face to face interview. Received an email with a powerpoint and was informed that I would have to present using the powerpoint provided. Face to face interview was very pleasant. After the mock presentation to two HMH employees, I was asked a couple of questions about my experience and goals.

    Interview Questions
    • No difficult questions during the interview but having to present a 7-10 minute presentation isn't for everyone. They really wanted to see my presentation skills and that seemed to be the priority. HMH does send you the presentation with enough time for you to review and prepare. They did also ask what I knew about their company so it is a good idea to research the company's history.   Answer Question
    Reasons for Declining

    The position was part time during the summer and it conflicted with my full time job.

    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Marketing Specialist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral - interviewed at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

    Interview Details

    Initial phone interview 'screening' call with recruiter. Second phone interview with manager. Face to face interview with manager. HR call back. The company did require a background check. It was all very straightforward.

    Interview Questions
    • Give specific examples of working with tight deadlines and strategies.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    Very straightforward
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  6.  

    Senior Internal Auditor Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Boston, MA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Boston, MA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

    Interview Details

    I applied to the position on the company website and a week later was contacted by the HR supervisor to set up a 15-30 min call. The call went well and concluded that an interview would be set up the next week. The interview was with one manager on the team and lasted an hour or so. The interviewer asked for my resume (which was already submitted when I applied for the position). It was clear throughout the interview that he didn't review my resume beforehand and asked questions that were clearly stated on the resume. More than once he interrupted me when I was trying to answer his questions. This was rather difficult for me to get my point across. However, the interviewer provided very detailed history of the department, especially the difficult times the audit department went through.

    Interview Questions
    • Pretty general questions regarding my work experience. Nothing unexpected or difficult.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Orlando, FL
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Orlando, FL
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 3 days - interviewed at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in May 2014.

    Interview Details

    I came in and had to fill out a lot of paperwork. Several people were being hired so we had orientation. This included setting up our insurance and benefits. 2 weeks of training and I was done. 90 day probation period.

    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview
  8.  

    Account Executive Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    interviewed at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in May 2014.

    Interview Details

    A thorough process, interviewing with several different levels within the organization. No real canned questions, but rather a focus on behavioral and personality attributes, as well as success in a sales capacity.

    Interview Questions
    • Tell me about a situation when you were able to convince an otherwise lost sale into an opportunity?   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Project Coordinator Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Boston, MA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Boston, MA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in May 2014.

    Interview Details

    Applied on company website, then a recruiter reached out. She then missed the call she had scheduled for us and we did talk was not very friendly. I then went in to meet with the hiring manager in person. Then had a phone call with a second manager. I thought it went well, but received a generic response a week later saying no offer.

    Interview Questions
    • Very simple. What kind of manager do you work well with? How would your friends describe you, how would your boss describe you?   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview
  10.  

    Account Executive Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Atlanta, GA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Atlanta, GA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

    Interview Details

    One phone screen conducted by HR and one phone interview conducted by the hiring manager

    Interview Questions
    • How does this job align with your career goals?
      How will your past experience help with this role (career changing)?
        Answer Question
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview
  11.  

    Digital Editor Interview

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

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

    Interview Details

    Applied online, was contacted by HR for a quick phone interview. I was told HR needed to get a hold of the hiring manager's schedule to set up an interview, and to expect a call in a week.

    Over a week later, I followed up and received no response. I waited another week and received no immediate response, and then a system generated reply saying the role had been canceled.

    Two weeks later, I heard through the grapevine that the position has been filled after all.

    Totally unprofessional behavior to ignore my emails, and bizarre to lie about it and say the role had been "canceled".

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview

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