Getting an Interview
Getting an Interview
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- No OfferNeutral ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied online. The process took 2 weeks – interviewed at IDEO (New York, NY) in May 2015.
Interviewed with 4 different people- mostly good conversation. One manager was a little on the aggressive side asking the tougher questions. They want you to to go into detail about everything you say and they ask for examples too.
- How is this position a stepping stone for you/how does it fit into your larger picture of life goals? Answer Question
- What is your vision for this role? Answer Question
- How do you feel about a work life balance? We send emails in the middle of the night and on weekends, that's ok with you, right? Answer Question
- No OfferPositive ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied online. The process took 2 weeks – interviewed at IDEO in May 2015.
Applied online and recruiter emailed me. Then a recruiter followed up with an email for phone interview.
(Phone Interview - In person Interview process)
It took 3weeks.
It was very friendly. But after a few week, I got a rejection email from a recruiter.
- What's your super power? 1 Answer
Helpful (6)No OfferNegative ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied through an employee referral – interviewed at IDEO.
Phone interview with another Business Designer for 30 minutes. Pretty straightforward Q&A with limited outside dialogue. Did not get any word in response post the call until 2 months later or more only after I had followed up multiple times.
Helpful (1)No OfferNegative ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied online. The process took 6+ weeks – interviewed at IDEO (San Francisco, CA) in January 2015.
I was told right before Xmas that I was one of the candidates and should go on OpenIDEO to participate so they could evaluate us better about whether we are a good fit. Then I did, despite the fact that it was Xmas. After three weeks, after our intense contribution on OI, we finally got the phone interview. Yet not a single word for the coming over three weeks, before they told me that I was not considered. Why would it take them so long to get back to us? Well lots of companies do not bother to, yet considering IDEO is a HUMAN-CENTERED company, and we were contributing very actively online, I felt I at least I deserved a timely reply. OpenIDEO for sure is doing good things, yet its recruitment should be consistent with its philosophy for the website.
- why OpenIDEO 1 Answer
Helpful (2)Accepted OfferPositive ExperienceDifficult Interview
I applied online – interviewed at IDEO.
It is very intensive, expect to meet lots of people. Some of whom you will work with, others not. They are looking for a cultural fit. Expect a creative task of some sort as part of the hiring process.
- Nothing too hard. But very direct: What are you like to sit next to? What are you really like to work with? Answer Question
Little negotiation (re: salary), but a very nice group of people.
Helpful (1)No OfferPositive ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied online. The process took 2 weeks – interviewed at IDEO.
The recruiter was very pleasant and timely in her responses. They provided specific instructions in preparation for the interview including who I would be meeting with and what to bring. I was given a task to teach the interviewers something that would give them insight into who I was. I believe I got my foot in the door as a result of my cover letter. Tailor the cover letter not only to job description, but make it personal. They really want to grasp who you are and how that will fit into their organization. The company FAQ page on hiring was very helpful.
- They asked both personal and professional questions. They asked how I would handle working with someone who was in a slump in their career and were considering other options. Most of the questions were in context with the job description. Answer Question
- Accepted Offer
The interview process is not a fast one, but it still went quicker than I expected. A couple of phone interviews, followed by being flown out for a full day of interviews in person across both the Palo Alto and San Francisco offices as their driver shares stories about company employees over the years. Everyone was very friendly and direct. Make sure you emphasize collaboration and confidence.
- How much of this project was your work? 1 Answer
- No OfferPositive ExperienceEasy Interview
I applied online. The process took a week – interviewed at IDEO.
Very efficient with responses, scheduling and overall management of interview process. Culture feels trendy, and laid back, but very unique. I was told not to worry about dressing up and to be myself. Importance was fit with culture and life outside work. No attention given to graduate degrees.
- "What would you do if you are running late to a meeting and you are asked to tend to one of your coachees due to an emergency?" 1 Answer
- No OfferNeutral ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks – interviewed at IDEO (San Francisco, CA) in October 2013.
I had a video cam screener and an in-person interview. The process spanned about a month. Everyone I talked with was polite, organized and professional. The first interview was mostly general questions. The second was more detailed and centered around a portfolio review. Since they appear to favor advance degrees there wasn't the interest in education that I would have expected. Not much info on why I didn't receive an offer. I'm assuming two things: 1) they are probably looking for some kind of Fortune 100 experience. They work with big clients and need to see an proven ability to think on that level, and 2) because the internal structure is flat-ish I'm guessing if one interviewee vetoes then you're out. I have nothing to validate these two assumptions other than intuition. I recommend you do all the things you should to prepare. But it's difficult to gauge during the interview where the bar is set.
- What is your opinion on (insert latest interaction trend here)? Answer Question
- Accepted OfferNeutral ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied online. The process took 3+ months – interviewed at IDEO (Palo Alto, CA).
total 3 interviews with different group of people in similar discipline, one with director level, 2-3 people at the time, very casual. 3 months total to complete process
- overall very casual conversational interview Answer Question
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