Getting an Interview
Getting an Interview
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- Accepted OfferNeutral Experience
The interview process took a long time, nearly six months. This was due to simultaneous interviews with multiple candidates. The internal recruiter had to organize waves of interviews and was struggling to also work around people's incredibly busy travel schedules. I was interviewed by about 14 people total, every team member.
- They gave me an example of a business development conversation and asked how I would approach the conversation and think about designing a proposal for the client. 1 Answer
- No OfferNegative ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks – interviewed at IDEO (Palo Alto, CA) in June 2015.
The interview process was not handled smoothly and left me feeling very disappointed. The recruiter initially suggested a Friday and then, after I agreed, emailed again to offer a Monday slot. I agreed a second time and then the confirmation email included a time that was 30 minutes later than we had agreed upon in the email, so I had to email back again to confirm the correct time. After the in-person interview, I sent a "Thank You" email and then never heard from IDEO again for ONE MONTH! I emailed the recruiter after 30 days had passed to check in and jog her memory and only then did the recruiter respond with a "Thank you for your interest" email - but she also got my name wrong in that email! I cannot say enough how the lack of attention to detail and careless treatment can make a candidate feel unvalued and does not line up with what I had expected from a company like IDEO.
- What experience do you have in previous jobs that matches up with the job description? 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
- 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
Helpful (10)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
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