KQED Interview Questions

Updated Aug 5, 2015
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    Finance Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Francisco, CA
    Declined Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4 weeks. I interviewed at KQED (San Francisco, CA).

    Interview

    Got a call for an initial phone interview and it went well. Was asked to come in for in-person interviews with several people. Met with several people and asked typical questions about concerns working for a non-profit. Interviews went well except one person who I was supposed to interview for was not there. It appeared they liked me because I was asked to come back in again when the person returned from being out of the office. Office was very quiet with no one talking to each other. Sort of a dark, solemn work environment. However, after the second in-person interview, I was left hanging. I was never called or emailed to give me any sort of update on my status. Very unprofessional.

    Interview Questions

    • Why do you want to work for a non-profit? Why do you want to work for KQED   Answer Question
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    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied in-person. I interviewed at KQED.

    Interview

    In-person interview with the producers and then tour of the studio. They called me they day before to ask if I was in town. I got a response less than a month later through email that I had gotten the position!

    Interview Questions

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    Production Interview

    Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied in-person. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at KQED (San Francisco, CA).

    Interview

    Group of three people interviewed me - one of them was half asleep but it was friendly and straightforward. No trick questions, they wanted to see that I knew about the program I was applying to work for and asked me about program topics.

    Interview Questions

    • What changes would you make to the production process if you get the job?   Answer Question
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    Product Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 days. I interviewed at KQED in April 2015.

    Interview

    I am going to be honest and will attempt to be as subjective as possible in this review. Caveat - in my career, this may be the most exciting role I have ever applied for. My experience, skill set and personal interests aligned with the posting uniquely (ok, some bias there). My experience with KQED Recruiting was exceptionally disappointing. Obviously, I can't speculate on the internal workings of the organization - but the Recruiting team's lack of follow up and response was both unprofessional and disrespectful. I had an initial phone screen with a Recruiter that went, in my mind, quite well. It was conveyed at that time that the team was enthusiastic about my potential and I would be called for in-person interviews soon. When visiting the KQED headquarters in San Francisco, I met with the Director of the team and then with a group of employees with which the position had the most interaction. Both the one-on-one and the group meetings went quite well. There was open, in-depth conversations and upon leaving I felt confident in my chances. Unfortunately, that's where any pretense of professionalism ended. I was not contacted by either the Director or the Recruiter after my visit. I reached out two weeks later to inquire in to my status and reiterate my interest in the role. I was told that the team was impressed and excited about my candidacy, and that I would be contacted by a Recruiter within the week for a 2nd round of in-person interviews. Nope. I never heard from KQED again. Two weeks after that, I called both the Recruiter and Director and left voicemails asking for yet another status update. I worried that I was being a nagging interviewee, but it was important for me to know my status so I could plan for other opportunities accordingly. I had actually turned down another great offer just on the potential of getting this position! (KQED knew that, too). In my various emails, phone calls and in-person interactions with KQED - I talked to at least 3 different members of the Recruiting team...yet not one of them could devote 1 minute of their time to send an email informing of their passing on me for the position? In this day and age of "always-on" communication channels - that is simply unacceptable. Further, it is a profound display of disrespect at a fundamental human level. Is it not incumbent upon a Recruiting team to handle both the positive and negative in hiring??? Is this how you, as an applicant, would want to be treated? Do unto others, and all that... Yes, I took this as a personal slight. But, further than that and more importantly, I am writing this review so that KQED Recruiting may read this and take a hard look at self-improvement. My hope is that other candidates do not have to go through the same experience. As I said earlier, and to the KQED team, this opportunity was once-in-a-lifetime for me. I was heartbroken not that I didn't get the position, there may always be more suitable candidates...but that I didn't even get a simple "thanks, but no". KQED - please spare future candidates and take the time to perform all the duties that a Recruiting team is responsible for. Good luck to everyone who applies to a job at KQED - I hope your experience is more positive than mine.

    Interview Questions

    • What is your experience with the KQED mobile app and how would you improve it if you were the Product Owner?   Answer Question
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    Development Department Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Francisco, CA
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3+ months. I interviewed at KQED (San Francisco, CA) in October 2014.

    Interview

    I did a phone interview with the position's supervisor (around 30 minutes), and then was invited into the office for a panel interview (around 3 hours). After that, I had a second phone interview with another person from the department. Directly before this, KQED asked me for permission to perform a thorough background check. As they had mentioned they would only be doing background checks on the final candidates for the job, I knew I was being seriously considered. After all of this, I heard nothing back from them, despite emailing for an update and to ask if any other information was needed. Eventually, around 2 weeks after the last communication with them, I called HR to inquire on the status of the position. I was told they had hired someone else. I was very surprised not to have been informed at all, particularly since I had clearly been in the final few candidates. I was incredibly shocked that they were not going to let me know at all about their hiring decision, particularly given how extensive the entire process was.

    Interview Questions

    • Nothing too surprising - most questions were very straightforward and directly related to my resume.   Answer Question
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    Marketing Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Francisco, CA
    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through other source. The process took 5+ months. I interviewed at KQED (San Francisco, CA) in March 2011.

    Interview

    After conversing for several months via email I was given a phone interview and then an in office interview. The interview was very laid back and comfortable. I was interviewed in he lobby and then I was given a tour of the office and introduced to multiple other employees. They were very friendly, informative and encouraging throughout the whole process. They also appeared to have a very positive company culture.

    Interview Questions

    • What is a weakness that you have turned into a strength?   Answer Question
    • How do you feel public broadcasting needs to differentiate itself from the studio system?   Answer Question

    Reasons for Declining

    I really like KQED and suspect I would have learned a lot. However I was offered another position at a company I felt was more in line with my career interests.

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    Productions Intern Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at KQED in June 2010.

    Interview

    Applied online through their website. It took a while for them to initiate contact and receive my resume but once they did, I exchanged a few emails with them and had a phone interview - discussed what I was interested in, previous experience, typical interview questions. The lady interviewing me was extremely friendly and nice.

    Interview Questions

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