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Getting an Interview
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- Accepted OfferNeutral ExperienceDifficult Interview
I applied through a recruiter. The process took 3 weeks – interviewed at LRN (New York, NY).
Very long interview process. Had to meet with many people, over a few days. Was spread out over a few weeks. Some of the times were inconvenient, but I was very interested in working for the organization that I made do. I enjoyed meeting the different people I spoke with. With each meeting, I was introduced to more and more very talented and intelligent individuals, all the way up to the CEO.
- What does it mean to be principled in business in our world today? 1 Answer
- Accepted OfferPositive ExperienceDifficult Interview
I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks – interviewed at LRN (New York, NY).
Took about 3-4 weeks for the entire process. First interview was over the phone. Follow up interview in person, very challenging questions were asked. After that I interviewed with both Presidents and then the CEO.
- I was asked what I thought the difference was between a company with a mission and a mission that has a company. I was asked to do a thought exercise about my values, ethics and capitalism and then i interviewed with the ceo which was tough and stressful. he asked very challenging questions. Answer Question
not much room for negotiation
Helpful (2)No OfferNegative ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2+ months – interviewed at LRN (New York, NY) in December 2013.
Went to two interviews. Am hour long each one. Grilled about how I feel being in such an environment where there are no titles and no one is the boss. I was contacted by a recruiter for this position. After the 2nd interview my recruiter called and said they are unable to make a decision at this time. What a waste of everyone's time.
- Most of the questions were how I would feel in such an enviornment. They also reasoned twice, "what is it you think we do?" Answer Question
Helpful (3)No OfferNegative ExperienceEasy Interview
I applied online. The process took 3+ months – interviewed at LRN (New York, NY).
Incredibly long string of uncoordinated and repetitive interviews (at least 12). Scheduled with HR to lock out a half day and took time off from work - the scheduled interviewers cancelled and shuffled in other employees who were unprepared (understandably). Following an interview with a rather condescending gentleman in a senior position, I easily decided "LRN is not for me". This firm feels too political in nature. While promoting ethics in the work place is noble, the company felt too dependent on its CEO, as if it were a religious philosophy with HOW as its text, and seemed deficient pragmatic business sense. I ended the process early before meeting with Dov having discovered it wasn't my best option for my career trajectory.
- A thoughtful ethics question posed by a C-level executive. If you read HOW, these questions are simple to solve. Answer Question
- No OfferNegative ExperienceDifficult Interview
I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks – interviewed at LRN (New York, NY) in June 2013.
Before being invited for an interview I was asked to submit a "Statement of Intent demonstrating you understand our mission and business, and are aligned with what we’re trying to achieve in the world. Please let us know your are personally aligned with LRN."
I, personally, found the interview strange, and I have interviewed and been interviewed by a lot of people. My interviewer was late and seemed like she was disconnected from our experience—not that she wasn't interested, but like her outward appearance, which was perfectly pleasant, was masking a completely different reality. She left little time for me to ask questions and the questions I did ask were answered with "non-answers," meaning they contained no real information. For example, I'm not sure how LRN is organized now, but, at the time, they described they're organization as being organized around 3 areas and I wanted to understand the distinctions between the areas. Since it's a non-hierarchical company in which people work in project teams across areas, I wanted to have a clearer understanding of how the teams were configured and operated and, really, what the actual job was compared to, say a Strategic Policy Leader. She gave me an answer that was circular and illuminated nothing.
- Why are you interested in working at LRN? Have you worked in employee-owned, non-hierarchical company before? Answer Question
Helpful (1)No OfferPositive ExperienceEasy Interview
I applied through a staffing agency. The process took a week – interviewed at LRN (New York, NY) in July 2011.
I was sent to LRN by Office Team which is a division of Robert Half. LRN is located in a beautiful building in midtown Manhattan. Before the interview I was briefly interviewed on the phone from their corporate office.
LRN is a company which is trying to promote the idea that excellence in workplace behavior leads to higher profits. The president is Dov Seidman. I was interviewing to be his executive assistant.
Lovely offices, very open and eco-friendly. I was briefly interviewed by Dov's present exec. assistant. She was very pleasant. Then I was interviewed by Dov and unexpectedly another woman joined in. They were both very pleasant and friendly. Dov said it wasn't an "interview," just a friendly meeting to get to know one another which is disingenuous, because of course, it is an interview. He is charismatic and describes himself as such. Both he and the woman were frank and I believe quite honest about the position. It would be a 24/7 position, frantic, maniacal pace. Dov said that although he is a friendly type guy, it's an insane situation with 20 balls up in the air all at once.
I decided the position wasn't what I was looking for, but for an EA who can cope with that sort of constant pressure and frenzied pace, I recommend it. I told Dov and the woman that it didn't sound like the right position for me. The woman said she would keep me in mind for something less intense and we all parted cordially.
- Are you sure you want to be an Executive Assistant? 1 Answer
Helpful (1)No OfferNeutral ExperienceDifficult Interview
The process took 3+ months – interviewed at LRN (New York, NY) in June 2011.
The first round interview was a 1:1 phone interview. Second round was a 1:1 skype interview. Then they send you "HOW" a book by LRN's CEO which you read before coming in for the third round which is a series of 1:1 interviews with analysts, senior analysts, and other people on the hiring board. This round also includes a skills assessment of a general math/science question to see how you think through simple logic as well as a business case interview. Then, the next round is a case presentation in which you have 5 hours to complete a case analysis and present your answer in 5 slides or so. If they like that, then you write short essays based on HOW and your personal fit with the company and your values etc. The final round interview is a series of conversations with the President of GreenOrder and the CEO of LRN. Be ready to discuss your weaknesses, failures, criticisms, regrets etc almost once per person who interviews you and don't lie or give a hidden response. The company values honesty.
- Accepted OfferNeutral ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied through other source. The process took 2 days – interviewed at LRN (New York, NY) in January 2008.
Lots of discussion and questions, culture was important .
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