Very Difficult Interview
The process took 3 weeks - interviewed at LinkedIn in December 2011.
Interview Details – A LinkedIn recruiter contacted me. After a brief phone screen, he told me that the hiring manager was eager to meet me. Another recruiter contacted me from there to schedule an onsite interview. She confused the position I was interviewing for then corrected herself in a subsequent email.
The initial onsite interview was a half-hour meet and greet. I received positive feedback from my lead recruiter and was told that they would like me to come in for another interview. For this interview, I needed to put together a presentation based on a homework assignment that Recruiter 2 passed along. There was some confusion between the recruiters on the format of the interview, but this was resolved prior to the interview.
That Monday, I presented to the hiring manager and another person on the team. They did not have much curiosity about my professional background and spent much of the time grilling me with business case questions that would be difficult for most candidates to answer on the spot.
Recruiter 2 then set up an interview with the department head. The department head was more than 20 minutes late to call me. She apologized and we planned for a 5 p.m. Friday phone interview the next day. She asked a kind of business consulting question that I was unfamiliar with and unprepared for. Consequently, I was thrown off for the rest of the interview.
Next, I received a call from my main recruiter who apologized for the question and told me that it was not something that he had prepared me to answer. He told me that I was still their top candidate and that
they would work on putting together an offer letter in the next few days.
The next day, the recruiter emailed me and said that they decided not to go ahead with the offer. His explanation was that the hiring manager had changed her mind after speaking with the department head.
This was after I received a verbal offer that was reneged after wasting hours of my time. The whole process left me with a bad taste in my mouth.
Very Difficult Interview
The process took 3 months - interviewed at LinkedIn in March 2011.
Interview Details – The interview process was very long but well worth it in the end. I have 2 phone interviews and 7 face-to-face interviews.
Interview Question – How do you see social media shaping advertiser spending in the future? Answer Question
Negotiation Details – The negotiation phase was easy and not stressful at all. I recieved a great offer and it was above my asking price.
I applied online and the process took a day - interviewed at LinkedIn in October 2009.
Interview Details – Spoke with a recruiter, who works directly for LinkedIn. Recruiter in California / I'm in Chicago. The appointment was set and the recruiter called right on time. Many of the usual questions were asked of me. Examples: tell me about yourself, why do you want to work here, give examples of your sales background, how many people did you manage in your previous job, etc.
Felt as though the recruiter was somewhat distracted. I could hear typing in the background, and I presume recording my answers to her questions. I may have been on speaker phone, which I find distracting. Recruiter was somewhat snippy when I asked a probing question about the job responsibilities.
Interview lasted about 20 minutes and by then, we had determined that I was overqualified for the position. The way LinkedIn titles their job positions is misleading, in my estimation. For example, this job opening was titled Account Manager. However, after discussion, it became clear to me that the job did not call for management; Rather more of a coordinator or subordinate role. I was mildly annoyed that the recruiter would not have known of my over qualifications, just based on my resume.
I'm rating the interview difficult, because I felt the recruiter should have known that I was extremely over qualified for the position. The questions themselves were what you would expect.
Interview Question – Did you read the job description? View Answers (2)
The process took 1+ week - interviewed at LinkedIn in December 2010.
Interview Details – I get 1 phone screening, 1 general conversation with head of sales europe and a 1:1 with my future manager.
Interview Question – business case about a high tech company View Answer
Reason for Declining – not high salary
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