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Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Austin, TX
Anonymous Interview Candidate in Austin, TX
Application Details

I interviewed through an employee referral. The process took 4 days - interviewed at LivingSocial in May 2011.

Interview Details

I was recommended by a then-current LS copywriter; this is how these jobs work. Good writers recommend other good writers and are given bonuses if the newcomer is hired. So there is incentive to keep the jobs within the creative writing community. First there's a writing test, where applicants have to submit a piece of copy in which they approximate the LS editorial voice as closely as possible. Samples are critiqued. Most everyone is asked to rewrite their sample the first time. If you do a good job matching the editorial voice, then there is a short phone interview, and then assignments start rolling in. Just that easy -- but it all hinges on the writing sample.
The "workplace atmosphere," if daily email correspondence with an editor you'll never meet in person can be called that, is friendly, helpful, and even amusing. There's a strong whimsical streak that runs through the editorial staff, and that is a very good thing indeed. Feeds the whimsical streak you'll need to nurture in order to write for this company.

Interview Questions
  • The most difficult part is crafting a writing sample that matches the editorial voice. It requires close reading, creativity, a punny mind, and probably several drafts. The company thrives because of its witty copy, so mastering and being able to manipulate that voice is a very important aspect of getting and keeping a job at LS.   View Answer
  • Hitting deadlines is another difficult part of this. Even organized, timely people have trouble. Often you might get stuck on a piece of copy and stare blankly at the wall or let yourself get distracted on Facebook. Don't do that. Deadlines are deadlines.   View Answer
Negotiation Details
There is no negotiation phase. You pretty much submit copy for a "deal" and get paid by the "deal". No benefits, no perks. Except that now you've got an income stream with an extremely flexible schedule.
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