I applied online and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at LivingSocial in May 2009.
Interview Details – Rigorous interview process, but impressed with the entire outfit. Upon uploading a resume to their website, if you're a good candidate, you will be contacted by phone to setup an initial interview. Once I passed that interview, I was flown to Washington DC (on their dime), placed in a nice hotel, and shuttled to the Living Social home office along with a van load of other candidates. Once there, you are put through a private interview. If you make a good impression, you then sit through a group interview. If you still make a good impression, you are given the opportunity to present a mock sales presentation and closing. Final selections are made after you go back home.
Interview Question – Mock presentations are always nerve wracking. Study up on the company and prepare something ahead of time that you can adjust if necessary. Answer Question
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 1 week - interviewed at LivingSocial in September 2013.
Interview Details – It was so quick! Someone from HR contacted me to set up a phone interview. The interview took about 20 minutes, with the last five minutes consisting of me asking my questions. A few days later I went into one of the DC offices to do an in-person. They told me to dress business casual and bring copies of my resume. I interviewed with three separate managers for about 30 minutes each. They all had their own copies of my resume, so I didn't need to hand any out. The atmosphere was very laid back and they allowed me to ask lots of questions. They were mostly trying to learn more about my work history and make sure I was a good fit. Therefore, they didn't ask a lot of questions like, "Tell me about a time when..." (though there were a couple). The questions were mostly, "I see X on your resume. Tell me about that."
Interview Question – Tell me about yourself.
How did you come across the position and why do you think you are a good fit?
Tell me about a time when you worked with a difficult client or coworker.
Where do you see yourself in five years? View Answer
Negotiation Details – Non-negotiable salary offer.
The process took a day - interviewed at LivingSocial in September 2013.
Interview Details – Initially, I played some phone/email tag with a recruiter, who didn't seem to be listening to my messages or reading my emails, as I was providing possible interview times but couldn't get any confirmation. Then I received an email notification of a calendar appointment for a time when I was not supposed to be available and missing key details like WHERE I was supposed to be. Luckily, I was able to make the time work, and I knew the location from outside sources.
When I arrived I faced an elevator accessed by an electronic card and an intercom that no one answered. I sneaked into the elevator behind an employee who was leaving and went up to the fourth floor. The office was a colorful zoo of unprofessional-looking people and desk clutter, which goes with their google-esque business philosophy, I guess. Made me a little seasick.
I spoke with two supervisors who asked me garden-variety interview questions and had me talk about my work experience. I probably came off like a dork, being the only guy in the building with a tie on (I had just come from my current, more conservative, job), and using a lot of military/institutional jargon rather than showing that I had a personality, which I do, by the way.
If there were a moment that sealed my fate, it was probably when, having been asked what I think LivingSocial does, I said "It's like Groupon, right?" I could sense they both wanted to do a facepalm, but restrained themselves. Basically, I failed to do my research on the company and it showed.
While I didn't think it was a completely horrible interview (I was a bit off my game, though), I came away with the realization that I probably need a more traditional work environment, and they probably aren't interested in a square like me, who is pushing 40 and old enough to be most of their dads--including one of my interviewers, who sported a "faux hawk" --ugh. (I am not alleging age discrimination here, by the way, just talking about communication / culture differences) The other interviewer was a lady about my age, so I may have inadvertently directed too much attention her direction, assuming she was the boss. Plus, you know, faux hawk.
All in all, they were nice, and the people working there seemed happy. I was amazed to hear about their 8% turnover rate (it's mostly a call center and the industry norm is over 100%), and clearly they are doing something right. I was interesting in the opportunity to get into their organization, which may have serious growth potential, but I couldn't quite drink the "kool aid" to the degree that working in a "fun" (possibly annoying) place is worth ten grand less than the industry average.
No matter, though, they didn't hire me, and I don't take it too hard, since they said they had a lot of applicants (which I tend to believe, and if it was a lie, it was a very thoughtful lie). Were I to do it over again, I'd take it more seriously and try to show that I take myself less seriously. I would do my research, present myself more enthusiastically, and ditch the tie.
Interview Question – "Tell me a joke." View Answer
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at LivingSocial in April 2011.
Interview Details – Phone interview, coffee interview, formal interview 2 3 ppl.
Interview Question – Nothing Answer Question
I applied online and interviewed at LivingSocial.
Interview Details – Was impressed with hiring process. One of the toughest around.
Interview Question – There wasn't a specific question that was difficult. It was interesting interviewing with a panel of people twice. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – not negotiable.
I applied in-person and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at LivingSocial in July 2012.
Interview Details – The interview process starts with an online assessment. During the actual interview you are interviewing with 2 people. The interviews are lighthearted and fun, and mostly to just see if you fit the culture of the company. Very few work related questions are asked, just be prepared for off the wall questions.
Interview Question – No specific questions, just different depending on who is conducting the interview. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – No negotiation
I applied through college or university and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at LivingSocial.
Interview Details – Phone screen, two in-person interviews
Interview Question – Just have a strong handle of how you fit into the picture they're trying to paint View Answer
Negotiation Details – none
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at LivingSocial in March 2012.
Interview Details – I met with some devs in my local office, but I knew most of them, so it was pretty informal. It's probably changed since there's more of a focus on cutting spending, but next I was flown to DC for an in person interview. I had a couple engineers ask me general questions about my background, one in person coding question, then a cultural fit interview.
Interview Question – Nothing too difficult or unexpected. The coding question might have had a Ruby bias to it, but that's not terribly unexpected as the company is mostly a Ruby shop. Answer Question
I applied online and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at LivingSocial in August 2011.
Interview Details – 1. Interview via phone with a local recruiter
2. Interview via phone with a national recruiter
3. Interview in D.C., about 30 candidates were in the lounge.
part 1. Face to face with an entry-level salesperson. Just a quick chat, perhaps they were training the interviewer?
part 2. Sales role play: great interview. Had to demonstrate a sale in front of a panel of three.
After part 2, they sent half the candidates home.
part 3. Computer skills
part 4. Traditional interview with hiring manager
Interview Question – We own a cupcake bakeshop that caters to tourists. Why would we use an application that focuses on a local audience? View Answer
Negotiation Details – No negotiation
I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at LivingSocial.
Interview Details – 1-2 phone interviews (1 HR and 1 with QA Lead)
In person interview consisted of: 1 QA engineer, 1 PM, 2 Sr Developers, 1 HR
No real hard technical questions. Just talk about yourself and your experience. Review the job description and your resume, those are all fair game.
Interview Question – Meeting with the devs is usually most hard b/c they might ask some hard tech questions, so just review job description and your resume and you should be fine. Answer Question
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