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Updated Oct 29, 2014
Updated Oct 29, 2014
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    Copy Editor Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online – interviewed at MECLABS.

    Interview Details

    A lot of hoops to go through, which I thought was strange considering they are always advertising for people to fill their jobs. There is like a four-stage interview process. The interviewers were pleasant, if not overly welcoming. I was on speaker phone during my first interview, and we lost connection at one point. Overall, it just didn't come across as a warm place to work.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Average Interview
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Data Scientist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at MECLABS.

    Interview Details

    Applied online and two weeks later I was screened via phone. Days later I was contacted for an interview with the HR Director. Passed that and the following week had a skills assessment test, which was fairly easy. It involved two questions, a regression model and time analysis. After which i had a behavioral test. My agent called me to tell me i passed the behavioral test and will need to have a panel interview with potential supervisors. I though interview went well, however, they emailed me a week later to say I did not get the job because they did not think i will be a good fit.

    Interview Questions
    • You must be able to describe a situation where you disagreed or did not get along with a coworker.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Research Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at MECLABS.

    Interview Details

    Very difficult and drawn out process, including a number of interviews and behavioral tests. Interviews are with groups of managers and consist mostly of behavioral and psychological questions, concerning your ability to work in a team and prior team experiences.

    Interview Questions
    • So many questions regarding teamwork and prior conflicts within a team were unexpected, especially considering the Research Analyst position is some what of an isolated and solo effort.   Answer Question
    No Offer
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  5. 4 people found this helpful  

    Data Scientist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 6 weeksinterviewed at MECLABS.

    Interview Details

    First I was offered a phone interview, general HR questions (regarding working with others, communication style, favorite features of excel).
    I was then given a skills tell (3 questions, 2.5 hours to complete through excel).
    I had a second interview, with two senior level individuals. Once again they asked general HR questions but additional questions regarding statistical tests, accuracy, validity, etc.
    I was given two behavioral assessments, done online.
    My last interview was in house, with three individuals. It was a very friendly interview that had a lot to do with computability of working with others. I was introduced to a lot of the employees. They were all very young but seemed very happy with the work atmosphere.

    I was offered the job 6 days after my in house interview. But, due to my move and salary they were offering I had to decline.

    Interview Questions
    Reasons for Declining

    I had to move cities for this position, the salary was too low, and I wasn't too sure about the young atmosphere in the office.

    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Research Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Jacksonville, FL
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Jacksonville, FL
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at MECLABS in February 2014.

    Interview Details

    The interview process began with a phone interview. Most of the questions were behavioral -- "Describe a time when you...", but there were skills related questions about experience using software and I was asked to rate my own knowledge of and experience using things like Excel on a scale of one to five.
    At the end of the interview they told me I was moving on to the next step, which was an in-person interview and skills test. I was asked to prepare a PowerPoint presentation about myself to present at the interview and to review a website of my choice and be prepared to explain what I would change about it.
    I was interviewed by three people from the research department. They were very casually dressed and most of their questions were behavioral as well. I'm considerably older than the people who were interviewing me and have senior-level experience and the interviewers wanted to know why I was applying for this particular job. My impression was that one of the main objectives of this interview was to determine how I would fit into their team.
    Following the interview I took a skills test and was thanked for coming in. Two or three days later I received a call asking that I take a personality assessment, which I had to complete in one session online. A few days after that I was invited back for an interview with senior leadership.
    That interview included more of the same type of behavioral questions and seemed designed to determine my ability to handle conflict and my leadership skills.
    A few days later I received a call and was offered a position.
    Now that I've worked for MECLABS for several weeks I understand the emphasis on my ability to fit in with their team. The work culture here is more collaborative and collegial than any I've encountered before. It's a great place to work and we doing great work.

    Interview Questions
    • What do you feel you most need to improve about your leadership skills?   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Copywriter Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Jacksonville, FL
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Jacksonville, FL
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 5 daysinterviewed at MECLABS in January 2014.

    Interview Details

    Their hiring process is a long one. First they have you complete a phone interview, then a skills test in your field. If you pass those two points you have a face-to-face meeting with them to determine if you'll be a culture fit for them and then they have you take a personality test. The last step (which I did not reach) is to meet with the actual hiring manager for the job you're being considered for.

    Interview Questions
    • None of their interview questions were difficult--they were 97% behavioral. If you're even moderately savvy you can answer them pretty easily. They said, "Tell me about a time when you failed to meet a deadline" or "Tell me about a time when you made a mistake at work." They proceeded to re-phrase these questions and ask them multiple times. Kind of funny. They were also very focused on asking questions with negative undertones and seemed very preoccupied with failure and missing deadlines--left me chuckling to myself thinking they must either be a little "green" with their interviewing process or that they've had a lot of issues with people failing to meet deadlines.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview
  8.  

    Administrative Coordinator Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Jacksonville, FL
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Jacksonville, FL
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at MECLABS in October 2013.

    Interview Details

    1. Had an initial phone screening call with Human Resources - behavioral style interview questions were asked based upon past professional and academic experiences and some skills related questions specific to the position.

    2. Had to take two Behavioral Assessments - Took about an hour to complete both assessments

    3. Then finally an onsite interview with the team - again behavioral style interview questions digging in deeper and also had to present a PowerPoint presentation to the team with a background about myself, why I would be a fit for the position and for MECLABS, and what strategy I would bring to the company.

    Interview Questions
    • Question about a mistake I had made on a project. In general behavioral questions were difficult to answer if unprepared but by the second interview had the flow down and knew what type of questions to expect.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    Ask about the benefits plan and opportunities for growth and development.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Cog In the Machine Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at MECLABS.

    Interview Details

    Basically, if you are over the age of 35 ............ Forget it!

    I had been told that by a few people and it really bothered me, so then began my research on this apparently "ageist" company. As always I try to play the devils advocate and I set out to prove that no company (in this day and age) could possibly still get by while using discriminatory hiring practices. I was wrong!

    I started by doing some research on positions available at the company. I applied for a position that was well below my qualifications and as expected received a call from HR the next day about another job for which my qualifications were better suited. (HR doing its job and doing it well)

    Hurdle 1 - Complete!

    Next, I was asked to have a phone interview with HR (the next day) that lasted approx. 1 hour. She was sweet, polite, gracious and professional. Her questions were 100 % STAR typical questions and we both agreed it went well. She asked me to take a behavioral test, I acquiesced, Then I received a call saying I would be moving on to phase 2! Yay!

    Hurdle 2 - Complete!

    About 2 business days later I received another call from HR , which in itself involved a brief interview and was asked to take a skills test. Now, the skills test was basically a writing sample that involved creating copy for an outline. Again, I acquiesced. I created a brief sample of my skills ( I even passed the sample on to dear friend who teaches Lit @ Brown) and he said it ruled and I smiled and then I submitted it to MECLABS for review, they must have thought it ruled too ( yes, I'm being cheeky here) because a few days later they called to set up an in-person interview.

    Hurdle 3 - Complete!

    The day of the interview I showed up 5 minutes early, which was not easy to do because I was on deadline at my real job but my research had come this far - so I had to make it happen. Besides, my boss is totally supportive of the article we will be printing about this, soooo....

    The day of the interview I showed up 5 minutes early - The atmosphere was young, but not ENTIRELY young and for a busy office I thought the energy was pretty low. The dress code was very casual, which I prefer and every person who I made eye contact with was very friendly. There was a ping pong table (as mentioned in another review) and a bare foot dude (also mentioned in previous review) but, I'm a person who prefers a flexible culture - so that didn't phase me one bit.

    When I met with the panel.......................... Things got interesting. See, I had this job before I walked in the door. They knew before I sat down that I was the perfect person for the job. I was clever when I sent in my Resume. I only listed the last three projects (out of 20-30) that I have worked on. I tailored my experience towards the jobs available at MECLABS and it painted an unclear picture of my actual experience and more importantly, it painted an unclear picture of my age. Then I walked in the door. The questions were, again, 100 % star type questions, none relevant to my ACTUAL experience and none related to my skills. The people I interviewed with were polite, and I believe, embarrassed to be asking such generic questions, but they were doing there jobs...............and hey! They will both be at a better company in 5 years (or at least I hope so, they seemed to deserve it.

    So, the interview went well, aside from the fact that they knew I wouldn't get it, because I probably wouldn't be interested in going out with them on the weekends. (that was rude and pretty unfounded) The reality is I think a higher up is influencing the age game. But, more on that in a second.

    A few days later I got a letter saying that though my qualifications were stellar, they didn't believe I would enjoy the "office dynamics". In other words - we're young, you're old - this won't work for us.

    Jeunism is as discriminatory as sexism or racism. I believe the CEO is trying to create a CULTure of young people that can be easily influenced and molded. The compensation for the work these kids are doing is unfair. The CEO needs to wake up! These "kids" won't be your puppets forever.

    I'll end with a quote from Flint McLaughlin "I am joined today by Gaby Paez and Adam Lapp, both are long time experts in our lab, some of our oldest employees in MECLABS, old in terms of tenure but not necessarily in terms of age. We are a fairly young group, let me say it
    differently, they are a fairly young group. I am the old guy here"

    Flint McLaughlin is only 48 years old

    Interview Questions
    • They honestly asked me what my 5 year plan was .... I'm not that old, but I felt like saying "I dunno, I'm try'na figure out how'da not get dimentia"   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Administrative Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online – interviewed at MECLABS in September 2013.

    Interview Details

    1) The HR Assistant and I coordinated a time for a pre-screening.

    2) The HR Manager and I talked the following week for 30 minutes. She was nice. She wasn't too "HR", only asking the questions; it was more of a friendly/informative conversation - which I liked.

    3) The HR Manager passed her notes and observations to the HR Director, who decided not to have me take the 45 minute personality test or do a second interview. I received an email with this information that same week. Process over : (

    I'm not sure what they are looking for. I thought the talk went well. I am qualified, possibly overqualified for the position.

    Interview Questions
    • Tell me about a time when you had a conflict within a team.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  11.  

    Research Partnership Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at MECLABS in September 2013.

    Interview Details

    The interview process can be lengthy.I met with multiple teams of people for the job I was applying for. They did a great job at telling me what is the next step and I felt like they were very caring throughout the whole process. It was tough but a great interview experience.

    Interview Questions
    • What is an example of a challenge you had at your last job and how you responded to it?   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

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