Getting an Interview
Getting an Interview
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- No OfferNegative ExperienceEasy Interview
I applied through an employee referral – interviewed at McGraw Hill Financial.
I had a phone interview and then was called in for an in-person interview. The interviewer didn't remember anything we had discussed on the phone. After the in-person interview, interviewer told me that interviewer wanted to bring me on but interviewer needed team approval, and that the team assistant would be in touch with me to schedule a meeting with the entire team. I emailed a week after the interview but received no response. After 3 weeks, I still had no heard anything. I emailed again and was finally told that the assistant would be in touch with me later that day. Assistant never contacted me. This was for an unpaid position.
- What are my weaknesses? Answer Question
- No OfferPositive ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied online. The process took 3 weeks – interviewed at McGraw Hill Financial (Denver, CO).
30 Minute screening call with their recruiter that asked some technical knowledge and experience questions regarding the stock markets. Then as in-person interview with hiring manager and one of his peers. They had a list of customer service related questions and also tested my skills on the computer including an Excel case study.
- Show me on the computer where to delete cookies. Answer Question
- No OfferNegative ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied online. The process took 3 weeks – interviewed at McGraw Hill Financial (New York, NY) in January 2015.
Initial phone screen with HR which was very thorough in that they asked about commuting (can you get here from there) and if I was "in process" for any other job at any other company. The second interview was with the business unit manager, which I could see I wasn't connecting with and at one point seemed argumentative. I knew I was sunk when he cut the interview short to go to a meeting, and said someone will be in touch. What bothers me most is I never heard from them, not even the beige e-mail stating "thanks, but no thanks."
- Why do you want to leave your present job? Answer Question
- Accepted OfferAverage Interview
I applied online. The process took 3 weeks – interviewed at McGraw Hill Financial (New York, NY).
The hiring and interview process was pretty uneventful but it did take a while to go through several rounds. Human Resources was also very slow in getting back and changes to acceptance letter needed to be negotiated. As for the interviews, most of the discussions were pretty straightforward and the individuals I met with were open in speaking about the company.
- There wasn't any question which was unexpected or difficult Answer Question
- Accepted OfferPositive ExperienceEasy Interview
I applied through an employee referral. The process took 5 days – interviewed at McGraw Hill Financial.
Great structured communication with hiring manager. Went through phone interview and second round in person with hiring manager and a panel of other managers/salesrep for one on one interviews.
Helpful (1)No OfferPositive ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied online. The process took a week – interviewed at McGraw Hill Financial.
The interview process was considerately done; I received an email 2 business days before the proposed date and time and was asked to confirm my availability.
The first phone interview was performed by the executive recruiter - they were polite and sociable which help to alleviate some of the potential stress. The recruiter studied my resume and knew it well so there were no questions like, 'tell me about yourself' - the questions were future-oriented, i.e: 'What is to you for your next position?' and 'How do you envision your role?' After about 20 minutes of a fairly free-formed discussion, the interviewer explained their background and the general requirements for the position. I asked a few questions and the interviewer confirmed that I was a candidate for the next interview round.
The second phone interview was scheduled, and confirmed, 2 days later with a C-level executive manager; I was asked to spend about 15 minutes of uninterrupted time discussing: 1) my 'elevator pitch', 2) what is it that I like to do? 3) what am I proud of? and 4 ) a particular challenge. Subsequently, the executive manager explained who they were, their high-level goals for the organization and the goals and objectives of the open position. I asked a few questions and we ended the interview.
The next day, I sent a 'thank you' email in the early AM and by midday the company confirmed that I would was not going to continue on to the next round of onsite interviews.
- The interviewers use the technique of 'free-form' and uninterrupted discussions to not only see how well you can articulate your abilities but they are also trying to assess if you will be good fit into, what appears to be, a very close-knit and small organization. Answer Question
- No OfferPositive ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied online. The process took 2+ months – interviewed at McGraw Hill Financial in January 2014.
I applied for an inside sales position. I had a phone interview a month after applying and an in person a month later. Next round would have been video with London management. They were undergoing a reorg; wanted inside salespeople to manage the relationship and maximize revenue from existing client base. I applied online; heard back from them about a month later to set up a phone interview. That round was just screening and pretty rote stuff. I got a called for a second interview about 2 weeks later. That interview ended up occurring about 2 months after my application- the pace was slow. Second interview was with the MD I would report to. I thought it went well, was surprised to get a form "we've decided not to follow up with you" email from HR about 2 weeks later. The 3rd round would have been a video interview with London (department is run from there).
- How do you deal with angry or upset clients? Answer Question
- Accepted OfferPositive ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied through a staffing agency. The process took 6 weeks – interviewed at McGraw Hill Financial.
I've been introduced by an agency. First interview was with the hirimg manger and a couple of peers. Final interview was with the head of recruiting.
- How would you handle a hiring manger who doesn't want to work with you and would prefer to use an outside agency? 1 Answer
I asked for some more dollars and extra vacation time and was able to get it based on my prior exprience.
Helpful (2)Accepted OfferPositive Experience
I applied through college or university. The process took 4 days – interviewed at McGraw Hill Financial.
I applied online through my university's career services website. I got a call the next day from a recruiter, who asked me some basic questions about school and work. From there he scheduled me immediately for an interview with a manager, and as soon as I was done he set me up for an interview with yet another manager. The interview was pretty easy, he asked me some basic questions on the software life-cycle and told me about what the job would entail. I really didn't get asked any technical questions, which I found very strange.
I kind of lucked out that they were in a rush to fill this position, which is why I had 3 back to back phone interviews. The interviews took place on a Friday and I got the offer that Monday, I never even had to come into the office for an in person interview.
My experience was definitely not the norm, I talked to other inters that summer who said the process took anywhere from 2 weeks to a month for them to get the offer.
- Describe the software development life-cycle. (Not a hard question, but it's the only remotely technical question I got asked) Answer Question
I accepted his initial offer, because I assumed it was a set amount for inters.
Helpful (1)Accepted OfferPositive ExperienceEasy Interview
I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2 weeks – interviewed at McGraw Hill Financial (Washington, DC).
Submitted clips and resume. Interviewed with senior editors in New York and Washington.
- Tell us about a mistake you made on a story and how you handled it. Answer Question
I was able to get moving costs from Boston to Washington covered.
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