I applied through other source and the process took 4 days - interviewed at McKinney in July 2013.
Interview Details – McKinney is very thorough in their interviewing process. You will be interviewed by peers, potential creative team, account team, head of PR and anyone inbetween. The questions are geared toward their values and your competition is high.
Interview Question – Where do you see yourself in five years and why Answer Question
I applied through an employee referral - interviewed at McKinney in May 2013.
Interview Details – I had spoken with multiple people in the agency which basically got the through the first round and into interviews. Interviewed with two different people that I would potentially be working with. Both were very nice and they let me know when I would be informed about their decision. One of them gave a short tour for me and it looks like an awesome place to work.
Interview Question – Nothing too difficult but they really want to know if your heart is set on the job. Answer Question
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 1 week - interviewed at McKinney in October 2012.
Interview Details – I got my interview based on a personal connection from one of my professors at school. Ordinarily, you obtain an interview by way of applying at their website, but in any case, the interview took place on-site, and was proctored in a sort of take-a-tour and ask questions way. I interviewed with not only my boss, but also the director he works under, and it was very casual, focusing on personal life and goals, as well as the culture of the company. They are simply trying to figure out if you are reliable, creative, and to the best of their ascertaining, talented. McKinney is a wonderful, wonderful company to work for, so if you are fortunate enough to get the position, take full advantage of the opportunity!
Interview Question – There were no difficult questions on my interviews, only that they try to understand how you think. Make sure to be articulate, informed about McKinney projects and success stories, and be well-versed in the culture. DO NOT dress up for the interviews -- it would be very awkward to seem overly-dressy for the interview, since it is a casual and creative environment. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – You must exchange the internship for college credit. They have a sort of orientation thing where they set up your computer and get you familiar with the process and the office. How much time you spend in the office is between you and your boss (you'll want to spend time in the space, though, because it's incredible!), but be forewarned that they require 15 hours per week at minimum.
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at McKinney in October 2012.
Interview Details – Interviewed with three members of the Studio/Production department. Also had to take tests to measure competence in Photoshop and InDesign and provide portfolio. Standard interview questions asked from list of questions furnished by HR. Nothing shocking.
Interview Question – What's the biggest problem you've had to face and how did you deal with it? Answer Question
Negotiation Details – No negotiation. Take it or leave it salary offer.
I applied online and the process took a day - interviewed at McKinney in June 2011.
Interview Details – I applied online for the internship program as an account manager. Was contacted in a timely manner regarding the position. The phone interview was great, the recruiter was very easy-going and held the interview in an informal manner. I talked to her for about 30 minutes, and was told I would be contacted again by the lady I would be working under. The phone interview was very similar to the first one, and afterwards was told I would be contacted once again for another phone interview. I was called, but instead of a phone interview, I was offered the internship and we discussed hours.
Interview Question – What do you like to do? Answer Question
I applied online and the process took 6 weeks - interviewed at McKinney in June 2011.
Interview Details – The first interview session I met with two women 1:1- the woman in charge of internships and a women on their talent management team. When I got called back to the second interview session I met with with people from the account that I wanted to work on. Conversation was casual- they were both extremely easy to talk to- no questions that were out of the blue- Whats my favorite brand? What is my favorite commercial right now? Why did I want to intern with McKinney? Why did I want to work no that specific account, etc.
Interview Question – Why McKinney? View Answer
I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at McKinney in May 2011.
Interview Details – Applied online because I liked the work that McKinney has done and wanted to intern at the company. I was emailed by an HR associate and we set up a phone interview. I was then scheduled for a series of two interviews with people on the team I would be working with.
Interview Question – How would you describe yourself in five words? Answer Question
The process took a day - interviewed at McKinney in October 2010.
Interview Details – First we had a phone interview for the position and the interview went well enough that I was told they wanted to schedule an in-person interview with others on the account team. The interview was scheduled, I scheduled time off from my current job and then out of the blue they canceled it with no explaination. They haven't returned my calls or emails. Not sure what happened, but based on this experience they are probably an agency I wouldn't want to work for.
Interview Question – What is your favorite brand? Answer Question
The process took 5 weeks - interviewed at McKinney in May 2010.
Interview Details –
Had a phone interview with a recruiter and in-person interviews with five different people. Interview was a pleasant experience - very laid back and conversational. A few of the folks were late and were very rushed with me, but overall it was decent. However, there was no follow up from McKinney once the interview process was over. I did email the recruiter, who told me she would let me know something the following week. That was six weeks ago.
Interviewing is stressful and some candidates have to jump through hoops just to make it to the interview. Taking time off work, buying new clothes or even arranging child care can make an interview a huge chore for someone. Then there are the hours spent preparing and researching for the interview. To have someone come in for a series of interviews and not follow up is unacceptable. I'm glad that I obviously did not get the job because I would never want to work for a company that has such poor regard for potential employees. Also, the salary is low and the hours are high. Not worth it in my opinion, especially for an agency with a copycat reputation.
Interview Question – Where do you get your information? Answer Question
I applied through a recruiter and the process took a day - interviewed at McKinney in January 2010.
Interview Details – I was initially contacted by email after the recruiter found my portfolio online. I then received a phone interview, followed by information regarding flying over to Durham for the interview. They set me up in Chapel Hill, which is next to Durham, but a completely different vibe of city. The people I met there were smart, articulate, and passionate about marketing. People were from well dressed to t-shirt and jeans, but no suits. I wore a suit and they were all impressed. The office is gorgeous - in the old Lucky Strike factory. They have beer Thursdays with a little pub at the office, shuffle board, ping pong, video games, etc. One of them near the end of the interview asked what my favorite book was. Other than that question, most were general/what you would expect if you are able to get an interview there in the first place. Seems like a great place to grow, work hard and be in an agency environment. I'm sure lots of work and busy.
Reason for Declining – The offer price was much lower than what I had received elsewhere. They tried to say how it was equivalent to what I had received because the general cost of living in North Carolina is less, but I would also be living in North Carolina vs. California.
Pros: For those who value career-building advertising work but long for a better quality of life than traditional advertising centers deliver (e.g. New York, Chicago, even Boston or Minneapolis), Durham NC's McKinney has wonderful potential. Very… – Full Review
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