Media General Interview Questions

Updated Apr 21, 2015
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    Promo Producer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Savannah, GA
    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through other source. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Media General (Savannah, GA) in October 2013.

    Interview

    The Marketing Director responded to my email the next day. I couldn't make it to the interview right away so he was nice and waited 2 weeks for me. The interview was very friendly and casual. I got a tour of the TV station and got introduced to everyone who was there. All very friendly. I received an offer after the tour but could not accept because the pay was too low.

    Interview Questions

    • Nothing unexpected. He wanted to know details about where I had worked and if I planned to stay in town and be relied on.   1 Answer

    Reasons for Declining

    The pay was too low.

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    Senior Systems Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer

    Interview

    Phone interview followed by an in person interview.

    Interview Questions

    • Asked some weird questions such as if you were an animal what would you be?   1 Answer

    Negotiation

    I asked for more money and they said no

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    Business Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Mobile, AL
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at Media General (Mobile, AL) in April 2011.

    Interview

    first was a call from supervisor to do phone interview, then went in for in person interview, then went back for in person interview with supervisor's supervisor in the room. we went over the position and had normal interview interaction. nothing spectacular or too scary.

    Interview Questions

    • what is your position background   1 Answer
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    Specialized Web Design Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Richmond, VA
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Media General (Richmond, VA) in July 2010.

    Interview

    Initially contact by a consulting company recruiter who connected me to the onsite employee. After a few calls I was invited onsite for an interview that was scheduled for several hours. The first question asked after the obligatory "did you have trouble finding our budling" type questions was about monetary expectations. At that point they should have thanked me for coming out and ended the interview. Instead, I sat through the remainder of the interviews not quite sure that this was a good match for me. I walked away at the end hoping they would not offer the position and thankfully they did not. I followed up with an email and a handwritten thank you, and after not receiving any response, followed up again with an email and a phone call. they did not ever respond which further cemented my decisition that this is not an organziation I want to work with in the next few years. Several times over the next two months I received calls from recruiters excited that I was a "perfect match" for this opening they were trying to fill. Next thing out of their mouth was that the monetary compensation was probably a bit on the low side so we should talk about moeny up front. Their minimum requiremens for this Senior level postion - broad experience in multiple industries, BS degree (MS preferred), and 10+ minimum years (15+ preferred). On paper, I exceeded all of their requirements and felt I could do the job well. I did like the vibe I got from the people I met, so I knew it was not a good match for me. Later I found out there were offering less than $60K/year for this position, which is more closely match to someone who has just graduated or has just a few years experience.

    Interview Questions

    • The person hired was going to be resposnible for redsigning all of their web sites. I was shown numerous examples of the current web look and feel and asked what I would do to improve each one, as well as what I would do to provide a familial feel to them as a family of web sites.   2 Answers
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    Producer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Spartanburg, SC
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Media General (Spartanburg, SC) in May 2010.

    Interview

    Submit online application, resume and portfolio (reel). Appropriate manager contacts by phone to schedule interview (or not). An hour-long (at least) interview with appropriate supervisor, tour station and interact/observe department activities. Background check and such from corporate HR. About a week (or longer) manager offers job, HR takes over and has you complete drug testing and paperwork. Negotiate contract (if necessary) and all's left is dotting the 'i' and crossing the 't'.

    Interview Questions

    • Personally, there were no difficult or unexpected questions. The interview process was very straightforward for me and I was straight out of college, so my prep work paid off.   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    There was no negotiation for my job.

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    Reporter Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    The process took 1 dayinterviewed at Media General in June 2009.

    Interview

    i emailed the news director directly, who then called me in for an interview. the station was very easy to find, and the staff and news diretor was very inviting and warm. i took a tour of the station and met the watched the broadcast..i took a writing test and answered some questions about the city and state.

    Interview Questions

    • information about the congressman, senators and other leaders of the area   1 Answer
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    Online Editor Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Tampa, FL
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 6+ monthsinterviewed at Media General (Tampa, FL) in December 2008.

    Interview

    It takes months to get through Media General's hiring process. If you are currently employed, be patient. If you are not, look elsewhere.

    Negotiation

    Ask for what you think you deserve up front, because raises are almost non-existent.

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    District Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Richmond, VA
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 daysinterviewed at Media General (Richmond, VA) in July 2008.

    Interview

    The main one on one interviews were a mess. The regional manager (East) who was supposed to interview me was unavailable the day I was scheduled. They had to call in another regional manager (West) at the last minute and he was unprepared. Their boss the state manager tossed everything on the second manager and took off as fast as he could. The only person who seemed to have any organization was the secretary who tried to keep everything from falling apart. I soon realized, as I was hired, that the reason for most of the problems was the lack of manpower and the overworking of those there. This is the common culture at this company. Many jobs go unfilled or are eliminated leaving the ramaining people to try and hold all the pieces together. You can see this in the fact that in my first six months one of the regional managers had been laid off and the other was moved to the transportation department which was in even worse shape for leadership. Their positions were eliminated leaving an already disorganized state manager in worse shape. A common feeling is passed around in the office: when things are good your job is good; when things are bad your job is bad. The only problem is for every twelve months only one is good and this is not an issue of the economy.

    Interview Questions

    • Do you understand that you will be starting your nights on duty at 2 A.M. and work until about 8 or 10 as stated in the job discription that was published?   1 Answer

    Negotiation

    There is no real negotiation. There is only the interviewer trying to make the pay sound like it is more than it is based on performance bonuses. The only problem is that most of the performance standards that you need to meet to get the bonuses are unreachable in most districts. Another manager I met had been there at least 4 years more than me. He said in his entire time he had never gotten the numbers needed to get the major bonus money only the smaller goals that gave little reward so he stopped even trying after a while.

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    Account Executive Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Richmond, VA
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied in-person. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at Media General (Richmond, VA) in March 2008.

    Interview

    I had 6 interviews before I was made an offer.

    Interview Questions

    • How would you spend the first 90 days working in your territtory?   Answer Question
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    Account Executive Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Media General in January 2012.

    Interview

    Sent email to Advertising Director and received a response the next week about a job opening. Spoke initially on the phone, then set up in person interview. Second interview was with the Publisher of the company. Soon after an offer was made. Very informative interview. General questions asked and what to expect of a job with their company.

    Interview Questions

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