Getting an Interview
Getting an Interview
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- No OfferNegative ExperienceAverage Interview
5 steps with skill test, case analysis, project presentation, behavior questions and a lunch conversation.
Presentation is the most important part, normally 2-3 person will interview you.
The skill test part is not very important.
- Project presentation Answer Question
- Declined OfferNeutral ExperienceDifficult Interview
I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2+ weeks – interviewed at Merkle (Columbia, MD).
360 degree interview process. Very thorough interview process. Many facets of the company was involved with the interview. I was expected to make a presentation about my experience which was very interesting. Afterwards there was a question and Answer segment.
- Very thorough interview process. Many facets of the company was involved with the interview. I was expected to make a presentation about my experience which was very interesting. Afterwards there was a question and Answer segment. Answer Question
Helpful (2)Accepted OfferPositive ExperienceDifficult Interview
I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2 weeks – interviewed at Merkle (New York, NY).
The interview process was very unique. Every prospective employee is expected to give a presentation to a group of interviewers. It was also a much quicker interview process- you meet with the entire team over the course of one or two days. The team then has a caucus and determines if you'll be hired within a few days after your completed interview.
- Why are you looking to leave your current position and join Merkle? 1 Answer
- Accepted OfferPositive ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2+ weeks – interviewed at Merkle (Columbia, MD) in February 2015.
Very well organized. The scheduled was quickly set up and they were very quick from start to offer. The offer process was very organized. Overall, a very good process.
- You are moving from a larger company to a smaller one - why the change? Answer Question
Helpful (2)Accepted OfferPositive ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied through a recruiter. The process took 4+ weeks – interviewed at Merkle.
After three phone interviews I was brought in to meet the staff, present a project then had to wait a bit to get confirmation of the interview results. The interviews were casual, but professional but there certainly is a phased approach to how Merkle hires. One of the most important parts of being hired here is to ensure fit.
- One of the most interesting things about this interview process is the requirement to present a project to a group of peer and senior personnel. This presentation is a key portion of your final interview and is then evaluated by all members who attended. 1 Answer
Helpful (1)No OfferNegative Experience
I applied online. The process took 1+ week – interviewed at Merkle in December 2014.
The person I talked with was quite a bit late. During the call, he seems quite distracted and did not pay much attention to the conversation - I even got a feeling I am talking to myself.
At the end, I asked what analytical tools they used for one of the projects. He first did not understand the question, and then poured the names of all the tools he knows of on me, as if he was not aware of details. Then I asked the same about different project, and the person answered something absolutely irrelevant, as if he has no idea about the job.
- Standard questions Answer Question
Helpful (1)Accepted OfferPositive ExperienceDifficult Interview
I applied through an employee referral. The process took 4+ weeks – interviewed at Merkle (Chicago, IL) in December 2014.
The process was long and involved many people and steps. In addition to phone and in person interviews, candidates had to also present a short presentation to the hiring team that related to the job you are applying for based on previous experience. While it does seem intimidating at first, each person in the room had to also do this to be hired (unless they got to Merkle via an acquisition), so they tend to be very kind and supportive.
- What type of dirty laundry do you want to know about before joining Merkle? 1 Answer
Although my offer was exactly at what I was hoping for, I did negotiate and received 10% more (asked for 15% more). The hiring manager did have to go back to his boss for approval, which took approximately 1 day.
Helpful (7)No OfferNegative ExperienceAverage Interview
The process took 2+ months – interviewed at Merkle.
As others have said -- run from this unprofessional place.
2 phone interview followed by an onsite interview with a handful of people. Onsite interview included a presentation to the group as others have mentioned in their posts. Very few questions asked during the preso.
It was surprising that the hiring manager wasn't at the onsite and the planned video conf was cancelled. Strangest part was the interview ending with a discussion with person who would have been a subordinate. A person, I might add, who had a chip on their shoulder from the word hello. No final discussion with HR -- the day just ended. Not even a call from HR that day or the next.
Strung along for weeks only to hear they hired a friend of an employee. It is unprofessional to waste a qualified candidate's time when you're planning to hire someone's buddy.
Truthfully, I dodged a bullet here and am in a better position. Beware this hollow chocolate bunny.
- No memorable questions. Just kept hearing how my experience made me ideal for the position. Answer Question
- Accepted Offer
Merkle is working with a department store on a credit card. Initial opening bonus paid to store, interest cost, annual fee etc. are given on a piece of paper. You'll need to calc the profit. And it's not profitable. So what's the BEP of opening bonus? What if we want to have a progressive opening bonus based on accounts opened? What's the curve of profit against accounts opened? Where's the highest point and how much?
- You are CEO of a satellite TV company by the time when it's unpopular. What's the advantage and risk for this situation? Then you're given estimated revenue and cost(variable and fixed). Calc profitability. There are 2 ways to increase profit, 1 is to offer more free months and attract more customer, 1 is to reduce fixed cost but might reduce customer. Which is optimal? Where does the reduced customer and original proposal breakeven? Answer Question
Helpful (1)Accepted OfferPositive ExperienceAverage Interview
The process took 2+ weeks – interviewed at Merkle (New York, NY).
They schedule multiple interviews in one day. Obviously an extremely busy place.
You have to do a presentation and should be applicable to the position you are interviewing for
If you are uninterested in programmatic, DSP or DMP, then this is not an organization for you.
A fair amount of back and forth. But to be expected. Took a week to finalize.
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