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Updated Feb 5, 2015
Updated Feb 5, 2015
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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Director Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Columbia, MD
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Columbia, MD
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 3+ monthsinterviewed at Merkle in December 2012.

    Interview Details

    Ebullient phone screen followed by several telephone interviews, an onsite session of face to face interviews over one day, a business case presentation and a follow up caucus of interviewers regarding the candidate. A fair amount of disinformation is shared during this process to get you excited about the "special culture" Merkle offers to its employees.

    Interview Questions
    • Curve ball questions are typically thrown at you regarding how you dealt with a difficult client, etc.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    Zero flexibility (and a fair amount of misrepresentation).
    Accepted Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview
  2.  

    Operations Analyst Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Little Rock, AR
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Little Rock, AR
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at Merkle in December 2012.

    Interview Details

    I applied for this college internship position through an employer referral. I did 2 15-20 minute screens. The first was with the hiring manager and it was basic questions about my experience/school work/resume. The second was with a Tech Lead from the account team the position was for, and it was mostly focused on my technical background and experience and my exposure to SQL. I then was asked to come for on site interviews a couple weeks later. This consisted of 3 back to back interviews with potential team members. The order was: Senior Operations Analyst, Lead Operations Analyst, Director. They were relaxed and conversational. Each person gave an overview of the account from their position and explained the internship position briefly. They each asked me about my background and experience and general questions about my resume. I was asked about my experience with SQL, etc. As this was for an internship, I was not required to give a presentation. I was asked questions about class projects and experiences, but no formal presentation. Overall, the experience was great and took about a month from applying to accepting their offer.

    Interview Questions
    • The questions were all straightforward and nothing unexpected.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    There was no negotiation as the position was a college internship. However, I was offered a full time position after graduation. They presented their initial offer and I was able to negotiate a higher starting salary with the input of my manager (accepted starting salary was ~15% more than initial offer).
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Copywriter Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA
    Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 7 weeksinterviewed at Merkle in October 2012.

    Interview Details

    I had 2 initial phone screens with the Hiring Managers of the position before they brought me in for an onsite interview. The process took about a week. I met with their team of 5 copywriters for general Q&A and took a proofreading test to conclude the interview. Received feedback immediately that I was their leading candidate. The Hiring Manager told me this for 6 weeks before offering me a contractor position instead of the fulltime position I interviewed for. I had to politely decline.

    Interview Questions
    • Most unexpected question - Are you willing to work 60 hour weeks?   Answer Question
    Reasons for Declining

    Not willing to take a contractor position.

    Declined Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview
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    Marketing Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Merkle in October 2012.

    Interview Details

    I applied the position on my university career website and heard back from them after a week for a phone interview with a senior analyst. The interview was really casual and we just talked through my resume. The second phone interview was followed by a week with a director. We first went through my background and he asked me a case study. I think I did not do well on the case so I didn't get the chance for an on-site interview.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Average Interview
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Director Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Marlborough, MA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Marlborough, MA
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 1+ weekinterviewed at Merkle in September 2012.

    Interview Details

    The interview process is very precise - multiple phone interviews followed by an in person interview during which you will meet at least 5 individuals and you will also be expected to give a presentation. After the interview the group meets to discuss their experience with you - they decide 1) if you're a good fit for Merkle, and 2) if you're a good fit for the actual position. If they decide that the answer to 1 is yes, but the answer to 2 is no, then they may offer you a different job.

    Interview Questions
    • I honestly didn't think any of their question were difficult, or unexpected.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    They offered me a job other than the one I was interested in; the "new" job did not have the same benefits as the original. The end result was that I accepted the job, with a lower salary than I was looking for, with no bonus potential (first time in 10 years for me) and ended up a fairly unhappy employee. Don't settle - when they tell you that you will have an opportunity to grow quickly they are not being truthful.
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    IT Specialist/NOC Technician II Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Columbia, MD
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Columbia, MD
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at Merkle in September 2012.

    Interview Details

    The interview process starts with a phone call. During this phone call, the interview asked a multiple number of technical questions varying in degrees of difficulty over a wide range of technologies (active directory, exchange, linux, etc). It was a bit off setting, but if you stick with what you know, you should be good. After that came the group interview. This is not as intense as the phone interview. You are in a room with several people from different technical groups. They ask your standard behavior questions and try to get to know you, once that is done they ask about your previous technical experiences. Once done with that, you present your presentation about a past project you worked on (the presentation had to be no more than 10 minutes).

    The hiring process did take about three weeks before an official offer was made. Also the role name and responsibilities did change once the offer was made. Originally the position was suppose to be in system administration, but it changed to include end user support and call center operations as well.

    Interview Questions
    • Personally there weren't any difficult questions. If you know your technologies and are open with what you don not know, you should be fine.   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Average Interview
  8.  

    Senior Director Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Minneapolis, MN
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Minneapolis, MN
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral – interviewed at Merkle in May 2012.

    Interview Details

    I was referred to Merkle by a colleague which made the process go a little faster. My original boss was out of Little Rock so I did have to travel as part of the interview process. It was a fairly quick and painless process.

    Interview Questions
    • Merkle is a perfect company for me so I don't remember any difficult or unexpected questions.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    Quick and easy.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  9.  

    Lead Marketing Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Columbia, MD
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Columbia, MD
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took a dayinterviewed at Merkle in April 2012.

    Interview Details

    Very professional process and very very organised interviews. I was amazed to see everybody in the Panel that interviewed me was there at the Presentation and asking questions very keenly. It was very interactive session

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    Pretty decent offer and negotiation was also considered and accepted to a certain level
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  10.  

    Content Strategist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Columbia, MD
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Columbia, MD
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 1+ weekinterviewed at Merkle in March 2012.

    Interview Details

    Very fast interview process. I heard from them a few days after sending my resume, interviewed the following day by phone, and had on-site interviews a few days later, and by the end of that week, they called with an offer.

    Interview Questions
    • No unusual questions. Interviewed with 6 different people, and each one mainly wanted to find out if I'd be a "fit" for the company. I didn't feel like any of them tried to stump me with difficult questions.   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  11.  

    DB Developer Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Marlborough, MA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Marlborough, MA
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2+ weeksinterviewed at Merkle in February 2012.

    Interview Details

    There was a phone interview first, then there was a walkin interview where I had to face two tech leads.

    Interview Questions
    • There are no difficult questions. It is mostly about your work experience and the tools you have worked in and some simple sql questions like joins.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    There was no negotiation. They later selected me for a full time but they offered only 60,000 which was a little depressing.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

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