Getting an Interview
Getting an Interview
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Helpful (2)No OfferPositive ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied online. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at Motley Fool (Alexandria, VA).
It took a while for them to get to my application. Once they did, the process from initial screening interview to in-person, on-site interview was very quick. Motley Fool paid all expenses for the trip to their headquarters for the in-person interview. Everybody I interacted with was very nice. The only bad aspect of the hiring process was that HR told me they would get back to me with a decision in about a week. It took a month and many phone calls on my part (none of which were answered) before I finally got a form e-mail saying they weren't interested at that time and instead encouraged me to join their blog network.
- I was asked to take one recent financial news story and come up with as many angles as possible to write articles about it. Answer Question
Helpful (2)No OfferNeutral ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied online. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at Motley Fool (Alexandria, VA) in September 2014.
I applied online in September 2014. I got an e-mail 3 days later asking to set up a phone screen. I had an initial half-hour call with the two recruiters, reviewing my background and interest in the position. After a three week period, I finally heard back from the recruiters, inviting me for an in-person interview. I met the two recruiters at the HQ in Alexandria a week later. After another two week stretch, I was invited for a third round to meet with some hiring managers in the company. It was a panel interview, consisting of 7 members of their hiring team, split into 30-minute sections. After that interview, I waited another two weeks until I heard that I didn't get the job. The entire process took about 2.5 months The recruiters were very up-front with me that the process would take a while (typically, they invite candidates back for several rounds of interviews and it can take several months). All of the people I met with were pleasant, intelligent, and seemed to love their jobs and the company. It seems like an excellent place to work. There were a few negative aspects to the process that I think could be improved. The recruiters always gave me a date by which they would call/e-mail me with any updates, and never met that deadline. All feedback/scheduling communication was done by e-mail, so it was hard to get in touch for updates. At the end of the process, when I finally heard back that I didn't receive the job, I received a standard rejection via e-mail. This was after three rounds of interviews (two were in-person), and I would have appreciated a call informing me of the rejection.
- I was asked to pretend that I was the interviewer, and I had to interview the recruiters as if they were applicants for the position. Answer Question
- No OfferPositive ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Motley Fool (Alexandria, VA) in September 2014.
Interview process is intense. Six 30 minute sessions with two people from all different departments. It was nice to see how the entire company operates versus just the team. Be on your toes for some off the wall questions.
- If you could make a house out of anything what would it be. Answer Question
Helpful (1)No OfferNeutral ExperienceDifficult Interview
I applied online. The process took 3+ months. I interviewed at Motley Fool (Alexandria, VA) in May 2014.
First interview was with the program head. Second interview was a series of six back to back. Make sure you know financial formulas and have a clear explanation for your investing style
- What will your immediate contribution be? Answer Question
Helpful (2)No OfferPositive ExperienceDifficult Interview
I applied online. The process took 5 days. I interviewed at Motley Fool (Alexandria, VA).
They emailed a few days after applying to say that I've made it to the next step which is to write an article on my favorite stock. That same day after sending in my article, they set up a phone interview for later that week. The phone interview only lasted several minutes and it was basic questions as well as asking what another favorite stock is.
- What is another favorite stock of yours and why? 1 Answer
Helpful (1)No OfferNegative ExperienceEasy Interview
I applied online. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at Motley Fool (Alexandria, VA) in November 2011.
I received an email response to an online application requesting an initial phone interview that would last no longer than 15 minutes. The interviewer called on time, discussed the company structure and the job hours and salary of the position. The discussion was short and the interview felt ill-prepared and a little too informal.
Helpful (1)No OfferNegative ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied online. The process took 3+ months. I interviewed at Motley Fool (Alexandria, VA) in August 2011.
The interview for this job took an excrutiating amount of time (3 months) and consisted of email requests for multiple writing samples. The request for writing samples is not uncommon but when examples already exist on the Web, why disregard a candidate's professional background by asking for more samples and then asking for them to be done for FREE? I don't quite understand companies that can't take the time to at least talk to a potential candidate over the phone. I also know that if the economy weren't so bad, no one would even consider providing free work let alone ask for it.
- There were none. 1 Answer
- No OfferNegative ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied online. I interviewed at Motley Fool (Alexandria, VA) in April 2010.
This is going back to 2004--the Glassdoor pulldown menu won't let me choose anything earlier than 2010--but what the hey. I was must reminded of it and realized it could help others if I share my experience. Long story short, they invited me to come in to take a test and meet the managing editor. When I arrived, the admin guy told me that these constituted a "meet and greet," rather than a job interview. I was surprised and very irritated by this revelation; I'd taken the entire day off work! It all worked out, though; I progressed through my career and am doing very well now. So why is this relevant 10 years later? It says something about the level of organization and common sense the company is managed with. In retrospect, I'm not sure how viable the Motley Fool business model is. Most investors (successful ones, anyway) just put it all in index funds with low expense ratios until they get close to retirement. Or they invest directly in industries they know well. So how many subscribers does Fool get? I seldom hear about the company and have this vague sense it's a relic of the late '90s. Also, their ostensibly unlimited vacation days are to be regarded with suspicion; if it's up to the employee how much leave to take, that means the employee is entitled to no days.
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