I applied online and the process took 4 days - interviewed at Motley Fool in November 2013.
Interview Details – Only had a phone interview. They emailed me to schedule it very quickly (within 2 days of applying) and my interview would be the following day. The interviewer was very nice but wow that was one challenging interview. She asked me questions specific to their product offerings SO DO THOROUGH RESEARCH!
Interview Question – What kind of retention strategy would you put in place for premium members? View Answer
I applied online and the process took 2+ weeks - interviewed at Motley Fool in October 2013.
Interview Details – They seem to have an HR team of one. Sent in CV and resume electronically. Received an e-mail several weeks later for a phone interview. Scheduled phone interview with recruiter seemed to be unprepared. Questions were basic and specifically asked for and answered on the electronic form. Did receive a prompt e-mail notifying that they were not interested.
Interview Question – Are you an investor? Answer Question
I applied online and the process took 3 months - interviewed at Motley Fool in September 2013.
Interview Details – From application to rejection, the process took about three months. Two telephone interviews and one day of interviewing with a multitude of Fools. Questions were pretty standard. Some Fools seemed more interested in performing the interviews than others.
Interview Question – Why did you go to law school? (I didn't think people cared about that anymore) Answer Question
I applied online and the process took 2+ months - interviewed at Motley Fool in August 2013.
Interview Details – I submitted the online application and received an email the next day wanting to set up a phone interview. Phone chat consisted of about 3 questions, me talking about what I do at my current job, and the interviewer talking about the position, company, salary. It took about 6 weeks to finally receive an email saying there are other candidates who are a better match. I'm disappointed that there are so many companies now that judge you based on a 10-15 minutes phone call.
Very Easy Interview
The process took 3 months - interviewed at Motley Fool.
Interview Details –
They are really bad about getting back to you, and take forever with all things hiring. Don't let that discourage you. I showed up to their young investor day, met the person in charge of hiring, sent in an application and had totally written it off when months later i got a call for an interview and then got the job.
That being said their intern program is incredibly selective. You have to be a certain kind of person, a little different, not too serious or professional, but passionate. They want you doing it for the right reasons (not money). I didn't even ask to get paid but they told me they had to pay me and I said ok.
Interview Question – Something along the lines of why do you like investing. (Hint, just to make money is the wrong answer) Answer Question
Negotiation Details – They asked when I could be there, I told them, and they told me they had to pay me, so they gave me an offer and I accepted.
I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Motley Fool.
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After submitting a resume and cover letter, I was contacted by e-mail by an HR rep who set up a phone interview a few days later. After the phone interview I was asked to come in one week later for a face-to-face interview with two employees; the person under whom I would work and a higher up who appears to oversee most of the hiring at the firm.
While I didn't receive an offer, I did receive a polite e-mail just one business day later saying the position was offered to another, but they liked what I had to offer and would consider me for future jobs.
Interview Question – What is the grossest thing you've ever experienced at a job? Answer Question
I applied online and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Motley Fool in January 2013.
Interview Details – Submitted an online application in early January, received a request to schedule a phone interview about three weeks later. The interview was very casual, they put me on speakerphone. In all, there were 3 interviewers. They were very friendly and seemed to just want to get to know me better. After asking me about my investing background and education, they let me ask any questions I had and described the work environment that I should expect. Overall, the interview took less than 30 minutes.
Interview Question – What kind of classes are you taking right now? (Not that difficult, but again, the purpose of the interview seemed to be just to get to know me better) Answer Question
I applied online and the process took 1+ week - interviewed at Motley Fool in January 2013.
Interview Details – The Hiring process starts out with a phone screen by the recruiter (non-technical), and then it moves to a phone screen with the hiring manager (technical), and then an online quiz (that's not easily 'googable -- it makes sure you know what you're talking about). If you do well on that, you're invited in for a Full Day interview (make sure to ask where validated parking is -- it's not easy to find). The Full day interview usually includes an in person coding 'test', a technical interview with 2 or more developers, and an interpersonal interview with 2 or more developers. Lunch is not included, so eat before going.
Interview Question – The most difficult part was not knowing how well I did. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – There's not much to negotiate. They don't negotiate on salary; there's unlimited vacation already, and you get great perks.
I applied online and the process took 3 months - interviewed at Motley Fool in May 2012.
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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.
Interview Question – There were none. View Answer
Very Easy Interview
I applied online and the process took 1 week - interviewed at Motley Fool in March 2012.
Interview Details – Was contacted by a friendly HR rep via a phone call who discussed the position as well as reviewed my resume. The HR rep then arranged a phone interview with 3 coworkers. The phone interview was about 30 minutes with 3 people who pretty much asked what I do currently. I was then called back for an in person interview as I was to be interviewed by at least 7 coworkers who met with me in 3 small groups. The staff was friendly. One problem with this multiple group interview format was that I was asked to talk about my resume 3 different times, which got a bit repetitive. I would have expected the staff members to review my resume beforehand as they all had a copy with them. Various staff members seemed to question why I have a MBA, but work in a technical area of IT. Being that Motley Fool's IT shop is definitely a lot smaller than the IT departments at my current or previous employers, some interviewees seemed to be shocked that larger IT shops have separate teams that perform various specific functions, such as a team for networking, a team for Exchange, a team for servers, etc. I was asked the basic book questions such as what is RAID, NAS, SAN, etc. Book smarts were tested, but skills were never tested.
Interview Question – Why are you looking for a job when you seem to have a great job at a large Fortune 500 company? View Answer
Reason for Declining – Salary was a lot less than other IT related jobs in the DC/VA/MD area. Another review mentioned that moving around in the company seems to be an issue and based on my interview that does seem to be true. More so since it is a small IT shop. Cross training exists, but moves are more lateral rather moving up.
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