I applied in-person and the process took 2 months - interviewed at NPR.
Interview Details – Submitted a sample of my work via mail. Was contacted by the man who became my Editor and Supervising Producer and was flown to Washington DC for face-to-face interview with him, as well as the president and VP of Cultural Programming.
Interview Question – The program was called "At the Opera." Each program was to be devoted to the opera that would be broadcast following the program. The most difficult question was, "What will you do when you have to put together a program about an opera that you do not like or do not understand?" View Answer
Negotiation Details – No negotiation was attempted. They offered me more than I had ever made to do something that did not even feel like work!
I applied through a staffing agency and the process took 4 months - interviewed at NPR in August 2013.
Interview Details – I worked through a staffing agency, but did have to interview with two people at NPR before being hired for my temp-to-perm position. It was pretty simple--the culture fit was there and my background was right, so I ended up having a pretty interesting conversation with my interviewers rather than doing a true interview.
Interview Question – Nothing was particularly difficult or out-of-the-ordinary. Of course, I was being hired for a temp-to-perm position so the stakes were lower than if I were up for a permanent job. At NPR a lot comes from being a good fit for the culture, so I think once they identified me as a potential "tribesman" the interview was more of a conversation than a Q and A session. View Answer
Negotiation Details – I worked through a temp/staffing agency
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 1+ week - interviewed at NPR in March 2013.
Interview Details – Saw an opening on their website. Contacted a friend of a friend as well. Wound up with a phone interview with three people. One was very friendly, one was silent, and one was relentless. "What would you do that's different?" "What stories can you suggest?" "What would you bring to NPR?" All were fair questions, but since I had a known record at another major news organization, I was a bit surprised that they were so elementary.
Interview Question – "What would you do that's different?" Answer Question
I applied online and the process took 5 days - interviewed at NPR in June 2011.
Interview Details – HR phone interview, then hiring manager phone interview. They flew me out a few days later, and everybody was very nice. While they called the day a "long day", really it was only 9am-3pm with a 90 minute break for a group lunch. Half of the interviewers spent their time talking about culture and process. When I started showing my portfolio, the conversations derailed into related topics.
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