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Updated Jul 28, 2014
Updated Jul 28, 2014
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    Coordinating Producer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at National Geographic in June 2012.

    Interview Details

    All the jobs I have gotten have been through people I know and/or have previously worked with. I have applied to their jobs online before but have never been called for an interview.

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    I was terrible at negotiating. They basically told me they could pay me what I was making on my last job and I said yes. I guess my advice would be to actually make an effort and negotiate. I'm just really bad at it.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  2.  

    Production Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeks - interviewed at National Geographic.

    Interview Details

    One phone interview was held. It was enjoyable and very relaxed. I guess I might have been a little too relaxed. I was declined about a week later.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  3.  

    Pre-Press Technician Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Washington, DC
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Washington, DC
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 6 months - interviewed at National Geographic in March 2010.

    Interview Details

    Interview process was very thorough. Benefit package was very impressive

    Interview Questions
    Reasons for Declining

    Offer was not acceptable

    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Producer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    Standard HR process, then production executives

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    took initial offer - this was years ago....
    Accepted Offer
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Web Producer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Washington, DC
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Washington, DC
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2+ weeks - interviewed at National Geographic in December 2013.

    Interview Details

    The interviews, while numerous, were pretty standard. Typical questions about experience, interests, etc. I spoke with 10 people over the course of 3 in person meetings and 3 phone calls.

    They save the HR interview (which is supposed to assess whether you are a good cultural fit for the organization overall) for last. Like the other interviews, it was cookie cutter and not difficult.

    One frustrating aspect of this process was NG's unwillingness to discuss salary range openly. In fact, even though I mentioned my requirements several times throughout the interview process, they never gave me a salary range for the position, not even after they decided to offer me the job. Very strange and totally backwards, if you ask me.

    Turns out the max salary was way below (around -20k) my requirements. I had a feeling that was going to be the case, and it would have saved a lot of people a lot of time if they just been up front about this.

    In fact, they even went so far as to downplay compensation, in general. While HR was happy to spend 20 minutes explaining their benefits package in detail, they never mentioned one number when it came to salary. Further, we only discussed it because, in his words, it was "very important to me" and "I seemed concerned about it."

    Well, yeah. I am concerned about making a living. Isn't everyone?

    Bottom line: I think Nat Geo is a great company, and they're doing awesome things. Perhaps their reluctance to discuss compensation in an open way is a by product of tight budgets.

    I ended up turning down the job because: First, it didn't pay nearly enough. Second, the whole process rubbed me the wrong way, especially the disconnect between the hiring manager and HR.

    Interview Questions
    Reasons for Declining

    Low pay; unwillingness on HR's part to discuss compensation. Also, more than one of my interviewees was late...not a deal breaker, but indicative of culture.

    Declined Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview
  7. 4 people found this helpful  

    Marketing Director Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Washington, DC
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Washington, DC
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 5 months - interviewed at National Geographic in May 2012.

    Interview Details

    I had applied online and within 1 week I got an email from a marketing co-ordinator/ associate confirming my interview at their DC-HQ. I was interviewed by the SVP who was extremely excited about my candidacy. I was told that my final interview date with the CMO will emailed to me by the end of June (since both the SVP and CMO were busy and the position was for a senior management role so they wanted to go slow). For 5 months no one got back to me. I did follow up but no one replied back to me. After 5 months, I was offered a junior level position.

    Interview Questions
    • My past experiences and how is it working with NGC were discussed. No interview-like questions asked.   Answer Question
    Reasons for Declining

    During the interview, I was told about their recent senior management change. I was continuously receiving negative feedbacks about how partial and biased the new CMO is (specifically mentioning that the new CMO's would like to hire from his/her previous company). I was also forewarned that I have to work in conjunction with new CMO's philosophy which is more creatively inclined than any scientific approach for developing marketing strategies. My interviewer seemed very demotivated with his/her own job.

    I was interviewed in May and was told that my final interview date with the CMO will be confirmed via email/call by the end of June. However no one got back to me. Much later I learnt that the interviewer had moved into a different role before he/she quit the job. The position I was interviewed for was filled by someone from the CMO's previous company (much expected!). 5 months later I was offered a junior level position (Asst Manager, Media Strategy) and I found that very insulting. I declined it because I found the management very unstable and the work environment unhealthy.

    Declined Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Washington, DC
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Washington, DC
    Application Details

    The process took 2 days - interviewed at National Geographic in April 2011.

    Interview Details

    I lived out of state, so the Project Manager from the department arranged a phone interview via e-mail and then called me precisely at the time he stated. National Geographic is a laid back culture, but the people are incredibly driven and from the ranks of top tier schools (georgetown, yale, penn...etc) However, if your niche (like mine) hails from an obscure university--have no fear--they are interested in your skillset and ability to pick up the slack in their department without instruction.

    It is unclear to me whether it was my combination of unique skills or my open mindedness about where my career might go that led me to NatGeo, but it was extra fun and rewarding every day!

    Words of advice, be yourself (if that self is humble, ambitious, smart and concerned about human interaction with geography.) Don't over-analyze, but be very prepared for questions pertaining to your exact skills--don't give vague answers, tell them how each skill will match what they've posted.

    Interview Questions
    • How familiar are you with Adobe CS5 integration with ArcGIS?   View Answer
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Marketing Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Washington, DC
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Washington, DC
    Application Details

    The process took 4 weeks - interviewed at National Geographic in March 2012.

    Interview Details

    I took three interviews. Both consisted of conversation with the interviewer about myself, my skills, and my expectations for the internship. We also spoke of the expectations of the intern.

    Interview Questions
    • What do you expect to gain from this particular intern position?   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    I did not need to negotiate, but instead, I just communicated and worked along with the interviewer to benefit both parties.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Dallas, OR
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Dallas, OR
    Application Details

    The process took 2+ months - interviewed at National Geographic in May 2010.

    Interview Details

    was casual, not much technical details.

    Interview Questions
    • how many years of experience in client management   View Answer
    • how do you tackle conflict of interest   View Answer
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
  11.  

    Market Research Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Washington, DC
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Washington, DC
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took a day - interviewed at National Geographic in December 2010.

    Interview Details

    First got in contact with the company after seeing a presentation about National Geographic during one of my college classes in Washington, DC. I followed up with her and coincidentally, she was the hiring manager for a recent internship application they posted online. Interview was quick and easy.

    Interview Questions
    • Why do you want to pursue a career in market research?   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

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