Pearson Interview Questions

Updated Aug 21, 2015
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    Inside Sales Representative Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Pearson (Boston, MA) in April 2011.

    Interview

    Interviewing with Pearson has been a pleasure. The staff have coached me along, and I feel like I've been given a chance to train and professionally develop even prior to receiving an offer. I have met with six different people and done a mock phone call, which is more intense than Kaplan, Cengage or any other educational sales position I've interviewed for. Anyone interviewing with Pearson should just go with the flow, be themselves, and understand that they are in a competition with highly qualified candidates. Do what you can to stand out and treat the interview process like you would treat a sale. Get ready for a challenge as the process is more detailed and intricate than any interview I've experienced or conducted, but this company is worth competing for!

    Interview Questions

    • Why do you want to work here?   1 Answer
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    Sales Representative Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at Pearson in September 2010.

    Interview

    This entire process was a huge and I mean huge waste of time. Interviewing for an entry level position and it was as if I was running for office in D.C. I had five face-to-face interviews and then three phone interviews. The last one was with the Sales VP in Boston who has a personality of a brick wall. He's strange and the most impersonal person I have ever met. As a matter of fact all the reps I know think he's strange too.

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    • Will you work 15 hour days if necessary?   Answer Question
    • Will your family adopt our culture and deal with you working on holidays?   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    What a joke, they pay you like a college grad and expect you to wait over a year to make a bonus and it you don't hit 95% of the sales goal you get nothing at all. So if you goal is three million and you come in at 94% of that Pearson makes a ton of money and you get NOTHING!

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    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took a week. I interviewed at Pearson in August 2012.

    Interview

    Applied on line, had 30 minute HR Phone Screen, then phone interview with Hiring Manager. I was brought in for a panel interview with peers, after panel interview was given a written test, Then met with hiring manager for 30 minute in person interview. Manager told me that things had changed and they were going to bring over an internal candidate.

    Interview Questions

    • Written test was difficult, had you write up requirements for a phone answering system.   Answer Question
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    Sales Representative Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at Pearson.

    Interview

    1.Initial HR Interview Phone Screen (20 Minutes) 2. Phone Interview with District Director (Hiring Manager) (30 minutes) 3. In-person interview with District Director (Hiring Manager) (1 hour) ....asked to sell something, asked a lot of questions about my resume and situational questions about things I've done in past jobs... 4. Asked to do a Campus Project, was given 3 business days and involved going to a campus and interviewing several chairs and professors and then creating a blog to summarize all of my findings. 5. Asked to do an analysis project where I was given data sets to analyze and created PowerPoint to break it down and make recommendations... 6. Skype interview with Regional Manager (40 minutes) ....same type of questions as in the last... 7. Phone Interview V.P. of Training (20 minutes) 8. In-person interview out of state with Regional Manager (1 hour 15 minutes) 9. Skype interview with Vice President of Sales

    Interview Questions

    • The projects were time consuming and so very difficult since I have a job already right now... Questions were really not that difficult -- most revolved around past work experiences. But be prepared to "Sale" them something. Whether it be something on the table in an early interview or an actual Pearson product in the later interviews. Know why you want to work with the company and be convincing in why you would be good at it and how you have the skills and drive required to succeed.   1 Answer
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    Outside Sales Representative Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3+ months. I interviewed at Pearson.

    Interview

    Phone Interview- Screening and role play. In Person Interview- More screening and resume discussion. Campus Project- Go out on a solo mission and "act" as if you are a rep. Lengthy and detailed report to follow. Technology Demonstration- (Role play) Pitch a sales presentation of learning technology to "professors." Also, they give you scenarios. *Final Interview- This step is TBD, but I had an "extra interview" in person with a regional VP. (This step is usually over the phone) Yes, it's that competitive! This process is grueling and very long, mine ran 2-3 months. They make sure they weed out those who want it, from those who don't. It's a very competitive process so bring your A-Game and focus only on this process. It's hard to juggle multiple processes when trying to give this one your all. Remember, you could be competing with people from the industry, so show how you can bring something different to the table.

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    Production Coordinator Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Upper Saddle River, NJ
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through other source. The process took a week. I interviewed at Pearson (Upper Saddle River, NJ) in February 2010.

    Interview

    The interview was unpleasant as the interviewer was confrontational and judgmental concerning age. She made unnecessary references to age although she was older herself. She cut off explanations to questions she asked and seemed impatient to end the interview. She was unwilling to look at background or previous experience in the field.

    Interview Questions

    • She kept asking to think "out of the box" way too many times. Her questions were not deep and elaborating to satisfy her request was impossible, without making something up just to get her to stop using that tiresome phrase.   Answer Question
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    Tech Support Specialist Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Sandy, UT
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 5 days. I interviewed at Pearson (Sandy, UT) in June 2014.

    Interview

    A company called Signature Consultants out of Boston, MA called me they did a phone interview. I then was asked to fill out paperwork with my SSN for a background check, which I feel is not necessary, unless offered a position first. And in my opinion should be illegal as per to avoid scams. But then I was pestered by the recruiter the day of, and right before the interview. She told me that the interviewer would ask me the following questions. 1. How to make a PB& J sandwich 2. What are two strengths and weaknesses? 3. How to find an IP address, or explain it to someone who doesn't know. She then said that they are looking for people with alot of "personality". But when I got there, the interviewer did not ask me any of those questions. He just said "Oh it looks like you have a alot of technical experience based on your resume." What hours can you work? "This job is more customer service orientated, rather than technical". " I have a good feeling". "Do you have any questions for me?" And I said that's it?. I was expecting more questions, and a tech test. He then said no. "We are looking to hire pretty quick'. And I added that I was available anytime for training. He then walked me out the front door. And told the recruiter that they filled the position.

    Interview Questions

    • I feel like if the position was more customer service related he could have asked me some customer service scenario and/or have me do a mock customer service phone call. I feel like he honestly took one look at me,and discriminated against the way I look and decided not to hire me!   Answer Question
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    Associate Software Quality Assurance Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 5 days. I interviewed at Pearson (San Francisco, CA) in June 2014.

    Interview

    Received an email a few days after applying online and set up a Skype interview. It was a 30 minute technical interview with the senior engineer. I was asked to solve two Java related problems in regards to QA.

    Interview Questions

    • I have college experience with Java and do not memorize specific Java tools and I was asked to solve questions using these standards. Although I knew how to solve the problems, I was unable to answer them due to specific Java related knowledge.   Answer Question
  10. Helpful (1)  

    No Offer
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 4 weeks. I interviewed at Pearson.

    Interview

    Terrible phone interview process. I was contact after I applied online on their corporate website (directed to by our university). The recruiter calls right on the clock, which was good, but she asked me NOTHING about myself. I thought she would have called to discuss my backgrounds and fit with the company, but she was uninterested. Do they hire just anyone? Her first question asked about what I knew about the company and delved into the oddest behavioral questions ever. No responses to my emails and just a generic rejection email couple days later. Couldnt even ask for feedback because she just cut me off.

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    Pearson Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 5 days. I interviewed at Pearson.

    Interview

    Multiple interviews with several managers, asked to sell a product on the spot without ever seeing it before, to determine Socratic selling skills. Panel interview afterwards to determine selling strengths.

    Interview Questions

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