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- Accepted OfferNeutral ExperienceEasy Interview
I applied online. The process took 5+ months – interviewed at Pearson (Houston, TX) in March 2015.
There was no interview, just a conditional offer of employment via e-mail. But you don't officially become an employee until you pass the qualification test for the project. The qualification test involves three sets of 10 questions that you must score correctly in order to score actual responses. Successful qualification will require studying the anchor papers and other training materials provided.
- No OfferNeutral ExperienceDifficult Interview
I applied online. The process took 1 day – interviewed at Pearson (Denver, CO) in March 2015.
The phone interview was very detailed, and had a lot of behavioral questions. They did not list that they wanted someone PMP certified, but the questions the recruiter asked were all geared to someone with that background.
- Tell me about a time when you used your creative thinking and strategy methods to increase efficiencies between departments and reduced time and costs. Answer Question
Helpful (1)Declined OfferNegative Experience
The entire process seems very disorganized and takes way too long. They expect you to interview for several hours at a time, which is hard when you have a full time job.
- Pretend I'm a professor and sell me a textbook Answer Question
Reasons for Declining
I was offered another job and accepted.
Helpful (3)No OfferEasy Interview
The process took 3+ months – interviewed at Pearson (Denver, CO).
Process is exceedingly Slow, SLOW, S.L.O.W... unresponsive. Executives late to meetings. Executives unprepared, had not even read resume prior to video conference interview. No response to Thank You notes. Lack of follow-up.
- Interviewers asked routine, rudimentary questions, almost seemed distracted or maybe uninterested...possibly just a necessary external interview when an internal candidate was already selected? Answer Question
Helpful (1)No OfferNegative ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied online. The process took 2 weeks – interviewed at Pearson in February 2015.
I submitted an application online and was contacted within a few weeks to conduct a phone interview. I interviewed with the regional sales director. Though I did not have experience with sales, which was clear from my resume, the interviewer asked me multiple times about that. The conversation was about 30 minutes long. With a background in education, I expected that I would be able to speak more specifically to how that may be beneficial, but I was cut off at the knees when it was explained that it would not be helpful.
- What is your experience with sales? Answer Question
Helpful (1)No OfferPositive ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied online. The process took 6 weeks – interviewed at Pearson (Los Angeles, CA) in February 2015.
The process can be fast or slow depending on the people you're working with. I was lucky to work with competent reps who had me at the project round just a few weeks after initially submitting my application online. I would have pursued the opportunity further, if only to interact with the reps again, but an opportunity closer to my skill set appeared before I could complete the project round.
- You'll be tasked with acting as a pseudo-representative and visiting a college or university of your choice in order to gauge the textbook/software situation at that institution, after which you'll write a brief report on how you would employ Pearson's solutions there. 1 Answer
- Accepted OfferPositive ExperienceDifficult Interview
I applied online. The process took 5 weeks – interviewed at Pearson (Kansas City, MO) in February 2015.
First, a phone interview with the General Manager. Then, a presentation for the VP of Sales and Director of Market Specialists on a topic of their choice. Another phone interview with the VP of sales, and finally an in person interview with the General Manager for a verbal offer. The interview process is designed to model the sales process for instructional materials - lengthy and competitive!
- Tell me about your experience training other employees. Answer Question
Helpful (1)Accepted OfferPositive ExperienceEasy Interview
I applied online. The process took 2+ weeks – interviewed at Pearson.
I was contacted by a recruiter who'd seen my resume floating around and she connected me with the Editor I came to work for. The interviewing process was seamless--they were both very impressed with previous editorial experience. The editor was unexpectedly enthusiastic about previous sales experience, as he felt EAs should transition into sales positions.
- The editor I interviewed with was very interested in previous sales experience, almost trying to sell me on a Sales career before I entered Editorial. Answer Question
There was very little wiggle room as far as compensation packages go.
- Accepted OfferPositive ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied online. The process took 2 weeks – interviewed at Pearson (Iowa City, IA) in January 2015.
Very quick overall. Phone interview with HR, then Phone interview with VP. Called in for a face to face interview with 3 people, offered next day. Interview team was very accommodating, met with them after hours to work around my schedule. Didn't feel like I had the spotlight on me the whole time, very free flowing interview.
- Quality Background Answer Question
- No OfferNegative ExperienceEasy Interview
I applied online. The process took 3 weeks – interviewed at Pearson (Glenview, IL) in January 2015.
- No hard questions, just a design project that had to be done in a short amount of time. Answer Question
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