I applied through other source and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at RAPP in January 2011.
Interview Details – Received an inquiry on LinkedIn, was brought in for two rounds of interviews
Interview Question – Was asked questions about my entire resume Answer Question
Negotiation Details – Straight forward
I applied through college or university and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at RAPP in January 2014.
Interview Details – Very detailed and pretty much understood the concept of the company's goals and expectations. They seemed pretty much and very laid back creatives. I also had the opportunity to meet other creatives while taking a tour around the office. I was happy when I found out they were pleased with our thought process for the Fuji Film Instax.
Interview Question – Doing the prompt for the presentation. Answer Question
I applied through a recruiter and the process took 5 days - interviewed at RAPP in February 2009.
Interview Details – I came through a recruiter (after I was there I found the quality of candidates from this recruiter to be subpar - not sure what that says about me). I was interviewed by a group of people around a conference table, with several of them coming and going throughout the interview. This was pretty much standard after I was on the other side, as well. After getting through this step there may be a more detailed conversation with the actual hiring manager, but not always. The offer will come from HR.
Interview Question – The questions were general in nature and related to specific experience and motivations around the subject matter at hand. There really wasn't a difficult question. When asked about subjects I was unfamiliar with I was honest and it didn't hurt my chances. Answer Question
Very Easy Interview
I applied through a recruiter and interviewed at RAPP.
Interview Details – The interview process here is broken, be prepared to waste your time. I was contacted by RAPP as a passive candidate (i.e., I had work already that was acceptable). I was scheduled three times for a phone interview with the hiring manager. All three times the hiring manager was a no show with no notice from anyone from at the company. The first two times he skipped the call I did the "professional" thing and contacted HR about the no contact, and gave them the out that if they moved on, then no problem. I was assured that 'so sorry, we really want to speak to you'. After the third no show, I just let it go figuring if they can't make a simple phone screen, they probably have deeper problems like making payroll, executing projects, or treating clients and employees properly. HR contacted me unsolicited and scheduled a 4th phone screen with a different person which resulted in an on site set of interviews consisting of beauty contest questions "What's going to replace facebook?", "What's the greatest thing you hope to achieve?","So tell me about the "real" you?" and of course the mandatory late interviewers and email reading interviewers as alluded to by the other reviewer. Made me want to check the front door and see if there were sorority letters on the front.
In spite of follow up, I heard nothing positive or negative, wait, or go away. But, unbelievably, HR called me about another role two months later - they wanted me to come in to interview for another opportunity I'd "be perfect for". Amazing.
Interview Question – Just the low quality of the interviewers and questions - it's like a quiz on the headlines from the Ad Age, no depth whatsoever. Answer Question
I applied through a recruiter and the process took 1 week - interviewed at RAPP in January 2011.
Interview Details – After an initial screening phone call with a recruiter I was brought in for an interview. The interview appeared to be thrown together at the last minute and instead of meeting/interviewing with what would be my direct report I was interviewed by a Communications Planner in the Strategy Department, which made little sense to me. This was the only person I interviewed with.
Interview Question – "Describe a time when you were under intense pressure to deliver on a tight deadline and failed." Answer Question
Negotiation Details – I was able to negotiate my salary up to a level that was more competitive with the industry standard.
Interviewed at RAPP
Interview Details – I had a personal recruiting connection, which is what started the process for me. I thought it was a little odd that no one wanted to phone-screen me first. Anyway, my contact told me the hiring manager(s) thought my resume looked interesting and could make a fit, and I was invited for an in-person.
I showed up and was informed that the recruiter I had been talking with was out that day due to an emergency. I was asked who I was interviewing with - those people were contacted by reception, and I was told one of them would be with me shortly.
A half-hour late, the hiring manager shows up, visibly in a bit of a frantic, distracted state. This person brings me into a conference room, asks a couple of high-level questions, but I saw that the interview was not fruitful at all. The manager apologized for their distraction. I suggested that we meet another time, and that was agreed upon as a good idea.
I showed up for the rescheduled interview. Most of the called-upon panel was not there. A person on the peer level of the role in question interviewed me first. Pleasant, very polite, but obviously unprepared, probably through no fault of their own. They were probably thrown into the room last-minute. They also asked asked an inappropriate question (something not exactly fair-play for job interviews) and said a couple of things that I found to be a little odd.
The senior-level hiring manager then showed up. What followed was the oddest interviewing experience I've ever had. This person (in no particular order): spent a good deal of the time with their face in their iPad, essentially acted like this was the first time they had seen my resume, commented on one of my questions and insinuated that it wasn't relevant (remember that for later...), and, it seemed to me, deliberately twisted questions towards convoluted and inaccurate outcomes. The "Most Difficult or Unexpected Question" is a true gem.
There are two types of interviews. Those led by skilled interviewers there to assess a candidate for the role and company and those led by people either don't know or don't care to assess candidates in a relevant way. There are two types of outcomes - positive (advancing rounds, getting an offer) and negative (the process ends for you).
This didn't go any further - and really, I'm OK with that. No sour grapes here because after this experience, I wouldn't touch the opportunity even if I had been deemed a successful candidate. The lack of preparedness, the somewhat bizarre line of questioning, my disagreement with the outlook on the work, and the rudeness of the lateness, scheduling debacles, and inconsiderate behavior were reasons enough to find a silver lining in the opportunity to keep a distance. My rejection letter even said I was thought to be inexperienced in the very topic that I had asked a question about (which was deemed irrelevant to the position).
Large agencies can be great places to work but it all depends on the people you're interacting with. If you get a bad feeling about the team, probably better to move on.
Interview Question – "I'm having a tough time figuring out why you're in this business..." Not a question, but it was certainly posed in an open-ended, response-seeking way. View Answer
I applied online and the process took a day - interviewed at RAPP.
Interview Details – After sending an application I was called in for an interview. I was told the position was part-time and there would be duties like emptying the dishwasher and counting broken light bulbs. This is fine.
I interviewed with the Office Manager and told her I have experience filing, faxing, using Microsoft Office, and etc.
Then I interviewed again with Human Resources. Gave the same spiel. I asked about a timeline and when they would make a decision and he said next week. It's been a week and no response so far.
I sent my thank you and follow up letters. No response to those either.
Interview Question – What is your dream job? View Answer
The process took 3+ weeks - interviewed at RAPP in May 2012.
Interview Details – Very laid back and conversational interviews with HR and three senior executives. The office environment felt a bit quiet, if not sleepy - perhaps because it was the morning. Typical interview questions revolved around discussing background, why the company, and why the position, and well as some case study-type questions to test how one thinks. Overall, interviewers were very friendly individuals who were nice to meet and gave a good impression of the company.
I applied in-person and the process took 1 week - interviewed at RAPP in July 2009.
Interview Details – My first interview consisted of a random group of people (who I would not wind up working with) asking me specific technical questions that had nothing at all to do with the job. By the end of the interview, the group admitted that none of them knew what kind of position I was applying for. This didn't seem to bother them, particularly. My second interview consisted of several sessions, two with people who would be reporting to me in the position. These two were basically complaint sessions where I just listened to them talk about everything they disliked about their job and the company. Another session was with a random employee who asked me generic "how do you work with people" questions and seemed fairly unpleasant.
Interview Question – None of the questions were unexpected. They were totally generic and you'd find them on any list of interview questions. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – When I countered their salary offer with my salary requirements, they demanded to see a W2 from my previous employer before they would discuss it. The hiring process was so painfully slow that I didn't negotiate anything else. In the two months following their initial offer, one recruiter quit and another was fired. Nobody picked up their workload, and their phones and voicemail were left active. My frequent calls wound up in voicemail boxes that were unmonitored. At six weeks, I wasn't sure whether the job would actually materialize, but through the company switchboard I was able to follow up with the hiring manager who assured me that the hiring process was moving forward (which, for the majority of the time, it wasn't because HR had totally forgotten about the offer they extended to me).
The process took 3+ weeks - interviewed at RAPP in November 2009.
Interview Details – RAPP came to my college to recruit, they brought an alum as well as the VP of hiring services. Initially they asked us to come with a presentation prepared about a brand that we had worked on. After this presentation, they asked me some questions about the brands that I had done work with and some technical aspects of the job.
Post this, I had 2 phone interviews with senior management - one VP and another Director. The HR person was great at keeping me in the loop, however, as soon as these 2 interviews were over, she fell off the planet and refused to keep in touch with me. I had no idea what had happened, if the job was still on the plate or not. A month later I let it go.
The experience was largely a negative one for me, since all the interviews went well, however HR didnt keep me in the loop about their plans. Additionally, they didnt give me any idea about how long the process would be, the number and kind of people involved, or any steps in the selection process.
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