I applied in-person and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Random House.
Interview Details – I was an intern in a different imprint at RH children's. I applied for the position and asked my supervisors to speak to the hiring editors on my behalf, which they did. I then had a brief initial interview with one editor. Two weeks or so later, I had a second round of interviews with all three editors I'd be working with. Maybe two weeks later, I was hired.
Negotiation Details – No negotiation.
I applied through college or university and the process took 2 days - interviewed at Random House in July 2012.
Interview Details – After sending in my resume, I was contacted by a human resources employee by email for an interview. We set up a time and date for me to interview the next morning (which she ended up changing without telling me, so no one was expecting me when I showed up...a mistake for which she took complete responsibility). Other than the scheduling miscommunication, the interviews (three in a row—first with the HR person, then individuals with the two people I would be working for) seemed to go well. I dressed up but not too much, which worked out—a suit wouldn’t have been out of place, but an outfit approximating one was fine too. I did as much research on the imprint as I could, and it helped that the HR person provided me with a list of the editor’s titles. The people were very nice, and the office was very quiet, and a bit confusing to get around (Random House owns the whole building, which is oddly divided down the center—I think).
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