Random House Interview Questions in New York, NY

Updated May 16, 2014
Updated May 16, 2014
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    Director Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Application Details

    I applied through other source – interviewed at Random House.

    Interview Details

    was transferred over from another company so I didn't have to interview for the position

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    I was told the new salary, not much negotiating.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Production Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at Random House.

    Interview Details

    I submitted an application online and received a phone call a week later from HR. We had a brief phone interview (why do you want to work here, etc.) and she asked me to come in for a one and one interview with her. Met with the same HR rep, had a brief interview with her and then proceeded to interview with a manager of a department. Then I interviewed with two other departments a few weeks later. I was called back for another interview with the second department I interviewed with, met with the manager and other associates. The interview was very laid back and they just asked me about my college life and internships.

    Received a call a two months after the initial interview about an offer.

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    There was no room to negotiate since it was an entry level job and it was my first post college job. All entry level salaries started really low, but was higher than other publishing houses.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  3.  

    Marketing Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 1+ weekinterviewed at Random House.

    Interview Details

    I met with HR first, and then I met with the hiring manager. I met with the hiring manager a second time maybe a week later to go over some more details and talk some more about the position, and then I received an offer a few days later. All in all, it was pretty straightforward and low-key.

    Interview Questions
    • Where do you see yourself in five years? (Hard to answer in a changing industry!)   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Random House.

    Interview Details

    My direct supervisor reached out directly to my university's career services offices to post a listing. I responded with a cover letter and a resume and within a few days, we had scheduled an interview. The interview was short and rather informal—I had expected something more serious, but it was a good experience. Interviewer was positive and upbeat and receptive to me being honest about the fact I am introverted but interested in publicity work. Hiring manager contacted me a little over a week later offering me the position.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Editorial Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2 daysinterviewed 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).

    Interview Questions
    • Tell me about a difficult decision you had to make. Do you regret it?   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
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    EBook Production Technician Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took a dayinterviewed at Random House in August 2011.

    Interview Details

    Great interview. No BS. "Can you do the job? How would you do the job?" Then a small test. No "what's your greatest weakness" crap.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Contract Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Random House in October 2010.

    Interview Details

    After applying online, either through the company site or a third party site, you get a initial phone interview from someone in HR. After that, they set up an interview in office within the week. You start off having a 1:1 interview with HR before being escorted to the hiring manager(s). Then there is a 1:1 interview with the people looking to fill the position. Sometimes there are calls back when the pool of candidates is narrowed down. The process is fairly quick, taking about 2 weeks from application to decision.

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    There wasn't much negotiation, though I was given the impression that benefits included a higher rate of salary adjustment than other companies [6% instead of 3%]. Don't be fooled. Get it in writing.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Publicity Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Application Details

    I applied through other source. The process took 2 daysinterviewed at Random House in June 2010.

    Interview Details

    I had a phone interview with the HR manager that seemed pretty typical: asked about my favorite books, why I'd like to work in publicity, etc.

    When I came in, I had three separate 1:1 interviews with the HR manager and two of the publicists, which seemed grueling. One of the interviews was conversational (with a publicist), the other two were more formal.

    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Assistant Editor Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Application Details

    The process took 2 daysinterviewed at Random House in June 2009.

    Interview Details

    Phone interview asked about college, very general. The interviewer, a senior editor seemed distracted (took two calls). Followed in two weeks by a requestion to come in for in-person interview. Met with four people, one HR, other low-level editors. Each completely different. There weren't many tough questions, standard behavioral questions and a few about what I read. It was impressed on me that this job requires lots of "homework."

    Interview Questions
    Reasons for Declining

    Had offer elsewhere

    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  11. 5 people found this helpful  

    Publicity Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Application Details

    The process took a dayinterviewed at Random House in May 2007.

    Interview Details

    Effective - I met with the Publicity Director, Associate Director and Senior Publicist all within one hour.

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    I was offered the job within two hours of the interview, but given only a few days to make my decision
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

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