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Reader's Digest Interview Questions & Reviews

Updated Jun 9, 2014
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Neutral Experience

Average Interview

Food Stylist Interview

Food Stylist
Greendale, WI

I applied online and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Reader's Digest in March 2010.

Interview Details – Had one phone interview before one onsite interview & scheduled hands-on styling of 2 recipes. The on-site visit was rescheduled due to interviewer's conflict. Onsite interview was with 2 women from human resources, however, no one from the magazine nor food styling department was in attendance. The person I would be reporting to was not present in the interview.

Interview Question – The interview was quite conversational; understanding most of my qualifications for the job would be evaluated through my portfolio & hands-on styling. the interviewers' questions were more personality-and character-driven, to gauge overall fit with the character of the company. One of the interviewer's attended the same university as I so that was a focal point of conversation.   Answer Question


Accepted Offer

Neutral Experience

Average Interview

Senior Marketing Manager Interview

Senior Marketing Manager
New York, NY

I applied through a staffing agency and the process took 6+ weeks - interviewed at Reader's Digest in March 2011.

Interview Details – Be prepared to tell them all about yourself because they don't really have any structure to what they do in hiring. Usually boils down to if the hiring manager likes you. But HR does all the screening and pre-interviews.

Interview Question – RDA doesn't usually take this approach.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – They made a good offer.


Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Average Interview

Analyst Interview

Analyst

I applied online and the process took 1+ week - interviewed at Reader's Digest.

Interview Details – Quick response to resume submission. Met with entire team during interview process which was fantastic since I got a chance to understand how the role would fit within the company. Interviews emphasized the process oriented nature of the company as well as the company's commitment to improving its digital position.

Interview Question – None. Be honest and upfront with them.   Answer Question


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Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Easy Interview

Intern Interview

Intern
New York, NY

The process took 1+ week - interviewed at Reader's Digest in March 2011.

Interview Details – The interview process was fairly straight forward. I was contacted for an interview within 2 weeks of submitting my application. The phone interview was fairly informal and mostly consisted of questions about my background and why I wanted to work for Reader's Digest. My interviewer did ask me to go through the most recent issue of Reader's Digest but she didn't ask many questions about it. I heard back within the week about whether or not I got an offer.

Interview Questions


Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Easy Interview

Merchandising Director Interview

Merchandising Director
New York, NY

I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Reader's Digest in December 2010.

Interview Details – I applied for my current position after seeing a post on Westover Media. I emailed the HR contact (who I'd recently met w/ for another position at the company that was not a good fit for me) who put me in touch with the Exec Director of Creative Services. We met in person, she asked me to complete a writing project (standard for merchandising positions), then set me up with the Assoc Publisher and Publisher. I met w/ each of them and was offered the position 4 days later.

Interview Questions

  • Why do you want to leave your current job?   Answer Question
  • How do you handle difficult personalities? What's one thing you hate about your current position?   Answer Question


No Offer

Neutral Experience

Easy Interview

Associate Art Director Interview

Associate Art Director
White Plains, NY

I applied online and the process took a day - interviewed at Reader's Digest in July 2011.

Interview Details – The recruiter from Reader's Digest was very clear and to the point. He asked me what was my experience, and the explained to me what was the position he was looking to feel.

Interview Question – What are your weaknesses?   View Answer


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No Offer

Positive Experience

Average Interview

Analyst Interview

Analyst
Greendale, WI

The process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Reader's Digest in March 2010.

Interview Details – Pre-screeing phone interview.
Received message to call someone else because she's too busy to make appointment for interview.
Interviewed with 2 HR people, hiring manager and one other manager.
Everyone was very nice. Questions were very basic/traditional.
Given "homework" to provide response as to how I would approach a fictitious project. Was given a week to respond.
Never received a call back. Follow-up calls were not returned. Call received 2 months later to say I did not get the position. Wow.

Interview Question – Questions were all good, solid, informational questions. Nothing unusual to report here.   Answer Question


Accepted Offer

Negative Experience

Difficult Interview

Technology Interview

Technology
Pleasantville, NY

The process took 3 months - interviewed at Reader's Digest in April 2008.

Interview Details – Took forever! Had to come back for 4 rounds.

Interview Question – Questions weren't difficult   View Answer

Negotiation Details – No negotiation


No Offer

Neutral Experience

Average Interview

Business Development Program Interview

Business Development Program

The process took a day - interviewed at Reader's Digest in March 2011.

Interview Details – There are 2 1:1 interviews for the first round. They are mostly behavior based questions. Like leadership questions, team work questions. 30 min each interview. If you are chosen for the second round, you would go on for the second round with the managers.

Interview Question – How did you resolve conflicts with team member   Answer Question


Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Average Interview

Marketing Coordinator Interview

Marketing Coordinator

I applied online and the process took 2 months - interviewed at Reader's Digest in June 2010.

Interview Details – First did a HR screening and was then brought in for a 1:1 interview with HR and hiring manager. I then did a final phone interview with department VP. The overall interview process was average and typically behavioral and past experience questions were asked. They did want to know everything I already knew about direct marketing; what classes I took and previous experience, ect.

Interview Question – What do you think direct marketing is?   View Answer

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