Royall & Company
Royall & Company Interview Questions & Reviews
Getting an Interview
Project Manager Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied online and the process took 1 week - interviewed at Royall & Company in July 2014.
Interview Details – Two interviews with three people interviewing me. Both took about an hour. Very conversational. First interview had more questions but became very conversational. Not everyone in the panel seemed experienced or comfortable with interviewing people...which made it a little less intimidating. The fact that everyone was super friendly and chill helped me feel at ease and was part of the reason I accepted their offer.
Interview Question – What is the biggest misconception about you? Answer Question
Negotiation Details – Negotiated for more money and they couldn't bc my offer was the cap for that position. They gave me an extra week of vacation.
Data Analyst Interview (Negative Experience; Difficult Interview)
I applied online and the process took 4 days - interviewed at Royall & Company.
Interview Question – You will be asked to describe your biggest professional failure and how you dealt with it. View Answer
Negotiation Details – You are asked for the salary at your current position at the phone screen phase. The answer you give will come back to you at the end of the process if you receive an offer. There is not much room to counter as they expect an immediate answer when you are given the offer on the phone. Because they interview several people at a time for this position (the most applied for position in the company), be sure that if you are receiving the call - you asked for the least amount of money amongst your competitors and if you turn down the position, they offer it to the next person on their list.
CDA Interview (Neutral Experience; Average Interview)
Interviewed at Royall & Company
Interview Details – Went through three interview and had to travel a good distance for two of them. The interview process was average. The people were all very nice and welcoming. Then I tried contacting them and never was able to make contact again. I talked to several people that went through the exact same thing and felt the HR department may not be well organized although they come off as organized in person. The environment of the offices looked very nice. In the end probably for the best that I did not work with them. They have limited room for growth in the organization.
Interview Question – Case study that was not difficult but did feel a little over pressured by it.
Was asked "Explain a time you did something wrong and how did you fix it"? Answer Question
Direct Mail Copywriter Interview (Positive Experience; Easy Interview)
I applied in-person and the process took 3 days - interviewed at Royall & Company in January 2009.
Interview Details – From the very first communication, everyone was very friendly. I interviewed directly with the head of the department, and presented my portfolio. I was given a writing assignment, which was part of the interview process. I had several days to complete it. I was given the opportunity to speak with one of their current writers about the work, as well as one of the managers. I was made an offer over the phone by the HR department, which I then negotiated with.
Negotiation Details – I had to ask about benefits - they never told me what they were. I had to ask after they made me an offer. That seemed backwards to me. I kept thinking that somewhere along the interview process someone was going to tell me what the benefits of working for the company were, but they never did! I thought the salary offer was low, but they didn't have much wiggle room.
Copywriter Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied online and the process took 5 weeks - interviewed at Royall & Company in May 2011.
Interview Details – The interview process is very long at Royall, at least for copywriting positions. The recruiter warned me that it would be long, so at least I was warned. I was told it had to do with scheduling all of the various people involved, but who knows? The recruiter was excellent about staying in touch with me throughout the process, though, so that made it much more bearable. The first interview was a 1:1 with the department manager. Two weeks later, I interviewed with a team manager and two would-be coworkers. A week after that, I interviewed with a senior executive of the whole company. Two weeks later, I got the job offer.
Interview Question – What's your favorite movie? Answer Question
Reason for Declining – I had been laid off prior to applying to the position, so I was in need of a job. By the time Royall called to offer me the job, I had already begun working somewhere else.
Team Associate Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
The process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Royall & Company in May 2010.
Interview Details – It is best to know someone within this company to actually land a job. I applied for this position more than once online and kept getting turned back. Finally I got in touch with a friend that worked there and she gave me a great reference. That saying "it's not what you know, it's who you know" stands true for Royall.
Interview Question – What do you know about Royall? View Answers (2)
Negotiation Details – I didn't negotiate too much. I had more experience for the position than other candidates so luckily that played into my salary offer. It was within my range that I didn't feel the need to negotiate much more.
Software Engineer Interview (Negative Experience)
I applied in-person and interviewed at Royall & Company.
Interview Details – I first met a middle-aged female recruiter at a career fair. The lady was quite rude. The first thing she told me when she saw me was that they only hire Americans, the ironic thing is that I am an American and I also noted that on the top of my resume. However, I was patient, polite, and reiterated to her that I was an American(born and raised).
After being brushed off and disrespected like that, I was surprised to get an email from them saying that she was told by the technical recruiter(someone I had not met in person) to contact me back based on my resume.
Interview Question – They referred me to take a short online Java test. View Answer
Reason for Declining – They asked me to attend an event in Richmond but I declined. I figured if their HR recruiter lady treated me like at our first meeting(prejudice, made assumptions solely due to my racial background) I may not enjoy working there.
Associate Strategic Analyst Interview (Neutral Experience; Average Interview)
I applied through an employee referral and the process took a day - interviewed at Royall & Company in April 2012.
Interview Details – The pone interview didn't consist of crazy questions like, if you could be any animal what would you be and why? It only consisted of questions related to the business and the position I was applying for.
Interview Question – If you were going to market for this company how would you do it? Answer Question