SHIFT Communications
3.1 of 5 10 reviews
www.shiftcomm.com Newton, MA 50 to 149 Employees

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Intern Interview

Intern
San Francisco, CA

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at SHIFT Communications.

Interview Details – I submitted my resume, and then received a follow-up email requesting an interview in their SF office. I was interviewed one-on-one by three different people, all of whom were very gracious in giving useful advice for getting into PR and feedback on my interview responses. Following the interview, I had to complete two writing exams, one writing a summary and one writing a press release. The office as a whole was very friendly.

Interview Question – I have given you a project that's due tomorrow. Another co-worker asks you to help them complete a project that's due today. If you accept this new project, you may not complete the one due tomorrow on time. What do you do?   View Answer

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Public Relations Intern Interview

Public Relations Intern
San Francisco, CA

I applied online and interviewed at SHIFT Communications.

Interview Details – Submitted cover letter and resume, quickly scheduled a phone interview and was asked to come onsite. I met with about 4 of the people I'd be working with.

Everything up to that point was a smooth and pleasant experience; the interview set up had clearly been well organized.

However towards the end of my interview someone came in, cut me off mid-sentence and ushered me out, saying that they were out of time to speak with me.

Without a doubt the rudest experience I have ever had applying for a job. I know I was just applying for the lowly position of an intern and it's an employer's market but this is not the way to treat candidates.

Interview Question – Tell us about a time when you solved a problem at work.   Answer Question

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Account Executive Interview

Account Executive
Boston, MA

I applied in-person and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at SHIFT Communications in January 2010.

Interview Details – The interview process went OK except that I played phone tag with a senior associate for three weeks; It was agonizing. Shift is a very busy firm and depending on the location, they are attempting to hire too many people at once. I would recommend they slow down a bit to reduce turnover. However, it is a great company to work for if you're trying to break into the market.

Telephone interviewing seems to come first and if they ever call you back, you might get a request for an in-person interview. I actually got an in-person interview request but was never called back for the exact date. After that, I moved on and became employed somewhere else. Then I heard the Shift actually laid a few people off months after my "interview attempt".

Interview Question – They will ask you what you would do if a client were unhappy with your results or if a junior person/intern messed up while you were managing a project. You will also be asked what value you could provide to the company.   View Answer

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Account Coordinator Interview

Account Coordinator
San Francisco, CA

I applied through other source and the process took 2 months - interviewed at SHIFT Communications in August 2011.

Interview Details – The hiring process was a bit lengthy, but they worked with me and kept their word when it came time to offer me the job. I was placed through writing tests and met with multiple people at the agency and they say if you get a phone call you likely got the job--if you receive an email you likely didn't get the job.

Interview Question – Think of a time when you took the initiative to do something to better the company you were working for that you didn't have to do? What was it?   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – Once I received the phone call, I had them email me the offer letter and any other paperwork and told them that I would like some time to go over everything to make my final decision. Once I emailed them back, the process was fairly smooth. Since this was my first career straight out of college, I didn't attempt a negotiation of salary.

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PR Coordinator Interview

PR Coordinator
Boston, MA

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 1 week - interviewed at SHIFT Communications in July 2011.

Interview Details – Phone interview was straightforward, everyone was very pleasant who I spoke with. Staff at front desk was very welcoming as were passerby. One woman noticed I was wearing a suit in their casual office and asked if I had an interview so wished me good luck!

The interview itself was very laid back and conversational. Thought it went well, but apparently it didn't!

Interview Question – What do you like about technology PR?   Answer Question

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