Sonicbids Interview Questions & Reviews
Getting an Interview
Content Marketer Interview (Positive Experience; Difficult Interview)
I applied online and the process took 3+ weeks - interviewed at Sonicbids in November 2013.
Interview Details – In my very recent experience with Sonicbids, the reviews here don't reflect AT ALL what this company is about. Sonicbids came under new management earlier this year; all of the problematic execs were weeded out and the new leading team is super professional, friendly, and focused on success. They're working hard to make Sonicbids better and more relevant, and I was personally very impressed with how everyone I met (and I met a lot of people!) appeared to be focused on that same goal. I ranked this interview as difficult only because of the amount of prep work required — I had to write up a full content marketing plan — but the in-person interview portion was pretty simple and straightforward: I met with 5 different team members and we discussed how this role would enhance Sonicbids's overall strategy. I also had to take a basic timed editorial test. Despite not being offered this position, I found the interview experience to be enriching and enjoyable. Good people, good product, and big things on the horizon.
Interview Question – Nothing surprising. Make sure you understand their goals and are prepared to share exactly how you would reach them. Answer Question
Copywriter Interview (Negative Experience; Average Interview)
I applied through an employee referral and the process took a day - interviewed at Sonicbids in September 2008.
Interview Details – I actually had two interviews due to an employee referral at this company. An informational interview in the fall of 2007 with a HR director who described the owner/CEO as "a loose cannon' who had to be micromanged and can never be pleased. Additonally, when I asked about the employees who leave the company vs. those who stay she told me "We've never had anyone leave, but we've had to terminate some people and frankly I don't care if it was a fair situation or not." The other interview to be Copywriter in 2008 was similarly strange. It was apparent that in the space of a year they'd had 3 HR people and had hired all the bottom people without hiring managers first. I was told at the interview there would be no place for advancement and they were looking for someone who had no interest in moving up at the company. I don't think they ever hired for the job. I later noticed that the winner of one of their 'band contests' (this is what this company does, sponsor contests for bands, booking opportunities etc.) was a band who work at the company. Another contestant was from Sonicbids' external marketing agency. I thought the place had no integrity, did not understand the vision of the CEO (from my experience it did not add up) for his company. Turnover was far too high for me to consider leaving a job to take a position there even if it was offered.
Interview Question – Me:Tell me about the kind of people you see having a future at this company. What is the difference between those who leave and those who stay? View Answer