I applied through other source - interviewed at Taunton Press in May 2011.
Interview Details – Difficult to get your foot in the door, once you do, you will interview with many people over the course of 2-3 different visits. Follow up your resume submission with phone calls.
Interview Question – "We aren't looking for publishers. Becoming a publisher isn't your goal, is it?" Answer Question
Very Easy Interview
The process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Taunton Press in July 2010.
Interview Details – It took several weeks to get a response. The initial communication was from an assistant to set up a phone interview. When I asked if there was anything special they wanted me to prepare, the answer was no. Kind of a tip-off that they weren't seriously interested. I prepared by researching the competition and reviewing back issues. Pointless. The phone interview was brief and focused on the low salary (upper thirties to low forties) and availability for travel. There was no sense of enthusiasm for the position or the company as a whole--just a sense of going through the motions. Although I was led to believe otherwise, there was no further contact, not even an email rejection.
Given the cost of living in the area and the low salaries offered, the high turnover isn't surprising. If you're considering a position with Taunton, you'll need either a trust fund or a high-earning spouse to survive in Fairfield County. If you're a single parent, be prepared to struggle and keep those moving boxes handy because your stay is unlikely to be long.
In less than a year, the position was open again along with many others. I'm not sure whether they routinely show employees the door or if the staff is beating a path to the exit.
Interview Question – The salary is in the upper thirties to low forties, is this acceptable? View Answer
Very Easy Interview
I applied online and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Taunton Press.
Interview Details – Phone interview followed by in person interviews with publisher, managing editor and then lunch with some of the editorial staff. .
Interview Question – Will I accept the low pay? View Answer
Negotiation Details – No negotiation.
I applied online and the process took 5 days - interviewed at Taunton Press in February 2010.
Interview Details – Met with SVP of Marketing. Many changes in company recently since company and industry are in the midst of needing to move beyond advertising and circulation revenue to new revenue streams.They are trying to move to increased digital and new product development. At interview, reviewed background and needs of postion being filled. Positive feedback on interview and follow-up letter. Received letter three weeks later declining further discussions.
Interview Question – What do you feel are your biggest strengths for this job are? Answer Question
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