I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Viacom in August 2012.
Interview Details – I applied for an internship through the Viacom website and then received a phone call from an HR representative a week later. It was an impromptu phone interview so I was a little taken off guard but the questions were pretty basic. "What do you know about our company?" and "Why do you want to work at Viacom?" were the two that should be answered the most thoroughly.
The phone interviewer then asked what field I'm interested in. I told her "production" and she gave me a couple suggestions about which departments needed production interns. She requested that I number the departments according to how interested I was in working in them; I chose VH1 as my number one choice and she said that she would get back to me soon. After a couple days, the HR woman e-mailed me the contact info of a producer at VH1 and told me to set up an interview date with him. After doing so, I had the second interview with the producer and then was offered the internship position on the spot. Overall it was a straightforward process.
Interview Question – Why do you want to work at Viacom? Answer Question
Very Easy Interview
I applied in-person and the process took 2 days - interviewed at Viacom in October 2011.
Interview Details – The interview process was after i spent time working part time, so the hiring managers were very relaxed. The interview was centered around what I could turn the position of Analyst into for the department.
Interview Question – What is your opinion of snookie? View Answer
I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Viacom in March 2013.
Interview Details – They e-mailed me saying I got an interview.
I spoke on the phone with an HR coordinator. She helped me find a position that fit my interests and skills.
She gave me contact information for the department head.
I set up an interview with the department.
Interview Question – Tell me about a time that you had to think out of the box. Answer Question
Interviewed at Viacom
Interview Details – Multi step interview process meeting with top level and direct management. Generally, the potential candidate will meet with four different hiring managers in additional to top level management (VP, EVP, CFO)
Interview Question – How many pine apples are distributed within the united states an a yearly basis? Various financial process processes. Answer Question
I applied through other source and the process took 1 week - interviewed at Viacom in May 2013.
Interview Details – I was approached on LinkedIn by a member of HR. They messaged me saying that they would like to discuss marketing since they were new to recruiting for it. I agreed to speak with them and we set up a phone chat, but a few seconds into the conversation they asked if I was based in New York and instead suggested we meet in person.
When I went to the main office I was shocked to discover that there is no seating for people waiting to be let into the building. You have to just stand by the desk while hundreds of people flood past you. The only seating is (strangely) within the security check point. On top of that security is not allowed to let anyone in within speaking directly to the person you're meeting with on the phone. I ended up standing, waiting for 20 minutes past our meeting time.
The office space was quite sparse and lifeless. It consisted of one person every ten cubicles with no windows. There were only windows within the corner office which kept their doors closed.
The interview itself was quite strange since it sounded like we were just going to discuss marketing, but upon sitting down I was grilled on my resume and critiqued in an unhelpful way. The position they were apparently considering me for was described by the HR person as extremely difficult and uninteresting with pay that is too low for the job. Needless to say, I was not jumping at the opportunity. I was then told that Viacom is extremely slow to move forward in the hiring process and that I would probably receive offers from the other places I was interviewing before they even got around to scheduling a second interview. Overall, very strange.
Interview Question – There weren't any really Answer Question
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Viacom.
Interview Details – The hiring/interview process only consisted of 2 interviews. An interview with the current assistant followed up by an interview with the boss I would be working for. Neither of them asked anything difficult and they were both "tell me about yourself" type questions.
Interview Question – Honestly, they didn't ask for much. The hardest question I was asked was "where do you see yourself in 5 years" which is a very typical question but one I just hate! Answer Question
Negotiation Details – I wasn't making much money beforehand, so I didn't have much leverage. I asked for a couple grand more but they said I was getting paid the most for an assistant level (which was actually true)
I applied through other source and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Viacom in May 2013.
Interview Details – I visited Viacom's Careers site and saw a few recently updated product jobs at a Viacom brand I'd be interested in working for, but the differences between the positions weren't really clear from the posted job descriptions.
Through my professional network, I reached out to a Director of Product at that brand, and asked if I could have an informational interview. My intent was to discuss the different jobs with this person, and figure out which I was best suited to in order to focus my application efforts
During the interview it came out that there actually were NO job openings in the department at that time. The director didn't seem to be aware that Viacom's Careers site had openings posted for that team, and was in a position to know what openings there actually were. I do appreciate the director graciously taking time to talk with me for an hour nonetheless, discussing their operational structure and general job advice.
It's worth noting that since I went in for that interview, all of the erroneous listings are still up, and another one has even appeared. I have to wonder about the other positions all across Viacom that I just submitted a resume for and then never heard anything about again.
Interview Question – "These job listings on the careers site for your team, they are up there mistakenly?" (Note that I, not the interviewer, was the one who asked this.) View Answer
Very Easy Interview
I applied online and the process took 1 week - interviewed at Viacom in August 2012.
Interview Details – Applied online. Phone call with Talent Acquisition, then a phone call with the future supervisor. Took a week, was pretty easy. Was given three options to choose from referring the which department I wanted to intern in.
Interview Question – Just know your resume and a lot about the company and you should be prepared for anything they ask. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – No negotiation
I applied through college or university and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Viacom.
Interview Details – Sent my resume in through their College Relations service. Didn't think I was going to hear from them because I waited about a month before getting an email requesting a phone interview. Phone interview was very informal, and lasted about twenty minutes. Was relatively sure I was getting the job after the interview.
Interview Question – How do you prioritize when you have a lot of conflicting tasks that must be completed? Answer Question
Very Easy Interview
Interviewed at Viacom
Interview Details – Was recommended by a professor at my university. A couple months later was contacted by HR for a 20 minute phone screening interview just to determine fit. This was not really an interview as much as it was a screening to determine which department was the best fit. You then interview with the head of your department.
Interview Question – No real questions that were challenging. Answer Question
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