Waggener Edstrom Communications Interview Questions

Updated Jul 21, 2015
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  1. Helpful (2)  

    Account Executive Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Seattle, WA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Waggener Edstrom Communications (Seattle, WA) in April 2010.

    Interview

    I was very lucky to be contacted by a member of the WE staffing team for an open AE position they were hiring for on the MS account. From the get go I had an amazing experience. Every person I interacted with on the staffing team were absolutely fantastic. I'd never had such a fun, relaxing, enjoyable time interviewing with a company, as strange as that sounds! I had never experienced a staffing team that took the time to check in with me periodically, providing updates even when they may not have had one to share, keeping me in the loop constantly, and just being great to work with. Once I came in for my in person interview in the Bellevue office, I was greeted by a very friendly receptionist, I only had to wait maybe five minutes, and the next thing I knew I was walking out thinking - that's the place I want to be!

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    PR Senior Account Executive Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Portland, OR
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied in-person. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at Waggener Edstrom Communications (Portland, OR) in March 2010.

    Interview

    2-3 phone screening interviews. 2-3 in person interviews.

    Interview Questions

    • Explain a time when you had to give a client bad news.   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    They won't negotiate on salary, but will be flexible on start date.

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    Senior Account Executive Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Bellevue, WA
    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at Waggener Edstrom Communications (Bellevue, WA) in January 2010.

    Interview

    I was contacted through LinkedIn. I spoke with two HR people and an account person over the phone before they flew me out to Seattle for an in-person interview. Incidentally, this is how I found out that the offices are actually in a suburb of Seattle. I met with two senior team members (VPs) for about 30-45 minutes and then a SAE for another half hour. The atmosphere appears laid-back (casual dress code) but rest assured that they are very serious about their business. I was asked fairly detailed questions on my experience and several "what if you were in this situation" questions. They kept me on my toes, not many easy, "softball" questions. The interview process was very professional and courteous - although I ended up declining the offer ($63K for an SAE spot), the HR reps were polite and easy to work with throughout the process. I really appreciated that.

    Interview Questions

    • I was asked a lot of questions specific to the work expected of the position and my experience in a particular industry.   Answer Question
    • What kind of management style do you prefer?   Answer Question

    Reasons for Declining

    Poor timing on my end - nothing to do with WE.

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    Account Executive Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Lake Oswego, OR
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at Waggener Edstrom Communications (Lake Oswego, OR) in December 2009.

    Interview

    If you are planning to interview with Waggener Edstrom, be prepared to be in it for the long haul. It is common for this agency to make canidates go through multiple rounds of interviews before ever making a hiring decision. Sure, there might be exceptions, but the odds are you will need to go through a ton of meetings before ever getting that elusive offer. Getting the HR screening call - The first step in the door is simply getting their recruiting team to call you. If you want the best chances, find someone who works there and have them submit the resume on your behalf. Phone screener - This will be a standard interview where HR tries to decide if you have a good PR background and determines what level of a position you'd be a fit for. You really have to sell yourself strongly throughout the process. Wagged is notorious for hiring people below their actual job grade. Hiring manager phone interview - You may have to go through a few of these before a team expresses interest in bringing you in for an in person meeting. Don't get discouraged, as this is the typical process. In person interview - For the in person meeting, you'll typically meet with the hiring manager and some of the immediate team members. You then will have another interview with a manager or director (whatever level is one step above what your boss would be). If you are a good canidate, they may introduce you to the team's head executive for the final sign off. Interviews often happen across multiple days, so you may have to visit the office several times. Waggener will check your references before makig an offer. If they start calling your list, expect an offer shortly. When you get an offer - Then you're almost in the homestretch. You'll get a call from the recruiter (and sometimes the hiring manager will be on the line) and they will spell it all out for you. See my notes for the salary negotiation process below. Skills Assessment - Waggener asks all account people to take a writing proficiency test before hiring. This is a 60 minute timed test where you are asked to write a fake press release about your experience interviewing with the agency. Study the AP style guide, watch your typos, and read a few recent Microsoft releases for inspiration.

    Interview Questions

    • Do you have an interest in technology?   1 Answer

    Negotiation

    As others mentioned here, you shouldn't necessarily accept the first offer. But you have to understand that the negotiation really happens in the HR screening interview. There is a set pay range for every job level and you really can't negotiate beyond that more than a few thousand a year in base salary. In addition to the base salary, you can try negotiating a sign on bonus. This is a good fallback if they won't budge on the base salary. Waggener's pay scale is competitive with the industry. While they will push to hire you at a lower level than your true skill set, the company does pay well and has good benefits.

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    Account Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Seattle, WA
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 4 weeksinterviewed at Waggener Edstrom Communications (Seattle, WA) in August 2009.

    Interview

    phone call from hr, phone interview with hiring manager, in person interview with hiring manager in person interview with the team

    Interview Questions

    Negotiation

    I was made a ton of promises none of which were honored

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    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Waggener Edstrom Communications (Austin, TX) in June 2009.

    Interview

    I applied for an internship opportunity in my home city office's but instead received an e-mail from HR about an internship opportunity in my college town. A 15-minute phone interview with their HR person was the first step, and a couple of days later I was called in for an in-person interview. Questions were the norm: tell us about yourself; why WE; what's your biggest strength/weakness, etc.

    Interview Questions

    • What experience in the classroom could help you excel as an intern for our technology clients?   Answer Question
    • Why public relations?   Answer Question
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    Vice President Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Bellevue, WA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at Waggener Edstrom Communications (Bellevue, WA) in December 2008.

    Interview

    A very thoughtful, well managed process. I was referred by someone internally, so the usual phone screening was not included. First interview was over lunch with one of the firm's executive officers. She was exceptionally well-prepared, pleasant and genuinely interested in my point of view. Secondary step was a day of in-person and phone interviews conducted at the headquarters office. The five or so people I met with that day were also similarly pleasant, smart and well-prepared. All in all, an excellent process

    Interview Questions

    • How would you handle problem x that we are experiencing? It was a tough question knowing so little about the firm at that point   Answer Question
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    Account Executive Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Bellevue, WA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 5 daysinterviewed at Waggener Edstrom Communications (Bellevue, WA) in January 2008.

    Interview

    I worked at the firm previously and came back. But for new people you typically would interview with HR, several members of the team, and a senior person. Interviews are primarily job-related "what would you do..." and going through your resume.

    Interview Questions

    Negotiation

    Negotiated salary and title, didn't get either.

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    Public Relations Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Waggener Edstrom Communications in January 2008.

    Interview

    Very rigorous interview process. You meet with many people to see if you'll "fit in" within the team. Went through about 5 interviews over the course of 2 months. HR Managers, managers, etc. Be prepared to answer a lot of "what would you do" in this situation questions. They really promote innovation here, but it's very corporate underneath. I noticed the dress code is very lax, but attitudes still very much old school corporate. People seem to talk a big game here, especially on the higher end. The management is on the younger end, and their are too many "VP's". Basically too many hands in the pot within the interview and the job itself. Could be much more simplified. I felt like I was interviewing for a position at a law firm.

    Interview Questions

    • In what ways could you provide assistance to someone inside the agency?   1 Answer

    Negotiation

    Don't accept the first offer they give you. They really tried to sell me the position with their 4 weeks of vacation, profit share, etc. However, you should note pay increases and profit share has been frozen indefinitely. Don't expect too much from them right now in lieu of a fantastic compensation package because of the economy. On the plus side, they still offer "continuing education", which is 2.5 % of your base salary to go towards forwarding your career. But they have been making some changes to that as well, which is making it harder to use.

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    Account Coordinator Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at Waggener Edstrom Communications (Seattle, WA) in January 2008.

    Interview

    Four rounds of interviews for an entry level position, including one interview with HR recruiter and three interviews with different people on the team. More back-and-forth emails with recruiter than you can imagine. It all seemed a bit unnecessary. Likely would have declined the opening even if I had received the offer.

    Interview Questions

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