I applied through an employee referral and the process took 5 weeks - interviewed at Weber Shandwick in February 2014.
Interview Details – I know someone who works for Weber, so I was actually able to email my resume directly to an HR representative. I heard back about three weeks later saying that they wanted to schedule an interview. The very next day, I was there for my interview. They are quick and efficient and don't like to waste their time or yours. I met with five people during my interview, including one HR rep. The interview questions are pretty standard. However, you have to know your stuff. If you're not up to date on PR tactics, it will show. Be prepared to ask them a lot of questions and know who their clients are. I met with each person for about 15-20 minutes and then met with someone from HR. Everyone was friendly and easy to talk to. They all love their jobs and working with each other. You really have to be passionate to fit in here. A week later, they emailed me to let me know I made it onto the next round and sent me their writing test. I had 5 days to complete it. If you make it onto this round, be prepared to block out a decent amount of time for the test. It's very extensive. I submitted my test and two days later they made an offer.
Interview Question – What is your favorite brand that you follow on social media and why? Answer Question
Negotiation Details – No negotiation, interns have a set pay.
I applied online and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Weber Shandwick in January 2014.
Interview Details – Applied online, and was contacted for an in-person interview shortly after. The interview was great, I met with three Digital Analytics team members one after another, and then one HR representative. Everyone was SO nice and friendly, it really made the process less stressful. About a week later, I was asked to take their Digital Analytics test. Fast-forward another week, I get an email from HR saying that the team had chosen another candidate for the digital analytics position, but thought I would be a better fit for the consumer PR internship.
I ended up going through the process all over again (interviewed with the consumer team then took their writing test). Since I had another offer on the table and let HR know, they sped up the process and I received an offer about a week after I interviewed with the consumer team!
Make sure you're knowledgable about the industry and the company. Knowing who their clients are and campaigns they've worked on will really impress them. Aside from that, the interview questions were pretty standard. There were a lot of behavioral questions, as expected.
Interview Question – What are some of your favorite PR campaigns?
Which companies do you think are leveraging social media effectively? Answer Question
Negotiation Details – No negotiation, intern salaries are set at $12/hour
Interviewed at Weber Shandwick
Interview Details – Was contacted about coming in for an interview. The in person interview consisted of meeting with 5 people for 15 minutes each. All were general questions about the company and past experiences. If you get past the interview stage there is a very extensive writing test to follow.
Interview Question – Name one thing thats not on your resume that you think could benefit you in this role. Answer Question
I applied online and the process took 1+ week - interviewed at Weber Shandwick in January 2013.
Interview Details – The process was very quick--a little less than 2 weeks. I sent my resume + cover letter to the designated email on the WS career site and heard back literally the next day to schedule an on-site interview (no phone screen). I was asked the standard behavioral interview questions by the program coordinator, two team members and a recruiter. They were all really great, friendly and enthusiastic about their jobs. In fact, I felt such a connection that I really didn't want to say know to the position, but I was afraid that if I would find myself in a downhill spiral if I accepted low pay (about half the hourly of a previous internship I had in corporate!).
Anywho, after the interview, I took a position-specific test (not the conventional writing test of a typical PR position).
Interview Question – If you could have dinner with three people, living or dead, who would they be? View Answer
Reason for Declining – The interviewer was upfront about pay. My baseline is generally not to accept a position that pays less than the equivalent of $30K/year. Nevertheless, I really didn't want to say no!
I applied online and the process took 2 months - interviewed at Weber Shandwick in May 2011.
Interview Details – The interview process was fine, but they never called/emailed to tell me if I got the job.
Interview Question – Tell me about yourself Answer Question
The process took a day - interviewed at Weber Shandwick in November 2010.
Interview Details – HR set up several 1:1 interviews with people who led the accounts that the position would be supporting. The questions were pretty standard - tell me about yourself, what kind of work do you like, what is your ideal work environment - but I got the impression pretty quickly that my experience wasn't a great fit for this opening, and so did the woman I was speaking with.
What was irritating about this process was that despite emailing the HR person a few days later to check on the status of my application and the opening, she never responded. Not even a "Thanks, but no thanks." She actually called me a few months later to discuss another opening, and didn't even mention the prior interview.
The process took a day - interviewed at Weber Shandwick in January 2010.
Interview Details – The interview was set up by the HR person, who was out of the office when I interviewed. My gut told me it was going to be a bad interview because when I called the office to inquiry about the best place to park downtown, the receptionist rudely said she had no idea, but to just figure it out.
When I arrived at their building in the West Loop, the security guard was great. He was the best thing about the interview. Once I went to their actual office, I waited for about 30 minutes. When the first interviewer showed up, she had a bad attitude because someone usually "brings candidates to me." Once we reached her office, she made me feel as if I were wasting my time. She let me know that she hadn't looked at my resume and to to tell her something about me. About 10 minutes into my monologue (she wasn't asking questions), she told me that my time was up and I needed to move on to the next person.
The next person was no better. She looked at my resume about 5 minutes before I walked into her office. Once she saw that I previously worked at one of her current accounts, she started asking me lots of questions about the people and culture of the company. When I wouldn't share that information, she told me that I wasn't being a team player. After our conversation, she walked to end of the hall and said it was nice meeting you.
It was a terrible experience. I didn't bother sending a thank you note because there was nothing noteworthy to thank. And, they didn't bother to acknowledge that I showed up.
After that experience (and a previous experience when I considered hiring this office for a PR project about a year ago that went terribly wrong), I've concluded that while they could be smart people, their arrogance and lack of business acumen preceded any knowledge they have. I think the culture is unprofessional and one of trying to one-up one another just to make a point.
I would not recommend them as a place to seek employment. They lack professionalism.
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