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AREA203 Digital Interview Questions

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  1. Helpful (1)  

    Social Media Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Chattanooga, TN
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 4 days. I interviewed at AREA203 Digital (Chattanooga, TN) in February 2013.

    Interview

    I initially found the job on LinkedIn. I contacted the recruiter directly through his LinkedIn profile. The following day he called to do a screening interview. He passed my information along to the hiring managers. Just a few days later, I had a phone call with them.

    It was a terrible experience. There were several people on speakerphones in different rooms, and it was hard to understand any of them.

    Interview Questions

    • Describe a social media strategy you have used in the past.   Answer Question

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    Art Department Position Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Chattanooga, TN
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ weeks. I interviewed at AREA203 Digital (Chattanooga, TN) in September 2012.

    Interview

    Phone interview with recruiter, went well. Face to face with half dozen managers - half were great, other half arrogant, distracted, rushed. Company has had some bad press - check out timespress.com.

    Interview Questions

    • They didn't really ask many - seems they wanted the candidate to do most of the talking.   Answer Question
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    SEO Specialist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Chattanooga, TN
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at AREA203 Digital (Chattanooga, TN) in January 2012.

    Interview

    Their recruiter posted the job on a popular subsite of a social news site, and I replied to it. The recruiter seemed very excited and was anxious to get me in on a phone interview. The company was willing to pay for relocation, which is awesome. Chattanooga seems like a great place to work, and I was open to relocation at the time.

    So, I was setup with a phone interview with three people. Now, for those of you who don't know, doing a phone interview with three people is incredibly awkward. All three are on a singular speakerphone (it's hard enough to hear one person) and asking questions at random times. Again, whatever. I perform pretty well on interviews regardless of the situation.

    So, we get on the phone and little to my surprise, it's incredibly hard to hear. The phone interview last for about an hour with questions ranging from past SEO experiences, how you've envisioned ROI, and what you've done during Panda 2.2. I answered all of them with responses that are quite detailed.

    Recruiter comes back and says I'm the top candidate. Awesome. Then, the communication stops. I end up calling him back every few days to check on the status of the position (granted, I was interviewing for 5 other positions at the time) to let him know my status. He tells me that they like me, he just wasn't sure of the next steps.

    Finally, I'm at a point where I have two offers on the table. I call Area203 back, after not hearing from them for a week (after I had come to them with another offer the week before) and the recruiter attempts to get in contact with the hiring team, to no avail. I accept another offer, and politely decline further consideration.

    Area203 seems eager to hire, with all of the recruiter's posts on Reddit and Twitter, but when it comes down to the actual process, they fall flat on their face. This is not the recruiters fault as he was a consummate professional the entire time but the hiring team's. If you're looking for "the best of the best" don't leave the best of the best on the market for that long. My impression was that they wanted to do a Skype interview (after the one hour phone interview) before they met me in person, so that may be your next step.

    Overall, I'm disappointed in the process. Any SEO professional who is in the market for a position may want to look elsewhere, at least if you're decent at what you do.

    Interview Questions


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    Social Media Editor Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Chattanooga, TN
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at AREA203 Digital (Chattanooga, TN) in January 2012.

    Interview

    I was asked to submit a few writing samples, then I was called in for an interview which lasted for approximately one hour. About two weeks later I was offered the position. The interview was fun and light, thought I was not interviewed by anyone in upper management.

    I was frustrated with being asked to submit the same samples multiple times.


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    Social Media and PR Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Chattanooga, TN
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 4 weeks. I interviewed at AREA203 Digital (Chattanooga, TN) in November 2011.

    Interview

    I thought I was perfectly qualified for this job. They took a long time to take action after I submitted my résumé, finally responding with a skills test. I passed that and a few weeks later I did a telephone interview. (They seem to wait until after the 1st of the month or the middle of the month to do things).

    A few more weeks later, I came in to do an in-person two-hour-long interview with four managers, as well as answering questions from the three employees I would be supervising. They alone took 45 minutes grilling me.

    Among their questions to me were, "Where do you see Facebook going in five years?" "What are some of the apps you use and websites you read?" and "If you had to give a presentation on something to the whole office next week, what would be your subject of expertise?"

    I thought I did well. I even followed up with hand-written thank you notes to everyone I interviewed with, but I continued to see the person who would have been my supervisor encouraging people to submit their résumés on Twitter, which was very discouraging. Two weeks after I did the final interview, I received a letter saying they were passing on hiring me. No reason given. Don't count on being qualified or performing well in the interview process getting you this job. They are perhaps looking for something intangible.

    I would describe it as a negative experience, just because it went on for weeks and I was left with a lot of suspense despite them saying they wanted to fill the position ASAP. Just go into it knowing that you'll dedicate a lot of time to clear their hurdles with no guarantee of successfully getting a job with them -- even if you know someone on the inside. I really wanted to work there, even though I was uncomfortable with the emphasis on religion (to their credit, they did not ask me any questions about religion during the interview process). If you do interview with them, make sure you know all of the specific social media marketing industry jargon because they place a lot of importance on appearing to be experts.

    Interview Questions

    • We all give presentations to the whole office. If you are assigned to give a slideshow on some app or topic next week, what will it be?   Answer Question
    • Where do you see Facebook or Twitter going in the next five years?   Answer Question

  6. Helpful (3)  

    Management Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Chattanooga, TN
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took a week. I interviewed at AREA203 Digital (Chattanooga, TN) in March 2011.

    Interview

    I really enjoyed meeting the people. They were all very nice. They were very definitive about the fact that they were a "Christian organization". That made me a little uncomfortable, but I still believed in the good works they were doing. We made it all the way to salary negotiations. I was waiting for a week to hear back, being assured that it was a done deal, just waiting for final salary approval to deliver the offer. In the meantime, I declined an offer from another potential employer. The HR rep called me to report they had "decided to go in a different direction". She and I were both shocked. Oddest situation I'd ever been in. The moral of the story is, don't make any plans until you have an offer in hand.


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