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Critical Mass Interview Questions

Updated Jan 11, 2017
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  1. Helpful (3)  

    Accepted Offer
    Negative Experience

    Application

    The process took 2 days. I interviewed at Critical Mass.

    Interview

    Do NOT fall for this scheme. The second interview has you working on site at a "retail event" for 6+ hours. My task was to walk around Walmart. Completely ridiculous.

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  2.  

    Marketing Science Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Chicago, IL
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at Critical Mass (Chicago, IL) in September 2016.

    Interview

    I did a phone interview with HR and two hiring managers. Then, I went into the Chicago office for a case presentation. got a reply back from HR saying the team was impressed, but I never heard anything else after that. I emailed HR to follow-up, but they never responded. The least HR could have done was responded to my email or let me know the status. I spent time on the case study and took time off work to go in the Chicago office. HR obviously does not care about people or their time. It appears the agency went through a major round of layoffs (approx. 30 employees), which they will probably deny. I'm glad I didn't get the job because it appears the agency is unstable. Please avoid this agency unless you are prepared to be laid off and have a large emergency savings.

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    Strategy Interview

    Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at Critical Mass (New York, NY) in March 2016.

    Interview

    I applied online and heard back from an HR rep shortly thereafter about setting up a phone screen. The first call was basically just introductory stuff. Any time I asked a targeted or specific question I was told that it would be covered in the next interview (which from get go they seemed to be offering). I interviewed 1:1 in person with a member of the strategy team about two weeks later. I didn't hear anything for a month and assumed they had gone with someone else. Then I got a phone call telling me I had the job and had about 3 days to decide. There was a little bit of confusion and miscommunication with the HR team (the rep I interviewed with was not the one who I was communicating my decision to) but it was sorted out.

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    • Why, with your background are you interested in this? (I don't have an ad background)   1 Answer

    Negotiation

    No negotiation on salary. They gave me 3 days to make up my mind but after they were late on the official offer (which came separately from the phone call) they gave me another few days to decide.

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    Marketing Science Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Positive Experience

    Interview

    Talked with recruiter over phone and got on-site interview with hiring managers. The interview questions are very basic and they were very willing to share more about their company.

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    • Most are basic questions. What's your comfortable working style?   Answer Question
  6.  

    Information Architect Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at Critical Mass.

    Interview

    Contacted via phone due to personal recommendation. Spoke with HR over phone. Met with Account Manager in local coffee shop. Was offered within 2 weeks. It was both personal and professional, but I was expecting more in-depth analysis of my experience and expertise. Things were probably accelerated due to pressing project needs and particular skills they needed in the roster.

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    • Standard bevy: toughest challenges to overcome, strengths, weaknesses   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    Negotiation was immobile, as they said the home office salaries were tiered lower than standard pay in my location. it was fair pay, but they didn't budge.

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    Information Architect Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 3 days. I interviewed at Critical Mass (Atlanta, GA) in July 2010.

    Interview

    Pretty straightforward. Long but casual talk with recruiter/HR in another office, then met with an account manager to discuss ideas, role and responsibility. Asked and answered lots of things about experience, vision, skills and strengths. Discussed a great deal about the client and interacting with them. Had some really good coffee.

    Interview Questions

    • Describe the most difficult work experience you can remember and how you dealt with it.   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    They were pretty firm on the offer, even when I did a soft poke to see if they were flexible. It was reasonable, but didn't hurt to try.

  8.  

    Associate Planner Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied in-person. I interviewed at Critical Mass.

    Interview

    The tone was on the outside casual and relaxed, but the employers are paying close attention to answers and details. Everyone was dressed business casual (which I highly recommend you do too). I met with a few of department heads in a conference room, where they interviewed in a mostly conversational manner.

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  9. Helpful (1)  

    Senior Project Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in London, England (UK)
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at Critical Mass (London, England (UK)) in April 2015.

    Interview

    Having read the reviews on Glassdoor, I appreciated the interview would be interesting at best. The interviewer had been promoted to a very senior position after 3 months of freelancing and was looking for someone to help.

    At my level of experience, interviews are usually conversational and very honest. However, from the very moment I was picked up from reception, the interviewer acted awkwardly, pulled a face and it was an uphill battle from there.

    The deep breath and glare, as my CV was opened, set the tone. Definitely the worse interviewer I have come across in the last 6 years and possibly 12 years. The interviewer did not prepare more than two questions or ask anything specific about my CV. Very strange and lucky escape, as this person would have been my line manager!

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  10. Helpful (1)  

    Contractor Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at Critical Mass (Toronto, ON (Canada)) in September 2014.

    Interview

    Straightforward enough. Applied online. Heard back from an HR person via phone. Short phone interview. HR person clueless about the role, asked generic questions then told me they'd be in touch again to arrange a face-to-face meeting with the hiring manager. Didn't hear back by the agreed date, followed up and had a set date & time shortly after. Was asked a few, very basic questions mainly touched on previous experience, skills and current knowledge. Casual, conversational tone, no panel.

    Interview Questions

    • Very generic/typical interview questions:
      Explain previous work experience
      Outline previous success/results
      What's your current notice period / When can you start  
      Answer Question

    Negotiation

    Confusing. Since they prefer to hire a LOT of contractors (rather than full time staff) they pay hourly rate you're basically self-employed and need to be prepared to handle your own taxes etc. Also important to note that as a contractor here you don't qualify for any benefits – health / sick etc.

  11.  

    Graphic Design Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through other source. The process took 3 days. I interviewed at Critical Mass (Toronto, ON (Canada)) in August 2013.

    Interview

    I went in a waited for just 5 minutes and the two managers came out to see me. It was a casual talk about my work and what my design process is like. It was in a glass room so people from outside can see, including a friend of mine. I felt a little nervous because they didn't say much, it was mostly questions and I had to talk a lot.

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