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Gannett Interview Questions

Updated May 18, 2017
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    Sales Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New Castle, DE
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at Gannett (New Castle, DE) in April 2017.

    Interview

    Applied online and was contacted by the in-house recruiter within 24 hours to arrange a phone screening with HR. Was a fairly standard phone screening interview with questions about my career history and expectations.
    Was asked to complete online profile assessments following the call, which took around 1 hour and was contacted 2 days later to schedule an interview with the hiring manager at the office in Delaware.
    The day before the interview I was notified that the hiring manager wouldn't be available, but the interview would still take place with his line manager, which happens sometimes and was fine.
    I arrived on the day, was interviewed by the regional president, who seemed to be distracted and keen to pass me over to her colleague who was delayed. Again, very standard interview questioning and was handed over to a colleague who had clearly been pulled in at the last minute. Everyone was very friendly, in general, so I'd have no complaints there and the interview process took around 2 hours.
    I followed up by email the following day with the 2 interviewers and HR. Then I called a week later as I had expected to hear back by then. I emailed and called twice more over the following 3 weeks, but never heard back. I did some research and found out that the role had been filled internally and that this had happened either the day of my interview or the day before.
    I'd spent 3 days solidly researching the role and the company, and a round trip of over 3 hours by car. I appreciate that some positions need to be advertised and external candidates interviewed, but this was a huge waste of my time and it would have been more respectful to have at least had the courtesy to respond to let me know.

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    Marketing Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at Gannett (New York, NY).

    Interview

    The interview process was no impressive. I had a scheduled interview that I took time off of work to make. The interviewer did not call me until 2 hours after the scheduled time. Also, I was being interviewed while the interviewer was driving on the interstate.

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    Sales Account Coordinator Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Gannett.

    Interview

    I was invited into the interview with the hiring manager who after a lengthy conversation about my skill set and the job itself - told me that she 100% wanted to hire me and wanted me to be on her team. She told me not to worry and that I would definitely be hearing back from her after her vacation, which was in about a week. I never received a phone call so I followed up and was told that the position went to someone else. I was then promised profusely that the next position would be mine. Complete waste of time and I passed on another opportunity because of the unprofessionalism of this manager.

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    Graphic Artist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Indianapolis, IN
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 1+ week. I interviewed at Gannett (Indianapolis, IN) in December 2016.

    Interview

    Got a main inviting me for an interview, I had a one on one with a very courteous and nice lady who asked me several questions about my background and work experience. The one on one lasted for about 35mins. Afterwards, did a skills (technical) test which lasted one hour and thirty minutes.

    Overall, it was a great experience. Good environment and the staff seem really nice from the lobby.

    Interview Questions

    • On a scale of 1-10, 10 being excellent, how will your rate your proficiency on Indesign.   1 Answer

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    Reporter Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Arlington, VA
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2 days. I interviewed at Gannett (Arlington, VA).

    Interview

    I applied internally through another Gannett company. I was taken to lunch by two editors, one senior, another junior. Then they assigned me to cover a committee hearing in Congress the following day, for which I filed a story. However, there really wasn't much "news" as it was an incremental development being discussed at the hearing; bigger events were breaking that day, so my story didn't make it.

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    Facilities Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Tucson, AZ
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3+ months. I interviewed at Gannett (Tucson, AZ).

    Interview

    Typical behavioral based questions but pretty informal otherwise. Laid back with nice people. Both were phone interviews. Good communication via email w HR manager and plant manager. Seemed like this was the first time they interviewed.

    Interview Questions

    • "Name a time where you faced a difficult decision ethically with an employee, how did you handle the situation and what was the outcome."   Answer Question

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    Reporter Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Negative Experience

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4 days. I interviewed at Gannett in July 2016.

    Interview

    Horrible. The HR or recruiter person contacted me via email after I submitted my app on the company website. We went back and forth a few times until we found a day and time that worked for both of us -- no big deal. We finally settle on a time...then she calls me a day early while I'm driving on the freeway. I said I thought we had agreed on the next day, but still continued with the "interview". I say that in quotes because I was completely unprepared and caught off guard. She asked me questions I could have answered, had I the time to do a little more research on the area and the company like I was planning on doing that night.

    Moreover, in the middle of the interview her dogs start barking -- wildly and loudly. She apologizes and says she's working from home so she's trying to control them. Their barks and howls interrupted my explanation I was in the middle of and she came back and tried to pick up the tone but it just didn't work.

    Then, she asks if I have any questions. I start going into specifics about the particular paper I was interviewing for and she says she can't answer a lot of those questions because they are specific to that paper but can answer anything else. But, when I asked how many reporters are in the newsroom of this paper, she says, "Well, there are other people in the newsroom besides reporters. There are photographers, editors, production people, etc." Well, no kidding, lady. I've been in a newsroom before. I understand that everyone is a reporter when it matters, but I asked how many reporters because I understand the difference in those roles and was interested in the number of reporters. Basically, it was condescending and led nowhere.

    THEN, I don't hear anything at all after that. I got no call from the editors at that particular paper, or any other recruiters ready to move me up the chain. Not to sound petty or sour, but I'm not surprised when the recruiter botched my initial screening. I've negative things about this organization before, and the interview process was totally consistent with reputation.

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    • What was one of your most difficult stories to write and why?   Answer Question

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    Graphic Artist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Des Moines, IA
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Gannett (Des Moines, IA) in June 2016.

    Interview

    Interview with standard questions, then a 90 minute assessment. Complex instructions but basic ad design. We talked for about thirty minutes and I had questions prepared to get as much information as possible. The work seems very heavily InDesign based over other adobe programs -- that' s their go to for the imaging department.

    Interview Questions

    • What was a time when you're supervisor was unavailable and you had to make an executive decision before a deadline?   Answer Question

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    Artist Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Des Moines, IA
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at Gannett (Des Moines, IA) in May 2016.

    Interview

    I was contacted about one month after I had initially applied for the position by a corporate HR recruiter to set up a phone interview. She informed me of who I would be interviewing with from the Des Moines location and at what time they would call.

    The actual phone interview was awkward. The interviewer had no people skills and jumped straight into the interview. She would ask me a question, wait for me to answer and then immediately move on to the next. She had informed me that they would like to move forward with an in-person interview and that her co-worker would be contacting me regarding the location and what I would need to bring with me. I never received that email and have heard nothing from the company since!

    Interview Questions

    • How does your current experience match the role of this position?   Answer Question
    • What would a former teacher, professor or boss say about you?   Answer Question

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    Senior Product Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Los Angeles, CA
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3+ months. I interviewed at Gannett (Los Angeles, CA) in May 2016.

    Interview

    Some of the worse communication I have experienced. Started with a phone interview with a recruiter, fairly normal. I was assured her and another recruiter would not keep me waiting or in the dark and that I was a top candidate.

    I was supposed to hear back in a few days which became three weeks. Finally scheduled a phone interview with the hiring manager. Had that and didn't hear back, nothing, for two months. This was after multiple emails or me trying to connect. All i received was an auto generated message stating the potion was now filled. Terrible.

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