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LivingSocial Account Executive Interview Questions

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Account Executive Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate
No Offer
Neutral Experience
Average Interview

Application

I applied through a recruiter. The process took a week. I interviewed at LivingSocial in September 2011.

Interview

Interview process was text book. First resume review. 2nd Phone interview; 3rd Mock sales presentation interview over phone. 4th Flight to Headquarters in Washington DC. Face to face interview. 2nd mock sales presentation face to face. Email; generic rejection letter.

This company flies in their top prospects to their headquarters located in Washington DC, puts you up in a hotel for the evening before interview. Depending on distance traveled. Your told you need to be there all day until 6pm. They provide transportation to and from airport, hotel if needed to arrive in time for morning interview. Provide vouchure for hotel deli for breakfast. No other meals are provided. After interviews your told they will contact you within a week. Then you sit or explore until the car picks you up at the Hotel to return you to the airport 2 hours before your flight is scheduled to leave. (flight must be after 6pm, mine was at 7:30pm interview ended at 11am)

After interview contact, Generic email :
 Thank you for applying to LivingSocial. After reviewing your background and qualifications, we find that you are not a match for the Account Executive (xxxx) position at this time. We appreciate your interest in LivingSocial and wish you success in your job search. We unfortunately cannot offer any feedback specific to your application.

Sincerely,

The LivingSocial Recruiting Team

I'm an exceptional outside Sales Executive over 40, which I feel is Why I wasn't offered the position. All the Ladies I met at the Hotel there for the same process from all over the country all felt the same OVER 40

Interview Questions

  • Why do you feel you would make a good Account Executive for us?   3 Answers

Other Interview Reviews for LivingSocial

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    Account Executive Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Declined Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at LivingSocial in August 2011.

    Interview

    The process included an online application, 2 telephone interviews, and a day of onsite interviews in Washington DC. Pay attention to what the interviewers on the telephone have to tell you. The information they pass on is invaluable and inline with the company's general ethos. When you get to DC remember to relax, it can get tense. The process has been explained over and over, just be prepared and you'll do fine. I believe they are essentially looking for people who are able to leverage their current connections. The interviewers want hear that you are attending 10-12 appointments daily.

    Interview Questions

    Reasons for Declining

    I declined the offer because the I could not see a future in this position. First, you will not be interviewing for an Account Executive position. You are interviewing to become a Marketing Consultant. They may say it is only a title, but their is a vast difference. An Account Executive maintains a book of business, whereas a Marketing Consultant does not. Your closed accounts will transfer ownership to an agent in DC for a second or third deal if it is viable. Even though you will still earn commissions on subsequent deals from former clients they no longer count towards your sales quota. This leaves you in a position where you are constantly trying to prospect and produce new business as your commision rate is determined by the number of deals you close per month . The number of qualified businesses in your market is finite, and those you find you must give away to someone else in DC. Essentially, you are strip mining your market. Second, you will hear that you are "in on the ground floor", and the environment is contantly changing. You would think that this would mean a small equity stake, but that is not the case. I had a feeling that when I exhausted my market and found the monthly goals increasingly difficult to reach that LivingSocial would show me the meaning of "At Will Employee." Finally, the initial verbal salary offer was 45K, but the official offer was 40K. They would not negotiate. Unacceptable.


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    Account Executive Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at LivingSocial in August 2011.

    Interview

    I had two very positive phone interviews and then was asked to fly to DC to give a Mock pitch.
    Had two rounds of interviews in the morning, as they usually interview on Wednesdays.
    If you're asked back in the afternoon for the next interviewing round, they tell you it's a good sign.
    I was asked back for the afternoon round and thought it went well.
    Well apparently it didn't since they emailed me today to let me know that I wouldn't get a job offer.
    They took individual pictures of our afternoon group. Also, the young woman who brought me in to interview in the afternoon mentioned that I should be excited since they usually hire if you make it past the morning round.
    I am so upset and really thought this was a great company. Careful interviewing if you are over fourty.

    Interview Questions

    • Where would you focus your energies if you were offered the position?   Answer Question
    • Are you a living social member? What are the best selling deals on LS?   Answer Question
  3. Helpful (2)  

    Account Executive Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Declined Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    The process took 2+ weeks. I interviewed at LivingSocial in July 2011.

    Interview

    I'm sorry to say that this company was a complete waste of my time. As many other people have said they put you through 2 phone ineterview. Then fly you to Washington D.C. for the next round which consists of a mock proposal and another "tellme about yourself" interview. The entire process was rushed. The phone interview were short and the people weren't able to answer many important questions about what territory I would be in or how many other reps are in the same territory. When I got to D.C, I thought I would have more time to talk to them in more datail, but again the interview process was rushed. They seem to just rush everyone through and don't really get to know you very well. They also aked me to write a 60 day sales plan and never even asked me for it. This was a big waste of my time.

    Interview Questions

    • I already had a bad ecperiance with Groupon why would I want to use living social?   Answer Question

    Reasons for Declining

    They finally told me that I would be the fifth rep in my very small territory. Also these people want young unmarried people with no kids. I do not wan to work for a company like that! Although I'm 35 (Iconsider myself you) but I am married and have a child.


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    Account Executive Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at LivingSocial in June 2011.

    Interview

    First I had several phone interviews with a very positive , encouraging young lady. I passed that stage, than was asked to come to Washington DC. I stayed over night as my interview frist interview was 8:20am the following morning.
    First impression was that the people that worked there were very young 20's to mid 20's... Since I could be their Mother, I felt out of place.
    My first interview was with a nice young girl that was more interested in my personal affairs than in my job experience, which I have over 15 years sales experience selling advertising online to local businesses.With my high success rate. I previously had been a very sucessful business owner as well, so I knew that I was perfect for this position....However, the second interview was to be a mock sales pitch. It was with two young men that seemed to have no interest in my mock sales pitch, infact did not ask me any questions.. I think they dissmissed me from the min. I walked through the doors, I was dressed professionally but I'm sure it was my age that was the deciding factor.. Let's be clear, I look good for my age 40's, I don't smoke or drink., and without sounding conceited, am told that I am pretty.
    I was not asked back for the third interview, so I was pretty sure they had no interest in me...I left feeling bad about the entire process, a waste of my time, afterall, they knew from my resume, that I was not in my 20's from the years of experience I possess as a seasoned sales professional.

    Why waste my time!!!!

    Interview Questions

    • in person Interview #1
       She never asked, so I told the interviewer , why I felt that I would be the perfect fit for this position.   Answer Question

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    Account Executive Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 5 days. I interviewed at LivingSocial in June 2011.

    Interview

    Three stage interview combined with travel to DC.....Exhausting.

    Interview Questions


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    Account Executive Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at LivingSocial in June 2011.

    Interview

    Be prepared to be snap judged. The first part of the interview process was very positive but when I got to DC my perception changed slightly. I was only asked one question in total about myself "Tell me about yourself...". I then moved onto a sales presentation that I was easily able to close but I was still not asked back for the 3rd round of the process. They tell you in a welcome email that if you are or are not asked back for the 3rd round that it is not a indicator of how things went but when I was told they would not need me to stay it was pretty aparent that I did not get the job. What is frustrating to me is that I put togethr a 60 day plan as asked but was never asked about it, I researched the company but was never asked why I wanted to be apart of it. They never asked me a single question about my sales background or how I would plan my day. The interview was actually the easiest interview I have ever had since entering sales maybe if I had made the cut of what it is that they are looking it may have been harder.

    Interview Questions


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    Account Executive Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4 days. I interviewed at LivingSocial in June 2011.

    Interview

    Awful. Do Not Interview. They will steal your leads during the interview, not offer you the job, then use those leads.

  8. Helpful (2)  

    Account Executive Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at LivingSocial in May 2011.

    Interview

    I have read every single post regarding the interview proces more than once since my interview process began about 3 weeks ago. Everyone's recollection is on target- 1 phone interview with basic questions, if they have interest they will email you to schedule a 2nd phone interview which consists of a few more quesrions and an on the spot role play. Sould you pass this evaluation, they advise if they want to take it further, the next step would be for them to fly you to DC for in person interviews. I was told to keep an eye on my email for the next few days. I actually received the email by the end of the day inviting me to come to the next stage of the interview process.
    I made my arrangements as per details in the email, was also emailed scenario of what to expect. There were to be 2 in person interviews, 1st with a recruiter who asked all typical questions, 2nd with team of 2 where the role play (which I was given details of before I arrived) was done. A few minutes after that, while waiting in the reception area, I was asked to come back later in the afternoon for an additional interview. I did, and that was with another 2 employees/managers. More typical questions- but probing for qualities that would deem you as a good candidate
    That was it. Was told it would be 1-2 weeks to hear back. 48 hours after I left DC I received a call and was offered the postion- which I excitedly accepted.

    This was a challenging process- not for an amateur. Livingsocial is only interested in an experienced salesperson who fits their mold. I'm not referring to age specifically- but experience, attitude, confidence, personality.

    My former experience speaks for itself, but I also went in fully prepared, knowing all I could possibly know about the company and their sales process. I would receommend doing your homework thoroughly.

    Most of the negative posts are made by the people whom were not offered the position. Sadly for them, they were either not prepared for the interview, did not have the right experience, or did not make a great impression.

    Had I not been offered this position, I would have been disappointed, but my review still would have been a very positibe one ( although I would have not had a clue what I did wrong).

    My advice is to read all of these reivews and take away the basic information of what to expect. The rest is up to you.

    Interview Questions

    • How many cold calls do you think you would need to make in order to secure 20 sales per month?   Answer Question

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    Account Executive Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took a week. I interviewed at LivingSocial in May 2011.

    Interview

    It was just like all of the posts have said. Two 1- hour phone interviews, the second being the mock pitch. Then the email invite to DC. All travel and hotel paid for by LS. Great hotel! Interviewed the next morning. interview 1 was the one on one, # 2 was with two people, and was the mock pitch, and then #3 was, unlike the other posts, was only with 2 people. This was kind of like American Idol, but for Sales! All of this happened on a Wednesday. I sent my "thank you" notes and on Monday, I sent an email to my contact there. Two hours later I received my "Thanks for playing" note telling me that they were going in a different direction.
    It was an exciting interview process, but don't lose your job trying to get this one. One additional note, the driver on the way back to the airport told one of my fellow interviewees, "You got it, congratulations!" but it turned out that he didn't.
    I would do it all again, though! It was quite an experience!

    Interview Questions

    • Why should we pick you?   1 Answer
    • Don't underestimate the value of the good ole fashion interview questions.   1 Answer

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