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Oxford University Press Interview Questions in Oxford, England

Updated Jul 7, 2017
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    Assistant Commissioning Editor Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Oxford, England (UK)
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ weeks. I interviewed at Oxford University Press (Oxford, England (UK)) in June 2017.

    Interview

    After submitting my CV and cover letter for the position, I was invited to a first interview at the office. I was interviewed by two people in the team. It was a competency-based interview, so it was mostly questions about how I dealt with certain situations, such as dealing with criticism or responding to customer queries. There was a two-part task, which I then talked through my answers and train of thought as part of the interview. Had I been successful, there would have been a second interview the following week. I was ultimately unsuccessful due to less experience than other applicants.

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    Marketing Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Oxford, England (UK)
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Oxford University Press (Oxford, England (UK)) in April 2017.

    Interview

    I applied online with a CV and cover letter. A few days after the closing date I was invited to an assessment centre later that week.
    At the assessment centre, there were 12 candidates for 3 positions. This involved a job-specific group task (including a presentation), written tasks, and an interview with 3 managers.
    I was offered the job a few days later.
    Overall, a friendly process with manageable interview questions if preparation is made beforehand.

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    Marketing Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Oxford, England (UK)
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Oxford University Press (Oxford, England (UK)) in April 2017.

    Interview

    I went to an assessment centre for one of three Marketing Assistant roles. There were ten of us. We were taken to a big conference room and asked to find our name on one of three tables and sit in our assigned seat. After a short introduction, we were given 15 minutes to complete a task alongside the people on our table. Together, we then give a 5-minute presentation to the rest group to feedback our ideas. After this, there was a ten-minute Q&A session where we got to ask the interviewers any of our questions. Then we were given a test to complete and, during this time, we were called individually to a private, ten-minute meeting with the interviewers.

    I found the assessment centre intimidating and very draining, but also a great challenge and a valuable learning experience. I'm also grateful that the interviewers took the time to provide thoughtful feedback following the process.

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    Senior Publisher Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Oxford, England (UK)
    Accepted Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied in-person. The process took 6 weeks. I interviewed at Oxford University Press (Oxford, England (UK)).

    Interview

    I was approached directly by OUP, as I was working for one of their direct competitors. There wasn't an interview process as such. There was a 'chat' on the phone followed by a panel 'chat' at the Oxford office. They hadn't really prepared anything as it was obvious from the outset that they wanted to lure me away from my current employer to do the identical role for OUP. They raved about all of the benefits of working for OUP- flexible working, job security, final salary pension plan. They also ran down my current employer. I gave up a good job and came to OUP. Within a year they had shown that all of the benefits they mentioned were untrue. There was no flexible working, the final salary pension plan was wound up (and down-graded for those of us already on the plan) and as for the promised job security, they made me and others they had lured from other roles redundant-all of us wishing we had never allowed OUP to convince us to leave great jobs at competitors.

    Interview Questions

    • How do you think you could apply your experience from Pearson here?
      How much does Pearson intend to spend on the areas of xxxx and xxxx?
      What is Pearson's strategy around xxxx for the next 5 years?   1 Answer

  5. Helpful (1)  

    Publishing Editor Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Oxford, England (UK)
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4 weeks. I interviewed at Oxford University Press (Oxford, England (UK)) in November 2016.

    Interview

    I attended two interviews. The first was with two people, and I was asked lots of competency based questions. The second involved a couple of tasks (suggesting changes to a textbook and plan for seeing new textbook edition through to publication), and an interview with two people where I was asked scenario-based questions, and a few more general questions.

    Interview Questions

    • What are the four most important attributes for a publishing editor?   Answer Question

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    Marketing Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Oxford, England (UK)
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Oxford University Press (Oxford, England (UK)) in August 2016.

    Interview

    Interviewed by two people. First stage interviews only. The interview lasted for about an hour. This was my first interview for a graduate position, which I intimated. Both interviewers did their best to set me at ease. The questions were fairly standard and open-ended; the normal strengths/weaknesses queries, along with some about the job description, nothing particularly taxing. I was rejected on the basis of my experience being with a company which was outside of the UK. I found this frustrating since it was clearly written on my CV that my work experience was from India.It felt like a slight waste of my time.

    Interview Questions

    • Give an example of when you have changed the way you do something in your work as a result of observing processes in other areas of your life.   Answer Question
    • What will you find most challenging about the position?   Answer Question
    • Give an example of when you have shown leadership qualities.   Answer Question

  7. Helpful (5)  

    Marketing Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Oxford, England (UK)
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 5 weeks. I interviewed at Oxford University Press (Oxford, England (UK)) in May 2015.

    Interview

    It was an assessment centre format, involving a group task, and then 6 individual copywriting & proofreading tasks which took around 40 minutes, a brief tour of the floor we were on and then 2 10 minute interviews alone with members of marketing & HR

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  8. Helpful (2)  

    Assistant Marketing Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Oxford, England (UK)
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Oxford University Press (Oxford, England (UK)).

    Interview

    Met a senior manager on Skype and was called in for the second interview to meet her in person, this time with the head of Marketing and then met with a recruitment adviser separately. They gave me a task to complete and bring along, which I presented during the interview.

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    Analyst Interview

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

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at Oxford University Press (Oxford, England (UK)).

    Interview

    Timely invite to interview (7 days after close date) with fixed interview time (late morning).
    Interview was 1hr+ with an introduction to the company and role before the interview proper which was not without a hitch, starting as it did with a statement that the required fit did not match my skills.
    At this point it was tempting to excuse myself but as the interviewer pushed on I continued, feeling all the time on a back-foot.
    I left realising that this was not a company at which I'd prosper or to whom I'd ever apply again, my view being based also on a interview some years previously when it was told I was over-qualified.
    In both cases my CV was clear, as was my supporting letter which leads me to assume neither were read before interview invites are sent, or that there is no coherent process to sift applications

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    Summer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Oxford, England (UK)
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at Oxford University Press (Oxford, England (UK)) in April 2015.

    Interview

    I applied for the Spain Secondary Editorial internship, so my interview focused a lot on my teaching experience. I was asked about how I engaged the children, what the future of teaching and education would look like, about my writing experience and other general questions like time management. They made a bigger deal about teaching than I had thought because in the ELT (English Language Teaching) department they're very focused on the theoretical side of teaching and most editors have teaching experience. I then had to complete a proofreading test, which was easy. I had 20-30 minutes to read a manuscript for a textbook and find formatting and spelling errors.

    Interview Questions

    • In your teaching experience, how did you engage and interest the children?   1 Answer

    Negotiation

    There is a set salary and position for the internships, so negotiation wasn't possible.


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