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Penguin Group Interview Questions

Updated Oct 2, 2016
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    Editorial Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at Penguin Group (New York, NY) in August 2015.

    Interview

    I applied through HR, initially without referrals. HR responded within two weeks. I had an initial interview with a recruiter and my immediate supervisors the first time, and then about two-three weeks later (I think this was an unusually long gap) had my second and final interview with various other people in the imprint and a followup with my supervisors. I was notified within a week.

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    Production Editor Interview

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

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at Penguin Group (New York, NY) in February 2015.

    Interview

    Met with human resources who were very cold and nasty, they were just interviewing me to fill a quota but never had any intention to consider me for the position. A waste of time. Ridiculed my vast experience and education. I suspect these HR people are uneducated and are jealous of people who graduated with a 4 year college degree,

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    Sales Interview

    Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ weeks. I interviewed at Penguin Group (New York, NY) in April 2012.

    Interview

    Hard to get through to HR, but once they read your resume they'll respond. Phone interview and in-person interview... first HR was very formal/standard, and then in-person with the managers was much more relaxed.

    Interview Questions

    • The original HR interview was very standard, what are your weaknesses, your strengths in the office?   Answer Question
    • What do you think is important in a work relationship?   Answer Question
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    Sales Interview

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

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at Penguin Group (New York, NY) in August 2011.

    Interview

    Very thorough interview covering experience and contacts. Relaxed atmosphere. Professional follow-up detailing how long the interview process would take and they responded when the desicion was made.

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    Production Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at Penguin Group (New York, NY) in June 2011.

    Interview

    The environment and dress was business causal. The building was imposing--be there early! You will need to present ID at the front desk of the building, and get a pass to go through the security gates. Then you may need to fill out additional paperwork once you're waiting in the lobby.

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    Sales Assistant Interview

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

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at Penguin Group (New York, NY) in September 2010.

    Interview

    HR was very quick to respond to my application. They phoned within a day or two to conduct a phone interview, which lasted about 20 minutes. Directly following the call I was invited to an in-office interview. It took place the following week and I met with staff from HR and the sales department. The HR part consisted of the typical HR questions: tell me about a time when.... you had to improvise, work with someone you didn't get along with, etc. The part where I met people in the department was really laid back. It was a run through of my resume and chit chat about what I was reading at the moment. All in all, a good interview experience. It took more than 2 two weeks for them to get back to me -- twice as long as they had said.

    Interview Questions

    • Tell me about a time when you were involved in a workplace conflict and how it was resolved.   Answer Question
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    Production Interview

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

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took a week. I interviewed at Penguin Group (New York, NY) in March 2010.

    Interview

    There was one phone call, followed relatively soon by an HR interview.

    Interview Questions

    • Give an example of a time a former supervisor gave you criticism.   1 Answer
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    Publicity Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    The process took 1+ week. I interviewed at Penguin Group in June 2010.

    Interview

    The people in HR are really cold, but everyone else in the company is very nice and interesting. Getting beyond the HR interview is a pinch, but in my experience, it was hard to win over the department interviewer. They ask you about your interests, why you'd like to work in publishing, and what books you read. I barely got a chance to talk about the experience I have and what I could bring to the position. Although I felt overprepared for the interview, they still didn't offer me a position.

    Interview Questions

    • What is one example of criticism you've received in a past job?   Answer Question
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    Editorial Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at Penguin Group in April 2009.

    Interview

    Met with department head and HR. They asked for references.

    Interview Questions

    • Name a difficult situation you faced at work and how you handled it.   Answer Question
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