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USA Today Interview Questions in McLean, VA

Updated Feb 4, 2017
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    Vice President, Technology Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in McLean, VA
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took a week. I interviewed at USA Today (McLean, VA) in January 2017.

    Interview

    I had a phone screen with a recruiter that was the result of a random meeting invite that was emailed to me. I had to move some prior meetings around to make the time work since it appeared there was no flexibility in scheduling. She called on time but couldn't remember what role she was calling about. She was trying to find her notes because she had been "calling so many people today." I waited through at least five minutes of paper shuffling for her to get it together. Then she described the role but still seemed a little unsure about it. After that she asked questions that she could have answered if she had thoroughly read my resume. I know that people have bad days sometimes so I gave her some slack. She then promised a follow-up within a couple business days, even said she understood the importance of "timely feedback," so would definitely do so. After more than 3 business days I messaged her for status. No response. I tried messaging her twice more within the next couple of weeks with no response. She completely ghosted me. She was unorganized from the start and then had no follow-through. Left a very bad impression of this organization, especially considering the role I had applied for. I hope their business isn't that disorganized and unprofessional, else they are in serious trouble.

    Interview Questions

    • How many people are on your current team?
      What is your current pay including bonus?
      Describe your current role.  
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    Project Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee in McLean, VA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at USA Today (McLean, VA) in May 2016.

    Interview

    It started off on a friendly yet professional note. I never felt like they were looking to just get over with the interview and move on with their day.

    Interview Questions

    • Past experiences, what you bring to the table, situational questions   Answer Question
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    USA TODAY College Interview

    Anonymous Employee in McLean, VA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at USA Today (McLean, VA).

    Interview

    I submitted my resume and application online through the website. A few days later I received an email to schedule phone interview and proceed to interviewed over the phone a few days late. I received an email I made it to the final stage and was then offered position about a week later.

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    Marketing Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in McLean, VA
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at USA Today (McLean, VA).

    Interview

    It took about 2 weeks. A lot of email communication. I talked to them then was invited to interview with other people. It was difficult to talk to some people who kept asking the same question, clearly didn't like my response even though most managers like the answer.

    They called all of my references and said I was in the running. They did tell me I did not get the position which was a positive.

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    QA Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Employee in McLean, VA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at USA Today (McLean, VA) in March 2013.

    Interview

    Fairly easy, nothing to technical. Everyone was extremely kind and the QA manager was very sweet. I was contacted by a recruiter, phone screen then face to face. If you know your stuff then you should have nothing to worry about. I knew about the position I was applying for and could gauge what kind of questions they asked me. Go in confident and make sure you can describe everything in detail.

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    National Accounts Director Interview

    Anonymous Employee in McLean, VA
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through other source. The process took 3+ months. I interviewed at USA Today (McLean, VA) in November 2012.

    Interview

    My interview process took approximately three months from the initial online application to the job offer. There was a phone interview, then an in-person interview with the direct manager, followed by a panel interview that included role playing a presentation for a client. I probably wouldn't have been given an interview if I hadn't contacted the manager directly.

    Interview Questions

    • I'm afraid I don't remember the most difficult or unexpected question; however I had less than 24 hours to prepare my presentation for the final round interview.   Answer Question
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    Advertising Interview

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

    Application

    The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at USA Today (McLean, VA) in September 2011.

    Interview

    My interview experience at USA Today was overall pretty good. I was not offered the position in the end. I interviewed with two people at the same time. The interview was behavioral based. I was asked the generic interview questions such as biggest weakness, what do I know about USA Today, what my greatest strengths are. The people who interviewed me spent a lot of time with me, which was nice since I traveled out of town to be there.

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    Business Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in McLean, VA
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at USA Today (McLean, VA) in February 2011.

    Interview

    I had applied for a position a few months back, and randomly I got an email from a HR rep asking what my salary expectations were and whether i was interested in the position. Later I had a more formal conversation with HR, they asked a lot of behavioral and situational questions. Wasn't expecting the interview to be long, but it was well over 1 hour 30 min. A few weeks later i went for the department interview, was asked about my experience and overall fit in the company. Again they had planned out a series of questions beforehand but it ended up being more of a conversation. Both people I interviewed with were great and I had a great experience.

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    Graphic Designer Interview

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

    Application

    The process took 1 day. I interviewed at USA Today (McLean, VA) in November 2010.

    Interview

    There was a first call from an HR person who asked pretty general questions. About 3 weeks later I was asked to come for an interview in front of marketing management. When I was there the HR person asked same questions as on the phone interview, which was little odd.
    The presentation was about an hour, mostly focusing on generic behavioral questions like "What are you looking in a boss," I was pretty engaging, I felt very comfortable, the team showed work and the kind of work they are looking for. I though I could fit right in. Unfortunately they didn't even bothered to contact me and give me feedback on the status. I've tried contacting twice but did not hear anything at all.

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    Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in McLean, VA
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at USA Today (McLean, VA) in January 2010.

    Interview

    USAT relies on behavioral interviews and a defined question set. All involved were actually open, friendly, generally positive. Unfortunately ,USAT uses the rude practice of never following up, adopting the practice of avoidance and "eventually they'll get the message," which is weird for a communicaitons company. Zero recontact after multiple interviews, despite specific efforts to follow up by job seeker with letter, email and voicemail to HR. A simple "thanks but we've decided to go with another candidate" is an expected courtesy from any job applicant.
    Bad form, USA Today

    Interview Questions

    • Uses behavioral interviews. Quesitons were all experiential, based on specific situations and how you handled them in the past. "Tell me about a time when you..."   1 Answer
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