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The Washington Post Interview Questions

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    Human Resources Manager - NYC Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Interview

    Things moved pretty quick between application and initial phone screen with the recruiter. After that it, I was ghosted. Being in HR, I understand that not every candidate is the right fit but at least have the courtesy to send candidates a turndown email.

    Interview Questions

    • Typical initial phone screen: Run down your resume, why are you looking for a new opportunity, what are your salary expectations.   Answer Question

    The Washington Post Response

    13 Jan 2021 – The Washington Post Team

    Thanks for letting us know about your experience applying to our open HR Manager role in New York City. We work hard to make sure every candidate is communicated with and honored throughout the process. We're sorry this was not your experience. We take this seriously and will pass this onto our team to make sure it doesn't happen again. Again, thanks for letting us know.


  2. Helpful (1)  

    Frontend Developer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Interview

    Very moody and blunt recruiter. But doesn't like if you are blunt with him. Was more into talking himself than listening to the other person. There were few good moments though but he came back to his original self soon.

    Interview Questions

    The Washington Post Response

    17 Nov 2020 – The Washington Post Team

    We appreciate the candid feedback. What you describe doesn’t exhibit our values as a company. We’d like to hear more details about the conversation. Feel free to confidentially e-mail us at life@washpost.com.

  3. Helpful (3)  

    Full Stack Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Edgewater, MD (US)
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at The Washington Post (Edgewater, MD (US)).

    Interview

    I had an interview with two guys it was actually a pretty good interview. Very friendly, they asked a set of open ended questions pertaining to my experience. Afterwards I got to ask my questions then I was told I get the next steps in about a week.

    Three weeks later and I’ve heard nothing from them. I think it’s pretty rude to just blatantly disregard someone applying for a position. Even a generic rejection email would be better than just have someone waiting and continuously looking out for a reply that’s never coming. Which is why even though the actual interview and interviewers were good the process as a whole gets a negative from me.

    Interview Questions

    • Give a time where you had to lower your coding standards for an upcoming due deadline on a project.   Answer Question

    The Washington Post Response

    17 Nov 2020 – The Washington Post Team

    Thank you for writing a candid review. This is not an experience we want anyone to have interviewing at The Post. Every candidate who interviews with The Post should hear from us., Feel free to confidentially e-mail us more details at life@washpost.com.


  4. Helpful (4)  

    Full Stack Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Negative Experience

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. I interviewed at The Washington Post.

    Interview

    I was first contacted by a recruiter and the process took about a week.
    The interview process began with a half-hour phone screen with a developer.
    The following week, I had a face-to-face interview with the same developer and a manager. The face-to-face consisted of two sessions - one with each individual.
    I received positive feedback from the developer. He was friendly and welcoming.
    The meeting with him lasted about an hour and fifteen minutes. During this time, we spoke about my past experiences, and he asked a few in-depth technical questions and two whiteboard questions. He offered me a mini-bottle of water, which I accepted, and he left.

    Next up was the manager.
    Before he entered (it was a glass room), his expression should have cued me in as to what was about to happen.
    I was grilled with four whiteboard questions for two straight hours.
    He seemed upset. He never smiled. He spoke if he had to. My attempts at conversation or discussion of any kind (even with regard to the whiteboard problems) were greeted with nothing but negative energy, and answers which were either curt or snide.
    After answering his first question on binary search trees - one of the more challenging questions I've seen - he seemed to tire of me describing what I was doing given the limited board space, and simply erased my answer and moved on.
    He pounded away at his keyboard while I worked, pausing intermittently to ignore or partially respond to the comments I made about the code, or to point out holes in my logic.
    During this marathon session, I was not offered use of the bathroom, or asked if I needed to take a break or to have any more water. I was offered use of the bathroom as I left though.
    At the end of the whiteboard session, he rushed me through any questions I had for him.

    I reached out to the recruiter a week or so after the interview.
    After 3 hours, 15 minutes, and 6 whiteboard questions, the feedback I received from the recruiter was that the manager said he couldn't make a decision because I was the only candidate that interviewed.

    As a person of color, I have experienced various degrees of disrespect and negative attitudes on interviews. This was one of the worse experiences I have had.

    Interview Questions

    The Washington Post Response

    20 Jul 2020 – The Washington Post Team

    A value of The Washington Post as a company is innovation, something that can only be achieved with diversity of thought that comes from people of different backgrounds and experiences. Because of this, we encourage, support and foster a culture of inclusion. We’re sorry to hear this is not what you experienced during the interview process. Thanks for taking the time to share with us. It’s helpful as we continue to strive to be a great place to work for all. We’ll dig deeper into this instance and our overall interview process.


  5. Helpful (3)  

    Brand Strategist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at The Washington Post.

    Interview

    I applied via LinkedIn and was contacted by a recruiter a week later for a phone interview. I then completed a presentation task and was invited for an e-interview a few days later.

    This was my first time encountering outright race discrimination during the hiring process. As soon as the interviewer saw that I was a person of color, she commented "Oh...hi". The interiew was over before it started. From then on, she acted as though she could care less about the interview and was just asking me questions for the sake of time.

    As Glassdoor reviewers mention, The Washington Post is not an inclusive place for people of color.

    Interview Questions

    The Washington Post Response

    20 Jul 2020 – The Washington Post Team

    We encourage, support and foster a culture of inclusion. We’re sorry to hear this is not what you experienced during the interview process. Thank you for having the courage to e-mail our recruiting team about your experience as well. We will respond directly to your e-mail to listen and learn from your experience. Thanks for taking the time to share with us. It’s helpful as we continue to strive to be a great place to work for all.


  6. Helpful (4)  

    Human Resources Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at The Washington Post.

    Interview

    I applied online. And I couldn't believe it and was jumping for joy when I got an email from the recruiter reaching out asking when we could connect. I gave her some times, and she confirmed. Six hours before the interview, she writes me saying 'can we do tomorrow instead of today?' I say fine. The next day, 30 minutes before the scheduled interview..., another email apologizing saying can I do a week from now instead. I say fine, but ask for a different time than she proposes. We go back and forth and virtually she is just too busy for anything other than what she is proposing, so we schedule for another week away. The day of the interview, silence on my email and phone. I ping her on email, no response. Finally about 10 minutes into the interview she calls. It feels rushed, we end at the scheduled time, and we go over a series of general questions. She tells me on the phone to give her my availability via email after we hang up for yet another chat with her...which will be more of a 'deep dive' into my experience. I immediately follow up with my experience via email. 6 days go by, nothing. I ping her. Nothing. Another 2 days go by. I ping again as I had carved out the times I had proposed, and needed to know if I had to keep them available. She responds she's just been too busy and she'll reach out when she can. About 2 weeks go by. I ping. She responds immediately to let me know she'll be in touch shortly. Nothing for 15 more days. I'm unemployed, dying to work for a brand name Company and one with otherwise great Glassdoor reviews, and desperately check in again. She responds within 10 minutes to let me know interviews are still happening...and she'll have an update in a few days. At this point I've given up. I've never been lead on for so long. Two months of emails and only one 20 minute phone interview!! I am so incredibly disappointed as I was just so happy to even get an interview and then all of this happened. I expected better. People work here! People complete the interview process! How come I couldn't? And why would you tell me I'm moving forward and just keep up the ghosting? It was incredibly unprofessional, and I expected more from The Washington Post. I cannot believe this job is still posted to this day, 3 months later. I really would have loved to have been considered, and instead I just got jerked around.

    Interview Questions

    The Washington Post Response

    17 Nov 2020 – The Washington Post Team

    Thank you for taking the time to tell us about your experience. This is not the experience we want anyone to have with The Post. We aim to have a candid dialogue with candidates while being considerate of their time. If there are any other details that you think would help us improve, please feel free to email us at life@washpost.com.


  7. Helpful (2)  

    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at The Washington Post.

    Interview

    I did a recruiter screen, a take-home coding interview, an in-person technical interview with the development team, and then a behavioral interview with the management team.

    The phone screen was to make sure I had the skills listed on the job description. The coding interview was a take-home that required me to build a REST API application in 48 hours. The technical interview was to talk through my approach to the coding interview and ask me about the technologies I knew and could bring to the team, and the behavioral interview was team fit and motivations.

    I actually enjoyed the process, Fair, challenging, but really quick. The recruiter screen really was the toughest part.

    Interview Questions

    • Tell us about a project that you knew was a success and tell us how you figured that out   Answer Question

    The Washington Post Response

    19 Nov 2020 – The Washington Post Team

    Thank you for writing a review. We appreciate your feedback and glad you found the process to be fair and enjoyable. If you have any other details that you would like to share, please feel free to confidentially email us at life@washpost.com.

  8.  

    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at The Washington Post.

    Interview

    I applied online and received a call within days. 2 interviews. One with HR the 2nd with the hiring managers. I received an offer after about 2 weeks. They did my background check and I which was quick and I started right away. Training took about a week and was very thorough.

    Interview Questions

    The Washington Post Response

    19 Nov 2020 – The Washington Post Team

    Thank you for writing about your experience interviewing for The Post. It's important to us that candidates feel valued and respected during each interview. We also appreciate you letting us know that the process moved quick for you as this is our goal.


  9.  

    Software Engineer(Internship) Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC (US)
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at The Washington Post (Washington, DC (US)) in March 2020.

    Interview

    Very straightforward, asked about past experiences and my experience in computer science. It was more of a conversation style interview. I also got to ask him about the culture and style of the workplace.

    Interview Questions

    The Washington Post Response

    12 Jan 2021 – The Washington Post Team

    Thank you for interviewing with The Post. We are glad to hear that you had a positive experience speaking to our engineering department about the culture and work of the team. If you have any other feedback that you would like to share, feel free to confidentially email us at life@washpost.com.


  10.  

    Product Designer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at The Washington Post.

    Interview

    HR contacted me after I submitted my resume. It was quite simple. Then I got another round with hiring manager for 45 minutes. They asked about the projects I've done before and told me the role and the team.

    Interview Questions


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