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Updated Jul 11, 2014
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Staff Reporter Interview

Staff Reporter
Mumbai

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 12 months - interviewed at Dow Jones.

Interview Details The selection process began with an informal discussion with the India Editor. I was asked about my previous employment and the reasons why I was keen on joining Dow Jones Newswires. He also asked me questions why would I prefer to join a newswire as it is very technical and based on templates. There were also personal questions on family background and future aspirations. This was followed by a three-hour long written test. The test was designed to test my basic math, news judgement, editing and writing also ethics. The news judgment section included headlines and I was asked to state how would the news headlines affect the market. The headlines included the death of the US Fed Chairman , A terror attack etc. The writing and editing questions were technical with conflicting statements and data. I was supposed to edit it and also leave notes for the reporter. The ethics section had questions on my sourcing abilities and would I rely on market rumours to report or flash a headline. The final stage was an offer letter which I accepted.

Interview Question – The most difficult question was why do i chose to apply for a newswire. Most of the people join journalism as they find they have a knack of writing and storytelling. A newswire, unlike other media streams, relies on preparing in advance, making templates for a faster turnaround of stories. I found the question unexpected. If I were to be asked why Dow Jones Newswires, it would be an easy standard reply but the reason for joining a newswire was tough. I was thinking on my feet and replied that a newswire apart from a better paying job also has a stress on subject knowledge and precision. As a journalist, it would not only help me get a deeper insight in the subject, but I would be a better skilled professional.   Answer Question


Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Difficult Interview

Sales Manager Interview

Sales Manager
Mumbai

I applied through a staffing agency and the process took 4 weeks - interviewed at Dow Jones in September 2008.

Interview Details There were 2 rounds of Interview.

Interview Question – What is the reason for job change?   View Answers (2)

Negotiation Details – Yes I was able to negotiate


Accepted Offer

Negative Experience

Easy Interview

Java Web Developer Interview

Java Web Developer
Princeton, NJ (US)

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Dow Jones in July 2013.

Interview Details Hiring process was really simple 1 phone interview followed my face to face interview
They asked very basic OO concepts in the telephonic interview
face to face interview was more coding related and case specific with some white board coding.

Interview Question – Nothing was unexpected in fact is was much easier than expected.   Answer Question


Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Difficult Interview

Customer Servce Executive Interview

Customer Servce Executive

I applied online and the process took 4 weeks - interviewed at Dow Jones in September 2013.

Interview Details Initial Phone interview with HR followed by a second one with a global manager in the US. Invited to 2 more rounds of face-to-face interviews on site. On site skills test included a role play with a team member - you have to serve an unhappy customer over the phone to demonstrate your handle a difficult situation

Interview Question – What do you know about Dow Jones and products? Tell me about your self and experience? Tell me about your experience when you went extra mile to exceed a customer's expectation? Role-play type skills test.   Answer Question


1 person found this helpful

No Offer

Negative Experience

Difficult Interview

Technology Showcase Interview

Technology Showcase
New York, NY (US)

I applied online and the process took 6 days - interviewed at Dow Jones in October 2013.

Interview Details 2013.10.24 Online Application
2013.10.28 Interview Invitation via Email from HR followed by HireVue
2013.10.30 Digital Interview (50 minutes) with the following quesitons

1. Multiple Choice - Choose a location to work. (3 min)
2. Video - Use an example to explain the lifecycle of HTTP request & response. (3 min)
3. Essay - Programming (40 min)
Most people have adopted the decimal number system which has ten symbols (0,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9). There are other number systems like binary, hex and octal. Your job is to convert a hex number into a musical number. What is a musical number you might ask? It’s something we invented. Keep reading.
The Hex alphabet contains 16 symbols: 0,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,a,b,c,d,e,f
The Musical alphabet contains 12 symbols: A,A#,B,C,C#,D,D#,E,F,F#,G,G# (# is pronounced 'sharp' so 'A#' is pronounced 'A-sharp', 'C#' is 'C-sharp' and so on)
Your program should validate input (make sure input is a hex number i.e. it is in base-16) and convert it to a number represented by the musical alphabet (base-12). Your program should output the musical number OR an error string "Input is not valid Hex" if the input is not valid hex.
Sample inputs & outputs:
          Input:9, Output:F#
          Input:dead, Output:BFG#GD
          Input:feedface, Output:F#G#C#C#C#A#AA#B
*You may write the program in any language you wish, just make a note at the top of the answer page letting us know which one you chose.
4. Video - Please explain the thought process behind your answer to the previous question. (3 min)

Interview Question – Explain the code.   Answer Question


Accepted Offer

Neutral Experience

Director Interview

Director

I applied through a recruiter and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Dow Jones.

Interview Details Casual and short, met future boss and dotted line boss

Negotiation Details – Easy, there was not much room for negotiating


Accepted Offer

Neutral Experience

Difficult Interview

Front End Web Developer Interview

Front End Web Developer

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 4 weeks - interviewed at Dow Jones.

Interview Details I had applied for a different position and spoken with the recruiter on the phone. That position didn't come through, but the recruiter called me weeks later about another position. They quickly set up a phone interview with the hiring manager, which went well. I was called in the next week for a personal interview with the recruiter and then with a team member. The team member asked several specific technical questions and explained that it was not for specific answers but so that they could see how I thought through to a solution.

Interview Question – How to find the cause of a slow page load in a web site, focusing on all avenues to rule out specific bottlenecks and response lags.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – Negotiation was easy, but the verification and background check took weeks.


No Offer

Neutral Experience

Human Resources Rotational Program Interview

Human Resources Rotational Program

I applied through college or university and interviewed at Dow Jones.

Interview Details Phone Interview went well--asked basic questions. Then was offered a digital interview.

Interview Question – Why HR?   Answer Question


1 person found this helpful

No Offer

Neutral Experience

Easy Interview

Ad Layout Coordinator Interview

Ad Layout Coordinator
Monmouth Junction, NJ (US)

I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Dow Jones in February 2014.

Interview Details Applied for the position and I received an email for an interview 3 days later. I went for the interview that week and it seemed to go really well. I had to go through security but all that went smoothly. We talked for about an hour about what the job would include and he showed me examples of the work I would be doing. I was confident and showed interest in the position. He never told me one bad thing or inferred in any way that I wouldn't be a good fit. He even told me that he had only one other person to interview for the position and that he would be making a decision next week. Sadly, I did not receive a phone call offering me the position so I called the HR department at the end of the following week to find out that I did not get offered the position.

Interview Question – He didn't really ask me any questions. It was more of an hour long conversation about the position. I had a bunch of questions prepared that kept the conversations flowing.   Answer Question


Accepted Offer

Neutral Experience

Sales Associate Interview

Sales Associate

Interviewed at Dow Jones

Interview Details Be able to show your prospecting skills, cold calling, social networking, etc.

Interview Question – May have to pitch someone over the phone.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – Accepted good starting salary.

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