RPA Interview Questions & Reviews
Getting an Interview
Very Easy Interview
Freelance Interview (Positive Experience; Very Easy Interview)
I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at RPA.
Interview Details Initiated contact via email and received response the next day from HR. Shared requested information via email and schedule phone interview.
Phone interview was extremely professional and informative. Was allowed to provide my information as well as obtain additional information regarding the position and what the agency was looking for beyond the posted job description.
Interview Question – As I was familiar with the agency the interview process was expedient and did not receive any difficult or unexpected questions during or after the process. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – Extremely fair and highly professional.
Account Assistant Interview (Neutral Experience)
Interviewed at RPA
Interview Details There were four different interviews- one with Recruiter, one with manager, one with team supervisor, and one with vice president. I thought it was ridiculous and its an awful company.
Interview Question – Whats your worst flaw? Answer Question
Reason for Declining – RPA SUCKS
Account Management Internship Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied online and the process took 2+ months - interviewed at RPA.
Interview Details Started with a standard application along with a social media project where you listed why you want a job in advertising (be creative). About month later I received an email that I made it to the second round (phone interview). The interview was a pretty standard interview. No extremely tough questions. Mostly getting to know you and job experience. A few weeks later, I was notified I made it to the third round (santa monica office) for a panel type interview. Very fun experience overall. People at RPA are extremely positive and outgoing people
Interview Question – What was your favorite campaign of 2014? What was your favorite RPA advertisement? What would your friends say about you? Answer Question
Floater Interview (Neutral Experience)
Interviewed at RPA
Interview Details Pretty easy interview process. Had to submit a creative part as a preliminary before the interview. But I actually thought it was fun and innovative. Interview itself was standard. Casual. Asked the typical interview questions. Nothing out of the ordinary. The HR ladies were really nice
Interview Question – No difficult questions. Standard interview Answer Question
Copywriter Intern Interview (Positive Experience; Easy Interview)
I applied online and the process took 2 months - interviewed at RPA.
Interview Details I applied on RPA's website with a cover letter, and then forgot about it until I received an email from HR about a month later. I was asked to answer three questions via either Pinterest, Twitter, or video: 1) Why RPA?, 2) Why advertising?, and 3) Why your department of choice? A couple of weeks later I was notified I'd made it to the third round, where I was asked to submit at least one recommendation letter via email or mail.
Five days after that deadline, I was asked to interview with the creative manager via Skype since I'm from out of state. She was pretty friendly and looked at my portfolio, asking me which of my campaigns were my favorite, why RPA, etc., and then I was given time to ask questions. Nothing to be worried about. She then said everything looked fine and that I would be Skyping with the Group Creative Director next. I Skyped with him a couple days later, and 95% of our half-hour conversation was just getting to know each other. Very relaxed and enjoyable. I then received word from HR a few days later that I'd officially been given an offer.
Over all, the interviewing process took 2-3 months, which I think is a long time for an internship. However, I had time since I was traveling in the summer, so waiting wasn't too big of a deal for me. Maybe I just applied for the position too early. Anyway, very nice people, like other reviews have said.
Negotiation Details – Non-negotiable.
Assistant Media Planner Interview (Neutral Experience; Easy Interview)
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 2 months - interviewed at RPA.
Interview Details Pretty casual. Started off with a phone interview, and came in a month later for a testing and 2 in-person interviews.
Interview Question – Why Media Planning? Answer Question
Creative Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied through a recruiter and the process took 4 days - interviewed at RPA in July 2010.
Interview Details Immediately sold once I met the folks. I did not know much about RPA, they were really below the radar a few years back.
Very Easy Interview
Digital Marketing Analytics Intern Interview (Neutral Experience; Very Easy Interview)
The process took a day - interviewed at RPA in February 2012.
Interview Details Pretty basic phone interview went over my resume and the scope of the job. No tricky questions or anything like that. The interviewer was nice and very helpful.
Interview Question – Why RPA? Answer Question
Reason for Declining – Recruiter was unable to answer some basic questions about where the job feeds into if you were asked to stay on full-time after school. The mention rate of pay was also extremely low in my opinion for an MBA internship 8-10/hr.
Project Coordinator Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
The process took 2 weeks - interviewed at RPA in April 2011.
Interview Details Got an interview opportunity via networking (I was not living in California at the time). The process was very straightforward and non-threatening, compared to that of many of the other companies with which I had interviewed.
The first correspondence was a phone interview with HR...it was really just getting to know me/my personality/past experience and seeing what positions I might be interested in. While I was interested in Account Management, the recruiter recommended me to interview for other available positions in Project Management.
I decided to move forward with interviewing for a position on the PM team. The next step was a Skype interview with the two supervisors of all the Project Management teams. Interview lasted about a half an hour, was straight forward...no curveball questions and was generally a positive, flowing conversation based around past work experience and the nature of the position.
My final interview (also via Skype) came about 4 days later, and was with a member of the team I would be working on. This was somewhat of a "personality test" type interview. Again, it was very non-threatening and was focused on gauging my work aptitude and attitude. Essentially, they wanted to make sure I'd make a holistic positive addition to the team.
Received offer a few hours after the final interview, dependent on background check and positive references.
Interview Question – Tell us about your past experience. Why advertising. Why Project Management... Answer Question
Account Management Interview (Negative Experience; Average Interview)
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 7 weeks - interviewed at RPA in February 2011.
Interview Details After plunging my network for years, I finally got a contact within RPA and secured an interview.
Was screened on the phone, followed up by a 1:1 with HR and two rounds of group interviews. Was assured early on that my lack of direct account mgmt. experience would not be a factor. Halfway through the second interview, the Management Sup. became quite abrasive - clearly, I'd been deemed unfit and I was wasting her time.
While the second interview was a giant letdown, my HR rep led me to believe that I was still a leading candidate for the open position. The rep informed me that they'd have a decision within the next week. This was not the case, as I was then led on for week after week, delay after delay - for a duration of seven weeks - waiting to hear of the company's ultimate decision.
By week six, I found the position had been reposted on RPA's website - not the best way to reject a candidate - but my HR rep assured me that I was still a leading candidate. Huh? At this point, their decision was obvious. A week later I was told - you guessed it - after careful consideration they wanted someone with more account management experience. And the best part? My internal referrer informed me that the company ended up hiring a candidate with no account management experience.
While interviewing, companies tend to forget that they're in the spotlight as well. All in all, this was not a pleasant interview process.
Interview Question – Tell me about a time where you had an angry client. How did you handle it? Answer Question