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Ogilvy & Mather Interview Questions & Reviews

Updated Apr 03, 2014

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Summer Intern Interview

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Chicago, IL (US)

I applied through college or university and the process took 2 months - interviewed at Ogilvy & Mather in April 2014.

Interview Details First round interviews where done on phone. Basic information was exchanged like "tell me about yourself?" The next round is more serious where three people talk to you in increments of 20 minutes on the phone. Be specific with your information.

Interview Question – What do you plan to get out of this internship?   Answer Question

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Account Coordinator Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate
Morristown, NJ (US)

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Ogilvy & Mather in March 2014.

Interview Details Submitted my interview on the website, a few weeks later they contacted me for an interview. I was recommended by an employee so I got to skip some of the previous hiring steps.

Interview Question – Why Ogilvy and Mather?   Answer Question

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Account Supervisor Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate
Toronto, ON (Canada)

I applied in-person and the process took a day - interviewed at Ogilvy & Mather in October 2013.

Interview Details When questions were asked, the interviewers did not have an answer. Seemed pretty disorganized and made me question their culture.

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Web Analytics Interview

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Interviewed at Ogilvy & Mather

Interview Details Phone interview, then brought in to meet the team in 30 min increments. Was told that they would get back to me in a week, and they specifically said that they would not leave me hanging. A week later, I checked in and was told that they were still processing and they would keep me updated. They never got back to me.

Interview Question – Tell me about your online habits   Answer Question

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Copywriter Interview

Copywriter
New York, NY (US)

I applied through a recruiter and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Ogilvy & Mather in January 2013.

Interview Details I reached out to the creative recruiter and she happened to be looking for a writer. After the CDs on the account saw my book I was asked to come in for an interview. I came in was taken to a conference room where the two CDs met with me for about a half hour. They were easy to talk to and didn't ask me much about myself or discuss my work at all. Most of the time was spent talking about the account and they seemed honest about its challenges. The recruiter emailed me after and told me she'd be in touch. I never heard from her again. (Typical in this industry, but still unprofessional.)

Interview Question – There really weren't any questions beyond a general, "Tell us about yourself."   Answer Question

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Associate Interview

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Interview Details First step: Write three essays and get two faculty recommendations
second step: Phone behavior interview
third step: Super Saturday

Interview Question – Talk about a time you had to think on your feet.

A time you have failed.

Why Ogilvy
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Public Relations Intern Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate
Chicago, IL (US)

I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Ogilvy & Mather in March 2012.

Interview Details The interview was long. Had to meet with 3 different groups of two. They basically all asked the same questions. Nothing out of the ordinary.

Interview Question – The 2 hour, yes 2 hour writing test they make you complete.   Answer Question

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Summer Internship Interview

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I applied through college or university and the process took 1 week - interviewed at Ogilvy & Mather.

Interview Details It was about thirty + minutes long and it was over Skype. They had a standard questionnaire to ask, not once did they ask about my strengths. There was the typical weaknesses, difficult situations, difficult people, behavioral kinds of questions.

Overall I actually really enjoyed the interview process and she told me that I had done an excellent job.

Interview Question – How do you read recent advertising news? Do you read advertising trade magazines? If so which ones.   Answer Question

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Associate Interview

Associate

I applied through college or university and the process took 3 months - interviewed at Ogilvy & Mather.

Interview Details Very lengthy process starting with an application requiring an example of what makes you creative... supposed to be something that helps them understand who you are and why they should want to work with you. This is basically your first interview and they have thousands of applicants each year.

In person interviews are invite only for which they usually fly to your campus. One HR director and one executive interview separately both asking similar questions. Guessing they overlap just to get congruity.

A third round is a full weekend of activities out in NY where they put you through all the hoops to see if you are the perfect fit.

Interview Question – What is the craziest idea you have ever had and how did you implement it?   Answer Question

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Craftsmen of Culture Internship Interview

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I applied through college or university and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Ogilvy & Mather.

Interview Details Went from being an in person interview, to a skype interview to a phone interview. Asked questions related to Ogilvy & Mather's core principles. Be well read on different accounts they've worked on, their mission and how you fit into that.

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