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SMRS Interview Questions

Updated 28 Sep 2017
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  1. Helpful (1)  

    Creative Copywriter Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at SMRS.

    Interview

    I applied online on the 29th of August, and received a rejection email on the 28th of September. It stated that my experience was carefully reviewed, and the decision made to discontinue my application. I was thanked for my interest and invited to continue it through following their activities. Lastly, I was asked to provide feedback through this site. As such, my detailed feedback follows.

    I will not be making any effort to follow SMRS activities, as they provided no useful information about the specific nature of their lack of interest. There is little use in claiming a determination to treat candidates with care and attention while offering only generic justifications. Did they like my work? Did they feel that I lack skill in a particular area? What experience, exactly, would they have me pursue? I know none of these things. Furthermore, citing a nebulous issue with "experience" is one of the emptiest rejection moves, right alongside stating that someone "didn't seem like the right fit".

    Ultimately, sending such an email under the guise of providing support comes across as rather self-serving. They don't want me to hire me now, and won’t give me a detailed reason, but still, it seems, want me to eye them from afar and, presumably, plot a course to eventually winning their approval, even as they abstain from providing any notion of what that would involve.

    Though it is something of an aside, I feel it's relevant to touch on the oddly-dominant position 'experience' holds in the pantheon of desired candidate strengths. There are myriad professionals around with plenty of experience but no significant competence, after all, yet it's cherished like a rare and precious jewel by many, and cynically used as a bland excuse by many others. It’s always served as something of a Catch-22, but the problem has greatly worsened in recent years, with even entry-level positions now demanding varied experience.

    In rating the overall experience as negative, I don't mean to single out SMRS in any major way. It's more the case that the average application experience is quite negative, and this one hasn't been particularly exceptional. Certainly, if someone at SMRS did indeed genuinely review my work, then I would like them to know that I appreciate the effort. Getting even that much consideration is frustratingly rare.

    In conclusion, I would like to be clear that my intention with these comments was to offer constructive criticism, not to be petty or insulting. I agree that feedback is extremely important, and felt that I needed to be entirely honest about how it came across from my perspective. I only hope that it helps, even if just in a very minor way!

    Interview Questions

    • I was asked to provide feedback through this site, even though I never actually had an interview.   1 Answer

    SMRS Response

    3 Oct 2017 – Marketing & Communications Executive

    Thank you for sharing your feedback following your application for the role of copywriter. We are sorry that you feel that we didn’t provided sufficient constructive feedback on why you were... More


  2.  

    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at SMRS.

    Interview

    Thorough two stage process getting a clear picture of the role and the culture of the organisation. Met representatives from the team and HR. we spent a lot of time talking about the type of culture that i liked the most as they wanted to ensure there was a good cultural fit.

    Interview Questions

    SMRS Response

    2 Oct 2017 – Marketing & Communications Executive

    Thank you for sharing your experience.


  3.  

    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at SMRS.

    Interview

    Several stage interview process. Initial submission of CV leading to telephone interview, online assessment, assessment centre and final interview. The process was managed effectively and helped make me as a candidate feel at ease. Overall it was a very enjoyable process.

    Interview Questions

    • How would your friends describe you?   1 Answer

    SMRS Response

    4 Aug 2016 – Marketing & Communications Executive

    We are glad you have enjoyed the application process, welcome to SMRS!


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    Insight Coordinator Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Manchester, England
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4 weeks. I interviewed at SMRS (Manchester, England) in October 2014.

    Interview

    Fairly standard interview with two members of staff who were very pleasant. However, despite two follow ups, SMRS never got back to me after a job application which is now nearly four months ago. However much I disagree with the principle completely, I understand why companies cannot respond to every job application. SMRS are the only company I've ever known have the audacity to never respond after an actual face to face interview, especially after promising feedback. Avoid.

    Interview Questions

    • Please discuss in brief your experience within data analysis.   Answer Question

    SMRS Response

    24 Mar 2016 – Marketing & Communications Executive

    Please accept our apologies for not following up after the interview.


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