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Viacom Interview

30 Questions and Answers Written by Rachelle Enns

Written on March 1st, 2019 | Rachelle is a job search expert, career coach, and headhunter
who helps everyone from students to fortune executives find success in their career.
Question 1 of 30
Describe to me the types of digital media you are most experienced with.
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How to Answer
There are a plethora of digital media forms today, and the interviewer would like a breakdown of the ones with which you are most familiar. Some types of digital media include images, video, gamification of many kinds, social media, websites, online channels and more. Speak to the forms of digital media you are most experienced with while being sure to address the types listed in the Viacom job description.

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Question 2 of 30
Is compensation the most critical factor for you when taking a new job?
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How to Answer
Viacom knows they have a lot to give when it comes to employee packages, and their overall offering. The interviewer would like to know how much emphasis you put on pay when considering a new position. In addition to compensation, there are many other factors in a fulfilling career. These other factors may include:

- work/life balance
- amount of travel involved in the role
- overall medical and health benefits
- additional perks such as car allowance, cell allowance, spending account
- amount of vacation time
- the type of clients you would be working with
- the location in proximity to your residence
- career growth opportunity
- the size of your new team
- Viacom's reputation
- overall workplace culture

Talk to the interviewer about other factors that are important to you when considering a new job. If you are not sure on details for this role, you can ask!

Question 3 of 30
What questions do you have for me?
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How to Answer
It's always a great idea to have questions ready for the interviewer. Review the company website and other online resources to ensure the queries you have are not mundane, or redundant. The last thing an interviewer wants to hear is a list of items you could have found the answers for from merely watching a video on their company site!

Here are some sample questions:

- When would you like to have this position filled?
- How long has this role been vacant?
- Is this a replacement search or a newly created role?
- What is your favorite part about working here?
- What is the company's primary goal for this position in the next 12 months?
- Is there anything from my background and experience that I can clarify for you?
- What do you see as the most significant change in this industry over the past three years?
- Is there any reason why you would not hire me?

Question 4 of 30
How was your performance measured, in your most recent role?
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How to Answer
The interviewer would like to understand better the key performance indicators you needed to meet in your previous role, and how precisely those KPI's were measured. A good interviewer will recognize that the top candidates ALWAYS understand how they were measured, and where they landed in regards to their performance against others in a similar role.

It is a red flag to an interviewer if the interviewee responds with 'I don't know,' or worse yet - 'My company didn't measure my performance in any way.' Every company pays attention to employee performance metrics; it's just that some ways are more evident than others.

Some ways that your employer might measure your performance:

- The rate of absence, late days, and sick days
- Setting specific objectives for you, related to a task
- Amount of defective work submitted, or amount of work returned
- Error counting
- Timed tasks
- Employee retention rates (for managers)
- The willingness of clients to recommend you or your work
- Feedback provided by coworkers and management
- Number of sales
- Scheduling errors
- Safety days
- Quality of contacts generated

Quickly go over how you were measured in your most recent role, highlighting any areas where you exceeded expected targets.

Question 5 of 30
How do you like to encourage ideas in others?
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How to Answer
Viacom is a highly creative company who seeks out team members who are creative themselves, but who also encourage great things in their co-workers. The interviewer would like to know how you have inspired others to think creatively. Encouragement to others is a great skill to possess. Talk to the interviewer about your ability to promote creative ideas in your team members.

Here are some ways that you can encourage ideas in others:

- Get to know them and what they like to work on.
- Send an encouraging email letting them know you like their ideas.
- Publicly praise their efforts.
- If they are doing a great job, offer them more related opportunities.
- If you are a leader, then tell them that you like their ideas.
- Show that you believe in their quality of work before they even deliver it.

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Writers for Viacom Answers and Questions

Rachelle Enns
Rachelle Enns is a job search expert, executive headhunter, career catalyst, and interview coach. Utilized by top talent from Fortune companies like Microsoft, General Electric, and Nestle, she helps professionals position themselves in today's competitive digital marketplace. Rachelle founded Renovate My Resume and Executive Resume Solutions, two companies focused on helping job seekers get their edge back. She helps everyone from new graduates looking for their first placement, to CEO's who want more out of their career. Rachelle coaches students to executives on how to master the toughest interview questions and how to handle the most bizarre interview situations; all with confidence and poise. Rachelle trains other career coaches, recruiters, and resume writers, globally. A big part of her job is also spent coaching HR professionals on how to bring the human touch back into their interview and hiring process.
Helen Lee
Helen Lee is a freelance data analyst and writer with over 15 years of experience in the Marketing field working for companies and clients in a variety of industries including financial services, quick service restaurant (QSR), consumer packaged goods (CPG) and education technology. She has experience managing marketing research projects, conducting strategic analyses and writing and editing a variety of pieces including marketing material, blog entries and user guides.
Published: 03/01/2019

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