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Research Analyst Interview Interview (Negative Experience; Easy Interview)
I applied in-person and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Egon Zehnder.
Interview Details I applied for the Analyst position with EZIRS through HR and received a call from HR team for interview. It was told to me that there are altogether 3 rounds of interview. I went to there office on scheduled time and waited for 1 hr then HR came (HR mentioned, she was not informed that I have come, very unprofessional since there were 2 reception counters whom I informed about contact HR). Than after preliminary HR round I shared my experience in brief and told my last drawn and expected CTC, HR made a note of that. HR told it's night shift (again unprofessional, as it was not mentioned on phone) I was given another Logical Reasoning and Research test for 2.5hrs, I finished that and waited for HR to come. HR told me to leave for the day and they will inform me in next 3-4 days, if I qualify. I received the next call and same HR confirmed that I have cleared the test (as I expected). As HR scheduled my interview for the final round and sent me an invitation in Google calender with the project lead. I again reached before time and my meeting was done on time, that went well as project and work related discussion was done and the lead looked satisfied. HR told me that my profile was perfect and liked by the lead and so HR proposed me the salary slab (for the 1st time). I was surprised to know that HR was under the impression, that she had already communicated the salary slab to me (again how unprofessional as she hadn't), though I was very positive and said please you can share with me now. HR told 3.5 is max. (which is way less than what I previously had). Even than I agreed to the same. HR told me that her manager would meet me for the final thing and that I have to wait for some time. Again HR came and told me manager is busy in induction so please wait a bit more, I waited patiently. After 15-20 mins HR came and told me that I can leave for the day as manager would like to discuss my profile with lead (I didn't know what to discuss more). HR told she would call me in 2-3 days. After 3 days I called up HR and asked about the status, 1st she refused to recall (highly unprofessional), than when I asked her more specifically that she was to call me, than HR said due to some "Protocol Issue" they can't process my candidature. As a best HR practice you have to decide over protocol (if any) and other candidate details prior candidate selection process and if criteria don't match that needs to be communicated initially only not when candidate clears all round, So my experience is - very unprofessional and unstructured HR practice.
Interview Question – Least difficulty, question was piece of cake. Answer Question
Summer Analyst Interview (Negative Experience; Average Interview)
I applied through college or university and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Egon Zehnder.
Interview Details Phone interview and then a case interview. Worst part was that after 90 min of my time spent interviewing they didn't even have the courtesy to formally tell me that I didn't receive an offer.
Interview Question – How would you go about filling the role of an ad sales executive at a major newspaper? View Answer
Research Analyst Interview (Negative Experience; Average Interview)
I applied through a staffing agency and the process took 2+ weeks - interviewed at Egon Zehnder.
Interview Details The process began with a call from a consultancy regarding an opening for "Data Executive" profile. Interview was scheduled and i reached their office on time. The recruiter there went through my resume and asked me some basic questions. She told me there was no opening for the profile I had come for but they could consider me for Research Analyst. It made me wonder what kind of firm does that! Yes I decided to go ahead and was handed over the sheets for the written test. Another test based on computer followed and I was told that I was done for the day. I received a call after the weekend telling me that I had cleared the initial rounds and was needed the next day to appear for further face-to-face interviews. I made myself available and was interviewed by HR head first and then the Research head. Subsequently I was told that I had cleared both the rounds and would soon receive the offer for joining. The catch is there was never a mention of salary or anything. I waited for 2 weeks during which i was repeatedly told over the phone that the paper work was stuck and would be sorted soon. Ultimately they tell me I have not been cleared by the research head. What happened in the 2 weeks?
Interview Question – The interviews were simple with no difficult questions as such. But its important to know that Business research is quite different from Science based research View Answers (2)
Analyst Interview (Negative Experience; Average Interview)
I applied online and the process took 2+ weeks - interviewed at Egon Zehnder in April 2013.
Interview Details Initial rounds were introduction and written test which went well and thereafter I was called for a final round with the senior leadership team which involved HR interview.
Interview Question – Case study on a project or topic I was not aware of Answer Question
Research Associate Interview (Neutral Experience; Average Interview)
Interviewed at Egon Zehnder
Interview Details 30 Minute Phone Interview with a current research associate. I was asked about details of my resume, and then asked to describe one particular work experience that would be most analogous to the work that I would be doing at Egon Zehnder. The interviewer was very friendly and seemed to respond very well to my answers.
Interview Question – I was asked about how I managed my work at a previous organization. Answer Question
Intern Interview (Negative Experience; Average Interview)
I applied through college or university and interviewed at Egon Zehnder.
Interview Details 30 min phone interview followed by in person case study
Interview Question – needed to know a lot of information for case study Answer Question
Summer Internship Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied through college or university and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Egon Zehnder in February 2013.
Interview Details Received a thirty minute interview after submitting a resume through my campus recruiting system. The interview appeared to be pretty casual. Focus was on describing each experience in my resume, and being able to describe me background and interests. Make sure you know the order and content of your resume. Try and relate it to the job you're trying for.
Interview Question – Can you describe how each of the experiences in the different countries you lived in have affected/developed you? Answer Question
Research Summer Intern Interview (Neutral Experience; Easy Interview)
I applied through college or university and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Egon Zehnder in March 2012.
Interview Details The interviewer came down to campus job fair and I sent him my resume. He then arranged a phone interview with me. Basic resume question on my experiences and interests.
Interview Question – all basic resume questions Answer Question
Research Analyst Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Egon Zehnder.
Interview Details I applied for the job through LinkedIn and received a phone call a couple days later. The interview very professional exactly what you would think that someone who works for a leading executive search firm is like.
The interview lasted maybe 20 minutes and I was asked some basic questions about my experience and qualifications and a screening question about salary expectations. At the end of the discussion I was invited to a face-to-face interview at their offices.
I went to their offices for the interview and got a very positive impression of the firm, the employees and the culture.
The interview went well and the questions were directed at my experience, what I did in my previous job, how I went about completing projects, my working style, what kind of workplace did I prefer, and what did I expect to be doing in 5 years. There were several questions about my collaboration and teamwork experience as the company values collaboration extremely highly. The interview was professional and more like a conversation at some points.
Everyone is very nice and the environment is not at all intimidating but it is very professional and you can tell that appearances are important.
Interview Question – All the questions were about skills, experience, background and working style. There were no "behavioral" questions (e.g. Tell me about the time you showed courage) or trick questions (e.g., How many buses are there in Los Angeles?) .
The job was a good match for my background and I researched the company prior so I was prepared for the standard questions they asked. Answer Question
Intern, Research Analyst Interview (Positive Experience; Easy Interview)
The process took 1 week - interviewed at Egon Zehnder in June 2012.
Interview Details I contacted the company because I was in the area and needed some work experience before applying to jobs. The phone interview was pretty boilerplate, standard behavioral questions (greatest strengths, why interested in company, etc.) After the interview ended, I was asked to come in to the company for a one on one interview, where I was told I would be given a test. I haven't completed the 1:1 interview yet, so no word on contents of the interview or test.
Interview Question – Why are you interested in this job? View Answer