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Quantitative Research Analyst-Statistical Programmer Interview

Quantitative Research Analyst-Statistical Programmer

I applied through college or university and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Acumen in October 2013.

Interview Details – After meeting with a rep at a university career fair and applying online they set up a brief (maybe 30-45 minutes) phone interview. The interview was pretty low-key, centering on my previous experience in statistical and quantitative work and any questions I had about the company. Nothing technical or even any basic interview-type questions. Maybe a week later they invited me to fly out for an on-site interview, but after they refused to reimburse my full expenses I declined to continue with the process. As I understand it their contracts with the government preclude them reimbursing above a certain amount, and I figured that I didn't want to work at a place with restrictions like that.

Everyone was as nice as they could be in the interview process though.

Interview Question – Given that I only did a basic phone screen, nothing was unexpected.   Answer Question

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Quantitative Research Analyst-Statistical Programmer Interview

Quantitative Research Analyst-Statistical Programmer

Interviewed at Acumen

Interview Details – Phone interview-- I like it, basically because this is the only job I was looking into.
Hmmm, just wanted to post some questions for other people's references.

Interview Question – Why interested in Acumen?
Past research experience?
Future plans?
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Quantitative Research Analyst-Statistical Programmer Interview

Quantitative Research Analyst-Statistical Programmer

I applied online and interviewed at Acumen.

Interview Details – After a standard phone interview where they went through my resume, I was invited for an in-person interview with four people, 30 minutes each. Every employee that I saw were young so the working environment is similar to a graduate school environment. The interviews themselves were very casual and there were no technical questions asked outside of a logic test in the beginning. Out of the four interviews, only one seemed interested in my background and asked pointed questions. The other three were manager-types who mechanically went through behavioral questions.

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Quantitative Research Analyst-Statistical Programmer Interview

Quantitative Research Analyst-Statistical Programmer

Interviewed at Acumen

Interview Details – The process take not too long, but the questions are too simple, similar to basic GRE quantitative questions. I don't know why many students from top universities were interviewed and hired.....

Interview Question – why you choose this industry, why this company.   Answer Question

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Quantitative Research Analyst-Statistical Programmer
Burlingame, CA

I applied online and the process took 3 months - interviewed at Acumen in April 2013.

Interview Details – Applied online and was contacted about a week later for a phone interview. The phone interviewer was very fun to talk to. Had an interesting conversation. Was invited for an on site interview. It took about 3 weeks to get an on site interview date. The on site interview was very generic. Started off with a logic test which was very simple and then had 4 one on one interviews. I thought the interviews went well but never heard back from them. It took forever to get my travel reimbursement as well. I had given all hopes that I would ever get the reimbursement back. Seems like an okay place to work for - people I interviewed with were young and smart but the bureaucracy is pretty awful for such a small company.

Interview Question – The questions were very generic. Was asked a simple probability brain teaser.   Answer Question

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Quantitative Research Analyst-Statistical Programmer
Burlingame, CA

I applied online and the process took 2 months - interviewed at Acumen in May 2013.

Interview Details – Submit resume online and given a coding test about texas poker two weeks later. After one week submitting the program, was contacted by HR for a telephone interview. One week more, was invited to have an on-site interview however only reimburse 250 dollars for the travel, which is not even enough for air-ticket only. Arrange the interview in early June. Let's wait and see.

Interview Question – Telephone interview goes deeply into resume. Get prepared for the most recent professional experience you listed on it.   Answer Question

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Quantitative Research Analyst-Statistical Programmer Interview

Quantitative Research Analyst-Statistical Programmer

I applied online and the process took 2 months - interviewed at Acumen.

Interview Details – Got an email from HR about a week after submitting my resume online, saying they'd like to schedule a phone interview. After I replied with some availability, it took at least another week or two for them to get back to me again finally scheduling it.

The phone interview itself was kind of bad. It was with two people, but one of them did pretty much all of the talking. He was very arrogant and seemed completely disinterested in me, instead going through a list of preset questions and being not at all reactionary to anything I said. The questions were pretty boilerplate - describe some data you have worked with, describe some assumptions made by the tests that you did. First thing they asked to start off was "what do you know about Acumen?". Other questions included why are you interested in policy analysis. I said I want to make people's lives better and this apparently was not a good answer because he tried to tell me Acumen doesn't do that (???).

Got an offer for an in-person interview but I failed to schedule it and they followed up saying sorry they couldn't offer me a position.

Interview Question – Assumptions made by Welch's T-test   Answer Question

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Quantitative Research Analyst-Statistical Programmer Interview

Quantitative Research Analyst-Statistical Programmer

I applied through college or university and the process took 4 weeks - interviewed at Acumen in April 2013.

Interview Details – First the recruiter contacted me because I dropped by their stand in career fair. After talking to her, I had another phone interview with one analyst in the group. He asked me about my project and also told me kind of the work they do. Then they processed to an on-site interview which lasted 2 and half hours. I met with 5 analyst, 1:1, each lasts about 30 minutes. They are from different groups and were going to see what group I might fit better. At the end, there is a math test, which is quite easy, like what you can expected in SAT.

The HR was very unorganized. She rescheduled the phone interview a few time and was slow in response. After I gave her my availability for the on-site interview a week in advance, She replied me the day before the scheduled day, which gave me so little time to prepare. The office looks crappy and the location is bad. I guess if you just want a stable job it's okay, but I don't feel the salary is worth it.

Interview Question – They asked me a few scenarios, like case study   Answer Question

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Quantitative Research Analyst-Statistical Programmer Interview

Quantitative Research Analyst-Statistical Programmer

I applied online - interviewed at Acumen in February 2013.

Interview Details – Phone screen done by pretty young sounding man, freshly out of college. He asked mostly about what I did in my coursework in college and asked me to explain research papers I wrote. It was a fairly easy interview, about 30 min long. Didn't get invited to an in-person interview.

Interview Question – No really difficult or unexpected questions.   Answer Question

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Quantitative Research Analyst-Statistical Programmer Interview

Quantitative Research Analyst-Statistical Programmer
Washington, DC

I applied online and the process took 4 weeks - interviewed at Acumen in November 2012.

Interview Details – I interviewed in the DC office. As other people have said, the office feels unprofessional. They recently moved into a new DC office (within the past year). It is a small office (currently only 6 employees, including 1 project manager), with very little furnishing.

Had a phone interview, got in-person interview several weeks later. There was some lag between the invitation and actually getting it set up.

As in the Burlingame office, they administer a logic/statistics test. The interview consisted of 1 hour test, 30 minute discussion with manager, 30 minute discussion with analyst. The other analyst conducted the phone interview, so they did not have her speak with me again.

Interview Question – The phone interview went in depth into past research. Be prepared to discuss it.   View Answer

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