Advisory Board
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Advisory Board Interview Questions & Reviews

Updated Jul 6, 2014
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Coordinator Interview

Coordinator
Washington, DC

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

Interview Details – Submitted application online and had a standard HR phone interview 2 weeks later reviewing resume/company in general. Two weeks after the phone interviewed, received an offer to interview in person. Paid own travel out to DC to meet with marketing coordinators and team. Questions were mostly behavioral/right fit for company. Received job offer a week later.

Interview Question – They start every question with "I'd love to know.." so be have examples of different experiences/reasons why. What motivates you?   Answer Question

Reason for Declining – Very low pay

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Senior Business Analyst Interview

Senior Business Analyst
Austin, TX

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 7 weeks - interviewed at Advisory Board.

Interview Details – This was one of the most extensive interview processes I've gone through. I had two phone interviews, one with a representative from HR, and the other from a Director. The second phone interview contained a lot of technical questions and SQL examples. From there, I was extended an invitation for a three-hour on-site interview. The first hour is a panel interview, where three potential colleagues ask you questions about your resume, and then you demonstrate your SQL skills based on examples they present. The following two hours are one-on-one interviews with higher ups, and those are just basic questions and very straight forward interviews.

Interview Question – Be prepared to show correct SQL syntax for Group By examples. Know the difference between inner, outer, left and right outer joins and how they will affect your results.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – Negotiation was very easy.

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6 people found this helpful

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Business Analyst Interview

Business Analyst
Austin, TX

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Advisory Board.

Interview Details – I had my personal friend submit my resume. I got a call 2 weeks later from the recruiter. They then to a 1 hour phone screening interview. They have targeted questions to determine experience level and pre-qualify you for the next round. If the recruiter liked your answers then within the next 2 weeks you will get a call from a Sr. Director, Director or a Manager and they will repeat the process again but be more specific. This will be another 1 hour screening call.

Then if you have passed the 2 screening calls within 1 week after the last call they will schedule you for a 3 hour block of physical interviews in the office. Each hour you will meet with either 1 person or a team and they will put you through the interview process of similar questions. After the 3 hours you will be exhausted.

Some interviewer might ask you to demonstrate your SQL knowledge by writing out a script.or ask you to do coding.

The 1st key...they must like you.. I have seen people who were too confident come across as arrogant and the team did not like the person so he was rejected.
The 2nd key...you must know what you what you claim you can do. They will call you out on subjects and ask you to prove it.
The final key...ask questions and then ask more questions and then ask even more questions. They want you to be hungry for the position. Make sure the questions are relevant. People that ask zero questions do not get hired! Don't talk about salary or benefits (wait for the offer to discuss/finalize it).

Interview Question – They like to through people off the track by asking "vague" questions in the middle of an interview to make sure the person is being real and not robotic.

Examples -
1. What do you do during your time away from work?
2. What hobbies do you do?
3. What is your driving motivation to do something?
4. What is the greatest accomplishment you have done in your life (outside of graduating from school)?
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Negotiation Details – During the offer phase is when you negotiate. What ever salary you agree to...your annual bump in salary will only be 3% to 4% most of the time. So negotiate the best salary for you.

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Accepted Offer

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Easy Interview

Marketing Associate Interview

Marketing Associate
Washington, DC

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

Interview Details – Applied online and received an email a couple of weeks later to schedule an initial screening phone interview (walk me through your resume/ tell me about yourself etc). Scheduled for a second phone interview then flown in for super day in DC.

Interview Question – Basic tell me about yourself, why Advisory Board, why this position?   Answer Question

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Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Easy Interview

Sales and Marketing Associate Interview

Sales and Marketing Associate
Washington, DC

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 2 months - interviewed at Advisory Board.

Interview Details – -Referred by friend for position
-Contacted by recruiter 3 weeks later
-Interviewed with recruiter 1 week later
-Heard back 2 weeks later that I was accepted for onsite interview
-Was flown down to DC 3 weeks later and was given a tour, had 2 interviews with 2 managers each, and was taken to lunch
-2 days later was asked to do another interview (was promised this would be last) over the phone
-10 days later was called and received offer

Everybody was very friendly and the recruiter was very accommodating.

Interview Question – All questions were pretty basic. Show that you have some knowledge of the company, that you are goal-oriented and driven, and that you can deal with constant rejection.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – Does not seem like there is much room for negotiation.

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Marketing Interview

Marketing
Washington, DC

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Advisory Board in June 2010.

Interview Details – First round phone interview with HR then in person interviews with three in house managers. They are all 1-2 years out of school. Questions are about why you are interested, your background, and how we'll you understand what the job is.

Interview Question – Describe your writing style and the process you went through to learn how to translate academic writing to business writing.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – No salary negotiation

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Marketing Associate Interview

Marketing Associate

Interviewed at Advisory Board

Interview Details – Straightforward questions and easy process. Interviewed with a few different employees. Phone interview first followed by an interview in DC at the offices. I felt prepared for all interviews, but you definitely need to have your answers prepared!

Interview Question – Why did you choose your school and how would you change its administration?   Answer Question

Reason for Declining – I did not think it was the right fit.

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Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Easy Interview

Account Management Associate Interview

Account Management Associate
Washington, DC

I applied online and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Advisory Board in July 2013.

Interview Details – Applied in July 2013 - got a call back to set up a HR phone interview for 1 week later. Asked basic resume questions about my experience. Got a call the next day requesting I meet in person for 9 different interviews for 3 separate job titles available for 9 different teams. Asked some behavioral questions. Explained the job title, asked if I had questions and looked for how my previous experience would help me be successful in this role based on my knowledge of the firm, the department, and the role.

Interview Question – What is the biggest problem in hospital systems based on my previous experience?   Answer Question

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Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Very Easy Interview

Senior Director Product Management Interview

Senior Director Product Management

I applied online and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Advisory Board.

Interview Details – Good communication. Recruiter was very helpful in setting up calls, on-site interviews.
Consisted of several calls with other directors and VP of Product Management, other directors, and UX person.
Overall took 30 days from start to offer.
Some Bone-head interview questions.

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Business Analyst Interview

Business Analyst
Austin, TX

The process took 5 weeks - interviewed at Advisory Board in April 2014.

Interview Details – The hiring process took about 5 weeks in total. My first round was a technical screening over the phone, then a three hour long in person interview. I thought the whole process was really well done. The first interview of the three in person interviews was a peer panel. It was a great opportunity to learn about the company and position and informed the following two interviews with higher level folks.

Interview Question – You need to know SQL and some basic database management principles. Specifically, the syntax of joins and the theory behind relational DB structure and normalization. Other than that, the questions are pretty standard.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – I was able to negotiate my offer and the process was very positive.

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