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Advisory Board Researcher Interview Questions & Reviews

Updated Jul 29, 2014
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No Offer

Neutral Experience

Research Analyst Interview

Research Analyst

Interviewed at Advisory Board

Interview Details – Applied online, received email for phone interview a couple days later. Phone interview took maybe 20 minutes. Recruiter was very professional and introduced herself (her role in the company) prior to asking questions.

Interview Question – Walk me through the process of a research project   Answer Question


Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Average Interview

Coordinator, Research and Insights Interview

Coordinator, Research and Insights
Washington, DC

I applied online and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Advisory Board in July 2014.

Interview Details – I applied online sometime around mid-June 2014, and received an email beginning of July, offering me a phone interview. We had the phone interview about ten days later, asking basic things like "tell me about yourself," "Why the Advisory Board Company?" "How do you stay organized?" and "What do you think your responsibilities are in this role?" About a week after the phone interview, I was offered an in-person interview. I commuted to DC and had three half-hour interviews with people in multiple divisions, as they decided to interview me for multiple spots. Some interviews were with just one person, some were with two. They asked some basic questions to figure out how I work as a worker, and focused more on myself and how I think than my resume. For example, they ask things like "What motivates you?" "Tell me about a time you failed.", etc. Everyone who works there is extremely personable, passionate, and very smart, and from talking with them, you can tell they love their jobs. At the end of each interview, they offer time to ask them questions as well. I really hit it off with some of the interviewers and they told me I would hear by the end of the following week. Less than a day later, they offered me the job!

Interview Question – Why the Advisory Board Company?   Answer Question


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No Offer

Negative Experience

Average Interview

Analyst, Strategic Research Interview

Analyst, Strategic Research

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 7 weeks - interviewed at Advisory Board in April 2014.

Interview Details – I applied via a LinkedIn referral and found out I had a phone interveiw two weeks later with a member of the HR team. I felt the interview went fine. There were no unexpected questions, just asking me about why I wanted to work for the Advisory Board, walk through my resume, my experience with conducting research etc.
I was told I would hear back within a week and did not. I followed up with HR and asked some further questions and was informed that there was some delay on their end and my questions were unanswered. I followed up again a week later and got no repy. A few days after that I received an email from an intern I had had no previous communication with informing me that they would not be proceeding with my application and thanking me for my patience.

Interview Question – Describe a piece of research you were involved in and what the most surprising finding was.   Answer Question


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No Offer

Neutral Experience

Research Analyst Interview

Research Analyst

I applied online and interviewed at Advisory Board.

Interview Details – I'm not too sure what to say. I was contacted two days after I submitted my online application for an interview. They were very fast in scheduling interview, and I spent a long time prepping for it. However, when the interview day came, I did not receive any call. I inquired about this to the coordinator, and I called the desk of a person that was supposed to interview me, and left a message. After that, well, I heard nothing. I was a bit disappointed because I used to have a good perception about this company. The least they could do was to tell me the job position is closed, or give me a short explanation as to why they just stopped contacting me after setting up interview.


1 person found this helpful

No Offer

Neutral Experience

Average Interview

Research Associate Interview

Research Associate
Washington, DC

I applied online and the process took 1 week - interviewed at Advisory Board in May 2014.

Interview Details – This normally starts via a web board. Sending in the application was relatively basic and I was contacted within a week. The interview was over the phone and lasted about 20-30 minutes. The interviewer was very friendly and had a broad range of questions that covered methodology and experience.

Interview Question – Being questioned on your methodology can be challenging if you don't have a concrete, prepared answer.   Answer Question


1 person found this helpful

No Offer

Positive Experience

Easy Interview

Senior Analyst - Research Interview

Senior Analyst - Research

Interviewed at Advisory Board

Interview Details – It went well but I didn't get an onsite. Not sure why because the interview said I will get one. Everything on the resume is fair play. So know your resume's stories really well! Describe your one research experience was the last question and it went way longer than I expected..for the details

Interview Question – Describe your one research experience.   View Answer


2 people found this helpful

No Offer

Neutral Experience

International Strategic Research Analyst Interview

International Strategic Research Analyst

I applied online and interviewed at Advisory Board.

Interview Details – STAY AWAY FROM THIS COMPANY!

I applied online and had a phone interview the next week. The person I spoke with in HR seemed to have no idea what the position even did or healthcare knowledge. At the end of the conversation when I asked about follow-up steps she told me she wanted me to come in for an in-person interview. They paid for my flight and hotel in DC which was nice. I was told I would have 3 interviews with case components and a written case. First of all, when I got there about 5 other people were interviewing. It was like a factory. Then, the first guy interviewing me was 10 minutes late. My second interviewer was different than the schedule I was given and she was 15 minutes late. Her demeanor was very rude and cold. The written part of the case was pretty easy and I finished early. Then I sat in the lobby for over an hour before I was told my last interviewer could not be reached. The whole process seemed very unorganized. I was contacted a week later from someone I had never corresponded with before saying I did not receive an offer. It would have been nice to get the email from the person in HR I had collaborated with before. STAY AWAY FROM THIS COMPANY! They just want young employees who they can overwork and underpay. You will not receive good mentorship.

Interview Question – case question was hard   Answer Question


3 people found this helpful

No Offer

Neutral Experience

Average Interview

Research Associate Interview

Research Associate
Washington, DC

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

Interview Details – I put in an application on their website and was contacted for a phone interview soon after. It was mostly fit questions and a question about a research project I've completed. After that they asked me if I would be interested in a research position. I said yes and then got the call for an interview on-site. I was interviewing for a research associate specifically with the Education Advisory Board. The original information they sent me to help prepare for their interview said I should expect a case interview. That was a little misleading. It was not the traditional case interview. Instead, it started with a writing exercise. The prompt I got asked me how a university should approach consolidating different academic programs. I was a little confused. Only when I reached the in-person interview did I realize they don't want you to case interview where you have an answer at the end, it should be more of a brainstorming session. In other words, they want you to put forward a few important things they would need to keep in mind as they try to complete this project and write it like the 5-paragraph expository essays of middle school. Maybe at the end put forward a hypothesis but no definitive conclusion is really necessary. Half of the in-person interview had this same format. The other half was a normal fit interview. They asked me again about the research project.

Interview Question – What is a research project you've completed? What was your strategy and what was your biggest challenge?   Answer Question


Declined Offer

Positive Experience

Average Interview

Research Analyst Interview

Research Analyst
Washington, DC

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

Interview Details – I applied online through the Advisory Board career website. I initially applied for the New Product Development position, but after a call with HR, they thought that I should apply for the Research Analyst role instead.

Phone interview: About 30 minutes. Why Advisory Board? Tell me about a project you did that was innovative?
On-site: 3 in-person interviews. 2 were case interviews and 1 was a behavioral interview. Also had a 1 page writing-sample.

Interview Question – Case questions were odd, but I went through the consulting interview process so I was pretty. Definitely know how to case   Answer Question

Reason for Declining – I got another offer at a different firm that appealed to me more.


No Offer

Positive Experience

Easy Interview

Research Associate Interview

Research Associate
Washington, DC

I applied online and the process took 1 week - interviewed at Advisory Board.

Interview Details – Was contacted by HR a couple days after submitting a resume online to schedule a phone interview. HR was very friendly, and conducted the usual interview screening: Tell me about your experiences and how it ties to the position; why you are interested in ADB and the position, etc. Was very prepared and the interview seemed to go over smoothly, however I was emailed later on in the week with a rejection. There were probably more qualified people.

Interview Question – What would you change about your university or post-graduate university?   Answer Question

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