Advisory Board
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Advisory Board Researcher Interview Questions & Reviews

Updated Jun 16, 2014
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Research Associate Interview

Research Associate

I applied through an employee referral and interviewed at Advisory Board.

Interview Details – I was internally referred

Interview Question – They ask a lot of questions about how you would conduct research and why you chose the institution/college   Answer Question

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Research Associate Interview

Research Associate

I applied through college or university and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Advisory Board.

Interview Details – The interview process was pretty off-putting. It seems like their HR department is really unorganized, as I was contacted by two separate recruiters to set up first round interviews. When I emailed them to let them know, neither of them reacted to the issue. My actual phone interview was uninteresting (not hard at all, all the questions are on Glassdoor), as the questions were very dry and the interviewer didn't react to anything. It was obvious she was just reading off a script. I honestly don't know how they expect to understand their potential hires with such a flippant hiring process.

Interview Question – Walk me through a research project (methodology, findings, results, etc).   Answer Question

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Research Analyst Interview

Research Analyst

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

Interview Details – 3 parts to the interview: personal interview and case study with junior-level research assistants, 1 hour writing/research session, (lunch break), and another personal interview/case study with more senior-level research employees. Interview questions seemed repetitive, as if they had not coordinated with each other which employee would target which areas. Staff didn't seem unfriendly, but cold and unenthusiastic about the work.

Interview Question – Asked to walk-through a case study.   Answer Question

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Research Associate Interview

Research Associate
Washington, DC

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

Interview Details – I applied for the position in early December of 2013. I heard back from someone at the Advisory Board in late December, and they set up a phone interview with a recruiter. They asked me very detailed questions about my research experience. Then I had a case interview by phone with a research manager, which was a little difficult for me since I had never done one. After that I completed a 1.5 hour writing test from home, which was fairly easy. The company then flew me down to the DC office for 2 case interviews, both 2:1 with research managers. Everyone was extremely friendly and welcoming, and once I the interviews began I wasn't nervous at all. All of the case questions were research-oriented, not consulting-oriented, which made them much more manageable. Overall I had a great experience.

Interview Question – How to best consolidate student services at a university   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – Not much negotiation available, since most RAs have the same experience level

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Research Associate Interview

Research Associate

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

Interview Details – Entire process took about a month. First, it was a phone interview which was pretty straightforward. Second, it was two case interviews, which were not particularly difficult, but it was hard to know what they were looking for.

Interview Question – Cases were not technical in nature. Didn't really need background knowledge.   Answer Question

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Research Associate Interview

Research Associate

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

Interview Details – Applied and was contacted just two days later to set up a phone interview. Phone interview was quite straightforward with many of the questions asked already on here. There was nothing tricky and they were extremely helpful in communicating on time. I did not get the position, though I'm not entirely sure why I didn't get a second interview.

Interview Question – Most were easy, but maybe what draws you to the financial management side of higher education?   Answer Question

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Research Analyst Interview

Research Analyst

Interviewed at Advisory Board

Interview Details – Interview was pretty straightforward - questions about experience and fit with the company.

Interview Question – Case study question about a hospital.   Answer Question

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Research Analyst
Washington, DC

I applied through college or university and the process took 4 weeks - interviewed at Advisory Board in November 2013.

Interview Details – Applied through campus recruiting and was contacted shortly after for a phone interview (~1 week). Like others have said the phone interview was a very basic screening type. Basically just talking through your resume with someone from HR, with just a few behavioral questions.

Interview Question – asking what I learned from every part of my resume, including things that would not be relevant to this position   Answer Question

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Research Analyst Interview

Research Analyst

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 1+ week - interviewed at Advisory Board in May 2013.

Interview Details – Alumni refer, got back for phone interview quickly. Pretty standard phone interview style, covered same questions other posts mentioned. Interviewer seemed to read off a list of questions and really looked into your experience in healthcare industry. Same as other posts mentioned, if you don't have related experience, interviewer's interest went down as you could probably feel. The overall process was quite professional.

Interview Question – What surprised you most in your research findings?   Answer Question

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Research Analyst Interview

Research Analyst

I applied through an employee referral and interviewed at Advisory Board.

Interview Details – I was referred in - definitely the best route to go at this company since they're huge on cultural fit. The folks in HR were extremely nice. The interview process was definitely tough though. The first round is typical behavioral to evaluate fit but there are several cases and typically a writing test. I felt the interview was fair though, no tricks.

Interview Question – Be prepared to answer very specific questions about your resume   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – Minimal room to negotiate but give it a shot

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