Advisory Board Interview Questions & Reviews in Washington, DC
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Account Management Associate Interview (Neutral Experience; Average Interview)
I applied online and the process took 1 week - interviewed at Advisory Board.
Interview Details – initial phone interview only. 20-30 minutes with HR person. Was asked to go over resume and talk about my interests and career goals. She said the next step was for her to meet with the other HR people, discuss each candidate's interview and consider them for any open position that they qualify for.
Interview Question – typical interview questions- what are your career goals, strengths & weaknesses, etc. Answer Question
Associate Interview (Negative Experience; Average Interview)
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 3+ months - interviewed at Advisory Board in January 2013.
Interview Details – Interviewer asked me the routine questions about my past experiences and how they relate to the company. I felt that they were looking for someone more research oriented than anything else. I thought it went well and was even expecting a second interview. I didn't receive a response to my follow-up email or any communication until the automated generic rejection email was sent to me over 3 months after my interview. Incredibly unprofessional.
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Director Interview (Negative Experience; Very Easy Interview)
I applied online and the process took 3 months - interviewed at Advisory Board in May 2014.
Interview Details – I would describe the recruiting process as disappointing. The ABC has a culture better suited to recent graduates who do not have any baseline for what constitutes a respectful interview experience. As a seasoned, mid-career professional, red flags were flying from the start.
First, my recruiting contact was disorganized. E-mail communications had mismatched dates / days, and I had to double-check her work for accuracy – repeatedly.
Furthermore, I found the in-person office visit poorly organized and disrespectful of my time. Scheduled one hour interviews were truncated to 30 minutes (they ran out of questions), and there were gaps in the schedule longer than 3 hours. I literally had to sit on a couch and wait for hours between interviews. No one from HR explained the situation. Not even one senior person stepped forward to appologize. The receptionist was my primary point of contact that day. I had a fun morning / afternoon sitting next to 22 year-old kids interviewing for their first job out of college (one who just graduated from my alma mater!).
Finally, I found the interviews themselves lackluster. The questions were random, poorly thought, and lacked a cohesive thread. The case study was simple for anyone who reads a newspaper and has a basic knowledge of health care.
Frankly, ABC staffers gave the impression they are too self-absorbed in their own day-to-day minutia to provide a meaningful interview experience. I am certain an ABC executive reading this would state I did not have the right ‘independent’ or ‘flexible spirit.’ Whatever – they did not put their best foot forward. If a place can't show their best side during an interview, what will happen when you need management support for a critical business issue? I provided this feedback after the interview day knowing it would kill the job opportunity, as I could not fathom working for this company.
Interview Question – Senior Director: "Are you afraid of coming on board to that position knowing all the trouble they are having in that unit?" View Answer
Account Management Associate Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 2+ weeks - interviewed at Advisory Board in May 2014.
Interview Details – Thirty minute phone interview followed by a two on one interview. The first interview was very basic and easy. The second interview asked a few behavioral questions. All employees were eager to talk about the company. No surprising questions.
Interview Question – Nothing was extremely difficult to answer. Make sure you have questions lined up to ask and know a lot about the position you are applying for. Answer Question
Research Associate Interview (Neutral Experience; Average Interview)
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
Business Analyst Interview (Positive Experience; Easy Interview)
I applied online and the process took a day - interviewed at Advisory Board.
Interview Details – I got a call for the interview of a business analyst position after applying via LinkedIn. Fairly simple interview strictly behavioural. It was hard to understand what they expected out of a candidate as the position seemed rather vague. Overall the interview was quite easy and stuck to situation questions.
Interview Question – Many questions were being repeated, the interviewer kept asking certain facts on my resume which was a little confusing. As far as technical skills were concerned, they did not mention what was required to be a good fit for the position. Answer Question
Marketing Coordinator Interview (Positive Experience; Easy Interview)
I applied online and the process took 1 week - interviewed at Advisory Board in January 2014.
Interview Details – Great conversation and interesting position but the recruiter never emailed me back after she requested I send her my salary requirements. Even if they weren't interested in talking again, it would have been nice for her to respond.
Research Associate Interview (Neutral Experience; Average Interview)
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
Global Campus Administrator Interview (Negative Experience; Average Interview)
I applied online and the process took 6 weeks - interviewed at Advisory Board in March 2013.
Interview Details – I applied online in early March and got an email two days later to do a phone interview. A recruiter called me the next week, and asked some typical interview questions (tell me about a time when..., walk me through your resume) and some not so typical ones (why did you choose your university, what would you change about your university). Why would they want to know stuff about my university? How does that even apply to the job?
A week later I received an email for an on-site interview in DC. The firm did not offer to reimburse any travel expenses "due to current business needs." I interviewed with two directors for a half hour each. Both seemed like very unenthusiastic people who did not want to be there, kept checking their phones and were looking down and twitting their thumbs while I responded to their questions. I was so turned off by their behavior that this probably threw off my responses. Thus I wasn't even the least bit upset when they sent an email saying they could not offer me a position at this time.
Interview Question – Is there anything else I should know about you? What are you looking for in a job/workplace and what aren't you looking for in a job/workplace? Answer Question
Analyst, Talent Development Interview (Negative Experience; Average Interview)
I applied online and the process took 2 months - interviewed at Advisory Board in February 2014.
Interview Details – I applied on the company's website to the analyst position in the Research and Insights Department.
I was contacted within a week to set up a time for a phone interview, which happened pretty soon afterwords. First interview was behavioral and reviewing my resume/experiences. Pretty easy. During the interview, the woman told me I sounded like a better fit for the Talent Development department. I was later asked which department I would rather move forward with, and chose Talent Development.
Was contacted within a week to set up second round interviews. I responded with my availability, then reached out again a week later after no response. After a few more days, my interview was set up for about a week later in the DC office.
Before going to the office, I completed a case interview which was emailed to me. Pretty straightforward, standard case. Given 90 minutes to email back response.
In-person interviews were two 1-hour interviews. Both were a combination of reviewing experience and one "case" type question.
Despite the process being pretty lengthy and overly dragged out, I was fairly satisfied with my experience through the final interviews. I was, however, disappointed when I received a generic email from a third-party to inform me I had not received the job. I felt I had developed connections with a few individuals at the organization, and a generic email seemed inconsiderate. Additionally, I emailed my interviewees requesting feedback and advice, and was totally ignored. Feel I really may have dodged a bullet with this company.
Interview Question – An employee has a "Million Dollar Idea" to create a sunscreen pill. He wants to sell this product. What information would you need/advice would you have. Answer Question
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