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Updated Nov 22, 2014
Updated Nov 22, 2014
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    Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    I was hired through on campus recruiting. The process was very seamless. They did first round interviews at my school, then a series of interviews at their office in Burlington. The interview process was difficult, but very fair. I would recommend being prepared for both case and analytical type questions.

    Interview Questions
    • I was surprised at the importance of the group case. I think this is particularly revealing about how each person will work in a group.   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
  2.  

    Technical Analyst/Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Burlington, MA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Burlington, MA
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 7+ weeksinterviewed at Arcadia Solutions in June 2014.

    Interview Details

    As a whole, the experience was good. The process took about a month and a half. I think there were too many interviews, and some of them were repetitive.

    1st interview - with an HR, about my interests, background, why arcadia, why healthcare consulting etc.

    2nd interview - with a Sr. Consultant, which had behavioral qs. and I had to answer in some detail. They were followed by 3 qs - about sorting in Excel - how you would find the top ten items in a long list say of 100 items or 1000 items without using the usual sort (I think he wanted to just test critical thinking), a brain teaser - angle between hands of a clock when it's 3:15 pm, and there was one more teaser which I don't remember, but this round was fairly good. The brain teasers were easy.

    3rd interview - this was with a Consultant, which had behavioral qs and some brain teasers. He again asked me the clock teaser (the exact same question) and another which was something like "how do you find the 2 fastest horses in a group of 12 (I think) by racing them in the least no. of steps"?

    4th interview - with a Sr. SQL Developer - who would have been someone I'd report to. Again behavioral and some teasers.

    Then I was called for an onsite, which had 5-6 interviews. 1 with HR, 1 with 2 consultants to whom I presented a 20 min thing about myself and why I would be a good fit for the role, 1 with 2 consultants where I was given a healthcare case (this was interesting --> there are 2 healthcare organizations and each has its performance data based on the same set of metrics and you also have the forecasted performance data based on the same metrics of the combined/merged organization. The question was do you think the merger is a good idea?), and then finally a social lunch where typically 1-2 consultants would go out with you. This one was good.

    Overall, the process was long, but I only really liked the healthcare case in the onsite interview. They told me these are the kind of cases you could expect on the job.

    Interview Questions
    • None really. The final case in the onsite interview was more challenging than the phone cases though.

      The consultants don't unnecessarily put pressure on you, and trap or corner you. They work with you through the case, give you time to think, and ask you follow-up questions to test your analytical acumen.
       
      Answer Question
    Reasons for Declining

    I got an offer from another firm which had projects that were closer to my field of interest. Also I could be closer to family.

    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  3.  

    Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Burlington, MA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Burlington, MA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 6+ weeksinterviewed at Arcadia Solutions.

    Interview Details

    Four interviews - 'Case', 'Analytical', Presentation and 'Social'. The case and analytical are simple versions of any case pratice you've ever done. The 'analytical' focuses on a quantitative approach to choosing a business solution and is very straight forward. The 'Case' focuses instead of more practice project management issues and is easy to walk through. The presentation is merely verbally relating how your resume relates to the job with a powerpoint and the social is just a business lunch.

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    Easy. Salary negotiation was simple enough having them state their preferred compensation first.
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Burlington, MA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Burlington, MA
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 6+ weeksinterviewed at Arcadia Solutions in March 2013.

    Interview Details

    Previous hiring admin was a wreck, but the folks who do most of the phone screens and the on-site interviews are live employees. They want to work with great people. Despite its flaws, Arcadia has a fairly difficult and competitive hiring process.

    1) Informational interview
    2) Phone screen with current consultant. Includes analytical "riddle".
    3) On-site, which many other folks discussed below. Includes behavioral case, analytical case, presentation to sell yourself, and social lunch.

    My advice here would be that it's alright to goof up; circle back, acknowledge your error, move through the corrections methodically and quickly. Especially when it comes to math errors.
    And don't let them see you sweat. Clients don't want to see you sweat.

    Interview Questions
    • How much does it cost to wash all of the windows in NYC, once each?   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    There was no negotiation---HR completely bungled the hiring process. That's why the new HR administration is there.
    Accepted Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Senior Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Burlington, MA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Burlington, MA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3+ monthsinterviewed at Arcadia Solutions in June 2012.

    Interview Details

    Submitted an online application and then completed two phone interviews before coming to the office for a 4 hour-ish in-person interview.

    Interview Questions
    • Here is a bunch of information about a hospital. What does it mean and how could this situation be improved?   Answer Question
    Reasons for Declining

    Got a similar offer in another city that I preferred to work in.

    Declined Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Principal Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Burlington, MA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Burlington, MA
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 5 daysinterviewed at Arcadia Solutions in June 2011.

    Interview Details

    It's a typical consulting firm, if you know what I mean. A great majority of the people had no background in the health care or technology. They learn on the job, and on the customer's dime, a fake it till you make it type of thing. They try to keep things fun by not having a dress code, the ability to drink beer and scotch while working (they have a beer fridge), and are pet friendly. The atmosphere is "technology hipsters". I have strong doubts of their knowledge and leadership.

    Interview Questions
    • They give you a list of healthcare options with prices and then give you some word problems to figure the cost. Then they give you a second pricing model and some new problems.   View Answer
    Reasons for Declining

    They're whole strategy is intimidation. They want to come across as the experts, and you should be honored to join them, when in fact they're expertise is very questionable. On top of this I caught them in several lies pertaining to the details of the offer... They don't pay nearly enough for the hours worked.... I have a good job that pays more now.

    Declined Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview
  8.  

    Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Boston, MA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Boston, MA
    Application Details

    The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at Arcadia Solutions in January 2011.

    Interview Details

    Overall the interview process was a good one compared to other companies. I first had a phone screen done by a consultant - it was more about my background experiences. I had a second phone screen a week later with another consultant. This one was more about fit and interests. At the end he asked a short brain teaser questions - how many ping pong balls would fit in a plane. With all brain teaser questions, ask questions and talk it out.

    After that they wanted to bring me out to Boston for an in house interview. Took a while to set up because of winter break. This interview consisted for 4 parts:

    Presentation - a short powerpoint on how you would make a great fit with Arcadia Solutions.
    Case Study - A short case on a team that is in disarray because a boss left.
    Analytical Case - Comparing two different health care plans - lots of number crunching. Nothing specific about health care since they give you all the information.
    Lunch - a group lunch with two other consultants.

    Overall it was a great process and was great meeting everyone there. One tip I would give with any case study would be to talk it out and work with your interviewer to formulate a final answer.

    Interview Questions
    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  9.  

    Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Burlington, MA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Burlington, MA
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Arcadia Solutions in September 2010.

    Interview Details

    #1 - On-Campus Interview
    #2 - On-Site Interview (8 Hours)

    Interview Questions
    • No curve balls. Fairly straightforward interview process.   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  10.  

    Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Burlington, MA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Burlington, MA
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2 daysinterviewed at Arcadia Solutions in June 2010.

    Interview Details

    I had a total of two interviews with Arcadia. My first interview I got through on campus recruitment and they had consultants come to campus to do interviews. The interview was around 45 minutes and was half fit/background half case. The interviewer was definitely well prepared. She had highlighted parts and written notes on my cover letter and resume. She asked a range of questions about situations like, describe a time when you worked in a team, to specific questions about past experiences. She was pleasant but firm when asking and was not afraid to push. The case was how much would it cost to make a product for an event. And then we worked through it together. Again she was very patient and it definitely felt like more of a conversation than a grueling interview. I definitely had a good time thinking through the case and enjoyed working through it with her.

    I was contacted a week or so after and told that I would have an on-site interview eventually but that they were backed up for a little while. About a month an a half later, I e-mailed some of the people i had been in contact with there and pushed for an interview and I got a response pretty soon after and was brought down about a week later. If you find yourself waiting for a month or so, I would definitely e-mail and push to see if you could have your interview soon.

    The on site had 4 parts. A case, an analytical question, a presentation and a social part. The analytical question was about thinking through 2 different health plans. That was really interesting and I felt really happy at the end because everything seemed to click for me at the very end and I felt I had reached a great and satisfying conclusion. My advice with the case would be that if you have a lot of health care background, use what you know but don't let it cloud what the question is asking. Its easily answerable with little to no health background.

    Overall my impression of the company was overwhelmingly positive. The interviewers were all actual consultants themselves and they just seemed like very cool interesting people. The company also seemed really young. The best part of the interviews were that they felt like conversations and my interviewers never made me feel stupid or talked down to. The whole experience really affirmed that this would be a great employer and a great fit!

    Interview Questions
    • Describe a time when you've had difficulty working in a team. How did you overcome the situation.   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  11.  

    Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    Very arduous interview process. Two phone interviews, then a 4+ hour onsite. Had to meet with over ten different people and go through a presentation, analytic interview, social, etc. It was too much for an experienced consultant. Seemed more appropriate for entry level positions.

    Reasons for Declining

    Better offer at a more established consulting company.

    Declined Offer

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