Arcadia Solutions Interview Questions

Updated Apr 8, 2015
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    Business Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Burlington, MA
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at Arcadia Solutions (Burlington, MA) in April 2011.

    Interview

    The interview took far too long, was disorganized and remarkably off topic. The initial contact indicated they were very interested and would like to have me interview in the next week or two and would get back to me with a confirmed date. I didn't hear back in 4 days so I reached out. She, Liz, sounded surprised and didn't remember our conversation but would keep me in mind. Figured she had confused me with another candidate and the position was filled. Couple months later they reached out and setup a phone screen for the same position title. I asked if this was an new position and they said no it was still the same opening and they need to fill it immediately. The phone screen went well and I was asked in for a four hour interview process that included going to lunch with the team. The first part was a presentation on my resume, then a series of intelligence questions. One thing that surprised me was I did not receive one questions relevant to the position, they were obviously looking for intelligence and personal relationship fit, one interviewer told me they were looking for "someone who they would want to invite on their softball team". The lunch was awkward, I felt that every bite and every word was analyzed. Since working there and having been involved in the interview process that is exactly what candidates are being reviewed on.

    Interview Questions

    • How many golf balls will fit in a standard school bus?   1 Answer
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    Technical Analyst/Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Burlington, MA
    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 7+ weeks. I interviewed at Arcadia Solutions (Burlington, MA) in June 2014.

    Interview

    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.

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    Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer

    Interview

    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
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    Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Burlington, MA
    Accepted Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 6+ weeks. I interviewed at Arcadia Solutions (Burlington, MA) in March 2013.

    Interview

    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?   1 Answer

    Negotiation

    There was no negotiation---HR completely bungled the hiring process. That's why the new HR administration is there.

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    Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Burlington, MA
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 6+ weeks. I interviewed at Arcadia Solutions (Burlington, MA).

    Interview

    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

    Easy. Salary negotiation was simple enough having them state their preferred compensation first.

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    Senior Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Burlington, MA
    Declined Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3+ months. I interviewed at Arcadia Solutions (Burlington, MA) in June 2012.

    Interview

    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.

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    Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Declined Offer

    Interview

    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.

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    Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Burlington, MA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Arcadia Solutions (Burlington, MA) in September 2010.

    Interview

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

    Interview Questions

    • No curve balls. Fairly straightforward interview process.   Answer Question
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    Principal Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Burlington, MA
    Declined Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 5 days. I interviewed at Arcadia Solutions (Burlington, MA) in June 2011.

    Interview

    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.   1 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.

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    Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at Arcadia Solutions (Boston, MA) in January 2011.

    Interview

    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

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