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Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Average Interview

Consulting Associate Interview

Consulting Associate
Boston, MA

The process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Cambridge Associates, LLC in March 2012.

Interview Details – 1st round phone interview.
2nd round on-site interview with 4 different people.

Interview Question – Why do you want to do investment consulting?   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – None.


Declined Offer

Positive Experience

Average Interview

Consulting Associate Interview

Consulting Associate
Boston, MA

I applied through college or university and the process took 2+ weeks - interviewed at Cambridge Associates, LLC in September 2009.

Interview Details – The first round was a 30 minute experience interview. Very casual and relaxed:all standard questions: why my university, major, past work, why Cambridge, etc.
Second round was in their Boston offices. 5 30 min interviews + lunch. Interview topics: academics, work, a case (walk-though), analyze an article and finally why Cambridge/Investment Consulting.

Interview Question – The case was about assuming the role of a university endowment and then deciding how to choose a manager, how to pick a portfolio...basically analyzing risk/return graphs.   Answer Question


Accepted Offer

Neutral Experience

Difficult Interview

Consulting Associate Interview

Consulting Associate
Singapore (Singapore)

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 2 months - interviewed at Cambridge Associates, LLC in December 2010.

Interview Details – 1. 30min phone interview to ascertain your interest in investment consulting and Cambridge Associates
2. In-office interviews comprising of a case study, and interviews with members of the consulting associate team
3. In-office interviews with other members of consulting associate team and investment consultant
4. In-office interviews with one or two investment consultants

Interview Question – How does the optimal number of managers differ for different types of asset classes and what does it depend on?   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – Non-negotiable.


Accepted Offer

Neutral Experience

Consulting Associate Interview

Consulting Associate

I applied online and interviewed at Cambridge Associates, LLC.

Interview Details – 1 phone interview with behavioral questions and onsite interview which consists of 5 small interviews. not typical case interview


1 person found this helpful

Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Average Interview

Consulting Associate Interview

Consulting Associate
Singapore (Singapore)

I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Cambridge Associates, LLC in October 2011.

Interview Details – Interviews with other associates and consultants. I did 5 rounds because it was done purely by Skype. Applied through the website. Emailed me back.

Interview Question – The case study is probably the most difficult part in which you are given a sample investment planning review to explain what the charts mean.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – No negotiation.


2 people found this helpful

Accepted Offer

Neutral Experience

Average Interview

Consulting Associate Interview

Consulting Associate

The process took 2 days - interviewed at Cambridge Associates, LLC in July 2010.

Interview Details – The first portion is a phone interview with basic questions like: what were your favorite 3 classes in college? Tell me about yourself? and then you explain your resume. They also ask questions like how did you hear about Cambridge? Tell me about someone who was difficult to work with? What are your strengths and weaknesses?

The second portion is a 3 hour long interview where you interview with 2 consulting associates, one office manager, and 2 consultants. The time length is designed to wear you down so you become more honest. The first 3 people ask very similiar questions and ask you to classify your excel knowledge (do you know vlookups, vbas, sumproducts, etc), interest in investments, etc. The 4th section is a case study asking about sharpe ratios, efficient region, etc. It proposes 4 portfolios and asks you to pick the best one based on the data.

Interview Question – What were your favorite 3 classes in college and why?   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – There is no negotiation, anyone who applies gets a hard offer of $47,000 plus an up to 5% bonus (subject to a 35% tax) in December.

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