Cambridge Associates, LLC
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www.cambridgeassociates.com Boston, MA 1000 to 5000 Employees

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Updated Mar 19, 2014
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Junior Research Associate Interview

Anonymous Employee
Arlington, VA

I applied online and the process took 3 days - interviewed at Cambridge Associates, LLC in May 2012.

Interview Details – The actual interview process consisted of 3 consecutive days of interviews. The first interview was a phone screen where basic background questions were asked. The second interview consisted of four 30-minute interviews with either managers or assistant managers. They all asked the same questions with a curve ball here and there. The third interview consisted of interviewing with 3 managers and the director of the department.

Interview Question – Name 3 weaknesses.   Answer Question

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Junior Associate Interview

Junior Associate
Arlington, VA

The process took 1 week - interviewed at Cambridge Associates, LLC in October 2011.

Interview Details – The hiring process consisted of a phone interview, open house, and second round interview.

Phone interview: The phone interview will be less than 30 minutes and likely conducted by HR. Expect to go over your resume, talk about your greatest accomplishment and biggest weakness. There won't be much time for your questions.

Open House: The open house consists of a presentation about the department and three 20 minute interviews with the group's managers. Be prepared for some hard questions including: Define professionalism, Name three weaknesses using one work for each weakness, What are three things you learned in the presentation earlier, Sell yourself to me, What do you think you'll be doing at this job, Name one positive trait you don't have, etc.

Second Round: The second round will consist of a one on one interview with the Director of the group as well as the manager of the team they think you'll fit best on. You'll also participate at least one round table discussion with people who could be your team members and colleagues. Remember to ask questions. If you're interested in the position, act like it. You'll also do a writing sample, which isn't super challenging.

Bottom line(s):
- The Junior Associate position is likely in the firm's data group. The data group is extremely high performing and well regarded within the firm. If you don't want to work in a data group, don't apply. But there is opportunity for advancement after you have been at the company for a while, so it's worth it.
- The position is not client facing, but you do get to interact with individuals that work for investment managers.
- Professionalism is key! Dress and act the part. Although most people in the department are young, they are professional at work.

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Negotiation Details – There are no negotiations.

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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.

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Investment Performance Associate Interview

Investment Performance Associate
Arlington, VA

The process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Cambridge Associates, LLC in April 2010.

Interview Details – I initially applied online and got a phone call two days later. The HR rep set up an informational phone interview. The questions were very basic and included a review of my resume. Then I was invited to interview on-site. They did not pay for travel or rooming expenses. The on-site interview consisted of two group presentations and three one-on-one interviews with questions ranging from basic resume information to simple finance/capital markets questions.

Interview Question – Why do bond prices and bond yields move inversely?   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – No negotiations.

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Junior Associate, Manager Information Group Interview

Anonymous Employee
Arlington, VA

I applied online and the process took 3 days - interviewed at Cambridge Associates, LLC in May 2011.

Interview Details – I applied online and heard back within a day that they wanted to do a phone screen. The phone screen consisted of very basic questions and suggested that I apply for a position that I wasn't actually applying to. Questions were not finance-based but more behavioral. I heard back within two days that they wanted me to come in for an open house.

The open house consisted of a presentation by the manager about the group and the company as a whole. I was there with another individual who was applying for the exact same job. After the presentation we broke up and each talked 1:1 with the manager of the group, the director of the department, and the associate director of the department. All were very intense but again did not ask finance questions. Mostly behavioral to see if I would be a good fit. I then heard back in about two days that they wanted me to come into the final interview.

The final interview was long, about 4 hours. I met again with the Director of the department as well as the manager of the group. All asked very intense questions but again mostly wanted to see if I would fit in there. I also met with the entire team and to talk about how they liked their job and why I wanted to work there. Also consisted of a brief writing sample that was really not very difficult.

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Investment Performance Associate Interview

Investment Performance Associate
Arlington, VA

I applied online and the process took a day - interviewed at Cambridge Associates, LLC in March 2010.

Interview Details – The interview process started with a phone screen. After the phone screen, the recruiter invited me for a second round interview. This interview included a group of other candidates. Employees showed prospective employees around the office facility and three one-on-one interviews took place. From what I remember the interviewers asked the same questions, so by the third round It was easy.

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Negotiation Details – Management was unwilling to negotiate salary.

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QA Intern Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate
Arlington, VA

The process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Cambridge Associates, LLC in April 2010.

Interview Details – Applied through listing on the school career center website and was contacted a few weeks later by email to schedule a phone interview. The initial phone interview was with a QA engineer with whom I walked through my resume. The interviewer also answered my questions about the company at the end of the interview. I was then contacted by email to schedule a final round interview by phone. During that final interview I was asked technical questions, what I knew about testing, and they also asked me some brainteaser questions. A few weeks later they called and emailed me with an offer. The interviewers were pretty friendly and brainstormed along with me while I was thinking about the solution to the brainteaser questions.

Interview Question – What do you already know about testing and QA?   View Answer

Reason for Declining – Got a better offer from another company.

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Associate Interview

Associate
Arlington, VA

I applied through college or university and the process took 5 days - interviewed at Cambridge Associates, LLC in April 2010.

Interview Details – First phone interview, then in office interview.

Interview Question – What is your biggest accomplishment?   Answer Question

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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

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Consulting Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate
Boston, MA

I applied through college or university and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Cambridge Associates, LLC in February 2007.

Interview Details – It was thorough and well structured. Very professional process.

Interview Question – How many baseball's can you fit on a 747?   View Answers (4)

Reason for Declining – It wasn't the type of job i was looking for.

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