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Education Pioneer Graduate School Fellowship (Yearlong Placement) Interview

Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
Application Details

I applied online. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at Education Pioneers.

Interview Details

I heard about EP from their campus info session and applied online. The requirement for 2-year full time work experience is tricky, but if you are a PhD student, your college teaching experience will count.
After the online application, they'll send you an email containing a short case study. If you have are serious about cases, I'd suggest you read some practice cases from management consulting companies (McKinsey, BCG, etc). Getting through those cases will help you much in solving the case EP had you to figure out.
The next stage is the behavioral interview. For me this was conducted over the phone by an EP alumni. Very standard behavioral questions. I got the feeling they are really looking for your ability to solve a challenge, to work in a team with conflicts/different backgrounds, and to impact others who are more senior to you. I'd recommend have 5-6 stories at hand and describe in detail about the key actions you took in a situation and what impact did you achieve.
The final stage is the Group interview day, where you will solve a case with another 4-5 people. During this part, an interviewer will watch the group discussing the issue and coming up with the solution. You will also need to present the case to everyone afterwards. Everything is timed so make sure people in your group pay attention to the clock! I'm not entirely sure how this is judged, as I wasn't feeling very comfortable with this format yet still got an offer. The group case format is really odd, because people have different ideas approaching a problem, and you are forced to a consensus in a relatively short amount of time. Make sure you contribute, but don't over-talk.
You will be asked to submit a reflection on the group interview within 72 hours, they'll also contact references. Was offered a position over the phone.

Interview Questions
  • The group case interview is an odd format.   View Answer
Reasons for Declining

For an international student, a year long placement can be a backup plan but not a first choice employment option. Another permanent position with better salary and benefit package is a definite win.

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