Equilar Research Analyst Interview Questions

Updated Jul 10, 2015
61 Interview Reviews

Interview Experience

Interview Experience

21%
46%
32%

Getting an Interview

Getting an Interview

59%
39%
0%

Interview Difficulty

3.0
Average

Interview Difficulty

Hard

Average

Easy

61 Candidate Interview Reviews Back to all Interviews

Sort: Popular Date Difficulty
  1.  

    Research Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at Equilar.

    Interview

    There were three rounds of interviews. The first was an on-campus interview and was a typical interview. The second was going to their office in Redwood City. You had to fill out assessment and were interviewed by two different people. The third interview required a 15 minute presentation to a group of workers on a topic they chose.

    Interview Questions

  2.  

    Research Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer
    Positive Experience

    Interview

    Was emailed by a senior analyst to schedule a 30 minute phone screen. Afterwards, I was invited to come to the Redwood City office for an on site interview two weeks later. The on site interview consisted of three parts; I started with two senior analysts who covered my resume and general talking points. Afterwards I was given a 45 minute test, I recommend timing yourself beforehand because it can go fast. Afterwards two more analysts came in to discuss the test, and technical areas relating to SEC filings and executive compensation. Everyone was nice and approachable. The process took me approximately 4 weeks.

    Interview Questions

    • What qualities would you look for in a research analyst? What makes you want to work at Equilar?   Answer Question
  3. Helpful (1)  

    Research Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Redwood City, CA
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Equilar (Redwood City, CA) in April 2015.

    Interview

    Applied by submitting my resume at a school career fair, got a phone interview a week later. The guy seemed friendly and conversational, which was nice. Asked a lot about executive compensation. I was prepared for them because I'd read up on their website and their blog beforehand, but I probably would've felt somewhat lost if I hadn't.

    Interview Questions

    • Who would you pay more, the CEO of K-Mart or the CEO of Wal-Mart, and why?   Answer Question
  4. Is this helpful? The community relies on everyone sharing – Add Anonymous Interview Review


  5.  

    Research Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. I interviewed at Equilar in March 2015.

    Interview

    Met a recruiter at the campus career fair and submitted my resume through the university career listing website and the company website. Was contacted a couple of weeks later for an on-campus interview. Received an invitation for a second round interview.

    Interview Questions

  6.  

    Research Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Redwood City, CA
    Declined Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 6 weeks. I interviewed at Equilar (Redwood City, CA) in March 2015.

    Interview

    Three sections. First was an interview by two people talking about your background and experience. Next you are given exercises to complete which are not too difficult. Then two more interviewers come in and talk about the company with you. Not a difficult process but it is long.

    Interview Questions

  7.  

    Research Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Redwood City, CA
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at Equilar (Redwood City, CA) in March 2015.

    Interview

    Met them at university career fair and info session. Applied online and got a first round on-campus interview. The HR manager is charismatic and engaging-I met her from the career fair and she recognized me at the interview. Fairly standard behavioral questions and she had a good sense of directing the flow of the interview. Sadly the on-site wasn't as good. I was invited to an on-site interview in Redwood City a few days later, and I scheduled for about two weeks later. They sent a "Predictive Index" to fill out saying it wasn't a test, "just get to know you a little better." Right. The index has you check a bunch of boxes with personality traits. A bit hard to see why anyone would check boxes for negative traits like anger or sadness or frustration. Once on-site, two teams of two interviewers. It was a tedious 2 hour process. The first interviewers asked some probing questions and didn't really know where the line was to stop-e.g. Why were you not happy at your former school? They gave me a written test which was some word problems on exec comp. Nothing too difficult. They do ask you to point out intentional typos in the test-shades of what is to come for the job. The next team (after written) asked a few more questions about why exec comp is important, what would you do, etc. It became harder to answer these questions because the firm researches how high exec comp is going and potential problems with it, but also networks with Silicon Valley corporate execs. Hence, you have to say why researching exec comp is important, but you have to be careful not to tread on the executive client base it's building. I think it reflects on a larger problem with the company lacking some direction on how it positions itself. At the end, they asked me to list off a few strengths of mine. I did. They then said, "We hear that all the time; why should we hire you over other candidates?" The interviewers didn't know what they were looking for and just seemed to be pressing you harder to see how you would respond. I did not hear anything back after the interview. I emailed a few weeks later for an update, and received reply back the next day that they had decided not to invite me to a third round. They invite A LOT of candidates for the second round, and commuting to Redwood City is costly and time-consuming for many of the college students they recruit. My feedback would be that Equilar needs to do a better job of simplifying the process and narrowing down a few candidates for one on-site because as-is they're dragging out a lot of people for a job they aren't getting.

    Interview Questions

    • What did you do to prepare for this interview? Why should we hire you over the other candidates?   Answer Question
  8.  

    Research Analyst- Leadership Rotation Program Interview

    Anonymous Employee in UC Berkeley, CA
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. I interviewed at Equilar (UC Berkeley, CA) in February 2015.

    Interview

    Interviewer was friendly and easy to talk to. Questions weren't too difficult, except my interview ended 5 minutes early so I wish I had more questions prepared. Also, I was told to bring a cover letter and brought it, but forgot to give it to the interviewer. So don't forget to do that! Got a 2nd round interview.

    Interview Questions

    • How did you hear about Equilar?   Answer Question
    • Why Equilar? Can you summarize what our company does?   Answer Question
    • What would you think about the President of the UC system getting paid ~$570,000 per year?   Answer Question
    • What career path do you see for your future at Equilar in the next few years?   Answer Question
    • What do you know about the Leadership Rotation Program?   Answer Question
  9.  

    Research Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Equilar in January 2015.

    Interview

    Submitted through university career listing website and also directly through the company website. Was emailed back for a phone interview and was contacted by an Analyst within a week. They called me and asked me a few basic questions that I've included below.

    Interview Questions

  10.  

    Research Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Declined Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at Equilar in January 2015.

    Interview

    The woman that called was fixated on college experience rather than professional experience. She was also concentrating on who the main clients were for the company. After a few responses and probing on her end, she moved on. Not everyone knows the specific clients- they do not work there, that information is not crucial at this point. Move on.

    Interview Questions

    • What was your GPA in college? Why did you choose your major? Who do you think would use Equilar's product?   Answer Question
  11. Helpful (1)  

    Research Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Declined Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at Equilar in December 2014.

    Interview

    Submitted a cover letter and resume online. Then received instructions to do a pre recorded video interview that had several questions that could have easily been done in a document. Had to repeat a lot of information I had previous submitted in the form of a cover letter. Had an in person interview that ended up being 2 and a half hours. 2 separate interviews with 2 different pairs of people and an evaluation.

    Interview Questions

    Reasons for Declining

    Unsure about the company

Don't Miss Out On a Job You Love
Upload a resume to easily apply to jobs from anywhere. It's simple to set up.

The difficulty rating is the average interview difficulty rating across all interview candidates.

The interview experience is the percentage of all interview candidates that said their interview experience was positive, neutral, or negative.

Your response will be removed from the review – this cannot be undone.