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Equilar Research Analyst Interview Questions & Reviews

Updated Aug 18, 2014
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Research Analyst/Leadership Development Program Interview

Research Analyst/Leadership Development Program
Redwood City, CA

I applied through college or university and the process took 5 weeks - interviewed at Equilar in March 2014.

Interview Details – The first round is a 20 minutes phone interview - just some general behavioral questions.
After the phone interview, they held a two hours on-boarding interview. Before going to the on-boarding, they sent me some materials about executive compensation to read. And during the on-boarding, they let me take a few assessments and it took 45 minutes. The assessments were some reading comprehensions including grammar corrections, calculations and spreadsheet corrections. The assessments were not too difficult, but you really need to pay attention to details. Besides the assessments, four recruiters interviewed me in two groups. The first group is HR oriented. They asked some detailed questions about my resume and school coursework. The second group is oriented in executive compensation. It was more like a conversation and discussion.
if you passed the second round there will be a final round on-board with the CEO.

Interview Question – Think about two companies, and how their executives are getting paid. Why?   Answer Question


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Negative Experience

Very Easy Interview

Research Analyst Interview

Research Analyst

I applied through college or university and the process took 6 weeks - interviewed at Equilar.

Interview Details – The process is not too hard if you know anything about finance/data since most people start without knowing much. After reading company reviews and going through the interview process, I now know why all the reviews are negative. The work you do seem very menial and you don't seem to learn much. Most of all, I was very disappointed with the CEO. He just randomly walks in and interviewed me. He was not only rude but made me feel uneasy and leave the place.

Interview Question – The final round is a presentation and the CEO randomly just walks into the interview.   Answer Question

Reason for Declining – CEO was way too rude. Immediately made me not want to work at Equilar


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Negative Experience

Difficult Interview

Research Analyst Interview

Research Analyst

I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Equilar in December 2013.

Interview Details – I had an initial phone interview with a recruiter. It was about 15 minutes. She asked me about my experience, what I knew about Equilar and its products, and why I wanted to work there. Next, I took an online personality test to see if I was a good fit for the company. Next, I had a two-hour Skype interview with 3 employees. I took a written test, which was difficult, and did not get to the next round.

Interview Question – The written test was the most difficult part of the interview.   Answer Question


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Negative Experience

Average Interview

Research Analyst Interview

Research Analyst

I applied through college or university and the process took 5+ weeks - interviewed at Equilar.

Interview Details – The process was so long and grueling, spanning over a month and 3 on-site interviews. Interview questions and steps were not difficult, just unnecessary to put candidate through so much. The final step is a 30 minute powerpoint presentation, which is ridiculous. I felt pretty bad for the hiring managers too since they looked bored out of their minds - it must've been the 200th presentation they heard on the same topic.

I give this an overall negative review because with the exception of 1 person out of the 6 I met with, everyone was unfriendly and unhappy, including the CEO. I knew I wasn't going to get hired because he told me he didn't like my grades, never mind my extensive work/internship experience. He examines your entire transcript, but glazes over your resume. The pay was also horrible - 40k for an analyst?? During the final round, I was also interviewing with another company for an analyst position. After 1 phone interview and 1 on-site interview, I was hired 3 days later for 68k. I wish I had applied elsewhere first and not gone through this process. Save yourself the time and trouble and apply elsewhere, where they actually value your time, effort, and skills. You're worth way more than what Equilar has to offer.

Interview Question – The 30 minute powerpoint presentation - college students have midterms/finals to study for...   Answer Question


No Offer

Neutral Experience

Research Analyst Interview

Research Analyst

I applied through college or university and interviewed at Equilar.

Interview Details – After giving Equilar my resume at my school's career fair, I was sent an email telling me to apply through their website. I was contacted again to schedule a 20 minute phone interview. After the phone interview, I was sent an online personality survey that took about 15 minutes then I was invited for an in-person interview. First, I was interviewed by two people who asked basic questions about my resume and transcript. Then, I was given an assessment that focused on finding spelling, grammar, and formatting errors. It also had some fairly basic calculations. Finally, I was interviewed by two more people. After the second interview, it took two weeks for a response.

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Average Interview

Research Analyst Interview

Research Analyst

I applied through college or university and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Equilar.

Interview Details – I applied online through my university's job board and was contacted about a week later to schedule a phone interview. The phone interview was pretty standard (weaknesses, why do you want to work here, why is what Equilar does important). After they decided to move-forward and schedule an in-person interview they sent me a personality survey to complete prior to the actual interview.

The in-person interview I met with a couple senior analysts, HR, and the director of research where they asked me about my previous experiences and how I thought I would fit into the role. Between the two pairs of interviewers they gave me a challenge to complete, this was not difficult. It was basically looking through a couple documents to find typos and determine a few different salaries for board members as well as executives. The next pair of interviewers asked me more about my experiences, best accomplishment and then grilled me on why executive compensation is important. Overall, it took about 2.5 hours to be there and none of the questions were overly difficult.

Interview Question – Why is executive compensation important?   View Answer

Negotiation Details – No negotiation


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Neutral Experience

Average Interview

Research Analyst Interview

Research Analyst
Redwood City, CA

I applied through college or university and the process took a day - interviewed at Equilar in April 2011.

Interview Details – The interviewer seemed like a typical "frat bro", so it was hard to start an easy friendly conversation with him if you don't immediately click with that type of personality. He asked basic behavioral questions, nothing out of the ordinary. Just do basic research on the company and prepare for the typical interview questions, and you should be fine.

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No Offer

Negative Experience

Difficult Interview

Research Analyst Interview

Research Analyst

I applied online - interviewed at Equilar in November 2011.

Interview Details – I had a phone screen with the HR person and wish that I was not invited for an in-person interview. The HR person was kind and encouraging over the phone. For the in-person interview I met with two managers separately and they were both very rude and unprofessional. They were not impressed with my resume at all so I wondered why I was invited for an interview in the first place. The HR person sat in for the first interview and she kept looking at me with concern and looking at him with shock because he was being so rude but she did not say anything. I was so horrified after meeting with the first person that I was going to leave but decided to see the process through just in case the second person would be nice. I took a skills test which was quite easy. The second person I met with was even more rude than the first but I was so ready to leave that he sensed it and the interview lasted only a few minutes. I knew I would not get an offer because of my short answers - I really wanted to get out of there. I am happy that I got a different job and work with smart and professional people. I have had many interviews with high-profile people and never had such a traumatizing experience.

Interview Question – Why is your resume so long?
What do you do for fun?
What is Public Administration?
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Average Interview

Research Analyst Interview

Research Analyst
Redwood City, CA

I applied through college or university and interviewed at Equilar.

Interview Details – included an on campus interview (applied via career fair), in office interview, third interview which candidate prepares a presentation on a preselected topic. Pretty typical questions, just make sure to do your research

Interview Question – What is your greatest weakness   Answer Question


No Offer

Positive Experience

Average Interview

Research Analyst Interview

Research Analyst
Redwood City, CA

I applied through college or university - interviewed at Equilar in March 2013.

Interview Details – Met Equilar at my university career fair. They also had an informational night. Info night consisted of a slideshow, and q&a-- I recommend dressing up. They also encourage everyone to apply online. You should tailor your cover letter that writes what you can bring to equilar and describe your story. I got offered an interview a few days after. After a couple weeks there are about 2 more interviews and a mock project.

Interview Question – What is an experience that you are most proud of?   View Answer

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