Nielsen Professional Services Analyst Interview Questions

Updated Mar 10, 2015
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Professional Services, Analyst Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate in Cincinnati, OH
Accepted Offer
Positive Experience
Average Interview
Accepted Offer
Positive Experience
Average Interview

Application

I applied through college or university – interviewed at Nielsen (Cincinnati, OH).

Interview

Applied online. Was asked to complete the online assessment which was a multiple-choice questions. It was a mix of analytical questions and behavior questions(like do you multitask, how sympathetic are you to your co-workers etc.)
After this, I was scheduled for an interview. It was a 45 minute interview process where I went over the resume and highlighted a couple of projects. THe interviewer asked me behavioral questions mostly. I had a lot of examples stowed away. So it was not difficult to answer them.
My analytical skill was also tested. She asked me "There are 25,000 students in the campus. How many students take the university shuttle in a year". I felt that thinking out loud gave her a good idea of how I analysed the situation. The interview ended with her asking me why Nielsen.

Overall, I had a pretty good experience. I have been scheduled for the final round of interview

Interview Questions

  • Tell me about a complex situation that you faced, and how you solved it   Answer Question

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    Professional Services, Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at Nielsen in February 2015.

    Interview

    Applied through university recruiting and was sent a link to take an assessment. I wasn't prepared for the assessment as it was more intense than I was planning. I suggest you are in a position where you won't be distracted and can focus as it is timed and you will likely not finish. After the assessment I was contacted for a phone interview, nothing too difficult, just behavioral and going through your resume.

    After the phone interview they followed up to have 2 interviews with managers. Both managers came to our campus the following week. 1 of the 2 was a case study that focused on the more statistical knowledge of data analysis. The second was more behavioral. Both managers were very helpful in the interview process.

    They were very professional during the whole process and really wanted to match me with an office that I wanted. Asked me my preferences in regards to location and region. The offer was based on those preferences so I was really appreciative of that accommodation and professionalism. Only reason I didn't accept the offer was because of having to relocate and salary/cost of living considerations from another offer.

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    Professional Services, Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Declined Offer
    Difficult Interview
    Declined Offer
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at Nielsen in October 2014.

    Interview

    This was through on-campus recruiting -- I talked with them at my university's Career Fair, attended several information sessions, and tried to understand the different positions available and the different verticals within Professional Services.

    The interview itself was relatively straightforward. I interviewed for full-time on campus, so I did two 45-minute interviews (essentially first and second round interviews in one go). In each, we spent some time discussing my resume. Then, I was asked behavioral questions (mostly revolving around teamwork, giving presentation, using data to tell a story). There were a couple of marketing case questions, where I was given a company and a situation they were in and asked what types of questions I would ask and what type of data I would recommend the company look for. They also threw in a couple of brainteasers (you have one five ounce cup and one three ounce cup and an unlimited amount of water. How do you get one of the cups to have one ounce of water?).

    Interview Questions

    • 1) When were you in a situation where you were asked to do something you were uncomfortable with and how did you respond?

      2) How many flights leave from the Atlanta International Airport every week? (and other similar brain teasers)

      3) Mondelez has released a grape Oreo and they see that sales aren't that high (really? Ya think?). How would you go about increasing demand for this product?

      4) Company X is a large, well-known company in a niche market selling granola bars. Company Y has just penetrated the market with a similar product at a lower price. Company X tries to release granola bars in smaller packages with a lower price and increased advertising, but sales do not increase. What types of questions would you ask and what type of data would you recommend the company look into?
       
      1 Answer

    Reasons for Declining

    Wasn't the type of company I was looking for.

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    Professional Services, Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university – interviewed at Nielsen in October 2014.

    Interview

    There were three interviews, one in each of their verticals. It was mostly behavioral with a few brain teasers and mini case type questions. You also had lunch with a current analyst which was helpful to get an idea for day to day life.

    Interview Questions

    • A grocery store is looking to add almond milk to its shelves. What other milk product should they eliminate?   Answer Question
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    Professional Services, Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at Nielsen in October 2014.

    Interview

    Applied through college - Online assessment, first round interview on campus and second round (3 interviews) in San Francisco Office. Process was easy and people along the way were helpful.

    Interview Questions

    • Nothing too trick, mostly behavioral questions and few simple logical questions.   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    No negotiation

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    Professional Services, Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university – interviewed at Nielsen.

    Interview

    Applied through OCR. First round was with two interviewers, and the questions were mostly behavioral. However, there was a case and a brain teaser. The case was simple. Walk them through a scenario when a firm wants to release a new product. Brain teaser was how to measure one cup when you have two glasses that measure 5 cups and 3 cups.

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    Professional Services Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Wilton, CT
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 4 weeksinterviewed at Nielsen (Wilton, CT).

    Interview

    I first encountered Nielsen at my school's career fair. The application process was pretty simple, it was just a resume and cover letter drop on my school's career website.

    After a few days after the application deadline, I was notified that my application had been accepted for a first round interview. They day before the first round interview, there is an informal meet and greet where you take the assessment exam (straight forward math (I used an SAT math workbook to brush up on my skills) and two mini "marketing case" questions. The recruiters do send out a test prep guide before the assessment to give you an idea of what skills the assessment will test. After the assessment, the recruiters showed us a powerpoint presentation with more information about Nielsen as a whole and about the three verticals you can be placed in if given an offer.

    The first round interview was pretty painless, as was the process as a whole, and took place on my school's campus. The interviewer was so nice and went out of his way to make the interview more of a conversation rather than a Q&A exchange. The interview was a mix of behavioral questions (Tell me about a time when...) and about two mini marketing case questions (these are not formal cases, like in consulting!). The whole interview was about 30 minutes. A couple of days after that, I was notified that I would continue to the second round.

    The second round interview was scheduled to take place two weeks after my first round interview at the Nielsen office closest to my school. It consisted of an informal breakfast with some of the first year analysts and we had the opportunity to pick their brains about their responsibilities, etc and three back to back 45 min. interviews. The interviews again were pretty painless, I met with one person from each vertical, and they all went out of their way to make me feel at ease and to make the process more of a 'we're chatting to get to know each other' rather than just a Q&A session. All of the questions I got were behavioral. There were no marketing case questions.

    Interview Questions

    • You are working for Coca-Cola and are given the task to market two products: Diet Coke and Coke Zero. Develop the target audience for these two products and then walk me through how you would go about marketing these products to your chosen targets.   1 Answer

    Negotiation

    Yes, negotiation is possible, to a certain degree, but salaries are based on national averages.

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    Professional Service Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Declined Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview
    Declined Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    The process took 5 weeksinterviewed at Nielsen (Chicago, IL) in March 2012.

    Interview

    Met multiple times at career fairs and was offered interviews each time. Finally accepted interview which consisted of a 1:1 interview after passing the analytic test a week or two in advance. I was contacted approximately two weeks later for an on-site interview which consists of a lunch and three interviews.

    Interview Questions

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    Professional Services Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Chicago, IL
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at Nielsen (Chicago, IL) in November 2011.

    Interview

    Interview process:
    - Applied online through school website
    - on campus interview (30 minute behavioral) with an associate manager / manager level. Super friendly, people are fun, casual, and interesting!
    - Took a 1 hour test, mostly word problems and an essay
    - Got a call two weeks later saying I got a final round interview (yay)
    - Final round was 3 1-hr long interviews with VP/SVP level. All behavioral (claimed - but that wasn't my experience) as well. People were really easy to talk to and nice.
    - around 3 weeks later I got my final offer. Had 2 weeks to decide and sign!

    Interview Questions

    • Interviewer puts a blank sheet of paper in front of me and a blank sheet of paper in front of herself. She asks "This is your product, this is my product. How would you differentiate yours from mine?"   Answer Question
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    Professional Services, Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Cincinnati, OH
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2+ weeksinterviewed at Nielsen (Cincinnati, OH) in May 2010.

    Interview

    The first interaction is by E-mail, they ask for your resume and any cover letters and ask you to apply online so that they have a digital copy of all media that you wish to submit. Then depending on where you are located and where they intend to place you, you have a basic phone interview with behavioral questions and questions related to your education and work experience. The next step is to take a skills assessment to gauge your mathematical and analytical abilities. Assuming you are able to pass that, you will be asked to make an on-site appearance for a series of interviews consisting of three 45 minute interviews with individuals from each of the analyst departments. Depending on how well your interviews go, you will hopefully receive a job offer.

    Interview Questions

    • What variables might go into the formulation of a model used to predict sales volume?   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    There is little to no negotiation for entry-level positions. You will be well compensated, so it's best to either accept or reject based on your other offers (if you have any).

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