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Updated Oct 31, 2014
Updated Oct 31, 2014
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Research Analyst Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate
Anonymous Interview Candidate
Application Details

I applied through college or university. The process took 2 daysinterviewed at Nielsen in October 2009.

Interview Details

The process varies depending on whether the candidate applies in the university channel or the "regular" channel. All candidates are pre-screened either in a on-campus in-person interview, or via a phone interview. Following that there is an analytical assessment which is required for all Nielsen analysts. If successful on both the initial interview AND the assessment, the candidate is invited for an all-day on site interview with 4-5 people from various areas of the organization.

Although the analytical assessment is not much different that the standard GMAT test, most candidates fail it.

Interview Questions
  • If I want to know how many passengers fly out of J.F. Kennedy airport every day, what do I need to do?   View Answers (2)
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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Research Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Cincinnati, OH
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Cincinnati, OH
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at Nielsen in September 2010.

    Interview Details

    Submitted Resume, called back for an on campus interview (~30-45 minutes long) and took a test (writing and calculations), then called back for an onsite interview. The onsite interview consisted of an overview session followed by breakfast with a current employee, then three 45 minute interviews, and finally a group Q&A session. They later called back and offered me the job.

    Interview Questions
    • The on campus interview was a fairly straightforward interview, except for when the interviewer pulled out a page of data, explained the background for it, and asked me to walk him through how I'd determine which of 5 items to pull from the shelf and which to put more support behind.

      None of the individual on site interview questions were particularly difficult, but they covered a broad range of question types.

      The first was a fairly standard interview with some behavioral questions (strengths and weaknesses, tell me about a time when you ___, tell me more about this item on your resume, why are you interested in this job, why do you think you'd be a good fit, etc.).

      The second was primarily designed to assess how I think/analyze things (give an example of a good and bad ad campaign, what questionable assumptions does this ad make, how would you figure out how many dollar bills would fit in the Empire State building, if you have 2 baskets of black and red balls, how would you arrange those balls to have the greatest chance of someone picking a red ball at random, etc.)

      The third seemed to be designed to assess which area of the company would be the best fit, whether my skills and interests are a good match for the company, and if it's in line with what I'm looking for in a job.
       
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    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    Research Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Chicago, IL
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Chicago, IL
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at Nielsen in August 2014.

    Interview Details

    Was contacted by an HR rep about a month after submitting my application online. Had a phone interview in the following days, which was easy and nothing out of the ordinary, although be prepared for "give an example of a time you had to explain a complex topic in simple terms". After that, there was an online assessment, which consisted of both personality questions, as well as a series of logic questions (the kind where you are given some info and have to put events in the correct order). You get 3 minutes per logic question. I was then contacted the following week for an on-site interview and exam. The exam is 1 hour, 10 questions (with sub parts) and not challenging if you've read the posts on here and prepared for the topics. Then there were three 45-minute interviews. The questions really depend on the interviewer. My first one was very heavy on the analytical questions, e.g. you have 15 minutes and a ruler, how do you measure how many blades of grass are on a football field. The other 2 were more behavioral, with a few marketing/analytical questions, e.g. there's a store with whole, 2%, 1%, skim, and chocolate milk, the owner wants to add soy milk, which milk to you take out and why (just be able to justify your response, there's no right answer). Then there's lunch with a current analyst, which is casual and just a fun time to talk about the role and the company! I don't think this happens often, but I then had another quick phone interview, and at the end I was offered the job.

    Interview Questions
    • How much milk is sold in the US every year?   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    Didn't negotiate, I was happy with the offer and excited to work for the company!
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Research Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Application Details

    I applied in-person – interviewed at Nielsen.

    Interview Details

    Two rounds of interviews, with a written assessment

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Research Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 8 weeksinterviewed at Nielsen in October 2010.

    Interview Details

    Everything is asked about prior experiences. You should have lots of examples of things you've accomplished individually and in groups.

    Interview Questions
    • Describe a time when you were asked to do something under a tight deadline.   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
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    Research Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Application Details

    The process took 6 weeksinterviewed at Nielsen in November 2011.

    Interview Details

    Skills test was 90 minutes and consisted of math and business related questions. Math questions were of high-school level difficulty, while the business/strategy questions were open response and presented a scenario in each. First-round interview had a market-sizing question and basic behavioral questions. Final round was three interviews, each of which had at least one strategy question. No full-out case interviews or anything of that sort. Interviewers were of senior management in the company, but all of them were very laid back and pleasant. Received offer several days later from an HR representative, and a formal letter followed afterwards.

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    Declined Offer
    Neutral Experience
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    Research Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2 daysinterviewed at Nielsen in February 2012.

    Interview Details

    Bit difficult apti & lame personal interview

    Interview Questions
    • Tel me the no of cubicles inside the office. How many people are working there   Answer Question
    • Estimate how many domino pizzas are sold daily(estimate) No data given   Answer Question
    Declined Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview
  8. 4 people found this helpful  

    Research Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Oxford, England (UK)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Oxford, England (UK)
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at Nielsen in June 2010.

    Interview Details

    The recruiter found my CV online and offered to apply for the graduate position with BASES. Although the process took something like 2 month it was quite structured. At first I got a math test. 10 questions and 2 essays. I think for preparation it is good to do some GMAT questions, including some basic probability ( 2-3 questions).Essay were on new product development and research questions. Then there was a screening recruitment interview and finally 2 weeks later assessment centre. Everyone was really nice and very friendly. It consisted of a group exercise and several individual exercises. Everyone is very nice and friendly, so try to be yourself and enjoy experience.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Research Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took a dayinterviewed at Nielsen in October 2008.

    Interview Details

    Interviewed with head of department and head of HR personal to discuss my former working experiences, some behavioral questions such as what is your strength and weakness, how will you go from back-end supporting role to facing clients front-line role? why did you choose our company? why do you relocate to this country? what is your expectation of salary? whole process lasted about 1 hour. and it took about 2 weeks to hear back from them.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
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    Research Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Delhi (India)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Delhi (India)
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took a dayinterviewed at Nielsen in February 2012.

    Interview Details

    the process was pretty straight forward and interviewee seeked for interest on research. The interview was very normal and had no twists at all. Some questions from my graduation subjects were also asked and some current issues were discussed

    Interview Questions
    • when do you study during an ordinary day in your life   View Answer
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

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