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Sapient Senior Associate Interview Questions

Updated Dec 12, 2014
Updated Dec 12, 2014
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    Senior Associate Technology Level I Interview

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

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 5 daysinterviewed at Sapient.

    Interview Details

    Wasn't too hard. Met with a few people and the "interview" part that tested html & javascript was to create a webpage from a static image. When I went for the interview I didn't lookup the company enough and one of the people interviewing me was slightly disappointed. After coming in and doing the face to face I ended up talking to Naresh who's the head of the software department.

    Interview Questions
    • The hardest was to try to complete in the time given. Make sure you do the JS part. Talked to Naresh about AngularJS   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    I don't remember. Probably could have asked for more.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Senior Associate Program Management Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Arlington, VA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Arlington, VA
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 1+ weekinterviewed at Sapient in February 2014.

    Interview Details

    This process started with a recruiter who matched my skill set with an opening at Sapient. First was a phone screen with the recruiter, then a phone screen with senior management Sapient. Followed by an intensive in-person interview. I was aware of Sapient's good reputation and was excited to begin the hiring and interview process.

    Interview Questions
    • The most unexpected question was during the client role playing exercise when the two "customers" inquired about unconventional IT systems and how they fit into the business plan.   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  3.  

    Senior Associate Business Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took a dayinterviewed at Sapient.

    Interview Details

    Phone screen by company recruiter which led to an interview day where two interviews were conducted for each applicant, one behavioral and one case.

    Interview Questions
    • The case was a technology case despite applying for a business consulting role so not really sure i was able to be evaluated correctly but got an offer nonetheless.   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
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    Senior Associate of Technology Level II Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Boston, MA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Boston, MA
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at Sapient in July 2012.

    Interview Details

    I was first contacted by the recruiter via email regarding the opportunity. A day after my response, I was scheduled to speak with the recruiter to go through some basic screening and discuss about my experience, skills and technologies I have worked with.

    After the first screen, I was required take up a skills assessment test online. The test I must say is designed well covers the depth and breadth of a specific technology that you are comfortable with. As long as your basics are in the right place and if you worked on that technology(could be Java, .Net or C++), you should be able to clear this stage.

    I apparently made it and the the next stage was a telephonic interview with the manager. This round was completely technical and most of the questions were again technology specifics, design patterns and their applications. I was also asked to briefly describe my roles and responsibilities till date.

    After this technical round, I was required to take up a behavioral assessment online. And it consisted of questions that did not have a correct or a wrong answer. They were related knowing what kind of a person you are. I would not worry too much about this, it should be a breeze.

    Then finally, if you are past these stages, you will be scheduled for an in-person interview at their office. My interview was scheduled two weeks after I completed the behavioral assessment. It is an all day interview and I met four people during the day.

    1st round: This round is with the HR manager to kick off the interview for the day. This interview was short and quick.

    2nd round: You will be handed over a business requirement and given a laptop to develop an application. The time line is one hour and I was not able to develop the complete application. I was able to layout the design and develop the skeleton methods. It is not important to complete the problem, but, it is key that you design the application keeping in mind the scalability, flexibility and performance. You will be measured depending on the approach you took to develop the application.

    3rd Round: You will have to present and discuss the design approaches that you adopted in the previous round and justify them. You can expect some follow up questions regarding 'what if' situations. The interview here was too focused on one specific aspect of the application and one specific technology/concept which I did not have enough experience on. But, I was honest and indicated that my strengths were not in this area and interviewer was good enough to recognize that switch topics. I was also asked a lot of basic OOP and DB questions in this round.

    4th round: This round was more behavioral and revolved around my experiences and instances of conflicts I faced, the most memorable project so far and my most significant contribution. This should be easy to complete if you just derive instances from your experiences and relate to the situations.

    5th round: This round was with the VP of Technology and this was a good sign. This round was more discussion where you get to ask a lot of questions about the role and I did ask a lot of questions and the feedback seemed very positive. There were couple of questions for me as what I thought about the role so far and why I am looking for change in role. By the time I left their office, I was pretty much sure that I had bagged the job.

    Overall, the interview process was 'OK'. The best thing is that the response after interviews is super quick (usually within a day or two). The bad thing that I found was that the recruiting process could be a lot more professional. Most of the people I met were nice and professional but not everyone.

    Interview Questions
    • Some questions were very silly such as, what namespace does Thread object exists or what arguments does a ThreadStart class constructor take in. I am not a big fan of questions that will test how much you can memorize stuff and the questions does not seem to test the thinking capability rather test how much can you cram, but that is just my opinion.   View Answer
    Reasons for Declining

    My overall thought after the interview was something like this -
    - Few people are very good, smart and helpful and there are some people who are not thorough professionals.
    - Work/Life balance seems to be not that great.
    - Good projects and opportunities to prove yourself.

    So, my general bottom line was that if I get compensated reasonably well, I thought this could be a good place to be. But, I was offered a compensation that lower than my current compensation and that sealed my decision and declined it straight away. As a disclosure, I want to mention that when i declined this offer, I had about five in-person interviews lined up at five major companies and it made sense to me not to accept.

    Declined Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview
  6. 4 people found this helpful  

    Senior Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Boston, MA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Boston, MA
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 3 daysinterviewed at Sapient in November 2011.

    Interview Details

    A friend of mine, who works there, submitted a referral for me. A month or two passed by and then someone from HR contacted me to setup a phone interview. The phone interview wasn't very long, as it served just as an introduction with HR and to setup the next interview with a manager.

    The phone interview with a manager was a general interview. He asked me to go over my resume, some questions about my skills and work experiences, and some behavioral questions too. Some of the questions that struct me were: " Tell me your strengths and weaknesses", "What do you fear the most about your current job" and "Tell me about your biggest failure on the job".

    Apparently I passed that interview, because I was called for 1:1 interview in person. This one was for about 3 hours, where I met three executives separately, for an hour each. This was more difficult, as they asked me a lot of specific questions about projects, project management, databases, finance, technology, etc.

    I would recommend that the candidates are honest and talk about their skills and experiences with a positive tone. For example, if you don't have an experience in something, indicate your willingness to learn and mention how you learned something in the past. For negative questions, such as "What was your biggest failure", the best tactic is to be honest and talk about something that went wrong in your experience, but finish with the steps you took to fix it. Also, research the company before going to the interview and prepare some good questions to ask them, they appreciate that.

    They will send you an interview package email before the 1:1 interview, so make sure you read all the links in there. There are some Harvard and Yale Business Cases I found in there and they were very helpful.

    For the company culture, I can only tell you what my perceptions are so far (I haven't started working there yet). The people seem very nice and willing to help out. They are also very smart and experienced, so you have what to learn from them. They work on projects for clients and that's what you are paid to do as well. In the current climate, it sounds like clients are pushing them for efficiency, which means do more in less time with less resources, so you need to be ok with that. I imagine there will a lot of days when you work long hours, and there is a lot of travel. Some of the travel is quick, like a day or two, and sometimes you can be asked to work 4 days a week in a different location (like another city) and then come back and work the 5th day from home or in the home office. It seems like they pay well and there are opportunities for advancement, if the client and your co-workers like you, so it seems like a good arrangement to me.

    Interview Questions
    • Tell me about your strengths and weaknesses.   View Answer
    • Tell me what you fear most about your current job.   View Answer
    • Tell me about your biggest failure in your current job.   View Answer
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  7.  

    Senior Associate Interview

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

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Sapient in October 2010.

    Interview Details

    First had a HR phone interview for 1/2 hour, basic questions on why change in job and what is my experience and skills are. Then next day has a 1/2 hour phone technical interview. This was not much technical, just a chat on technologies that I have worked so for in my projects. Then came the one on one the 4 hour interview. The HR will call you give the details what your interview schedule is and whom with. Be prepared to present, code and talk.

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    I tried negotiating but the hiring manager talked me out.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Senior Associate Tech L2 Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Arlington, VA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Arlington, VA
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 5 daysinterviewed at Sapient in January 2010.

    Interview Details

    I received a call from the recruiter from Sapient. I had a detailed conversation with the gentlemen. He explained what the company was about and its overall culture there. I was then brought in for a three plus hour long interview. The first part was personality exam. It was pretty standard (tell me about yourself, etc.) face-to-face initial interview. The second part was to solve a business problem that comprised of five questions. The third was to present your solutions to the team lead.

    Overall, I think the experience was good. I just wished I had a bit more time to think about the business problems. It composed of data-model, writing psuedo-code, planning out the project, and also test cases.

    To be honest, I initially thought I did very well. I was able to solve the problems and presented them accordingly to the team lead. The questions made you think at a very high level. Their feedback was that I lacked enough technical experience, which totally threw me off-guard. I just wished they would of asked more technical questions, show I can show them my experiences. I was disappointed about that.

    Interview Questions
    • Solve a Conference Registration Business Problem. Come up with data-model, write some parts of the code, project planning (SDLC), system integration problem, user driven test cases.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Senior Associate Interview

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

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 4 weeksinterviewed at Sapient in December 2009.

    Interview Details

    Initial phone screen with HR. Rapidly progressed to three 1 hour interviews in person at varying professional levels. Process was very straight-forward and open. First interview was to determine personality fit with the Sapient culture. Typical questions here about dealing with difficult coworkers, demonstrating situations in which you went above and beyond to persuade others, etc. Second interview was the determine domain expertise. In this area, Sapient domain knowledge is very deep - so I'd suggest being very sharp on your domain prior to the interview. Final session was the most informal with a senior member of the staff - who answers questions and helps you understand how Sapient may be a good fit for your career. So far, this was the most professional, efficient, and organized interview process I've ever been through.

    Interview Questions
    • Do you think the banks are to blame for the financial meltdown?   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    Slight negotiation before offer was made. Post offer is made, it is advised not to negotiate further.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Senior Associate Business Consulting Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Arlington, VA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Arlington, VA
    Application Details

    The process took 3+ monthsinterviewed at Sapient in September 2009.

    Interview Details

    After receiving a glowing (I guess) recommendation from a former colleague who currently works there, a member of the recruiting team phoned me up one day and scheduled a phone interview. I can't remember what all that entailed, but it was pretty high level. After that, I was scheduled to come up for a vis a vis. They did mention that this would be a three hour or so process, which was something that threw me for a loop.

    The first part of the face to face had a quick skills assessment which took about a half an hour. Just really to make sure I knew what I was doing and was consistent with what was on my resume.

    A 'personality' interview followed which lasted about an hour. This was pretty much run of the mill stuff...Describe challenging situations and how I mitigated that challenge. What are my strengths and weaknesses. Do I like to work alone, or in a group and why. Lots of questions, but appropriate and not a whole lot that threw me off guard.

    Then, I was given a business case to present to a group of decision makers. I had an hour to prepare and an hour to present. Very challenging. Essentially, I had to give Sapient's perspective on how to solve a business problem and reduce customer service costs while maintaining superior customer service. Essentially, a big whiteboard exercise. I was given some background including financials and history of the company. There was 6 questions I had to answer as part of the exercise. So as you might guess, I segmented them accordingly on the whiteboard and incorporated into my presentation :-)

    Interview Questions
    • Perspective on how to leverage a technological solution   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    In the process but seems to be going well...
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Senior Associate L1 Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Arlington, VA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Arlington, VA
    Application Details

    The process took a weekinterviewed at Sapient in August 2009.

    Interview Details

    To preface, I am a former employee at Sapient who left on good terms so my interview process may be out of the norm. I was contacted by a recruiter via LinkedIn. I responded within a few days, but did not hear back for a couple of weeks. I probably would have had to wait longer, except I personally reached out to some friends still at the company to give the recruiter a little nudge.

    When the recruiter finally contacted me, he set up an interview fairly quickly. The on-site interview consisted of 3, 1-hour segments which included a personality test, a technology "problem" sheet, and finally a presentation in which you solved the previously mentioned problem.

    The personality test consisted of questions revolving around the typical "how do you work in a team environment" or "how did you handle failure" questions. The technology test wasn't particularly challenging, but they are working on more a complicated problem for future interviews.

    The office culture has not changed a bit since I left which is definitely a good thing. My interviewers were friendly, engaged, and very fond of their employer. There is a game room with foosball, darts, and pool, which I did not have a chance to play in. From my past experience, the personnel there is top notch and full of very bright, young professionals.

    My biggest complaint with the process revolves around their contracted HR department. First, the initial lag time when they contacted me (this is an important point) and when they finally got around to scheduling an interview (or even acknowledging I was alive) is unacceptable.

    Second, their HR department definitely tried to give me a "hard sell." Their initial slogan was "we're hiring, bet you don't hear that too much these days" or something along that line, and they definitely tried to use that as a negotiating chip. I was told that my salary expectations weren't realistic and that I should be happy with whatever they offered. When I pushed back, they made it seem like it was a huge hassle to go up the food chain to get me what I wanted, and the recruiter then tried to point out that I was "leaving my company for a reason, so take that into consideration."

    Except I wasn't the one who made the first move and they had contacted me. At that point I duly reminded her of who had contacted whom first and how I am still perfectly happy at my current employer. Additionally, their base salary would only MATCH what I currently made, which ultimately didn't cover the cost of jumping ship. At that point the conversation became much friendlier and the pressure tactics stopped.

    Interview Questions
    • Convert a traditional mail order inventory system into an online shopping cart. Include a data model, sequence diagram, use cases, and test cases.   View Answer
    Reasons for Declining

    The HR department was one of the reasons why I left the company in the first place (false promises, not following through, etc). The actual consultants at Sapient are top notch. Additionally, the compensation is mediocre at best, and my title would be a step down from what I currently am doing.

    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

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