The Brattle Group Research Analyst Interview Questions

Updated Apr 11, 2015
Updated Apr 11, 2015
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    Research Analyst Interview

    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 3+ weeksinterviewed at The Brattle Group (Cambridge, MA) in October 2013.

    Interview

    Overall pretty responsive when it comes to talking about the timeline. Did a pretty through job going through what the interview would be about and letting you meet people from many different parts of the company. A very academic setting, particularly when talking to the principles so it wasn't nearly as comfortable as other interviews I have had.

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    Negotiation

    I didn't negotiate, but got the sense that they weren't very flexible.

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    Research Analyst Interview

    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took a weekinterviewed at The Brattle Group (San Francisco, CA) in September 2013.

    Interview

    I was interviewed on campus by a senior associate who didn't seem that interested in the recruitment process. The interviewer asked about previous internship experience, behavioral questions, and why Brattle. Interest in the energy sector will help. The more you can say about any research or quantitative projects, the more you'll have to talk about.

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    Research Analyst Interview

    Accepted Offer
    Difficult Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 5 weeksinterviewed at The Brattle Group (Cambridge, MA) in June 2013.

    Interview

    Final Round: On site interview. Research Analyst, Associate, Case Study (by Associate), Principal, Principal, Lunch (with two Research Analysts).
    General questions: Background, Why Brattle, Future Plans.
    Very detailed questions about my research projects/thesis - you must review your projects before the interview.
    Case study: Large word problem but with mostly quantitative questions (compare profits of two companies, what happens if we add tax etc), marginal/average cost curves, explain regression output.
    Lunch: It is half lunch/half interview but pretty relaxed, nothing to worry about.

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    • I was asked about my research projects, not only what I had done but also why I had done it this way.   Answer Question
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    Research Analyst Interview

    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at The Brattle Group (San Francisco, CA) in June 2013.

    Interview

    Interview was for about 5 hours and consisted of half-hour chunks:

    1st was with another research analyst (RA) who sort of acclimated me to the office
    2nd was with an associate
    3rd was an hour-long case exercise, very similar to a management consulting case exercise. Emphasis was on intuitive quantitative problem solving. My question was something like, "Richard Branson wants to open a factory and sell children's snack food. Should he open an orange plant in FL or an apple one in DC?"
    4th was another interview with an associate.
    5th was an hour-and-a-half long lunch with two RAs. It might've been me, but it was very awkward--it felt like half-socializing, half-interview. Tough questions interspersed with banter.
    6th was an interview with a principal
    Finally, I was greeted by an administrative assistant who quickly shuffled me out of the office

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    • Tell me about a time when you had multiple deadlines and couldn't get all of the work done.   Answer Question
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    Research Analyst Interview

    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at The Brattle Group (Cambridge, MA).

    Interview

    1) Phone Interview
    2) Full day interview including case interview

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    Research Analyst Interview

    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 3+ weeksinterviewed at The Brattle Group (Cambridge, MA) in January 2012.

    Interview

    Initial phone interview-- a lot of emphasis on projects.
    On-Campus interview-- met with 3 analysts, 2 principals, and an associate
    --Consisted of a one case, and then other behavioral questions
    --The basic premise of the case was time value of money
    --The behavioral questions were all normal ones. If you print out a list of "common behavioral questions," and have your answers memorized, you'll be prepared.

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    Research Analyst Interview

    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 daysinterviewed at The Brattle Group (Cambridge, MA) in December 2011.

    Interview

    First round - HR rep calls. Takes about an hour. Mostly trying to figure out if you would be a good fit for the position, asks about teamwork, quant skills, programming and research experience.

    Final round - Brattle paid for me to come in to Cambridge and put me up at a hotel overnight, a few blocks from the company. Met with five people - an analyst, two principals, associate and senior associate (or something like that). One interview is case, which consists of a longer word problem, a few econ questions, looking at some regression output. Nothing too tricky but you should be familiar with intermediate level econ concepts.

    Didn't get an offer, I was told it was because of fit, which I believe because I got an offer at a competitor. Really nice and smart people, impressive company overall but smaller than most so the hiring process may be a little more idiosyncratic.

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    • Case consisted of looking at cost curves, discussing possible issues with pollution in a town, some questions about elasticities, net present values, standard errors, errors in spreadsheets. Pretty informal and not intensely difficult, but I guess it depends on how much econ theory and math you know.   Answer Question
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    Research Analyst Interview

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    Neutral Experience
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    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took a dayinterviewed at The Brattle Group (Boston, MA) in October 2011.

    Interview

    This is a first round phone interview, and the questions are mostly fit and behavioral. The employer is interested in your undergraduate research experience (data analysis) and teamwork experience.

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    Research Analyst Interview

    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took a dayinterviewed at The Brattle Group (Boston, MA) in May 2011.

    Interview

    Asked about my background - why I chose my college and major, why I am interested in Economic Consulting, why I am interested in Brattle. They asked some questions about my econometrics project and my honors thesis. What is my idea of a good research? What is one significant mistake I made.

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    Research Analyst Interview

    No Offer
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    Average Interview
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at The Brattle Group (Cambridge, MA) in April 2011.

    Interview

    I first applied to the Research Analyst position online, and received an e-mail asking to set up a phone intervie with someone from HR. The phone interview consisted of basic questions such as "Why Brattle?", "Why did you chose to major in economics, attend your university?", "What projects have you done relating to the job?", etc. The interviewer was easy to talk to and knwe what she was looking for. About a week later I received an e-mail asking me to come onsite for a day of interviews.

    When I first arrived I was given a schedule and interviewed with another Research Anlayst, followed by the case study, followed by an Associate, followed by an interview with a Principal, lunch with 2 Analysts, and then an interview with another Principal.

    The case study was an optimization problem that required some calcualtions and asking questions related to the problem. It also involved some net present value stuff, and I was then asked to interpret a regression output. I made some silly mistakes on the case study and didn't do as well as I would have liked.

    Everyone was friendly and it seemed like a good place to work, but I was a bit confused what the two Principals I interviewed with were looking for. I gave completely legitimate answers to a number of questions, but they seemed unsatisfied with my answers and I obviously wasn't what they were looking for. For instance, I gave 3 detailed (5+ minute) examples of work I did on the job, or projects I had completed that required doing economic analysis in the energy sector, but one of the Principals asked "What else?" several times. I'm not sure if he just ran out of questions to ask or if he just wasn't satisfied with the experiences I gave.

    Another principal asked me about my long term goals and I told about how I wanted to gain experience on different projects and learn from working with others so I could eventually have a greater leadership role and play a bigger part in a company in the future. For some reason she didn't like this answer, even though there is generally no right or wrong answer to this question, as long as you show some sort of thought/direction about your future. They are my goals! No one who I have talked to for 20 minutes really has a right to correct me on what my goals should be. I was really disappointed by this and felt like I was being talked down to.

    Overall it was an OK experience, but I wish I would've interviewed with someone in the department I was interviewing for before flying out there and realizing I wasn't what they were looking for. It was a bit of a waste of time for me and them as a result. It seems like a decent place to work and everyone was very intelligent, but I wan't overly impressed and didn't really make a connection.

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