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Updated Apr 9, 2014
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Research Analyst
San Francisco, CA

The process took 3 weeks - interviewed at The Brattle Group in November 2010.

Interview Details – The initial interview was an on campus interview with someone from HR and an analyst. Pretty much discussed my background such as past work experience and courses. They want to get a sense of how your background is pertinent and why you want to go into economic consulting. They also asked some questions about how to work with data sets and how I've used econometrics in past projects (i.e. honors thesis). It also helped that the interviewers were upbeat, nice people who were enjoyable to speak with.

The final round interview was on site in San Francisco. It lasted several hours long, including five one-on-one interviews ranging from junior to senior employees as well as lunch with two analysts. The one-on-one interviews mostly consisted of questions about my background, behavioral questions, why I want to go into economic consulting, and some specific questions about past coursework mostly concerning how I've applied the knowledge.

One of the interviews is a case interview, which was the most difficult aspect, especially given that I'd never had a case interview before. In that sense, some of that inexperience and nerves led to more mistakes than I perhaps would've otherwise made. It's more of an economic analysis/damages type case with multiple parts. Nevertheless, going over management consulting type cases would be helpful to some extent.

The lunch was fine although I didn't quite make the impression I wanted to. Sometimes you immediately click with people on a social level and I didn't completely get to that point, which made for some moments of slight awkwardness. At the end of the day, it's an opportunity to learn more about the specifics of the analyst role and get a feel for the people, culture, etc.

Also, the office environment was casual, which is a plus, and employees overall were generally down to earth. It's a tight knit environment.

Didn't receive an offer, but I was impressed by the very high level of talent at the firm.

Interview Questions

  • Could explain how you have dealt with issues finding/using data in the past?   Answer Question
  • Can you provide an instance of how you demonstrated leadership in a group setting?   Answer Question


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Research Analyst
Boston, MA

I applied online and the process took a day - interviewed at The Brattle Group in May 2011.

Interview Details – 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
Cambridge, MA

I applied online and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at The Brattle Group in April 2011.

Interview Details – 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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Research Analyst
Washington, DC

The process took 1 week - interviewed at The Brattle Group in October 2010.

Interview Details – A applied for the position through an off-campus recruiting event. They ended up not participating in the event and offered me a phone interview instead. I was given only one week to schedule and prepare for the interview, which happened the week before final exams. It was carried out by an HR and consisted of standard economic consulting questions: quantitative project, group conflict, why working for us, etc. She also asked whether I interviewed with other companies.

I had had another phone interview in the morning and was quite exhausted by then, so I couldn't think of good questions to ask and good experiences to relate to. I think it all boils down to conveying yourself well and relating your skills to the job requirements.

Interview Questions

  • Do you have teamwork experience? Tell me an example of you solving a group conflict.   View Answer
  • Tell me about a quantitative project that you have worked on.   View Answer


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Research Analyst
Cambridge, MA

The process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at The Brattle Group in October 2010.

Interview Details – Initially there were two phone interviews; both focused on resume review and backround/experience in quantitative analysis. The final round was held at the cambridge office, and consisted of four fit interviews and one case/quant/econ interview. All interviewers asked about experience handling data and doing analysis. The case interview included several questions about intermediate econ. topics.

Interview Question – What experience do you have handling data?   Answer Question


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Research Analyst
Cambridge, MA

The process took 2 weeks - interviewed at The Brattle Group in September 2010.

Interview Details – The interview process was fairly normal. A few weeks after I applied online I was scheduled for a phone interview in which a girl from the HR department (i.e. not someone who I would eventually work with) spoke with me about my experience, school, skills. Most general questions, why do you want to work here? why did you decide to major in what you did (econ in my case)? how do you work in teams? describe a mistake you made etc. They seemed to really want to hear about quantitative abilities.

A few days later I heard back about an office interview which I scheduled for the following week. This entailed a very long day of 1 on 1 interviews, 7 in total, and a case exercise. These were fairly straight forward and similar to the phone interview, all questions were fair and most people were easy to talk to. The case was not your typical management consulting case and focused more on economics and was more of a mini-test. There were 7 or 8 questions on it and it tested you math, economics theory, statistics knowledge. All in all, it was exhausting and perhaps it was a little overkill in the number of people I spoke to but I didn't feel that it was too difficult or unfair in any way.

Interview Question – I received several questions on specific economic theory topics, make sure you know intermediate subjects fairly well.   Answer Question


Accepted Offer

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Research Analyst Interview

Research Analyst
Washington, DC

I applied through college or university and the process took 1+ week - interviewed at The Brattle Group in November 2009.

Interview Details – 4 one on one interviews with Associates and RA's followed by a one hour case question.

Interview Question – A community group discovers that the houses in their neighborhood were built on an old chemical plant that left harmful chemicals in the soil. If you were representing the community, what type of information would you need to assess the damages?   View Answer

Negotiation Details – The salary is fixed for all RA's...you'll get no where if you try to negotiate. The bonuses and raises will bring you base salary up.


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Research Analyst
San Francisco, CA

I applied through college or university and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at The Brattle Group in November 2009.

Interview Details – First round interview was on campus, just basic fit stuff and why you picked your major. In the office, it was an all day affair with an analyst, followed by a case given by an associate, followed by an interview with a principal, then another associate, then lunch with 2 analysts, then another principal, then the office manager.

The case had a few parts. The first was something about dividing up revenues and it was a basic optimization problem (like a calculus word problem). Then I was shown a regression output and asked to interpret it. Then I was shown a table and asked to look for anything that would make me follow up.

Everyone was very nice and seemed in good spirits. I was not offered a position, and I think it was likely because I wasn't very ready for that type of case. Make sure to have lots of questions ready. Also, I was asked about programming/econometric experience.

Interview Question – What from your resume do you feel has prepared you best for this job?   View Answer


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Average Interview

Research Analyst Interview

Research Analyst
San Francisco, CA

I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at The Brattle Group in November 2009.

Interview Details – Research Analyst was really nice. They asked me who else I'm interviewing with, why Brattle, how I've used Econometrics before.

Interview Question – What is the worst mistake you have made and what did you learn from it?   Answer Question


No Offer

Neutral Experience

Average Interview

Research Analyst Interview

Research Analyst

I applied online and the process took a day - interviewed at The Brattle Group in October 2011.

Interview Details – A rep emailed me saying that she'd like to phone me to talk about my resume and asked for a convenient date and time. Got a phone call, which was scheduled a few days in advance via email. They asked if I had pending job offers, which location I preferred and then some typical behavioral questions.

Interview Question – Why Brattle?   Answer Question

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