The Nielsen Company Professional Services, Analyst Interview Questions

Updated Oct 20, 2014
Updated Oct 20, 2014
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Professional Services, Analyst Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate
Anonymous Interview Candidate
Application Details

I applied through college or university. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at The Nielsen Company.

Interview Details

Recruited through university, attended info sessions, passed online analytic test, had a first round on campus that consisted of 1 case and 1 behavioral. Definitely helped that I knew people already working there in order to get the first round. I recommend demonstrating your interest in and knowledge about Nielsen during the interview.

Interview Questions
  • confusing question about pepsi offering product at new retailer   Answer Question
No Offer
Positive Experience
Average Interview

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    Professional Services, Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

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

    Interview Details

    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?
        View Answer
    Reasons for Declining

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

    Declined Offer
    Difficult Interview
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    Professional Services, Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university – interviewed at The Nielsen Company.

    Interview Details

    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.

    Interview Questions
    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Professional Services Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Philadelphia, PA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Philadelphia, PA
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 1+ weekinterviewed at The Nielsen Company in February 2014.

    Interview Details

    Applied through my school. Two interviews, one on campus, one offsite (if you make it through the second round). They give you and interview buddy beforehand to discuss any questions you might have going into it. They also give you a mathematical/logical aptitude test before you get your interview. The first one was a two-on-one with a recent alum and a manager. Both were incredibly friendly throughout. Most of the questions were behavioral, but there were 3 microcases. 1. What should P&G consider if they want to release a "green" laundry detergent, and should they do it? 2. Successful v. unsuccessful brands. 3. An estimation question.

    Interview Questions
    • The most unexpected question was the estimation question: Chicago has two main airports, calculate how many people fly out of Chicago on a given day. Tricky only because I thought I remembered my interview buddy tell explicitly tell me there wouldn't be one; so it caught me off guard.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Professional Services Analyst Interview

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

    The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at The Nielsen Company in February 2014.

    Interview Details

    Was interviewed by two Nielsen employees. The interview consisted of resume, behavioral, and analytical/marketing questions. It wasn't very conversational, as they were simply reading off a list. I wasn't expecting the analytical and marketing questions to take up about half of the interview, as others who applied only had behavioral questions. Prior to the interview, I met one of my interviewers at pre-night, and when I asked him about tips, he suggested to vibe well with the interviewer and find a common interest and hobby. He said that during his interview, he talked about football for like 15 minutes. Was not impressed.

    Interview Questions
    • How many people fly out of the Chicago O'hare airport on a Monday?   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview
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    Professional Services, Analyst, Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 4+ monthsinterviewed at The Nielsen Company in October 2013.

    Interview Details

    Interview was very interesting - pretty informal, friendly interviewer, with many behavioral questions (tell me about a time when...). Communication was very poor post-interview - did not find out that I did not get the position (and did not receive answer to many emails inquiring about my status) for many months after my interview.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Average Interview
  7.  

    Professional Services Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Wilton, CT
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Wilton, CT
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 4 weeksinterviewed at The Nielsen Company.

    Interview Details

    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.   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    Yes, negotiation is possible, to a certain degree, but salaries are based on national averages.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Professional Service Analyst Interview

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

    The process took 5 weeksinterviewed at The Nielsen Company in March 2012.

    Interview Details

    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
    Declined Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Professional Services Analyst Interview

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

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at The Nielsen Company in November 2011.

    Interview Details

    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
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Professional Services, Analyst Interview

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

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at The Nielsen Company in November 2010.

    Interview Details

    I applied online through their online portal. I received a phone call a few weeks later, stating that I had been selected for a phone interview. I completed the interview on a Tuesday and the next day was told that Nielsen was interested in further pursuing me as a candidate. They scheduled an analytical test for that Friday. It was not easy, consisted of 10 problems and 2 case studies. I received an email that following Monday stating that I had passed the exam and was scheduled for an on-site interview. I interviewed that Friday in their Chicago, IL office. The first interview was lunch with a new Analyst, which amounted to a candid, low-pressure conversation. From there I met with one Director/VP of each of the 3 Professional Services units, individually. These each lasted about 45 minutes. Finally, we (myself and other candidates) concluded the interview in a round-table type setting with HR, some VPs, and some SVPs.

    I left the interview feeling confident, but received an email about 2 weeks later stating that they decided to pursue other candidates.

    Overall the interview process was positive. It seems like a great company to work for if given the opportunity.

    Interview Questions
    • Name a time when someone you had a disagreement with someone you worked with? How did you resolve it?   Answer Question
    • Name a time when you had to make a quick decision.   Answer Question
    • Name a time when you had conflicting priorities, all on similar deadlines.
      (lots of "name a time when..." questions)
        Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

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