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Updated Dec 16, 2014
Updated Dec 16, 2014
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Professional Services, Analyst Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate
Anonymous Interview Candidate
Interview Details

Applied through campus career services and got a first round interview on campus. Interview was 45 minute behavioral type. There was a meet a greet the night before- I suggest going as it is where I met the interviewer. During the meet and greet I asked my interviewer if there would be brain teasers as the ones that are posted on this site and she told me "not that I know of'. She had never conducted an interview before and had no idea what she was talking about considering over half the interview consisted of brain teaser questions. The beginning of the interview was the generic walk me through your resume. She then pulled out a packet with questions related to business scenarios and things as crazy as how many slices of pizza a college campus would consume in a year. They just want to hear how you reason things out- so talk through your process as much as you can.

 This interview was insanely hard to prepare for as the questions were meant to make you think on the spot. The interviewer was extremely unprepared and frazzled, flipping threw the packet and reading the questions during the first time during the interview. I have no idea why such a prestigious company chose to send such an unprepared recruit to campus and thought it would work in my benefit. It however did not. I was disappointed to find that no one I knew who interviewed got the job besides 1. Not surprised though this process was very vigorous- even more competitive than interviewing with the big 4.

Interview Questions
  • You have a 3 oz and a 5 oz cup of water how do you measure 1 oz?   Answer Question
No Offer
Negative Experience
Difficult Interview

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    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?
       
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    Reasons for Declining

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

    Declined Offer
    Difficult Interview
  2.  

    Professional Services, Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university – interviewed at The Nielsen Company in October 2014.

    Interview Details

    I met them at career fair and received and invitation to an on-campus interview. Before going to the interview I had to take an assessment online. This was not very hard, but it asked questions that made you think and you only had 3 minutes to answer each question. The on-campus interview consisted of two 45 minute interviews. They were mostly behavioral questions, but some were problem solving.

    Interview Questions
    • What is the change in price per year formula?   Answer Question
    • If you have a 3oz cup and a 5 oz cup and an unlimited supply of water, how do you measure exactly 4 oz without using anything else.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  3.  

    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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    Professional Services, Analyst Interview

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

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2+ weeksinterviewed at The Nielsen Company in May 2010.

    Interview Details

    The first interaction is by E-mail, they ask for your resume and any cover letters and ask you to apply online so that they have a digital copy of all media that you wish to submit. Then depending on where you are located and where they intend to place you, you have a basic phone interview with behavioral questions and questions related to your education and work experience. The next step is to take a skills assessment to gauge your mathematical and analytical abilities. Assuming you are able to pass that, you will be asked to make an on-site appearance for a series of interviews consisting of three 45 minute interviews with individuals from each of the analyst departments. Depending on how well your interviews go, you will hopefully receive a job offer.

    Interview Questions
    • What variables might go into the formulation of a model used to predict sales volume?   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    There is little to no negotiation for entry-level positions. You will be well compensated, so it's best to either accept or reject based on your other offers (if you have any).
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  6.  

    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
  7.  

    Professional Services Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online – interviewed at The Nielsen Company.

    Interview Details

    I sent my resume through my university's online career center system and on the Nielsen website. I received an email about passing the initial round of resumes and scheduled an interview at my university two weeks later. I had a 30 minute behavioral interview with an employee in the Professional Services analyst position and then a 90 minute test on applied math skills. The behavioral interview was very relaxed and the skills test was slightly challenging but do-able! I haven't solved questions like these for many years but I was able to get through the entire test. Review upper level highschool statistics (college level statistics was not on the test).

    Interview Questions
    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Analyst, Professional Services Interview

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

    I applied through college or university. The process took 4 weeksinterviewed at The Nielsen Company in April 2010.

    Interview Details

    Got the interview through university career center. First round on-campus interview consisted of 1:1 interview with recruiter. Questions were mostly behavioral, with a couple "back-of-the-envelope" and factor case questions. Next round was one site, consisting of an informal lunch with current analysts, and 3 interviews with directors/vice presidents. The on-site interviews were mostly conversational and meant to demonstrate your knowledge of the company, your analytical skills, and you relevant work/research experience. Each also had at least 1 marketing case question (sometimes with accompanying graphs). Overall, very smooth process. Never felt like I was being grilled or pressured; the interviewers wanted you to get the questions right rather than waiting for you to screw up.

    Interview Questions
    • A well-known company is attempting to enter a new market. What factors should they consider before they decide to enter the market?   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  9.  

    Professional Services Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at The Nielsen Company.

    Interview Details

    As a senior business major at UC Berkeley, I attended a couple recruitment events that Nielsen hosted on campus. The first two were purely informational, and gave a chance to network with the employees from various departments. Next, I submitted my resume to Nielsen via our school's career center website. After picking my resume, they asked me to take a test. The test was about an hour long and not too difficult - just some math and reasoning problems with little tricks here and there that might trip you up - I highly recommend triple-checking all of your answers if you have time. I did well enough on the test to get a first-round interview. While I had a decent amount of interview practice - both behavioral and case-based, I am not inherently a good interviewer, and this interview was not one of my strongest. It was only with one person - a VP (I don't remember his department). Up until that point, everyone I had met from Nielsen was very relaxed and friendly, but this man was painfully reserved and showed almost no interest whenever I opened my mouth to answer a question. I think I answered some questions well, but his cold vibe really got to me, and I ended up fumbling some answers as a result. I think there was one or two more rounds after, but I never got a call back. Only an email thanking me for my time.

    Interview Questions
    • Let's say that you work for Nabisco, and you're trying to convince Walgreens to add more shelf space for your products. What would you say? What questions would you need to ask?   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
  10.  

    Professional Services, Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 5 weeksinterviewed at The Nielsen Company in October 2010.

    Interview Details

    Applied through university career site and was granted an interview. Interview was mostly behavioral (how do you describe a difficult idea to a group of people? tell me of a situation in which you did not get along with someone you were working with, etc) and there was one case-like question (you are consulting with a company who's market share is growing but with flat product sales...how do you advise them or explain the situation)? There was also an analytic assessment test w/ some basic microeconomic and probability questions.

    Interviewer was very nice and the entire process was pretty comfortable. Received notification in about 2 weeks that I did not get a second interview.

    Interview Questions
    • How do you describe a complex idea or concept to a group of people?   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

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