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Updated Mar 29, 2014
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Interview Details – Nothing special about behaviorals

Interview Question – Previous knowledge of Excel functions - Pivot tables, vlookup, etc.
What numbers should you use to determine a CEO's pay (Revenue and Market Cap i think?)
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Executive Compensation Analyst
Dallas, TX

I applied through college or university and the process took 3+ weeks - interviewed at Towers Watson in March 2013.

Interview Details – Applied through campus recruiting. Completed a phone interview in which I was asked basic questions about my excel skills and ability to work within a team and was invited to the final round. Final round was 4 30 minute interviews with different staff members. Some were friendly and engaging and some were cold and unhelpful. Questions were basic behavioral and resume review. No cases or exercises. Heard back in 3 weeks that I didn't get the offer.

Interview Question – None really, pretty basic   Answer Question

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Seasonal Compensation Analyst
Arlington, VA

I applied online and the process took 2 months - interviewed at Towers Watson in January 2013.

Interview Details – I found out about the job offering browsing my university's career website. It redirected me to the company's website and I applied for the job and I attached my resume and cover letter. About two hours later I received an email from HR saying I passed the initial screening and the next day I received an email telling me to pick a date for a phone interview the following week.

     I chose the earliest day and time about (around 11 am) and the next week I had the phone interview and it lasted about 15-20 minutes. The only preparation I did was I read the management section of their 10-q form (found on the website) and I skimmed some of their news articles. I was asked pretty generic questions and I pretty talked about how my major was heavily quantitative and my experience with Microsoft Excel which the interviewer stressed was important for the job.

    Two days after the phone interview I received an email inviting me to an onsite interview about two weeks later. On the day of the interview, I had two one on one interviews. The first was with the supervisor and the second was the director.

     Both of the interviews had an informal tone. The supervisor asked both behavioral questions as well as questions on my major/work experience to see if I fit what they were looking for. She also gave a very detailed explanation on the duties and responsibilities of the position. The interview with the director was more generic as he simply wanted more information on my work experience. After the interview the supervisor said that HR would contact me around 1-2 weeks later. It's been almost three weeks and I still haven't heard from them.

Interview Question – She actually asked me this particular question twice but phrased it differently the second time.

First time: Let's say that one of your assignments with a client lasted much longer than you thought it would and you only have like two hours left and you still have to go meet with three more clients. You still have to finish the meeting with the current client, what do you do?

Second time: Let me rephrase that earlier question, let's say that you underestimated the time it would take to do an assignment and there is two hours left and that you still have three more assignments that need to be completed on that day. You see me enter the room to check to see how everyone is doing. What do you do?
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Seasonal Compensation Analyst Interview

Seasonal Compensation Analyst
White Plains, NY

I applied online and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Towers Watson in April 2011.

Interview Details – Submitted my application in late April and got a call back within two weeks. There was only one interview which was in their White Plains, NY office. Met with four people in two person intervals. Basic interview questions give me a personal strength, weakness etc. Didn't ask too much about the company but still good to be knowledgeable about their four main business lines. The interviewers were not overly serious and for the most part down to earth. If you go in with a good attitude and express your interest to learn more about the compensation field it should be a lock.

Interview Question – Personal Weakness   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – None. It is a flat $17.00 an hour salary.

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Seasonal Compensation Analyst
White Plains, NY

I applied online and the process took 3+ months - interviewed at Towers Watson.

Interview Details – 1 Phone interview with the recruiter.
1 Face-to face interview with 4 managers ( 2 and 2). Structured interview; questions about technical skills, past achievements/experience, preparedaness to the position. Cultural fit is very important. It was the most pleasant interview experience for me - friendly managers; fair and to a point answers to all my questions.

Interview Question – Example of the most challenging situation at previous job and how did you handled it?   Answer Question

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Executive Compensation Analyst Interview

Executive Compensation Analyst
Atlanta, GA

I applied through college or university and the process took 1 week - interviewed at Towers Watson in October 2011.

Interview Details – The interviewer was very open and friendly. However, he asked if I had any questions after about 15 minutes out of a 45 minute interview which I took to mean the closing of the interview. Weird miscommunication.

Interview Question – What are your 3 strengths and weaknesses?   Answer Question

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Executive Compensation Analyst
Sydney (Australia)

I applied through college or university and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Towers Watson.

Interview Details – Initial online application followed by online testing. This was followed by a phone interview and a 2 on 1 interview with a director and senior consultant.

Interview Question – What would you do if you won the lottery.   View Answers (2)

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Compensation Analyst
Toronto, ON (Canada)

The process took a day - interviewed at Towers Watson in February 2010.

Interview Details – I first found out about this job when I was looking for a co-op job on an internal job site at my school. I got a response for an interview after i applied. This was a co-op job in the summer so the interview process only consisted of a 1:1 interview with the manager. The interview consisted of very basic predictable behavioral questions. The manager was very friendly and professional. The interview lasted about 30 minutes and I was asked whether I liked numbers and if i was ok with analyzing a large set of data (which i found out later while working was a big part of the job). The office is conveniently located near a subway station so it was easy to find. The people seemed helpful and friendly.

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Negotiation Details – None

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Executive Compensation Analyst Interview

Executive Compensation Analyst

The process took 2+ weeks - interviewed at Towers Watson in January 2009.

Interview Details – I was hired from campus recruiting. This consists of on-campus interviews and then they have a super day period where they interview candidates from all over the country. Super day consists of 5-6 interviews and then a dinner afterwards. You should have a general understanding of the job as the interview focuses a lot on your understanding of compensation.

Interview Question – How would you structure an executive's compensation plan.   Answer Question

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