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Updated Aug 17, 2014
Updated Aug 17, 2014
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  1. 4 people found this helpful  

    IT Purchasing & Asset Management Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 4 weeksinterviewed at Urban Science in August 2014.

    Interview Details

    My dealings with HR in setting up an interview made me question the professionalism of this company. I applied via a jobsite. It took about a week for HR to contact me. The email stated that they would like to set up an interview along with wanting to know my salary expectations, best time to contact me, if I require sponsorship to work in the USA, and my available start date. I sent back my reply and waited but received no reply for an entire week. I followed up my email with another email stating that I was still interested in the position assuming it was still open. I waited another week without hearing anything. Two weeks after initial contact from Urban Science I receive another email, it's the exact same email they sent asking to set up a phone screen interview. No mention of my previous emails. Ok, odd enough but I replied again with the same answers. I get a response a few hours later stating that HR has it in their calendar to contact me tomorrow at 9.30am and to expect a call. Wait...what? I never agreed to that time, how do they even know if I was available for a phone interview. I was available but you get the point. I wait and wait and no phone call. I receive a call about four hours later apologizing and finally I'm speaking to HR. The conversation with the individual from HR was brief and dealt with any questions I had and was more about setting up an initial phone screen with a department head. The call was set up for the next day and the non-HR employee actually called on time. It was also a brief call and he stated they'd like to bring me in for an in-person interview. I interviewed with four individuals that day; one from HR and three from departments I would be working with both directly and indirectly. Four 1:1 interview sessions each half an hour. The questions were standard and weren't too difficult, very behavioral in nature. A few questions focusing on direct experience with certain tools and software I had experience with. It was a relaxed interview and I enjoyed the atmosphere and the personalities I spoke with. The guy from HR I've been dealing with says I will receive a call in two days informing me of their decision, but I've also been told during the interview that a decision could take 1 to 2 weeks so I don't know who to believe. Two days comes and goes, then a week, without any answer. They have my thank you note so they know I'm interested. I wait until the end of the next week until finally emailing HR asking if they had come to a decision. I assume at this point they had. Sure enough, I receive a response email about an hour later from the same guy from HR, the only one I've dealt with this whole process, stating that they've hired someone else but the company will hold onto my resume in their job bank. He obviously forgot to notify me that they hired someone else. The company was impressive enough, the people were very nice, and the office was modern looking with cool features but their HR department was a complete joke. HR alone made me question if I even wanted to work for this company assuming I got an offer.

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    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview
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    Account Executive Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Detroit, MI
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Detroit, MI
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at Urban Science in July 2014.

    Interview Details

    I was recruited through Linked In by HR. I had a series of interviews, one with the pleasant recruiter from HR at a Starbucks near my house. The second was with the person previously in the position, again, a very pleasant experience. The third half-day round of interviews with 6 people was "lukewarm." Distinct impression that it would be difficult to succeed in the position not having come up in the ranks first, even though they were "growing so fast they could not accommodate this growth internally." With everyone interviewing me having been there over 10 years I can see how you would think no one will ever learn what you already know, but candidates hired outside of the company are usually expected to bring in new ideas. When I asked why they liked working for Urban Science, most said there are a lot of smart people here who know what they are doing. One person did say they treat you like family---that is a response that I like to hear.

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    • Most questions were not too hard. How will you be able to manage 6 people, including development and performance reviews, can you establish a rapport with the client, can you come up with new ideas to help move the business forward? I was also asked "how many eggs were consumed in Michigan for breakfast this morning?" Silly question, I answered it and moved on.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2 daysinterviewed at Urban Science.

    Interview Details

    I applied through internet and got a voice message after 3 or 4 weeks to make an appointment for phone screen, and I called back to make an appointment, but a HR person asked me all the questions right away. I wasn't really prepared, and I just got out from a gym, so the phone screen didn't go well.

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    Negative Experience
    Average Interview
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    Consultant Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Herndon, VA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Herndon, VA
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at Urban Science in March 2014.

    Interview Details

    Everything seemed to be nice and they made me wait for one and half months delaying to send the offer and finally said they had budget issues and did not give the offer. Waste of time and energy. They did not have a proper forecast for the summer, they had positions vacant but no budget.

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    Negative Experience
    Average Interview
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    Technology Analyst Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in College Park, MD
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in College Park, MD
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Urban Science in March 2014.

    Interview Details

    It was an on campus interview with the hiring team members from the local Urban Science coming to interview. They wanted a intern who has a background of Data Analysis and asked basic behavioral questions like about me, why did u choose ur univ, why Urban science etc. Then they came up to asking basic SQL questions like Primary key, joins, gave an example to implement join and write a query.

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    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
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    Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Long Beach, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Long Beach, CA
    Application Details

    I applied online – interviewed at Urban Science.

    Interview Details

    i applied the job via their website, then the HR emailed me to schedule a time to give me a phone call

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    • they asked some general questions and behavior questions....and i didnt pass it   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Difficult Interview
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    Associate Developer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Detroit, MI
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Detroit, MI
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university – interviewed at Urban Science in October 2013.

    Interview Details

    A good mix of technical and non technical interview question. Know all your sql definitions for everything. A lot of questions asked were very theory related. I wish they had more questions that tested my analytical skills coz as an engineer I'm programmed to not remember textbook definitions.

    Interview Questions
    • - All sql definitions
      - how many eggs were consumed in the US in 2012?
      - How would you decide where to open a McDonalds outlet?
       
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    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    First there was a phone interview that consisted of entirely computer based questions on Excel, VBA, and SQL. Then I was brought in for a face to face interview which consisted of a 2 hour long process with 4 different people all at different times. The first one was just the basic HR rep, the 2nd was two guys that drilled me on Excel, VBA, and SQL questions. They watched me do things on the computer in order to ask the questions they wanted. The last two guys were just other people who worked in the same group that were higher up and wanted to just basically ask me basic interview questions.

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    • They asked me where stuff was located in excel. It was actually hidden and contained a password. Thought that it was a bit unfair of a question to ask. I knew it was hidden, but since they didn't tell me there was a password involved I never even thought of it.   Answer Question
    No Offer
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Detroit, MI
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Detroit, MI
    Application Details

    The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Urban Science in November 2011.

    Interview Details

    I started with a phone interview with a recruiter, then with two of the senior analysts. The first was more informal and about my background. In the second they asked some simpler technical questions.

    There was a interview day after that with about ten potential employees. It included talks from current employees, a skills, test, and one on one interviews. The people were very nice and the company atmosphere seemed very positive.

    Interview Questions
    • What would you do if you could not meet a deadline?   View Answer
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Long Beach, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Long Beach, CA
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took a dayinterviewed at Urban Science in October 2011.

    Interview Details

    The recruiter was very pleasant, informative and encourging. She was very patient and understanding. She had an accent but was easy to understand. She asked good questions and rephrased the questions if I wasn't quite understanding them or needed help. The technical questions were all SQL related, some easy some a little harder but a fair exploration of my skills in that area. She also asked me about my experience in OOP, nothing too indepth just a sort of self evaluation. She said more technical questions would follow at the interview. She also said that their may be a test involved at the interview but nothing too difficult and that they don't expect you to get everything right. They like to see how you think. The company specializes in analytics and develops proprietary software. Most of their customers are in the auto industry. They have lots of international sites and tend to promote from within. She said that they have their own on line University to get certified in areas that will help in career.

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    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

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