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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    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 3+ monthsinterviewed at Urban Science.

    Interview Details

    Pretty straight forward- one round on campus and another super day round on site. The super day interview had 5 rounds held including a skills test. the on campus round was simple and 1 on 1 round.

    Negotiation Details
    I had accepted the offer, they kept me waiting for the offer letter for months and decided to cancel the internship a few weeks before the start of the internship.
    Accepted Offer
    Average Interview
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Associate Interview

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

    I applied through college or university – interviewed at Urban Science in February 2014.

    Interview Details

    Met the HRs at a career fair. Got an email within 1 week from Urban Science for a campus interview on Feb 21, 2014.

    The interviewers were friendly. It was a fun interview.

    Interview Questions
    • Nothing out of the box. Questions asked -
      1. What do you know about this company?
      2. Tell me about yourself?
      3. Did you ever have a conflict with one of your teammates? How did you resolve it?
      4. What are the different clauses in sql ? (Eg. where, in , not in, exists etc.)
      5. Difference between left and right outer join?
      6. What are the steps you follow for SQL Optimization? Can you give me an example where you have optimized a query? (I had sql optimization on my resume)

      THey did not ask me any puzzle or fermi question(how many cars were sold in the US etc.).

      I have another on site round scheduled for later this week.
        Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    This is the first step. I still have to go for the final round.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Data Analyst Interview

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

    I applied online. The process took a weekinterviewed at Urban Science in October 2013.

    Interview Details

    The interview process began with a phone call. The phone interview lasted about 20 min and consisted of questions about your resume. At the end of the phone call, you are invited to an in-person interview. The in-person interview begins with an HR representative and your team manager asking general work/academic experiences. Once the interview is over, the HR representative will proctor a short excel/analytical analysis test. After the test, it is graded and the HR representative will go over the results with you. If you didn't completely bomb the interview and/or test, the HR representative will give you a job offer right there.

    Interview Questions
    • Have you ever dealt with a difficult employer/employee/client and how did you deal with them?   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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  5. 5 people found this helpful  

    Associate Interview

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

    I applied online. The process took 3+ weeksinterviewed at Urban Science in March 2013.

    Interview Details

    If I had to sign on to a company based only on experience with HR, it would definitely be Urban Science. In my experience, recruiters don't seem to know much beyond what's on the job description sheet in front of them and can rarely answer specific or technical questions related to the job. This woman was friendly, helpful, and extremely informative about the company, their history, the positions available, and where I might best fit in. She knew her stuff backwards and forwards. She was actually so enthusiastic about the company that I started to feel the same way. Unfortunately, the rest of the process was pretty tiring and I quickly realized what awaited me on the other end was nothing to be excited about, especially give all the GlassDoor employee reviews (which I'd come to rely on quite heavily).

    Interviewers were nice, genial people and they all seemed to have a good rapport. They fired question after question - some were standard, behavioral questions ("Tell us about a difficult boss and how you dealt with the situation," "Tell us about a leadership role"); some were thought-provoking and difficult but fun, brain-teaser type questions (if you don't like brain teasers or puzzles, don't interview here). The interviewers were friendly and easy to engage with, but I got a sense they were all on a bit of an interview power trip. My advice if you're interviewing here is to be confident in your intelligence and don't be afraid to pause and then think out loud. If you make sure to be clear about your thought process, the interviewers will appreciate your answers.

    In terms of interviews, these were engaging, fun, and medium-stress level. The tests were a little excessive, but nothing to worry about mentally. Overall, the process was a little too pretentious for the ratings they seem to be getting on this site and comments elsewhere. I don't mind - and was prepared for - tough, brain-teaser type questions (and you should be, too). But in my experience, a company shouldn't be asking Microsoft/Google-caliber interview questions if they don't have/can't offer something on the other end to live up to. Don't ask creative questions if you can't offer a creative work environment.

    Another big issue was that they asked for my undergraduate and graduate transcripts very early on - before the initial phone screening - which is very unusual. Yet it wasn't until after the phone screening and multiple in-person interviews that they even took notice of my college career (over a decade ago). I was actually the one who pointed out a couple questionable grades in my college records and then they suddenly acted like it was a big point of contention. I wanted to be honest and upfront but I also assumed they had looked at the documents I had sent weeks earlier, which they all had in front of them during my interviews. I think it's funny that I had to bring it to their attention before they decided to hold me into question, and it's also ironic that I was held under the microscope for a few bad grades when their own employees give them a 2.5/5 rating (that's a failing grade by university standards, by the way).

    This company seems to be quite focused on employing intelligent people who think outside of the box, but it doesn't appear that this ideal throughout the company. If you're all about hiring smart, creative people, you need to allow them some autonomy in their work. Either utilize the creativity you're so dead-set on acquiring and harvesting or stop trying to intimidate potential candidates.

    Interview Questions
    • How many refrigerators were sold in the US last year and how would you go about finding the answer?   View Answer
    Reasons for Declining

    I was extended a job offer by Urban Science that was slightly below market for my education and experience level, and when I brought into account the commute and the fact that after one year I'd be relocated to work on-site at a car dealership (instead of in an office with a team), I declined the offer. But to reiterate - in case anyone from Urban Science is reading this (which I have to assume they aren't, given the terrible in-company reviews and the fact that they haven't seemed to do anything to reverse employee satisfaction) - you have an excellent HR department. Strive to live up to their enthusiasm and you'll get what you're looking for.

    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Senior Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2+ weeksinterviewed at Urban Science in October 2012.

    Interview Details

    Quick phone interview, interview at HQ with some senior members of the team along with Excel test. Was really not that intense. Most of the questions were pretty basic and I gave basic answers.

    Interview Questions
    • There was a question of "how would you help a friend buy a car?" Other than that, technical test was very easy - just some map-reading, simple math and Excel manipulation with basic formulas, and then simple data entry   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    They immediately met my salary demand
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
  7.  

    Intern Interview

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

    I applied through other source. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Urban Science.

    Interview Details

    3 sets of interviews, 2 people each, then a test.

    Interviews were standard.

    Test was bizarre at the time, but makes perfect sense once you get hired.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    IT Core Team Interview

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

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2 daysinterviewed at Urban Science in September 2012.

    Interview Details

    Interview went well, however, HR promised more than the company can deliver.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  9.  

    Associate Interview

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

    I applied online. The process took a weekinterviewed at Urban Science.

    Interview Details

    Interview process was pretty standard. My interview lasted about two and a half hours and I was interviewed by four people plus the HR managers. Questions were reasonable. They asked me about my technical skill while I could feel that they were gauging my people and business skills. Received an off the next day.

    Interview Questions
    • Technical questions regarding indexing structures in SQL databases. These days they even give out a technical quiz.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    They made me an offer, I held out for a slightly better offer. They met me halfway.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Associate Interview

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

    The process took a weekinterviewed at Urban Science in September 2011.

    Interview Details

    I was contacted by a recruiter to do an interview screening. The screening was short and consisted of 5 quick technical questions. After the screening, I received another phone call asking if I would like to schedule an onsite interview. Also, in that conversation, the recruiter asked me questions about my technical background and prior employment which was used later to tailor the interpersonal skill, team work, and technical portions of my interview.

    The first interview was in front of three senior managers who each had different responsibilities in the company. Each manager was friendly and had his/her own concerns with my background that was prepared for them. After the interview, each manager was eager to answer questions pertaining to the role, the company, or their role.

    Second interview consisted of a mixed group of managers with the same interview format.

    Positives: Quick response compared to other companies that have you wait for weeks. Interviewers were encouraging and helpful when I seemed troubled during some problems. Having been on many interviews, it was a relief to be interviewed by a company that focuses heavily on your interpersonal skills as well as your technical knowledge which gave me a good feeling about the culture; no egos, family feeling, and everybody loves their role. Technical questions were questions that a software engineer should know.

    Interview Questions
    • If you were to make a mistake, how would you go about making sure it didn't happen again?   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  11.  

    Associate Interview

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

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Urban Science in September 2011.

    Interview Details

    Before interviewing in-person, I received a phone screening from one of their recruiters. The recruiter was pretty friendly and helpful. She explained the company to me in detail, and told me about the positions available. She asked me questions about my education and technical background based on my resume, and then asked a few SQL questions. A few days later I received an email scheduling an in-person interview.

    The interview went really well too. The people there were friendlier than those at any other company I had interviewed with. In the first interview, I was interviewed by 5 people, who were all surprisingly chill and supportive. The atmosphere was light and they responded to my answers very encouragingly, which made me less nervous. They asked pretty much the same questions that all interviewers ask about education, personality, strengths and weaknesses, prior learning experiences, job expectations, etc. They also asked one critical thinking question, which I guess was to check my thought process. Later the same day, I received a phone call scheduling the second interview.

    The second interview was pretty much the same as the first, just different people (3 this time). Similar questions were asked, and a few days later, I received an offer.

    It was overall really positive, which is why I chose their company over others.

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    Honestly the benefits and salary were already more than I had expected, so I didn't negotiate. If you wanted to though, I think they'd be open to it.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

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