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Accepted Offer – Interviewed in Tysons Corner, VA Feb 2009 – Reviewed Feb 3, 2013
Interview Details – I was interviewed by three two-person teams in sequence. Each team focused on a different aspect of work at Booz Allen, using my resume as their basis for questioning. The oerall interview lasted three hours. After I was hired, I found myself working with many of the people who performed the interview.
Interview Question – How do I balance my work life with personal life View Answer
Negotiation Details – I was contacted by HR three days after my interview, and given a verbal salary/position offer.
Declined Offer – Interviewed in Jul 2010 – Reviewed Sep 22, 2010
Interview Details – McKinsey type bs to figure out process. Like telling an adult how you put trousers on
Interview Question – How will you guarantee new business - we are hunting big elephants View Answer
Reason for Declining – Unrealistic goals for business Development in areas where they had not won business
Accepted Offer – Interviewed in Newark, NJ Jun 2008 – Reviewed Oct 23, 2012
Interview Details – Got an interview through on-campus university career services. Interview was one on one with HR representative and then the technical interview with five technical team managers. Interview was detailed and it took more than 4 hours including presentation, demonstration and technical queries. Concentrated more on seeing if the candidate is eager to learn.
Interview Question – Why would you like to work for Booz Allen Hamilton View Answer
No Offer – Interviewed in Reston, VA Nov 2009 – Reviewed Jul 14, 2010
Interview Details – I spoke with a recruiter at an MBA Conference in September, and almost two months later I received a phone call for an interview in early November. I flew into Reston on a Thursday evening, and the interview took place on a Friday. I had a total of 4 interviews in a "speed dating" type format. The interviews went great, and I received wonderful feedback - I was told that I would be perfect for a particular position, and that I would be contacted within the next week. I followed up with the recuiter a couple weeks later...didn't hear anything, however I finally received a phone call from the recruiter around Thanksgiving stating that they apologize, are running behind with getting back with candidates, and that I was still being considered for the position. I called back a couple weeks later, received the same message, and never heard back at all. I'm not sure if the contract for the position fell through, but I found the process to be unorganized and unprofessional.
Interview Question – Experience, weaknesses, strengths, situational questions, behavioral questions Answer Question
Accepted Offer – Interviewed in Troy, MI Jul 2008 – Reviewed Oct 29, 2012
Interview Details – Initial interview at local office- was hired and then kept on 'hold' until a position opened up. Interview style was a panel with my future bosses. Very relaxed and focused on my college experiences - good dialogue and back and forth. Discover Booz Allen orientation was great- worked with many Harvard, MIT, and Stanford grads. My time at BAH set the groundwork for my career- I still work with many BAH'ers as a government employee.
Interview Question – Can you obtain a secret clearance ? Answer Question
Negotiation Details – Automatic bump in salary, 5-10%. Non-negotiated.
No Offer – Interviewed in Arlington, VA Jan 2010 – Reviewed Mar 26, 2010
Interview Details – Interviewed for a consulting position (strategic), I am not sure why they chose me as I was not experienced at all in the defense field. I thought it would be more business strategic consulting, but it ended up being all for the defense department, so we agreed to disagree on the position.
Interview Question – When was a team you failed? Answer Question
Accepted Offer – Interviewed in Norfolk, VA Mar 2010 – Reviewed Jan 20, 2011
Interview Details – One thing to be aware of is that Booz Allen does a fair number of interviews before they are actually ready to hire. It took me 2 years of interviews to get hired. Mostly because the projects they were bidding on were repeatedly canceled. This was from 2008 to 2010 i.e. recession central so if you are trying to get a job don't get your hopes up too much unless the position is fully funded and they want you to start in two weeks. Out of all the interviews I did I started to know people pretty well by the end. My first interview I thought went really well. It was mostly chit chat type stuff about my resume with 4 people in a series of one on ones. Not stressfull at all. At the time I think I was the only person remotely qualified so they knew going in they wanted me. The second one was also not too bad again just talk about what I did based on what I put on my resume. The third was brutal they asked me to explain concepts from my graduate school days and had me doing mental gymnastics. It was also all over the phone not in person unlike the first two. I thought I had no chance of ever getting hired after that interview. It was by far one of the worst interview I ever did. At least from my perspective. Then I had the fourth and last interview. They called asked if I was still interested. I almost said no, because by that point I was tired of getting my hopes of finding a real job crushed, but I said I was interested. They said great. We will be in touch in the next few days with an offer. The so called interview took about 90 seconds. 1 or 2 day later they offered me $55,000 and I got hired. Best advice I have if Booz Allen interviews you twice. You will be getting hired one day. It just might take some time to find a contract that doesn't fall a part at the last second, so never give up if they interview you twice. Another tell that Booz Allen has if that if they really like you, you get a call within 24-48 hours of posting for a job. That means you are at the top of the list. Also never take a interview for granted. If it is econ type work brush up on your basic econ theory. If it is math work, then brush up on math. You will quite possibly be asked to explain some random theorem or concept. This probably only applies to people who are young and just out of school. I applied shortly after getting my masters in math.
Interview Question – Please explain the maximum likelihood estimators? View Answer
Negotiation Details – The range was for the position was $40,000 to $60,000. Some consultant positions are $40,000-$50,000 They offered me $55,000 with $3,000 for moving. I took it no negotiation took place. At the time I was working at Walmart after being unemployeed for 9 months so an extra $5,000 was that important to me.
Accepted Offer – Interviewed in Washington, DC Dec 2010 – Reviewed Jan 22, 2012
Interview Details – Hiring process was a little drawn out. Interview process consisted of a questions about how well I fit within the organization. Definitely bring your A game and put on the charm.
Interview Question – How to you prioritize the needs of your management and the client? View Answer
Negotiation Details – I did not negotiate my salary because it was well above what I expected
Accepted Offer – Interviewed in McLean, VA Aug 2011 – Reviewed Jul 13, 2012
Interview Details – Hour long phone interview started the process. Because there's not a fixed job description that you're applying for, you more or less sell yourself on your strengths and experiences. In consulting management, project/program management and client experience is heavily valued.
Interview Question – None of the questions I received were all that difficult or unexpected. The tone of the interview was conversational though they never really provide feedback, approving or disapproving. View Answer
Negotiation Details – They will demand a number. I tried dodging this question and dancing around an answer but they wont let you off the hook. I ended up providing a wide and optimistic range. They came in low and offered me a 'firm' number. I counter negotiated and was told it was firm. They ended up actually giving me me 9K less than their "firm" (verbal) offer. Astoundingly shitty of them, but I accepted as I was not currently working.
Accepted Offer – Reviewed Jan 12, 2013
Interview Details – 6 rounds, some technical questions and some behavioral
Interview Question – write an algorithm to reverse an array Answer Question
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