CEB Interview Questions

Updated Jun 30, 2015
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    Employee Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

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

    Interview

    The first round was an online process. Once cleared, the next was an in-person round. Then on clearing that, was a telephonic round with HR. Then if we are good, there was one more with a senior person in the office.

    Interview Questions

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    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at CEB.

    Interview

    Everyone within the hiring team was helpful and welcoming. There were several stages to the interview - screening, multiple online assessments, and a final face-to-face interview. Process took just a little over two weeks.

    Company very much focuses on diversity. Know your background, own it. Be confident. I would say, go in to these interviews with at least 4 or 5 examples with a STAR approach.

    Interview Questions

    • - Give me a time you dealt with a difficult situation and what was the outcome.   Answer Question
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    Business Development Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online – interviewed at CEB in June 2015.

    Interview

    I received a call from the recruiter shortly after I applied. We went over my background and resume. Once she thought I would be an ideal fit for the position, she told me I had to pass the aptitude test (you complete it online). After passing the aptitude test, I was scheduled for an interview via video conference ( I don't live in Chicago yet, I'm on the west coast). I had to submit an accomplishment record (writing sample) prior to the interview. The recruiter was pretty helpful and gave me tips to do well on the interview. The actual interview itself felt difficult. I felt like the interviewer kept trying to throw me off, but once I touched based with the recruiter a few days after the interview she offered me the position.

    Interview Questions

    • Has a client ever been disappointed with you after you could not provide something for them? How did you deal with it?   Answer Question
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    Coordinator Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at CEB (Arlington, VA) in June 2015.

    Interview

    I was contacted for a phone interview and then was flown to the Arlington office for an in-person interview a week after the phone interview. I met with two managers for 30 minutes each. The first was great but the second seemed like she was rushing through all of her questions. There were a lot of behavioral questions (probably 10) and discussion of my experience and resume. There were also questions about what kind of manager and team I would like to work with. They also had me answer two situational questions and proofread a document. Questions were a little more difficult then I had expected for an entry level position and were fired at me very quickly from the second manager. Was informed a week later I didn't get the position.

    Interview Questions

    • Why do I want to work for CEB and what would I bring to the company?   Answer Question
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    Event Coordinator Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at CEB (Arlington, VA) in June 2015.

    Interview

    First I had a phone screening with HR and was then invited to come in for a second round interview the following week. My interview was in the Arlington HQ where I had a one-on-one in-person interview and phone interview. It was a very organized and structured process.

    Interview Questions

    • Basic questions regarding resume, give an example of how you dealt with a situation where things did not go as planned, give an example of how you took leadership or initiative   Answer Question
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    Business Development Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at CEB.

    Interview

    I was contacted by an outside recruiter who introduced the idea of interviewing. I was then contacted by the talent acquisition department for the initial interview. They dove straight into behavioral questions, which caught me a little off guard. I made it to the second round with an assessment that takes around an hour. Following they requested I complete an accomplishment record to have written record prior to my final interview.

    Interview Questions

    • Tell me a time when you had to solve a problem quickly and what was the result. Tell me a time when you were influenced by another's culture and what impact did that have. Tell me a time when you used the art of persuasion and how did you influence someone to your idea.   Answer Question
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    Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at CEB (Washington, DC).

    Interview

    I applied online and knew someone who worked at the company. A few weeks to a couple months later I was contacted for a phone interview. There was a phone Interview then an in person interview. It was straightforward other than the ridiculous consulting questions asked at the in-person. (That's really all I have to say)

    Interview Questions

    • Ridiculous consulting questions like how many ants can you fit in a football stadium on a saturday.   1 Answer
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    Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at CEB in May 2015.

    Interview

    Applied online & got an email a week later asking for a 30 minute phone interview to discuss previous experience and suitability for the role and the firm at large. Friendly recruiter and asked standard questions. Why interested in this particular role - Why CEB - Take me through your resume.

    Interview Questions

    • Why interested in this particular role - Why CEB - Take me through your resume   Answer Question
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    Business Development Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Chicago, IL
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at CEB (Chicago, IL) in May 2015.

    Interview

    Recruited followed by a phone interview with the recruiter to gauge potential fit that involved generic description of resume and previous work experience. Invited back about a week later for an onsite interview and video interview. Generally related to fit with CEB and how i could see myself fitting in. still awaiting back on response.

    Interview Questions

    • Previous situation where I had to correct an error
      Time where I wasn't as prepared as I would like and how I tried to fix that issue
       
      Answer Question
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    Sales Executive Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 5 weeksinterviewed at CEB (Chicago, IL) in May 2015.

    Interview

    Overall, the process had its highs and lows. I was contacted by a recruiter on LinkedIn. After an initial phone conversation, I was routed to a different recruiter that was representing a different position. I worked with the recruiter through a formal phone interview process, which was followed by an online assessment/personality profile.

    After completing the first steps, I was scheduled for an in person meeting in CEB's Chicago office. Upon arrival, I was brought to a tiny 8x8 room with a table and a video phone. I was left there with an example PowerPoint slide deck to be reviewed for a mock sales presentation. After about 5 minutes, I was joined by my first interviewer.

    The process was completely impersonal. My interviewer read questions directly off of his laptop computer (word for word). As I was answering the questions, he kept his head down and typed my responses into his computer. This process went on for an hour. I was left with virtually no time to ask any questions or interview my interviewer to see if CEB is the right fit for ME.

    After completing the first hour, I was left for an hour to study a PowerPoint and take notes to formulate a "pitch." I participated in a simulated sales call with my 2nd reviewer. She was on a video phone from her office (in the same building). As if trying to get someone to learn material and formulate a proper sales presentation within an hour wasn't difficult enough, to make them sit through a video phone interview with someone in the same office was just odd. Normally I would have expected to present a familiar sales presentation (say something that I have already been selling), where my confidence and rhythm isn't thrown off by new material and a talking head on a video phone. After completing the sales presentation, I was once again left with virtually no time to ask questions to my interviewer.

    The next day, I was told that I would have feedback on my interview and a decision within a week. After waiting patiently, I was forced to initiate contact with my recruiter. She informed me that I should hold tight because she hasn't been able to receive any feedback from the interviewers. After over 3 weeks, I sent my notification that I was no longer considering the position, and that I had accepted another offer.

    The message from the interviewers and recruiter was that CEB practices what they preach. In the case of sales, they believe in the Challenger method - which asks the sales executive to challenge the prospect to help expose the need. In this case, I would challenge CEB to take a look at their over formalized recruitment process. The whole process was very off-putting, and ultimately led to my decision to look elsewhere. Understanding that prospective employees have options in the workforce and don't ultimately have to work for CEB would be a good start. Allowing the interviewee to explore and ask questions to determine if CEB is the right decision would be a vital part of the process.

    Interview Questions

    • Tell me about a time that you were disappointed in a sales related experience. How did you recover/overcome this experience?   Answer Question

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