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Consulting Associate Interview

Anonymous Employee
No Offer
Easy Interview

Application

I applied through college or university. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at Cambridge Associates, LLC in October 2012.

Interview

Applied through campus career center. Half-hour on-campus interview, followed by interview day in Boston office that I declined. The interview was a few standard questions (Why Cambridge, why investment consulting) followed by a brief case study. The interviewer was very friendly and laid-back. Personality fit definitely seemed to be a focus.

Interview Questions

  • The case study was pretty simple, just a risk/return graph with different hypothetical managers graphed. The goal was to determine which manager should be replaced (i.e., lowest return/risk ratio).   Answer Question

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    Consulting Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Boston, MA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at Cambridge Associates, LLC (Boston, MA) in March 2012.

    Interview

    1st round phone interview.
    2nd round on-site interview with 4 different people.

    Interview Questions

    Negotiation

    None.

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    Consulting Associate Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at Cambridge Associates, LLC (Boston, MA) in November 2011.

    Interview

    First step was a generic phone interview, i.e. favorite class in college, where do you see yourself in 5 years, why CA, etc. Next round is 1:1 with a current Consulting Associate and it has a similar course as the phone interview, but is more to see how you interact with people, and then there was a simple case study about choosing investment managers for a client. Final round is a series of interviews with each interviewer covering a specific portion of you background (College, work experience, interest in investments, what type of person/worker you are, case study (mine was about hedge funds)) given by current Consulting Associates, HR manager, and Consulting manager.

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    Consulting Associate Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at Cambridge Associates, LLC (Boston, MA) in October 2011.

    Interview

    On campus interview with one interviewer. Following that, had an informational session in the evening at the office. This was followed by an interview day with 5 interviews, the 3rd being a case interview (that is unlike most case interviews for consulting due to the uniqueness of investment consulting). Then they have a consulting associate take you to lunch, which I assume is informally part of the process as well.

    Interview Questions

    • The case. It is unlike other cases you would see, and involves picking the right set of investment managers based on the information you are given.   Answer Question
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    Associate Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    No Offer
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 1 dayinterviewed at Cambridge Associates, LLC (Washington, DC) in February 2011.

    Interview

    The interview was set up through my university. Usually you have a behavioral interview, and then if you get accepted you go through a superday round of interviews. Questions consisted of whats your biggest weakness and etc.

    Interview Questions

    • Whats one thing about you that is not on your resume that you think I should know about you   Answer Question
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    Consulting Associate Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Menlo Park, CA
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Cambridge Associates, LLC (Menlo Park, CA) in February 2011.

    Interview

    Not a great process. I know some good people there, but their process really looked down on my background because it was not in the "hard sciences" or math.

    Interview Questions

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    Consulting Associate Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at Cambridge Associates, LLC (Cambridge, MA) in December 2010.

    Interview

    It was a laid back culture, everyone was really friendly and really young. Most of the employers were from Northeastern schools, NESCA and Ivies. Overall the interview was not hard at all and everyone was really nice.

    Interview Questions

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    Consulting Associate Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    The process took 1+ weekinterviewed at Cambridge Associates, LLC (Washington, DC) in November 2010.

    Interview

    Very straight forward - cycle through several of employees then a case study with very basic investments

    Interview Questions

    • What would you do with a million dollars?   Answer Question
    • If you had perfect foresight and it was Jan 1, 2009 what woudl you invest in?   Answer Question
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    Consulting Associate Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    The process took 1 dayinterviewed at Cambridge Associates, LLC (Boston, MA) in November 2010.

    Interview

    Had my first round of interviews with Cambridge Associates for their Consulting Associates position. It was mostly behavior questions like tell me about a time where you used teamwork. They also gave me a chart which was risk/reward chart based on different portfolio managers. They told me to describe it and talk about the Share Ratio. Besides that, it was a fairly straightforward interview, no tough questions.

    Interview Questions

    • Toughest class you have taken or why did you choose the school you attend?   Answer Question
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    Consulting Associate Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at Cambridge Associates, LLC (Dallas, TX) in June 2010.

    Interview

    Sent cover letter and resume to recruiter. Heard back and arranged for a phone interview.

    Phone Interview: Standard questions covering resume, background, and how picked university, etc. Heard back and invited to Branch for the final interview.

    At branch: 3 hours interview process. Mostly one-on-one and had a short case to analyze (20 mins). Basically risk-return graphs and to see if you understand basic finance/investments. Interviews briefed over resume, but were mostly looking for a "fit"with local branch. All in all, be sure you can explain that you are proficient with with excel (vlookup, vba, etc), that you can handle the work-load, and you are a good fit with the rest of the branch.

    Heard back within 2 weeks via email, about rejection. Also, firm does not reimburse for gas, provide lunch, etc.

    Interview Questions

    • What are your plans in the future, say 5 years?   1 Answer

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