Cambridge Associates, LLC Junior Associate Interview Questions & Reviews

Updated Aug 20, 2014
Updated Aug 20, 2014
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Junior Associate Interview

Anonymous Employee
Anonymous Employee
Application Details

I interviewed online. The process took 1 week - interviewed at Cambridge Associates, LLC in August 2014.

Interview Details

The phone interview was very straightforward and basic - the recruiter asked me to go through my resume and asked the unavoidable "tell me about yourself" question. The goal here was to be able to relate each experience on your resume back to the responsibilities of the Junior Associate position.

I was invited back to the 2nd round, which was the Open House. There was an hour-long presentation on the company and how the MIG fit into the company. Pay attention during the presentation to learn more about the company and the position. After the presentation, there were three 30 minute, back to back, interviews with managers/assistant managers of various teams. It's important to ask for water between interviews, especially because it's easy to strain your throat when talking to so many people. Finally, there was a quick wrap up session.

Within a day or two, I received a call saying that I was invited back to the final round, where I had a transparency session and went through a demo of what I would be doing if I got the position. After the transparency session, I went through a 30 min interview with another manager I hadn't met previously, followed by a more informal round-table with 2 current associates, a writing test, and 2 more interviews: 45 min with the director of the teams/my team manager, and 30 min with the assistant manager/who would be my direct supervisor.

Unfortunately, I was told that while they appreciated my experience and positive attitude, they were looking to "go in another direction". I received the call in 1 business day, though I was told the decision would take 1-2 business days.

Interview Questions
  • What do you think is the most uninteresting part of the job and how will you handle that?   Answer Question
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  1. 4 people found this helpful  

    Junior Associate Interview

    Anonymous Employee  in  Arlington, VA
    Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Application Details

    I interviewed online. The process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Cambridge Associates, LLC in January 2013.

    Interview Details

    Applied through the LinkedIn posting.

    Started off with a phone interview which was pretty basic. They asked about my resume and basically just did a walk-through of my credentials. Making sure your resume is legitimate.

    I was called back by HR to come to an extensive "open-house" where me and a couple other candidates were given a more extensive overview of the company, what group we were interviewing with, and what the job entailed, historically.

    After the presentations, you go through a rotation of three 30-minute interviews. It was interesting, the order is random, each candidate rotated between the same three guys, who were upper management of the group the job was with. Each guy had different personalities, almost like a weird Good Cop/Bad Cop/Neutral Cop routine. One guy was pretty straight forward, asking about my career goals, some basic situations, as well as gauging how committed to the job I would be (see Most Unexpected question). Another guy was pretty tough, seeming to be purposely not as personable, asking in-depth questions about strengths and weaknesses, as well as how I felt my previous interview went on a scale of 1-10 and why it wasn't a 10 (again, see below). The third guy was very personable, lauding my resume and providing a really good back and forth while discussing my qualifications.

    I felt this three-way dynamic was probably more pre-orchestrated than anything, as a means of gauging candidates from multiple angles, and was actually pretty creative, if true.

    Sadly, despite what I thought was a really positive conversation all the way around, I got a "going in another direction" email a few days later.

    Interview Questions
    • 1 interviewer: Would I have to worry about you leaving for another job in a couple of years after taking the time to train you? (paraphrased)   View Answer
    • 2nd Interviewer: On a scale of 1-10, how was your last interview? Why not a 10?   View Answer
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Junior Associate Interview

    Anonymous Employee  in  Arlington, VA
    Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Application Details

    I interviewed online. The process took 5 days - interviewed at Cambridge Associates, LLC in February 2013.

    Interview Details

    I went through a phone screening, which is very in depth, but mainly asked behavioral questions. They are trying to determined if you will be a good fit. Got called back for an open house, which lasted about 2 and half hours. Main thing to focus on is the presentation about the company. The interview will be heavy on what you've gained from the presentation.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Junior Associate Interview

    Anonymous Employee  in  Arlington, VA
    Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Application Details

    The process took 1+ week - interviewed at Cambridge Associates, LLC in June 2012.

    Interview Details

    Phone interview, phase one. Standard questions fairly easy.

    Second there is a group interview following a presentation, mostly to see if you can handle yourself and stressful questions.

    Finally here was another presentation two group discussion panels, two interviews and a writing sample. Mostly the last part was to make sure that you were a good fit for the job and that long term you would be happy in the position. The manager wasn't convinced i would last more than two years and I didn't get the job.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Junior Associate Interview

    Anonymous Employee  in  Singapore (Singapore)
    Anonymous Employee in Singapore (Singapore)
    Application Details

    I interviewed through a recruiter. The process took 2 days - interviewed at Cambridge Associates, LLC in July 2012.

    Interview Details

    First round - Phone interview

    second round - open house and mini interviews

    Final round - mini interviews, writing sample

    Interview Questions
    Reasons for Declining

    Other candidates would really appreciate relevant details that affected your decision.

    Declined Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview
  6. 4 people found this helpful  

    Junior Associate Interview

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

    The process took 1 week - interviewed at Cambridge Associates, LLC in October 2011.

    Interview Details

    The hiring process consisted of a phone interview, open house, and second round interview.

    Phone interview: The phone interview will be less than 30 minutes and likely conducted by HR. Expect to go over your resume, talk about your greatest accomplishment and biggest weakness. There won't be much time for your questions.

    Open House: The open house consists of a presentation about the department and three 20 minute interviews with the group's managers. Be prepared for some hard questions including: Define professionalism, Name three weaknesses using one work for each weakness, What are three things you learned in the presentation earlier, Sell yourself to me, What do you think you'll be doing at this job, Name one positive trait you don't have, etc.

    Second Round: The second round will consist of a one on one interview with the Director of the group as well as the manager of the team they think you'll fit best on. You'll also participate at least one round table discussion with people who could be your team members and colleagues. Remember to ask questions. If you're interested in the position, act like it. You'll also do a writing sample, which isn't super challenging.

    Bottom line(s):
    - The Junior Associate position is likely in the firm's data group. The data group is extremely high performing and well regarded within the firm. If you don't want to work in a data group, don't apply. But there is opportunity for advancement after you have been at the company for a while, so it's worth it.
    - The position is not client facing, but you do get to interact with individuals that work for investment managers.
    - Professionalism is key! Dress and act the part. Although most people in the department are young, they are professional at work.

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    There are no negotiations.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Junior Associate Interview

    Anonymous Employee  in  Arlington, VA
    Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Application Details

    I interviewed through college or university. The process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Cambridge Associates, LLC in April 2012.

    Interview Details

    I was invited for a phone interview literally 15 minutes after I submitted my resume and cover letter. This interview was very short (maybe 20 minutes) and was just a review of my resume. I was then invited to come for an in-person interview. This consisted of a 45 minute presentation on Cambridge and 15 minute mini-interviews with three managers. These were all your typical behavioral questions.

    Two days later, I was contacted to come back for a send round interview. This time I had two mini-interviews, a 30 minute presentation on the position, a short panel interview with current Junior Associates, a writing exercise, and a final wrap-up interview with a manager.

    Both days of in-person interviews took about 3 hours. While it was definitely a pleasant experience, they were long days and were meant to mentally wear you out. At times, the questions were very pointed and almost curt, but it wasn't a difficult process.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Junior Associate Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Application Details

    I interviewed through a recruiter. The process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Cambridge Associates, LLC.

    Interview Details

    Phone interview - Basic HR questions
    1st meet up - HR interview + Manager interview
    2nd round - Test + Manager + Director + team members interview

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
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    Junior Associate Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Application Details

    I interviewed through college or university. The process took 5 days - interviewed at Cambridge Associates, LLC in May 2014.

    Interview Details

    First round interview - I answered questions as prompted, however I feel that what made my application weak was lack of a strong financial background and the fact that my call dropped three times mid-interview. Make sure you have good cell service!

    Interviewer was very friendly.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Junior Associate Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Application Details

    I interviewed online. The process took a day - interviewed at Cambridge Associates, LLC.

    Interview Details

    1st Round - Phone Interview: lasted about 15 - 20 minutes. Asked more about Behavioural questions E.g. Tell me more about yourself, Why did you apply to Cambridge Associates etc.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

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