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Cambridge Associates, LLC Junior Associate Interview Questions

Updated Dec 2, 2014
Updated Dec 2, 2014
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Junior Associate Interview

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

I applied online. The process took 5 daysinterviewed 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.

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  1. 6 people found this helpful  

    Junior Associate Interview

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

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed 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
  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    Junior Associate Interview

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

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Cambridge Associates, LLC.

    Interview Details

    1st Stage: You will be contacted by HR for a general phone screening. They tend to pick up pretty fast on resumes so you will probably get a call within a few days after submission.

    2nd Stage: In-house interview. They refer to this as their "Open House." This consists of a 40 minute presentation on the company, followed by two interviews with two or three managers within the manager information group. This stage is nothing special; they are simply trying to see if you are competent enough to work at Cambridge.

    3rd Stage: In-house interview. You will meet with the director of the MIG. This meeting will make or break your entire interview process. The interview will be pointed and probing, especially of your past work history. They are trying to cultivate a more permanent and proficient workforce that will remain with the company for years. They have already decided that you are competent enough for the job; your sole objective at this stage will be to convince the director that you will stay in the position for an extended amount of time, will be happy in the position, and are willing to advance through the ranks. Make sure you highlight your commitment to remaining within the MIG. Be able to explain any past separation from your previous work and your reasons for seeking a new position.

    This is followed by another presentation on the company, the MIG, and the position more specifically. Afterwards, you will meet with two groups of two junior associates who presently have the position for which you are applying. This is a very casual step for you to get a feel for the position. Lastly, you will do a 30-minute writing exercise on MS Word. This consists of drafting an email to an investment manager using a set of instructions. It's nothing difficult.

    At the end you will have a short wrap-up session. Here you will be made to address any concerns they may have as a final effort to convince them that you are fit for the position.

    You will be contacted within a day or two with their decision. They have a pretty fast and professional turnaround on this.

    Interview Questions
    • What part of the job do you think you would have the most difficulty doing?   Answer Question
    • Give me a two minute ad campaign on yourself.   Answer Question
    • What do you think is the most uninteresting part of the job?   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Junior Associate Interview

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

    I applied online – interviewed at Cambridge Associates, LLC in July 2012.

    Interview Details

    First step was a phone interview, which asked the standard initial interview questions... Tell me about yourself, etc.

    The next step is an open house at their office in Arlington, Virginia. As a heads up, they don't reimburse any part of your travel expenses so be prepared. We had a short 45-60 minute presentation about the company, followed by 3 back to back interviews with the management team.

    Out of the three interviews, the most difficult was easily with Casey, who is the director of the group. He asked non-stop questions, firing one after another, and quite frankly wasn't very friendly at all.

    I'm not that disappointed that I did not get an offer.

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    Junior Associate Interview

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

    The process took 1+ weekinterviewed 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.

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    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Junior Associate Interview

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

    I applied online. The process took a weekinterviewed at Cambridge Associates, LLC in April 2012.

    Interview Details

    There was an initial phone interview, second round interview and then final round. In the initial phone interview, he called a half-hour earlier than schedule and asked a series of behavior questions. The second round was held at their Arlington location. They started with a presentation and then took me to be interviewed by 3 managers, each lasting 30 minutes. They asked a bunch of general behavioral questions, I found them to be very frat-like 20 something males. They were all very insincere and seemed to have no actual interest in me, but just wanted to get through the interview so they could get to the next candidate. One had a sheet full of the most ridiculous interview questions I've ever been asked and proceeded to ask the questions at me and just jot down my answers, he didn't even look up to make eye contact the entire time.

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    Negative Experience
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    Junior Associate Interview

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

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed 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 Interview Candidate in Arlington, VA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Arlington, VA
    Application Details

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

    Interview Details

    I originally heard about this opportunity through my university. The first interview was a 30 minute 1 on 1 screening on my university's campus. I was invited to a second interview at the company's office in Arlington, VA. This was a 2 and 1/2 hour process that they referred to as an "open house". The day started with a 45 minute presentation (by Cambridge Associates staff) on the position and the department (Manager Information Group). I arrived along with 2 other candidates that were interviewing for the exact same position. We then each met individually with 3 different managers. We interviewed with each manager for 20-30 minutes. The day ended with a wrap-up session in which myself and the other three candidates met up again with a Cambridge Associates staff member to ask any final questions that we had.

    I was contacted the following day to attend a third interview at the Arlington office. The third interview was also about 2 and 1/2 hours. I met with one of the managers who gave me an hour long presentation on the position, the department and how the department fit into the company. Then there was a 35 minute writing exercise. It was pretty easy. Then I had two 30 minute 1 on 1 interviews. One interview was with the head of the department, the other interview was with another manager that I had met in my second interview.

    I had my interview less than 5 days ago and am waiting to hear back from them. They suggested that I interview for another position at the company that aligns better with my experience and career goals. I have an interview for this position in 2 days.

    Interview Questions
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    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
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    Junior Associate Interview

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

    The process took a dayinterviewed at Cambridge Associates, LLC in December 2011.

    Interview Details

    I applied through the company website and was contacted almost immediately by HR. We set up a phone interview.

    The phone interview was short and very basic; ie the general "walk me through your resume", "why Cambridge Associates", "why should we hire you". And the end the recruiter asked to schedule an in person interview.

    I went to the company and sat through 30 minute presentation about the company and the position along with 2 other candidates. It was very rushed, slightly confusing, and covered many things that an applicant should be expected to research.

    After that, we each had 3 1-1 30 minute interviews. These too were quite rushed. The interviews read off a list of questions and took notes. There was little flow or genuine conversation as the interviewers simply wanted to get through all the questions in the allotted time.

    Despite being excited beforehand, I was a little disappointed with Cambridge and their interview process.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
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    Junior Associate Interview

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

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took a weekinterviewed at Cambridge Associates, LLC in November 2011.

    Interview Details

    I was contacted by an employment agency who wanted me to interview for the position, and accepted. Next, the company contacted me within a few days for a phone interview, lasting only about ten minutes. They asked very basic questions and were short on answers to my questions. The following week, I went into the Arlington, VA branch for another interview/presentation, where another candidate was also interviewing. After, we were taken for two 1:1 interviews, where we were asked a range of questions--negative interview tactics were used, attempting to find and exploit inconsistencies in our answers.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview

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