Cornerstone Research Interview Questions

Updated Jul 26, 2015
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    Associate Interview

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

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 1 dayinterviewed at Cornerstone Research (Washington, DC) in July 2015.

    Interview

    I had two interviews, each 45 minutes. The first was with a VP, who was extremely easy to talk to and was focused on my work experience. I later found out he was supposed to give me a case, but he didn't. The second interview was with a Principal. She spoke to me for a while, basic interview questions, but then asked a difficult case. The case was about a natural gas company in California that was involved in a market manipulation litigation case. She tried to guide the process, but without knowing a lot about how those types of cases work, it was rather difficult.

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    Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university – interviewed at Cornerstone Research.

    Interview

    The first part of the interview involved two phone interviews, lasting 40 minutes each. You will be interviewed by two different analysts. In my case, I was first interviewed by an analyst who asked me questions that focused on finance. The next interviewer asked me questions that focused on economics. Both of the interviews were focused on a case that your interviewer emails you about three hours prior to the phone interview.

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    • The questions seemed to vary depending on the case you were sent. When I was interviewed, I was asked to make specific calculations, and answer questions that tested my economic and financial intuition. There were also behavioral questions related to my work experience, and long-term goals.   Answer Question
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    Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Cornerstone Research.

    Interview

    Through my college career center, I got a first round interview with Cornerstone. They asked about my general interest in economic consulting and we went through a simple case about practical cell phone applications and how they could be improved. The first round seemed to go well, and I got a second round interview. The interviewer asked a few behavioral questions and then we went into the case, which was going through the process of creating a website for young professionals to buy concert tickets.

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    • Case about website for young professionals to buy concert tickets   Answer Question
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    Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2+ weeksinterviewed at Cornerstone Research in April 2015.

    Interview

    First round consisted of two 40 minute phone interviews. First 10-15 minutes were dedicated to behavioral questions. Remaining time was for a case. Pretty standard behavioral questions like describe a time when you were failing in a project, how do you manage time. First case was related to the finance industry and second was related to a product. They were trying to assess how you would look at the problem, whether you could think out of the box, your math skills. Not very difficult and the Analysts try to lead you to the right answer in a friendly way.

    Interview Questions

    • What factors would a competitor have to consider if they were entering this product market?   1 Answer
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    Summer Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at Cornerstone Research in March 2015.

    Interview

    Submitted my resume and a cover letter online. Then had a phone interview that was a few hours long. The interview was composed of two cases and a few questions about my resume and my interests.

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    Summer Associate Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 1 dayinterviewed at Cornerstone Research in March 2015.

    Interview

    There were two 45-min phone interview. Discussed one case per interview. The interviewers walked me through the assumptions and the big picture of the litigation problem at hand. I was then asked to comment on various aspects of the claim. They were quite helpful and the interview was very friendly.

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    • One case was about pension plans. I was asked whether moving from defined benefit plan to defined contribution was a wise advice made in early 2000s.   1 Answer
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    Summer Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Cornerstone Research.

    Interview

    Interesting interview process. Very hard to prepare for but I'll just give my experience. Applied online through my university's career website and received a notification I got a first round interview. First round was on-campus and was mostly a case. These cases are not like management consulting cases, and require some knowledge of economics and regressions, but generally test how you react to new information.The analysts will essentially walk you through the case and ask questions or ask how you would tease out more information from the case. Found out I got a second round about a day later. Second (and final) round, I'd state is almost entirely about fit, although it lasts about 7 hours, I had 6 cases, all in the same time of format as the first one, and also was taken to lunch by the office. Overall it was a very good experience and about a week later I was given an offer.

    Interview Questions

    • A bunch of case questions based off of cases that the analysts had worked on in the past, which ranged from securitization to analyzing foreign exchange rates. Other than that, basic behavioral questions.   Answer Question
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    Associate Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online – interviewed at Cornerstone Research.

    Interview

    Applied in November for Associate position, got an onsite interview in December. Interview had two 45-minute segments, each with a Principal. First half of each segment was a description of my graduate school work. Be ready to defend your model assumptions. Second half involved a case study. The case study was pretty vaguely described. Basically your (the interviewee's) job is to tease our different elements of the case that need to be addressed. Then, for each element, propose a way of doing so.

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    Summer Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university – interviewed at Cornerstone Research.

    Interview

    Applied through campus recruiting. Heard back within a week and was offered an interview on campus. It was a one on one interview. The interviewer asked about what other firms and industries I was applying to? Then asked about a couple of items on the resume, nothing intense. Then he presented me with a case.

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    • Asked about what other firms and industries I was applying to? Had a case on a previous project that the interviewer worked on before. It was a case on pollution in China, and looked at data manipulation.   Answer Question
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    Summer Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university – interviewed at Cornerstone Research.

    Interview

    Went through a 30-min long interview with 2 behavioral questions and a case interview. The interviewer was very nice. He asked a bit about my research assistant experience, then we went on to the case interview. I prepared cases posted on their website, but the one I got was about analyzing and interpreting a news report on the sports newspaper, and I was caught off-guard.

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    • Why do you think this hockey team has a higher profitability than the other?   Answer Question
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