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    Research Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Menlo Park, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Menlo Park, CA
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university – interviewed at Cornerstone Research in October 2012.

    Interview Details

    Applied through university career fair. The screening process was fast. Interviewed on campus three days later and was invited to the Menlo Park office for a final round interview, including two rounds of resume questions and three cases. It will be very helpful if you review the cases Cornerstone has published on their website.

    Interview Questions
    • Case studies. The cases were not that well defined, so you have to ask a lot of questions to clarify them. Cases would be easy if you are an Econ major.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
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    Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Menlo Park, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Menlo Park, CA
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 5+ weeksinterviewed at Cornerstone Research in October 2011.

    Interview Details

    The case interview process and the interviewer experience is wonderful. I really enjoyed the conversation I had with my interviewer and thought the case was challenging, but interesting. I was always able to ask questions and get guidance as I needed it. They do a great job of making sure that your questions are answered. The office-preference question comes in the first round, so have an answer for that early - be honest and direct about it, but say where you're open to working after your top choice.

    Interview Questions
    • The most difficult question was a finance detail in the case.   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Menlo Park, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Menlo Park, CA
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Cornerstone Research in August 2011.

    Interview Details

    got the first interview from a resume drop at my school
    day 1 - 2 interviews at my school with recent college grads
    day 2 - 4 interviews at their office with people with a range of experience levels from undergrad, to bschool to phd. the office seemed west-coast centric as everybody had gone to stanford in some capacity

    Interview Questions
    • Company X is being sued for this reason. Here is the opponent's argument. What do you think of it (i.e. apply economic reasoning to tear it apart)? All of the questions followed this format.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Research Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Menlo Park, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Menlo Park, CA
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 1+ weekinterviewed at Cornerstone Research in April 2011.

    Interview Details

    I was called 2 days after submitting my application. First round interview consisted of 3 30 minute interviews each with an Analyst. The case studies were first, antitrust issues of fictional Coal Industry. Second valuation of an announcement that hurt a company stock. And third, sub-prime mortgages and bank risk. 2 business days later I was called to be flown to the office. That consisted of 5 30 minute interviews with case studies ranging from real estate pricing to hedge fund management and pharmaceutical effectiveness suit. All interviewers were very nice and I felt welcome. Because I had a time sensitive offer, I was called a few days after and told I did not get the position. This was after they hired most analysts and were looking for additional ones to fill out the team.

    Interview Questions
    • How would you show that two out of five companies that make up 90% market share would not cause antitrust issues?   View Answer
    • How would you tell if a Bank took on unnecessary risk in the form of subprime mortgages in 2005 given the value in millions of dollars?   View Answer
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Summer Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Menlo Park, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Menlo Park, CA
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Cornerstone Research in February 2011.

    Interview Details

    First round consists of two different thirty minute interviews. First 5 or 10 minutes is behavioral and the rest is case questions. Next round is 3 or 4 30 minutes interviews with case questions. Case questions are very interactive and geared towards problem-solving.

    Interview Questions
    • How would you go about defending a bank (with specific background information given to you) from an litigation claim that it was partaking in questionable mortgage services (giving questionable loans)?   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Summer Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Menlo Park, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Menlo Park, CA
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Cornerstone Research in February 2011.

    Interview Details

    Got the Interview from on campus recruiting. Had no experience with Economic Consulting. Actually, I was very likely the only non-economics major in their final round. Had a total of 6 case interviews for the 2 rounds, 2 for the first round and the other 4 for the second round. All cases are from different industries ranging from security damage to antitrust to IP..... Didn't really prepare in terms of the types of the cases since I was only preparing for strategy/management consulting case interviews previously. However, still somehow managed to get through the interview and was placed in their waiting list, after one week of waiting, was extended an offer.

    Interview Questions
    • How do you use statistics to examine if the airline is manipulating prices.   View Answer
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

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