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Education Pioneers Interview Questions

Updated Dec 10, 2014
Updated Dec 10, 2014
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    Analyst Fellow Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Boston, MA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Boston, MA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at Education Pioneers in May 2012.

    Interview Details

    It was pretty intense - a preliminary application, then you were invited to a online test of sorts involving data analysis & manipulation in Excel, then if you passed that, you were invited for a phone interview. The finalists were then interviewed in competitive group half-day interviews, where about 20 candidates met at the same time to complete two steps. The first was an individual data analysis and presentation, and the second was working in a small group to put together a group presentation while you were being observed. It was intimidating beforehand, but during the group interview itself I actually enjoyed the challenge.

    Interview Questions
    • I think the hardest part for me was the online analysis in Excel, because it was timed and devoid of context. For the group interview, the task was placed in a case study context and it was clearer what the objective was, so I actually found that easier. I also just liked actually interacting with people in person not just following automated directions.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    I was actually given a conditional offer, which I gladly accepted. When I got the offer, I was told it was very likely they would be able to find me a placement. Then the woman responsible for my placement (whom I had never met throughout the interview process) apparently didn't think me qualified or something, because she made very little effort to place me - she got me only one interview with a prospective sponsor organization, one that she admitted was highly unlikely to take any fellows. She strung the whole process out over almost the whole summer - even when the program was supposed to start in August. Her attitude and treatment of me really colored my opinion of the whole organization, which up to that point I had been favorable impressed with.
    Accepted Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Analyst Fellowship - More Info On GROUP INTERVIEW Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Boston, MA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Boston, MA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at Education Pioneers in April 2014.

    Interview Details

    You can read about the initial Excel exercise and phone interview in previous reviews, THIS IS MORE INFO ON THE GROUP INTERVIEW ONLY.

    I was presented with a case via email a few weeks before the group interview day. It was a school whose students are struggling with academic performance and they wanted to apply the "restart" program. You are given basic information such as budget, performance, and demographic of the school.

    During group interview, I was presented with 3 options for which organization will restart the struggling school. I was also given 90 minutes to decided which organization is best to carry out the restart program and create a 5 minute presentation on my decision (one-on-one presentation with one of the staff members using my computer). They encourage creating graphs,charts, and models from the survey data that is given at the interview. Again, basic information such as student performance, history, budget, and demographics are provided for each option.

    Afterwards, we were placed randomly into teams of 3 or 4 for 30 minutes to collectively make a decision on what option is best to carry out the restart program. We are supposed to create a 5 minute presentation to another group and allow 5 minutes for questions of our decision. A few staff members are present to observe how well you work in a team, make decisions collectively, contribute, etc.

    The most difficult aspect was absorbing all the information, making a decision, and having data/graphs/charts to support your decision all in 90 minutes.

    Interview Questions
    • One-on-one questions: "What are some other factors that influenced your decision", "Please describe any holes in your analysis."   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  3.  

    Analyst Fellow Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Chicago, IL
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Chicago, IL
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 4+ monthsinterviewed at Education Pioneers in May 2014.

    Interview Details

    The process is made up of 4 parts: Submit Resume, Quantitative Exercise, Behavioral Interview, and Group Interview. It allows you to slowly to decide whether you would like to take the job. It also gives you a great perspective about the company. I enjoyed meeting a lot of the people involved in the program, but ultimately decided not to take the job

    Interview Questions
    • Dissect data and come up with presentation and present it in 90 min   Answer Question
    Reasons for Declining

    Didn't get the city that I wanted

    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Data Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online – interviewed at Education Pioneers in April 2014.

    Interview Details

    I applied online and then received the invitation to the Excel test, which I completely bombed and was not offered any follow-up interview after that...

    While I'm sure many people applying for this position will not find the test difficult, I'll give you my background to help you understand the knowledge I brought and hopefully give you a clue as to whether you may find it difficult or not!

      I was an English/Psych undergrad, so I took a social stats course and research methods. I also did undergrad research in social psych and used SPSS to analyze. That was three years ago when I applied, and none of my work experience to date utilized data analysis. In preparation, I did get most of the way through an online Excel course (filtered.com) which gave me a passing familiarity with many of the topics on the test. However, I knew the minute I opened the test that it was a doomed cause.

    I did attend a reception for this position and was impressed with the people I met there (alums, other prospectives). I will add that they clearly state they are looking for diversity and did feel that being white would be a hindrance in this application. HOWEVER, this had nothing at all with why I didn't get it, I am sure, because my Excel skills were that bad!

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Analyst Fellowship Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Francisco, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Francisco, CA
    Application Details

    The process took 6 weeksinterviewed at Education Pioneers in May 2012.

    Interview Details

    After the initial online application and essay, I was invited to complete an excel exercise to measure data analysis skills. A week later, I completed a phone interview. The interview was straight and to the point; all behavioral questions looking for details on past projects, working with groups, and dealing with ambiguity. After the phone interview, a final group interview was scheduled in San Francisco. The interview consisted of 4 parts: Individual Excel Exercise , Individual Presentation , Group Presentation , Reflection. Education Pioneers staff observed during each phase, taking notes on our work and interactions. The interview last 4 hours and a reception with Alumni followed.

    Overall, the interview process was thorough - in that, the excel exercises and presentations definitely tested the skills that would be necessary for the job. I was impressed with the caliber of candidates at the group interview - all from top notch institutions and companies.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  7.  

    Analyst Fellow Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Oakland, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Oakland, CA
    Application Details

    I applied online – interviewed at Education Pioneers.

    Interview Details

    Initial application is an online form - standard resume, cover letter, why do you want to work for us, etc. If they like what you see, they send you a quantitative Excel exercise to complete in one hour. If they like that, you get invited to a group interview. The group interview is the nerve-wracking part. It's a multi hour process the includes individual work, group work, and one on one "scenarios" with others. I actually enjoyed it. Great experience, and they go out their way to try and make it not stressful (as much as it can be). Met some interesting people with surprisingly diverse backgrounds. After the group interview there's a happy hour sort of meet and mingle. Nice, but I do wish there had been more alumni there to talk to about their experience. This concludes the group portion. If you pass the group portion, there is a final phone interview. If you pass that, you're in. Overall I had a very positive experience, considering I didn't get the job. They make an effort to make it positive and answer any questions you have. My only complaint was that my geographic preference was cut, and they never really told me that I should re-select geographic preferences.

    Interview Questions
    • Questions widely vary, lots of quantitative ones, and lots looking to see your passion for education and your team player abilities. Nothing too crazy.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  8.  

    Graduate Fellowship (NYC Cohort) Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at Education Pioneers in March 2013.

    Interview Details

    Long process as other reviewers have mentioned: online app, 90min exercise, phone interview, references, group interview, summary form, and finally, offer.

    The group interview process puts you in a group with what i believe are a mixed bag of professions: from lawyers to educators to MBA biz peeps, to PR folks. You will all have to work together on a project and present your "findings" as a group. A little awkward but a great experience.

    Interview Questions
    • Name me a time where you had to convince a group of people to go along with a plan when they did not want to. What did you do and how did the situation turn out? (paraphrasing).   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    No negotiation but they do ask you a series of questions about your work ethic and style in an effort to get you the best placement possible.
    Accepted Offer
    Difficult Interview
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Graduate Student Fellow Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at Education Pioneers.

    Interview Details

    The interview process was extremely thorough. They definitely are looking for intelligent individuals that are passionate about education, yet have competitive skills. If you can hone in on your experiences with human capital, managing projects, developing solutions and/or managing data then you'll do fine.

    Interview Questions
    • Their interview process is somewhat tedious, but not too bad. The staff were all very warm and candid. The group interview was the most stressful of it all. You want to definitely make sure you shine, but in a graceful manner during the final leg.   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  10. 4 people found this helpful  

    Fellow Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    The process took 6 weeksinterviewed at Education Pioneers in January 2011.

    Interview Details

    The phone interview consists of several canned behavioral questions (see below). There was very little getting to know you.

    The Group Interview consisted mostly of an awkward, somewhat goofy role-playing exercise. (There was no one-on-one component.) They gave us a long "case" (teachers at a charter school were considering whether to unionize). The case was long and there wasn't a lot of time to read it, but you didn't have to really know the facts that well for the rest of the exercise. We had to discuss the pros and cons of unionization from a particular perspective in groups (4 people per group). EP employees are monitoring and evaluating you during this time. Then groups had to give a presentation from a perspective that they assigned to the group (anti-unionization from administration's perspective, anti-unionization from teachers' perspective, or pro-unionization from teachers' perspective). After this, we had to write a personal reflection on the experience, answering questions such as "did you work well with your group members?" and "what was your most valuable contribution?"

    There was then a 2 hour reception w/ wine and appetizers, where we "mingled" with the Ed Pioneers staff. Those who are good at schmoozing and networking will thrive at this stage. Those who aren't may feel awkward.

    Overall, the group interview day was not that difficult, but it was awkward and artificial-feeling throughout.

    Interview Questions
    • Tell me about a time when you confronted ambiguity and how you dealt with it.   Answer Question
    • Tell me about a time when you disagreed with a group decision and how you handled it.   Answer Question
    • Tell about a team when you were successful and how you measured that success.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Analyst Fellowship Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Francisco, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Francisco, CA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 6 weeksinterviewed at Education Pioneers in March 2012.

    Interview Details

    The initial application for the Analyst Fellowship consists of an essay and a few questions, then two weeks later came an invite to take a 90-minute excel exercise, then another week later came an invite to participate in a n hour long phone interview, after the phone interview was the final round which was a Group Interview at an office in the San Francisco Bay Area. The groupinterview lasted four hours which consisted of a 90 minute Individual no talking excel exercise which led to a ten minute presentation then a regrouping with your fellow candidates to provide a group presentation based on your own findings from the excel exercise. Overall it was decent experience, but I was disappointed in the excel focus of the onsite interview.

    The purpose of Education Pioneers is meaningful and good in mind, but there is a main flaw with the group that I was concerned with that kept me away... The administration and actual internal operations seems like it is really off track and in it for the wrong reasons; i was perplexed when a fellow candidate I met also received an offer, but had not delivered on the excel exercise or presentation, but who had went to an ivy league school. Seeing that happen, made me wonder what is actually needed and what kind of program it actually is.

    Good luck but be careful with these guys!

    Interview Questions
    Declined Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

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