Exponent Interview Questions

Updated Apr 27, 2015
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    Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Los Angeles, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter – interviewed at Exponent (Los Angeles, CA).

    Interview

    A series of interviews with various staff consultants and a slide presentation on technical material/research to demonstrate communication skills and technical aptitude. Relatively low pressure, conversational-style interviews, which were about 30 minutes in duration with each interviewer. The presentation was a bit nerve-racking as it was presented as a WebEx for people in other offices to view and participate.

    Interview Questions

    • Describe how you manage competing priorities and multiple urgent tasks?   Answer Question
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    Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral – interviewed at Exponent.

    Interview

    This was a very long interview - full day. I interviewed individually with approximately seven people and had to give a 1-hour technical presentation of my choice. The presentation was to the interviewers as well as employees from other offices who joined the webex. Some of the interviews were very technical while others focused on non-technical questions.

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    Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral – interviewed at Exponent.

    Interview

    phone interview w/ HR. basic questions. then moved to lunch w/ the team which they are trying to figure out if they could get along w/ for long hours. then full-day interview on-site, make sure you prepare for your presentation which is a big part of the process. be yourself and ask good questions.

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    Scientist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Menlo Park, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 3+ monthsinterviewed at Exponent (Menlo Park, CA) in March 2015.

    Interview

    So I was referred by an employee and the hiring manager called me for a phone interview. And then the office manager that I applied to called again for another phone interview. Then I was guaranteed for an onsite interview, which took more than a month to be scheduled. The actual onsite interview was nerve-racking because of the length. There were 9 separate interviews with each 30 min plus an one hour presentation. Most of the time, they just ask you to raise questions so get prepared with quality questions. I think dumb questions will not make you look good and of course if you are not able to raise questions, that might be something they would consider too. The process after the onsite interview was a bit frustrating. I was told to get the result in one or two weeks. But after about three weeks, I got contacted by HR for an additional presentation because the hiring manager, who actually located in a different office wasn't present during my onsite interview presentation. And after another two weeks, I got the offer. So overall, the process took me more than three months and we all know waiting is the worst part during job application. Everyone seems very nice and polite during the process and I think they just took a lot of time to decide different candidates.

    Interview Questions

    • How do you market yourself internally?
      If you are going to meet a client and you are not familiar with the client and what he actually works on, what are the process for you to prepare for the meeting if you only have half an hour now?
      Why do you want to join Exponent but quit doing academia?
       
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    Senior Associate Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 6+ weeksinterviewed at Exponent.

    Interview

    The interview/hiring process was probably the longest I have ever experienced. A few phone interviews were followed by a formal interview on site. As requested, I was prepared to give a one hour technical presentation to a committee of interviewers. To my dismay, on the day of the interview I was never asked to present. Perhaps some people would be relieved, but I had spent considerable time preparing, so I thought that was a little rude. I spent about 30-45 minutes with four separate interviewers ranging from mid to senior level. They treated me to a nice social lunch following the individual discussions. The group I met was very pleasant and I am sure I would have enjoyed working with them. I never toured the offices or laboratory areas. The following week the recruiter told me an offer was being prepared. The offer was presented approximately a week or so later. By then, I already had two other offers in hand from other firms, one of which I had already visited a second time. Ultimately, the Exponent offer was the highest in salary of the three, but vaguest in terms of my exact assignments.

    Interview Questions

    • There were no "dumb" questions such as "name three strengths, blah blah blah"... The interview was very specific to my past consulting and educational experiences.   Answer Question

    Reasons for Declining

    I felt the recruiting office was not in touch with the actual interview process. Another firm spent more time with me during the same number of days, and ultimately made me feel more at home.

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    Research Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer
    Average Interview
    No Offer
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at Exponent in November 2014.

    Interview

    I applied by contacting one of the senior officers who was recruiting for the company. I sent in my CV to him and I was contacted within 2 weeks for a phone interview. During the phone interview, I was asked basic questions about what I was looking for, what kind of experience I had, and why I was interested in the company. Then I did an in-person interview with 5 of the scientists in different departments at Exponent.

    Interview Questions

    • What are the steps that need to be taken in an exposure assessment?   Answer Question
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    Associate Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 5+ monthsinterviewed at Exponent (Los Angeles, CA) in October 2014.

    Interview

    I met the hiring manager for Buildings and Structures group at the LA office and after a tour and some chatting we went out to lunch. Conversations continued but the feel remained casual. The hiring manager explained how the company is structured and how the first few years of the company usually work. The manager was very straight forward and honest. There was nothing difficult about this meeting - simply clarifying that the job available was something I was interested in pursuing.

    The next day, I had a full interview in the Menlo Park office. It was from about 9am-5pm and included 1-1 meetings with prospective co-workers in the division, mostly in their office - but there were also two phone calls to talk to those in other offices. Although more serious, these meetings were generally pleasant. They all had a small problem for me which they presented at the end and was directly to related to a project they worked on at the company. They were very interested in my approach and initial thoughts on a solution strategy and I didn't feel that I would be penalized for potential mistakes - anyway, the questions were a bit open-ended by nature. It seemed each employee would do their own personal evaluation of me and vote on whether or not I would be a good fit. I enjoyed these meetings.

    In the middle of the day there was a presentation about 45 min long. I was a bit nervous but the staff was genuinely interested and asked quite a few questions during the presentation (at the beginning of my presentation I encouraged people to interrupt me to make clarifications). There were a few people who connected to my talk remotely, including the Principal Engineer and Practice Director, who actually asked me a question at the end of my presentation.

    After my presentation I went out to lunch with the Menlo Park office staff and it was casual again - it felt like we were all taking a break from the interview. After lunch, the 1-1 meetings continued until the end of the day.

    All my travel expenses were covered or reimbursed. I was offered $90,000 for the LA position which seemed a bit low. I declined it for personal reasons.

    Interview Questions

    • I was given a situation in which I would inspect a house for alleged earthquake damage. The interviewer asked me what kind of damage I would look for and what I would kind of conclusions I could make based on my inspection.   Answer Question
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    Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer
    No Offer

    Interview

    On campus interview; recruiter emailed individuals to notice time and location. The whole one to one interview takes about 30 mins. Asked questions from my resume, and introduced their company.

    Interview Questions

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    Scientist Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral – interviewed at Exponent.

    Interview

    Interviewed with head of the group and then went to lunch with the team. Know your resume well, and try to relate your background to the position. I was asked what I knew about the company and what they do.

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    Associate Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Menlo Park, CA
    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at Exponent (Menlo Park, CA).

    Interview

    An HR rep came from Exponent (along with some associates) to give a presentation to our department in my university. I talked to the HR rep afterwards, we exchanged emails and set up a phone interview. The phone interview was straight forward, they are just trying to see if you are a good fit to be a consultant. Because of my background, they sent me out to the Menlo Park office for an on-site interview.

    The on-site interview lasted the day (early morning to ~ 4pm). Started with an interview with HR, discussed comp etc. Then I gave a seminar on my research, the questions were fairly easy since they were not experts in the work I do. Then I had a number of meetings with various associates. Some higher level managers gave me questions on past projects and asked me to think of a way to come up with a solution. At times, this was challenging but they gave hints. It really wasn't that difficult though if you can think a problem through and also think on your feet. A lot of associates asked why I wanted to be a consultant. Fairly easy to BS that answer, just tell them you are done with research and looking for ways to apply your background to areas outside of academia. Also, tell them you are interested in high-pace projects, multi-tasking, working with a lot of people, etc. Interview ended, I got an offer in the mail within a few days.

    Interview Questions

    • Eh, nothing really that difficult. They told me to analyze why a part failed. Was kinda weird at first but the manager helped me along.   Answer Question

    Reasons for Declining

    Was an interesting position, but it felt really 'sales'-y. I would suck as a salesman (don't think I'd enjoy it either) so I said no. They came back with a higher offer but it wasn't worth it to me.

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