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    Associate 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 4+ weeksinterviewed at Exponent.

    Interview Details

    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.

    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Associate 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+ monthsinterviewed at Exponent.

    Interview Details

    After expressing interest in the company I was invited to lunch at the Menlo Park office. Talked to several people from the group I was interested in working. Though these lunches are considered informal, you ARE being evaluated and it pays off to be well prepared and research the people you'll be meeting.
    I then had a phone interview with a senior manager - this is a great opportunity to get your questions answered and to show genuine interest in the position.
    After the phone conversation, was invited for a full day interview, which included a technical presentation. The presentation is extremely important: make it as broad as possible while emphasizing your ability to work with others and solve problems. If you've gotten this far in the process they know you have good technical skills, now you have to prove that you have the ability to communicate effectively ("give me a 3min summary of your research" was a popular question) and answer questions on the fly.

    Interview Questions
    • The most "interview-y" type questions were asked by the HR representative. They're not difficult, but they expect concise answers:
      how do you plan to market yourself?
      what do you think Exponent does?
      what do consultants do?
      how much of your project was team-based?
      how did you hear about us?
       
      Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    Asked for signing bonus,, was told it wasn't available, signed my contract a few days later.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Engineer 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 4+ weeksinterviewed at Exponent in September 2013.

    Interview Details

    After informal two phone interview, they invite me for the onsight interview. Onsight interview was quite professional, meeting with 6 engineeris and presenting my research for an hour. They were very gentle and nice and looks professional. The interview took for around 6 hours.

    Interview Questions
    • How do you market yourself? Why do you want the consulting work?   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Associate 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 Exponent in August 2013.

    Interview Details

    If you can get an interview, you have the academic credentials. What Exponent is interested in mostly is a fit of personality and a fit of culture.

    First, you must be a dynamic, flexible, confident, and socially capable human being. This is definitely not true in many other 'technical' jobs, but it's true here.

    Second, you must be a generalist. People who are focused on their own tiny area of research would not do well with the diversity of work Exponent performs, and are not hired.

    Third, keep an open and fresh mind- your interviewers will probably begin by saying "So your background is in electronic thin films, right? Alright, I have a corroded shovel problem here for you to solve."

    Finally, you must know how to communicate technical concepts clearly and concisely, without getting bogged down by details. Interviewers are not looking for technical mastery- they are looking for creative associations, problem-solving toolsets, and professional honesty.

    Also...don't screw up the presentation. Prepare. Seriously.

    Interview Questions
    • This is not a research job, nor an engineer position. If you're unsure of what is involved with consulting and characterizes the daily life, don't bother applying until you've done some research.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    I didn't negotiate- didn't want to start on the wrong foot, and the compensation is enough for the lifestyle requirements.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Scientist 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 Exponent in May 2013.

    Interview Details

    The formal interview process involved a full-day commitment. I had to give a 45-minute presentation and was scheduled to attend 10 30-minute one-on-one interviews. While the agenda seemed scary, the employees were very friendly.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Associate Interview

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

    I applied through other source. The process took 2+ weeksinterviewed at Exponent in April 2013.

    Interview Details

    Came for lunch, invited back to give 40 minute talk and interview with ~10 associates.

    Interview Questions
    • Not really anything difficult, mostly questions about what I wanted to do...   Answer Question
    Reasons for Declining

    Heard from others work life balance is very difficult...sink or swim mentality...

    Declined Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Senior IT Systems Engineer Interview

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

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at Exponent in December 2012.

    Interview Details

    Contacted by a recruiter who arranged a phone interview. Seemed like I was well qualified, so an in person interview was arranged. I was given the application by e-mail to bring in with me. I met with 4 people, the last was the HR person who was to determine if my salary expectations were inline with the job. My impression is they were. The interview went well. I was good at delivering the answers to the technical questions in most cases and got along great with all I interviewed with. To me, it seemed like I was their man for the job.

    No Offer
    Negative Experience
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    Associate 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+ monthsinterviewed at Exponent in May 2012.

    Interview Details

    I was approached by someone from Exponent during a college career fair. I kept in touch with an HR representative until I was ready to look for a job a few years later. Soon after, I had a phone conversation with one of the hiring managers in Menlo Park and, independently, in their DC office for another position. I had lunch with a few employees from the local LA office. Soon after I was invited to an onsite interview with them in Menlo Park. I was asked to give a presentation on my research; about 3 staff members attended and didn't ask anything technical.
    Most of the day was spent with one-on-one conversations about the culture, differences between a researcher and consultant, etc. They are very interested in whether or not the candidate would make a good consultant (i.e. bring in money for the firm); strong communication skills are sought after, as the technical qualifications aren't really emphasized. The nature of their work doesn't require a lot of technical background. The visit lasted from 9 AM to 4 PM with lunch provided by the firm.
    Most interviewers were quite polite and honest about the good and bad points of the job. There were certainly a few A-type personalities which attempt to intimidate you, but those are in the minority. The firm's main emphasis is on billable hours. In fact, the employees' cumulative hours are published right inside the offices. Bonuses and promotions are almost entirely chosen based on these hours. In short, the more time you spend at the office, the better you look. The progression up their ladder is very transparent. A few employees did make reference to difficult politics and undue credit. Most of them seemed too busy to really talk to adequately. The overall impression that I get is that is can be a somewhat harsh corporate culture to work in.

    Interview Questions
    • Why do you want to be a consultant? Do you know what you are getting into?   View Answer
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
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    Consultant Interview

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

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 3 daysinterviewed at Exponent in May 2012.

    Interview Details

    Very polite, efficient, and professional. I had great conversations with everyone that interviewed me and felt comfortable and enthusiastic about the entire process. The folks that I worked with during the interview were very easy to reach with questions both before and after the interview.

    Interview Questions
    • What would your current boss say about you if I called them right now?   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Marketing Interview

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

    I applied online – interviewed at Exponent in May 2012.

    Interview Details

    After a phone screening with HR, I was asked to go to the Menlo Park office for a series of interviews with the hiring manager and others. At the end of the interviews, Exponent indicated they would follow up with me in 1-2 weeks to go over any next steps. 2 weeks rolled by and I did not hear back. I followed up by phone with HR and was told they were looking to make a decision "relatively soon" and would get back to me. Almost two months later I have still not heard from them. The least Exponent could do is send a form rejection email. Its reflects poorly on the company to not follow up with candidates one way or the other after someone takes time to go to their office for interviews.

    Interview Questions
    • Previous experiences? Where do you see yourself in five years?   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

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