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Updated Feb 24, 2015
Updated Feb 24, 2015
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Senior Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at Gerson Lehrman Group.

    Interview Details

    I went through a very long and thorough interview process. I was referred by a family friend and had a phone interview with HR quite quickly. The main emphasis on this call was explaining the business model and showing genuine interest and excitement towards the company. After only 15 or so minutes I guess I passed the screening and had another phone interview set up.
    The next interview was with 2 people in the Senior Associate position. They were very nice and the conversations were laid back and easy. They were pretty standard behavioral questions with the again emphasized "explain what GLG does?" question again. I feel like at this point you just need to interview well because it's not very difficult questions-wise. Just tailor your strengths to the company's culture (intelligence, hardwork, curiousity, and team work). Both interviews were around 30 minutes long and I recieved word that I had made it to the next round: The case study.
    The case study was on a shortage in the supply chain for mobile devices and was overall quite interesting. I spent a long time on it but really enjoyed the work because it was pretty cool. I think going a thorough job is important for this. I really tried to go above and beyond the answer requirements and I think it showed how excited I was about the company and the level of work I could do. After completing the case study there was a thirty minute case review which was mostly straightforward. As long as you know each of your answers well and have a good grasp on the background of the case you should pass the questions easily. After the review I was invited to the on site interview in Austin.
    The on site interviews were along the same lines as the previous interviews but slightly more intense. First I had lunch with 2 Associates which was less an interview and more a conversation. They were very friendly and I felt like they were there more to show off the people in the company than to evaluate me. After lunch I went through a series of 4 interviews with people in positions ranging from Associate to head of the Austin office. They started to get repetitive because the first question was always explaining the business model. The most important thing is to keep your energy up. It's esy to have 1 or 2 good interviews in a row but by the 5th it gets a little exhausting. I researched all the interviewers beforehand and found out my last interview was the most important. It was also the hardest. The interviewer told me that my GPA was very bad and basically tried to keep me off balance by never giving me a completely positive response. I kept my cool though, or at least tried to and managed to answer his slightly harder behavioral questions without a snag. Overall everyone I met was very personable and nice. The Austin office seems like it is full of smart young people who work hard but have lives outside GLG. I really grew to like this company more and more as the process went on.
    Around a week after my on site interview I recieved an offer and accepted. GLG is looking for curious, smart people and I feel like I was able to show these traits through each interview. I feel like you just have to highlight your strengths and be able to engage the mostly laid back interviewers and you'll do well.

    Interview Questions
    • What is GLG's business model? Is your GPA representative of your intelligence? What is something you are interested in now?   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    No negotiation
    Accepted Offer
    Average Interview
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    Senior Associate Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took a weekinterviewed at Gerson Lehrman Group in February 2015.

    Interview Details

    The phone interview was about 15 minutes long; it felt very rushed and scripted. It made me feel unwelcome and frustrated because the recruiter was speaking very quickly. A short interview such as this over the phone does not give applicants a fair opportunity to express their qualifications well and ultimately get selected. For a company that values one-to-one communication, I was disappointed with my experience.

    Interview Questions
    • Why my resume experience is relevant to the role I applied for, how I heard about the company, and the business model in my own words about the company.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview
  3.  

    Senior Associate Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at Gerson Lehrman Group in February 2015.

    Interview Details

    Sent application via GLG.it, then had a phone interview with HR, then was told there would be another phone interview, and finally an in-person interview. Followed up a week later after not hearing anything after the first interview, got a short email stating: thanks, but no thanks.

    The phone interviewer asked questions very quickly, as if to catch the interviewee off-guard. It was not friendly feeling conversation and if the interview experience is indicative of the company culture, I'm excited about not getting the job. It wouldn't have been a good fit for me or for them.

    I stopped by the office in person to do some recon and found that everyone sits in desks so close to one another that you can't even extend your arms without accidentally hitting other people in the face. It reminded me of Milton's experience in the movie OfficeSpace, being pushed further back into his cube in order to make room for more boxes.

    If you like cramped, boiler-room phone culture, then GLG might be your dream job. Otherwise, I wouldn't waste your time.

    Interview Questions
    • Why do you want to work here?
      What is your GPA?
      Why do you want to leave your current position?
       
      Answer Question
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Senior Associate Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took a dayinterviewed at Gerson Lehrman Group in January 2015.

    Interview Details

    Applied as a senior through my college campus. First round was a behavioral interview, basically just running through the resume and testing my level of knowledge in their company. No case style questions. The interview was not particularly difficult, but my interviewer did not seem all that interested in me from the start. I did not get a callback.

    Interview Questions
    • "Describe to your best understanding what GLG does for our clients"   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
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    Senior Associate Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2 daysinterviewed at Gerson Lehrman Group in December 2014.

    Interview Details

    A friend of the family works for this company and recommended me for the job. She sent me resume to HR. Soon after, I received a mass email asking for my GPA, salary requirements, if I am able to legally work in the US and start date. After answering those questions, I received another email with a phone interview time. The recruiter then called me and asked two questions. 1. What is GLG's business model? 2. What is your current job? She seemed to be in a very bad mood and in a rush. After answering - I did happen to know their business model after reading other reviews on Glassdoor - she asked if I had any questions. I did. I asked about their culture and more in depth about the position itself. She was very snippy and short. I could tell she was ready to end the conversation. After she answered, she asked "Is that it?" I said yes and we ended the call. I was unimpressed with the experience, and after the attitude from the recruiter, I decided to not pursue the position anymore.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Application Details

    I applied through other source. The process took 3+ monthsinterviewed at Gerson Lehrman Group in December 2014.

    Interview Details

    Was brought in through informal channels, set up with interview with head of overall group. He had me wait around and try to meet with two other people. Ended up meeting one for 10 minutes. He had some interesting opportunities for me so I was to follow up with him.

    I emailed the 2nd contact a couple times to no avail and then successfully set up a call via his assistant. He was supposed to have me talk to his colleague - which never happened even after two more email follow ups and a call.

    Based on the interview process, I don't think this is a place I would want to work. I'm still in some sort of in-between state of being interviewed and being rejected. I want to work for a more professional company - I've basically emailed them to say I'm not looking anymore because I accepted an offer elsewhere. Hopefully they don't treat everyone like this.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview
  8.  

    Senior Associate Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 5 daysinterviewed at Gerson Lehrman Group.

    Interview Details

    Interviewed on campus with 2 senior folk separately. One of them was HR and was primarily fit based, the other had some "what would you do to accomplish X" questions thrown in. Was invited to the next round to complete a 'case study' which involved a sample of the type of work one would do at GLG, but by that point I had already accepted another offer. Pretty laid-back process overall.

    Interview Questions
    • As I said, just a couple of "how would you go about accomplishing task X" questions. Was also asked what I do for fun and what the last couple books I read were.   Answer Question
    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  9.  

    Senior Associate Program Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2+ weeksinterviewed at Gerson Lehrman Group in November 2014.

    Interview Details

    Submitted resume at career fair and through school website, then interviewed with a Senior Associate and VP on campus. Was then given a week to work on a case to then present and respond to questions over the phone.

    These cases are not like your typical cases. The set up involved a shortage of a key manufacturing component in the mobile phone industry. I was to procure 5 experts to connect with the client, a fund manager in this case. I submitted the case in pdf format, then was questioned on it a few days later.

    I moved on to a superday in Austin. I had breakfast with 2 associates, then 5 more sessions with VPs. They all seemed more like behavioral/personality interviews.

    No Offer
    Average Interview
  10.  

    Research Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Application Details

    I applied online – interviewed at Gerson Lehrman Group.

    Interview Details

    I completed the first phone interview and it was very simple. I was first asked what I know about the company and the specific job that I applied for. Then my interviewer elaborated on what I had said and finally asked me why I thought I was a good fit for this job. I was required to speak a lot more than the interviewer so make sure to do your research and have questions prepared. I think with this interview they're mainly testing your ability to carry a professional conversation over the phone since this job requires you to make phone calls regularly to potential council members.
    The next step will be a second phone interview with a hiring manager and if I pass that round, a final interview in person.

    Interview Questions
    • Everything was straightforward. Just do your research and you'll be fine.   Answer Question
    No Offer
  11.  

    Research Associate Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at Gerson Lehrman Group.

    Interview Details

    Brought through two back-to-back interviews, one asked about the business model, and the other asked if I had any questions. They mostly asked behavioral questions and for you to elaborate on items on your resume. Make sure you know your previous projects well, and how they relate to the RA position. Make sure you know and articulate the business model well, and why you want to do research.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Average Interview

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