Hanover Research Research Associate Interview Questions

Updated Jun 2, 2015
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Research Associate Interview

Anonymous Employee
No Offer
Positive Experience
Average Interview

Application

I applied online. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at Hanover Research.

Interview

The position I was asked to interview for was different from the position I applied to. Applied online. Received an e-mail about 1 month later to complete an online assessment. Received another e-mail, about 1 week after completing the assessment, for a phone screen interview. Heard back in a week that they were not interested in moving forward with the process.

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Hanover Research Response

May 14, 2015 – CHRO

Thank you for your feedback. We took the comments and critique from previous reviews very seriously and made an effort to improve the areas where we had been dropping the ball. I am glad to see that ... More

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    Research Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Arlington, VA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 4+ monthsinterviewed at Hanover Research (Arlington, VA) in May 2015.

    Interview

    As others have described, the interview process is lengthy and time consuming, but I had an overall positive experience. I applied through an employee referral, and was asked to complete a questionnaire that consisted of personality questions and some open-ended questions that I think are intended to test creativty and ability to think on your feet. After that there was a phone interview; very straightforward, asked about my research experience, when I would be able to start, etc. The recruiter was very professional and was very helpful through the entire application process. After the phone interview, I was given a research assignment to complete, it's not long (3-5 pages) and I was given a week to complete it. I was able to negotiate the start date to work around my academic schedule which I really appreciated. I submitted the report and heard back from the recruiter about a week later letting me know that I was invited to Arlington for the final interview stage. Since I wasn't in the area, they accommodated me by arranging a Skype interview instead. The Skype interview lasted for about an hour, and I was interviewed by two different people. Again, the questions were fairly straightforward and focused on my research experience and how I approached the research assignment. Both interviewers were very engaged and answered all of my questions thoroughly. It was one of the most enjoyable interview experiences I've had; I didn't feel intimidated or as if I was being interrogated, it was a relaxed and informative conversation that helped me learn a lot about the company and position. I heard back from HR 2 days after the interview with an offer.

    Interview Questions

    • GIve an example of an obstacle you've encountered in your research experience and how you overcame it.   Answer Question

    Hanover Research Response

    May 28, 2015 – CHRO

    Thank you for your feedback and welcome to Hanover! I am glad to hear your experience throughout the process was positive and that your recruiter was respectful of your time.

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    Research Associate Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at Hanover Research.

    Interview

    Let me start off by saying I really, really wanted this job- to the point that I would have turned down a better-paying offer. The company's focus really caught my eye, and their website seriously impressed me. I have to say, their HR was very unorganized and unprofessional. I had my recruiter first miss a phone interview with me because they were late in a meeting. This was understandable, things happen. Second time we scheduled- they never called me. Very unprofessional. Then I went through the rest of the process- the test, the industry report, the final interviews. I was told the company was impressed with my report and would get back to me. Two weeks, my recruiter is out of the country, I don't hear back. I email another HR staff member, indicating that I have had a (better) offer from another company, but that I was very interested in Hanover and would prefer a position there. They get back to me saying they don't know how many people they are hiring. Why drag me through an extensive interview process for weeks on end if you don't know if you're hiring? They missed out on a dedicated and passionate worker.

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    Hanover Research Response

    Apr 11, 2015 – CHRO

    Thank you for your feedback. I can understand your disappointment at not receiving an offer. There is always a lot of competition for entry level positions and we are only able to hire a very small ... More

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    Research Associate Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Interview

    My recruiter took forever to email me back. I got through the second round. Was asked to produce an industry report. It has been almost a month and I never heard back. I put a lot of effort into the project and it was very unprofessional for the company to not even decline me.

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    Hanover Research Response

    Apr 8, 2015 – CHRO

    Thank you for your feedback. I am sorry to hear that you did not hear back from your recruiter. This is not standard practice as we respond to all applications. I suggest following up with your ... More

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    Research Associate Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at Hanover Research in April 2015.

    Interview

    I applied online - got an email 2 or 3 weeks later saying they were interested and asking me to take their online assessment. I took it the same day I got the email - it had 9 sections, took me about 1-1.5 hours. I got an email the next day inviting me to interview by phone with an HR person. Interview was scheduled for a week later. Interview lasted 35 mins - HR person was friendly, easy to talk to, started with explaining the company and the role so it was comfortable so the pressure was taken off at the very start of the call. After about 10-15 minutes asked me to talk about myself and asked basic questions about my work experience, etc., and told me I was moving on to the assignment phase at the end of the call. I got the assignment, took longer than expected to complete (approx. 10 hours) - it wasn't hard, just time consuming. I heard back 9 days later - did not get invited for a final round/in-person interview - don't think my writing style was a good fit for the type of white papers they are looking to produce. Overall good experience, HR person was responsive and professional. The whole process is demanding, but if you're familiar with the industry you're applying for and can perform the tasks required, it shouldn't be difficult - you just have to be ready to invest some time without being guaranteed a job.

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    Hanover Research Response

    May 15, 2015 – CHRO

    Thank you for your feedback. We took the comments and critique from previous reviews very seriously and made a conscious effort to improve on those areas. I am glad to see that you had a positive ... More

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    Research Associate Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online – interviewed at Hanover Research in March 2015.

    Interview

    The interview process was good. The recruiter was very professional. HOWEVER, I think I might have been passed up due to my nerves (this is due to a certain medical condition, which I can elaborate on later). I really would like another opportunity to be involved with Hanover. My background and experience would be the right fit for you. If someone from the company can contact me privately at your earliest convenience, I would greatly appreciate it. Thank you very much!

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    Hanover Research Response

    Jun 4, 2015 – CHRO

    Thank you for your feedback. I am sorry to read that you did not have a positive experience. We wish that we could move forward with all of our candidates after a phone screen but that is not ... More

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    Research Associate Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Interview

    It was definitely an awful experience. The recruiter did not show up at the scheduled interview time. I sent an email about rescheduling the interview, and never heard back. This company HR department is extremely unprofessional.

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    Hanover Research Response

    Feb 23, 2015 – CHRO

    Thank you for your feedback. I am very sorry to hear that your experience was not positive and that your time was not respected. This is not the way we wish to treat any of our candidates. I have ... More

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    Research Associate Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3+ monthsinterviewed at Hanover Research (Washington, DC).

    Interview

    1) Applied to Hanover in early June 2) Completed an hour-long, online GRE-type test (nothing too difficult) 3) Spoke to recruiter on the phone for 30 minutes. She informed me that she would send me a mock project to complete. 4) Spent a week (probably 40 hours) working on a report about international branch campuses. Guidelines were vague but I assumed they were more interested in seeing my writing quality. 5) I was informed that I would hear back about the project in 4-10 days. Ten days passed and no word. I emailed Hanover and they informed me they received positive feedback on my project. 6) Scheduled an in-person interview in Washington, DC. Interviewed with 3 project managers. The interview lasted two hours, and my perception was that the interview went well. 7) Returned home to an email saying the feedback from the interview was positive but that they wanted me to complete ANOTHER project. ---- Here is where I should have said no. At this point, the fact that they used me to complete another project is really insulting. 8) Completed a three-day data analysis project. I was informed I would hear back in 4-10 days. Surprise, surprise, 10 days came and went and no word about the project. 9) A few weeks later, I received an email saying Hanover was busy with employee evaluations, and they hadn't had a chance to review my second project. 10) On August 25th, (remember I applied on June 4th), I received a rejection email with no explanation as to why I was not chosen for the position. I have never had such a terrible experience with a company before. I am just disgusted that Hanover has the audacity to treat its candidates like this. If this is how this company treats its candidates, how does it treat its clients? I wouldn't want to work for this company nor would I want to do business for this company.

    Interview Questions

    • Honestly, I do not recall any of the questions being difficult.   Answer Question

    Hanover Research Response

    Sep 7, 2014 – CHRO

    Thank you for your feedback. I am very sorry to hear that you had a negative experience during the interview process. I agree that the process made a poor use of your time and I have passed this ... More

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    Research Associate Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Declined Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter – interviewed at Hanover Research.

    Interview

    Phone interview with HR, followed by a personality test, a writing assignment, and an on-site interview with two team leaders. The online test and assignment were ok. Two team leaders I talked to at the on-site, however, appeared extremely burnt out and uninterested. I found it very difficult to carry out an intelligent and in-depth conversation with them.

    Interview Questions

    • Standard interview questions concerning academic work and past research experience.   Answer Question

    Reasons for Declining

    The company offered horrible pay and I could not buy into the research methodology applied there.

    Hanover Research Response

    Jun 16, 2014 – CHRO

    Thank you for your feedback. I am glad you seemed to enjoy some parts of the process but I am sorry to hear that you were disappointed by the salary on offer and felt that the interviewers were less ... More

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    Research Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Arlington, VA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 3+ monthsinterviewed at Hanover Research (Arlington, VA) in April 2014.

    Interview

    I was very impressed by Hanover's hiring and interview process. Hanover is a wonderful company with employees who truly care about research and hiring the right people for the role. However, keep in mind that it is VERY time-consuming (resume/cover letter, personality/IQ test, phone interview, mock research report, final in-person interview) - so only go through with it if you are very interested in Hanover!

    Interview Questions

    • Nothing too difficult or unexpected during the interview process   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    I wasn't able to negotiate a higher starting salary, but they were able to add on a signing bonus.

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