I applied through an employee referral and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Hanover Research in October 2013.
Interview Details – First interview is a phone interview with Human Resources. Got a call that lasted around 30 mins and asked to go into details of my background and walk them through resume. I also was asked about visa status and if i would require visa sponsorship in the future, and the range of salaries that i was looking for. Second step was an online personality assessment, and third step was a research project.
I applied through college or university and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Hanover Research.
Interview Details – Very nice interview process. All behavioral. Nothing too tricky.
Interview Question – How many pingpong balls would fit in the office. Answer Question
I applied through other source and the process took a day - interviewed at Hanover Research in May 2009.
Interview Details – Pretty basic interview held at a coffee shop.
Interview Question – How many tennis balls can you fit into this room? View Answer
Negotiation Details – Back and forth. You can get more than they are offering.
I applied through a recruiter and interviewed at Hanover Research.
Interview Details – Recruiting team was very professional however the hiring managers were totally inexperienced and borderline snobbish and uncourteous. What was a no go for me was that after the in person interview they requested a 3rd phone interview (with the same people who did the inperson) asking me the SAME questions I had already answered while I was on site. Felt like a brain suck as helpful information I shared via email was not ever acknowledged either. Hiring managers admitted they didn't know what they were after, nor defined a realistic hiring timeframe.
Interview Question – Curveball during iq test: what if u were stuck in space, what would you do and how would spend your time? Answer Question
I applied online and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Hanover Research in July 2013.
Interview Details – They asked me to complete a 30-minute online personality test. I did not really see how it was relevant to the job. Then they asked me to complete a "homework assignment" before giving me a face-to-face interview. The assignment was very time-consuming, but did not consist of any real research skills other than using google. It surprised me that they did not ask for a writing sample of my actual research, though I have a PhD and publications.
Interview Question – I got a face-to-face interview but I did not get an offer. Possibly because my salary requirements were too high for them - though I only asked what would be DC-area competitive for someone with my credentials (PhD and 3 years analyst experience). Neither of the Content Directors with whom I interviewed had a PhD, though they would have been my supervisors or peers. One of them had been in her position for less than 6 months because the previous content director had left the company. Sounds like turnover is really high at this place. Answer Question
I applied online and the process took 3 months - interviewed at Hanover Research.
Interview Details – Hanover has an elaborate application process that weeds out anyone who doesn't really want to work there. The process begins with an online application, then personality and IQ tests, a practice essay, then a phone interview, then in-person interviews (3 interviews over around 2 hours), and finally a job offer. Frankly, if you aren't serious about working for Hanover, the process is tedious and time consuming.
Step 1: Submit an online application. Inside references help, but will not get you a job on their own.
Step 2: Personality and IQ tests. These don't matter that much, you just need to complete them.
Step 3: Initial phone interview. Just be truthful and talk about your past research experiences. Hanover is a methodologically driven company. We want to know about the thought process you used to create an original, sound methodology for previous work.
Step 4: Sample report/essay. You will receive an essay prompt. Write a concise report to the best of your abilities using the best sources you can find. No specific format is required but organization matters. Information should be presented logically and effectively. If you receive an essay prompt, you have to write an essay to continue in the interview process.
Step 5: In-person interviews. If Hanover likes your essay, they will invite you into the office for in-person interviews. Typically you interview with two content directors (research managers) and someone from HR. The content directors determine if you are a methodologically driven researcher who writes well and fits Hanover's culture. Be truthful. If you are not a fit for this company, you will not be happy here.
Step 6: Job offer. Hanover does not hire impulsively. If you don't get an immediate job offer, be sure to keep in touch with your contacts and periodically remind them you are still want to work for Hanover.
Interview Question – How would you approach this research question? View Answer
Negotiation Details – Entry-level research salaries are rarely negotiated. I was so happy to get a job offer I didn't negotiate. I wish I had tried.
I applied online and the process took 6+ weeks - interviewed at Hanover Research in May 2013.
Interview Details – I initially submitted an application and was contacted about a month later to let me know that they were interested in moving on to the next step with me, which was an online test. The online test/questionnaire asked me about my previous work history, including questions such as what did I like most and least about my previous job. There was also a sort of IQ test, which required the manipulation of 3D Tetris-like objects in your head. There were a couple open-ended questions, one of which asked me to answer how the world would be different if people could fly. I only had two minutes to answer each question and was not allowed to delete or backspace anything. Finally, there was a questionnaire section that asked about a variety of work experiences and moral questions, like if I had ever stolen anything from an employer or if I would report a fellow employee or manager if I saw them taking money from the company.
I was moved on to the next section in the process, which was a homework assignment. I had a week to complete the assignment. The assignment required me to answer the questions of an imaginary client with regards to a certain area of higher education, e.g. trends, challenges, etc. To be honest I enjoyed doing the assignment but I do feel that asking job applicants to complete anything that takes more than an hour or two is a bit unreasonable. I spent probably about 15-20 hours on the assignment. I was told I would hear back within 10 days of submitting the assignment, and contacted them when I had not heard back in 14 days. An HR person responded promptly and told me that they would like to bring me in for an interview.
I interviewed with two people separately, 30 minutes each. Both were fairly standard, asking about my previous experience in general and research experience in particular. They both expressed their enjoyment with working at Hanover and that promotions were merit-based, not based on seniority. Overall I had a really pleasant experience interviewing with them.
Despite only positive feedback, I did not receive an offer, though the position appears to remain unfilled. Perhaps they are not actually hiring for this position but are interviewing just to see what's out there.
Interview Question – Not really very difficult- what has been your greatest achievement? Answer Question
I applied online and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Hanover Research in April 2012.
Interview Details – The interview began with an initial 30 minute interview with HR. It was very routine and pleasant.
The next step in the process is to complete a sample research report. The report was deliberately general to see how you approach a research question and it was on a topic that it is unlikely many have researched before (higher education hubs in the Middle East).
I did not move on to the next step in this process which was bit frustrating because the sample research took quite a bit of time (10-12 hours).
Interview Question – The initial all is very straightforward. For this position, they want to know right off the bat the research you have conducted in school or previous work experience (which makes sense). Answer Question
I applied online and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Hanover Research in February 2012.
Interview Details – I first had a phone-screen, which was laid back and easy. I was interviewed by two development directors who were easy to talk to.
Interview Question – Why are you interested in a sales role Answer Question
Negotiation Details – No, this is an entry level job and you are among peers with the same compensation structure. If you got an offer, you were selected out of a large pool. I would not recommend trying to negotiate if this is your first job out of college.
I applied through other source and interviewed at Hanover Research.
Interview Details – Phone Interview, anther phone interview, online test, on site interview
Interview Question – The Online test is a generic IQ test and not related to your position. View Answers (2)
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