Heidrick & Struggles Interview Questions

Updated Mar 24, 2015
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  1. Helpful (2)  

    Summer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university – interviewed at Heidrick & Struggles in February 2015.

    Interview

    A great interview process! Very relaxed. They just want to see if you would fit into the company. No case questions. There's also a pre-interview event for students who get round 1 interviews-- definitely try and attend it. It's a great opportunity to show the employers your personality outside of an interview setting. Brush up on basic Heidrick history (founders names, date founded, some of their biggest deals, etc...)

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    Executive Search Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 5 weeksinterviewed at Heidrick & Struggles in February 2015.

    Interview

    I applied after finding out about the company during an on-campus info session. The accepted candidates were invited to a pre-interview dinner before the first round, which was conducted on campus. Two days after my first round, I heard back from the company saying I had advanced to a final round. The final round interview was a video conference interview with the office I had chosen to work in. I heard back regarding my final decision within two weeks of the final round.

    Interview Questions

    • Discuss a time when you persuaded a group to go with an unpopular decision   Answer Question
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    Partner/Principal Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied in-person. The process took 8+ monthsinterviewed at Heidrick & Struggles.

    Interview

    An unprofessional process -- took over 8 months in waiting for interviews to be scheduled, followed through, and feedback to be provided. All indications had been positive up to the very last set of interviews and then a complete reversal of direction to basically conclude, not that skills and experience weren't a fit, but rather that the "rolodex" of former clients wasn't as strong as what they needed. Interviewers generally unprepared as if someone had just handed the resume to them a few minutes prior to the beginning of the interview and with little direction as to topics to cover.

    Also disturbing was how people talked about the organization -- to a person, multiple references were made as to how the organization has struggled internally with past CEOs; the lack of positive relationships/in fighting across the different business lines; unclear vision and strategic direction; and the lack of collegial, respectful relationships among peers. Also mentioned was the arbitrary manner in which performance management activities are conducted, citing unclear performance expectations; minimal and/or inconsistent feedback; and increased sales targets, set independently of true business planning. It was as if everyone wanted to validate the various articles that have been published regarding the struggles that the organization has had over the past several years -- i.e., yes, we're bad and we are determined to prove it to you. Well, they certainly succeeded -- exceeding all expectations for how badly a recruiting process can be conducted and not withstanding a bad process, how disappointingly unprofessional the practitioners and leadership team turned-out to be.

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    Talent Acquisition Director Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through other source. The process took 3 daysinterviewed at Heidrick & Struggles (Dallas, TX) in January 2014.

    Interview

    Through networking, I was contacted by a "Partner in Charge" in Heidrick & Struggles Dallas office. After preparing thoroughly for the meeting and driving an hour to their office, I was met by an assistant who was completely surprised at my presence. The "Partner in Charge" was no where to be found. I was put in a conference room and told my interviewer was "parking" and would be up to meet me in 5 minutes. Literally 43 minutes later, this "Partner in Charge" came into the conference room and sat down. He didn't even apologize. Instead, he started swearing that his assistant didn't bring in any paper for him to write things down on. He excused himself and made the assistant come into the conference room and after he sat down, give him paper and a writing instrument. I was very uncomfortable as I'm sure the assistant was. I mentally chalked his behavior up to the stress of running late for the interview.

    He then proceeded to tell me he didn't feel I was a fit for the role his client was looking for. I asked him why he felt the need to meet me face to face and suggested we could have networked for other opportunities over the phone. He said that was probably the right thing to do and seemed flustered. He then regrouped and said he wanted me to meet one of his newest recruiters. Always taking the opportunity to network, I agreed. He brought in this new recruiter and they proceeded to talk about their golf outings at various country clubs.

    The arrogance and readily apparent incompetence of this "Partner in Charge" was astounding. As a 20+ year veteran of agency, RPO and Corporate Talent Acquisition, I can honestly say this was the worst recruiting experience I have been a part of. On the bright side, I can now share my story to recruiting managers and recruiters as an example of what not to do.

    Stay away from this company. There are much, much more competent Executive Search firms in Dallas.

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    Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Boston, MA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at Heidrick & Struggles (Boston, MA) in January 2014.

    Interview

    I had four interview rounds. They weren't too difficult, and mostly you got to ask the questions. It was more about making sure I had all my questions answered and could decided if this was the position for me, than assessing my skills. I felt very comfortable, and I had all the information I needed to make a decision.

    Interview Questions

    • I didn't feel like there were any questions that were too difficult or unexpected.   Answer Question
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    Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Accepted Offer

    Application

    I applied in-person. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at Heidrick & Struggles.

    Interview

    2 video interviews with corporate. 6 in-person interviews in the satellite office I would be working.

    Interview Questions

    • None, straightforward behavioral questions and career review.   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    Good back and forth dialogue

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    Executive Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Francisco, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took a weekinterviewed at Heidrick & Struggles (San Francisco, CA) in July 2008.

    Interview

    My hiring process was great. I met with the Office Administrator for the first round. I was invited back to meet with potential Partner and Associate I would be supporting. The recruiter I was working with (through the Office Administrator) let me know with 7 days that they would be offering me the position. i was very happy with the offer.

    Interview Questions

    • Nothing really difficult, the entire process was very easy to be honest. The Partner I worked for and interviewed with was very polite and asked smart questions.   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    I didn't negotiate. I was very happy with the offer.

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    SRA Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience

    Interview

    Comprehensive

    Interview Questions

    Negotiation

    Professional

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    Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Bangalore (India)
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    The process took a dayinterviewed at Heidrick & Struggles (Bangalore (India)) in January 2013.

    Interview

    noting to be afraid of , had to give a ppt on a topic followed by an interview. there is no GD or any thing

    Interview Questions

    • The ppt topic was very abstract, has to get to the finer details of it, have to think a lot about it.   Answer Question
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    Research Associate Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Gurgaon, Haryana (India)
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through other source. The process took a dayinterviewed at Heidrick & Struggles (Gurgaon, Haryana (India)) in November 2012.

    Interview

    In the HR round I was asked a very known and obvious question tell me about yourself and then about your summer internship.
    About strength and weakness.

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