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Mercer Interview Questions & Reviews

Updated Jun 9, 2014
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Human Capital Analyst Interview

Human Capital Analyst

I applied through college or university and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Mercer.

Interview Details – It was half an hour of behavioral interview, followed by half an hour of case interview. The case interview was a business strategy case, it was not a human capital case. It was basically a market entry/ growth strategy case, not numerical more qualitative, although they asked me how I would approach the question if I had related numbers.

Interview Question – They asked me about a time when I had to prioritize things to do and what I did. This questions is pretty difficult because technically all you can say is: I prioritized them, but they are asking you how.   Answer Question

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Actuarial Analyst Interview

Actuarial Analyst

I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Mercer.

Interview Details – The recruiter was very impressed with my qualifications as an actuary and composer. However, when I arrived for an in-person interview, it seemed I was applying for a position that required 3+ years of experience (I was an entry-level candidate). One of the FSA's had a great conversation with me, but the other one quickly dismissed me after a five minutes 1 on 1 (probably for the previously-mentioned). I was relatively frustrated with the process.

Interview Question – No difficult questions (weird, right?).   Answer Question

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Positive Experience

Easy Interview

Actuarial Consulting Analyst Interview

Actuarial Consulting Analyst

I applied through college or university and the process took a day - interviewed at Mercer.

Interview Details – Really laid back interview. Walkthrough of resume and simple behavioral questions.

Interview Question – What are you most proud of on your resume?   Answer Question

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Average Interview

Actuarial Analyst Interview

Actuarial Analyst

I applied through college or university and the process took 2 days - interviewed at Mercer.

Interview Details – All communications between the company and I were done very quickly and effectively, and everyone I talked to was very responsive. The interview process was relaxed and truly allowed me to get a better feel for the company -- the environment created was not the least bit stressful. Everyone was very easy to get along with and it was clear that they were seeking easy-going but very hard-working people. I was notified of their decision the day after my interview, which I greatly appreciated.

Interview Question – There were a couple brain teasers, but nothing too difficult. The questions were along the lines of "Estimate the number of people in a certain type of situation."   Answer Question

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Average Interview

Health and Benefits Consultant Interview

Health and Benefits Consultant

I applied through college or university and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Mercer.

Interview Details – I was interviewed through an on-campus recruitment fair at my college. The process was fast and efficient. However, the interview for me only consisted of two questions: "Tell me about yourself" and "Did you have further questions for me?". They gave me a timely response, which was about 3-4 weeks after the interview.

Interview Question – Tell me about yourself.   View Answer

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Business Analyst Interview

Business Analyst
San Francisco, CA

I applied through college or university and the process took a day - interviewed at Mercer in October 2013.

Interview Details – Interviewed through on-campus recruiting. On the job posting page it advertised two positions, a general analyst and one in the communications track which had separate qualifications. However, when interviewed the interviewers were only aware of the general analyst position, and seemed confused when I told them I had applied to the communications track only and simply gave "internal reorganization" as an explanation. While both interviewers were friendly I was interviewed for a position I was not entirely qualified for and left the interview very confused and no longer interested in the position. The first interview was a 'fit' interview with general questions about my resume, interest in Mercer, etc. Second was a weird case interview which included questions about graphs and tables.

Interview Question – The questions about the graphs weren't exactly difficult but were definitely unexpected, i.e. what is the relation between these tables, give me the mode of these cells, etc.   Answer Question

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Analyst Interview

Analyst

Interviewed at Mercer

Interview Details – After a few weeks of applying, I had an initial phone interview and then was contacted a few weeks later to come into the office. There were about 5 other candidates and each of us were placed in a room and had 5-6 different one-on-one interviews, ranging from senior level to analysts.

Interview Question – Most questions were the typical interview questions: "Describe a time you encountered a conflict. What is your greatest achievement."   Answer Question

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Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Graphic Designer Interview

Graphic Designer
Des Moines, IA

I applied online and the process took 4 months - interviewed at Mercer in December 2009.

Interview Details – The interview process was rather long. The whole thing from start to me starting work there spanned a period of 4 months. I talked to an HR rep several times who was in another state over the phone and then they called me in for an interview where I talked with three different people I would actually be working with (one at a time) - my manager and two other people. I believe I found out I got the position fairly soon after that - maybe a week or so. Salary negotiations took place with the HR rep over the phone once an offer was made - and that took about 2 weeks as well to get everything agreed upon and settled. Then I didn't actually start until several months later. There were no tests I needed to take.

Interview Question – There weren't any tricky questions at my interview. They asked things they actually wanted to know. Perhaps something about have I dealt with a difficult client before - (because we do that frequently here) and how I may have handled it - or how I would handle it.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – I negotiated on salary. They didn't give me the dollar amt I asked for but they did come up a little.

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Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Easy Interview

Senior Associate Interview

Senior Associate
Houston, TX

I applied through other source and the process took 4 months - interviewed at Mercer in December 2009.

Interview Details – Interviewed with several individuals

Interview Question – Behavioral interview   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – Wasnt able to negotiate base but received relocation and sign on bonus

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No Offer

Positive Experience

Very Easy Interview

Investment Analyst Interview

Investment Analyst
Chicago, IL

I applied through college or university and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Mercer in October 2013.

Interview Details – Applied through school for an on-campus interview day. Was notified I was chosen for an interview right away.

The interview was very informal and easy going. There were two representatives from the company - a recruiter from HR and an actual investment analyst. The questions they asked were very easy, just to get an idea of who I am and what I've done. They asked why I was interested in Mercer and consulting along with a few things about my resume. There were only 2 behavioral questions.

Overall, the interview lasted about 20 minutes.

Interview Question – Why Mercer?
Why do you think you will be a good consultant?
Name a time that you experienced a breakdown in communication and how you handled it.
How have you used excel?
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