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NPD Interview Questions & Reviews

Updated May 16, 2014
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No Offer

Negative Experience

Very Difficult Interview

Market Research Associate Interview

Market Research Associate

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 5 days - interviewed at NPD.

Interview Details – I had emailed a recruiter after my friend that was working at the company had recommended me to the hiring manager. I was excited to work at the same company that had been publishing excellent research and had exposure to Fortune 500 clients.

I accepted a phone interview, however I was rudely awakened when I realized that the recruiter started the call by screaming at me and telling me to hurry up. I have completed several interviews, either phone, Skype, or in person, and I have never been treated so rudely in any of those situations. I was so shocked that I played along,but I ended up obviously not doing well because I felt I was being personally attacked.

Interview Question – The most difficult part was when the interviewer started yelling at me and making snide comments at my answers such as, "I asked you a yes or no question. Clearly you cannot follow instructions."   Answer Question


Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Average Interview

Account Associate Interview

Account Associate
Chicago, IL

I applied online and interviewed at NPD.

Interview Details – First contact was a screening call. Interviewer asked me to explain several areas of my resume and asked if I was comfortable with the job description.

Next was an in-person interview with a second HR representative and then 2 members of the team. Each session was 30-45 minutes long, and questions were aimed at finding my level of comfortability with the role.

Interview Question – Was there ever a time when you were in a situation with an individual you didn't get along with? How did you handle the situation?   View Answer

Negotiation Details – Wasn't able to negotiate much because I was starting out of college.


Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Average Interview

Summer Intern Interview

Summer Intern

I applied online and interviewed at NPD.

Interview Details – Applied online from indeed.com and received a phone call a few days later setting up a time for a phone interview. After that, I had 2 Skype interviews with the HR directors and received an offer the same day. All of the interviewers were very friendly and easy to talk to.

Interview Question – Much of the conversation related to proficiency with excel and other analytical tools/skills.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – Accepted the hourly intern wage for full time employment over the summer.


Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Average Interview

Summer Intern Interview

Summer Intern
New York, NY

I applied in-person and the process took 2 months - interviewed at NPD in March 2012.

Interview Details – Meet the HR people at a Career Fair, then through exchange of E-mail, and an on-site interview. Great People, awesome location. Mostly behavioral questions.

Interview Question – Tell me about your self   Answer Question


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No Offer

Negative Experience

Average Interview

Account Specialist Interview

Account Specialist
Rosemont, IL

I applied online and the process took a day - interviewed at NPD in July 2010.

Interview Details – I was scheduled to have a phone interview on a Thursday afternoon. At the scheduled time, I waited for the call. 25 minutes later, the phone rang. The woman who was supposed to be interviewing me told me that she would have to reschedule, as she had just gotten out of a meeting that ran long. She did not apologize, which I found both unusual and rude. We rescheduled for early the next week.

The morning of the rescheduled phone interview arrived and again, I was prepared for the call at the scheduled time. 20 minutes later, the phone rang. Again, the woman did not apologize for being late calling or wasting my time.

She asked me how I was doing and I responded that I was disappointed that she was late calling me again and also that she did not apologize for being late either time. She got defensive and told me that she was sorry she was "a few minutes late" but that "due to the volume of calls that we make" it was unavoidable. I told her that if this is how they treat their candidates, then it makes me wonder how they treat their employees. I thanked her and let her know that I was no longer interested in pursuing a position with her company.

It is truly disappointing to experience the lack of common courtesy and respect afforded to a candidate by this company.


No Offer

Neutral Experience

Average Interview

Market Research Associate Interview

Market Research Associate

I applied online and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at NPD in September 2011.

Interview Details – Two weeks after submitting application, did a phone interview that was relatively straightforward. Then did in-person interview with three different people. The first one was ok, the second one was through videoconference which was ok, but the third guy was just weird and appeared disinterested the whole time.

Interview Question – What biggest assets would you bring to the company?   Answer Question


No Offer

Negative Experience

Average Interview

Market Research Analyst Interview

Market Research Analyst
Chicago, IL

I applied online and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at NPD in May 2012.

Interview Details – Phone interview, but no follow-up afterwards. I waited 3 weeks with no response whatsoever and have given up hope.

Interview Question – Tell me about your experience with Excel   Answer Question


No Offer

Neutral Experience

Average Interview

Syndicated Market Research Manager Interview

Syndicated Market Research Manager

I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at NPD in May 2012.

Interview Details – First interview was with an HR coordinator, then the division manager that I would be working under, then the third interview was with the HR Director. I'm guessing the HR Director didn't like me for some reason. My only complaint is that after three interviews I just didn't hear back from them. At that point I was already going over the logistics in my head of moving my family across the country. After three interviews I'd think they'd drop me an email or letter letting me know it's off the table.

Interview Question – I was asked to go over all the steps of a research study. A little difficult since they span several months and have hundreds of components. Would have preferred they explain what specifically they are trying to find out, or to ask something more specific.   Answer Question


No Offer

Negative Experience

Average Interview

Market Research Associate Interview

Market Research Associate

I applied through college or university and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at NPD in March 2014.

Interview Details – Similar to the other interviews, I had an initial phone screening from a New York recruiter after sending my resume in. I was told I would receive a follow up later that day or the next day to schedule the second round of interviews. I never received a follow up. After 3-4 days I emailed the recruiter, and was told she would be in touch with me as soon as she had more direction. It’s been over 3 weeks, and I still haven't received a response.

Interview Question – No difficult questions. Just a more detailed look at my background, and questions on how strong my analytical skills are.   Answer Question


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Accepted Offer

Neutral Experience

Easy Interview

Director Interview

Director
Port Washington, NY

I applied through other source and the process took 2 months - interviewed at NPD.

Interview Details – The hiring process was straightforward. There was an initial phone screen and then one or two on-site interviews. The process moved along fairly rapidly.

Interview Question – There were no "trap" questions. Most interviews were fairly conversational, and focused on the type of work NPD is engaged in.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – There was no meaningful negotiation.

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