Nielsen Analyst Interview Questions

Updated Apr 8, 2015
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Anonymous Employee in Battle Creek, MI
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Application

The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Nielsen (Battle Creek, MI) in August 2011.

Interview

Regular phone interview. Than a test they have you take on site, hour and a half mostly all math and statistic questions in the form of word problems. Than if you did well enough on the test you will get called in for an in person interview. Standard behavioral questions. Also they ask a lot of questions on what you know about Nielsen and specifically the are of the business your applying. In my case it was with Kellogg and the work they were doing with them.

Interview Questions

  • How would you go about estimating all of the windows in the city of New York.   1 Answer

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    Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Cincinnati, OH
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2 daysinterviewed at Nielsen (Cincinnati, OH) in July 2011.

    Interview

    First, there is a typical phone interview where they ask simple background questions. If they are interested, you will complete an analytical test with problem-solving math questions and a case study question about marketing. If you make it to the final round, you will have a day of three interviews with various managers/directors where you will talk more about your background, answer technical questions if they apply to the position you are applying for, and personal questions about you as an individual.

    Interview Questions

    • Mathematical problem-solving questions dealing with proportions. Think about tree diagrams.   Answer Question
    • Case-study questions for a company with a marketing issue and how to solve it.   Answer Question
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    Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
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    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at Nielsen (Atlanta, GA) in July 2011.

    Interview

    I was contacted within a month of receiving the online application for a screening interview, followed within a week by a quantitative assessment, and another week for an in-person interview. Overall, the process was very smooth and well-managed. The quantitative assessment, if you've done your research and know what to expect, is very easy, and everyone I encountered was super friendly and very easy to talk to! Be sure to know exactly where you lie as far as what skills are expected of you. I don't think they necessarily need a superstar, but someone who knows what skills they may need to pick up on the job.

    Interview Questions

    • I was asked a quantitative question after I said my Excel skills were above average. That was a mistake.   Answer Question
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    Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Stamford, CT
    Accepted Offer
    Average Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online – interviewed at Nielsen (Stamford, CT) in May 2011.

    Interview

    Phone interview then in person interview

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    Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Cincinnati, OH
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
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    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at Nielsen (Cincinnati, OH) in March 2011.

    Interview

    The Nielsen Company has an extremely competitive and demanding interview process. In my experience it had four components:
    1) Preliminary Phone Screen
    2) Math Skills/ Business Acumen Written Exam
    3) 3 1:1 Interviews
    4) 3 more 1:1 Interviews

    Preliminary Phone Screen - in this segment, I was introduced to my recruiter. She was extremely nice and helpful throughout the process. The screen consisted of general questions regarding my education, my background, some brief leadership questions, and my knowledge of the company. It was relatively easy.

    Written Exam - This exam was EXTREMELY hard. I took it on site, was given a calculator and scrap paper and roughly 2 hours. The questions are similar to GMAT questions but each question consists of at least 3 or 4 parts. They are difficult but if you don't panic and try to reason through the questions you can solve them. Make sure you are strong with WEIGHTED AVERAGES questions, as well as basic algebra, and MGMT ACCOUNTING questions involving Break Even Points, Fixed Costs and Variable Costs etc. But especially weighted averages. The second part of the exam are written case study questions. You need a fundamental understanding of how to approach case studies to excel here. I strongly recommend Cosentino's Case In Point book to acquire the skills necessary for case studies.

    1:1 Interviews - The interviews were all extremely pleasant, and I could tell that I would enjoy working with my colleagues. The questions were behavioral ("leadership", "time you failed", "time you disagreed with a colleague," etc.). I also had a case study on each interview so roughly 6 case studies. They were mainly New Product Development cases, Industry Analysis Cases, Growth Strategy Cases, some Market sizing and some simple Random Questions ("How many quarters will it take to get to the top of the empire state building?") The case studies were interesting and fun to discuss.

    After my second round of interviews I received a phone call and a verbal offer. I was ecstatic! This is a great company to work for!!!!!

    Interview Questions

    • Describe a time that you failed, and what did you learn from it?   1 Answer
    • Your company wants to increase the price of the product, but wants to maintain market share. What would you recommend?   1 Answer

    Negotiation

    the offer was fair considering my education and my background and I accepted immediately. Was roughly middle of the range for my position.

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    Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Cincinnati, OH
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4 weeksinterviewed at Nielsen (Cincinnati, OH) in January 2011.

    Interview

    I was contacted by email a recruiter a few weeks after applying for a positon online asking to set up a phone interview. The interview was a little over a week later, and only lasted about 10 minutes, with just basic phone screen questions. I then went into the office to take the analytical assessment a few days later. The test wasn't too bad - just basic GMAT types of questions and I'm pretty sure half of them have been posted online already. Still waiting to hear whether I will be called in for a round of on-site interviews.

    Interview Questions

    • Which section of Nielsen would you like to work for?   1 Answer
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    Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
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    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Nielsen (Chicago, IL) in October 2010.

    Interview

    Analytical questions in interview- how would you go about figuring out how many airplanes fly out of an airport on a given day?

    Interview Questions

    • How would you go about figuring out how many airplanes fly out of an airport on a given day?   Answer Question
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    Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
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    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    The process took a weekinterviewed at Nielsen (Los Angeles, CA) in August 2010.

    Interview

    Applied approx. 1-2 weeks after the position posted. Got an invitation to phone interview after 1 week. Standard interview questions.

    Interview Questions

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    Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
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    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at Nielsen (San Francisco, CA) in August 2010.

    Interview

    After being contacted by e-mail, a phone interview was set up--this was pretty standard, including questions about past analytical experience and some scenarios designed to assess "how you think through problems." After this initial interview, an "analytical assessment test" was scheduled a few weeks later, consisting of ten quantitative, GRE-type questions and a case study. Seemed fairly standard, and I felt that I did well...apparently not well enough, and received the rejection e-mail several days later. The initial interviewer seemed enthusiastic about working there, and praised the company culture, and the SF office was pleasingly aesthetic for a cubicle bank.

    Interview Questions

    • How would you estimate the number of airlines leaving from an airport on any given day?   1 Answer
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    Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Nielsen (Atlanta, GA) in June 2010.

    Interview

    I was referred by a friend to a senior manager. He then mentioned my interest in the position to the HR recruiter. Within two, the recruiter contacted me and asked me to submit my information in the system online and let her know when I had so she could review it. This was on a Tuesday of week 1. I had a phone interview on Thursday. This was followed by the Analytical Assessment on the following Monday. As others have said, the test is not easy and I answered all but 1. There were 10 word problems that had to be worked out, a case and a writing sample. On Thursday of the same week, I was scheduled for an in-person interview. On the following Tuesday, approx two weeks from the initial contact, I had my on-site interview. This interview was with 3 individuals. It lasted a little under 3 hours. I felt the interview went well. I guess I was wrong because the next day I received an email stating they where going to pursue other candidates.

    I asked for feedback as to why I was not selected, as another poster stated, they are not allowed to provide this information. These are the exact words from the email...

    "Unfortunately it is against our company policy to provide feedback on the decision making process. We are moving forward with the candidates we feel best fit our current needs for the role.
    I wish you the best of luck with your job search."

    The whole process was very smooth and seamless. The recruiter responded very quickly to any emails that I sent.

    In my opinion, they really want someone with an extensive amount of analytical skills. I think this is why I wasn't pursed.

    Best of Luck to anyone who reads this. I hope it helps!

    Interview Questions

    • You have a soap company that wants to introduce a new product that can clean everything even your body. How would you go about giving the company recommendation on introducing the product?   Answer Question
    • There was a question that required the use of a Venn Diagram. Make sure you brush up on that!   Answer Question

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