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Penn, Schoen & Berland Associates Interview Questions

Updated Nov 18, 2014
Updated Nov 18, 2014
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    Market Research Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Penn, Schoen & Berland Associates.

    Interview Details

    Simple Interview in person interview with 3 analysts, asked nearly only behavioral questions. It was an open process but they didn't tell me much about the job description or what I would be doing. Mainly wanted to know interest in Market research.

    Interview Questions
    • Asked about to come up with company and give examples of where they place on different graphs   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    N/A
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  2.  

    Market Research Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Bellevue, WA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Bellevue, WA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at Penn, Schoen & Berland Associates in October 2014.

    Interview Details

    First, had phone interview with HR associate in DC office. Very short, less than 20 minutes and a basic overview of resume and why you are interested in this position, market research and PSB. Next, got a "writing assignment" where you analyze survey data and create a pseudo-client presentation. Took a long time, but had a few days to complete. If they like your analysis/powerpoint, they'll set up an in-person interview. Had three 1:1 interviews with 2 senior analysts and 1 director. Each was about 20-30 minutes. 2 included "case" questions, giving you examples of graphs they create for clients and how you interpret them. Asked a lot about previous experience with research. Wanted to know how you reason through graphs and data.

    Interview Questions
    • Describe and critique Microsoft's current/past marketing strategy. What would you do differently?   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    No negotiation.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 4 weeksinterviewed at Penn, Schoen & Berland Associates in May 2014.

    Interview Details

    Campus Recruiting. Conducted Tests and extensive interview. They were very professional in their process. They provided me with data and asked me to give the insight that I obtained from eyeballing the data set

    Interview Questions
    • How would you design a communication strategy in a crisis?   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
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    Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Washington, DC
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Washington, DC
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at Penn, Schoen & Berland Associates in February 2014.

    Interview Details

    Went through Campus hiring process. Submitted a resume and cover letter via my school's career website. The first round was a 30 minute interview on campus with someone from HR. The interview was really easy and was mostly a walk-me-through-your-resume interview, with some questions about why PSB and why market research. After that, you'll be given a short, simplified data set and will be asked to create a 10-slide powerpoint presentation on the data. Both the analysis and overall look of the powerpoint are important. Unfortunately, this will probably be around midterms/spring break. After this, you will come down to the DC office for a full day of interviews. You'll meet with analysts, PMs, a Director, and then the MD of the DC office. All will be relatively relaxed and behavioral/fit - no cases. People may ask you to walk them through how you did the ppt exercise however. But mostly questions about college, internships, why PSB/market research, and then behavioral questions. You'll also have a casual coffee break with analysts. Overall, this process will take a while, about 2 months.

    Interview Questions
    • - Tell me about a time you made a mistake
      - Tell me about a time you had to learn something quickly, like a new software product, and how you accomplished it
      - Tell me about a time you had to handle a lot at once
       
      Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    They will tell you that they do not negotiate and that everyone starts at the same salary level. This may be somewhat true in that there is limited flexibility but I also know that they have negotiated. For example, pushing back start dates, increase to annual salary, having them pay for housing, getting them to pay for moving costs. Push as much as you feel comfortable, knowing that the 'we don't negotiate' line is not true.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  6.  

    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Bellevue, WA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Bellevue, WA
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took a weekinterviewed at Penn, Schoen & Berland Associates.

    Interview Details

    The interview process took about 45 minutes. I met with three people - two analysts and a project manager. The questions were almost entirely behavioral (this job definitely involves on-the-job training, you're not expected to know how to use any of their programs when starting). The office is quite collaborative so they're looking for people who are excited about working on a team. Having interest or experience in market research is an obvious plus. I was called back within a week and offered the internship.

    Interview Questions
    • There was one "case" question about a chart that would be used to report the data. I absolutely failed that question and had to have it repeated several times. I have no idea how you would be expected to answer the question if you hadn't had exposure to market research in the past (which I hadn't) but other than that, the questions are easy.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    No negotiation, interns get paid $10/hour. I was able to set my own schedule though.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Penn, Schoen & Berland Associates in April 2013.

    Interview Details

    Pretty casual interview. Interviewer was senior management and an analyst later joined the interview. Business casual for them. Asked to go through resume, interest in the industries I would be working with. Talked about other casual stuff. Got along pretty well but didn't think the senior management interviewer was super enthused for whatever reason.

    Demonstrated some of their big-time client work which was impressive and sort of outlined what I would do.

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    No negotiation
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  8.  

    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university – interviewed at Penn, Schoen & Berland Associates.

    Interview Details

    There was a little back and forth and I was hired pretty last minute as an intern. At first I was told that they expected interns to work 28 hours a week, but then it turns out our set up changed so I only worked 20 (which was fine by me!) since there were two interns for our team.

    Interview Questions
    • Pretty straight forward interview, asked about my math, writing, and foreign language skills, nothing that really threw me for a loop though.   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Average Interview
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    Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at Penn, Schoen & Berland Associates in June 2012.

    Interview Details

    I was contacted 2 weeks after submitting my app and phone screened by someone junior in the dept. I was called in for a mtg w/ the team and VP and given a take home assignment. All was going great except like many people have posted, after I spent 3 entire days on it, I heard nothing, even despite two pings about where I was in the process. So for those working and with many personal obligations, think twice about completing any writing or powerpt exercises. All that effort might not even be acknowledged.

    Interview Questions
    • The work environment is very demanding and can be stressful. How do you handle stress?   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview
  10.  

    Market Research Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Washington, DC
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Washington, DC
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at Penn, Schoen & Berland Associates in April 2012.

    Interview Details

    Initial phone interview was quick and harmless - just asked briefly about prior experience and why I was interested in a new job. Was set up with an in-person interview where I met one-on-one with multiple people who spoke about how their team is set-up and what kinds of projects and responsibilities I could expect to have if I worked under them. Talked a lot about my previous experience and how it could translate to this role.

    Interview Questions
    • I was asked what companies I think make the best use out of their market research efforts which was hard to respond to since the only companies' whose market research efforts I was very familiar with were clients of mine I'd worked with previously.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview
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    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Penn, Schoen & Berland Associates in October 2011.

    Interview Details

    Applied through university career website, and was interviewed over the phone. A few days later they called back for a in person interview. The senior analysts are very experienced and very congenial. They offered great exposure to fundamentals of market research and analytic tools.

    Interview Questions
    • how have you demonstrated strengths in empirical analysis and the ability to communicate effectively?   Answer Question
    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

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