Samsung Global Strategy Group Interview Questions

Updated Apr 1, 2015
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    Global Strategist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Boston, MA
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    Accepted Offer
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    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at Samsung Global Strategy Group (Boston, MA) in November 2014.

    Interview

    Quite a long recruiting process (1 phone screening + 2 face-to-face interviews + 1 presentation), with little visibility of what are you being measured on.

    Interviewers will be very polite and overall receptive to your questions (consider that some of them will be literally brain-fried because of the jet-lag when they interview you on campus); short and clear answers will be highly appreciated.

    During the recruiting process you will notice that your interviewers will put a lot of emphasis on your willingness to move to Korea; be sure that you are OK with that decision as it seems to be tested in every single interaction.

    The interviews are relatively easier than the ones you would get at the big three strategy firms but the process could put your patience to the test, so don't try to push things and enjoy the ride.

    At least in one stage one of your interviewers will be a bar-raiser, he/she will ask very tough questions about your motivations and can even get a little bit personal but apparently they are trying to have a sense of how thick your skin is.

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    GSG Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Employee
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    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 5 weeksinterviewed at Samsung Global Strategy Group in October 2014.

    Interview

    On campus interview:
    Round 1 was a 30 minute phone call for finding a cultural and behavioral fit.

    Round 2 on-campus:
    Part 1(45 min): Presentation on Samsung current problem (Was given a week time to build presentation for it). It seemed like a corporate presentation
    Part 2(45 min): Solve a case on increasing profitability of Samsung clients. The interviewer helped a lot in the case

    One week after Round 2: 30 minute Info call from one of the Samsung group

    Interview Questions

    • **Why Samsung?**

      **Why Korea?**

      **What are the issues do you think you will get while working in Korea?**
      **Which track do you want to be?**

      **Which role do you want to take after 1.5 year of rotational program**

      Do you have any questions?
       
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    Global Strategist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Accepted Offer

    Application

    I applied through college or university – interviewed at Samsung Global Strategy Group.

    Interview

    The interview process usually consists of two rounds administered by both Korean and Western employees. The first round is behavioral, but is largely aimed at assessing your appearance, your ability to deal with awkward situations, your love of Samsung, and your level of interest in living in Korea. The second round is more technical. Candidates are asked to walk through a case and to create and deliver a short presentation. Business cases are similar to that of consulting interviews and presentations are evaluated for clarity and delivery method.

    Interview Questions

    • You don't have any exposure to living or working in Asia. How do we know you will really want to live in Korea?   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    Negotiation with Koreans is very very difficult. They view it as a fixed pie and every time they give you something you ask for, they lose. Based on my experience and those of my fellow colleagues, you get very little that you ask for and in the end leave the negotiation table feeling taken advantage of so that a middle manager can claim to have saved a penny for Samsung.

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    Global Strategist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
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    Average Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 5 weeksinterviewed at Samsung Global Strategy Group.

    Interview

    They will let you know all the steps, but on the first round be prepared to answer why you would want go to Asia.

    Interview Questions

    • Not politically correct questions such as: do you have a wife, kids, girlfriend, drink habits, age, the way you look.   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    People who negotiated too much got into trouble later when they got to Seoul as they retaliated.

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    Global Strategist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Interview

    First round is usually a fit interview with 1-2 members screening - demonstrating a good reason to join Samsung and moving to Korea is critical

    Second round is a case and presentation interview

    Between the two, surprisingly many people fail to show the right fit before going to the rather standard case approach.

    Negotiation

    Little to no negotiation

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    Global Strategist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Seoul (South Korea)
    Accepted Offer
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    Difficult Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 5+ weeksinterviewed at Samsung Global Strategy Group (Seoul (South Korea)) in October 2011.

    Interview

    Standard interview for cultural fit, then presentation, then case, then offer

    Interview Questions

    • if well prepared and culturally savvy, you stand a fair chance. It is getting quite competitive at the moment to get an offer though   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    You can negotiate your base, the welcome bonus, the industry track

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    Global Strategist Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through other source. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at Samsung Global Strategy Group in July 2011.

    Interview

    Overall, it was a very comprehensive interview. There was a case (like you'd expect from a consulting firm), a presentation, and a series of 'fit interviews.' A lot of interest in my background and specific interests for the future. There seemed to be a lot of curiosity about my interests in Korea and my knowledge of Samsung. This was not a simple interview -- at all. I would advise anybody to take the case and presentation very seriously. I understand that this role requires a lot of presenting, so they are evaluating communication skills very seriously.

    Despite the rigorous interviews, people seemed friendly and very sharp. I hope it works out for us.

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    Global Strategist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Seoul (South Korea)
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2+ weeksinterviewed at Samsung Global Strategy Group (Seoul (South Korea)) in September 2010.

    Interview

    The hiring process for MBAs consists of a resume and cover letter submission, first round interview that focuses on why Korea and why Samsung, and a second round interview with a case question, presentation, behavioral questions, and time for you to ask questions. The first round interviewers are generally one current Global Strategist and one Samsung recruiter from Seoul. The second round interviewers are generally one current Global Strategist, a senior Global Strategist, and two senior Koreans.

    Interview Questions

    Negotiation

    Very fair offer.

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    Global Strategist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Seoul (South Korea)
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through other source. The process took 2 daysinterviewed at Samsung Global Strategy Group (Seoul (South Korea)) in November 2008.

    Interview

    2-stage interview. First was all about fit. Very friendly. But candidate had to drive the process. Turn up with a bunch of questions that show you've done your research, but also that give you a way of showing your personality. Second stage: case study, then presentation. Case study was very creaky. Not tight like McKinsey. Presentation was easy.

    Interview Questions

    • What would you like to ask us (This was the first question)   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    Impossible

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