I applied online and the process took 2 months - interviewed at The Nielsen Company in April 2013.
Interview Details – I applied online; 2 weeks later HR did a phone interview with me. I was sent the assessment test and then talked with the hiring manager. The interview itself was almost combative in nature which surprised me. Two weeks after that, HR let me know they went in a different direction.
Interview Question – Why did you apply to my open position instead of BASES where your most recent experience lies? View Answer
I applied through a recruiter and the process took a day - interviewed at The Nielsen Company in May 2011.
Interview Details – This was the very first round by HR. Very simple situational questions about handling a cpg clients business question. She mentioned next wud have been an analytical round on site. Went well but the compensation pkg seemed low compared to my current place of work.
Interview Question – How would you help a cpg increase presence on a retailers shelf? Answer Question
I applied online and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at The Nielsen Company in February 2009.
Interview Details – 2 interviews 1with HR, 1with HR, direct manager, senior management to present an analysis prepared by the candidate for at least 1 week
Interview Question – no such Answer Question
Negotiation Details – very open
I applied online and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at The Nielsen Company.
Interview Details – Online application form (on Taleo) forces you to enter a precise figure for desired salary instead of a range, which doesn't make sense. HR contact didn't seem to understand the job requirements, and it was clear they were just HR people who didn't have experience doing the work that Nielsen does.
Interview Question – Not sure it makes sense to go into detail here, because the field-based managers ask whatever they want -- they don't receive very much direction, so there is no standard set of questions. Maybe there is at HQ, but not in the field. View Answer
Negotiation Details – Nothing unusual, yes I could negotiate
The process took 4 weeks - interviewed at The Nielsen Company in November 2011.
Interview Details – I submitted several applications to Client Manager positions in several locations, and got called by HR representatives for initial screen interviews for 3 of them (over a period of a few weeks). The first arranged for a written test at a nearby Nielsen location, which I learnt I passed after checking on the applicant website. There was a bit of a delay thereafter - it turned out that particular client couldn't decide how they wanted to proceed, or had some issues with my background.
In the interim, I was contacted by the other two recruiters, one of whom set up a hiring manager interview for me. After I had made non-cancellable travel arrangements, they decided to make it a phone interview, but relented when I explained the situation. At the interview it became clear though that I didn't have much of a shot, because the hiring manager was looking for someone with more experience in using Nielsen products.
My impression was that the hiring managers were looking for a 100% candidates, while the recruiters were much more adept at spotting longer-term potential. Everyone was very professional, and at least one of the recruiters seemed to go out of her way to be my advocate.
Interview Question – There was a mini-case question in which an interviewer presented a sketch retail shelf space situation, and asked for my hypotheses on possible causes and solutions. Answer Question
I applied through a recruiter and the process took 4 days - interviewed at The Nielsen Company in April 2011.
Interview Details – Bit mismanaged, the recruiter informed me that the interview would consist of basic math /logic test followed by F2F interview. Instead I had a F2F interview first followed by a Semi advanced math/Data analysis / Grammar test. God - i thought wren and martin was history but post this test I was forced to come back and refer to this Grammar goddess . To me this test format is really old and Nielson's are busy to change it. Who on earth cares if its nielsons's or nielson's strategy - this is one of the questions of grammar test. Well, post interview no one inform if u made it or not and for what reasons. I had a good interview round and may have missed by 1 mark or 2 on the test as it went off well as well.
I applied online and the process took 4 weeks - interviewed at The Nielsen Company in December 2009.
Interview Details – Tough math test to pass, and not sure it is applicable for the job. Interesting company to work for, however, I'm not sure I would recommend it to others considering applying there. Lots of opportunity to move around if you are willing to move to different areas of the country.
Interview Question – Why do you want to work as a representative of our company? Answer Question
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