I applied through college or university and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at ZS Associates in November 2013.
Interview Details –
Straightforward and follow the format listed on their website:
First round behavioral+Case interview with 2 people (around 1 hour in total)
Final round Behavioral+Case+Analytics with 3 different people (prepare for 4-5 hours).
Case interview is position-specific. No general case questions (ex: profit went down 20%, why?). Expect simple calculations. Some knowledge of simple sales/marketing terminologies will be asset for non-business background applicants.
Interview Question – Nothing too difficult analytically; for non-business background applicants, brush up on some simple industry and sales/marketing terms and calculations Answer Question
Negotiation Details – Did not negotiate, very good offer for starting position
I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at ZS Associates in June 2013.
Interview Details – Two interviews in the process. One is by phone, and is done in two parts. The first part is a standard interview (about your education, experience, etc), and the second part consists of a small case study, followed by a discussion of your answers and thought process. the second interview is a day long interview done in the office. You will meet with people at each level (associate, consultant, etc), and it is a similar experience to the phone interview (a mix of typical interviews with case studies thrown in). At this point there is also a written case study.
Interview Question – How do you choose between two locations to place a new store Answer Question
Negotiation Details – No negotiations. I was given a contract and accepted
I applied through college or university and interviewed at ZS Associates.
Interview Details –
I have to say this is the most unprofessional interview experience I have ever had.
I applied this position online, and the recruiter emailed me to schedule a phone interview a week after I applied. The interview is supposed to be two parts: behavioral questions and case interview. On the scheduled day, the recruiter told me the hiring manager had some emergency, so the first part is canceled. But I still had the case interview. I waited for around 20 minutes after the scheduled time. Someone finally called me, saying that he didn't have time to do the case interview with me.
So the next day, the recruiter contacted me again to schedule for another phone interview. I waited for 30 minutes. Again, the guy didn't call me to do the case interview, and there was no explanation at all. Luckily, the hiring manager called me this time. He asked many behavioral questions, but you can find those questions online if you have done your research. Then the next week, the recruiter called me, saying that they would not continue the interview process.
I just lost my interest in this company. Please show some respect to other people. It is not fun to waste people's time, and I won't enjoy working in such team any way.
Interview Question – Describe a time when you failed to meet expectations Answer Question
I applied through college or university and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at ZS Associates in February 2013.
Interview Details – I applied through campus recruiting and was contacted within a couple days for an interview. First round interview was 30 minutes behavioral (standard teamwork, creativity, etc questions) and 30 minutes case. The case part was very easy and only required math skills and some business acumen. Final round was more of the same, but was 2 case interviews and 2 behavioral.
Interview Question – Tell me about a project that you worked on for at least three months and how you went through the initial planning stage. View Answer
The process took 6 weeks - interviewed at ZS Associates in December 2011.
Interview Details – Phone interview with a 30 minute behavioral portion and 30 minute case study, which was about sales force sizing. Invited to 2nd round interview in NYC which was a full day of interviews, including a written case study (given 45 minutes to work out the case study and then 45 minutes to explain it to a consultant), 2 behavioral interviews, lunch, and 1 interview where you are asked basic questions about a presentation.
Interview Question – Tell me about a time where you helped someone? Answer Question
I applied through college or university and the process took 2 days - interviewed at ZS Associates in August 2013.
Interview Details – I was selected through Campus recruitment. First off, there is an online aptitude test. Those who get selected from this test are allowed to appear for the Group Discussion Round, where a normal GD is done with some current topics in the Global/Indian scenario. This is followed by 3 rounds of interviews: firstly, a case interview, then a HR/resume interview. And finally, a case/HR interview.
Interview Question – For me, who is mostly an introvert, GDs are very difficult. And the GD was topic was on RTI and it ended up being complete random discussion. View Answer
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 4 weeks - interviewed at ZS Associates in May 2013.
Interview Details –
Off-campus hiring involves : 1 Aptitude test (by AMCAT) followed by 3 rounds of interviews (a data-based case-study, an HR/resume interview and a final interview with a Principal).
The aptitude test is out-sourced, so the resume is forwarded to ZS only after short-listing via AMCAT. Recruitment team then coordinates with candidates to source resumes and current emplyment status, etc.(sometimes there is a telephonic interview on resumes before the call for the three in-office interviews - conducted within 1 day).
The firm makes travel arrangement for candidates and is very considerate in all aspects of the process.
Interview details :
1) Case-study - is largely a semi-open-ended Data Interpretation exercise on analysis of some given data-sets with client-context. The objective is to ascertain basic analytical skills with charts and business context of numbers/data - to be able to infer relevant points and make reasonably justifiable recommendations (given certain assumptions - which can be verified with the interviewer).
2) HR/Resume round - is individualized to the previous experience of the candidate, and focuses on ascertaining work-ethic and ability to handle ZS working practices and culture. Generally taken by mid-senior management - this round also often involves a guess-estimation case to verify quick-thinking and reasonable communication skills.
3) Principal interview - is to ensure alignment with firm's work and aspirations, ensuring that the expectations are aligned on both sides. Ascertain what the candidate is looking to get from the firm, what is he/she expecting and willing to give, etc, etc.
Interview Question –
The case-study is NOT a conventional business-case or similar to most case-studies shared in books or online.
It is largely a client-project's context - with data and guidelines on how it can be analyzed. The interviewer should then ask questions for clarification on the objective - to understand what is expected as an output, and with what substantiation.
The analysis itself requires basic mathematical skills with sometimes large numbers - and then finally being able to assimilate the results into meaningful recommendations/insights pertaining to the case View Answer
Negotiation Details – My experience wasn't substantial enough to enter negotiations.
Interviewed at ZS Associates
Interview Details – Online test followed by telephonic interview. At the ZS office, Case study followed by Case Interview (which is the toughest round) followed by the Principal Interview.
Interview Question –
"If you can't multiply properly, then you lose out on the 1st criteria that we have for a BAA".
The trick is to stay calm and composed. Answer Question
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 2+ weeks - interviewed at ZS Associates.
Interview Details –
I had been referred by an alumnus for the position. The very next day I got an email from HR, and the selection process was kickstarted.
1) Aptitude Test: Conducted by Aspiring Minds, standard verbal reasoning and quantitative ability questions
2) Telephonic Interview : 30 minutes, 1 puzzle, 1 guesstimate, cultural fit questions
3) Case Based Interview: A business case related to entry of a company into the credit card market of India
4) Interview with the principal : Resume based questions, cultural fit questions, HR questions
Interview Question – Please estimate the number of paint cans required to paint the entire fleet of Spice Jet. View Answers (2)
I applied through other source and the process took 2+ weeks - interviewed at ZS Associates in March 2013.
Interview Details – It was the same for everyone
Interview Question – Case study about sales rep compensation View Answer
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